As many of you perhaps already know, Supreme’s Star Council Award is the pinnacle of achievement for the Columbian Year. It means your council has met or exceeded its membership and Insurance goal set by Supreme, as well as participated in at least four charitable programs in each of the six Supreme Surge With Service categories (Church, Council, Community, Family, Youth and Culture of Life). It is the goal of the State Deputy to achieve 200 Star Councils in California this Columbian Year — roughly one-third of the active councils in the state. As a special reward Supreme is once again offering a $4.50 per billable member rebate to councils who attain the Star Council Award.
It should be the goal of every council to strive for Star status, or even Double Star or Triple Star. Meeting the membership goal starts with planning early in the year. Schedule recruiting opportunities throughout the year with frequent First Degrees to assure timely admission of the candidates. Work closely with your Field Agent to attain your insurance goal and encourage members to meet with him. New members are also eligible for a $100 new member annuity when they join. Even if they put nothing more in it will continue to grow in value every year.
I can assure you every active council can easily meet the Surge with Service program requirement. Did your council donate money to your church, youth group or a community organization? Did you pray for the unborn or participate in a Walk for Life near you. Did you hold a council social or Christmas party during the year, recognize a Family of the Month, visit the sick or hold a blood drive? Did you hold a Soccer Challenge or Basketball Free Throw Contest? Everything adds up. The important thing is to fill out the form. It is Supreme Form #SP7 and it is due at Supreme no later than June 30. When all is said and done everything that a council normally does during a Columbian Year can easily provide an item to list for every line on the form.
It is also important that other forms required by Supreme throughout the year be submitted on a timely basis. These include Form #365,Service Program Personnel Report due on August 31, and Form #1728 Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity due January 31 (even if they are late go ahead and submit them anyway and they will likely count toward Star Council).
$4.50 per billable member is definitely worth shooting for the stars. For councils with 100 billable members (excluding Disabled and Honorary Life) that is $450. For councils with 250 billable members that is $1,125 — all of which can be redirected to council activities and other charitable projects.
A good way to assure your progress toward Star Council is to participate in the state wide Founder’s Day Church Drive during the months of March or April. Please use this link 2016 Founders’ Day Church Drive Plans to report your Founders’ Day drive dates, and this link 2015 – 16 Church Drive Results to report the number of prospects, Form 100s and new members resulting from the drive.
Remember: Every Member A Recruiter!