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How To Organize An In-House Open House

An “in-house open house” provides a comfortable, casual atmosphere in which one or two host-recruiters and wives introduce prospect couples to the local council and the Order.

  • Solicit volunteer recruiters to host open houses in their homes.

  • Plan a casual event in which a small group gets together to enjoy each other's company and learn about the K of C (coffee and a card game, a barbecue, or brunch, etc.).

  • Personally invite three to five prospects, making sure the invitation is for husband and wife.

  • Order the  Experience of a Lifetime video at least three weeks prior to your event.

  • Have Membership Documents (#100) on hand and order other promotional/membership flyers – “As Knights we not only act on faith...” flyer (#4497), “Our Future Knights...” flyer (#9116), “The Potential of a Man...” flyer (4496), “What this organization stands for...” booklet (#4495), “Did You Know?” flyer (#1267), Family Fraternal Benefits flyer (#2761), Member/Spouse Fraternal Benefit flyer (#2773), Columbia magazine – to distribute along with council newsletter.

  • Show the video and discuss council activities and benefits. Encourage the host spouse to discuss the fun and benefits of family activities.

  • INVITE prospective families to join!

  • Assist prospects in completing Membership Documents.

  • Inform prospects of the Admission Committee meeting, and the First Degree date, and make arrangements to escort them to the degree. (Plan First Degree within two weeks of in-house open house.)