Welcome (Youth Activities)

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Welcome

BE a Knight to Today's Youth


As the Knights work to increase our ranks, we must never forget the young men and women who may someday be a member of the Knights of Columbus or Ladies Auxiliary. Therefore, it is absolutely vital to develop and promote programs for youth in your council. These young people will be the next leaders of the Knights of Columbus and it is our duty to create a fun, challenging growth experience for them and their faith.

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 if this is to continue, you and your council must actively take steps 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, 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 result. Take a good look at your roster and choose one or more Knights who will take a genuine interest in these youth programs. An interested adult leader will help develop these youngsters into tomorrow's leaders.

With all the things trying to lure our youth towards less than moral choices, our youth need us and our programs now more than ever to develop them into a leader for tomorrow.

To stay in touch with the latest information, please visit and Like our MO KofC Youth Page on Facebook.

John "Rocky" Gambon   Youth Director   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Basketball Free Throw

Written by Kevin Hudnut. 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 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (age as of January 1, 2015)
  • Girls ages 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (age as of January 1, 2015)

Suggested Tournament Schedule:

  • Council - Month of January
  • District - February 1 thru 15
  • Regional - February 16 thru 28
  • State - March 2016
  • 2016 Regional and State Competition Dates
    (Dates to be announced and posted at a later date)

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 NOT 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
  • 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:
Aaron Wood   Free Throw Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Soccer Challenge

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Soccer

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

Five age groups:
    Boys ages 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Age as of September 1, 2015)
    Girls ages 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Age as of September 1, 2015)


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 Finals: November
  • 2015 Regional and State Competition Dates
    • Not yet announced...check back often for updates

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
  • 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:
Aaron Wood    Soccer Challenge Chairman     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Essay Contest

Written by Kevin Hudnut. 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.

Winners from each grade (5-12) will be awarded a plaque from the Missouri State Council. There will be a first place winner in each of the eight grades.  All entrants who qualify for State judging will receive a certificate of participation from the State Council.  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 by January 31st, 2016.

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

Jason Kehl,  State Essay Contest Chairman  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Poster Contest

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Poster Contest

MISSOURI STATE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
2014 - 2015 YOUTH POSTER CONTEST

For this fraternal year, we will be using Supreme's Substance Abuse Awareness themes. To get started, each council will need to order the poster kit (#SA-KIT) from Supreme.  We will be announcing the poster theme soon.  General information, promotional material, judging sheets, certificates will be made available at a later time.

Plaques will be persented for each 1st and 2nd place winners in each category and age group.  The age groups in each category will be: 

  • 8-11 years old
  • 12-14 years old

Students can enter any or all poster contest that they are qualified in.

I encourage the council to award certificates of participation to all entries.

To be considered for the State Judging, all winning entries from the council level need to be into the Poster Contest Chairman no later than February 29, 2016.  (Note: only submit winning entries, not all of your entries.)

POSTERS MUST BE 11" X 17" TO BE CONSIDERED FOR JUDGING AT THE STATE LEVEL

 

Additional Infomation:


If I can help in any way, contact me at:
Jason Kehl, Poster Contest Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Squires - Columbus Girls

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Squires - Columbus Girls

COLUMBIAN SQUIRES COLUMBUS GIRLS
The Official Youth Organization
of the Knights of Columbus
The Official Young Ladies
Organization of the Missouri
State Council Knights of Columbus
Squires Columbus Girls Emblem

As we are asked to BE a Knight, we cannot forget the value of our sons and daughters. These young Catholic men and women face many challenges in the world today which seek to draw them away from the faith.  The lure of excitement and easy rewards with little or no responsibility make the task of living in the Catholic faith all the more challenging. At the same time, our councils sometimes encounter difficulities in getting younger Catholics interested in the work of our cherished Order.  Fortunately, there is a program within the Knights of Columbus that can help young people keep their Catholic faith, enable them to learn leadership skills while engaging them in fun service activities that introduce them to the Knights of Columbus.  

The Columbian Squires is the official youth organization of the Knights of Columbus for young men between the age of ten and eighteen.  The Columbus Girls is a program instituted by the Missouri State Council for young women in the same age group. Both the Squires and Columbus Girls are Catholic programs dedicated to promoting leadership and service for our youth. Both organizations are open to all Catholic children, not just those whose fathers are Knights or mothers are in an Auxiliary.

A new Squires or Girl's circle must be sponsored by a Council, Assembly, or Ladies Auxiliary. The circles can either be based in the council, parish, or school depending on the needs of the area. Each circle elects it's own officers, runs it's own meetings, and plans it's own events. The officers serve under the guidance of several Knights or Ladies who work as counselors for the group. Circles undertake a number of activities, including volunteering at soup kitchens, raising funds for a number of charitable institutions, praying for religious vocations, cleaning up city parks, participating in recruiting drives and having social events.

Squires Circles have been established throughout the world where the order is present. More information on the Squires can be found on the Supreme Council website at www.kofc.org. Columbus Girls Circles are active throughout the state of Missouri. Please contact me if you are interested in forming a circle in either organization.

Don Allen    Chairman Columbian Squires and Columbus Girls   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Scholarships / Grants

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Scholarships - Grants

Scholarships Awarded by the Missouri State Council

The Missouri State Council awards a total of eleven (11) scholarships each year. Each scholarship has an annual award of $1000, payable in installments of $500 per semester. The scholarships are designated in the following categories:

  • Four (4) LUKE E. HART MEMORIAL Scholarships. The recipients MUST attend one of the branches of the University of Missouri - Columbia, St. Louis, Rolla, or Kansas City. If fewer than four qualified applicants apply, then these scholarships may be awarded as specified for Missouri State Scholarships.
  • Three (3) MISSOURI STATE Scholarships. The recipients may attend any accredited University, College, or Technical School; beyond High School Level.
  • One (1) CARDINAL BERNARD F. LAW Scholarship. The recipient may attend any accredited seminary of their choice studying for a vocation to the religious life.
  • Two (2) VOCATION Scholarships. The recipients may attend any accredited seminary or college of their choice to study for a vocation to the religious life. If no applications are received from applicants desiring to study for a vocation to the priesthood or to serve in a religious community, then these scholarships may be awarded to other applicants with preference given to those attending Catholic institutions.
  • One (1) Tech School Scholarship. The recipient may attend any accredited Technical School. These are normally two-year programs.


ELIGIBILITY:
To be eligible for the Hart and Missouri State or Tech School scholarships, the applicant MUST be: 

  • A member of the Knights of Columbus
  • OR The son, daughter, or wife of a member of the Knights of Columbus
  • OR The son, daughter, or non-remarried wife of a deceased member of the Knights of Columbus
  • OR a member of a Ladies Auxiliary of a Missouri Knights Council
  • OR A Squire or Columbus Girl in good standing, attested to by the Chief Counselor and GK
  • OR A minor child whose LEGAL GUARDIAN is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

The applicant must obtain the certification of the Grand Knight OR the Financial Secretary of the local Council to verify membership. Member is defined as a member in good standing of a Council within Missouri.

Applicants for the Cardinal Law or Vocations scholarships must be approved by one of the Missouri Dioceses or by a religious order located in Missouri.  NOTE: The membership requirements do NOT apply for Vocations applicants.


Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of Catholic citizenship, community service, scholarship, and financial need. The recipients are selected by a Committee of the Knights of Columbus as appointed by the State Deputy. All scholarships are for Missouri residents. Payments are made directly to the institution AFTER proof of successful enrollment in good standing is provided to the Scholarship Committee.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Completed applications using only the 2015-2016 application form (when available), and required certification forms, must be postmarked no later than FEBRUARY 15, 2016 in order to be considered. 


Application and Information
:
Click here to download and print the Scholarship Application Form. 
Click here to download and print the list, rules, and deadline 
Click here for a helpful Letter to School Counselors about the application.


Printed, Completed, Signed Applications should be mailed to:


MIKE DEAMOS
Scholarships Chairman
1904 Pine Street
Higginsville, MO 64037
D-816-483-1177 x2210 N-660-584-7234
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Additional scholarship information: http://www.jymiller.net/kcship.html


Scholarship Winners: 
2015 Scholarship Winners
2014 Scholarship winners

2013 Scholarship winners

2012 Scholarship winners
2011 Scholarship winners



Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships Awarded by the Supreme Council


PRO DEO and PRO PATRIA Scholarships:
Sixty-two (62) scholarships for undergraduate studies in the amount of $1500 are awarded in this program to members and the sons or daughters of a member or deceased member. Ten (10) of these scholarships are awarded for studies at the Catholic University of America and forty-eight (48) are awarded for studies at any Catholic College of the student’s choice in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the Philippines. Four (4) additional scholarships are awarded annually to members of the Columbian Squires.

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS:
These fellowships are established for work in the fields offered in the graduate school of the Catholic University of America. The fellowships cover tuition, room, and board and may be renewed annually up to three years. Detailed information on these programs is available in the Financial Aid To Education pamphlet #951 or by writing directly to: Director of Scholarship Aid, P.O. Box 1670, New Haven, CT 06507.

For more information, visit the Supreme Council scholarships page:  http://www.kofc.org/scholarships

 

Mike Deamos, Scholarship Chairman              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Protection Program

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Youth Protection Program

YOUTH PROTECTION REQUIREMENTS

The Supreme Council has instituted a program called the Knights of Columbus Safe Environment Program.

This online program, along with a formal background check, is designed to teach all Grand Knights, Circle Leaders, and those who are in direct contact with young people in Knights of Columbus sponsored activities/organizations the signs of abuse and what we as Knights should do to provide our youth with a safe and supporting environment.

The online program Can be completed in as little as one hour. Furthermore, there is no formal meetings to attend. Those completing the program are certified for a period of two years.

The Safe Environment Training and subsequent background check is in addition to any checks performed by the diocese or scouting organizations. There is no cost for these checks to the council or individual.

For more information regarding the Knights of Columbus Safe Environment Program, you can visit the Supreme website for more information by following ths link:  http://www.kofc.org/un/en/membership/safe_environment/  

For other questions, contact:

Don Allen Youth Protection Chairman   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.