Greetings Brother Knights,
I hope that by now each of your Councils has begun laying out its calendar to actively plan for the many activities you will complete during this fraternal year. Check out the Knights in Action section near the back of your monthly Columbian magazine for many great ideas about projects.
September is a busy month for KofC degree work in Indiana. The 4th Degree has been in this State for 100 years, and that fact will be celebrated at the large 4th Degree Exemplification in Merrillville on the 13th/14th. There will also be a 2nd/3rd Degree in Greenwood on the 21st. Many councils will be hosting 1st Degrees, as well. Go to www.indianakofc.org ->Quick Link ->Degree ->First Degree to find one in your area. Better yet, host one at your own council using the materials available from Supreme. Also, remember to plan ahead in laying the groundwork for the Order-wide Church Drive that each Council should conduct on or near October 11th/12th.
September is packed with other events, as well. The Gibault Envoy Conference will take place in Terre Haute on the 20th, so make sure your Council has representation. Though it is not a KofC event, the Indiana Catholic Men's Conference will be held in Indianapolis on Saturday, the 20th (http://www.mariancenterofindianapolis.com/mensconference/index.htm). Having attended in the past, I strongly encourage everyone to participate in this event. Any Fourth Degree members who are attending should bring their regalia in order to assist during the day. Also this month we will have the beginning of 40 Days for Life on the 24th. Whether you participate in Bloomington, Indy, Muncie, Lafayette, Warsaw, Ft Wayne, South Bend or Merrillville, find a way to get yourself, your family, and your friends involved in these ProLife Prayer Vigils. Here is another creative way to promote the Culture of Life. In mid-September, Knights from Mater Dei Council 437 are biking across the State to raise funds for the Gabriel Project. To support them (or join them) go to http://www.youcaring.com/nonprofits/knights-for-life/220649.
Remember that the new Indiana GK Program Guide for 2014-2015 is available online at the State website->Programs->Program Director->Guide. Encourage your council officers and directors to access that document to help them in their current positions. Getting familiar with it now will also help in the future when they are the ones leading your council.
See the ProLife section of this newsletter, because we need many more participants to register for the March for Life trip to Washington DC. If you would like to promote your large event here to increase attendance, please notify me well in advance, and I will publicize what I can.