To all incoming Grand Knights, Faithfull Navigators and their staffs:
Here are a dozen ways to a successful fraternal year – but only if done before June 30.

Vision begets great plans. This can be a theme, a mission statement, even a Biblical quotation. Then focus as many projects and programs through this lens.

Map out the route for the year.
• Include existing standing programs and special projects
• Have monthly, quarterly or annual effort that address vision statement items
• Account for National, State, District and local church priorities
• Adjust as needed during the year

Budget your time and resources.
• Establish the annual meeting and program calendar
• Consider fund raising as well as funds to spend
• Factor in civil holidays, church calendar, Columbian obligations

Staff the efforts with responsible leaders, workers and expectations.

Set requirements for the Good of the Order program and request religious program and project input from your priest and deacon.

Determine the heading and chart the course of the fraternal year, then get buy-in from the membership; use the official report as well as newsletters, bulletins and emails.

Draft a budget and distribute at or prior to the first meeting, ready for discussion.

Keep all meetings brief and on point by planning to use the agenda as a meeting time budget - do not overspend time as well as resources.

Lead not by words, but by example.
• Expect you or your designate to attend as many events as possible
• Use your name badge and the Color Corps presence to its fullest

Schedule your monthly, quarterly and annual reports, awards and audits early.

Provide praise and feedback at meetings and in emails.

Reflect on what was accomplished throughout the year with a final report to the membership on how well the goals were met. Remember: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra.”