Community Director

February 2019

Click HERE for the Free Throw Regional Sites schedule, which is detailed at the bottom of this page. 

Brother Knights,

I have reviewed the first seven months of Community activities reported for the fraternal year.  Please review the Activity Tracker to make sure you are getting credit…I have been sent many scanned forms that I had not previously received in the e-mail system.  I am pleased that 153 activities were reported by 65 councils.  However, this does mean that 141 councils have not reported any Community activities yet.  So far I have credited 28 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 have seen some excellent Community Activities and it is time to start completing a Form STSP to qualify for a State Service Award…this is explained in the State Program Guide…the forms are due by February 28th.  I don’t care if you have fancy pictures included…but simply explain in more detail exactly how your activity was done and how it helped the community.  There is also an Outstanding Catholic Youth form IN-OCY1-2 that is due by February 28th.  Everyone of your councils knows of some outstanding young person in the parish…file this form and win a state award for them. 
 
It has been encouraging that 18 councils have reported blood drives and have collected 741 units of blood across the state.  As far as the Special Olympics, 48 councils have filed the Ambassador forms.  This does mean that 158 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.  There is a Supreme form 4584 that is due by the end of January which details Special Olympics volunteer hours and dollars contributed for the past calendar year for local, regional and state level events.  Please complete this form if you have had any council involvement in Special Olympics.
 
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! 
 
By now, all councils having a Free Throw Contest should have completed one and forwarded information on to the District level host.  The District level events need to be completed in the next two weeks or by mid-February as the Regionals are all scheduled for February 17th and 24th.  The schedule is on the state website near the bottom of this page, and on the Youth page.   The District level winner information needs to be forwarded to the Regional Chairman as soon as possible.  Forward the scoresheets and birth certificates of all the winners on so the Regional Chairman can be well prepared at the registration desks.  Hosting these higher level events is so much easier to organize when the paper work is in hand days ahead of time.  It is easy enough to scan it all and send it on to the next level.  When the shooters show up at the sites, we should have the forms in hand to easily register them as they arrive! 
 
Please contact me with any of your questions and we can find answers.  Keep the reports coming!   
VIVAT JESUS!
Joe Erpelding 
Community Director
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New 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 (new - required for Columbian)
 
(Download PDF version of the Free Throw Regional Sites detailed below)
 
Please contact me with any of your questions and we can find answers.  Keep the reports coming!   
VIVAT JESUS!
Joe Erpelding 
Community Director
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