April 2018   

Gil Spisak – Indiana State Program Director

Four Pillars, One Mission… The INDIANA KNIGHTS!!!

 Brother Knights,

The Program Team hopes you and your family enjoyed a HAPPY EASTER!

The Indiana 117th Annual State Convention is THIS MONTH!  It is April 20th through April 22nd at the Marriott Indianapolis East and ALL the forms and information are available online at - http://www.indianakofc.org/in-state-convention.  

REMINDER:  Packets will NOT be mailed as mentioned over the year on the State Website, Monthly Newsletters, and in the info given to the DD’s to forward to the councils.  They are ONLY available Online at the State Website and in the State Program Guide.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the convention.  The Atrium will have display tables with the Directors and Chairmen there to provide information and answer any questions you or your council may have.

At the State Convention, make sure to attend the Chaplain’s Dinner on Friday for the presentation of the Church and Vocations awards.  The other awards will be presented at the Saturday Luncheon and Dinner. 

Note:  DO NOT Bring any Pull-Tabs to the convention; they will NOT be collected at the convention.  Your council is asked to take them to a local recycling center and send the money collected to the RMHC for the donation - https://www.rmhccin.org/get-involved/pop-tabs/.  Please contact State Youth Director, Chris Earnhart, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information.

We need YOU to bring your Council Banner or Assembly banner w/stand to setup in the hall chamber, so the hall will be decorated with your council’s representation at the convention. 4th degree members with regalia are invited to wear their regalia (old and new) and be part of the procession for the Mass.

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP - This is a GREAT TOOL for recruiting new Knights that can become a member of your council!  We have already had several Knights join and become a member! Look for information in the coming months as this new pilot program is rolled out.  Further information will be provided at the State’s meetings in each diocese starting in March, so make sure to attend these meetings and learn more about this new great membership recruiting process.

Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities (a.k.a. the “Tootsie Roll Drive”)

NOTE for Councils in NW Indiana: The primary contact for ordering and delivery with The NWI ARC will be Lorrie Johnston.  She may be reached at (219) 874-4288 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please place your Tootsie Roll order ASAP with “The ARC of NW Indiana” by going to www.arcnwi.com and click on the image of a Tootsie Roll to open up the order form. https://www.cognitoforms.com/NWIDDConsortium/KnightsOfColumbusAndArcOfNorthwestIndianaTootsieRollDriveOrderForm  

With your council’s Election of Officers coming up, make sure to schedule your councils “TRANSITION MEETING” for a smooth transition of ALL your Council Officers leaving their current office to transfer info and pass on their knowledge to the incoming officer.  This will help your council succeed and be strong in its leadership.

Make sure to submit the required Spring Church Drive/Membership Blitz form (IN-CD1) after you complete your March - Spring Blitz Drive - http://www.indianakofc.org/download/forms/IN-CD2.pdf.  This form can also be completed/submitted online at the State forms webpage - http://www.indianakofc.org/forms/Use this form for any type of membership recruiting session your council conducts in the Spring. Make sure to also copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on your submission.

A reminder to get your forms completed for the year.  All forms need to be submitted online or sent by e-mail in PDF format in order to be credited, except those sent with a check, and make sure to copy (with PDF attachment) in an e-mail all those required at the bottom of the form.  

NOTE:  Page 13 in the 2017-18 State Program Guide has a Worksheet with ALL the Supreme and State Forms and their due dates.  The “Due Date” is the last day for the form to be accepted, so get them submitted BEFORE the Due Date!

It is the Grand Knights duty and responsibility to make sure ALL forms are submitted on time for his council.  The Grand Knight does not need to be the submitter, but should have someone in the council with computer access submit the forms and the Grand Knight just needs to follow up to make sure the forms are submitted on time.  So, council members need to step up and assist the Grand Knight, since we are all in this together. The District Deputy will be following up regarding the forms for the councils in his district, so help him out by submitting the forms BEFORE the due date.

Keep up to date by checking out the monthly activity tracker for your council’s status on the State Website - http://www.indianakofc.org/programs/program-director/activity-tracking  and please contact the appropriate state director if you have any questions on the numbers for your council.

GIBAULT RAFFLE TICKETS

The Gibault Annual Raffle Tickets have been mailed to all the Councils Grand Knights and the drawing will take place at the State Convention - April 2018, so sell them to help Gibault.  Please contact State Gibault Chairman, Dave DeKoninck, if you haven’t received them or if you need further info at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mark your Calendars – 

Gibault Annual Golf Scramble – Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Terre Haute Country Club, so mark your calendar.

Also, Gibault needs your “Box Tops for Education”  

Save them and Mail them to:   Gibault, 6401 S. US Hwy. 41, Terre Haute, IN 47802 

 

STATE GOLF OUTING/TOURNAMENT (July 28th & 29th, 2018)

Please visit http://indianakofc.org/programs/council/athletics for information on the State Annual Golf Tournament and register with the form https://www.indianakofc.org/download/athletics/2018_GOLF_State_Entry_Form.pdf.  All Knights are invited to attend and have a GREAT time. 

COACHING FOR CHRIST - Many Knights are involved in Coaching - Check out the “Coaching for Christ” program website for information - www.coachingforchrist.net and view a video about the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAZva-31zGQ 

 TRAINING:

Have YOU earned your training medallion / coins?

Supreme Fraternal Training Portal Micro-site for Council officers and members - https//goo.gl/fFrac9     

Also, every council officer and ANY interested member should be involved in the Supreme webinars - http://www.kofc.org/en/members/resources/membership-webinar.html 

It’s easy to sign-up and register for each webinar, and if you miss it, they are recorded for you to view at your convenience!!!

 STATE PROGRAM GUIDE:

The State Program Guide (http://www.indianakofc.org/programs/program-director/program-guide) has the answers to 9 out of 10 questions that we are asked, so it should be your 1st GO TO REFERENCE RESOURCE, when you have a question and need information about a program.  Page 13 in the guide is a good source regarding the Supreme and State forms and when they are DUE.  Please contact your District Deputy if you need help or have any questions.  There is now a quick-link to the State Program Guide on the right side of the State’s main webpage (www.indianakofc.org). 

COUNCIL WEBMAIL/E-MAIL:  It is very important that you and your council officers frequently check the State (http://www.indianakofc.org/) and Supreme (http://www.kofc.org/un/en/index.html) websites for current events and information.  

It is imperative to constantly check your own councils e-mail account that the state created for your council and the State’s IT Administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and IT Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) can help you in accessing your councils’ account.  Once logged in, you can have your council e-mails forwarded from your council e-mail account to your council officer’s personal e-mails, so they can be aware of the information being sent to the council.

NOTE:  When sending regular informational e-mails to your council members, DO NOT include any of the State’s e-mail addresses in your regular council informational/business e-mails that you are sending to your council members.  The State e-mail addresses are ONLY to be used to conduct business with the State.

Use the following link at our state website to submit all your council activities online (Soon after occurrence) at: http://www.indianakofc.org/forms and click on Activity Form.  Each council needs (4) qualifying activities in each category to satisfy the Pinta Award requirement.  Remember to save these reports to use for the Columbian Award (Form SP-7).  Remember, Building the Domestic Church program from Supreme is now a requirement for the Columbian Award and to achieve Star Council!

ACTIVITY FORMS - Use the following link at our state website to submit all your council activities online (Soon after occurrence) at: http://www.indianakofc.org/forms/ and click on Activity Form.  Each council needs (4) different qualifying activities in each category to satisfy the Pinta Award requirement.  Remember to save these reports to use for the Columbian Award (Form SP-7).  Remember, Building the Domestic Church program from Supreme is now a requirement for the Columbian Award and to achieve Star Council!

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Directors or Chairmen if you need assistance in their area!

We are here to help you.

Vivat Jesus!

Gil Spisak

State Program Director

Indiana State Council

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Four Pillars, One Mission!

THE INDIANA KNIGHTS!

 

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