Welcome (Membership)

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Missouri State Membership Program 2013-2014
"We are Knights of Columbus.  Catholic Men Defending our Faith and Protecting Life.  Join us."
Craig Mattox     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Why Join tbe Knigbts of Columbus?

    Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Bein a Knight is more than camaraderie, it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.

     How Do YOU Increase Your Membership? You Ask!  For Membership Assistance Contact Your Regional Membership Chairman, as listed in the "Program Chairs" selection under "Leadership" menu above.

Give Every Member An Opportunity to Get Involved With Programs that Interest Him and His Family.

2014 Founder's Day Membership Drive

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At the annual Mid-Year meetings, the new Founder's Day Membership drive was announced. The entire presentation can be found here: Founder's Day Drive

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Theme: "In Service With Pope Francis and Father McGivney"
  • All councils host a membership drive in March 2014
  • Main weekend is March 15-16
  • Exciting Special recruitment incentive
  • Special membership drive training for District Deputy's and local council leadership in February

At the meetings, Supreme Membership and Program Consultant Tom Ciborski (phone 973-703-9520) presented a current state of what our membership intake for this year looks like, and what it will take for our state to reach its "goal" of 1650 members for 2013-2014. See his presentation here: State of Missouri Membership.

Tom also presented a mentoring program that is working in retaining our new members. It can be found here: Mentoring New Members

Supreme Director and Past State Deputy Mick Gilliam also made some very powerful remarks about who we are, and all are encouraged to use them during your membership drive: Mick's Remarks

For more information, contact your District Deputy or your State Membership Committee Chairman.

Leadership Academy

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Leadership Academy

Grand Knight Training:
The success of a council is dependent upon effective leadership. The Missouri State Council has enacted a program to help those members wanting to learn how to be an effective Grand Knight.  This program can be presented onsite or over the internet.

Financial Secretary Assistance / Training:
The success of any council is largely dependent on the Financial Secretary. He is the backbone of the council and deserves the support of all officers and members. He has a very demanding job.  If your Financial Secretary needs assistance or training on the duties of his job, information is available from both the Supreme and State Councils.

If you would like to learn more about how to become a Financial Secretary, check into the Leadership Academy

Lucas Volkman, Chairman, Leadership Academy   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Council Development

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New Council Development

The dream of Father Michael J. McGivney to have a council in every parish is our daily focus. To better incorpomte the various Catholic populations, we have also expanded this dmm to include the colleges and universities, Spanish-speaking parishes and Eastern Rite churches. A council in every parish and on every college and university campus, a Knights of Columbus presence in every place we are needed. That is our goal; that is our commitment.

Want To Start A New Council? Contact:
Ray Olson, Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Retention - Save A Member

Retention PowerPoint documents:

Procedures for Retaining Members
Form 1845 Procedure
Suspension Process Timeline
Retention Flow Chart (Doc)
Retention Flow Chart (PDF)
Suspension Template (Member)
Suspension Template (Council)

For Information and Assistance Before Suspending, contact:
Bill Stump, Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Parish Round Table Program

There are many benefits in establishing a Parish Round Table for the parish, its priests, and its member Knights. Having a round table creates a unique and effective support structure within the parish. Whether it is fund raising or actively participating in the parish’s ministry, devoted Knights serve as invaluable resource for seeing the needs of the parish.

For more information about the Parish Round Table Program contact:
Harry Lee Beste, Roundtable Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Supreme Awards

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Fraternal Year July 1, 2013 Through June 30, 2014

The first requirement for the Columbian, Founders’ and Father McGivney Awards (Star Council Designation), is to complete and submit the Service Program Form (#365-NC) to Supreme Service Department by August 1, 2013. This form is available in the Council Report Forms Booklet which is included each year with the “Surge With Service” package sent to each Council. This form may also be found online at

Father McGivney Award: Recognizes Councils who achieve a membership increase quota of 7%, net suspensions.

Founders’ Award: Recognizes Councils who achieve an insurance membership increase of 2.5%, with a minimum of 3 new members, net suspensions.

Star Council Award: This prestigious award is presented to Councils who have qualified for the Columbian, McGivney and Founders’ Awards, and submitted all required reports.

Century Club Award: Record a net membership increase of 100 new members.

Distribution of 2013—2014 Awards: Star Council, Columbian, Fr. McGivney and Founders’ awards will be forwarded to the District Deputy of record for 2013—2014, who will arrange for presentation. If the Council attains only the Founders’ Award, the award will be forwarded to the appropriate General Agent for presentation. Century Club Awards will be sent to the State Deputy of record for 2013—2014.

Contest of Champion: One award is presented to the Council in the Missouri jurisdiction that shows the highest percentage of membership quota attained, and one is presented to the Council that shows the highest number of additions over deductions recorded.

Columbian Award

Requirements: Conduct and report four major involvement programs in each of the Church, Community, Council, Family, Youth and Pro-Life Activities. Sponsorship of a Columbian Squire Circle in good standing fulfills all four youth activity requirements. Sponsorship of a Parish Round Table programs fulfills all four Church Activity requirements. Two forms are necessary to satisfy reporting requirements for this award. The Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity Report (#1728) must be completed and submitted to the Supreme Council by January 31, 2014. The Columbian Award Application (#SP-7), listing all programs conducted in each of the six programming areas, must reach the Supreme Office by June 30, 2014. Both forms are found in the Council Report Forms booklet and online at The Columbian Award will not be presented to any council which has not met all the necessary qualifications, including submission of the appropriate application form.


Supreme Council Recruitment Incentives 

The Supreme Council also has a number of exciting incentives in store for the next few months:

  1. Recruit 1 new member during July, August or September and receive a Knights of Columbus pen.
  2. Recruit 2 new members during July, August or September and receive a Knights of Columbus travel mug.
  3. Recruit 3 new members during July, August or September and receive a Knights of Columbus Padfolio.
  4. Recruit 5 new members during the dates above and receive all three.
  5. As always, you will also receive your 500 VIP Recruitment Rewards Points for each member recruited.


State Awards

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State Recruitment Incentives

The State Council has put the following incentive programs together to help you reach your goals:
  1. During the 1st quarter of the fraternal year 7/1/13 through 9/30/13, the council that brings in the most new members will receive $250.00 from the membership team.
  2. During the 1st quarter,  the council that brings in the highest percent of new members to their quota will also receive $250.00 from the membership team.
  3. During the 2nd quarter 10/1/13 through 12/31/13, every council that makes their membership quota by 12/31/13 AND MAINTAINS THE QUOTA by the end of the fraternal year will receive a check from the membership team for $2.50 per man brought in by 12/31/13. This will pay more than half of that new member's state per capita charge. The key is you must maintain your membership quota by the end of the fraternal year.
  4. We are bringing back our popular Star Recruiter Award again this year. Any Brother Knight that brings in 3 new members this fraternal year will receive a beautiful Knights of Columbus "Star Recruiter" ball cap. The Financial Secretary from the council needs to submit the name of the recruiter, and the names of the men who either took their 1st Degree or were Reactivated, to our Awards/Star Council Chairman Ed Columbus. You can email Ed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


"Knight in Shining Armor"

Awarded for service to the Order with distinction during the first year of membership, the "Shining Armor Award" is given to those men who exemplify true Knighthood.  The concept of the program is to get new members active in the many facets of the Knights of Columbus as early as possible and assist in maintaining that activity and honor them as a valued member of your Council.  To qualify for the "Shining Armor Award", new Knights must (during their first year of membership) :

  • Be involved in at least three Council Service Programs.
  • Attend at least three Council business meetings.
  • Receive his Second and Third Degree.
  • Meet with his Council's Insurance Representative.
  • Recruit at least one new member.

For those qualifying, the Certificate of Recognition (#4293) and the "Shining Armor" lapel pin (#1700) are available for order through the Supreme Supply Department.  Both may be ordered using Requisition Form #1.

Star Council

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Be a Star!

The State Council has someone to help you become a STAR.  The Awards Chairman will be keeping records of reports needed as well as monitoring your progress towards STAR COUNCIL.

Be Prepared!

District Deputies, a fair warning to all: be prepared!  An Outstanding District Deputy is awarded to those who excel in their position. Complete information will be presented during the July meeting by the State Council Activities Director.

If you have any questions please contact:
Ed Columbus : Awards, Financial Secretareies, and Star Council Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

College Councils

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College Campuses: Candidates For Councils!

College campuses are a great place to develop Councils. At the same time, there are some unique challenges with maintaining these Councils. Special emphasis is being given to developing Councils at Colleges and Universities throughout Missouri, as well as supporting those Councils already in existence. Please contact our Recruitment and New Council Development for Colleges and Universities to begin - a new adventure, Contact Bill to start a membership drive for your Council at a local College or University.

Allen Kirchner, Recruitment & New Council College Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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