Program Manual

Message from the Star Councils Awards Director

Pat Henz, Council Awards Director


TEAM MEMBERS
• Tom Watters – Tyler, Beaumont, and Victoria
• Joe Picard – Dallas and Fort Worth
• Mike Urrutia – San Antonio
• Ron Davis – Corpus Christi, Brownsville, and Lubbock
• Oscar Villalva – El Paso, San Angelo, and Amarillo
• Don Ream – Austin and Laredo
• Carlos X Martinez – Galveston / Houston 


INTRODUCTION
The Star Council Award is the highest award presented by Supreme.  The Star Council award recognizes outstanding achievement in membership, insurance, and service program activities. Councils that are conducting well-rounded programs and activities in the categories of Church, community, council, family, culture of life and youth are providing meaningful help to people and families.  Through earning the Star Council Award, your council is recognized as fulfilling Father McGivney’s vision and this is why your council should strive to earn this most prestigious Star Council Award every year!
 But as you know, TEXAS always does thing bigger and prouder. And that is why TEXAS goes two steps further with these next two awards: Lone Star Award for Excellence and Lone Star Award for Excellence with Distinction.  To qualify for the Lone Star Award for Excellence, a council must first obtain the Star Council Award.  And to qualify for the Lone Star Award for Excellence with Distinction, a council must first meet all the requirements for the Lone Star Award.  There are some new requirements for these awards.   All the requirements, including the new ones, are listed below.  


STAR COUNCIL AWARD 
1. Form 365 – Report of Program Personnel (due by August 1)
2. Supreme Per Capita & Catholic Advertising paid in full 
3. Form 1728 – Annual Fraternal Survey (due by January 31)
4. Form SP7 – Columbian Award Application (due by June 30)
5. Meet recruitment goal
6. Meet insurance goal 


LONE STAR AWARD for EXCELLENCE (LSAFE)
In addition to achieving the prestigious “Star Council Award” from the Supreme Council, there is even a more prestigious award from the Texas State Council known as the Lone Star Award For Excellence, sometimes referred to as the LSAFE Award.  The criteria includes:
1. Meet the Star Council Award criteria
2. Submit Form 185 by July 1
3. Pay State Per Capita by March 1
4. Meet State Charity Goal by June 30
5. Seat at least one delegate at the State Convention
6. ** NEW REQUIREMENT* Submit Form 1295 Semi-Annual Audits (due Aug 15 & Feb15)
7. ** NEW REQUIREMENT** File IRS Form 990 (must show document that it was filed)


LONE STAR AWARD for EXCELLENCE with DISTINCTION
If a Council is willing to excel just a little more, it can qualify for the Lone Star Award for Excellence with Distinction by meeting some earlier deadlines, seating an additional delegate to the state convention, and host at least 2 First Degrees.  More specifically, the criteria includes:
1. Meet the Star Council Award criteria
2. Submit Form 185 by July 1
3. Pay State Per Capita by December 31
4. Meet State Charity Goal by December 31
5. Seat two delegates at the State Convention
6. Host at least two degrees during the year 
7. ** NEW REQUIREMENT** Submit Form 1295 Semi-Annual Audits (Aug 15 & Feb 15)
8. ** NEW REQUIREMENT** File IRS Form 990 (must show document that it was filed)
9. **NEW REQUIREMENT** Form 4584 Special Olympics Partnership Profile (Jan 31)
10. **NEW REQUIREMENT** Submit at least one entry for a State Service Program Award (Family of the Year & Educational Grant qualify) Due by March 1


Texas Spirit Award
 New this year is the Texas Spirit Award, Texas Spirit Award for Excellence, and Texas Spirit Award for Excellence with Distinction.  These three awards are similar to the Star Council and Lone Star Awards.  It is to recognize those councils who work so hard during the year but for various reasons, struggle to obtain their Membership and/or Insurance goals. The criteria for the Texas Spirit Award are similar to Star Council with the exception of membership and insurance.  A council must show positive growth in both Membership and Insurance.


TEXAS SPIRIT AWARD 
1. Form 365 – Report of Program Personnel (due by August 1)
2. Supreme Per Capita & Catholic Advertising paid in full 
3. Form 1728 – Annual Fraternal Survey (due by January 31)
4. Form SP7 – Columbian Award Application (due by June 30)
5. Net Positive in recruitment:  +1 or more
6. Net Positive in insurance: +1 or more
7. Meet State Charity Goal by June 30


TEXAS SPIRIT AWARD for EXCELLENCE
Similar to the Lone Star Award for Excellence; the Texas Spirit Award for Excellence are as follows:
1. Meet the Texas Spirit Award criteria
2. Submit Form 185 by July 1
3. Pay State Per Capita by March 1
4. Meet State Charity Goal by June 30
5. Seat at least one delegate at the State Convention
6. Submit Form 1295 Semi Annual Audits (due Aug 15 & Feb 15)
7. File IRS Form 990 (must show document that it was filed)


TEXAS SPIRIT AWARD for EXCELLENCE with DISTINCTION
Similar to the Lone Star Award for Excellence with Distinction; the Texas Spirit Award for Excellence with Distinction are as follows:
1. Meet the Texas Spirit Award criteria
2. Submit Form 185 by July 1 
3. Pay State Per Capita by December 31
4. Meet State Charity Goal by December 31
5. Seat two delegates at the State Convention
6. Host at least two degrees during the year 
7. Submit Form 1295 Semi Annual Audits (due Aug 15 & Feb 15)
8. File IRS Form 990 (must show document that it was filed)
9. Form 4584 Special Olympics Partnership Profile (due by Jan 31)
10. Submit at least one entry for a State Service Program Award or Family of the Year or Educational Grant.




 


 

2017-2018 Star Guide


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