Three Awards (1st , 2nd & 3rd ) will be given to the council that creates the most effective books which
ocuments the council’s many fraternal activities throughout the Columbian year. The Activities should
reflect the four principles of our order. Yearbook competition is on a statewide basis and not on a
division basis. You are competing with every council in the State of California for these awards.
Judging will take place at the annual state convention in May.

Council Yearbook Guidelines:
The following guidelines have been established as basis for the awards. There will be no points for
fancy covers. Each book will be judged entirely on its contents alone.
Dedication Page – State the reason you are dedicating the yearbook, a picture as appropriate, if
applicable to the dedication. To whom or to what you dedicate your yearbook is your decision.
History Page – Write a brief history of your council containing the Council Name & the Month &
Year the Council was Chartered, a list of Past Grand Knights or pictures if possible and past
accomplishments of your council. Length is not a key factor, but it must be informative.
Required Pictures – Individual and or group pictures of all Council Officers elected or appointed, to
include the Council Chaplain or Spiritual Director if any, properly labeled with the Title of office and
Full Name of Council Officer.
Another set of individual and or group pictures of all Program Directors properly labeled with Title and
Full Name of Director on the following page.
Additional pictures are required and identified as to the function and or activity. Where it is possible,
identify all the people in the picture.
Activities – A picture of the Activity Director to appear on the first page of each activity/function
stating the name of the activity/function. A separate page of each activity/function with a caption or
description is desirable. (A minimum of six pictures per function and/or activity). The size of the
activity/function does not matter, but it must be a council activity/function performed during this
Columbian Year.
To be considered for judging, your council yearbook must be at the designated room prior to
10:00AM Friday at the State Convention. Late entries will not be entertained.


The Council Bulletin is a vital tool linking all members of the council and every council should publish a monthly newsletter or bulletin for its members. This publication should arouse interest in the activities; programs and events of your council, along with reports of business carried out within the council. It is an effective vehicle for renewing non – active members’ interest in attending meetings and council functions. Some members are shut-ins while others work on meeting nights, but still like to be in touch. A well-organized bulletin keeps the entire council informed on all council news and events and your shut in members especially appreciate it and look forward to it. Awards will be presented for the publication that is judged to be the most consistent source of communication to the council members.

Guidelines for bulletins are included on a separate enclosure. Awards will be given for the best three bulletins in each division. Color pages and photographs will have no bearing on points for awards. Councils will be evaluated on nine (9) issues starting with the August 2016 issue and ending with the April 2017 issue. Bulletins will be judged as they are received; therefore it is important that the bulletins be received no later than ten days into the month. It is requested that you send a copy of your bulletin to all State Officers, Program and Membership Directors, and especially to the Knightletter Editor, as well as other chairmen found in the State Directory.

SPECIAL NOTE: Council Bulletins with sponsorships or advertisements from investment or insurance companies other than Knights of Columbus Insurance Programs will be removed from any considerations for awards.