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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

State Deputy Message - April 2015

April 1, 2015


We are in the 4th Quarter of this fraternal year. We have 3 months to reach our goals of earning Star Council, Star District, and the Circle of Honor. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson says, “We are called to preach the Gospel in word and in deed, building up the civilization of love.” As we grow and strengthen the Order in Arizona, we have the awesome task of building the culture of love. We can do this! We are doing this! Know that by earning the Star Council Award, you are growing in strength to serve your Parish, Church, and community, while fostering a spirt of fraternity and love.

You should strive to earn Star Council which is the highest honor a council can achieve. This year we are working to have at least one council earn Star Council per district. This would be at least 32 Star Council Awards in Arizona. If your council’s Form 1728 is past due date, please submit it as soon as possible, it will count towards Star Council. The Form SP-7, Application for Columbian Award, is due June 30, 2015 and this due date is firm.  If Supreme does not have it by June 30, then a council will not win the Columbian Award or the Star Council Award.  Your council can submit this form as early as April 1 and list the activities they plan to do until June 30. Get it in early! Even if you don’t think you will earn Star Council due to not enough new members or new insured members, get it in because you can earn the Columbian Award. At a minimum, every council Arizona should earn the Columbian Award!

Please take advantage of the Supreme Incentives which are about the best incentives we have ever seen! You can win valuable Knights of Columbus merchandise at Knightsgear.com by recruiting new members or former members. Between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015, you have the opportunity to double your points from 500 to 1,000 VIP points when you recruit between one and five members. Recruit six or more members, and you double your points again from 1,000 to 2,000 VIP points per new members. The Supreme Council announced an outstanding incentive for councils who achieve the Star Council Award. If a council earns the Star Council Award in the 2014-2015 fraternal year, that council will receive a credit for the 2015-2016 fraternal year of $4.50 for each billable member on their roster as of July 1, 2015. Why would anyone suspend a member when Supreme will pay their assessment? Of course, that is if you earn Star Council.

Please take advantage of the Arizona State Council’s incentives which were designed to encourage all Arizona Knights to recruit and receive recognition for their efforts in strengthening the Order in their council, district, and in Arizona. Earn your Arizona Star Recruiter Pin now! You can continue to submit your Star Recruiter Entry Post Cards until June 30, 2015. A special commutative Star Recruiter pin will be sent to your address as soon as we receive your post card. You can earn a pin for each new, inactive, or former member you recruit. The climax of the State’s incentive program will be at the 2015 State Convention. There will be awesome recognition for the winners. Please do everything you can to meet and exceed your council’s membership quota by April 30 to qualify for the council level awards. Even the District Deputies have a chance to win in this incentive!

Please plan to attend the State Convention on May 15 to 17, 2015. This is the best way to learn about our programs and many of the accomplishments of this fraternal year. Every council, who is current with their Supreme and State Per Capita, is entitled to two delegates and two alternates to represent their council. Your council and members are doing amazing projects and service to our Church and community. Please submit your council and worthy members for the various State Service and Program Awards. This convention promises to one of the best!

Remember that by living our State theme, “I will choose Christ, I will choose love, I choose to serve”, you and your council will exemplify our four principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. With this, your current members and your new members can be an enormous force for good in your council, Church, family, and community.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

Vivat Jesus!

Larry Becker


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