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Membership Benefits

Membership Benefits

For $30 annual membership dues, you receive a range of benefits to support your Catholic life.

Lead With Faith

Deepen your faith with access to spiritual resources to help you become a better Catholic man.

  • Access to knights.net
  • Subscription to Columbia, our flagship monthly magazine
  • Prayer and faith formation resources to help you grow in Catholic masculine spirituality

Protect Your Family

Discover the Catholic difference of one of the World’s Most Ethical*® and top-rated insurance companies.**

  • A dedicated brother Knight field agent assigned to you and your family
  • Complimentary, comprehensive annual financial review
  • Exclusive eligibility to purchase K of C life insurance, disability income insurance, long-term care insurance and retirement products
  • Access to free family fraternal benefits

Serve Others

Make an impact as you become part of our unmatched charitable outreach, helping those who need it most both locally and internationally.

  • Provide coats to children in need
  • Give food to families in need
  • Support victims of natural disasters

Defend Your Values

Join your voice with our 1.9 million members to defend the faith and the truth as you support local, national, and international issues that are important to you.

  • Stand up for the unborn and the dignity of all human life
  • Fight for religious liberty and our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East
  • Join in our ongoing work in support of the Church

Questions & Answers

What is the eMembership initiative?

The eMembership initiative is a web-based program through which eligible Catholic men can join the Knights of Columbus online.

The eMembership initiative is designed to meet two strategic objectives. First, the eMembership initiative allows eligible Catholic men to join the Knights of Columbus online, through a streamlined, optimized process. Second, the initiative provides these members with a newly created and predominately digital eMembership experience, which will help them to grow as Knights and as Catholic men, and will revolve around the four main themes of Lead with Faith, Protect Your Family, Serve Others and Defend Your Values.

How does a prospective member join the Knights of Columbus through this method?

Prospective members join through a website. After registering, attesting to their Catholic faith, agreeing to abide by the constitution and laws of the Order, and paying dues via credit card, they will become members and gain access to the online eMembership portal.

What is the eMembership experience like? How does it differ from a traditional member experience?

After registration, eMembers are given access to a web-based portal and begin receiving regular electronic communication from the Supreme Council. While they will receive a number of other benefits (explained in further questions), the digital experience will form the core of their Knights of Columbus experience.

Content distributed to the member through the portal and direct communication revolves around four themes: Lead with Faith, Protect Your Family, Defend Your Values, and Serve Others. Content is member-focused and relevant, aiming to help these men not only grow as individuals, but become acclimated with the good work and rich history of the Knights of Columbus, thereby strengthening their affinity with the Knights of Columbus brand, and setting the stage for lifelong, active membership. They will also receive regular communiqués from the State Council regarding news and events in their area.

eMembers will be presented with frequent opportunities to work alongside their brother Knights in local councils to experience first-hand how membership in a local council can empower them to grow in the faith and to serve their families, parishes and communities. These experiences will show how the online membership experience is amplified through the fraternity experienced in a local council.

Do eMembers belong to councils?

Members who join online do not belong to local councils. Instead, they belong to newly-formed state divisions, which will fall under the jurisdiction of the State Council. Each jurisdiction will have one state division which will house all of that jurisdiction’s members who join through eMembership.

How do eMembers differ from members of local councils?

Essentially, they do not. Though they have not yet taken their first degree, members who join online are Associate members of the Knights of Columbus. As members, they have the right to purchase insurance on themselves, their spouses, and their dependent children. As members, they receive Columbia magazine. As members, they received the free accidental death benefit (age restrictions apply). As members, they are eligible for participation in the family fraternal benefit. They are also entitled to attend local council meetings as non-voting visiting members.

Can eMembers join local councils?

Yes. eMembers who have joined online can transition to local council membership, just as transfer members from other local councils do today. When an eMember finds a local council he likes, he may deepen his involvement in the Knights of Columbus by converting his membership from his State Division into that local council to take his degrees. Since these members have not taken the first degree, that ceremonial will be part of their transition to a local council.

How will councils know about these potential new members?

During the application process, applicants will need to provide the name of the parish they attend. There is a field to indicate if they would like to join a local council, and the opportunity to indicate their preferred council number if they have one. Both of these tools will generate reports and emails to facilitate the transition towards local council membership.

How would a council admit an eMember into their council?

A transition would be initiated by the local council’s Financial Secretary. The receiving council would complete a Form 100 for “Transfer” after the First Degree and submit to the Supreme Council. After transitioning to a local council, the member will retain his online access to the Knights of Columbus membership experience, but cease paying his membership dues online, and instead begin to pay his local council’s membership dues. The receiving council would receive the member’s dues adjustment for the fraternal year.

How will eMembers be assigned an Agency?

Since eMembers do not belong to local councils they will be assigned for visibility purposes through the postal code assignment system.

What will eMembers hear about the insurance program?

The eMembership experience will revolve around four themes: Lead with Faith, Protect Your Family, Defend Your Values, and Serve Others.

The Protect Your Family theme will showcase the Catholic difference of the Order’s insurance program, informing eMembers of our business, our Catholic practices, our product lines, and our agents. While regularly encouraging the eMembers to find and reach out to their field agent, the eMembership initiative will also provide members with financial literacy such as “Life Insurance 101,” and other professional resources that help to establish the Knights of Columbus as a trusted friend and advisor.

How will we verify that prospective members are eligible for membership?

When a prospective member begins the eMembership application process, the first step is for them to declare that they are: (1) a baptized Catholic male, (2) 18 years of age or older, and (3) a practical Catholic.

Once they check those three boxes, and a fourth box which indicates that they agree to abide by the laws and rules of the Knights of Columbus, they click “proceed to join” and proceed to the next page. They cannot continue if any of the four boxes have not been checked.

Additionally, before they hit the “proceed to join” button, they are presented with the following message: “Failure to answer truthfully to any of these declarations, or failure to remain a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See, renders void your membership in the Knights of Columbus.”

Can eMembers join local councils?

Yes. eMembers who have joined online can transition to local council membership, just as transfer members from other local councils do today. When an eMember finds a local council he likes, he may deepen his involvement in the Knights of Columbus by converting his membership from his State Division into that local council to take his degrees. Since these members have not taken the first degree, that ceremonial will be part of their transition to a local council.

How will councils know about these potential new members?

During the application process, applicants will need to provide the name of the parish they attend. There is a field to indicate if they would like to join a local council, and the opportunity to indicate their preferred council number if they have one. Both of these tools will generate reports and emails to facilitate the transition towards local council membership.

How would a council admit an eMember into their council?

A transition would be initiated by the local council’s Financial Secretary. The receiving council would complete a Form 100 for “Transfer” after the First Degree and submit to the Supreme Council. After transitioning to a local council, the member will retain his online access to the Knights of Columbus membership experience, but cease paying his membership dues online, and instead begin to pay his local council’s membership dues. The receiving council would receive the member’s dues adjustment for the fraternal year.

How will eMembers be assigned an Agency?

Since eMembers do not belong to local councils they will be assigned for visibility purposes through the postal code assignment system.

What will eMembers hear about the insurance program?

The eMembership experience will revolve around four themes: Lead with Faith, Protect Your Family, Defend Your Values, and Serve Others.

The Protect Your Family theme will showcase the Catholic difference of the Order’s insurance program, informing eMembers of our business, our Catholic practices, our product lines, and our agents. While regularly encouraging the eMembers to find and reach out to their field agent, the eMembership initiative will also provide members with financial literacy such as “Life Insurance 101,” and other professional resources that help to establish the Knights of Columbus as a trusted friend and advisor.

How will we verify that prospective members are eligible for membership?

When a prospective member begins the eMembership application process, the first step is for them to declare that they are: (1) a baptized Catholic male, (2) 18 years of age or older, and (3) a practical Catholic.

Once they check those three boxes, and a fourth box which indicates that they agree to abide by the laws and rules of the Knights of Columbus, they click “proceed to join” and proceed to the next page. They cannot continue if any of the four boxes have not been checked.

Additionally, before they hit the “proceed to join” button, they are presented with the following message: “Failure to answer truthfully to any of these declarations, or failure to remain a practical Catholic in union with the Holy See, renders void your membership in the Knights of Columbus.”

 

E-Membership

Worthy Grand Knights and My Brothers All, 
The new E-membership website  is up and running, please take a minute to take a look.
Let me take this opportunity to answer a few questions on the subject, starting with our vision statement.
While our mission is to carry forward our founder’s vision.
Our vision for the New Mexico Knights of Columbus is to create a Catholic, family, fraternal service organization consisting of; a council at every Parish, a Round Table at every Mission and a member in every Catholic family; who carry forward the teachings and values of our Church, while serving the needs of our members, and our communities.
“Why recruit through e-membership?”. 
This new membership class offers possibilities for those men who are not yet ready to fully commit to council membership and the responsibilities required.  This especially applies to those Catholic men who are currently working to  build careers and families, both of which require major time commitments.
It allows men the opportunity to participate in our service functions as desired, to strengthen their and their families faith and to financially protect their Catholic families.
It allows us the opportunity to act as mentors to these Catholic men and their families. Encouraging the strengthening of the domestic Church while providing benefits to our Church and our communities.
It allows an opportunity for e-members to get to know us and the Order prior to making the full commitment of council membership.
How do we apply e-membership into our recruitment efforts? 
 
Let me propose three ideas:
1) It is our duty as Knights to invite every eligible Catholic man and his family to join our Order but not every Brother is comfortable recruiting. To some approaching an unknown person and asking him to join can be nerve wrecking.
So let me propose e-membership recruiting in its simplest form. This week take a couple KofC prayer cards and write the website (Knights.net) on the front.  When you attend mass this week simply hand the prayer card(s) to your fellow parishioner and his family. Commenting something like “You should be a Knight. Check out our website when you have a minute.” In this case the website is going to do the sales work for you.
2) How many times have we received a completed prospect card or form 100 from an enthusiastic candidate and in the time it take us to organize an admission committee meeting and the first degree he loses interest. In today’s fast paced world, immediate action has become the norm.
So let’s not make him wait, simply use e-membership as the first step in the process. Pull out your smart phone and sign him up at knights.net right there. As he is doing so you can explain the first degree process and the importance council membership plays in his Parish and community.
3) We are constantly discussing the importance of the Prospect List. E-members are men, know to us, who have a vested interest in our Order. They receive regular emails from Supreme, they receive regular visits from field agents, and they should receive regular invitations for your council to participate in council activities. While some may not become council members immediately they will become council members eventually.
How does e-membership count towards our council membership goals?
E-membership does not currently count towards the state or local council goals. However as I mentioned above if we employ the right strategies they will eventually become council members.
Councils will receive credit when  e-members transfer into local councils.
What is e-membership in comparison to council membership?
E-members are place into what’s call a State Division, a holding place overseen by the State Council. They pay dues ($30) directly to the Supreme Council, the State Council in turn bills Supreme for State Per-Capita payments.
E-members are encouraged to participate in local council’s meetings, service projects and social meetings. As they have not received their first degree, they are unable to vote or hold council positions (officers or directors). Also discretion must be exercised when discussing degrees at meetings.
E-members are issued traveling cards. These cards are easily distinguishable from the regular council membership cards.
What is required to convert an e-member to a council member?
As mentioned above E-members have not received their first degree. Admittance should be handled similar to that of a new candidate. The admission committee should interview the e-member and present his application to the council for approval. Following council approval he must attend a first degree to become an official council member.
His form 100 should be emailed to membership@kofc.org asap following the degree, noting a transfer from the State Division to the local council. Membership credit is given to the state and local council at this point.
As with any transfer, Supreme Council will credit the local council for dues paid by the member.
This new class of membership will no doubtably change the way we operate. As with any new process there will be changes and adaptations made along the way but this initiative has the possibility to expedite our Orders growth exponentially here in NM. (Remember there are 198,000 Catholic men in our jurisdiction who are not yet Knights.) It is up to us as fraternal leaders to adapt this growth into strong councils that are the go to ministry of our Parishes and our communities.
Thank you for taking the time to read my emails, I hope you find them informative and inspiring. My door is always open please let me know how I can help.

Vivat Jesu!

Daniel Vigil

NM State Treasurer
E-Membership Chairman