January 2017 

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family had a wonderful  Christmas season.  This is also the mid-point of our fraternal year and it is a great opportunity to take stock of what we have accomplished for the first six months and examine our plans for the next six months.

First of all, thank you for your hospitality when you welcome the state officers and wives to your chapters and councils for the officers’ installation, testimonial and State Deputy Forum.  Thank you for helping grow the Order and for your support of the various state programs.  At the half year mark, the California Jurisdiction is in a good place.

As of December 26, 2016, we recruited 1,806 new members (42% of goal) but let go of 584   members which brought our net gain to 1,222 (40% of goal).  We formed five new councils (36% of goal), reactivated one suspended council (11% of goal) and established 134 round tables (96% of goal).

We conducted programs such RSVP, Priesthood Sunday, Special Olympics, Intellectual Disabilities Drive, Food for Families, Coats for Kids, Soccer Challenge, Ultrasound Machine and many more church, council, community, family, youth and culture of life activities.  So far, we raised funds for two containers of wheelchairs for the Holy Land and Middle East.

The state website had been enhanced making it easier to navigate.  You are receiving this monthly mailer which a good number of Brother Knights anxiously await receiving every month.  Communication guidelines have been established and more training for council officers is   available.  The Formation Degree exemplification has been revised.

Where do go from here?  We will continue to focus on the councils’ success.  We ask every Brother Knight to do his best to help his council achieve Star Council.  Why?  Fr. Ramon Marrufo, Chaplain of the San Diego Diocese Chapter said it best when he stated that Star Council should be the expectation of every council.  It is the best measurement of the council’s growth, protection of families, program participation and compliance with the reporting and financial requirements.

We need to grow the Order through one-on-one recruitment, membership drive and other    channels.  We should encourage financial protection for more families.  We should conduct     various programs, increase our charitable footprint and document those on Form 1728 which is due on January 31, 2017 and SP-7 which is due on June 30, 2017.  If you have not done it yet, please report your program officers on Form 365 and keep your account with Supreme current.

So, let us shoot for the star, Star Council that is.  Vivat Jesus!

Sonny R. Santa Ines

State Deputy