Council Service Program Awards

Remember, these awards are based upon one project or activity conducted by the council and not upon a series or accumulation of activities in a particular section of the Service Program. Consider the following areas when preparing an entry for a project or activity:

  • Nature of the activity. Who was benefited by the program? How did it meet a need in the community, parish or council?
  • Participation of membership. How many members participated? What percentage of the entire membership participated? All other things being equal, a program that had participation of the majority of the council will be judged more favorably than one in which only a handful of members participated.
  • Program originality. Was the program new?
  • Committee planning. How effectively was the program organized? How much detail was involved in staging the event?
  • Delegation of responsibility. How many members served as volunteers? Planners? How was the implementation of the project organized?
  • How was the program publicized? Did council members effectively utilize radio and television, local and diocesan newspapers, and council newsletters?



California State Awards Program

In order for your Council to be recognized during the Awards Ceremony at the Sacramento State Convention in May, your State Activity Report forms must be mailed to the State Activity Chairman and postmarked by April 1st. Submit your reports to the appropriate State Activity Chairman: Faith, Community, Family, Life (Culture of Life).

Send  a copy to the State Service Program Director (This copy can be e-mailed).


REPORTS AND FORMS: Mail as indicated on each form

Use the Service Program Awards Entry Form STSP-CA .  CLICK HERE FOR FORMDo not use the Supreme form (STSP). You must print the form and mail the signed hard copy. No e-mailed forms will be judged unless the State Activity Chairman has given his prior approval. All reports submitted become the property of the California State Council and will not be returned. Events that occur more than once each year should be reported on ONE report form that lists the frequency at which they occur.

Verify that you are submitting your Council in the correct division. Your Council’s division is determined by its number of members as of May 1st of each year.

Distribution of Councils by Division – Membership as of May 1st 2019
CLICK HERE for your DIVISION number  Update link to show the May 1st 2019 numbers
Division 1 –  1-60 members
Division 2 – 61-90 members
Division 3 – 91-120 members
Division 4 – 121-180 members
Division 5 – Over 180 members

Reports do not need to be elaborate presentations. Supporting materials are limited to three pages. Photos can be reduced to fit on one page that explains the event, and they should be captioned so that the judges know what they are viewing.

Reports must be postmarked by April 1st the report will be scored to determine the best Councils in the State within each Division. The reporting period of coverage for this year is from April 1st through March 31st of each year.

Reports need to be submitted in the correct State Activity Category. The way to determine which activity category an event should be submitted under is simply to determine who benefits from the event itself. If the event is a fundraiser, the recipients of the funds will determine the appropriate activity category (funds for an ultrasound device would be a Life event, funds raised for the food locker would be a Community event). If the Council has not designated in advance where those funds will go and they are simply deposited into the Council’s General Fund for the distribution later, then place it in the category that it will probably be used for in the future.

Report forms must have only ONE activity category checked, and it must be checked in order to be considered. A good report will include all of the details of the event (who, what, when, where, why and how) – the same information that would normally be included in a press release.

The State Activity Chairmen will be using a point system to grade the reports, and each of these areas must be addressed within the report. The scoring criteria are as follows:

SCORING (maximum of 50 points)

APPROPRIATENESS: (scoring reduction): The activity must be submitted in the correct category. For example, if a “Community Activity” is submitted in the “Faith Activity “category the activity’s score will be substantially reduced. If only a few features of the activity are in the correct category the score will be reduced proportionately.

ORGANIZATIONAL: (scoring reduction): The activity must be conducted by a Council and not by an Assembly, a Chapter, nor an individual. Volunteer activities of individual Brothers are not Council activities unless the Council funds them.

COMPLETENESS: (up to 5 points): all required form fields have details.

INVOLVEMENT: (up to 5 points): details about how many Brothers were directly involved as well as others (family and friends)

PURPOSE: (up to 10 points): short, yet concise statement with powerful wording (“action” verbs and visual descriptions). For example, “Prepare and Cook a Delicious Parish Pancake Breakfast Open to Everyone on Sunday Morning” is better than “Pancake Breakfast.”

DESCRIPTION: (up to 25 points): This section is the heart of the report. Is this a Council event, or are individual Knights performing the activity? Knights only, or are others involved? How “significant” was the event? What did it accomplish? Who benefited? The details here must be vivid and descriptive, and only complemented by photos and other attachments. Write this section assuming the reader does not have anything more that the report form itself. This section should be convincing and carry some “marketing” appeal to promote the best of the Council along with clearly calling out who benefited from the event. Notable events are “doing” something, so talk about what you did, who did it (by name and title if you have room), and what you saw others doing, particularly those who benefited from the event.

OVERALL “TRACTION”: (up to 5 points): This is the overall appeal of the event as viewed from the perspective of the State Activity Director. Put forth your best events. One important element here is the uniqueness of the event – something others would talk about. Good ideas start small and gain traction when more people talk about it. Think of the report as a way of telling your story.

IMPORTANT! The council Grand Knight and Program Chairman should submit five events for each activity category. Each individual event report form will be scored separately, up to a maximum of five events. Those individual scores will then be totaled and divided by five, even if fewer than five events are reported. That will then determine the overall score for your council.

Form is due April 1st.  Click here for California form.

Mail to State Activities Chairman and the State Program Director.  Form must be mailed by April 1, 2020

Faith Activities: Matt Troiano: 925-493-1137 ;
Family Activities: Kenneth W. Morris: 951-757-4760 ;
Culture of Life Activities: Richard B. Marciniak: 818-635-9146 ;
Community Activities: James P Larson, 562-552-5494 ;
State Program Director: Ricardo Saldana, PO Box 2649, West Covina, CA 91793-2648


“State Deputy Award” forms should be sent to the State Awards Chairman. CLICK HERE FOR FORM

Award given to each and every Council that meets the following criteria:

FORMS Date Submitted:

1 Report Of Officers Chosen – form 185 ____________
2 Service Program Personnel Report – form 365 ____________
3 Semi-Annual Council Audit Report – form 1295 ____________
4 Annual Survey Of Fraternal Activity Report – form 1728 ____________
B. MEMBERSHIP Quota / Attained: Attain council membership (supreme) NET quota by April 1.
C. INSURANCE: Hold or scheduled to hold a benefits night
D. SERVICE PROGRAM Participate in all 5 state service programs:

  1. SAFE ENVIORNMENT CERTIFICATION Ensure the appropriate officers are certified
  2. MAILED: (Form STSP-CA to respective Service Program Award Chairman)