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Faith in Action

March 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Please extend a “thank you” to all the councils that submitted almost 1,000 Faith in Action project reports for this past Fraternal Year.  Per the www.maineknights.net website, 12,990 knights participated in the various programs with 80,286 hours of volunteer time being donated by brother Knights and 101,424 total hours of charitable man-hours donated over 342 project days.

 

As of March 1st any Faith in Action project report that gets submitted now will be for the new fraternal year.   As a reminder, our reporting period for Award Judging purposes runs from 1 March to 28 February each year (unless it’s a leap year).   Also, “thank you” to the 23 councils that have met the Maine State Council deadline for Safe Environment Compliance.  For Supreme purposes, compliance must be met by 1 May 2019 (correction from last email verified by Supreme Faith in Action Director Scott Read) in order to be eligible for the Columbian Award by completing the SP-7 Form.

 

For those councils that participated in the programs listed below, again thank you very much for the attention in getting these submitted:

 

¨ For Family of the Year, we have received four submissions.

 

¨ For Chaplain of the Year, we have also received three submissions.

 

¨ For the Charity Fund, we have received 12 submissions.

 

All of the Faith in Action reports and the three categories listed above will all be reviewed in some manner next weekend to determine who will be the recipients of the awards.  This can be a very daunting task and I commend all those that are in the review and voting process for their time, integrity and commitment.

 

God Bless,

 

Mark Bourgoin

State Deputy

 

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Faith in Action

October 2, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

To be eligible for the Circle of Honor Award, State councils must be fully compliant with safe environment requirements.  This means that the State deputy and state advocate must complete the Praesidium safe environment training.  Additionally, the state program director, the state youth director (if any), the state family director, the state community director, and the state squire chairman (if any) must complete both the training and a background check.

To be eligible for Star Council, councils must be fully compliant with safe environment requirements.  This means that the Grand Knight and program director must complete the safe environment training.  Additionally, the council family director and community director must complete both training and consent to a background check.  Leaving one or more of the Program Director, Family Director, and/or Community Director roles vacant disqualifies a council from Star Council eligibility.  If the council sponsors a Columbian Squire Circle, all circle counselors must complete the training and background checks.

Regarding youth activities, there should never be fewer than two fully trained members in attendance for a youth activity event.

1)  The Grand Knight who is trained should attend the activity.

2)  The Family Director or Community Director who has been trained and background checked along with the Grand Knight should attend the activity.

3) If the Family Director and the Community Director are both unable to attend the youth activity, any other member who has been recently trained and background checked must be in attendance.

4)  If there are no available background checked or trained members of the councils to attend the youth activity, then, every effort should be made to have a qualified Family Director or Community Director from a nearby council attend the youth activity. 

5)  If there are no such qualified members, then the State Youth Director, State Family Director, and/or State Community Director should attend the youth activity.

6)  Last but not least, if at least two qualified members are not available to attend the activity, then the activity must be re-scheduled to a time when the council’s Family Director and/or Community Director, along with another qualified member will be able to attend for the full duration of the event.

Finally, within Praesidium Armatus, we only track those that hold officer mandated roles for Safe Environment.  We have had members who hold officer mandated roles for Safe Environment take the training in Self-enrollment. You will also notice that on the top of the certificate it indicates “Knights of Columbus – Voluntary Self Enrollment”, this means that he does not hold an officer role for Safe Environment and he willingly took the training on his own under self-registration and the training taken was for his own knowledge. For those individuals, as long as they are able to produce a certificate of completion, we will give them credit for completing the Safe Environment training when they are appointed to that officer mandated role.  This is why it’s recommended to wait for the e-mail invitation.

I have noticed many Form 365’s, (and 185’s) for that matter, being submitted without any e-mail addresses.  As the safe environment program is almost exclusively on-line, those individuals won’t have the opportunity to become compliant.

~State Advocate Michael Giroux

 

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Faith in Action Update

August 2, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

 

Faith in Action Program Update

During the trip to New Haven, the Supreme Council updated the Faith in Action Program regarding “Youth”.  Although they allow for a Youth Director on the State-level to assist the Community Director, there is no “Council-Level” Youth Director.  Therefore, here in Maine, appointing a State Youth Director would mean that this brother Knight would not be able to conduct business at the State Convention like the other Directors would.

With being said, please see below for the State Faith in Action Program leaders:

Program Director:
Michael Foster of Gorham

Faith:
Robert Dumond of Lewiston

Family:
Wesley and Charlene Tabb of Houlton

Community:
Anthony Alfiero of Gorham

Life: Frank & Jean Pease of Sanford

Cash Calendars

The 2019 Cash Calendars have been printed and were distributed at the District Deputy meeting on the 30th of June.  Additional calendars will be sent to those that were not in attendance.

Chair Ron Darling asks each of you that received calendars to do the following:

Sell all tickets you receive, to the best of your ability

Return calendar stubs and any checks/money orders (written out to Maine State Council) to Ron as soon as possible.  (See the State Directory for his address.)

Please do not wait until all calendars are sold before returning.

Any remaining calendars not sold by 01 Dec, please return to Ron so others that may want more can receive them in time.

INCENTIVE:  If the total amount of calendars sold exceeds $20,000, the Top 5 councils that sold the most will receive a 10% return.

REMINDER: The income generated received from this vitally important project significantly assists the overall budget of the Maine State Council.  Thank you for assisting us in this endeavor.

 

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Faith in Action Program Update

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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During the trip to New Haven, the Supreme Council updated the Faith in Action Program regarding “Youth”. Although they allow for a Youth Director on the State-level to assist the Community Director, there is no “Council-Level” Youth Director. Therefore, here in Maine, appointing a State Youth Director would mean that this brother Knight would not be able to conduct business at the State Convention like the other Directors would.

With being said, please see below for the State Faith in Action Program leaders:

Program Director:
Michael Foster of Gorham

Faith:
Robert Dumond of Lewiston

Family:
Wesley and Charlene Tabb of Houlton

Community:
Anthony Alfiero of Gorham

Life:
Frank & Jean Pease of Sanford

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