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*** September 8 – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

September 8th, 2021

Worthy Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries,

A reminder of this opportunity to raise charity funds for your council.

October 1st is the launch of the fourth quarter (Q4) 50/50 raffle, and we are seeking more councils that wish to participate in the State online 50/50 raffle. Just send an email to the State office and indicate your council wants to join in the fourth quarter online 50/50 raffle (stateoffice@ontariokofc.ca). Please do this by Wednesday September 15th.

Training for the new councils to the State online 50/50 raffle is provided on these two dates.

Saturday September 25th at 9:00 am (beginning entry at 8:45 am) click here:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83039462244?pwd=eW53Yjd0KzFUUGR5MGM4b3VGWVpFZz09

Tuesday September 28th at 7:00 pm (beginning entry at 6:45 pm) click here:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88410854609?pwd=a09tcm5rRC83ZWFRSVpPeDVBRTJZUT09

For the 220 council’s currently participating in the online 50/50 raffle you do not need to register again to participate in the next Q4 raffle or any future quarter raffle. Your council’s unique URL link will continue to work, and all sales tracked by the Ascend software each quarter.

Don’t forget to look back for the sales progress charts on a biweekly basis.

Remember, when we send your council’s share from the profits of the online 50/50 raffle each quarter, you must deposit it into your council’s charity account.

Final reminder: The Q3 final draw is Thursday September 30th at 11:30 pm. Continue to promote your council’s URL link to everyone you know.

Fraternally,

David Gelinas
State Treasurer
50/50 Online Raffle Director
statetreasurer@ontariokofc.ca

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September 8 Memo  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – PDF English / French


*** September 1 – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

September 1st, 2021

Worthy Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries,

As we enter the last month of the State Q3 online 50/50 raffle, everyone must continue to promote your council’s unique URL code as we get closer to that final draw on September 30th.

October 1st is the launch of the fourth quarter (Q4) 50/50 raffle, and we are looking for more councils that wish to participate in the State online 50/50 raffle. It’s easy to participate and requires very little time compared to the amount of work related to the previous paper based lottery ticket sales. Just send an email to the State office and indicate your council wants to join in the fourth quarter online 50/50 raffle (stateoffice@ontariokofc.ca). Please do this by September 15th. We plan to provide an online training session one evening in the last week of September. Look for the date of this training in a future newsletter report this month.

For the 220 council’s currently participating in the online 50/50 raffle you do not need to register again to participate in the next Q4 raffle or any future quarter raffle. Your council’s unique URL link will continue to work, and sales tracked by the Ascend software.

Don’t forget to look back for the sales progress charts on a biweekly basis.

Remember, when we send your council’s share from the profits of the online 50/50 raffle each quarter, you must deposit it into your council’s charity account.

Fraternally,

David Gelinas
State Treasurer
50/50 Online Raffle Director
statetreasurer@ontariokofc.ca

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September 10 Memo  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – PDF English / French


*** August 10  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

August 10th, 2021

Worthy Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries,

I want to point out the locations on the State website to find additional information regarding the online 50/50 raffle including memos and sales charts. I plan to update the sales progress charts on a biweekly basis.

Links to bookmark include:

Continue to promote your council’s URL link to your members and ask them to share with their family and friends. Remember that it will require persistence to catch people’s attention and eventually achieve better sales for your council. The next early bird draw is September 1st and the final grand prize draw on September 30th for Q3. Keep these dates in mind when you advertise your council’s URL link.

If your council has determined which charity you plan to support from your share of the funds from this online 50/50 raffle, then maybe it would be beneficial for you to mention this to your members and supporters when you ask them to support our online 50/50 charities raffle.

Fraternally,

David Gelinas
State Treasurer
50/50 Online Raffle Director
statetreasurer@ontariokofc.ca

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August 10 Memo  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – PDF English / French


*** July 22  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

July 22nd, 2021

Worthy Grand Knights and Financial Secretaries,

Regarding the State online 50/50 raffle, the State Board has approved the participating councils share of 25% from the 2nd pilot and the cheques will be mailed soon, if they haven’t already been, by the time of this report.

Councils must deposit the cheque into your charity account. No portion of the council’s profits from the online 50/50 are designated for administrative purposes and all of it must go toward charity. Historically, we had that ability in the previous paper based lottery and the State office sent out separate cheques for this reason but not for this online raffle.

There were 19 councils involved with pilot 1 and 92 councils for pilot 2. Currently for the third quarter raffle, Q3, there are 220 councils involved. Phone calls made this happen and I appreciate brother Denis LaSalle’s and Liane Dumas’ assistance with helping me call every council. We already have 9 signed up to join for Q4 so please do not hesitate to contact the office before mid September if you wish to participate in the fourth quarter online raffle.

Please continue to promote your council’s unique URL code along with the designed poster to all your council members and ask them to share with their family, friends and co-workers. Everyone’s combined efforts will get our State online 50/50 raffle known by more people in Ontario each and every day. Highlight one of the charities that your council plans to support which are listed in the information area of the State webpage for the online 50/50 raffle. Click the link to go there directly: https://ontariokofc.ca/programs/50-50-raffle/

Fraternally,

David Gelinas
State Treasurer
50/50 Online Raffle Director
statetreasurer@ontariokofc.ca

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July 22 Memo  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – PDF English / French


*** July 2  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

July 1st, 2021

Worthy Grand Knights,July 1st is the launch of our third quarter Q3 full-out province-wide State 50/50 online raffle and is now open for every council to participate in and receive a share of the profits proportionally to the funds that are raised through their council’s assigned URL link. Welcome to all the new councils that joined this State lottery raffle.I wish to thank brother Jamie Libaque for his leadership qualities to launch this new State 50/50 online raffle through the first six months with the first and second pilots. I would like to remind everyone that brother Jamie also helped the State Board with the previous Charities lottery that on the onset of the pandemic was extended by six months which had certain challenges for everyone too. A job well done by brother Jamie. Of course, brother Denis LaSalle, Liane Dumas, Anna Kocmarek and Ani Kaluzny at the office played a vital role in our success too. Thank you.State Deputy Marcel Lemmen has appointed me as the State 50/50 online raffle director during his tenure. I will provide monthly updates to the progress of the earnings of the 50/50 raffle using graphs and charts in my reports. Look for this toward the last week of each month in the State newsletter. I also plan to routinely share best practice tips and suggestions from other successful councils that participated in the first two pilots. These ideas should help councils market their own council’s URL link to get it out far and wide so that together we can succeed and earn charity funds.

Councils that have not joined this State 50/50 online raffle yet, you will have another opportunity for the fourth quarter Q4 raffle starting October 1st. In the meanwhile, every member in Ontario has an opportunity to participate in this new State 50/50 online raffle and I encourage you to extend an invitation to your family, friends and co-workers to visit our State website and support the Ontario Charities Foundation at this link: https://www.kofcontario5050.com/

Our 50/50 online raffle provider, Ascend Fundraising Solutions, accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Fraternally,

David Gelinas
State Treasurer
50/50 Online Raffle Director
statetreasurer@ontariokofc.ca

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July 1 update  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – PDF English / French


*** May 20  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

To: Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Council Lottery Chairman

Date: May 20, 2021

Subject: 50/50 Raffle Update May 20, 2021


  • Pilot # 1 is now closed. Cheques were mailed to each of the 40 vendor Councils; the payout approved by the State Board was 25%. A report was filed to the AGCO.
  • Pilot # 2 continues to show positive results; it runs until June 30th.
    • Council engagement is very good. At the start of the Pilot # 2 we had 52 registered Councils, which added to the 40 of the first Pilot (continuing) brings the total to 92. At the time of this Update there are 89 Councils actively selling tickets.
    • Top selling Councils (as of May 20) are:
      • Kingston Council 9652: $2,710
      • Oshawa Council 8549: $2,360
      • Oakville Council 14446 : $2,160
      • Chatham Council 1412: $2,120
      • Sarnia Council 11164: $1,980
      • Thunder Bay 1447 :$1,600
      • Ottawa Council 10617: $1,570
      • Orangeville St Peter of the Apostles 8851: $1,530
      • Orleans Divine Infant 7873: $1,170
      • Newmarket St Thomas of Villa Nova 10586: $1,080
      • Richmond Hill Oak Ridges 13094: $1,030
      • Please click here to see graph with all Councils with Sales over $500
    • Total sales (as of May 20, 2021) are $57,140 (more than $1,000/day)
    • The winners for the Early Bird Prizes of May 14 are:
Prize Winner Selling Council
$500 Rita O’Neill Totenham Sacred Heart 4120
$250 Frank McGoldrick Ottawa St. Vladimir the Great 9957
$250 Peter Corcoran Orleans Divine Infant 7873

There will be additional Early Bird Prizes on June 4

  • The rollout schedule is as follows:
    • Pilot # 3 – Jul to Sept : open to all Councils in Ontario
    • Pilot # 4 – Oct to Dec : open to all Councils in Ontario
  • The State Office staff and myself continue to receive and respond to numerous calls from Councils

What is next? Preparing for the July-Sept Raffle

√  We encourage Councils that wish to participate as Vendor Councils in the July-Sept Raffle to send us an email, including the name of the contact person.

Please respond by June 15, 2021 to allow sufficient time for Training and arranging for your  Council unique link

  In the meantime please review the latest presentation material posted on the College of Knowledge, click College of Knowledge 50/50 Raffle resources.

  Last but not least …….

Buy Tickets

or visit www.kofcontario5050.com

Fraternally

Bro. Jaime Libaque
State Director – Charities 50/50 Raffle
50/50 Project Manager

May 20  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – English / French Downloadable PDF


*** April 26  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

To: Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Council Lottery Chairman

Date: April 9, 2021

Subject: 50/50 Raffle Update April 2021


  • Pilot # 2 was successfully launched on April 2nd and will continue until June 30th.
    • Council engagement is very good. At the start of the Pilot # 2 we had 52 registered Councils, which added to the 40 of the first Pilot (continuing) brings the total to 92. At the time of this Update there are 77 Councils actively selling tickets.
    • Top selling Councils (as of April 26) are:
      • Kingston Council 9652: $2,200
      • Oshawa Council 8549: $1,760
      • Oakville Council 14446 : $1,690
      • Ottawa Council 10617: $1,550
      • Chatham Council 1412: $1,490
      • Sarnia Council 11164: $1,420
      • Thunder Bay 1447 :$1,130
      • Please see graph at the end with all Councils with Sales over $500
    • Total sales (as of April 26) are $33,000 (24 days worth of sales, more than $1,000/day)
    • The winners for the Early Bird Prizes of April 23 are:
      • Brian Marley – $500 – Council 1626 (Barrie)
      • Michael Gorman – $250 – Council 13094 (Oak Ridges)
      • Tom Grochmal – $250 – Council 1412 (Chatham)
      • There will be additional Early Bird Prizes on May 14 and June 4
  • The rollout schedule is as follows:
    • Pilot # 1 – Jan to Mar : Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Elliot Lake, Guelph, Orillia, Midland, Barrie
    • Pilot # 2 – Apr to Jun : above plus North Bay, Timmins, Bradford, Newmarket, Collingwood, Thorold
    • Pilot # 3 – Jul to Sept : all Councils in Ontario
    • Pilot # 4 – Oct to Dec : all Councils in Ontario
  • The State Office staff and myself continue to receive and respond to numerous calls from Councils

What is next? Preparing for the July-Sept Raffle

  We encourage Councils that wish to participate as Vendor Councils in the July-Sept Raffle to send us an email, including the name of the contact person.

  In the meantime please review the latest presentation material posted on the College of Knowledge. Click College of Knowledge 50/50 Raffle resources.

  Last but not least …….

Buy Tickets

or visit www.kofcontario5050.com

Fraternally

Bro. Jaime Libaque
State Director – Charities Lottery
50/50 Project Manager

April 26  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – English / French Downloadable PDF

*** April 09  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

To: Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Council Lottery Chairman

Date: April 9, 2021

Subject: 50/50 Raffle Update April 2021


Background

Pilot # 1 run from January 20th, 2021 to March 31st, 2021
o Council engagement has been very good. The Pilot started with 19 Councils and by the time it closed, had 40 Councils actively selling tickets.

  • Top seller Councils are:
    • Orillia 1428 : $3,860
    • Barrie 1626 : $1,890
    • Barrie 10370: $1,490
    • Sudbury 6074: $940
    • Maryhill 6024: $86

o Total sales were $48,290; the jackpot was $24,145. The grand Prize winner was Bro. George Livingston, from Council 1428 (Orillia)
o There was an Early Bird draw of $2,500 on February 14th . The winner was Bro. John Rock from Council 4916 (Cambridge)

Pilot # 2 was successfully launched on April 2nd and will continue until June 30th.
o Council engagement is good. At the start of the Pilot # 2 we had 52 registered Councils, which added to the 40 of the first Pilot (continuing) brings the total to 92.

  • There were two Training Sessions (March 22 and March 27) about 130 people attended.

o Top selling Councils (as of April 9) are:

  • Thunder Bay Council 1447: $600
  • Kingston Council 9652: $560
  • Oshawa Council 8549: $510
  • Ottawa Council 9005: $350
  • Barrie Council 10370: $270

o Total sales (as of April 9) are $7,400 (7 days worth of sales)
o There will be Early Bird Prizes on April 23, May 14 and June 4

The rollout schedule is as follows:

o Pilot # 1 – Jan to Mar: Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Elliot Lake,
Guelph, Orillia, Midland, Barrie
o Pilot # 2 – Apr to Jun: above plus North Bay, Timmins, Bradford,
Newmarket, Collingwood, Thorold
o Pilot # 3 – Jul to Sept: all Councils in Ontario
o Pilot # 4 – Oct to Dec: all Councils in Ontario

• The State Office staff and myself continue to receive and respond to numerous calls from Councils

What is next? Preparing for the July – September Raffle

 We encourage Councils that wish to participate as Vendor Councils in the July-Sept Raffle to send us an email, including the name of the contact person.

 In the meantime, please review the latest presentation material posted in the College of Knowledge

March 23 and 27 – 50/50 Raffle Council Training Webinar (Phase 2)
• Training Session Webinar slideshow presentation by Jaime Libaque (PDF)
• Watch webinar on March 27, 2021, please click here (then press the play button).
• Watch webinar on March 22, 2021, please click here (then press the play button).
• Poster for Council English / French (Note: To edit the council name, number and the assigned link, just please click on the line. When printing, you will be prompted to this message: “Your margins are pretty small. Some of your content might be cut off when you print. Do you still want to print?” Please select “YES”.

 Last but not least . . . . . . .

Buy Tickets

Fraternally

Bro. Jaime Libaque
State Director – Charities Lottery
50/50 Project Manager

April 09  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – English / French Downloadable PDF

Knights of Columbus Ontario Charities Foundation

Rules of Play for 50/50 Electronic Raffle:

1. The lottery will take place online in a series of quarterly draws. Proposed draw schedule:

  • January 20,2021- draw date on April 1st, 2021
  • April 2nd, 2021- draw date on June 30, 2021
  • July 1st, 2021- draw date on September 30, 2021
  • October 1st ,2021-draw date on December 31, 2021

There will also be an “Early Bird” draw for $ 2500 on February 14, 2021

2. All tickets will only be sold to people who are 18 years of age or older.

3. Must be in the province of Ontario at the time of purchase.

4. Tickets are:

15 Tickets for $ 10.00
40 Tickets for $ 20.00
100 Tickets for $ 40.00

5. Tickets will be available only online on Ascend’s landing page.

6. Tickets will be sold using an electronic raffle system supplied by Ascend Fundraising Solutions

7. After buying, patrons will receive a confirmation e-mailed with their 50/50 registered numbers from a Random Selection System. No specific numbers can be given as numbers are generated randomly.

8. The winning ticket number will be selected by a Random Number Generation (RNG) system from all raffle numbers sold for the draw.

9. The amount of the 50/50 will be posted online at www.ontariokofc.ca

10. The winning number will be announced online at www.ontariokofc.ca

11. The winner may claim their prize by contacting the Ontario Charities Foundation at: 1-800-759-0959, or by email at: stateoffice@ontariokofc.ca. The ticket may then be brought to the Knights of Columbus Ontario State Council, 201-393 Rymal Rd West, Hamilton, ON L9B 1V2 at an agreed upon time for ticket verification. Winners must have the original winning ticket and no copies. All payments will be made by cheque.

12. The winning ticket holder has 6 months in which to claim their prize from the date of the draw their ticket was purchase for.

13. The winner must provide his/her name, address, and phone number with picture identification for our report sheet.

Download PDF: Rules of Play for 50/50 Electronic Raffle download PDF

*** January 5  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle ***

January 2021

Worthy brothers,

Further to the November 2020 announcement of the new 50/50 on-line raffle for 2021, the purpose of this communique is to inform you of the status of the first 50/50 Pilot of January 2021-March 2021.

Background
The Ontario State Council, the State office and a committee presided over by Brother Jaime Libaque, has been reviewing and finalising the details for the 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Raffle.

After several months of deliberations, the Ontario KOFC board of Directors adopted a digital raffle for 2021. This will consist of a 50-50 Raffle with 4 draws in 2021.

  • Two professional companies (Village Media-marketing and Ascend-technical solution), with experience on on-line fund raising have been contracted.
  • A license from the AGCO has been obtained

The first 50/50 raffle draw is scheduled for January – March 2021. The sale of tickets will start on January 20, 2021 and conclude on March 31, 2021. This will be a pilot, with limited participation of Councils. The pilot project will help us refine the existing procedures for the subsequent draws.

  • The marketing company has recommended selected markets, where they have presence:
    • Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Elliot Lake
    • Orillia, Midland, Barrie
    • Guelph, (Kitchener and Cambridge added)

Information Session and Training

The first information session was conducted via Zoom on December 28th, with 65 participants. Training will be provided in the next few days for the participating Councils.

The presentation material is available at the following link
https://ontariokofc.ca/knights/college-of-knowledge/
https://ontariokofc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/5050-Info-Session-Dec-2020-Jaime-Libaque-Denis.pdf

You could also watch the 55 min Dec 28 video on the 50/50 at
College of Knowledge – Ontario Knights Of Columbus (ontariokofc.ca)

Reminders

If you become involved in the sales of tickets, your council will enjoy the same privileges as you did in the previous paper-based lottery, and receive a similar percentage of the revenue, proportional to your sales.

We would like to encourage maximum participation councils, whether you participated in previous draws or not. The on-line 50/50 is a project which can be utilised during these COVID 19 pandemic times to generate some much needed funds for the Councils.

Vivat Jesus

Jaime Libaque
State Charities Lottery Director
50/50 Project Manager

January 5  – 2021 Ontario Charities 50/50 Online Raffle – Downloadable PDF

*** November 10 Update: Announcement on 2021 On-Line 50/50 Raffle ***

Brother Knights

The purpose of this letter is to announce, on behalf of the State Board Officers, in conjunction with the State Charities Lottery Director, a change to the 2021 Charities Lottery. Specifically, effective 2021, the Ontario Knights of Columbus Charities Lottery will be a quarterly ONLINE 50/50 raffle.

Background
As you will appreciate, the COVID-19 restrictions have made our traditional paper-based lottery impractical. The profit margin between a prize board combined with an inability to sell tickets at commercial outlets is both too low and critically unpredictable. As a result, the State Board requested our State Charities Lottery Director to complete an in-depth review of our current practices with options for the future.

After a three-month review, our Charities Lottery Director and State Board Officers agreed that the best way forward to increase profit margins while providing some financial stability to the Charities Lottery program was through a quarterly online 50/50 raffle.
To that end, working with our State Deputy, Board members and the Executive Secretary, we have selected a Technology firm to administer the lottery and a Marketing company to promote the lottery online. Both have experience in on-line fundraising.
A Pilot project will be launched soon, followed by a province-wide on-line 50/50 raffle which will be explained at our next State Council convention in 2021. Tickets will be sold either online through a link on a website or using hand-held devices. Both forms of transactions are secure and protect your private information in compliance with all legal requirements for a licence in Ontario.

SUMMARY
Online raffles are the way of the future and it is critical that the Knights of Columbus in Ontario establish raffle presence before the online raffle market is saturated with similar raffles from other not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

As we embark on this new format let us never forget that the Knights of Columbus in Ontario have contributed to the welfare of this province for almost 125 years. This ability has come from a sound leadership and a shared vision of fraternity among its membership combined with its ability to adapt to the changing environment. Adopting the quarterly online 50/50 raffle in 2021 is but one more stepping stone the Knights of Columbus in Ontario are adopting so that they may continue to help our communities in a COVID-19 environment and many years after.

Over the next few weeks more details will be communicated to both Pilot project participants and to all Councils during the State Council convention in 2021. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact either Jaime Libaque by email Jaime.libaque@rogers.com or by phone (416) 456-7084 or the State Office.

Let’s welcome the next phase of Charities Fund-raising!

Bruce Poulin
State Treasurer
50/50 Project Sponsor

Jaime Libaque
State Charities Lottery Director
50/50 Project Manager

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