August 2017

Brother Knights and Friends!

Grand Knight Action Items 

  1. Meet with your District Deputy and update your plan to be a Star Council this year (see pages 2 - 6 of your 2017-2018 Fraternal Leader Success Planner).  Work with your DD and Field Agent to achieve it.
  2. Attend the September Regional Meeting.  These meetings are being planned by your Diocesan Membership and Programming Director.

Council Membership Incentives

“INDIANA STAR COUNCIL” incentive checks have been mailed to our Fraternal Year 2016-2017 Star Councils. Congratulations to all our Star Councils!

The 50% net and Indiana Star Council Membership Incentives continue for FY2017-2018.

Councils will receive $3.50 for each new member recruited if they achieve at least 50% of their net membership growth quota by 1/1/2018.   The "COUNCIL 50% NET’ checks will be mailed in January 2018.  

Indiana councils that earn the Supreme Star Council Award will receive an additional $3.50 for each new member recruited this fraternal year.  “INDIANA STAR COUNCIL” incentive checks will be mailed in August 2018.


The 2017 Convention meeting minutes and financial reports for FY2016-2017 have been published in the 2017 Convention Proceedings Booklet.  The Proceedings were distributed to your District Deputies at the July State Council Organizational Meeting.  GK should contact their DD if they did not get one at their District meeting.  The Booklets have been mailed to our Past State Deputies.  

Plan to attend the 2018 Indiana State Convention; April 20th, 21st and 22nd at Indianapolis Marriott East.  All Knights and families (adults and children) are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

  • The Convention Registration Form and Certificate for Delegates are in the Indiana State Council Program Guide.   GK should have received these at their District meeting.  The early registration discount ends 3/1/2018.
  • 2018_Registration_Form_fill-in
  • 2018_Certificate_of_Delegates_fill-in
  • (Post Convention Registration Form and Certificate for Delegates to the website and add a link here)
  • Convention Packets will be mailed (USPS) to all council GK, DD, State Officers, State Directors, and State Chairmen in January 2018.
  • Convention Packet information will also be posted to this website in January 2018.

Agreements have been signed with the following hotels to provide additional rooms for our 2018 Convention:

  • Marriott East, 7202 East 21st St., 
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 7110 E. 21st St., and
  • Delta (formerly Florence Garden Hotel), 7304 E. 21st St.

Contact me if you’d like to help plan the 2018 State Convention.

2017 Supreme Convention

I was honored to represent Indiana as delegate at the 2017 Supreme Convention in August.  The Masses and presentations were tremendous.  You can see what happened by visiting the Supreme website -

STATE Per Capita and Major Degree Fund Assessment 

Invoices have been sent via email to your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address (DD's were copied).  Please check your Council inbox daily for important information.  Monthly Statements will be sent electronically to councils with Open State Council Assessment balances.

The July 2017 Assessment is due by 4/1/2018 and must be paid in full to have voting delegates seated at the 2018 Indiana State Convention (Indiana State Council K of C By Laws Section 7).  The Assessment can be paid in four installments: 7/1/2017, 10/1/2017, 1/1/2018, and 4/1/2018.

Failure to pay State assessment may result in Council suspension (Supreme Constitution Section 157 paragraph 8).  All active councils fully paid their July 2016 Assessment.

How are State Per Capita and Major Degree Fund Assessments calculated?

  • The Per Capita Assessment is based on your total membership as of 1 July less Disabled and Honorary Life members (Indiana State Council K of C By Laws Section 29).   The assessments are necessary to defray State Council business expenses.   A significant portion of the Per Capita is forwarded to Gibault Children’s Services.  We gave $ 98,506.37 to Gibault from Per Capita in FY2016-2017.  
  • The Major Degree Fund fee is assessed on the new members gained in the prior fraternal year and pays for their Formation and Knighthood Degree expenses (Indiana State Council K of C By Laws Section 29B).  
  • The State Per Capita change adopted at the 2017 Convention, has been submitted to Supreme for approval.  If approved, it will be applied in the July 2018 Assessment.

A review of the State Per Capita tax will be done and a recommendation for adjustments will be presented at the 2018 Convention in accordance with Indiana By Laws Section 38.

Indiana State Council Directory  The 2017-2018 Directory will be mailed to each Council, DD, Director, Chairman, and State Officer in September.   The Directory is an invaluable resource for Council Officers. The Directory contains the names and addresses of all State Officers, District Deputies, Grand Knights, Financial Secretaries, Chaplains and much more.

  • Names and addresses for State Directors, State Chairmen, Conferring Officers, and Degree Team Captains
  • Council Listing by number with time and place of meetings, and Council Institution Date. 
  • Council listing by City and by Diocese
  • List of Former State Chaplains and Past State Deputies
  • Financial Secretaries Association Officer names and addresses
  • Columbian Squires Circle locations and State Officer names and addresses
  • Gibault Children’s Services mission, contact information, and list of current board members
  • Knights of Columbus Indiana Insurance Agencies and contact information
  • Fourth Degree Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Master, and Indiana District officers (Master, Marshall, and Secretary) contact information
  • Fourth Degree Assembly Listing by number and by City
  • Supreme Council Officers and addresses, and Supreme Council contact information
  • Indiana State Council Calendar of meetings for FY 2017-2018 and 2018-2019
  • Indiana State Council By Laws

We need your help to keep the Council information up to date.

  1. The Financial Secretary of each council shall, on or before the July 1st of each year, report to the State Secretary the names and addresses of the Grand Knight and Financial Secretary of his council for the ensuing year.  Financial Secretaries are to report any change in the office of Grand Knight or Financial Secretary of any council, immediately to me (Indiana State Council By Laws Section 36). 
  2. Please copy our Administrative Assistant, Brad Soule (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with changes.

Always feel free to contact me with your questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Vivat Jesus!

Paul Zielinski
Indiana Knights of Columbus
State Secretary
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