I would like to convey my appreciation to the District Deputies, Grand Knights and Membership Chairmen that submitted their plans for the second Statewide Membership Drive in honor of Founder's Day in March 24 & 25, 2012. It's comforting to hear from many of you that not only are you making plans to conduct a membership drive on Founder's Day weekend, but are also planning on having additional recruitment drives on other dates. Through your tireless and steadfast efforts I am confident the Order will grow and continue to flourish in the State of California.
"*Membership 365 - We Change Lives and We Save Lives*" has been our membership theme this Columbian Year. In conjunction with the second statewide all church membership drive in honor of the Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, we are asked to grow the Order throughout the year with "Membership 365", recruiting at least one new member per Council per month.
Those Councils meeting the "Membership 365" challenge by recruiting at least 12 new members during the year will be given special recognition at the 110th Annual State Convention in Santa Clara by receiving uniquely designed commemorative buttons for their delegates to wear indicating "We Met the Challenge".
Statewide membership drives have historically been a major source of new members joining our Order. Proper planning and execution is essential for the drive to be successful. In this regard, I have attached an excerpt from the State Membership Campaign Manual with helpful information and sample bulletin and pulpit announcements. I encourage all Councils to take advantage of these and other programs they may have available to invite qualified Catholic men in their church and parishes to join the Knights of Columbus. Ask another man to join - and know you are making a difference in his life.
All Councils are asked to participate in the Founder's Day Membership Drive. If for any reason you cannot conduct a drive on those specific dates, please arrange an alternative date with your Pastor. In either case, I would like to know your plans. If you have not already done so, please take a moment to respond with the attached request for information and send it to Mario Santiago, State Recruitment Chairman, by mail at 12212 Hillsdale Avenue, Sylmar CA 91342 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any and all information, including the results of your membership drive or other successful recruiting activity, will be accepted throughout the months of March and April.
Thank you and God bless,
Charles H. Clark
*St. John Vianney, Pray for Us *
See the tips below for conducting a successful campaign.