January 2018   

Gil Spisak – Indiana State Program Director

Four Pillars, One Mission… The INDIANA KNIGHTS!!!

 

Brother Knights,

Welcome to the GREAT New Year of 2018.   I hope all Knights and their families had a very Merry CHRISTmas and I would like to wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous Happy New Year.

Councils should be meeting with their District Deputies at a special meeting this month, to receive the updates from the Mid-Year meeting and what is needed for the council to complete the year.

Congratulations to our State’s Disaster Response Team being recognized in the December issue of Columbia magazine on page 33 - https://indianakofc.org/download/secondresponse/IN_Disaster_Relief_KIA2017.pdf  for their work with Hurricane Harvey in south Texas.  GREAT JOB by Bill McDonald and his team of helpers!

STATE CONVENTION Forms and info at http://www.indianakofc.org/in-state-convention 

 

IMPORTANT!!!   ANNUAL SURVEY of FRATERNAL ACTIVITY (Supreme Form #1728) – Due by 1/31/2018 

http://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/fraternal_survey1728_p.pdf 

All councils should be working on their “Survey of Fraternal Activity” Due January 31st which is a VERY IMPORTANT form for your council to complete and submit ON-TIME to Supreme, since it is used by Supreme to compile all the great deeds your council performed over the last year and to show the hours and monetary donations by the Knights of Columbus as an organization.  Supreme compiles these numbers in February, so the form needs to be submitted ON TIME!  All forms should be submitted online or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in PDF format.

* Council members can help their officers, by completing their info and giving to your council officers with form #1728A - http://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/individual_survey1728a_p.pdf   the council’s Survey of Fraternal Activity Individual Member Worksheet (Form #1728A) - can help the council, with each members input of functions, hours, and donations.

** State Officer’s, State Director’s, State Chairmen, and District Deputies should complete the Individual member Survey form for any info & hours they represented the State and e-mail it to the State Secretary, Paul Zielinski, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for completing State’s Survey of Fraternal Activity.

FORMS

A reminder to get your forms completed for the year.  The winter season is a good time to catch up on any forms that your council is behind in; the forms will still be accepted for the information. It is the Grand Knights duty and responsibility to make sure that the council forms that are due to Supreme and the State are completed and submitted on time.  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.

NOTE:  The Gibault Envoy and Special Olympics Envoy forms for your council will NOT be accepted after February, since these are used to get the info to the council throughout the year.

Please make sure to complete and submit those forms that are due by your council. 

REMEMBER - All forms 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 (with PDF attachment) 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. The District Deputy will be following up regarding the forms for the councils in his district, so help him out by submitting the forms BEFORE the due date!

State Forms – can be found at https://www.indianakofc.org/forms 

Supreme Forms – can be found at http://www.kofc.org/un/en/members/resources/forms/council.html  

Keep up to date by checking out the monthly activity tracker for your council’s status on the State Website - http://www.indianakofc.org/programs/program-director/activity-tracking  and please contact the appropriate state director if you have any questions on the numbers for your council.

FREE THROW CONTEST

  • Each council should be running their Free Throw Contest in January.
  • The District Level contests will be held in early February.
  • The Regional Level contests will be held in late February.
  • The State Finals will be in early March.

Please contact the State Youth Director, Chris Earnhart, for further information and assistance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or his phone number in the State Directory.

CONTESTS and AWARDS

IMPORTANT - Many of the contests have NOT had a submission, so please complete and submit an entry for the below contests, since there is a good chance in winning.  

We need your contests forms for the below BEFORE February 28, 2018 – LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED, since they will be judged and winners decided in early March!

Contests (Entry Forms Due to the State Director of the category BEFORE FEBRUARY 28th!):

  • State Service Program Award - Form STSP http://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/state_serviceaward_p.pdf  (Enter for each/any of the 6 programs: Church, Council, Community, Culture-of-Life, Family, and Youth) – the form is available at the Supreme forms website - we need entries, so submit them NOW, this is a separate entry from the State Activity Form filing.  See Page 40 in the State Program Guide. Info at http://www.kofc.org/en/members/programs/council-activities/service-program-awards.html  or in the Supreme guide at https://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/programming/state-service-award10176.pdf  
  • Fr. McGivney State Vocations Award – Page 40 in the State Program Guide and the Entry Form IN-FMV1 on page 52 in the State Program Guide - http://www.indianakofc.org/programs/program-director/program-guide 
  • Outstanding Catholic Layperson Award – Page 40 in the State Program Guide and the Entry Form (IN-OCL1) on page 53.
  • Outstanding Catholic YOUTH Award – Page 41 in the State Program Guide and the Entry Form (IN-OCY1) on pages 54 &55.  The winner receives a $1,500 scholarship check and the winner & their family attend the awards luncheon at the State Convention for the presentation of the check and winner plaque.
  • Family of the Year – Page 40 in State Program Guide – Form is available at Supreme forms webpage https://www.kofc.org/un/en/forms/council/family_year1993_p.pdf  and must be submitted to the State Family Director by February 28, 2017.

YOUTH State Winners for the below contests are forwarded to Supreme for the International Awards:

  •  Substance Abuse Poster contest – State awards a $50 check presented to each 1st place State winner by their DD or GK.  Information can be found at http://www.kofc.org/en/members/programs/youth-activities/substance-abuse-awareness.html. Note that the timeline for our State has the district winners to the State Youth Director, Chris Earnhart, by February 28th.
  • Essay Contest – State awards a $50 check, presented to the 1st place State winner by their DD or GK.  Information can be found at http://www.kofc.org/en/members/programs/youth-activities/essay-contest.html.  Note that the timeline for our State has the district winners to the State Youth Director, Chris Earnhart, by February 28th.

For the details on these programs, please see the sections in this newsletter and on the State website.

Please contact the state director associated with the program category if you need further info or assistance.

PROGRAMMING ITEMS of Upcoming Events:

SOI Partnership summit – January 20, 2018 from 10am to noon in Carmel, IN at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church – info in flyer at website:https://www.indianakofc.org/download/specialolympics/2018_SOI_Partnership_Summit.pdf 

The Keep Christ in Christmas Posters –District winners need to be submitted to the State Church Director, Mark Michuda, BEFORE January 15, 2018.  Make sure the completed entry form is attached to each poster with the council # on it.

Sign-up for the Annual State Bowling Tournament hosted by Fishers Council #6923 on February 10th & 11th, 2018.  State website info https://www.indianakofc.org/programs/council/athletics  and for further information go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Help Needed - Don’t forget to help others at this time of year by giving Blood and Platelets.  Please see the Community Newsletter for information.

Gibault Annual Golf Scramble – Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Terre Haute Country Club, so mark your calendar.

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?  http://www.kofc.org/un/en/domestic-church/index.html  

TRAINING:

Have YOU earned your training medallion / coins?

Supreme Fraternal Training Portal Micro-site for Council officers and members - https//goo.gl/fFrac9    

Also, every council officer and ANY interested member should be involved in the Supreme webinars - http://www.kofc.org/en/members/resources/membership-webinar.html 

It’s easy to sign-up and register for each webinar, and if you miss it, they are recorded for you to view at your convenience!!!

GIBAULT RAFFLE TICKETS

The Gibault Annual Raffle Tickets have been mailed to all the Councils Grand Knights and the drawing will take place at the State Convention - April 2018, so sell them to help Gibault.  Please contact State Gibault Chairman, Dave DeKonink, if you haven’t received them or if you need further info at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

STATE PROGRAM GUIDE:

The State Program Guide (http://www.indianakofc.org/programs/program-director/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 (www.indianakofc.org). 

IMPROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE of your FAITH!

The Knights of Columbus – Catholic Information Services (CIS) website has many resources for you to improve your knowledge throughout the year - http://www.kofc.org/en/cis/ 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church information can be found at http://www.kofc.org/en/catechism/index.html.

COUNCIL WEBMAIL/E-MAIL:

It is very important that you and your council officers frequently check the State (http://www.indianakofc.org/) and Supreme (http://www.kofc.org/un/en/index.html) websites for current events and information.  

It is imperative to constantly check your own councils 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.

Use the following link at our state website to submit all your council activities online (Soon after occurrence) at: http://www.indianakofc.org/forms and click on Activity Form.  Each council needs (4) qualifying activities in each category to satisfy the Pinta Award requirement.  Remember to save these reports to use for the Columbian Award (Form SP-7).  Remember, Building the Domestic Church program from Supreme is now a requirement for the Columbian Award and to achieve Star Council!

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Director’s or Chairmen if you need assistance in their area!

We are here to help you.

Vivat Jesus!

Gil Spisak

State Program Director

Indiana State Council

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Four Pillars, One Mission!

THE INDIANA KNIGHTS!

 

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