Welcome (Youth Activities)

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Welcome

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders from Today’s Youth


Youth programming in your Council is vital to the growth and experiences of not only our youth but in the growth of your Council as well. These programs are not only meant to enrich and encourage the involvement of the youth but also to help you to become a more visible and positive role model in their development. As members of the Knights of Columbus, it is our responsibility to make sure we provide our youth with the means and opportunities that help them become more involved and committed citizens as they are the life blood of our order and our country.

The great jurisdiction of Missouri has an outstanding Youth Activities Program with a strong history of successful programs. We have had multiple International winners throughout the years and we will continue to support and promote them in their efforts to reach such high accomplishments during this fraternal year.


But there is a great deal more that we can do as knights in helping to ensure the participation and success of our youth. First and foremost we have to support and sponsor the programs. Through the essay, poster, soccer, free throws, squires, Columbus girls, youth of the month, and scholarship programs you and your council should easily find the most if not all of these programs are easy to sponsor.


These programs need your commitment to publicize and promote them in your local communities, parishes, and schools. The more effort put forth the more return for your investment of time will return. Take a good look at your roster and recruit new members that will take a genuine interest in the program because realize it or not these are our leaders and Knights of Columbus members and Auxiliary members of tomorrow. An interested adult leader will help develop these youngsters into tomorrow's leaders.

Our youth need us and our programs now more than ever to develop them into a leader for tomorrow. Through our programs we will involve them and develop them into our leaders of tomorrow.

Tim Beussink   Youth Director  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Basketball Free Throw

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Basketball

LEVELS OF COMPETITION FOR THE FREE THROW CHAMPIONSHIP
STATE WINNERS ARE FORWARDED TO SUPREME FOR INTERNATIONAL CONSIDERATION

Five age groups:

  • Boys ages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (age as of January 1, 2014)
  • Girls ages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (age as of January 1, 2014)

Suggested Tournament Schedule:

 
The competition kit order form (FT-Kit) can be ordered online from the Supreme Council Website, www.kofc.org, or it can be found in your Council Report Forms booklet.


PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW COMPETITION RULES!

Score sheets ARE to be returned to the participants. Winner's sheets will be forwarded to the Chairman of the next level of competition. A Questions and Answers sheet is available from the District Deputy. PLEASE READ!

Any council that is allowing children 9 years of age or younger to participate in the event must know that they will not be able to participate in any higher level due to their age.

An  estimated number of participants should be kept by the council and forwarded to the State Chairman.

Awards:

  • Council Level- Trophies, Plaques, etc. of the Council's choice (No savings bonds or cash!)
  • District Level - Medallions
  • Regional Level - Plaques
  • State Level - Trophies
  • International Level - Trophies

For more information, contact:
Keith Eidel   Free Throw Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Soccer Challenge

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Soccer

LEVELS OF COMPETITION FOR THE SOCCER CHALLENGE: COUNCIL, DISTRICT, REGIONAL, & STATE

Five age groups:
    Boys ages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Age as of September 1,2013)
    Girls ages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Age as of September 1,2013)

Suggested Tournament Schedule:

  • Council - Month of September (scheduled by your local Council)
  • District - October I thru 15 (scheduled by your District Deputy)
  • Regionals - October 16-31
  • State competition: November

The 2014 Regional Tournaments:

St. Louis Regional
Sunday October 20th at 6:00
Immaculate Conception Fields
Arnold MO

Southeast Regional
Sunday October 20th at 3:30
St. Genevieve City Park

Springfield Regional
Sunday October 20th at 1:00
Jones Branch YMCA
1901 East Republic Road

Nothwest Regional
Sunday October 20th at 1:00
Savannah Middle School
Savannah MO

Columbia Regional
Sunday October 20th at 1:00
Westphalia K of C fields
Hwy 63

(Note: the St. Charles and Hannibal Tournaments are still being set.  Check back here often.)

The 2014  State Tournament:

State Competition
Sunday November 3rd at 1:00
Westphalia K of C Fields
Highway 63

Competition Kit order forms are in the COUNCIL REPORTS FORM BOOKLET or can be ordered online at the Supreme Council Website at http://www.kofc.org/  Please refer to SC-KIT.

PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW COMPETITION RULES!
Score Sheets ARE NOT to be returned to the participants. Winner's sheets will be forwarded to the Chairman of the next level of competition. A Question and Answer sheet is available from the District Deputy.  PLEASE READ! Any council that is allowing children 9 years of age or younger to participate in the event must know that they will not be able to participate in any higher level due to their age. An estimated number of participants should be kept by the council and forwarded to the State Chairman.

Awards:

  • Council Level- Trophies, Plaques, etc. of the Council's choice (no savings bonds or cash)
  • District Level - Certificates
  • State Level - Trophies
  • Regional Level - Medallions
  • International Level - Trophies

For more information contact:
Keith Eidel    Soccer Chairman     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Youth of the Month

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Youth of the Month

AWARD CRITERIA FOR NOMINEES


1.  Eligibility:  Must be the son or daughter of a Knight/Lady in good standing or be a Squire or Columbus Girl.

2.  Age: The participants must be under the age of 18.  The student must be of good academic standing in either a public or private school.

3.  Catholic Activities: The nominee must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. The nominee should be of good moral standing and participate actively in parish or diocese activities supporting the Catholic Church. This may include such activities as participation as an alter server, babysitting during mass, service during fundraising activities, participation in retreats, etc.

4.  Community Activities: The nominee must participate in community charitable or service activities. This can include working with charities such as St. Vincent DePaul, Goodwill, Meals on Wheels, etc. The nominee can also participate in individual activities such as aiding the elderly, aiding the sick, aiding persons who are confined to home or tutoring.

5.  School Activities: The nominee should also be active in some extracurricular school activities. This can include sports, music, theater, special interest clubs, etc.

6.  Nomination Procedures: A maximum of six awards will be presented during the Fraternal Year of the State Council. There is no limitation on the number of nominations presented by a council. The nomination must come from the Youth Activities Director or Grand Knight of the council and should include: full name, contact information (address, phone, and email), age, grade, school, and a description of the nominee’s participation in 3-5 above. Nominations are submitted electronically via the State website www.mokofc.org to the State Youth Activities Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   by the deadline for each applicable award period.
 
7. Award: The award periods and deadlines are:  Jul/Aug due prior to July 1; Sep/Oct due prior to Sep 1; Nov/Dec due prior to Nov 1; Jan/Feb due prior to Jan 1; Mar/Apr due prior to Mar 1 and May/Jun due prior to May 1.  The Youth of the Month recipients will receive a certificate during presentation of the award.  A State Youth of the Year will be selected from the six State Youth of the Month recipients (May/Jun through Mar/Apr) and will be presented at the State Convention held in April.

Youth of the Month Nomination Form :

Tim Beussink   Youth Activities Director  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Essay Contest

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Essay Contest

Missouri State Essay Contest

Topic:  “The Importance of Religious Freedom”

The Missouri State Essay Contest has been aligned with the Supreme Council's Essay Contest. The contest is open to all Catholic students in the state of Missouri, public, private, or home schooled, grades 5-12. Councils should order the Essay Contest Kit (EA-Kit) from Supreme.

Essays must be 500-750 words in length and must be typed on 8.5 X 11 paper, one sided, double spaced, with one inch margins. Judging will be based on Overall Impression, Content, Grammar, and Style. The student's name should appear only on the official Knights of Columbus Entry Form. This form should be stapled to the essay.

All entries in each grade must be submitted to the local Council for the first round of judging, and only one winner in each grade is to be forwarded by the council for judging on the state level, a maximum of eight essays per Council.

There will be a first place winner in each of the eight grades.  Plaques will be awarded to the winner in each grade. It is recommended that local Councils also provide awards for council winners, along with the certificates that are provided in the Essay Kit. Winners from grades 8-12 will be forwarded to Supreme for the International Competition.

The winning entries for each grade, each with the official Knights of Columbus Entry Form stapled to it, must be submitted to the State Chairman January 31st, 2014.

All necessary forms, promotional materials, and certificates are in the Essay Contest Kit (EA-Kit) available upon request from Supreme at kofc.org.

Michael A. Deamos  State Essay Contest Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.