Community Director

July 2020

Brother Knights,

As of June 28th, I have received 339 Form 10784s and most of them were impressive activities...71 was filed as Helping Hands and more could have been.  However, I must remind a few councils that simply cutting a few checks at a business meeting is not an activity to be reported on the 10784…the activity is what was done to raise the funds.  I have also received 63 Blood Drive Reports with a total of 2,040 units of blood collected.  I really would appreciate it if your council program director could complete a Form 10784 for Blood Drive activities even though you have filed the BD state form.  This could serve you well in that it could even qualify as a required Helping Hands activity.  I have also received 29 Tootsie Roll Drive Report copies.  Here again, if the Tootsie Roll Drive was done for Special Olympics, you could file a Form 10784 and report it as a LIFE activity.  Or if the Tootsie Roll Drive was for Gibault, file the Form 10784 as a COMMUNITY activity.  

Also, please remember to comply with the SAFE Environment program to work with youth at both the Supreme level as well as your Diocesan requirements.  Remember that if you do not comply with the SAFE Environment program, you will not win any awards and we all need to make sure we are protecting our youth in every way we can.  The DDs have reports that show which councils are not yet in full compliance.  Let’s get this done! 

The programming directors met on March 13th and reviewed all STSP submissions and other applications for state programming awards.  I am happy to say that I had 8 submissions for community activities.  We also had to select a winner for the Outstanding Catholic Youth Scholarship and we had excellent applications for that.   

Let us all pray and do anything we can to assist in our communities for the good of all.  There is a blood shortage so perhaps a call to the Red Cross to see if your council could host a safe blood drive. I called Red Cross and they are complying with all CDC requirements…. temperature is taken before anyone enters facility…spacing is required and everything is wiped down after each donation.  The Northwest Indiana Red Cross in Merrillville said they are booked solid for May and June with six teams going out every day…most events are fully booked with appointments and the no show rate is at an all-time low.  If your council wants to call and set up a July blood drive, now is the time.  Check with your pastor if using a church facility as the Indiana Bishops had issued a no gathering order…but my pastor indicated the Bishops would allow if social distancing and CDC guidelines were followed.  If your council is looking for ways to help your community, you probably do not need to look any farther than your Saint Vincent DePaul society as helping people is their business.  However, you should check with the United Way in your area as they coordinate volunteer needs for hundreds of organizations in every area of the state.  Their websites are loaded with volunteering opportunities.  Also, don’t hesitate to donate funds to the “Leave No Neighbor Behind Fund” established by our Supreme Council.  Read all about the Leave No Neighbor Behind initiative on the Supreme website!  Almost any activity your council does in this time of pandemic would count as a Helping Hands Community activity!  So, let’s go to work!

It was an honor serving as your State Community Director for the past two years.  Unfortunately, I feel the need to step down for a while.  I will still try to help out as much as I can with the State Soccer Challenge and State Free Throw Championship.  

You can continue to send questions to this web address and I am sure your new director will find answers for you.

VIVAT JESUS!

Joe Erpelding 

Community Director

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