State Award Updates

Awards Resource


 

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The forms with which you can apply for all State Awards are available here on the website or from me. My contact information is at the bottom of this page.

 

Overall Programs Entry Form or a copy of your SP-7This will assist in judging. This year you have the option of either completing the “Overall Program Entry Form” or sending a copy of your councils 2019-2020 SP-7. Include programs conducted from April 2019 to April 1, 2020. Remember, this submission is for state award purposes only and it does not replace the submission of the SP-7 to Supreme for the Columbian Award or Star Council. Do not forget to send your SP-7 into Supreme to be eligible for these! A council must have earned the State Officers Award of Excellence to be eligible for the Overall Program Award.

State Council Service Program Award Entry Form – Use this form to report, in detail, the four most significant projects your council conducted this year. Submit only ONE project report for each of the four categories [Faith, Community, Life, and Family]. You may use ONE copy of the form for EACH of the categories. The form will act as a cover sheet, and you may attach additional detail sheets as needed. This form (STSP) is available on both the State and Supreme websites. Each of these programs are evaluated based on seven criteria. These criteria are listed below. Make sure that you clearly provide information on each of the seven areas or else you will not receive any points in that area. Each of the seven areas are weighted equally during judging.

  1. Nature of the Activity: Does it demonstrate the objectives of the service program?
  2. Participation of Membership: How many members and what percentage participated?
  3. Results: What benefits were derived from sponsorship of this project/program?
  4. Program originality: was the program something new?
  5. Committee planning: How effectively was the program organized? How detailed was the planning?
  6. Delegation of Responsibility: How many members served as planners, chairpersons, workers, etc.?
  7. Publicity: How effectively was the program publicized? How was it publicized?

 

State Winners will be submitted to the Supreme Competition. If your council submits more than one program in any category, all these forms will be returned to the council’s grand knight or financial secretary without being judged. The council can then resubmit ONE program for judging in that area. The deadline of April 1 will not be extended in these situations, so please make sure to only submit ONE program for each of the four categories.

 

Knight of the Year – Nominate one member of your council who has contributed significantly in the areas of Faith, Community, Family and Life. The Minnesota Knight of the Year will be selected based on the information provided. The form (found on the website) will act as a cover sheet, and you may attach additional detail sheets as needed.

 

Family of the Year – Your council’s nomination should be based on the criteria found on the Family of The Year form. The form (found on the website) will act as a cover sheet, and you may attach additional detail sheets as needed. The State Winner will be submitted to the Supreme Competition. The winning family of the Supreme Competition will receive a free trip to the Supreme Convention.

 

Scrapbook Competition – Bring your council’s scrapbook to the 2020 State Convention to be judged. Scrapbooks should be for the current year of programing only and should be an actual book. (This does not include: poster boards, slide shows, or electronic scrapbooks). Please turn in your scrapbook at the registration table when you register your delegates on Friday night or Saturday morning. Scrapbooks submitted after 9AM on Saturday will not be included for judging so make sure you get there early. If your council intends to enter a scrapbook into the competition, notify me by email (joe.george.9905@gmail.com) or (programdirector@mnknights.org) or by including a letter with your other award submissions.

Councils that do not achieve State Participant Award are not eligible for the Scrapbook Competition. Your council must also be Compliant with your Safe Environment Member Status.

 

Any council program conducted since April 1, 2019 that was not submitted for last year’s competition, is eligible for this year’s awards. Any program that was submitted before, may NOT be resubmitted unless significant changes occurred to that program. You will find more qualification details in all online versions of the state newspaper and on the pages following this letter. Award Application forms not mailed to the State Program Director and POSTMARKED by April 1, 2020 will not be considered for the award competition. I look forward to receiving your 4 State Council Service Program Award entries, your Knight of the Year entries, and your Family of the Year entries, and to viewing your scrapbooks at the convention.

Councils that do not achieve at least State Participant Award are not eligible for any program award judging.

 

Vivat Jesus!

Joe George

State Program Director

1926 72nd Street

Centerville, MN 55038

joe.george.9905@gmail.com or programdirector@mnknights.org

 

(651) 253-3112

 

Non-Competitive State Council Awards

 

Program Achievement Awards are based on merit, participation, and numbers accumulated at the Supreme Office and the Minnesota Office.

 

  1. Plaquettes are awarded to recognize council achievement in Programs

White – Participant Award

Red – State Program Director Award

Blue – State Officers Award of Excellence

  1. Certificates are presented to each grand knight denoting his council’s achievement in receiving one of these three program awards.
  2. Certificates are presented to a district deputy when 100% of the councils in his district achieve at least the Participant Award.
  3. Plaques are presented to the district deputy if 100% of the councils in his district achieve the State Officers’ Award of Excellence.

 

Participant Award Requirements

  1. File Form 185 (newly elected officers) by July 1st
  2. File Form 365 (list of appointed directors and committee chairs) by August 1st
  3. File Form 1728 (fraternal year survey) by January 31st
  4. All State and Supreme bills paid
  5. All Intellectual Disability (Tootsie Roll) funds and reports filed from previous year
  6. Show evidence of membership recruitment
  7. Conduct at least one program in each of the four major categories

(Faith, Community, Life, and Family)

  1. File Midyear Audit by January 31st
  2. File End of Year Audit for previous council year
  3. Complaint with Youth Protection Training and Safe Environment Member Status

 

Director Award

Council must fulfill all 10 of the requirements for the Participant Award, plus

  1. Show positive membership intake
  2. Conduct at least two programs in each of the four major categories

(Faith, Community, Life, and Family)

 

State Officers Award of Excellence

Council must fulfill all 10 of the requirements for the Participant Award, plus:

  1. Show positive membership increase
  2. Conduct at least four programs in each of the six major categories

(Faith, Community, Life, and Family)

State Fund Contribution Awards

 

Pennies for Seminarians

Participant Awards

  1. Plaque or adhesive year plate given to each council that contributes at least $2 per active

member** (new plaque given when plaque if filled with year plates)

  1. Councils may qualify through June 30th (last day of fraternal year)

 

Jim Campbell Religious Scholarship Fund

Participant Awards

  1. Plaque or adhesive year plate given to each council that contributes at least $2 per active member** (new plaque given when plaque if filled with year plates)
  2. Councils may qualify through June 30th (last day of fraternal year)

**active membership is based on total membership reported by the Supreme Council on July 1st minus inactive members and honorary life members listed on the same report

 

Competitive State Awards

The council must qualify for the State Officers Award of Excellence to be eligible for Overall Program judging. All other areas of competitive judging require a minimum qualification of Participant Award.

Submission are judged by committees composed of grand knights, district deputies, and state team members.

Councils may submit ONLY ONE program in each of the four categories for judging in that category. Each council may have ONLY 4 entries total, consisting of only ONE program for Faith, ONE program for Family, ONE program Life, and ONE for Community.

 

Overall Program Award Requirements

Council must fulfill all 10 of these requirements to be eligible of consideration for this award:

  1. File Form 185 (newly elected officers) by July 1st
  2. File Form 365 (list of appointed directors and committee chairs) by August 1st
  3. File Form 1728 (fraternal year survey) by January 31st
  4. All State and Supreme bills paid
  5. All Intellectual Disability (Tootsie Roll) funds and reports filed from previous year
  6. Show membership increase
  7. Conduct list at least four programs in each of the four major categories

(Faith, Community, Life, and Family)

  1. File Midyear Audit by January 31st
  2. File End of Year Audit for previous council year
  3. Complaint with Youth Protection Training and Safe Environment Member Status

 

 

Best Overall Program Awards – Two plaques are awarded

  1. First place Outstanding Overall Program
  2. Second place Excellent Overall Program

 

Family of the Year (plaque provided by State)

  1. Selected from entries received with End of Year Reports
  2. Plaque presented at State Convention Banquet
  3. Winning entry sent to Supreme and entered into the Supreme Council Competition

 

Knight of the Year (plaque provided by State)

  1. Selected from entries received with End of Year Reports
  2. Plaque presented at State Convention Banquet

 

Individual Competitive Program Awards

 

Submissions in the four major categories of Faith, Community, Life, and Family, will be judged for content and presentation based on:

  1. Nature of Activity: Does it demonstrate the objectives of the service program?
  2. Participation of Membership: How many members and what percentage participated?
  3. Results: What benefits were derived from sponsorship of this project/program?
  4. Program Originality: Was the program something new?
  5. Committee Planning: How effectively was the program organized? How detailed was the planning?
  6. Delegation of Responsibility: How many members served as planners, chairpersons, workers, etc.?
  7. Publicity: How effectively was the program publicized? How was it publicized?
  8. Program submitted last year may NOT be submitted again unless there have been notable changes or major enhancements to the program.

 

Supreme Service Awards (plaques provided by Supreme)

  1. One presented for each of the four major categories (Faith, Community, Life, and Family) to the council with the single most outstanding program in that area
  2. The four winning entries are sent to Supreme and entered into the Supreme Council Competition

 

State Service Awards (plaques provided by State)

  1. Two presented for each of the four major categories (Faith, Community, Life, and Family) to the council with the second (and third) most outstanding project in that area
  2. The Supreme Service Award winner is not eligible for either of the plaques in that category

 

Scrapbook Award (plaque provided by State)

  1. One award given for outstanding scrapbook present at the State Convention.
  2. Council must be current with Safe Environment Member Status.

 

Supreme Council Awards

 

Every fraternal year, thousands of councils qualify for one or more of the awards given out by the Supreme Council for outstanding achievement in programming, membership, recruitment, retention, and promotion of the Order’s insurance program.

 

Each and every council should strive to achieve these Supreme Council Awards.

 

Star Council Award Requirements

  1. File Form 365 (list of appointed directors and committee chairs) by August 1st
  2. File Form 1728 (fraternal year survey) by January 31st
  3. Achieve Father McGivney Award
  4. Achieve Founder’s Award
  5. Achieve Columbian Award (SP-7)
  6. All State and Supreme bills paid

 

Fr. McGivney Award Requirements

Achieve membership quota (7% of base, minimum 4, maximum 35)

– Additions: new members, reinstatement, readmissions, and reapplications processed by June 30th

– Deductions: suspensions and withdrawals

– Transfers and deaths do not count for or against

 

Founders’ Award Requirements

Achieve insurance quota (2 1/2% of base, minimum 3, maximum 18)

– Insurance additions: new, reinstatement, readmissions, and reapplications processed by June 30th

– Insurance deductions: suspensions and withdrawals

– Transfers and deaths do not count for or against

 

Columbian Award (SP-7) Requirements

Conduct at least four programs in each of the four major categories (Faith, Community, Life, and Family)

– Sponsorship of a parish roundtable fulfills two of the Faith Activity requirements

– Featured Programs fulfill two activity requirements for the category they are listed under

 

Century Award Requirements

Membership increase of 100+ additions over deductions processed by June 30th

– Additions: new members, reinstatement, readmissions, and reapplications processed by June 30th

– Deductions: suspensions and withdrawals

– Transfers and deaths do not count for or against

 

Contest of Champions Awards – Presented to 2 councils in each jurisdiction

 

  • One award given to the council showing highest percentage of membership quota attained based on additions over deductions processed by June 30th (must have attained membership quota)
  • One award given to the council showing highest number of membership additions over deductions processed by June 30th

 

Insurance Promotion Awards – Presented to 2 councils in each jurisdiction:

 

  • One award given to the council showing highest percentage of insurance membership quota attained based on additions over deductions processed by June 30th (must have attained insurance quota)
  • One award given to the council showing highest number of insurance additions over deductions processed by June 30th

Service Program Awards

Chosen from winning entries are sent to Supreme from each State Council and entered into the Supreme Council Competition. The grand knight and his wife from each winning council in each of the four major categories (Faith, Community, Life, and Family) is invited to the Supreme Convention as guests of the Supreme Council.

 

District Deputy Awards

  1. Star District Award – DD with District gain of 3.5% membership and 1.75% insurance
  2. New Council Plaque – DD who achieves a new council in his District
  3. Best Percentage Gain Plaque – best gain in membership over quota

 

 

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