Welcome Bother Knights,
So much to do and so little time or as it was aptly put in Luke 10:2 “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Often, I feel overwhelmed by the number of things that I must accomplish. I started my own company a year and a half ago. That and my family and my role as a State Officer keep me busy. I have always looked at the things that I do as my stewardship to God. So, I know that God would not put too much on my plate. Plus, I know that God puts people into my life to help me to accomplish so much more than I could do on my own. My wife, Kristine, is one of those people. Who are the people in your life that multiply your stewardship?
So much to do and so little time. Have you registered for the Convention yet? It is just a month away. Do you have your delegates submitted? What about your annual forms: bi-annual audit, annual report of activities, etc. How many recruits do you have so far this year and what can you do to get more?
Where to start. First let’s make sure that all your forms are submitted. Confirm that your 185 and 365 were submitted last summer. Did you submit your form 1 to the State? These are important as they allow us to send you the information you need. For Supreme, we need to get the annual report of activities submitted so that we maintain our compliance with the IRS requirements. The bi-annual audits need to be submitted as well as the 990s (due in November) so that the Councils retain their standing with the IRS and remain bonded.
We also need to make sure that we are ready for the State Convention. Make sure that your Council has paid the State per capita invoice. I have reached out to those Councils that have not yet paid. Some did not have good information as to current FS (that’s why those previous forms were needed.) I mailed the unpaid invoices out in the mail. The invoices have been e-mailed to the Council, the DD and to the FS last fall and a reminder e-amil was sent as well. I called all the Councils in arrears and have snail mailed invoices. If your Council cannot afford the per capita, please call me and we can discuss options. The State By-laws require payment of the per capita before delegates can be seated at the convention.
Please register all members that wish to attend the convention this year. We are planning to have a LIVE event this year. I need to know who is coming so that we can make sure we have enough room for everyone with the new social distancing requirements. Please submit your delegate form as well. Even if there is some reason that we cannot have an in-person convention, we will still need the delegates so that a virtual convention can be conducted. Me, I am looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces as we work to reduce the world’s problems.
As I mentioned above, recruiting is an important part of our duties. Many hands make for light work, but how do we get many hands. We ask others to join our ranks. Supreme has made that easier to accomplish over the last couple of years. Online membership gets people into our ranks and e-members are resource to be invited to help with Charity. Online exemplification helps so that we don’t have to worry about the social distancing with initiation ceremonies. But none of that works if we don’t ask our fellow parishioners to join us in our works of Charity. Perhaps this is where you will find the next person to multiply your stewardship. Remember also that our fellow parishioners come from all the parishes in the Catholic Church.
Keep up your good works of charity and lead your community closer to God.
Indiana Knights of Columbus