Merry Christmas Brother Knights!
The Liturgical Season of Christmas began on December 25th and lasts all the way until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 11th, when the focus turns to the public ministry of Jesus. Don't go along with the secular world's opinion that "it's all over" on December 26th.
By contrast, what is over is the 1st half of the KofC fraternal year. Please check your Council's or District's membership and activity progress by looking at the current (as of 12/20/14) Tracker on the State website at http://indianakofc.org/programs/activity_tracking.htm. Supreme form and membership records were taken directly from the Supreme website, while the State-level forms and activity records represent those submitted to the different directors. Clearly, we cannot help your council achieve its goals (and awards) if the activity reports and forms are not submitted. As I mentioned in the mid-year meeting a few weeks ago, early winter is a great time to get caught up on (past-due) forms and reports. I would suggest looking in the areas of Retention, SOI-Ambassador, and Church Drives first. Sadly, some of you will need to start with the forms for Officers (#185) and Service Program Personnel (#365). *sighs and shakes head*
On a positive note, many of your councils have completed unique and significant projects since March 1st, and these are eligible to submit for the Outstanding Service Program Award. Although the entry form is located at the Supreme website (http://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/state_serviceaward_p.pdf), the competition starts at the State level, so you need to submit your entry directly to the Area Program Director or to me. In addition to the 6 program area activity awards, there are also awards for an Outstanding Catholic Layperson, Youth, Family of the Year, and Vocations Project that will all be awarded at the Indiana State Convention in April. The deadline for submission of any of these awards is February 28th. Please refer to page 33 of the Indiana Programming Guide for details on these competitive awards, but don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need help.
In this month's issue of the e-newsletter, the different Area Directors are spotlighting some good council activities. They and the State Chairmen also have information about support for seminarians, Families of the Month, 40 Cans for Lent, the monthly Domestic Church theme, holding a Fraternal Benefits Night, and the necessity of completing Form 1728. There are also lots of Special Olympics events detailed in the Community article. In addition, you'll get hints about retention, and information about Youth essay & poster contests, scholarships, and the Free Throw Challenge. Be sure to read this newsletter in its entirety, and PASS ON the information at your Council meetings!
Upcoming Dates of Significance:
FORMS (see pg11 of the IN Program Guide)
Remember that all past-due forms should still be completed and submitted ASAP!