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COLLEGE COUNCIL
MEMBERSHIP RETENTION

While the purpose of the college councils initiative is to make the Order available to Catholic men in college, it is also very important to note that college councils add life and growth to the Order by bringing in young members. Neither of these purposes is served if our college Knights graduate and do not transfer. Such members are often dropped and that hurts the college council and the Order at large. To help prevent such situations, the following are some tips on the creation of transferable members.

College Knights Who Transfer After Graduating Are Cultivated

This begins when they first appear on the radar of the college council as prospective members. Prospective members must be given the impression that joining the Knights of Columbus means a lifetime membership. The Order is an international organization with councils all over the Americas and the pacific. Our prospects need to understand that their membership is transferable to any council anywhere. When asking new prospective members to fill out the membership application, it is imperative to ask them to use their PERMANENT OR HOME ADDRESSES. This makes it easier to contact them after graduation.

Degrees

Experience shows that members who make it through all the degrees are the ones who are most likely to continue their membership after college. Attaining the highest degrees in the Order brings greater understanding of the Order, its purpose and the importance of our work. With this greater appreciation comes the urge to continue to help in the good works of the Order. The college Knight who comes to this understanding is the one who will keep his membership active after graduation.

Graduating Seniors

As members approach their final year in college, it is incumbent on the financial secretary and the district deputy to meet with them. At this meeting graduating seniors are to be encouraged to recruit a new member as their "replacement" in the council. This ensures that even with the departure of graduating seniors, members are not lost. It is also important to remind graduating seniors of the choices they have:

1) Maintain membership in the council until such time as they are able to transfer. This is especially important for military college councils.
2) Transfer to another council closer to the area of residence.

Graduates

So you have a long list of graduated members from years back and you need to get them of your roster. What do you do?

1) Contact the school's alumni office and ask them for the updated addresses of the people on the list. Let them know: "we're planning an event for the Council and need to reach our old members."

2) Send the list to Supreme Office Council Growth and Development Department. This will give us the ability to contact these members and encourage them to transfer.

Taking the steps to retain college council graduates is as important as holding a First Degree to bring in new members.

 

 

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KNIGHTS
OF COLUMBUS
 IN SERVICE TO ONE. IN SERVICE TO ALL

COUNCIL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
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1-203-752-4161 or www.kofc.org

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 New Council Development and Round Tables State Chairman

  

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