Presentation on theme: "Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit"— Presentation transcript:
1Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit Jose L. Jimenez, PSDMembership & Program Consultant
2Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit Nebraska Membership StatusDecember 3, 2010Intake Loss Net Deaths 114Suspensions 73 Withdrawals Transfers -11Net/Net -153 (Growth)
3Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit To grow our Order in the council:For new leadershipFor new ideas & prospectiveEstablish and offer new programsBuild fraternity among our Catholic CommunityTo invite Catholic families to join
4Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit To grow our Order in the Community:The Beatrice Council 1723 retrieve an old tire from the Big Blue River during a river cleanup event and the side of a road during a community-wide clean up event.
5Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit To address the needs of the Church:To support our pastors & clergyTo serve as lay ministers in the ChurchTo evangelize and support vocationsProvide religious devotion to membersTo assist with maintenance and building projects
6Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit To strengthen Catholic family life:Providing family activitiesSupporting needy familiesVolunteering as a familyMemorial Mass for deceased members
7Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit To defend the dignity on human life:K of C Ultrasound initiativeMarch for life activitiesPro- Life education to the youthMonuments to the unbornPrayers to end abortion
8Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit To fulfill Fr. Michael McGivney’s Dream:Organize Catholic men to serveProvide support to the widow & orphansProvide support to the ChurchProvide support to the communityProvide fraternalism to each otherProvide financial security to our families
9Food DistributionThe Knights of Columbus Supreme Council in New Haven, Conn., donated 1,625 turkeys to food banks in East Haven and Stamford, and members of three Connecticut councils volunteered their time to help distribute the turkeys and other foodstuffs to local shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and charitable agencies.
10Funding Community Projects Kennedy Gravesite Restoration Work Under Way at Arlington National CemeteryKnights of Columbus underwrites cost of restoring legibility of JFK inaugural address.
11“Am I my brother’s keeper” This is why we recruit
12Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit If not us, who will:Defend our Church and ClergyProvide 10,000 children with coatsProvide the thousands of Wheelchairs$17 million on youth activities$117 million in Church loans$77 billion in insurance protection$1.6 million to Pope Benedict XVI$2.8 million vocations support$1 million Food for Families
13Knights of Columbus Why Do We Recruit Was not this unity of vision and purpose – rooted in faith and a spirit of constant conversion and self-sacrifice – the secret of the impressive growth of the Church in this country? We need but think of the remarkable accomplishment of that exemplary American priest, the Venerable Michael McGivney, whose vision and zeal led to the establishment of the Knights of Columbus…– Pope Benedict XVI
14“I am my brother’s keeper” This is why we recruit
15Nebraska Membership Growth Long term growth for the future:We have to believe in who we are and why we are knights.If we understand this simple message then every council should be able to invite men into the Order.It isn’t about numbers it’s about keeping people catholic and active in their faith.It is about impacting our youth at an early age and it is about planting seeds.It’s about inviting our ethnic brothers and sisters to join us in our efforts.
16Nebraska Membership Growth Work to be done:Back to the basics:Creating/shifting/enhancing a cultural environment that portrays our catholic identity to all people both catholic and non-catholic alike. (Changing our image, branding, how do people see us)
17Nebraska Membership Growth Leadership:The importance of each level of leadership (Gk, DD, SD) teams to establish measurable goals, foster environments that motivate councils to buy-in and achieve those goals.The District and State levels should provide assistance, guidance, and direction when councils fail to reach or even strive to support organizational goals.
18Nebraska Membership Growth Alignment:The importance of ensuring that each level of the organization provides input to the operational plan.The council should build activity schedules that support district growth plans and the district input should roll into the state’s overall plan.Modify the plan for the next six months!
19Nebraska Membership Growth Succession Planning:Using the long term planning process to not only create a plan but to also build synergy within the jurisdiction, which will yield continuity and unity on the future direction of the jurisdictionIdentify leaders early and mentor/coach them into increasingly larger leadership roles
20Nebraska Membership Growth Communication:Foster a sense of teamwork between the state , districts and councils through open and frequent dialogueResources:Using all available tools to be successful: the new Membership Growth Dept., Membership Program Consultant, the various membership tools (one-one, husband-wife, blitz, church drives).
21Nebraska Membership Growth District Deputies:Training will be available for District Deputies in order to accomplish a mission to ensure that every council is active. Achieve Star DistrictGrand Knights:Inspire Grand Knights and their officers to set goals, build long-term plans, and then provide them the resources to be successful. Achieve Star Council
22Nebraska Membership Growth 2009 Fraternal Survey ReportTotal Church Activities Disbursement $ 629,641Total Community Activity Disbursements $ 840,480Total Youth Activity Disbursement $ 204,355Visits to the Sick: 72,846Visits to the Bereaved: 35,583Number of Blood Donations: 12,052Total Volunteer Hours: 969,261
23Nebraska Membership Growth PopulationTotal Nebraska Population 1,774,571Total Catholic Population 366,894Estimated Catholic Families 143,954Nebraska Knights 24,242 – 17%Estimated Eligible Catholic Men 95,000
24Nebraska Membership Growth District DeputiesEstablish a plan to achieve your district goal and attain State DistrictShare that plan with your councils at District MeetingSupport the councils to attain Star CouncilIdentify NCD and R/T opportunities in your district (KofC Presence in all parishes)Identify any ethnic opportunitiesAsk for help – we want you to succeed
25Nebraska Membership Growth Jose L. Jimenez, PSDMembership & Program Consultant1221 N.W. 34th StreetOklahoma City, OK 73118Hm:Cell: