Community Director

July 2019

Brother Knights,

I have posted all the Community activities reported for the fraternal year as of June 25th.  Please review the activity tracker to make sure you are getting full credit…I have been sent many scanned forms that I had not previously received in the e-mail system.  I am pleased that 234 activities were reported by 83 councils (this only counts the first four activities reported by a council…some councils have filed 10 or more activities).  However, this does mean that 123 councils have not reported any Community activities for the past year.  I have credited 50 of these as “Helping Hands” programs for the Faith In Action model.  Any activity that reaches out to the needy in your community and has a good participation from your members can qualify for this required activity.  I am proud to report that 37 councils have completed the required 4 community activities for the fraternal year including one that counts as a “Helping Hands” activity.  However, there are an additional 15 councils that are within an activity or two of completing all community requirements for state and supreme award requirements.  I was really hoping for 50 councils in the state completing all the required activities.

It has been encouraging that 33 councils have reported blood drives and have collected 1,627 units of blood across the state.  As far as the Special Olympics, 56 councils have filed the Ambassador forms.  This does mean that 150 councils still need to name an SOI Ambassador and file the state form.  This is a very easy thing to accomplish…please have someone in your council step up and be an SOI Ambassador.  They are truly just acting as the messenger for passing on Special Olympics news and events such as the Polar Plunge and Plane Pull.  

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! 

It is not too early for your council to start thinking about next year’s Soccer Challenge and Free Throw Contest.  The State Soccer Challenge finals will be held at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville on October 20, 2019 with registration at noon and shooting starting at 1pm.  The State Free Throw finals for next fraternal year are also scheduled already for March 1st, 2020 at Guerin Catholic High School in Noblesville with registration at noon and shooting starting at 1pm.  We will start working on regionals for these events and will keep you all posted.  It is not too early to start thinking about and planning your council level competitions for next year.

Great Job by Auxilio Council #16454 in Evansville on a Habitat for Humanity project in March. They communicate about many good programs in their newsletter. See the Habitat participant pictures HERE.

Please contact me with any of your questions and we can find answers.       

Joe Erpelding 
Community Director
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 FAITH IN ACTION Model - Supreme Recommended Programs

  • Coats for Kids (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
  • Global Wheelchair Mission (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
  • Habitat for Humanity (featured program - counts for 2 on Columbian)
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Free Throw Championship - Plans should be started ASAP!
  • Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest - Plans should be started ASAP!
  • Soccer Challenge - State Finals were held October 21st!
  • Helping Hands (required for Columbian)


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