August 2017

Brother Knights,

Welcome to a new and exciting 2017 – 2018 Fraternal Year!  Let’s make this a successful year and get your council to STAR!  STAR councils grow in membership and that means more help with the great programs and activities the Knights and their councils participate in. 

I would like to welcome our new District Deputies, Grand Knights, and Council Officers, congratulations on stepping up to lead your councils. I would also like to welcome our new State Youth Director – Chris Earnhart who will be a great asset to our State Program Team of Directors and Chairmen.  Please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need assistance with or have questions about your Youth Programs. Thank you to all the retiring officers for all of your great work!

Congratulations to our 2016-17 State of Indiana Discovery Award Winners:

              NINA Awards Winners (Membership):

Council #

District #

Council Name

Council City



Fr. Thomas A. Brandon

Fort Wayne



Nativity of Our Savior




Auxilio "Helping Hands"



              PINTA Award Winners (Programs):

Council #

District #

Council Name

Council City



Saint Francis




Msgr. Thomas Dillon




Saint Thomas More




Msgr. Timothy F. Doody




Good Shepard Council




St. Patrick of Arcola



          SANTA MARIA Award Winner (Highest Award with BOTH Nina and Pinta Requirements accomplished!)

Council #

District #

Council Name

Council City



Saint Pope John Paul II



In this new 2017-18 Fraternal Year, please make sure to complete and submit those forms that are due by your council.  All forms this year will need to be submitted online or sent by e-mail in PDF format in order to be credited, except those sent with a check, and make sure to copy in an e-mail all those required at the bottom of the form.  

NOTE:  Page 13 in the 2017-18 State Program Guide has a Worksheet with ALL the Supreme and State Forms and their due dates.  The “Due Date” is the last day for the form to be accepted, so get them submitted BEFORE the Due Date! It is the Grand Knight's duty and responsibility to make sure ALL forms are submitted on time for his council.  The Grand Knight does not need to be the submitter, but should have someone in the council with computer access submit the forms and the Grand Knight just needs to follow up to make sure the forms are submitted on time.  So, council members need to step up and assist the Grand Knight, since we are all in this together.

The following forms should have already been submitted by your council, so we can update our records and provide information to the correct people.  The forms MUST be completed, even if the person in the position is the same as last year.  They only take a minute to fill out (Except the audit).  Let’s keep the momentum going and get your council to STAR Council!

Current forms Due:

Supreme Forms -  

  • Form 185 – Report of Officers for Term – Due 7/1
  • Form 365 – Report of Service Program Personnel – Due 8/1 (Can fill out and submit if just partially complete and can update it later)
  • Form 1295-1 – Semi-Annual Audit Form – Due 8/15

State Forms – 

  • IN-RC1 – Retention Committee Report Form – Due 7/15
  • IN-QDR1 – Quarterly Delinquent Report Form (Submitted by FS for April, May, June) – Due 7/15
  • IN-GE1 – Gibault Envoy Report Form – Due 8/1
  • IN-SOIAMB – Special Olympics Ambassador – Due 8/1

Get them in NOW before it’s too late!

Keep up to date by checking out the monthly tracker for your council’s status on the State Website - and please contact the appropriate State Director if you have any questions on the numbers for your council.

The “Surge with Service" kit can be viewed / downloaded at and has information on ALL the Supreme programs YOUR council should be involved with.

EVERY COUNCIL MUST include and work on Supreme’s “Building the Domestic Church” program in their council’s activities.  What kind of council wouldn’t be working on strengthening their church activities with this program?

The Knights of Columbus – Catholic Information Services (CIS) website has many resources for you to improve your knowledge throughout the year -  

The Catechism of the Catholic Church information can be found at

 STATE PROGRAM GUIDE:  The State Program Guide ( has the answers to 9 out of 10 questions that we are asked, so it should be your 1st GO TO REFERENCE RESOURCE, when you have a question and need information about a program.  Page 13 in the guide is a good source regarding the Supreme and State forms and when they are DUE.  Please contact your District Deputy if you need help or have any questions.  There is now a quick-link to the State Program Guide on the right side of the State’s main webpage ( 

STATE DIRECTORY INFO - Needs to be updated with your councils info! This needs to be submitted even if the officers/info are the same as last year!

Grand Knights (and/or FS’s) - Please make sure to gather the personal contact information for yourself, Financial Secretary, and Chaplain in addition to your councils meeting and mailing address, meeting nights with time and e-mail it to your DISTRICT DEPUTY and e-mail a copy to the State Administrative Assistant, Brad Soule at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the State Directory Book update & printing. The personal contact information should include the full name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail.

DISTRICT DEPUTIES will compile a list of each of their council’s info in their district and submit it to Brad Soule at the e-mail above.  ALL the information still needs to be collected and sent/submitted EVEN IF the person in the position is the same as last year!!!

This information needs to be submitted to Brad Soule ASAP, so the State Directory with your council’s info can be updated/verified and printed.

COUNCIL WEBMAIL/E-MAIL:  It is very important that you and your council officers frequently check the State ( and Supreme ( websites for current events and information.  

It is imperative to constantly check your own council's e-mail account that the state created for your council and the State’s IT Administrator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and IT Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) can help you in accessing your councils’ account.  Once logged in, you can have your council e-mails forwarded from your council e-mail account to your council officer’s personal e-mails, so they can be aware of the information being sent to the council.

NOTE:  When sending regular informational e-mails to your council members, DO NOT include any of the State’s e-mail addresses in your regular council informational/business e-mails that you are sending to your council members.  The State e-mail addresses are ONLY to be used to conduct business with the State.

State Golf Tournament

We would like to say “Thank You” to State Golf Tournament Chairman Kenny Leisman, and Grand Knight Kevin Fischer and Council #15777 – St. Anthony of Padua for a GREAT JOB!  

Everyone had a great time on an excellent and challenging course and we are looking forward to the Tournament next year (location to be announced).

Special Olympics “Plane Pull” Fundraiser

The Special Olympics “Plane Pull” Fundraiser is August 26th; please mark this on your calendar and teams are needed to participate.  For further information, please contact the (former) Indiana Special Olympics Chairman, Mike Lewis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or our NEW Chairman Brett Striegel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SOCCER CHALLENGE – (All Councils need to plan and order your free kit NOW!)  

Every council should be participating in the Soccer Challenge.  It is very similar to the Free Throw Contest, but the participants kick a ball from the penalty line into the net for scoring, so step up and have your council run a soccer challenge.  Don’t let down the kids in your area, since it is very easy to run and the kids have a great time.  Many council’s even grill out and give the participants hot dogs, chips, and water to have a great day at the contest. Please let your DD know if you are supporting the kids in your community by holding a Soccer Challenge, so he can contact the State Youth Director to order the District Medals by 8/15.

Vivat Jesus!

Gil Spisak

State Program Director

Indiana State Council

 Four Pillars, One Mission!



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