(Originally published 3/29/20. Updated seven times in April and eleven times in May including: 5/29/20; latest changes in RED). The State and Supreme councils are actively working to address some of the programs and issues that need modified including how we will conduct the business ordinarily done by councils. Supreme has authorized and required councils to conduct "virtual" meetings. Here are some changes and deadlines and useful links:
Guidelines for Resumption of Meetings:
Councils must continue to follow the pandemic restrictions of church and state authorities. Councils must exercise prudential judgement when considering the resumption of face to face events and meetings. The safety of members and guests must be of paramount concern with special attention given to protecting those most vulnerable to the virus (elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions). Since regulations are different in every state and city, the Supreme Council cannot, at this time, issue an overriding set of guidelines for a return to normal operations. Indeed, fraternal operations may never fully return to the old normal. Many new rules may remain in effect indefinitely. Furthermore, rules may change often and on short notice as society comes to terms with this terrible disease and its impact. In addition:
- Any meeting on church grounds must meet diocesan requirements and have the approval of the pastor.
- Councils should practice social distancing and attendees wear masks once in-person meetings resume.
- Councils will need to provide for members who cannot attend in-person due to health or other restrictions by providing virtual connections to the meeting. This is important so we do not leave members out. As much as we all want to be back together, most councils should expect to continue to meet virtually throughout the summer.
Preparations for Resuming Activities:
- Supreme Webinar on resumption of activity and next fraternal year.
- Slides from webinar on resumption of activity (PDF).
State Programs and Convention:
- The final turn-in for the Super Cash Bonanza charity ticket campaign is now June 18th and must be by mail to the State Treasurer. Allow three to four days ahead of the deadline for your mail to reach State Treasurer Jeff Kiliany. The drawing will be on June 27th.
- State Program reports and People of the year nominations will now be accepted until May 31st with state awards presented at the tour meetings in July, conditions permitting.
- The state convention was "virtual" on May 16th. See the messages to Grand Knights from State Deputy Bob Byers dated March 22nd and April 14th for more information and check kofcohio convention info.
- The State Convention resolutions are available.
- The State Audit is available for review.
- The proposed 2020-21 State Council budget is available for review.
- The minutes from last year's convention are available.
- The report of the State Officers is available.
- The date for the next convention will be the weekend of May 21-23, 2021 and will be held at the Marriott and Embassy Suites at the N. Kentucky Convention Center.
- The Support Our Seminarians (SOS) deadline for turn-in of donations is May 31st. There is a revised turn-in form here. Allow three to four days for mail to reach IPSD Kevin Miller.
- 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 (of the two) is yet to be confirmed. Final checks and forms to be turned into the State Warden by November 1st with checks issued to charities selected by the first weekend in January. No council should be conducting a public collection in May. Revised forms and info is on the state website Measure Up area.
- Remember to send a copy of your Knight and Family of the Year nominations to Dominic Nocera, Columbus Chapter Vice-President, at email@example.com. The Columbus Chapter Knight and Family of the year dinner, usually held in May, had previously been renamed the Christopher Columbus Awards Dinner and moved to October 11th prior to the pandemic.
- The Chapter has the ability to provide "host" services on Zoom to councils, districts, and chapter leaders upon request (subject to availability). Use the contact form on this website to request help.
Membership and Exemplifications:
Be flexible and creative in bringing in members. The best alternative is to use online membership as a gateway. Get the member in the order (use kofc.org/joinus) and have him designate your council as their preferred council then transfer them into the council following a virtual exemplification conducted by the State or Supreme council:
- New Candidate Tab on Officers Online - Training (Video) for Financial Secretaries and Grand Knights
- Supreme webinar on April 8th "Supreme Online Exemplification" on demand: Webinar Playback
- Presentation Slides Supreme Online Exemplification 4/8/20 (PDF)
- Online exemplifications for new members or those moving from 1st or 2nd degree to the 3rd are being conducted statewide every Tuesday and Friday at 7:00 PM in May and June. Registration can be completed at this web page. Sponsors and observers may also register on the same web page. After an exempt, your council must submit a Form 100, either through firstname.lastname@example.org or the new online Form 100, for every candidate that is exemplified. The Form 450, report of degree exemplification, will be submitted by the host of the exempt either the Supreme or State Council. The form 100 is still the responsibility of the individual council.
- Supreme online exemplifications are occurring on Thursdays at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM with the next ones scheduled on June 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th ,18th, 23rd, 25th, and 28th. These are announced in emails to Grand Knights and weekly webinars. The signup procedure is here (PDF). There is an invitation letter to send to prospects about this available. There are also online exempts in French and Spanish scheduled most Wednesdays and occasionally on Tuesday or Saturday. Councils should forward the downloadable PDF invitation to all eligible prospects for admission and advancement. Instruct the candidates to register for the exemplification of their choice by clicking on its associated link within the PDF invitation and filling out the online form. Note that they will need your council number to complete the registration. Contact the candidates to guide them through the registration if needed. After the ceremony, councils must process the candidates by submitting form 100s the traditional way or electronically in Officers Online.
- The membership goal for councils has been revised to 60% of the former goal, rounded to the nearest whole number.
- State membership requirements have also been adjusted: meet 60% of your council’s former Supreme membership goal (this is the new Supreme goal also) plus one member by May 31 to get 100 points. This activity can replace all the state membership activities and will give sufficient points to max the membership program with only 1 report. To qualify, your increase in membership on the May 31 membership report less suspensions on the May 31 report and less outstanding form 1845’s on file with Supreme on May 31 must exceed your Supreme membership quota by 1. If you feel your council qualifies, you must submit a report to the state website under Members, claiming credit.
- There is a virtual 4th degree exemplification on June 13th. Check with the assembly assigned to your council in order to register.
Meetings, Voting, Elections:
The Board of Directors of the Order have made meetings online a requirement now until further notice. All councils must do this worldwide. Councils elections are to be held on the normal schedule with nominations due no later than May 15th and elections no later than June 15th. When you schedule online meetings, 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: Online Meetings Webinar Playback The slides and resources for this as well as other recent webinars are here:
- Councils can continue with officer installation ceremonies during this time of recommended social distancing. Online platforms currently used for council meetings are recommended for holding virtual installation ceremonies.
Changes to Star Council and Supreme Programs:
As part of the Supreme “Leave No Neighbor Behind” initiative, councils are encouraged to support food banks through food and monetary donations:
This is a simple and tangible way councils, regardless of current circumstance, can help. A simple donation to a food bank nearby is one way to participate. Councils can then report this as part of the Supreme initiative (instructions at the first link). Councils can direct donations through the chapter which will then be distributed according to need by the diocese.
- Supreme webinar on April 2nd "Leave No Neighbor Behind" on demand: Webinar Playback
- Presentation Slides Leave No Neighbor Behind 4/2/20 (PDF)
- LNNB programs get double credit toward Star Council but need to report the program on the Supreme site in addition to the SP-7.
- The state council has a convenient report form available as does Supreme.
- Star Council requirements have been changed for this fraternal year:
- Only 10 programs required; 2 in each of the four areas, plus any 2 others. No mandatory programs. The featured programs and programs for the "Leave No Neighbor Behind" count double.
- Membership goal is 60% of the previous goal (rounded to nearest whole number); insurance goal reduced by 50% OR must hold a virtual benefits seminar with field agent. Districts can hold district wide seminars but each council must have participants beyond the Grand Knight and Field Agent to get credit and the event must be promoted to the entire council. General Agents will report the council participation. See this table to convert the previous goal to the new goals for membership and insurance.
- Per capita and assessment payments not required for the second half of this fraternal year as well as the first half of the next year. All reporting and safe environment requirements must be met. SP-7s still must be filed by June 30th and file early! In addition, councils will still receive 2020-21 credit for Supreme per-capita if they achieve Star Council this fraternal year, in addition to the above waiver.
- A Supreme webinar on these changes was held on Thursday, April 30th. You can watch it here: Supreme Webinar on Star Council Changes
- Star Council Changes Webinar Slides (PDF)
- There is a Frequently Asked Questions PDF.
- Star Council requirements for the next fraternal year will be covered in a webinar on June 11th. Register here.
Supreme Training Website Changing:
The Supreme Council has discontinued use of the SABA Learning Management Platform, and will be hosting training resources directly on KofC.org. If you are an officer who has access to the fraternal training portal link, that will now redirect to the For Members section of KofC.org.
Updates to the For Members pages will provide the up to date and current resources for your officer role. Content will continue to be added through the start of the new fraternal year and council officers will receive further guidance and instructions. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
Further information and updates will be forthcoming.