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SPANISH NEW COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT
HOW TO FORM
SPANISH SPEAKING COUNCILS
The first step is to determine the
membership potential in the Hispanic community:
CONTACT THE PASTOR
After determining the potential for a new
Spanish speaking council exists within the district, the district
deputy should contact the pastor(s) of the parish(es):
Personally visit the pastor(s) before beginning
Explain the benefits of having a Spanish
speaking council at the parish(es):
To organize and unify the Spanish speaking men
and their families in order to get them more involved in parish activities.
To form new leaders among the Spanish speaking
men through a Knights of Columbus council.
To give the parishioner the opportunity to
belong to an international Catholic organization (United States,
Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Panama,
Guatemala, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan).
To take advantage of the many benefits offered
by the K of C (Family Benefits, Member/Spouse Benefits, insurance
program, scholarships, etc.).
Ask the pastor for the names of the leaders
among Spanish speaking parishioners, who can assist you in reaching
out to the Spanish speaking families.
It is very important that you, as district
deputy, get in touch with and win the support of the leaders
recommended by the priest:
These leaders will help convey your message to
They will also be the liaison among groups of
different nationalities (if there are groups from different Latin
American countries in the parish).
This should be the first of many meetings
between the district deputy and the pastor. He will truly be one of
the district deputy's "key men."
CONTACT THE STATE DEPUTY
If the pastor(s) agrees to the formation
of a Spanish speaking council:
The district deputy should
contact the state deputy, if he has not already done so, and inform
him of the progress.
Complete a "Notice of
Intent to Establish a New Council" (Form #133) indicating that
it is a Spanish speaking council, in order to receive
materials in Spanish.
Contact the Insurance Representative:
INITIAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE
Seek the help of the field agent and the
Spanish speaking leaders for the first drive:
Set a date for a recruitment drive.
Set a date and time for the
first organizational meeting.
Provide the parish priest with a
pulpit announcement, stating that:
A Knights of Columbus Spanish
speaking council is being established at the parish.
The day for the recruitment drive.
The date and place of the first
Place announcements in the
This meeting should be presided over by
the district deputy and should be short and to the point:
Invite all parishioners and
Make a brief but enthusiastic
and positive presentation of the aspects of the Order. Supplement
your remarks by showing one of the Spanish audiovisuals available:
"Experience for a Lifetime" or "Life and Legacy of
Introduce the state officers and
Select a temporary chairman and
secretary, if you have not already done so.
Establish the initiation fees
and council dues.
Announce the date of the initial
Arrange tables with Membership
Documents (Form #100-S) and assist new prospects in completing the
documents and collecting their initiation fees and dues.
See that the Membership
Committee (district deputy, temporary officers and field agent)
continues its recruitment efforts.
Do not hold candidates for a large First
Degree class. The district deputy should arrange for candidates to
receive their First Degree as they are enrolled:
If a Spanish First Degree team is not
available, the district deputy should arrange for an English First
Degree team to exemplify the degree with a Spanish speaking member
translating the degree.
One First Degree class should be designated as
the "Institution Class." The date of this degree can be
used as the institution date of the new council.
At least 30 "Candidates' Kits" in
Spanish (Form #531-S) should be ordered from the Supreme Council
Supply Department four to six weeks prior to the degree. The
Candidates' Kits are chargeable items (Refer to section on NCD
expenses - NCD Guidelines).
INSTITUTION OF THE NEW COUNCIL
Immediately after the district deputy's
records indicate that a total of 30 men have completed membership
documents and are members of the Order (new members, former members
and transfers), he should forward the institution paperwork to the
The "Notice of Institution" (Form #136-S).
The Membership Documents (Form #100-S).
The "Application for Charter" (Form #137-S).
It is essential that the district deputy
maintains a close personal contact with the new council officers,
membership and program directors to see that all are properly trained
and instructed in their duties, and to assure the continued and
successful operation of the new council:
Urge members to take an active role in all
phases of council activity.
Assist the grand knight in the distribution of
the items of the Council Outfit (which is forwarded to charter grand
knight by the Supreme Council after the proper paperwork is received).
Explain the duties of each council officer.
Explain the "Surge..with Service"
program to the council.
Help the grand knight complete the Officers
Report Form (Form #185-S) and the Service Program Personnel Report
Form (Form #1365-S) located in the Council Report Forms Booklet (Form #1436-S).
Help the council plan their membership growth
activities and the programming.
NCD MATERIALS IN SPANISH
Charter, Constitution and Laws
Application of Appointment as Financial Secretary
Nomination for Appointment as Financial Secretary
Notice of Institution
Application for Charter
NCD Business Reply Cards
Admission Committee Guidelines
Admission Committee Questionnaire
These Men They Call Knights (booklet)
Service Program Manual
New Members Insurance Program (flyer)
Did You Know? (flyer)
Council Report Forms Booklet
Education Trust (poster)
Family Fraternal Benefits (flyer)
Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit (flyer)
Membership Campaign Degree Honoree Certificate
Membership Campaign Degree Certificate
NCD Pulpit Announcements
Fr. McGivney Certificate
IN SERVICE TO ONE. IN SERVICE TO ALL
COUNCIL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
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