September 2016

Brother Knights,

AdvocateAs I begin this year as the new State Advocate I am truly humbled by all of the great works of the Indiana Knights of Columbus. Your welcoming of me as Advocate was overwhelming and I will do my best to live up to your expectations.

This year I will be working with you to address two main items to complete compliance with Supreme guidelines. First we have been tasked to complete all of the Home Corporation contractual requirements by the first of the year. Many Councils have completed this process already but a few remain that must address this issue. Please remember that this is a means to provide liability protection for the Order. I am available to answer questions or provide guidance. I know several Councils have opted to sell their Home Corporation property. Please feel free to contact me to review this transition and to confirm that everything is complete properly.

Secondly we need to implement the Youth protection program. The new guidelines require that the training be completed within 45 days of being notified. Failure to do so prevents you from being registered as youth protection trained in the future. In addition to the Knights of Columbus youth training we are also expected to be in compliance with our Diocesan Youth protection program. This is not redundancy, each program is focused on particular requirements, and while some information is overlapped, it is well worth knowing each set of issues.

I look forward to working with the Councils to address the issues within the State as well. Feel free to contact me with questions and I will do my best to research the answers and get you a response.

Indiana Knights have made great strides in the last few years in getting new members.

Let’s keep going and develop the programs that will highlight our Catholic heritage and make our Order a valued member of the community.

Vivat Jesus!

Fraternally,

Scott Schutte
Indiana Knights of Columbus
State Advocate
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