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Retention Update

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

DAVID ROY, PSD
STATE RETENTION CHAIRMAN
1038 PORTLAND RD UNIT 10
SACO, ME 04072-9694
207-232-6809
djr7155@gmail.com

Greetings my brother knights,

It’s time of year where the Intend to Retain aspect of our order goes into full swing.

What is retention?  According to Merriam-Webster it is the act of keeping someone or something; the recruitment and retention of good employees or in our case members.  Since I have been Retention Director, I have given you some ideas on how you can possibly retain your members, new and old alike.

When does retention begin?  IMMEDIATELY upon the recruitment of a new member.  If you wait until he stops paying his dues you are too late.  Get him involved right away, don’t wait for him to come to you.  You need to look at what is happening in your council.  If you haven’t seen someone for a while, call and ask how they are doing.  Tell them they were missed at the last meeting or function.

Another way is to have a retention committee, a team of members who are willing to make a couple of calls a month to the members of the council just to keep in touch, wish them a happy birthday, or anniversary of the day they joined the knights.  Find out who their family members are and how they are doing in school or in their new job, or to remind them of an upcoming event or meeting.  Call your older members as well. You don’t want them to feel like they’ve been forgotten or worse yet unwanted.

Sometimes the member or a member of his family will reach out to me after receiving a letter from me.  Why don’t they answer you?  That’s a good question that should be discussed in your council chambers.

As you can see there are many reasons to keep in touch with someone.  If you call regularly, it will be easier to call them to get them to help out at a function.

If you have any questions please do not be afraid to call or drop me an email.

 

Peace and God Bless.

PSD Dave Roy

 

 

 

 

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Free Membership for Seminarians

December 3, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

We’re pleased to let you know that effective immediately, membership in the Knights of Columbus is free for all seminarians who join the Order online in the United States and Canada. Using the promo code SEM18 to join at kofc.org/joinus, seminarians can begin their membership in the Knights. After joining online, they also have the opportunity to join a Knights of Columbus council where they can continue to grow in their relationship with Christ and his Church through Faith in Action programs, fraternity and a built-in support network.

As you know, the Order has a long history of providing moral, financial and spiritual support for seminarians and all those discerning a religious vocation. Through Faith In Action’s Refund Support Vocations program (RSVP), we raise funds to support our local seminarians, and perhaps even more importantly, we also provide our “adopted” seminarians with moral support and prayers for their success. At this difficult time for the Church it is crucial that we continue to support our seminarians, and offering free membership to those who join online is just one more way to do so.

The rectors at each seminary across the United States and Canada will be receiving a promotional packet including an introductory letter from the Supreme Knight, posters and brochures about this special membership offer for their seminarians in the coming weeks to ensure that program reaches those it was designed for. A sample of the letter, poster, and brochure, are attached in this email for your reference.

Seminarians who join online using this promo code may maintain their free membership for as long as they remain in seminary, by simply attesting to their continued enrollment at the time of their membership renewal. The process takes place entirely online. If a seminarian is ordained to the priesthood, he is granted honorary life membership and continues to be exempt from dues.

Please spread the word about this membership offer throughout your state and local teams. Making sure your immediate Stat Officer Team, District Deputies, Council Grand Knights, Chaplains and Pastors, will ensure that seminarians in your state have the opportunity to join the Order for free! Of course, if you know any seminarians personally, encourage them to join online at kofc.org/joinus using the promo code SEM18.

Please contact Kevin Smith, Field Liaison with any questions you may have about this program. You can reach him at kevin.smith@kofc.org or 203-752-4572.

FAQ

Are seminarians who are already members eligible to use this promo code for free membership?

If a Seminarian has joined online in the past year, they can use the promo code at their time of renewal to attest and receive that year’s dues for free.

How does a seminarian renew his free membership each year? Seminarians who join online with the promo code will be prompted to re-attest to remaining in seminary each year as part of an automated, online renewal process. His free membership will automatically renew for that following year as long as he attests to remaining in seminary.

Do priests use this promo code for free membership too? No, this offer is only available to current seminarians. Ordained priests will continue to be given Honorary Life Membership, per current policy.

If a seminarian signs up with this promo code and leaves the seminary, will he be charged for membership? If a seminarian has joined the Order for free with the promo code, but leaves the seminary, he will be charged membership dues during the next year’s renewal process. This process is automated and online.

My councils have seminarians whose dues we cover. Can I stop paying those dues? No, this online promo code does not affect any billing processes for councils.

If a seminarian joins online for free with the promo code, and transfers to my council, do I charge him dues? You do not need to charge dues to seminarians who transfer into your council after joining online with the promo code. During the next year’s billing cycle, councils will have the option to make him exempt from membership dues.

Fraternally,

Mark McMullen Senior Vice President Membership and Fraternal Mission

 

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Health Services Director

December 3, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

Maine State Council Health services director newsletter December 2018

I would firstly, like to think the State Deputy,  officers  and members of the Maine State Council of the Knights of Columbus for their confidence in me in appointing me in this position as the 1st Maine State Council State Health Services Director.

In this position: I find myself working closely with the Knights of Columbus Insurance fraternal benefit side of our beloved order. Specifically, Greg White and his agency located in Waterville, Maine.

In this position I have received multiple emails and am still figuring out the scope of this daunting challenge. All around us we are faced with multiple health concerns of epidemic proportions to include but not limited to the deteriorating health of our membership, flu epidemics, the degradation of society and its impact upon her health, and the all too well prevalent opioid and addiction crisis.

In looking at all of these circumstances that surround us; we may feel helpless and hopeless in many of these circumstances, but the one thing that comes to mind is the sentiment that “I am my brother’s keeper” this is so true; especially for members of the Knights of Columbus and their families.

However, the question is what do we do and how do we do it?

You’re all well aware of the steps that we can take prepare for the future and for that I would implore each and every one of us to contact the fraternal benefits representatives that are at our disposal 24 hours a day to search out the multiple fraternal benefits available to all of us; as they can help us prepare for the future.

Additionally, we can also reach out to our brothers who may be struggling. We can attempt in a fraternal and empathetic manner to have that conversation that we may have been putting off to be of assistance; and in our own lives we can be that power of example. We can practice moderation and above all, remember that we are brother’s keeper: not only during Advent and the Christmas season, but throughout the year.

As I continue with the help of my brother Knights and fellows Maine State Council staff and officers to continue to develop scope of this position; which at present is  someone of a referral type position at present, I would encourage the councils to look at programming that could assist in this endeavor such as blood pressure screenings, health prevention assessments, and programs that could reach out to the most vulnerable populations to include those with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Finally, as we look on our windows we can see that we are in the middle of the winter pattern and we’ve had snow earlier than in past years; please take the extra time to be safe and conscious; prepare for the unexpected, take care of each other, and involve all have a safe and blessed holy Christmas season

 

Your servant in Christ; Vivat Jesus

Miles Brookes

Maine State Council  Health Services Director

In the sidebar  you will find a reminder of the dangers of carbon monoxide as we find ourselves without power from time to time here in Maine as result of our winter storms; although snow can be beautiful. It also has inherent dangers. Please review the below and pass on to the brother Knights in your councils.

 

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Retention Chair Update

September 2, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

Update: Retention Chairman

Greetings my brother Knights,

No, I have not disappeared into the sunset but have returned home for a while longer. As you can see I have taken on the task of Retention Chair for the state council. As I have always done I will do my best to fulfill the obligations of the position. Do I know everything about retention? No. I will impart on you what I do know and as I learn more about the process I will pass it on to you.

What is retention? According to Merriam-Webster it is the act of keeping someone or something; the recruitment and retention of good employees or in our case “members”.

When does retention begin? IMMEDIATELY upon the recruitment of a new member. If you wait until he stops paying his dues you are too late. You need to look at what is happening in your council. If you haven’t seen someone for a while, call and ask how they are doing. Tell them they were missed at the last meeting or function.

Another way is to have a retention committee, a team of members who are willing to make a couple of calls a month to the members of the council just to keep in touch, wish them a happy birthday, or anniversary of the day they joined the knights. Find out who their family members are and how they are doing in school or in their new job.

As you can see there are many reasons to keep in touch with someone. If you call regularly, it will be easier to call them to get them to help out at a function.

If you have any questions please do not be afraid to call or drop me an email. As I stated while I was State Deputy, I am here to serve.

Peace and God Bless.
Vivat Jesus,
Dave Roy, PSD
1038 PORTLAND RD UNIT 10
SACO, ME 04072-9694
207-232-6809
djr7155@gmail.com

 

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Hispanic/Ethnic Membership

July 26, 2018 by Dan LaLonde
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Did you know that we have Catholic Hispanics and Latinos living in Maine?  Did you know that we have Catholic Lebanese living in Maine?  Did you know that we have Catholic Africans living in Maine?

Maine, like many other states in the union has grown due to our brothers and sisters from other countries.  Many of them because they seeking asylum.  You may ask why asylum? They are seeking freedom from persecution from their home countries because they practice their Catholic faith.   Some of us can never imagine what that means, but we can certainly assist those that have to be welcomed in Maine.

At this very moment we have councils in Maine that are extending their hands to these families for various reasons and through their efforts may cause them to join our ranks as brother Knights.   Let do our part as well to extend our hands and reach out to those that seek our assistance.

 

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New Patriotic Degree Uniform

August 11, 2017 by Dan LaLonde

At the 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis, Missouri held on 01 – 03 August, a historic announcement was made by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson: the introduction of the new uniform of the Fourth Degree. After careful consideration, the Board of Directors took this action motivated by the best interests of the Order as a whole and of the Fourth Degree in particular.

The new uniform is part of a comprehensive and necessary effort to keep our Order relevant and attractive to men, particularly younger men. In light of this significant change, I thought it would be helpful to address some of the questions that have been asked about the new uniform.

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