Council Announcements

 
Santa Maria Council will hold another blood drive on July 6th.
 
In light of the COVID pandemic, this year, the Knights of Columbus is having a second Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Monday, July 6th, from 2PM to 7PM at the Santa Maria Council home, 350 Crystal Lake Ave, Haddon Township. For more information visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. Sponsor code Haddon Township Community.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Dues notices were sent via email on January 15, 2020, and mailed via USPS to those without an email address.  The 2nd dues notice was sent 6/4/2020.

 

As the state begins the process of reopening, the Council is also taking steps to get back into its normal  rhythm.  You can help in that process by paying your dues, if you have not already done so.
 
As always, if there is an issue with ability to pay, please let Mike Valvardi (finsec1443@aol.com) know so we can take steps to keep you an active member while respecting financial limitations you may be experiencing.
 
Thank you,
GK Adam Elgart

 

Dues notices are emailed to the address we have for Council members, and sent via USPS to those who do not have an email address on file. The email is generated from the Supreme Council under the name Knights of Columbus Email and email address sent from: no-reply@kofc.org  Please add this email address to your contacts list so the email does not get bounced to your SPAM file.

 

Please be sure to periodically check your email spam and other folders as your email provider may filter out the dues email and divert it from your Inbox. There is a known problem with Comcast email customers not always receiving the emails from the Supreme Council.

 

IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR DUES NOTICE PLEASE LET US KNOW!

 

If you have questions regarding your dues notice, or need it resent to you, contact Mike Valvardi at: finsec1443@aol.com.


Remember, your dues enable Santa Maria Council to support our church and community and do good work. Please pay your  dues promptly.

 

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A current membership card is required to gain admittance to all Council meetings and events. Your 2019 membership card will be valid until March of 2020. When we receive your up to date dues payment(s) your 2020 membership card will be mailed to you.

 

DUES:

 

Regular member, $40

 

Honorary Membership, $10

Members who have attained the actual age of 65 years and who have been members of the Order for 25 consecutive years are designated as honorary members.

 

Honorary Life Membership, no charge

Members who have attained the actual age of 70 years and who have been members of the Order for 25 consecutive years, and those who have been members of the Order for 50 consecutive years, regardless of age, are designated as honorary life members.

 

Student member, $20

Members that have demonstrated enrollment in primary or secondary education, and upon the approval of the Grand Knight after review. An initial request should be made to the Financial Secretary; do not pay this amount unless the Student status has been approved.

 

Please see note below for payment of dues not paid for 2018 and /or 2019.

 

PAY ANNUAL member DUES FOR 2020

The current year dues for the Knights of Columbus are payable in three ways:

 

1. Pay by check (payable to: Santa Maria Council #1443) at a Council meeting. You can also pay by cash, though check is preferred for tracking purposes.

 

OR

 

Leave your payment in the DUES BOX during a Friday Night Social. If you leave cash just be sure you attach a note indicating your name, and what year the dues are for (yes, members have left cash with no info, which is why a check is preferred).

 

OR

 

Mail your check to Santa Maria Council #1443 (Attn: MEMBERSHIP) using the information included on your dues statement.

 

Santa Maria Council #1443

Attn: MEMBERSHIP

350 Crystal Lake Ave

Haddon Twp, NJ 08033

 

 

2. Pay with your VENMO account. Use our VENMO account name: @KnightsofColumbus-SantaMaria

 

3. Use PayPal and pay with with your credit card or PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal, you can checkout as a guest.

 

Use your PayPal account to pay us directly by using our email address: finsec1443@aol.com

 

If you use the PayPal PAY NOW button below, Santa Maria will be charged a processing fee.

 

You can also pay via credit card at a Council meeting using our PayPal credit card reader (Santa Maria will be charged a processing fee).

 

 

PLEASE INCLUDE A MESSAGE WITH YOUR PAYMENT IF YOU ARE PAYING FOR MORE THAN ONE MEMBER. LET US KNOW THE NAME OF ALL THE MEMBERS FOR WHOM YOU ARE MAKING PAYMENT. You can email us the information for clarity: finsec1443@aol.com

 


2020 DUES



Member name
Membership number



 

 

VENMO is available as a payment option in certain merchant apps, and you can pay with Venmo many places where you see the PayPal button. In order to checkout using Venmo, you will need to have the Venmo app installed on your mobile phone and will need to opt-in to make purchases. Then, depending on the merchant, you can pay with Venmo in one of the following ways:

  • Simply tap the PayPal button on a mobile device to launch the PayPal checkout experience. A Venmo payment option will appear on the next page if offered.
    • Please keep in mind that in order to see the option to pay with Venmo, you will need to have Venmo currently installed on your phone, be checking out with an eligible PayPal merchant, and not have configured PayPal OneTouch. For more information about how to change PayPal OneTouch settings, please see this support article: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/one-touch-checkout/faq

 

PAYMENT FOR 2018 and/or 2019 DUES IN ARREARS (PAST DUE)

 

Please use this section for payment of 2020 dues and also dues not not paid for 2018 and/or 2019. This is known as "Dues in Arrears" and settlement of your account provides a wonderful benefit to our entire council.

 

Dues owed for prior to 2018 have been waived.

 

2018 and/or 2019 DUES for the Knights of Columbus are payable in 3 ways as described above. Please be sure to pay the amount as noted on your DUES STATEMENT.

 


Member name
Membership number



PLEASE INCLUDE A MESSAGE WITH YOUR PAYMENT IF YOU ARE PAYING FOR MORE THAN ONE MEMBER. LET US KNOW THE NAME OF ALL THE MEMBERS FOR WHOM YOU ARE MAKING PAYMENT. You can email us the information for clarity: finsec1443@aol.com

 

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DUES NOTE:

Please realize that when a member does not pay their dues, the Council still has to pay the Supreme per-capita ($4.50) and State per-capita ($8.00) for each member. When you pay your dues then the per-capita costs are covered and the remaining money is used to assist with all of our charitable works!

All dues in arrears prior to 2018 were waived by a vote of the membership. If you have not paid dues for 2018 and/or 2019 then your dues statement will reflect what you owe for 2018, 2019, and 2020. A current membership card will not be issued if you owe outstanding dues. You must present a current membership card to gain admittance to all Council meetings and activities.

Some members may have a legitimate reason for not being able to pay their dues such as a disability, unemployment, or other financial hardship.  Please contact the Council if that is the case and we will discuss the matter as there are options available.

Concerning disability, if you qualify, please complete the form below and return it to the Council Hall upon completion along with the required proof. A member that qualifies for disability relief does not have to pay dues, and the Council does not have to pay per-capita dues for that member.

DISABILITY form; qualifications and instructions: https://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/dues_relief_1831_p.pdf

 

 

GIFT / DONATION

Please use the Pay Now button below if you are able to make a special Gift or Donation to Santa Maria Council.  You do not need to be a member of our Council to make a donation to our Council. Your special gift will be used to enhance and continue the many charitable activities that have been an important part of this identity of this Council.

 

Use the PayPal DONATE button below (VENMO is part of the PayPal family) to pay with with your credit card or PayPal account. You do not need a PayPal account to use PayPal, you can checkout as a guest.


You can also use your PayPal account to donate directly by using our email address: finsec1443@aol.com

 

OR 

 

DONATE with your VENMO account. Use our VENMO account name: @KnightsofColumbus-SantaMaria




 

 

 

 

Check out our: 

Santa Maria Council 1443 FACEBOOK page for upcoming events and news.

 

 

 

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Rent Our Hall! 
Council members are entitled to rent the Council Home at reduced rates

for their parties or events as a benefit of membership.

 

Rentals are also available to the public.

 

Please call Mark Kiernan at 856-261-3074,

or e-mail mvkiernan@verizon.net for info.

 

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 FOOD PANTRY


Donate canned goods and dry goods (or donate money) to fill our pantry. Charity is our first principle!

Contact Zachary McShane or Bill Liebeknecht if you would like to help out:

 

Zach: zacharymshane94@gmail.com or 856-882-6960

Bill: kbkn@verizon.net or 856-448-2566

 

 

 

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Dear Brothers,

 

Our council was very fortunate to be recognized for its charitable activities, as described in the attached article currently on the Knights of Columbus (Supreme) website. 

The basis for the article was an e-mail that I wrote to various US Senators who questioned Judge Brian Buescher’s fitness to serve as a federal judge, solely because of his membership in the Knights of Columbus.
As noted in the article “This not ‘all about me’, I’m just one of about 1.8 million Knights in the United States” and only one of 600+ members of Santa Maria Council.

So, if you did anything to contribute to any of our council’s charitable activities, this article is about you.

Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Mark Kiernan
856-261-3074 or mvkiernan@verizon.net.



Supreme website article about our Santa Maria Council:
http://kofc.org/en/news-room/articles/help-is-a-voicemail-away.html

12 Knights of Christmas — Help Is a Voicemail Away

By Andrew Butler 12/16/2019
12 Knights of Christmas — Help Is a Voicemail Away
 

Last Christmas, a member of Santa Maria Council 1443 in Haddon Twp., New Jersey, wrote an email. He hoped to communicate the Knights’ true spirit of charity and their willingness to help at a moment’s notice. It often starts when they listen to their voicemails.

Here are excerpts taken directly from that email:

At 6 p.m. last night (Christmas Eve), I received a call on my cell phone from a young mother from Camden. She had no food for Christmas and was down to 4 diapers for her 9-month-old baby. At 8 p.m., I delivered two bags of food, a turkey breast, children’s beverages, candy canes and diapers. When I asked her how she came to call me, she said “My girlfriend gave me your number. She said you guys help people.” The food came from our council’s Food for Families Program. Another of our members took a break from his family’s Christmas Eve Dinner to help me put the package together.

One of my responsibilities for our Council is taking the messages off of our answering machine. Last Thursday, December 20, a woman left us a message saying that she was in the hospital and that she had no money to buy Christmas gifts for her children and grandchildren. She said that she expected to be released before Christmas. On Saturday, December 22, I delivered a $150 gift card to her in the hospital. $100 was from our Council’s Charity Fund; $50 was a donation from my wife and me.

This is not “all about me”, I’m just one of about 1.8 million Knights in the United States.

My Knights of Columbus council, Santa Maria Council # 1443, of Haddon Twp., NJ also made a donation to pay for one wheelchair for the Knights Global Wheelchair Mission and paid $1,400 to buy and distribute 40 winter coats for the Knights Coats for Kids program.

This email showcases the Knights from Santa Maria Council. At 110 years old, it has a long history of service and charity that continues today. This Christmas, the council has undertaken a toy drive for local children in need.

They also are providing:

  • $500 to a relative of a Knight who is widowed and caring for an adult son with intellectual disabilities.
  • $300 and a Christmas food package to a woman caring for her ill husband and two young granddaughters whose mothers are both deceased and fathers are not involved.
  • $200 to a fund to assist people to pay utility bills. Donations are matched 100% by the local electrical utility company.

Learning of requests through their voicemail messages continue to be a source for the council’s charitable work. This work includes:

  • A donation made in February from the council’s Charity Raffle Fund to a woman in the hospital last Christmas.
  • A member with an engineering background providing advice to a woman with water damage to her home.
  • The council fulfilling multiple requests for food assistance left on their voicemail.

Ongoing charitable activities include:

  • Food packages for families in need at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
  • Scholarships for four local students to attend Catholic High Schools.
  • Donations to four seminarians of the Diocese of Camden, as part of the Knights of Columbus RSVP Program.
  • Annual fundraisers for local Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis societies, raising thousands of dollars during the past year.
  • Hosting an annual appreciation dinner for local religious sisters, and one for local law enforcement, for nearly 50 years.

This is just some of the amazing work done by Knights of Columbus. To read more about the great news of the Knights of Columbus, visit our News Hub.

Share your Knights of Columbus story with andrew.butler@kofc.org.

 

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