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Washington State Programs 2017 - 2018

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Thomas C. Williams
State General Program Dir.
Email: GENERALPROGRAM@kofc-wa.org
Phone: (206) 617-0600

April 2018

Brother Knights,

Happy Easter to you! I hope that you were able to immerse yourself in the Lenten season and celebrate Christ’s resurrection with your family and community.

Big changes are coming to Programs in next Columbian year, I will have detailed information in the May bulletin article. The Surge for Service program will be retired after 50 years and be replaced by the Faith In Action program. I am excited to learn of the changes as programs take more of a emphasis on faith and spirituality. Details are still coming from Supreme and I will share them as I learn more.

The State Officers had a great time meeting with you in the Regional Meetings in March, and we learned a great deal from you. It was such a fun time to meet with you in various parts of the state and hear your successes and concerns. I sure hope we continue the regional meetings and you make an effort to attend one in your area in the future!

One of the biggest concerns I heard was Councils with older members who are struggling to recruit new members and unsure of how to proceed. One of the ideas that came up was how to use programs that require less effort but are very visible in the community as a way to jump-start your recruiting. Below are a partial listing of programs that require minimal effort but are highly visible in the community

Low-effort high-visibility programs

Coats for Kids

Food for Families

5th Sunday Rosary

Father’s Day Wedding Affirmations

Keep Christ in Christmas

Soccer challenge

Free Throw contest

As you can see, there are a myriad of programs where you can make a visible impact in your communities without a needing large numbers of men to participate. You can do this, don’t let doubt or uncertainty hold you back. Please know that I will always respond to you if you reach out to me for help! Simply send me an e-mail at GeneralProgram@kofc-wa.org and I will always respond to you.

There is still time to submit the Columbian Award Application (Form SP-7), which can be found at the following link: http://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/Council/columbian_awardap_p.pdf. This form includes boxes that you must mark to indicate your programs that pertain to Building the Domestic Church.

Grand Knights should review the Program Service Award Applications that are due to their respective State Chairmen by April 15. The applications can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.kofc-wa.org/Family/Officers/nnGK.aspx. Vivat Jesus!

Vivat Jesus!

Fraternally,

 

Tom Williams
General Program Director
Washington State Council
GeneralProgram@kofc-wa.org  

 


 


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