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Council Officer Training - Supreme Council Webinar

Supreme Council is offering a webinar on Council Officer Training on Thursday, July 26 at 8:30 PM ET.  The webinar runs one hour.

Click this link to register online for the webinar:  Register and Attend - Council Officer Training - Duties and Responsibilities

Grand Knights' Training Session

The Federation is eager to support its Grand Knights in every way possible.  As a start, the Federation will be conducting a half-day training session for newly-elected and returning Grand Knights on Saturday, August 18th at Queen of Peace, Council 3428, 194 River Road, North Arlington.  "Coffee and" will be available at 8:30 AM with the training, presented by Bergen County's resident educator, Russ Petrocelli, MFD, at 9 AM.  (Be on time - the Principal doesn't take too kindly to tardy students!)

It is the Federation's intention to provide hands-on training, e.g., How to Run a Meeting, Forms, Reports, etc., which will hopefully enable you to conduct your own council meetings more effectively.  We will informally address your questions and concerns, and attempt to impart the information you need to make you successful.

Please feel free to bring your Deputy Grand Knight, or any other council officer who you feel would benefit from such training.  We especially invite returning Grand Knights, who can readily advise new Grand Knights as to those issues of particular importance.  Bring your questions, your handbook, and your forms booklet.
The Federation needs to know if you plan to attend or not!  Please RSVP by AUGUST 10th to Federation President Steve Hutnik at sjhutnik@verizon.net with the names and titles of those who will be attending.  You may also RSVP by telephone to Steve at 201/592-1332.  

Federation Website Updated for 2018-2019

The Federation website has been updated to reflect the officers for the 2018-2019 Fraternal Year as well as the updated listings of District Deputies, and the listing of Admission (1st) and Formation (2nd) Degrees for the year.  Please visit the Officers, District Deputies, and Degrees pages for more information.

Semi-Annual Audit Due/IRS Form 990

It's audit season again!  The semi-annual audit of councils for the period January 1 to June 30 is due on August 15 to Supreme Council.  The form is available via Officers Online which Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries have access to, or via the Supreme Council website:  http://www.kofc.org/un/en/members/resources/forms/council.html

Speaking of audits, it time again to file your IRS Form 990 (or 990-EZ, or 990-N)  If your reporting year ended on June 30, councils have until November 15 to file Form 990, et al.

Excerpts below are from the IRS Website:

Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less can satisfy their annual reporting requirement by electronically submitting Form 990-N if they choose not to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

To file Form 990-N online:  https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/annual-electronic-filing-requirement-for-small-exempt-organizations-form-990-n-e-postcard
Form 990:  Must be filed by an organization exempt from income tax under section 501(a) (including an organization that
has not applied for recognition of exemption) if it has either (1) gross receipts greater than or equal to $200,000 or (2) total assets greater than or equal to $500,000 at the end of the tax year.

Form 990-EZ:  If an organization has gross receipts less than $200,000 and total assets at the end of the tax year less than $500,000, it can choose to file Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, instead of Form 990.
Remember, the Knights of Columbus IS NOT a 501(c)(3) organization.  The Knights are a 501(c)(8) Fraternal Benefit Society

Form 365 - Service Program Personnel Report

Has your council filed its Form 365 - Service Program Personnel Report for the Term for the 2018-2019 Fraternal Year?  Your Grand Knight or Financial Secretary can update this using the Officers Online System by Supreme Council or print the form from the Supreme Website available here:  Service Program Personnel Report
Form 365 is due on August 1 and must be on file in order for your council to be considered for the Star Council Award.

30th Annual Federation Golf Outing

Because our golf outing is on September 14th this year, we need every council who intends to sponsor a hole or send golfers, or send members to the dinner afterwards, to address this at their June meeting. It cannot wait until the summer, as many councils take at least one meeting off during the summer.  PLEASE TALK ABOUT THE OUTING AT YOUR JUNE MEETING AND DISTRIBUTE THE FORMS TO ALL THE MEMBERS ON YOUR EMAIL LIST.

This is our 30th anniversary outing and we are hoping to make it one or our best and most profitable.  Please remember that the proceeds of this outing help the federation do good works on your behalf, (including but not limited to the Veterans home in Paramus, State Scholarship fund, feeding the homeless, (several different groups have received funds from the Federation in the last three years), and many other projects that come up during the year from the member councils of the Federation).

Again, we hope to see many of you at the outing or at the dinner afterwards,......right now we are planning to go to Dumont for the dinner after the outing, but that is up in the air.  The dinner is after the golf and last year we ate around 6pm, with doors opening at 5:30.  I would expect that once we have made final arrangements for the site of the dinner, (we already have the caterer), we will update all who wish to attend.  Remember, you don't have to golf to enjoy the event and the food.

So, please help us out and spread the word.  Vote on sending us a hole sponsor, (we know you will want to send the check after the start of the fraternal year, so you can spread your donations out, (assuming you supported the outing this year).  Just send the sponsorship form in......I'll track you down for the money after July 1.

Thank you in advance for helping us make the 30th anniversary golf outing a great success for the Federation.  (NB.  The golf outing is the major fund-raiser for the federation, all other activities planned by the federation to engender camaraderie amongst the members from across the county, are break even or only turn a nominal profit....without the outing none of the charity work done on your behalf by the Federation would be possible.)

Best regards,

Vice Chairman, Bergen Federation Golf Outing

Call me with questions on my cell phone 201-954-4664......

Golf Outing Flyer 2018

Foursome Signup Form 2018

Golf Outing Hole Sponsor Form 2018

St. John Church, Newark

As discussed at the April Federation meeting, Bob Tringali, Past Grand Knight of Our Ladies of Victory, Council 14483, Harrington Park, brought up a situation with St. John Church, Newark.

PGK Tringali is familiar with the situation as the Brothers of the council have been feeding the homeless at their soup kitchen four times per year for the past five years.  During this time, the Pastor has never asked the council for any financial assistance.

The Situation:  St. John is the oldest parish in the Archdiocese and is having a major problem with a wall separating.  The engineering study alone is over $13,000.  Any council willing to help pay for this is welcome.  So far, Council 14483 has donated $1000.  The address for donations is:  St. John, 22 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

In the notes area of your check state “Wall Repair”.

New Website Page Added

At the April 5th meeting, it was announced that going forward, there would be a page on the Federation website where councils can post their council events.  You'll see "Council Events" on the right side of the menu bar.

Some basic rules:

Degrees will continue to be posted on the Degrees page.  They will not be added to the Council Events page.

If your council has a color or black and white flyer, please send it to the webmaster as either a PDF file or JPG/JPEG file.

Remember the "Who, What, Where, When, How Much, and Why" of the event - your council may know what you are doing, but the rest of the county may not.

IMPORTANT:  Remember that while the Federation website may be for the councils in Bergen County, the Internet is worldwide - meaning that whatever you ask to be posted must conform to Supreme and New Jersey State Council standards and practices.

New Website Feature: Subscribe to Receive Federation Updates

At the January meeting, I gave an update on the website.  Part of my update was that I was looking at ways to automatically notify the Brothers of new postings to the Federation website.  This is the first part of what I presented that night.

You may have noticed that off to the right of where these posts appear is a section where you can register to receive updates to the Federation website via e-mail.  Updates are usually posts that appear in this section of the website or events that are posted to the calendar.  By subscribing to the updates, you receive e-mails as soon as items are posted to the website.

Simply enter your name and e-mail address and click Subscribe.  You will receive an e-mail from "Bergen Federation Knights of Columbus" with the subject "Bergen Federation Knights of Columbus - Please confirm your subscription".  When you open the e-mail there will be a sentence stating that the website received an e-mail from your e-mail address and asks you to confirm it by "clicking here".  When you do so, you will receive a message thanking you and that you have been successfully subscribed as well as a welcome e-mail.  In case you don't see the e-mail, check your spam filter as well as your spam folder in your e-mail system.

As new posts are added to the website, subscribers will receive an e-mail with the words "New Post Published" in the subject line along with the post title.  Once you open the e-mail, there will be a link that you can click on which will open the post in your browser.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me webmaster@bergenfederationkofc.org


Dave Torebka, FDD, FS 2842
Webmaster, Bergen Federation