Brother Knights,

When it comes to membership, the Iowa Knights of Columbus is like a football team that doesn’t come ready to play in the first half.  We end up going into the locker room behind.  I won’t be like some coaches and scream and yell to try to get you motivated.  We have always been a second half team and I know we will do better the rest of this fraternal year, and we need to.  As of today we are down 106 members from where we started July 1st.   We lost the game last year and ended up down 12 members.  That may not seem like much, but we still lost. 

I don’t want to see us lose again this year.  It’s time this team woke up and starting finding those new members to help our team grow.   Get those church drives set up; use the ‘Father Wants You’ and the ‘Bishop’s Blast’ letters; use the “Give Me 5” program; or just start asking men to consider joining the Knights.  The best approach is and always will be a personal invitation from someone the candidate knows.  And don’t forget about the RCIA candidates and men attending CEW or CHIRP events.  They are men interested in their faith and they need to know how the Knights can help them further that faith through charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.

This isn’t about numbers guys.  This is about growing our Band of Brothers.  We have all heard the “Four More’s”: More Knights bring more hands to raise to raise more funds to help more people.  The bigger the Band of Brothers, the more of us there are to evangelize and profess our faith to a wider audience.  The world today needs to hear our message and watch us live our faith.

 Vivat Jesus

 Jon Aldrich, State Deputy

Iowa Knights of Columbus


Corinthians 16:13-14
Be men of courage. Do everything with love.

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Comment by M on February 7, 2016 at 9:35am

Yes, Jason, and then factor in the competition from so many entertainment avenues (tv, video, computers, plays, movies, kindergarten concerts, sports, etc.); it makes recruiting to service organizations extremely difficult. Rural areas, such as Decorah, have the problem of low population density, which sometimes makes it difficult to "get the ball rolling" on activities, etc. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance. Peace.

Comment by Jason Garnatz on February 7, 2016 at 7:37am

As Exalted Ruler (similar to Grand Knight of a Council) of Des Moines Elks 98, unfortunately, I know how much of a struggle membership can be, especially in metro areas were there is more competition for charitable organizations and events to spend disposable income on. 

Comment by Davis Assembly on February 5, 2016 at 12:11pm

And, Sir Knights, don't forget to ask our brothers to join the 4th degree!

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