NEW GUIDELINES FOR 2023-2024 COLUMBIAN YEAR
The ideal way of holding a Fraternal Benefit Event is to have our Field Agents conduct a ‘face to face’ event at their assigned Councils. Our General Sales Managers (see below) have been asked to have each of their respective Field Agents reach out and ensure each of their Councils are aware of these events and assist them in completing the proper documentation.
The Supreme Council has prepared a Fraternal Benefits Events Guidebook and separate Planning Workbook to assist in the planning of your event.
Click to download the Planning Guidebook
Click to download the Planning Workbook
FAQ = frequently asked questions)
How does a Council qualify for the “Founders Award”?
- To qualify for the “Founders’ Award” a council must promote and host two (2) Fraternal Benefit Events (virtual or in person). The Founders Award remains one of the requirements for Star Council.
What are the attendance requirements?
- For Councils with 99 or fewer members, the sum of both events must equal or exceed 10 eligible attendees.
- For Councils with 100 or more members, the sum of both events must equal or exceed 14 eligible attendees.
- Eligible attendees must be “unique members”. Meaning, you can’t count the same person twice.
- Eligible attendees must be a member or membership eligible. Meaning, they must be male, 18 or older and a practical Catholic. Others (ladies and children) can still be present; they just aren’t eligible to be reported as attending.
If a council has 23 eligible attendees at their first FBE, must they still have a second?
- Yes, a council must host a second FBE, even though they exceeded the attendee requirement.
Who can present or run our “In-person” FBE?
- Your local Field Agent and/or General Agent presents a FBE to the families of the Council and/or Parish. Work with your Priest and Field Agent to select a date and location. Advertise the event in the parish bulletin, fliers, posters, etc. The Council hosts the event. The Agent presents the FBE.
The Council can provide refreshments for the attendees. Provide a signup sheet for all attendees.
How do we organize a “Virtual” FBE?
- You should organize a virtual FBE much like the in-person FBE. Your State and/or Supreme will notify you in advance of all virtual events so you can plan for them. You should still advertise the event in the parish bulletin, fliers, posters, etc. The Council hosts the event. The FBE presenter will be virtual.
Be sure to have a computer, workable internet, large screen, projector, and speakers (much like a movie night). The Council can provide refreshments for the attendees. Provide a signup sheet for all attendees.
Why do we need a signup sheet?
- You need to track who is attending. You will need their name, email, and phone number of all those that qualify for reporting later to Supreme. Only report eligible attendees (see above).
How do we report our FBE?
- The GK or FS can now report the results of their FBE directly to Supreme. This can only be done using the online Form #11077. DO NOT SEND MANUALY AND DO NOT SEND TO YOUR GENERAL AGENT.
- When you complete and submit your form-11077, the GA will automatically be sent a copy and he has the option to review and dispute your reporting.
- At the bottom of the form, you must now verify your eligible attendees.
You can pick the circle for “I will load an image” where you must upload your signup sheet.
Or pick the circle “I will manually enter” and then enter all eligible attendees name, email, and phone number.
- Pick the blue “SUBMIT” box and you’re done.
Contact your General Sales Manager (see below) for more information
Chapters: Northern, San Jose, Redwood, St. Francis, Oakland
Chapters: Central, San Joaquin, Junipero Serra, Kern-Inyo
Chapters: San Diego, Arrowhead Desert Valley, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley,
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