State Deadline Changes and Meeting Resources

The State council is actively working to address some of the programs and issues that need modified including how we will conduct the business ordinarily done at the State convention and the statewide programs. Supreme has authorized and strongly encouraged councils to conduct "virtual" meetings. Here are some deadlines that have changed:

  • The first turn-in for the Super Cash Bonanza charity ticket campaign is now April 24th. The final turn-in remains May 16th and must be by mail to the State Treasurer.
  • Program reports and People of the year nominations will now be accepted until May 31st with awards presented in the summer. Remember to send a copy of your Knight and Family of the Year nominations to Dominic Nocera, Columbus  Chapter Vice-President, at nochie11@gmail.com.
  • The state convention will be "virtual". See the message from State Deputy Bob Byers dated March 22nd for more information or check kofcohio.org.
  • As already announced, all councils that recruit members this month will get the bonuses regardless of whether the state meets the 200 member goal. Be flexible and creative in bringing in members. A very viable alternative is to use online membership. Get the member in the order, designate your council as their preferred council and transfer them into the council when possible. Use kofc.org/joinus.
  • The Support Our Seminarians (SOS) deadline for turn-in of donations is now May 25th. There is a revised turn-in form here.
  • The Measure Up campaign weekends are now July 23 / 24  / 25 and July 30 / 31 / August 1. For those councils within the City of Columbus, the weekend to be permitted is yet to be confirmed. Final checks to the State Warden will be due by November 1st. No council should be conducting a public collection in late April / early May. Revised forms and info is on the state website Measure Up area.

In order to further assist councils in conducting business, councils are authorized to hold video conference meetings. If you do so, please include your District Deputy and Field Agent in any virtual meeting invitations so that they can participate also. To conduct a video meeting, there are many tools available.  The Supreme council held a recent webinar on this and you can watch it on-demand:

https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2225706/5AF358B9F8934FA90A0313862AC177A3

The slides and resources are here:

Further information and updates will be forthcoming.

State Convention Now Virtual

Update 03/22/20: Ohio will have a virtual state convention. Some deadlines also changed. Here are some important points that were in the State Deputy's message today: "With the cooperation and help of Supreme Council, currently we are planning a VIRTUAL STATE CONVENTION May 16-17, 2020. We are now asking you to check email accounts and the state website on a weekly basis for updates to this First Call Notification.

The 2020 Super Cash Bonanza drawing is expected to take place during the virtual convention. The drawing is still planned for Saturday morning with a virtual audience to certify the drawing. However, this also means that the ticket turn-ins are even more important with no "last-minute convention turn-ins." Recently, State Treasurer Jeff Kiliany sent out an email blast indicating a change of the First Turn-in to April 24. Please continue to sell the tickets as before, keeping in mind that the tickets need to reach State Treasurer Jeff Kiliany well in advance of the virtual convention date of Saturday, May 16.

The deadline for the "We Are Many; We Are One" state general program is now extended until May 31. This means that State General Program Director Mike Nau and his team will accept submissions of COUNCIL activities and the HONOREES of the YEAR through May 31, 2020. Dependent on the (public) health situation, We expect that announcing the results of the general program competitions will take place during the summer, possibly at the summer diocesan tour meetings in July."

Worthy Brothers,

It is with some disappointment, I am announcing the cancellation of the 121st Ohio State Convention in May. More details on any future plans will be announced.

Coronavirus Guidelines for Knights and Councils

Update (3/17/20): In a letter to all Knights and Councils issued last night, our Supreme Knight Carl Anderson reiterated that the Supreme Council suggests: that you pray the novena pray linked below; that we "cancel all 'in person' Knights of Columbus meetings and activities at the local or state level until otherwise indicated"; that we "leave no Knight – or neighbor – behind. If members of your council – or community – are elderly or have underlying medical conditions, please ensure that they have enough food"; and that those healthy enough give blood.

Original text:
The Supreme Council has issued guidelines for all Knights, councils, and chapters. You can read the entire statement here: Coronavirus Guidelines for Fraternal Leaders. The key portion is this:

"the Supreme Council most strongly recommends the following actions to protect brother Knights and others:

•  Cancel all personal contact meetings, including business meetings, until further notice.
•  Cancel all planned events, where people would gather, until further notice.
•  Cancel all travel for Knights of Columbus business until further notice.

There are many ways to continue council operations without face to face contact.  Here are some suggestions:

•  Conduct meetings by conference call, Skype, Google Groups or other methods.
•  Use a webinar service for large meetings like monthly business meetings.
•  Allow member votes by email or text to approve bills and candidate admissions.
•  Use the email feature of Officers Online for member communications.
•  Set up a call tree to contact members and ascertain their wellbeing.
•  Conduct degree ceremonies in homes using the combined Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity video or the First Degree video.
•  Use applications like “Go fund me” to digitally raise funds for causes."

Knights are also encouraged to pray the Novena Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic

Supreme has a guide to online Mass sources.

Christopher Columbus Awards Banquet Announced

Knights of Columbus, Greater Columbus Chapter

Announces that the annual dinner honoring councils’ Knight of the Year/Family of the Year
is now the:

Christopher Columbus Awards Banquet

Sunday, October 11, 2020

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE for KNIGHTS and FAMILIES of the YEAR NOW: MAY 31, 2020

RESERVATIONS DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 2020 (TBC)

The Knights of Columbus of the Columbus Diocese are pleased to announce that the annual banquet to honor Knights and Families of the year is moving to a new date and expanded to include recognition of Star Councils and their Grand Knights.

Councils' Knight of the Year and Family of the Year will be honored as well as the Chapter and Diocese Knight of the Year and Family of the Year! Council, Chapter, and Diocese winners for fraternal year 2019-2020 will be recognized in October.

The Banquet this year is at 6:00 PM, Sunday, October 11, 2020 at the Makoy Center Burgundy Room, 5462 Center St1reet, Hilliard, OH 43026.

Further details will be announced later. Continue to submit your council nominations as in past years by May 31st

Date: 

Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Upcoming Chapter Meetings:

Due to the current situation, the meeting status will be updated prior to future meetings.

Greater Columbus Chapter
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 Canceled!
Food at 6:30 PM, Meetings begin at 7:00 PM

St. Joseph Cathedral - Undercroft
212 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215
Parking and entrance in rear of building,
Enter lot from E Gay St. eastbound.
Open to Knights only.

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Thursday, June 4th, 2020 

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