This write up assumes you do not have a licensed product of Adobe installed as the features for form-fill and e-signature are included when dealing with their .pdf documents. Adobe’s business plan has changed and they are now charging for these services and diminishing print resolutions if you use an unlicensed free Adobe Reader. We have paid for PDFescape at 1/2 the cost which is licensed to one user so we have to be creative using it. You must be a registered member to use this feature so if you have not done this step cut and past or click this link to learn how: https://kofcvt.org/webmaster-news/.
Sign In and navigate to the Member Tab and click the ∨ and more options appear below. Find Annual Survey and select. From mobile devices, this option is on the left Menu2 option under Members. The Annual Survey Page is designed so you can print or create a .pdf file or email the blank copy to where ever. The brown colored button above labeled Auto [Fill With PDFescape] will guide you how to proceed with signing in to the product and creating your document to fill out. The following is the pop-up dialog.
If you wish to fill out the Annual Survey On-Line, click the Auto Fill with PDFescape button. After PDFescape launches, you are asked to login. Enter: User Name email@example.com Password: Survey2021! check I’m not a robot and then press the Login button
PDFescape allows you to view recent documents. Click the Review option. You should see a list of Annual Surveys. Look for document “individual_survey1728a_p”.
Duplicate this by pressing the duplicate icon on the left. Then use the pencil on the right to change the name of your new document to be “Rick Gravelin 2021 Annual Survey ” or use your Member Number instead of your name. Then click on the document name to open it to edit. When you are done, look for Recent in the header options. This will send you back to the list.
After you are finished filling out the survey numbers, look to the left side options to Save your document. Also, there are options for you so you can save your document, save & download pdf, and print your document.
The below photo gallery shows you the screens.
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New functionality has been added to our website to help manage council and assembly projects. I have been using this feature to set the five main KofC projects of Faith, Family, Community, Life and Other as described on the Annual Survey. Members can add their own activities, time, and treasure to these to help keep track of good deeds through the year and improve your annual survey numbers.
I added two projects to help with website design and Service quest issues.
We are now using Project Manager to help with the Anchor Award for 2021 and it appears this is proving to be stress reliever for Mike Bullock and others. Other projects can be added as needed.
If you add a new project, it is important that you add tasks in order log your activities. Members are also required to share the load and responsibilities.
Social Media Features
In the last few weeks, I have been working on the social networking features for the website and connecting to Facebook. We now have a Facebook page and presence, but we are not doing any advertising yet. This needs to be addressed. I’m not happy with the front page. It’s a WIP. You can view it at https://www.facebook.com/sbknights7525.
Along with this linking I found a plugin that will take our Events and send them over to our Facebook page’s timeline. It’s not automated, and you must select the event and intend to send it. Cost is extra to automate.
If you wish to expand your profiles to include which social media platforms you support, you can now update your profiles to add the social links in the appropriate fields. Ultimate Member only supports the basics like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn. These links get added to your profile when members view you from the Members page and Profile Page. Messenger is not one of the options yet.
And the best is saved for last. There is now an on-line chat feature that shows up in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. This is like the “who is online” feature in the upper left corner of the Members page but you can now chat with who is online. Data is not stored, and chat is private only to our site and members.
All these advances have been free.
Login and enjoy, don’t be afraid. It’s a tool for us.
Our new website is up and running with powerful tools to help all of us on our journey to continue the works of faith, family, community, and life. This site has two parts – Front Page for the general public and Registered Member Pages and Options for members who are signed up (registered) and signed in. The sign in process can be the biggest obstacle for new users.
Type this URL in your browser: www.kofcvt.org
Steps: Register (when first time user) or Sign In.
Our new website requires that you be a registered user to use the functions beyond the first Front page. The Front page is designed to entice new members to join our Council. To use the website as a member you must first register. Registration to the site is a one time event. If you are already registered with this site, then just sign in.
If you are an iPhone, Android, iPad or Notebook user the menu options are hidden under the [multiple bars] in the upper right hand corner.
If you are using a laptop or desk top, The red Sign In menu option is in the upper right corner of the home page.
When the Sign In menu option is pressed once, a [Help] button in red is displayed. This is there to help you with the sign in process.
When pressing the [Sign In] button again, you are presented with the Sign In screen which asks for a [user name or email address] and a [password]. If you have been through the registration process before, you only need to fill these fields as you know them, check the “I am not a robot” box and then press the lower left, [Sign In] button.
For those who have not registered you may find the red [Help] menu option helpful before pressing the red [Sign In] button again. The registration process is initiated from the Sign In screen by pressing the big grey [Register Button] right of the [Sign In] button. You must fill in a few more details and establish a password for your account. (Please write down your password so you will remember it.) Once you fill out the required information and check the “I am not a robot” box, press the [Register] button and you will be redirected to your profile page. This means you are registered and able to customize your profile page. The profile page is just for you so you can add more information like a photo of your self and a background image. If you wish, you can navigate to other page options from the top menus.
At this point you should Logout and try to Sign In again only this time using your new credentials and pressing the [Sign In] button. If it works, you will be directed to the screen determined by your user role “Subscribed” which is assigned by the website automatically. (If your Google, Microsoft Edge or Yahoo web browser shows a side pop-up notice to remember your password, press OK). The user role that you have been assigned is “Subscriber” and very limited. When you complete the registration process, the webmaster gets a new-user notice via email. The webmaster will then take action and determine your identity and establish your user role based on your standing in the Council/Assembly. This could take some time so be patient. The webmaster will assign your member number which is stored as a non-visible field but is used to determine the Council/Assembly positions currently holding or held in the past. If you are an officer, the appropriate jewel will be added to your profile and your user role will be changed accordingly.
If you got the the save password pop up screen when you sign in again, your username or email address will be automatically filled in for you. If not, just enter it again manually.
If you forget your password, it is best to click on the [Forgot your password?] text link. This will take you though a process to reset your password. It asks you for your email and sends an email to that email address along with a link in the email to do a reset password. Navigate to your email. If you don’t see it, check your trash or spam folders and check that your email address was entered correctly. When found, click on the link in the text and it will present you a change password screen. Once changed, navigate back to the Sign in page and try again with the new password. If you have more than 3 failed sign in attempts, you will automatically be listed and locked out for 18 minutes. If you can not wait that long, you can call the webmaster (802) 862-2240 and he can reset it for you.
The reCaptcha check box is a Google product designed to block the AI (artificial Intelligent) software robots from logging in. These little robots are attached to unsuspecting user devises as malware or spyware. The Captcha process puts a human interface between the login and website access. Sometimes it will display a set of pictures and you have to decide which ones are similar. Most of the time it just displays the check box to check. Other times it may ask a math question, but I have not seen that with the version we are using. We are being attacked daily so we have two layers of protection.
Hope this is helpful.
Rick Gravelin, Treasurer/Webmaster