Steve Hesprich, PGK, PFN - Council Program Director
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WELCOME to our Council Activities/Programs Page
The second and third principles of our Order are Unity and Fraternity. A Knights of Columbus Council is alive because of these two principles with a purpose to serve in Charity.
First I’d like to introduce you to some of the Iowa state sponsored programs associated with State Council activities and the chairmen who run them. Click on the links to either contact a chairman or to learn more about a program.
Archives / History Book Tom Bormann
Training Director Joe Herrity
Young Adult Initiative Zach Jakaitis
Cultural Outreach – West Ken Kafton
Cultural Outreach – East TBD
Each of these Knights can answer your questions and assist you with the programs your council wishes to implement.
What Should a Local Council Director Do?
Some councils sometimes wonder what to do in order to achieve their Council activities. Here we give you a few ideas on what you can do to get credit for Council Activities for your Columbian Award:
Create a Council Newsletter
A good way to stay in touch and to inform all your Council membership of what is going on, what is coming up, and what they can get involved. For those members that have not attended Council events lately, it can be a way to tell them what they are missing. It can be a Faith Formation tool giving your Chaplain a space to give a message beyond the one in the regular meetings.
Whether you mail it or email it, make sure to include your state officers and the Archive/History Chairman in your mailing list in order for the state leadership to be aware of your achievements and plans. Archives Chairman Tom Bormann can be reached at email@example.com or 1103 115th Ave, Bode, IA 50519-7015.
Check out some Council Newsletters here.
Form a 4-person Degree Team
Does your council know about and have they reviewed the new Video tool to simplify and reduce the number of Knights needed to form a Degree Team? Contact your District Deputy or State Ceremonial Chairman John Beckman.
Installation of Officers
This is a very worthwhile ceremony in which the Council Officers are officially installed by the District Deputy. It is a wonderful tradition that we need to keep alive in order to preserve the solemnity of our Order and its ceremonials.
This allows the parish to recognize who is in charge of the council affairs. It also gives other members an understanding on the duties and obligations of each office in the Council. This is a great fraternal ceremony that is educational at the same time. Most councils receive the "Installation of Officers" manual from Supreme Council at the beginning of the fraternal year. District Deputies also receive a copy of the manual. To get an idea what entails, click here to see copy of the Installation of Officers Iowa. Combine your installation with a social event of the council.
Iowa Knights of Columbus Archives
Make sure to send the historic information of your Council to the Iowa Knights of Columbus Archives. Make sure to mail or email your Council's Newsletters and perhaps a chronological history (Officers, mayor accomplishments) to Archives Chairman Tom Bormann or to 1103 115th Ave, Bode, IA 50519-7015. We will also be posting electronic copies of Council Newsletters here at your Iowa Knights of Columbus Webpage. Make sure to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can publish them. Create a Profile for your Council at the Sign Up on the Homepage.
The Knight of the Month is a way to recognize the efforts of a member of your Council submit the Knight of the Month Reporting Form and email it to me before the 10th of the month. Submit your council’s Knight of the Month to Joe Pollpeter winner each month will receive a Polo Shirt with the Knight's name embroidered. Make sure to send Joe the polo size. This gives you 1 credit for Council Activities for the Columbian Award.
One of the highlights in the Supreme Knight's State of the Order Report, is the amount of blood donated through the Knights of Columbus. Councils are encouraged to promote and report blood donors in their Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity.
The gift of blood is a gift of life. Jesus gave His Blood to save us from death. We should imitate Him by donating our blood to save our neighbor's life.
Create a Profile for your Council in this web page
It is as easy as creating your user profile. The instructions are here