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Nativity Scene Dedication On Capitol Grounds

My Brothers,

Brother Bill Labiak, San Joaquin Chapter needs our support in a dedication ceremony for a large nativity scene on the west Capitol grounds on Sunday, December 22nd at 3:00 pm. Brother Bill and his council have been setting up this nativity scene for several years. It will be on display for a week.

He’s requesting that all clergy, councils, assemblies and Color Corps in Nor Cal Chapter participate in the dedication ceremony. A Priest is needed to do the appropriate blessing. There will be Christmas caroling and refreshments served. This is a Knights of Columbus sponsored event; all brother Knights, families and friends are encouraged to attend this event.

For additional information contact Brother Bill Labiak at or phone: 209-712-6723.

God Bless,
Jerry Fong, PCP
Nor Cal Chapter Communications

916-832-7394

Knight Before Christmas Membership Promotion

I am pleased to announce a "Knight Before Christmas" membership bonus during the month of December! Any Knight recruiting a member during the month of December will automatically receive the Christmas tree ornament depicting the Nativity and Holy Family pictured above. Start recruiting NOW to receive this valuable gift. Scan and email all Form 100s for newly initiated candidates to by noon on Tuesday, December 31 for them to count toward this promotion, or have them join online at www.kofc.org/joinus.

Note: In order to qualify the recruiter must be listed as the member's proposer on the Form 100 or online application.

May God bless,

Dave Abbott,

State Deputy
Knights of Columbus
California State Council

(530) 680-0401

Webmaster's Note:When you leave home for a church function, be sure your Knight's badge and a Form 100 are in your pocket.

 

Chapter Meeting January 18th

Our next chapter meeting will be at St. John the Baptish Catholic Parish 307 Montrose Dr. Folsom, CA 95630. Check this list for future chapter meetings.

Note: If you have not paid your chapter dues, check out the form here.

Safe Environment Compliance Reporting

Worthy Brothers,

You have asked and Supreme has made the reports available WEEKLY regarding Safe Environment!! This was sent out to ALL Chapter Presidents, DD Mentors, and All DD's of record, and all those that recieve the STAR.TRACKER report. --

Thank You,
Ken Rose
CA State Membership Data
1400 Meredith Ave #84
Gustine, CA 95322
209.535.6871

Wanted to share the news that the member status report is now available each week in Officers Online. This announcement was shared with all State Deputies at the recent meeting in Orlando as well.

See the files in English and Spanish. I think this will go a long way towards helping our members understand exactly where they stand with Safe Environment Compliance. Feel free to share with your Jurisdiction and help get the word out.

Just as Officers Online works now, what a member can view will depend on his access to Officers Online, and the fact that DDs will now be able to view the compliance of all their councils will bring more councils into compliance more quickly each year.

We are listening and making improvements.

Fraternally,
Robert J. Kish Jr.
Territorial Growth Director - West
Dept. of Fraternal Mission
Supreme Council Knights of Columbus
Cell 541-760-2821
Po Box 1332
Philomath, OR. 97370

Coats for Kids

Click here for the Coats for Kids form. Make your Coats for Kids drive shine with this helpful guide.

Council Credit/Debit Cards

Plan to read this update on methods of payment for our local councils. The memo is here and the procedures are here.

A Special Celebration

A special celebration took place on October 12th at St. Patrick Church in Placerville. Tiffany Marie Rich, daughter of Karen and the late David Rich married William Anthony Giovannetti, Jr., son of William and Lynne Giovannetti. Tiffany’s father was Former District Deputy for Districts 7 & 8 and held positions in several councils during his years of service in the Knights of Columbus. Her mother Karen is currently the webmaster for the Northern California Chapter and the Monsignor Hayes Council in Placerville. William Giovannetti, Jr. is currently Deputy Grand Knight for St. Stephen the Martyr Council in Elk Grove. A number of brother Knights attended the ceremony, which was officiated by Rev. John Cantwell, State Chaplain for California.

Financial Beacon Life-Changing Events

Check out this document for long-term care, life insurance and final instructions advice.

State/Supreme News


Dear Brothers, we are proud to provide this great Evangelist and Fund Raising Program. We have the Cards in stock and are ready to ship. Please send your orders in as soon as possible. Let's make this our best year ever! Steve Sykes,

Follow this link to the Council Order Form and this link to the Public Brochure.

Be A Vendor at the Country Store

Mark you calendar and check this flyer for your space at the Country Store to be held at our Convention this May. You can contact Bob or Peggy Pineschi at: or call 916-645-8366

Wheelchair Initiative

Plan some funds in your council to support our Wheelchair Initiative. More details available in the flyer here.

137th Supreme Convention: The World Cried Out. We Answered



At the 137th Supreme Convention in Minneapolis, we celebrated:

We also awarded our program winners and top recruiters at convention. Check out their stories in this month's Knightline for exclusive insights on helping Knights answer the call.

State Poster Contest Competitions

Here is the Keep Christ in Christmas Handbook

Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest participation form
Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest entry form

Here is the Substance Abuse Handbook
More details to be posted when they become available.

Help Support the Columbian Retirement Home

A few months ago, I called on you, and all California grand knights, to consider a Council donation to this year’s Columbian Retirement Home Appeal. If your Council is among those councils that have already responded, I thank you. If not, I respectfully again ask for you to lead your Council in supporting this Brother Helping Brother mission.

In my earlier appeal to you, I stressed our increased financial need, driven by decreasing revenue from the Corporation’s small investment portfolio, increasing operating costs, and continued rental subsidies. Now, our finances face even further strain as we are looking at the requirement to replace the heating and air conditioning system at our Columbian Center in Marysville.

Having served us for over 30 years, and as a convent for religious for many prior years, this HVAC system is now over 60 years old, inefficient, increasingly unsupportable and costlier with each year. This requirement to install a serviceable HVAC system at Marysville will yield additional cost savings long term, and we are assessing even more savings through future electrical service changes, but achieving these long-term savings come with up-front cost.

As I reported to you in my April letter, we have already taken what actions we can to minimize our current operating costs, thereby increasing funds available for direct support of those we serve. Among those actions we reduced postal costs this year by more than 80% by not sending individual letters to all 78,000 California knights, instead appealing to them through you, as their Council leader, to generate needed support.

This is why I am repeating my appeal to you to consider designating the Columbian Retirement Home Inc. as a one of the recipients of funds planned for charitable support in 2019. If your current budget will not allow, then I ask that you add an additional event to your 2019 program dedicated to fund such a Council donation.

Finally, please accept my heartfelt gratitude for your kind consideration in assisting us in our Mission. I look forward to receiving your donation of support, which you can mail to: Columbian Retirement Home Inc., P.O. Box 4338, El Monte, Ca 91734-0438.

Fraternally yours, Ross W. Willour, PSD
President
230 8th St.
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 743-7542
www.columbianretirementhome.org

Executive Vice President
Victor L. Pesce, PCP

Secretary
David E. Williams, FDD

Your 2019-2020 Toolkit

Plan to bookmark the July issue of Knightline to help you have the most successful year ever!

 

 

Ceremonials Information

Worthy Chapter President, District Mentor, and District Deputy,

I note there is a problem with the changes we made in Ceremonials this year. So I would like to clarify some things that were stated at the Organizational District Deputy Meeting.

1. All requests for Knighthood and Formation Degrees, should be sent to the District Mentor and Chapter President for coordination and approval. They will send it to me for assignment of Conferring Officers or access to Formation Degree Team material from Supreme.

2. The email to use for these requests is

3. Remind all Degree Teams that the use of the Baldric is the preferred uniform for all degrees.

Any questions, please read the Membership Handbook for the Ceremonials section; then contact your District Mentor and Chapter President and then me.

Timothy L. Carvalho, PSD
State Ceremonials Chairman

Protecting Our Children: A Family's Response

I invite you to watch “Protecting Our Children: A Family’s Response,” the story of one family’s experience with child sex abuse and the hope and healing that followed. In this film, a brother Knight and his wife share the importance of faith and family in addressing the sexual abuse of their son by a close family friend. You will feel the pain of what they describe, but you will be glad that you met this family. Their hope is that all who hear their story will be equipped with the critical knowledge and specific steps needed to better protect the children in their lives. My hope is that this film will bring families, parishes and communities closer together to protect children from the serious risk of sexual abuse.

Fraternally,

Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight

1,000 Ultrasounds:
The KofC’s Greatest Humanitarian Effort WATCH VIDEO

Millions of babies have had a chance at life, thanks to 1,000 ultrasound machines donated by you and your brother Knights around the world.

Congratulations to our Knights in Manassas, Va., where the 1,000th machine was just dedicated! Read about the dedication here.

At the dedication, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said that the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative is the greatest humanitarian effort the organization has ever undertaken.

“Today represents a very concrete way in which millions of lives are changed for the better by the Catholic community coming together and volunteering together,” said Anderson. “What greater legacy can a person have than to save a child’s life?”

As hundreds of thousands gather in Washington, D.C., to pay witness to the Culture of Life, check out the video below and share our pride in the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound program!

CLICK TO WATCH

You can further support the pro-life cause by contributing to the Knights of Columbus Charities Culture of Life Fund. Click here to donate.

 

Reach Prospects Electronically!

Worthy Brothers,

Online Membership is allowing us to reach younger men where they are:  on their cell phones, tablets, and computers.  Statewide, over 250 men have joined the Order online so far this Columbian Year.  However, many other men have expressed interest in learning more about the Knights but were not quite ready to pay the $30 dues and join Online.

Now we have a tool to utilize that will automatically invite a Prospect to join Online and send him weekly messages about the Knights of Columbus.  Supreme is offering us automated, online marketing software called “Marketo”.  Each Council can request a Lead Generation Program for use at special events, conferences, and in-person prospecting opportunities.  Think of it as aDigital Prospect Card that will automatically send a weekly informational email to men who sign up!  Go to http://info.kofc.org/pagerequest.html  The page request form automatically sends your Membership Team an email with all the information they need to create the program.  In 2-4 days, the council receives a custom URL, available on any device, and the Lead Generation Program is ready to use.

When you use the link above, you will see this simple page:

Once your Council receives its Lead Generation Program, the page that a Prospect will complete asks only for First Name, Last Name, and Email.  You will need to use your laptop, pad, or Smart Phone to allow Prospects to sign up.  (Note: It is NOT intended to be sent out via email directly to Prospects.)

Once form is filled out, a prospect immediately receives a customized email from Council with link to join the Knights of Columbus online: 

The prospect is also enrolled in a nurture drip-email campaign, and will receive additional information weekly.

Finally, the Council receives a copy of all contacts enrolled via their custom “Marketo” form.

Then, bring a laptop, pad, or smart phone to all of your Council’s Faith In Action events and have one of your Brother Knights help men use your Council’s Digital Prospect Card.

Keep in mind that you should continue to offer the “You Were Born A Man, You Become A Knight” Online Membership card (Form #10536) to men when you are not using the Digital Prospect Card to sign them up via an electronic device.

Remember the December Challenge:  “Become A Knight Before Christmas.” (or at least by New Year’s Day)  Each Council was challenged to bring in one more Brother by 12/31/18.  Give your Council a Christmas present:  bring in a new Brother!

Please forward this message to any Brother Knight who may choose to use it to help build your Council. 

Yours in Service,

Michael Brault
California State Membership Director

619-548-3190

Council Officers Elections

Coats for Kids

Click here for the Coats for Kids form. Make your Coats for Kids drive shine with this helpful guide.

Super Bowl: Giving Coats for Kids The Knights of Columbus held a Super Bowl Coats for Kids event on Saturday, January 26th, at Mission San Felipe de Jesus in Forest Park, GA. Volunteers and Special Guest worked to Distribute over 600 warm winter coats to the children of this Mission. Join the Knights of Columbus today: KofC.org/JoinUs

Council participation is simple. To learn more about this great program, visit kofc.org/coats. To order coats for kids, click here. Or, should you like to find more details about the program, contact the Fraternal Mission Department at 203-752-4270 or .

 

Council Visibility

Worthy Brothers,

Although we are often reluctant to do so, every council should publicize its charitable works and activities whenever possible. Your parishioners should clearly see the Knights of Columbus are alive and active in your parish and community. Following are ideas to increase the visibility of your council and demonstrate our commitment in the parishes we serve:

  1. Ask all Brother Knights to wear their name badges whenever they are at church.
  2. Order council polo shirts, t-shirts, hats, vests, or jackets and encourage Brothers to wear them.
  3. Make use of your parish bulletin. Be sure to ask for a bulletin announcement on the weekend before an event, the weekend of the event, and even a thank you for participating the weekend after an event. If it was a fundraiser; show your results, where the money is going, and thank parishioners for their contributions.
  4. Whenever possible, write your bulletin announcements as an open invitation to all parishioners and add at the end of the announcement, “Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council __________ at ___________ parish.
  5. Use Knights of Columbus tablecloths, canopies and canopy back walls whenever you can. Use them at your breakfasts, dinners, sign up tables, membership drives, food collection tables (Food for Families), and at any event sponsored by the council.
  6. NOTE: tablecloths, canopies and canopy back walls can be ordered from links found on the state website: http://www.californiaknights.org or using the forms below. Tablecloths ​will be available for purchase at a reduced cost at the annual State Convention in Sacramento May 17-19, 2018.

  7. Always have flyers with a name, phone #, and email of a person to contact in church entryways and reception areas around your parish. Include, contact cards, photo displays of Knights in action andColumbia magazines in church offices and waiting areas.
  8. Focus on sponsoring spiritual activities (5th Sunday Rosary, men’s retreats, prayer groups, Bible studies, etc.) Show your parish that your council helps to deepen the Faith of the men who are involved.
  9. In addition, focus on sponsoring family activities such as parish dinners (even pot luck dinners), family movie nights, family camping trips, talent shows, etc. Sponsoring family events is a great way to involve growing families in the parish (with young fathers) in Knights of Columbus activities.
  10. Consider ordering the “Domestic Church Kiosk and Booklet Set” for your parish. Booklets are available in English or in Spanish. For $150, you will get the Kiosk with 225 booklets (15 each of 15 different booklets). Order using this web page: knightsgear.com/kiosk-set.

All of these should serve to increase Knights of Columbus visibility in your parish and community.
​Here are some forms to help you order the items mentioned above:

"Change a Life, Recruit a New Knight!"

Yours in Service,

Michael D. Brault
Assistant Membership Director and Recruitment Chairman

Another method to make your council visible is to share your Council's Story. Check out this issue of Knightline for publicity details

Substance Abuse Poster Contest

The Substance Abuse Poster Contest can begin as soon as early September, but participation packets need to be ordered by Oct. 31st. Here are some items you may need:

Diocesan News

Seminarian Update

Here is a flyer updating our list of seminarians for the Sacramento Diocese. Let us show them how the Knights will support them from now on in their extremely valuable vocation.