Worthy Grand Knights and Officers,
The activity reports being filed and the newsletters being sent to members are full of great programs. The Fall months of the Fall quarter have certainly provided ample opportunity for the Councils all across Indiana to serve communities, families, parishes, councils and the unborn. The real purpose of the Knights is being well-served!
Serving our Youth has been busily accomplished through the Soccer Challenge, the Essay Contest, the Substance Abuse Poster Contest and now we have another outstanding program in which we can take part.
The National Catholic Youth Conference, held bi-annually, will occur this month in Indianapolis at the Lucas Oil Stadium on November 21-23. The entire event starts with a Mass and Eucharistic procession during which Archbishop Tobin has asked all Indiana Knights to participate. Many of the necessary activities at the Conference provide opportunities for Knights to assist. Unfortunately, registration to volunteer had to be completed by Nov.1. Since that date is past many of us can observe the youth and plan to help in 2015. There will be a booth manned by the Knights hopefully answering questions about us and maybe conference attendees may express interest in joining our Order. Questions about all this can be directed to SK Kevin O'Farrell at email@example.com (especially all Sir Knights registered who are interested in the 4th Degree participation in the procession); to SK Walter Peycha at firstname.lastname@example.org; and to SK Scott Schutte at email@example.com both of whom are KofC/NCYC 2013 Co-Chair.
Youth Director, Craig Hanusin, has sent word that the Soccer Challenge Regional and Final competition will be held Nov.3 at Mother Theodore High School in Noblesville with registration starting at 11:00 am for the regional contests and finals thereafter.
The Poster contest and Essay contest council participation report forms (4216-Essay) are needed ASAP! The Poster contest conducted by Supreme "Keep Christ In Christmas" should be started bow. Order kits from Supreme, conduct the contest during this month and be completed by December 15 with winners determined by December 31.
SK Hanusin also reminds all children of KNIGHTS that scholarship applications from Supreme for 2014 freshman are now available. Submission deadline is March 1, 2014.
Church Director Mike Blankman announces that portraits of Pope Francis are available from Supreme. Take a look in latest Supply Catalog at p. 32 for ordering one. The inclusion of our Pope with our Chaplain and Fr. McGivney in our Council facilities is a positive means of keeping them before us at all times.
Our Year of Faith will be coming to a close soon on November 24. Don't forget to file form #10084 listing your Year of Faith activities: Faith Professed, Faith Lived, Faith Celebrated, and Faith Prayed.
Our SOS donations for this past year were very good! We could possibly send to our 98 Seminarians our biggest checks ever. This is a program for which we all can be proud. Let's all do more for our future priest/chaplains!!
Mike Worden, Community Director, writes that 40 Days for Life is soon completed so activity reports about what you did are welcome. Remember to continue for the unborn. Also, more activities such as Prayer on The Square and other religious freedom rallies and programs are needed.
With a limited shelf life for a pint of blood, each time we do a Blood Drive we really assist individuals in our communities. Do conduct such drives often as allowed and scheduled and report them on the form for Blood Drive found in Program Guide and State Website.
Thanksgiving Day is coming up this month, so remember to thank GOD for the many gifts he has provided to you and your families. Think seriously about some way to outwardly show your thanks by getting involved in your local(or larger) community. Shelters are gearing up for the colder months and certainly can use labor, supplies and donations. Food pantries always need more supplies to share and many organizations assist in feeding the hungry near the end of the month. Remember that stewardship doesn't just mean gratefully sharing our treasure from GOD, but sharing our time and talents as well.
Lastly, in spite of good programs and reports, we still have Councils that have not filed forms #185, Officers Elected and #365, Chosen Personnel, both due last July!! No Council can function without these forms being filed since they provide Supreme a means to communicate with our Brothers and officers. Please check the Activity Tracker submitted to each Grand Knight and posted on the website to determine if your council has failed to file or, if filed, Supreme has not given you credit for doing so.