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making Council meetings relevant, interesting, and attractive

Started this discussion. Last reply by M Mar 22. 6 Replies

We'd be interested to know what Councils across Iowa are doing to engage their members and make Council meetings relevant, interesting, and attractive.Continue

Tags: relevant, attractive, interesting, meeting, council meetings

Getting brothers to participate in ceremonials beyond the first degree

Started this discussion. Last reply by M Mar 26. 9 Replies

I'll start this off with a question:How does your Council/District go about getting men to make the second and third degrees?Food for thought:…Continue

Tags: knighthood, fourth, fourth degree, charity, initiation

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This is the District 15 Profile Page (website). [District 15 was District 8 before 1 July 2017.] Please let us know if any of the links on this page do not work; send a text message to or call the following number: (five six three) two seven seven - zero zero four three. This website has been created mainly to aid Grand Knights, Deputy Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Membership & Program Directors and other Council leaders. District 15 is composed of the following Councils: http://iowakofc.org/profile/WaukonKnights (1570), http://iowakofc.org/profile/ossianknights (2073), http://iowakofc.org/profile/DecorahKnights (4208), http://iowakofc.org/profile/monona_area_knights (8178), http://iowakofc.org/profile/LansingKnights (12244), . District 15 (District15Knights.tk) is part of the Iowa Knights of Columbus Dubuque Northeast Region, which is composed of Districts 12, 13, 14 (http://iowakofc.org/profile/District14Knights), 15 (http://iowakofc.org/profile/District15Knights), 16 (http://iowakofc.org/profile/District16Knights). Here is a map showing Districts 14-16: http://iowakofc.org/photo/district-15-map-as-of-17-july-2017
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At 11:33pm on July 7, 2017, District 15 Knights said…
At 2:30pm on May 12, 2017, District 15 Knights said…

For District 8, Growth Is Our Primary Responsibility

Our Supreme Knight has said it, and we reiterate it: The primary responsibility of District 8 and of the Councils therein is to make available to every practical Catholic man the numerous benefits of membership in the Knights of Columbus.

From the January 2017 Knightline:

At 1:03pm on May 6, 2017, District 15 Knights said…

The time has come for the members of the councils of northeast Iowa to increase our fraternal bonds. It's time for each of us active members to reach out to the less active members and invite them to fully engage in this band of brothers (and their families!). The time has come for us to use the resources at our disposal (telephone, text, email and, most especially, personal contact) to let the vast majority of our brothers--the ones who do not come to meetings and who do not participate in the activities of the council--that they are valued members and seen as they are, children of God. We need to let them know that we want to be there for them. We want them to know that we have a deep brotherly love for them and are concerned about the state of their souls, which are mirrored by their participation in the sacraments and council activities (or lack thereof). We want them to know that we don't look down on them. We want them to know that we don't just want them to do more work or just be a council officer. We need to let them know that they are valued just for who they are and that we just want to see them and interact with them and show them the love of Christ, a sacrificial love that is best represented by actions rather than words. The time has come for us to transition from the old school to the new mission field, a mission field filled with nonmembers, inactive members, indifferent members, lost members, hurting members, alienated members, suffering souls. We all suffer. We can all relate to one another, and we have a perfect Leader Who has suffered, too, our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us all gather together and band together to reach out kindly and gently to those who are slipping away from the Knights of Columbus or who have drifted off or who have never been a part of this now-to-be reinvigorated band of brothers. Sometimes it's called "retention" or "customer service," but given that our work is Spirit inspired, let's call it what it is: Sacrificial love in the likeness of Christ Himself. Let's put away our wants and desires and [sometimes] selfish motives and spend our energies serving God by reaching out peacefully, kindly, gently, but with a sense of purpose to our brothers and their families. Let us not judge them. Let us not criticize them. Let us look to ourselves to see whether or not we measure up and where we can improve. Let us not complain that "they" don't do enough. Let us do what we can and leave the rest to the others who can do it more or better or both. And let us remember that whatever the decisions of our brother Knights, those decisions will ultimately be evaluated by God rather than us. Vivat Jesus!

At 7:57pm on April 17, 2017, M said…

Click here for a photo of Decorah Knights' Council 4208 Officers in 2005.

At 8:53am on March 26, 2017, M said…

RETENTION. "As [the Knights of Columbus] grows, it is impossible to know everyone, but if I try to relate myself with just one other person, something will happen, something remarkable."

DISTRICT 15 INFORMATION

 This website has been created mainly to aid Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Program Directors, Membership Directors, and other leaders in Iowa Knights of Columbus Councils and Districts. Please let us know if any of the links on this page do not work; send a text message to or call the following number: (five six three) two seven seven - zero zero four three.

 

For the benefit of all Catholic men and their families, all Councils should be STAR COUNCILS.

Click here for the Star Council checklist.

"M" is the District Deputy for District 15 (starting 1 July 2017). Click here for a photo of "M".

If you need to contact "M", you can add him as a friend here on IowaKofC.org (you'll need an account on iowakofc.org), or you can send a text message to or call the following number: (five six three) two seven seven - zero zero four three.

District Warden: Open position as of 1 July 2017. Click here if you would like more information about this position.

Past District Deputy (as of 1 July 2017): John Zweibahmer. Click here for a photo of PDD Zweibahmer.
Past past District Deputy: Don Witt.

Northeast Iowa Regional Director: Larry J. Hauber, cell 563 380 1564, larryjhauber@hotmail.com

Information for all Council leaders:
Fraternal Leader Training Webinars for Council leaders. Click here to watch on demand.

Information for Grand Knights and Deputy Grand Knights:
------>Knights of Columbus Iowa State Council July 2017 Resource Book
------>!!!!!!!And now, a word about FORMS: Forms are to the Knights of Columbus that nerves are to the body. No nerves = no communication & a person's body dies. No forms = no communication and the Knights of Columbus dies!!!!!!! If you have questions about forms, leave a voice mail or text message for your humble District 15 DD at [(five six three) two seven seven - zero zero four three] or contact Ed Pancrazio, Administrative Assistant, Iowa State Council, Knights of Columbus, 915 S 17th St, Centerville IA 52544-2701, 641-895-1364, Fax: 641-856-2349; Brother Ed's motto is ""It's never too early to submit a form."
------>Iowa KofC forms
------>Supreme KofC forms
------>The fastest and most direct way of submitting a Form 100 is to e-mail to membershiprecords@kofc.org.
------>Round Table program for Councils serving more than one parish: Iowa Round Table profile page (under construction); Round Table Chairman's Profile Page; Form 2629 due 1 Sep; Form 2630 due 30 June.
------>Information about the Office of Grand Knight
------>Grand Knights/Faithful Navigators of Iowa Private Group
------>Insurance information: http://iowakofc.org/page/insurance
------>The Columbian Award form (Form SP-7) is critically important to Councils ("The Importance of the SP-7 form"). Here is information to help Grand Knights fill out the Columbian Award (Form SP-7), which is required to achieve Star Council status:

------>Columbian Award ideas
------>Columbian Award template page 1
------>Columbian Award template page 2
Click here for information on the new "Building the Domestic Church While Strengthening our Parish" program; activities from the program MUST be included in the Columbian Award (SP-7) application. Click here for Domestic Church activities to include in the Columbian Award (SP-7) application.

Information for Financial Secretaries:
Membership Records has a team of 8 in a call center dedicated exclusively to helping Financial Secretaries use Member Management.  They can help the FS do anything, from creating hand receipts, to printing membership cards, to updating member data, to assigning officer or director roles to members, etc. The hotline is 203-800-7451. When someone dials that number, one of the 8 in the call center will pick up and assist the FS. The general number for Membership Records is 203-800-4955.

Important recruitment & retention strategies:
------>Recruitment: Click here and scroll down to the comments for a pulpit speech for recruiting.
------>Recruitment: kofc.org/recruit1
------>Recruitment: Power of 1
------>Recruitment: Give Me 5
------>Recruitment: Power of 10
------>Recruitment & retention: Council Growth & Development page
----->Recruitment & retention: Membership Development & Growth Private Group
------>Retention: Iowa Knights of Columbus Retention Chairman's Profile Page
------>Retention Committee (click here and scroll down to see comments)
------>Retention: The Power of Fraternity to Retain
------>Mentor Program for retention (click here and scroll down to see comments)
------>How to increase the percentage of Knights attending Council meetings for retention (click here and scroll down to see comments)
------>Ceremonials are keys to retention: (1) Click here and then scroll down to see the comments about the importance of having Knights take the second and third degrees asap after having been introduced to the Order via the first degree. (2) Click here for general and administrative information about ceremonials.
------>Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney Guild membership is also a key component of retention: All members of the Knights of Columbus should be members of the Guild. Click here for information.

Knightline: Published monthly, Knightline (which beginning in 2010 was combined with Program Supplement) is an important resource for local K of C leaders. The newsletter features news from the Supreme Council office, actions of the Order's Board of Directors, a column on Knights of Columbus insurance up-to-date program and membership growth events for the coming months that the council, assembly or circle can become involved with. Click here for issues.

Iowa Knightline: The Iowa Knightline is a newsletter sent electronically to council leadership on a biweekly basis. Information contained focuses on tips, tricks, and tools a council's leadership needs to be successful.Click here to subscribe.

Iowa Knight Life radio program podcast archive. Learn about the doings of Knights across Iowa.

"Why are you a Knight" blog: The Harlan Knights of Columbus is proud to share our Blog Series - "Why Am I a Knight?" Click here to access the blog.

Website sponsorship: Businesses, click here to learn about sponsoring the Iowa Knights of Columbus website as a way of advertising.

Other links:
-->Iowa Catholic Daughters of the Americas

District 15 Knights's News Updates

District 15 Sends Congratulations and Thanks to Deacon Dan O'Brien & Wife Kim Upon His Ordination

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 2:15am 0 Comments

From email dated 19 July 2017:

Dear Deacon Dan & Kim,

On behalf of the Knights of Columbus of northeast Iowa, congratulations on your ordination to the permanent diaconate. May God's grace flow through you ever more strongly as you serve God's people.

Peace be with you, and thank you.

Fraternally,

District Deputy for District 15

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The following is from https://www.thewitnessonline.org/vocations/new-deacons-to-be-ordained-in-archdiocese/

Daniel O’Brien of St. Benedict Parish in Decorah and his wife, Kim, were married in 1977 and have three children. The 60-year-old native of Cresco is self-employed in the construction industry. At his parish, O’Brien is a faith formation teacher, a member of the pastoral council and part of the retreat team, among…

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We are called. Come & join us. Summer 2017.

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 2:48pm 0 Comments

Click on the following link for a one-minute and fifteen second video of State Deputy Antonio Banuelos inviting all practical (practicing) Catholic gentlemen to join the Knights of Columbus: https://www.facebook.com/IAKnights/videos/10155205958735339/

Goals for District 15 for the 2017-2018 fraternal year

Posted on July 6, 2017 at 5:06pm 4 Comments

District 15 leaders, here's a reminder of some of our most important goals as we move forward this fraternal year (2017-2018):



(1) Pray the Rosary daily publicly and/or privately. Don't even try the things below without doing this and without, at a minimum, offering the holy Sacrifice of the Mass each Sunday.

(2) Your Council should bring at least one new man into your Council per month, and individual members should be empowered to recruit. Watch The Power of One: http://iowakofc.org/video/power-of-one-knights-of-columbus

(3) Strengthen the band of brothers that your Council is called to be. "Power of 10 (ten) for recruitment & retention": http://iowakofc.org/profiles/blogs/power-of-10-ten-for-recruitment-retention

(4) Make monthly meetings more engaging & interesting.

(5) Get a Formation-degree team up and running.

(6) Get forms, which are the communication lifeblood of the Order, turned on time or, better yet, ahead of time.

(7)…

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Thanks to Immediate Former District Deputy (DD) John Zweibaher from the 2017-2018 DD for District 15

Posted on July 1, 2017 at 12:30am 0 Comments

From: District Deputy for District 15 (starting July 2017)

I would like to thank Immediate Former District Deputy (DD) John Zweibahmer, who was elected to the State Council's Third-Degree Executive Committee at this year's Iowa Knights of Columbus State Convention, for his dedicated service to District 15 (formerly District 8) over the past two years.

In the fall of 2014, John approached me to ask if I would serve as District Warden when his term as DD would begin in July of 2015. I told John that I would think and pray about it and discuss it with my wife (Lauri), and I made a decision to say yes. A big part of my decision to accept the offer was my knowledge of John's dedication to the Church and to the Order. John is one of those guys in the Knights of Columbus who is totally into it, and I like that; his enthusiasm for the Knights of Columbus and for service to Christ and His Church is very attractive to me, and John has been and continues to serve as a source of inspiration for me as I attempt to grow in my faith and service.

John and I have had many discussions on many issues over the years and, through it all, I have sensed a true brother in the Order and in Christ, and I'm thankful to have such a fine friend.

Godspeed to John as he serves the wider Knights of Columbus family across Iowa.

Iowa District 15 Knights of Columbus Called on to Pray the Rosary Daily

Posted on June 28, 2017 at 8:25am 4 Comments

The time has come for the Knights of Columbus to help stop the collapse of the Church (see Reference below) and to begin Her rebuilding, which will also result in the growth of the Order. Starting on 1 July 2017, the District Deputy for District 15 calls on District 15 Knights to begin praying the Rosary daily--in public and/or private--during the upcoming fraternal year (1 July 2017 - 30 June 2018). Our Lady of Fatima has strongly requested that the Faithful pray the Rosary daily (http://www.rosary-center.org/fatima.htm).

Councils are encouraged to continue or to begin a "5th Sunday Rosary program."

Reference on the demolition of the Faith: http://iowakofc.org/profiles/blogs/decorah-knights-council-4208-begins-catechesis-program-for-its

"M" has been appointed District Deputy for District 8 (to be District 15 as of 7/1/2017)

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

The Iowa Knights of Columbus State Deputy-Elect has appointed Brother M (photo) as District Deputy for District 8 (to be called District 15 after 7/1/2017) to succeed Brother John Zweibahmer, who has been elected to Executive Committee of the Iowa Knights of Columbus. M's term begins 1 July 2017. Please pray for both John and M.

If you are interested in the position of District Warden, please contact M. The District Warden is, essentially, a District Deputy in training. Click here for the duties of the District Deputy.

CHANGE FROM DISTRICT 8 TO 15 ON 1 JULY 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 2:48pm 0 Comments

ATTENTION

AS OF 1 JULY 2017 DISTRICT 8 WILL BECOME DISTRICT 15 AS PART OF A STATEWIDE RENUMBERING OF DISTRICTS.

There will be no change in the composition of the Councils in the District.

John Zweibahmer, District Deputy for District 8, Elected to Executive Committee of the Iowa Knights of Columbus

Posted on April 14, 2017 at 11:55pm 1 Comment

District 8 District Deputy John Zweibahmer was elected to Executive Committee of the Iowa Knights of Columbus at the 2017 State Convention. For information about the Executive Committee, click here.

From left to right in the photo above, taken directly after the election: Elected Executive Committee member- John Zweibahmer from Ossian; State Advocate- Bob Douglas, Esq. from Urbandale; State Treasurer- Francis Schlueter, PSD from Ankeny; State Deputy- Antonio Banuelos from Pleasant Hills; State Chaplain- Father William Reynolds from Newton; State Secretary- Paul Lee from Cedar Falls; State Warden- Steven Vonnahme from Altoona; Elected Executive Committee member- Michael DeMoully from Asbury.

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