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California Columbian Charities – 2012 Report

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Columbian Charities, during the 2012 year, assisted 81 California Knights and their families in distress with grants totaling $188,950, a new total. Another milestone was reached with 322 Councils and Chapters supported by 5 Assemblies donating a total of $135,707. The Councils donating represent approximately 60 % of our active Councils. Congratulations are in order to all of the Knights who reached out to assist their fellow Knights in Distress. Certainly, our motto “Brothers Helping Brothers in Distress” was in evidence. The year 2012 also saw the beginning of an “Awards Program” with approximately 100 Councils and Chapters receiving Blue Award Ribbons to be fastened to their Council Banners.

We are now beginning the year 2013. We trust many Councils have adopted and implemented our “365 Program” a penny a day or $3.65 per member donated to our program. For those who did not adopt this program, we ask that you adopt an alternative approach, for example, by sponsoring a dinner or a breakfast dedicated to raising funds for our program. In 2013, we are modifying our “Awards Program” so that all Councils, Chapters or Assemblies who make any donation to our program will receive an "Awards Ribbon”. We are hoping that 100% of the active Councils in California will join us. Moving toward this goal, we are confident that at least 80% of the Councils will be included this year. Let’s make it happen! Donations can be mailed to the Corporation Officers or better still presented at the Parade of Grand Knights at the May 2013 Convention in San Diego. This year only the name and number of the Council making the donation will be announced.

Finally, Gods Bless you all for your participation in the program of California Columbian Charities. We can be proud of our efforts to assist our Brother Knights and their families in Distress.


Dick Cutting PSD


Read this and much more in the February Knightletter on the State Council website

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Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest

Monday, February 25, 2013

Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest is open to all young people between the ages of 8 and 14. Local councils should begin promoting the contest at the start of the school year so that students can work on posters during the fall months.  Council judging should take place in January. District/regional and state competition should take place in February or early March. The deadline for receipt of state-level winning entries at the Supreme Council office for the international competition is March 31. International winners will be announced in May.

The deadline to forward the winning Chapter posters to the State Chairman is March 7th but you are encouraged to send them in now.  Please make sure that the entry forms are complete and that the entrant’s address and phone number are on the form.  Each entry needs 3 signatures.

Contestants will complete in two age groups, which will be determined by the entrant’s age as of January 1, 2013.

Please send your winning Posters to:

Bob Pineschi

Knights of Columbus
CA State Poster Chairman
2450 Forest Oaks Ct.
Lincoln, CA 95648

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SCHOLARSHIP By Tim Stapleton, Scholarship Charman

Friday, February 22, 2013

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! The deadline for submitting the State Scholarship application is March 1st!

The State Scholarship Committee will determine the scholarships, and the State Deputy will announce the winners at the Annual California State Convention in May of 2013. The State Council will make a payment of the grant directly to the school identified by the student after the school confirms the full-time enrollment by the student.

Applicants must submit an application, verification, personal statement, recommendations, and all other required information in one packet. Incomplete forms, missing signatures, undated applications, supplemental pages without the applicant name and other similar omissions will delay the Committee review and may disqualify the application.

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State/Regional Free Throw Championship

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The following are the confirmed "locations" for all "three" 2013 State/Regional Free Throw Championship.   ..

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Fraternal Activities Report The Road To Star Council

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Humility is a virtue, but it’s also important to be able to show qualified men what the Knights of Columbus does and stands for. Your council, and the Supreme Council, needs those facts to tell prospective members that Knights and their families are as dedicated to the Church and community as they claim to be.

In addition, the Order needs to demonstrate to the governments of the countries it is present in the incredibly high return on investment they get by granting the Knights of Columbus’ tax-exempt status. The Survey of Fraternal Activity is one of the chief vehicles for explaining that fact.

To tabulate your council’s accomplishments, use the Survey of Fraternal Activity Individual Member Worksheet (#1728A) Make copy of the worksheet and distribute it to members at a regular business meeting, or mail copies out with the council’s newsletter. Ask members to return completed worksheets early enough to allow plenty of time to compile totals for the entire council.

Star Council Award Requirements

To qualify for this award, a council must have submitted its Survey of Fraternal Activity (#1728) and its Service Program Personnel Report (#365). Other eligibility requirements are: Father McGivney Award: Achieve membership quota Founders’ Award: Achieve insurance membership quota There are no application forms for the Father McGivney and Founder’s awards.

Columbian Award

Complete and submit the Columbian Award Application (SP7) found in the Council Report Forms Booklet (#1436) or at Councils must conduct and report at least four major programs in each of the Service Program categories: Church, Community, Council, Family, Culture of Life, and Youth. Completed applications must reach the Supreme Council office by June 30.

Let us make this a year where every council is a Star Council.

For additional information contact:

Jerry Constance, Reports and Forms Chairman

South Committeeman

(562) 860-1777 (H)

(562) 440-8027 (C)

Read this and much more in the February Knightletter on the State Council website.

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