Greetings Brother Knights!
Didn't I tell you that this year's State Convention would be one you wouldn't want to miss? In addition to your gaining valuable and interesting information and hearing about some outstanding projects and individuals, I am pleased to share with you that Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson is confirmed as our Keynote Speaker for the evening banquet on Saturday, April 25th. According to our State Deputy, it has been over 35 years since the Supreme Knight has attended an Indiana State Council function - so this could be regarded as an experience of a lifetime! Hopefully you have already returned your registration materials to the State Secretary since they were due prior to April 1st, but do it now if you haven't. Registered guests are also welcome for the evening banquet, but as it said in the registration packets that were mailed out, our discounted group rate at the local hotels is only good prior to April 3rd. You can find printable copies of the registration materials that were mailed out on the State website at (http://indianakofc.org/state/convention.htm).
We will celebrate achievements at this year's convention, but the fraternal year is certainly NOT finished yet. Many of your councils are on track to meet membership, insurance, and programming goals, but there is still plenty of time to finish strong if your council fell behind during the winter months. Nearly a quarter of the year remains, since all reports of activities and state forms must be received by JUNE 15TH in order to count for State Discovery Awards purposes in 2014-2015. (See pg 31 of the IN Programming Guide.) However, the sooner you get submissions and quotas completed, the better it will be for everyone. You can submit your activities quickly and easily with the online activity form (http://indianakofc.org/forms/activity_form.htm) and you can track your council's or district's overall progress by viewing the activity tracker at http://indianakofc.org/programs/activity_tracking.htm (note the date at the top). You should also check the requirements for Supreme's STAR COUNCIL award located at http://www.kofc.org/un/en/service/council/awards/star.html or on the document found here: Star Council Tri Fold - PDF 753kb. Remember, if a council qualifies, at any level, for the Star Council Award in the 2014-2015 fraternal year, that council will receive a credit for the 2015/2016 fraternal year of $4.40 for each billable member on their roster as of July 1, 2015.
Be sure to read this e-newsletter in its entirety and to discuss the items at your business meetings (or sooner). Along with other articles in this month's issue, you will find tips for strengthening your parishes through RoundTables and strengthening your councils through Retention ideas. The Youth article provides a summary and thanks for assistance in the State Free Throw program, as well as a valuable reminder about the Safe Environment program. Our families will be enhanced with this month's Domestic Church theme of the vocation to marriage and family life that is discussed in the Family article. Several councils and their projects get mentioned under both the Community and Vocations articles, where you will also find information about Join Hands Day and instructions about monetary support for seminarians. The Insurance article about ethical investing should be read by everyone - whether or not they are KofC members. On that topic, continue to invite new members and non-members to participate WITH you on service projects. The new members usually need the individual invite to get involved, and you can give non-members a chance to see what kind of activities the KofC really works on. It also gives you a chance to build a relationship and carry on a conversation with a potential prospect in a non-threatening way.
Upcoming Dates of Significance:
FORMS (see pg11 of the IN Program Guide)
Wishing you a most blessed Easter season,