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Culture of Life Programs 2017 - 2018
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Ronald D. DeGroot
State Culture of Life Chairman
Email: CULTUREOFLIFE@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (360) 704-8822

July 2017

Brothers,

The first category of the Culture of Life Program is the Poster and Essay Contest.  The rules for these contests follow:

"Culture of Life Poster and Essay Contest Rules for 2017/2018"

  Washington State Knights of Columbus

2017 - 2018 POSTER CONTESTS

THEME:  "UNBORN LIVES ARE CHILDREN OF GOD"

As the student creates their poster, they should demonstrate how much they appreciate the importance of all of the aspects of human life.  Below are some suggestions to consider when making their poster.  They should be creative and try to expand on the suggestions or develop their own ideas relative to "Unborn Lives Are Children of God".  It's all up to them.

  • Some ideas can be oriented around babies in the womb.

  • Some ideas can be oriented around small babies

  • REMEMBER TO FOCUS ON "UNBORN LIVES ARE CHILDREN OF GOD"

    Poster Contest Divisions

     

    Division 1 - Elementary Students Including Home Schooled Grades 1 & 2 Combined

    Division 2 - Elementary Students Including Home Schooled Grades 3 & 4 Combined

    Division 3 - Elementary Students Including Home Schooled Grades 5 & 6 Combined

    Poster Contest Rules

  • Minimum Poster Size is 11 inches by 14 inches

  • Maximum Poster Size is 20 inches by 24 inches

  • Councils should encourage ALL students within their Parish, in each division, to participate

  • Councils should supply posters to ensure children meet size requirements

  • Acceptable media: crayons, colored pencils, ink, collage (pictures from photos, media or internet to demonstrate the contest theme), and paint

  • Media NOT acceptable: Charcoal, chalk, glitter, pastels, and black pencils

  • Posters MUST be clearly identified with five items on the BACK of the poster.  Name MUST NOT appear on the front of poster

  • Student Full Name

  • Phone Number

  • Grade Level and School - Note Home School  if appropriate

  • Council Number

  • Grand Knight

     

    When and Where to Submit Posters

  • Your councils winning entry for each Division must be handed in at the Poster and Essay Contest Table at the State Convention near the registration table.

  • The judges selected for the State Convention Committee will judge the final posters.

  • Please contact Ron DeGroot, State Culture of Life Chairman, at the State Convention for instruction on judging the posters.

  • We will judge the posters after the final session on Saturday afternoon and before Mass.  The judging committee will meet outside of the conference meeting room. 

    Prizes at State Competition

    First place in each division will receive $100, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $25.

     

    Washington State Knights of Columbus

    2017 - 2018 ESSAY CONTESTS

    THEME:  "UNBORN LIVES ARE CHILDREN OF GOD”

     

    As the student writes their essay, they should demonstrate how much they appreciate the aspects of human life.  Below are some suggestions to consider when writing their essay.  They should be creative and try to expand on the suggestions or develop their own ideas relative to the beauty of life and why it is so precious.  It's all up to them.

  • Some ideas can be oriented around families, Church and/or neighbors

  • Some ideas can be oriented around small babies or a fetus in the womb.

  • Some ideas can be oriented "If Unborn Lives Are Children of God" how should we treat them?

  • REMEMBER TO FOCUS ON THE THEME "UNBORN LIVES ARE CHILDREN OF GOD"

    Essay Contest Rules

  • One division of 7th & 8th Grade Combined

  • Councils should encourage ALL 7th and 8th Grade students within their Parish to participate

  • Legibly hand printed on college ruled paper, two sheets maximum.

  • Typewritten (computer or typewriter) with at least one-inch margins all around

  • Smallest font is 10 point.  No fancy fonts

  • Single or double spaced, one page only

  • Essay Entries must be clearly identified with the following five items on a separate sheetof paper stapled to the essay.  Name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the Essay sheets.

  • Student Full Name

  • Phone Number

  • Grade Level and School - Note Home School if appropriate

  • Council Number

  • Grand Knight

     

    When and Where to Submit Your Winning Essay

  • Please arrange to have essays submitted to the local council so you can judge them

  • You must mail the winning entry (7th & 8th grade combined) to us by April 1, 2018.

  • Scanning the winning essay and emailing it to the Pro Life Couple is acceptable, but we must receive it by

    April 1, 2018.

    Ron DeGroot

    3420 78th Ave. S.E.

    Olympia, WA 98501

    Email: prolife@kofc-wa.org

    Prizes at State Competition

    First place in each division will receive $100, second place will receive $50, and third place will receive $25.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The second category in the Culture of Life Program is the "March for Life"  This year there are four marches of particular interest.  Two Marches in Washington State, one in California and one March in Washington D.C.  The dates follow:

     

    "Walk For Life West Coast - San Francisco, CA  - Saturday, January 27, 2018 

    "March For Life" - Olympia, WA      - Monday, January 22, 2018 

    "March For Life" - Washington D.C. - Friday, January 19, 2018  

    "Mass & Walk for Life" - Spokane, WA - Saturday, January 20, 2018  

     

    Perhaps your council might consider fundraising to pay to charter a bus or two to travel to one of these marches.  It is important more than ever before that we stand up for Life and there is no better way than to walk the walk.

     

    The third category in the Culture of Life Program is the Ultrasound Initiative.  This program is a Supreme program that helps councils to fund ultrasound machines for women's healthcare clinics.  

    Our goal is to provide to a qualified Pregnancy Center an ultrasound machine to give each mother " a window into the womb" to witness the miracle of life growing within her body.

     

    There are special requirements for a center to receive an ultrasound machine.  They are:

    1.  The center must be properly licensed under local and state laws.

    2.  The center must be overseen by a medical doctor.

    3.  The center must have licensed and experienced personnel to operate the ultrasound machine.

    4.  The center must have adequate insurance.

     

    Once a center is found to meet these special requirements the council must get approval on form #9884 from your diocesan pro-life director.  When the council receives approval from the Archdioceses they need to file the completed form 9884 with the  Culture of Life and Family Values Office, Dept of Fraternal Services, Knights of Columbus, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven CT 06510-3326.  Once Supreme accepts this form fundraising can begin.

    Once one or more councils raise half of the funds needed to purchase a machine, excluding taxes and shipping Supreme will fund the other half.  Supreme does not participate in the taxes or shipping expenses.

    I am here to help guide you through this process.  The State Deputy has asked that all correspondence with the diocese, the State Deputy and the supreme council run through me, the Culture of Life Chairman.   This will help expedite the process and will keep it uniform.

     

     

     

    Ultrasound Initiative Resources

     

  • Ultrasound Initiative Program

  • Guidelines (Form #4885)

  • KofC.org/ultrasound

  • Knights of Columbus Fraternal Training Portal

  • Surge Handbook

  • Monthly newsletter

  • Ron DeGroot

    Culture of Life Chairman

    360-704-8822

    E-mail:  CULTUREOFLIFE@kofc-wa.org


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