Program Manual

Message from Programming Director

Daryl Entrop, Program Director

Who are the Knights of Columbus and what can they do for me and my family? That is a question we are all asked many times. The Knights of Columbus are known for many different things. I would like to think the Knights are known for all of the outstanding activities we support and sponsor within our churches, our communities, our councils, for our families and our stance on pro-life and the abolishment of abortion clinics. The Knights of Columbus are not just the guys you see walking in parades with the feathered hats with the capes and the swords. They are the guys you see working in the trenches to further promote family unity, youth activities such as free throw contest, essay contest, Columbian Squires Circles, Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. They are the leaders promoting the need for prayer through the Silver Rose program and the Marian Hour of Prayer programs and through the financial support of educating our seminarians and future parish priests. They are the ones helping to raise the money necessary to furnish wheelchairs, coats for kids, food and clothing for the under-privileged. They are the men and women you see leading the prayer vigils outside the abortion clinics and participating in organized marches to help end abortions.
This year our theme is “We Are One”. This theme promotes the idea of Unity and how better to unite our members and their families than through good programs. As past officers in our councils we all know good programs are essential for the progress and growth of our members and our councils. The ideals of “Faith and Unity” are the very things our Venerable Michael J. McGivney was trying to convey to us when he first envisioned a group of men known as the “Knights of Columbus”.
Good programs plays a vital role in ensuring councils achieve the goal of “Star Council”, a goal every council should be aspiring to achieve and a goal every District Deputy, Diocesan Deputy, State Committeeman and State Officer should be helping them to achieve.
To achieve “Star Council” status a council must conduct a total of 24 activities in a 12 month period. Four activities in each of the following 6 major areas; Church Activities, Community Activities, Council Activities, Family Activities, Culture of Life Activities and Youth Activities. There is no one program that works in every council, so councils need to adapt programs that are of interest to the members in their local areas. They need to make these activities fun, interesting, educational and help promote the ideas of the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
The following is a listing of ideas for programs a council may wish to consider but remember these are only suggestions; councils may have other programs that are not included in this listing.


Family Activities
• Family of the Month/Year
• Pray the Rosary as a Family
• Marriage Vow Renewal
• Family Breakfast
• Family Picnic
• Easter Egg Hunt
• Christmas Party
• Adopt a Needy Family
• Ladies Night
• Food for Families*
• Memorial Mass for Deceased Members
Community Activities
• Blood Drives
• Toys-for-Tots
• Thanksgiving Baskets
• Lone Rose Program
• Habitat for Humanity*
• High Blood Pressure Awareness
• Recognize and Support Public Safety Officials
• Global Wheelchair Mission*
  Church/Vocations Activities
• Corporate Communion
• Priest’s Annuity
• Living Rosary (October and May)
• Prayer for Vocations/World Peace/End Abortion
• Seminarian Support
• Parish Roundtables
• ACTS Retreat
• Project Moses

Council Activities
• Knight of the Month/Year
• Shining Armor Award Program
• Sick/Condolences Committee
• Public Relations
• Membership Socials
• Clergy Night
• Insurance Night
• Athletic Teams (Softball, Golf, Bowling, etc.)
• Installation/Awards Banquet
• Host Columbus Day and Founder’s Day Events
• Special Olympics* 
Youth Activities
• Columbian Squires
• State Free Throw Tournament
• Youth Mentoring Program
• Recognize Altar Servers
• Scholarships for Youth
• Patriotic Essay Contest
• Substance Abuse Poster Contest
• Coats for Kids*
Pro-Life Activities
• Pro-Life Masses
• Rosaries Outside Abortion Clinics
• Sidewalk Counseling
• Pro-Life Dinners
• March for Life*
• Volunteer for a nursing home or Veterans hospital 
• Ultrasound Initiative*

* Sponorship meets activity requirements for Form Sp-7.

PACE Setters Award (Program Activities Council Excellence)
This award is designed to encourage all councils to participate in the documentation and submittal of council held Service Programs. The qualifications for this award are as follows:
*PACE Setter Status – Councils who submit entry forms for three (3) Service Programs by March 1, 2015.
*PACE Setter Award – Councils who submit entry forms for six (6) Service Programs by March 1, 2015.
*STSP (Entry form for State Council Program Award) (Supreme Form) – must be completed and mailed at any time during the year but no later than March 1, 2015 to State Program Director: 
Daryl Entrop
2004 Lavendusky Dr.
Temple, TX 76501


Service Program Awards
Service Program Competition

Every year councils all across the State of Texas conduct programs and activities for the benefit of their parishes, their councils and for their communities that are never reported or recognized. We are all volunteers and our only reward is the simple recognition of our families, our friends and our local parishes. So why not let these programs or activities be recognized on a larger stage by submitting them for consideration for one or all of the State Service Program Awards.
The contest and awards are given for each of these six (6) Service Program categories:
*Church    *Family
*Council    *Youth
*Community    *Pro-Life
The contest is really simple. Begin with plenty of advanced notice of the event. Let people know what the event is being held for, the date of the event, its location and what time it will begin. Submit this notice to your local newspaper and your local church bulletin. Get as much exposure as you can for the event. Be sure to have someone on hand to take plenty of pictures. Prepare a scrapbook for the event. In this scrapbook, write a detailed description of the event. Be sure to include pictures (with details of the picture), along with any publicity it generated through the local newspaper, TV story and radio interviews. Be sure to include the total number of hours needed to plan and put on the event, the number of volunteer men and women, along with the percentage of council members working on this event, and what was the final outcome of the event. 
Finally, submit the entry for consideration for one the State Awards and the recognition your council deserves. Every entry must include the standard entry form STSP. This form can be found on the Texas State Council website Send the scrapbook, along with the entry form to the State Program Director and be sure to send it by the March 1, 2015 deadline.
Criteria used in the Judging of Awards
Content: The application itself is extremely important by conveying to the judges the effectiveness of the event. What and who benefited from the accomplishments of the event. Which program did the event directly affect? 
*Church    *Family
 *Council    *Youth
 *Community    *Pro-Life
Participation of Membership: The total number of men and women participating in the event and what percentage of your entire membership participated.
Programs Originality: Was this event a new idea or annual event.
Committee Planning: How effectively was the event organized? How much time and detail was involved in staging the event?
Delegation of Responsibility: How many members served as volunteers, planners and committee involvement?
Publicity: How well was the event publicized throughout your church, council or community? Was it publicized by radio, TV, church bulletins and council newsletters?
Pictures: Organized in a scrapbook with captions explaining the pictures.
You have all done the work now there is just one more step to follow, allow your council and members to get the recognition they deserve. Submit the entry form STSP and do it before March 1, 2015. A copy of the STSP is included in this book, please feel free to make copies or go to the State website and print a copy.


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