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Brothers, we are one quarter of the way into the Fraternal year. This is a great time to take measure of where we are and where we are going. The year started off great with councils recruiting new members online and then conducting the CUF exemplification. We have had numerous programs including the Coats for Kids drive. I even attended the dedication of an ultra-sound machine in Pueblo.
I have personally been all over the state, and it has been great to see councils getting out and serving the communities. We are a Catholic, Family, Fraternal, Service organization. Yes, we are Catholic first. Everything must start with our Catholic faith and values. But the second one is “Family.” I see families involved in our programs. Some councils are bringing the families into the Charity, Unity, and Fraternity Exemplification. But there have been many where the wives and children waited outside. I asked them why, and the men didn’t know that it was open to everyone. Please conduct your CUF exemplifications in church after Mass. Invite everyone to watch, not just your families, but the entire parish.
Let’s take this one step further. If we include our families in our programs, our exemplifications, even our meetings, then why don’t we include them in our recruitment drives? My wife recently reminded me that the only reason I am a knight today is because of her. She wanted to hang out with Kirsta, Inga, Cindy and Lisa… all wives of brother Knights. They were visible and welcoming in the parish. It was the wives who recruited other wives into the council. My wife told me I was joining the Knights of Columbus. I encourage you all to have your wives and children involved with your membership drives. We say that we are a family organization, but why don’t we show it. Try doing a joint pulpit announcement, the Grand Knight and his wife talking about the benefits of joining. Then have your kids hand out the informational material while parishioners exit. Use the line, “Would you like to learn more about the Knights of Columbus?” or “Are you interested in helping Father and the church?” The STATE TEAM Jon Herskovits Marc Solome Jason Pasionek Chris Foley Andy Wheaton Mark Germann Stephen Sweeney Knights Call is a publication of the State of Colorado Knights of Columbus all rights are reserved. STATE TEAM Jon Herskovits Marc Solome Jason Pasionek Chris Foley Andy Wheaton Mark Germann Stephen Sweeney Knights Call is a publication of the State of Colorado Knights of Columbus all rights are reserved. next step is to ask them to join. Men will not sign up on their own. You must close the deal by asking them to join you.
I also hear many councils complain that it is the same group of men doing all the work. This is exhausting and will wear out your volunteers. The only solution to this is to recruit and engage new members to help. So go out there and bring in more men to join our order.
Jon and Colleen Herskovits Colorado State Deputy and Wife
PS: Yes, my wife helps me write these articles each month as well.