Program Manual

Message from the Star Councils Director

Bobb Mahrer, Star Councils Director

Paul Fehmel - Star Councils Chairman for Dallas, Fort Worth, Tyler, Amarillo, and Lubbock
Jack Ferguson - Star Councils Chairman for Galveston-Houston, Beaumont, El Paso, and Victoria
David Perry - Star Councils Chairman for Austin, Laredo, and San Angelo
Jim Wade - Star Councils Chairman for San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Brownsville
Henry Gonzales - Forms Collections Committeeman
Bobb Mahrer - Star Tracker Chairman

As everyone knows, there are several Supreme Council goals required of a state jurisdiction to qualify for the prestigious Supreme Council’s "Circle of Honor" Award. There is a Membership Team in Texas for membership growth. There is an Insurance Team in Texas for insurance growth. There is a Council Growth Team in Texas that strives to increase the number of councils in our jurisdiction so that Father McGivney's vision of a council in every parish is one day realized. And now, because a Star Council goal is a new and an additional requirement imposed by the Supreme Council for a jurisdiction to qualify for the Circle of Honor Award, there is now a Star Councils Team for Texas to see to it that the goal is achieved.

Since the Star Council Directorship is brand new this fraternal year, we have begun building a business model that will continue to evolve as we move forward in time. For now, I have asked four experienced brother Knights who represent the five largest dioceses and archdioceses in Texas to join the team. Jim Wade twice served as a Major Director for the State Council and as a Diocesan Deputy for the San Antonio Archdiocese. Paul Fehmel is a four-year District Deputy who has also served as the Assistant Diocesan Deputy for the Dallas Diocese. Jack Ferguson of Houston is a four year District Deputy from Houston, the largest archdiocese in Texas. And David Perry is a four year District Deputy from the Austin Diocese. They will also cover the other dioceses in Texas. Each of these state chairmen brings immeasurable experience with them not only from the Knights of Columbus but also from their world of business.

Because our great jurisdiction must now meet a Star Councils goal, this means that each of our dioceses and archdiocese must share in their part of the goal. To achieve the goals, the Star Council Team has put together some incentives that I think each diocesan deputy, district deputy, and grand knight will find both rewarding and fun, including for the very first time, the Texas Circle of Honor Award, the First Star Award, and Texas Rock Star Award.
This Star Guide includes copies of the forms referenced in this Star Councils section and also a check list that can be used by grand knights, district deputies, and diocesan deputies. In addition, the Star Council Team will be putting together a history of Star Councils in Texas that will be shared with everyone at the diocesan, district, and council levels. Together, these tools will hopefully be helpful in our quest for every council to have the opportunity to become a Star Council.

Good luck. We will see you at the finish line on June 30.


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