I just received an update from the BMV. Chart below shows our status as of 28 Feb 2022. A total of 528 license plates have been sold. A total of 28 plates were sold in February.
The Indiana BMV requires 500 license plates be sold in the first two year. We missed that requirement and are now on probation. We must sell 500 plates in the calendar year 2022 or the plate will be discontinued.
We need 48 per month to reach a total of 1000 sold by the end of December 2022 to keep our specialty license plate.
There are a total of 427 Brothers who signed our petition but have not yet purchased our license plate. Each one was sent a postcard approximately one month before their plate expired to let them know an IN K of C plate was available; 52 postcards will be mailed by 4/1/2022 to those Brother Knights that have plates to be renewed in May.
In addition, the attached postcard is being sent via USPS mail to each GK this month. He should read it to his council during the correspondence portion of his April Business Meeting. I've also advised the DD that these postcards were sent to their GK.
The BMV returns $15 from each license plate sold to the IN K of C Charity Fund Inc. The IN K of C Charity Fund Inc is our 501(c)(3) established to help people in urgent need situations, disaster relief, coats for kids, food for families, ultrasound machines, and other similar needs.
Other ways to donate to the IN K of C Charity Fund Inc are:
- Sending a check payable to "Indiana State Council Knights of Columbus Charity Fund Inc." and mailing it to me (Paul Zielinski, 4974 Roxbury Ct., Pittsboro, IN 46167).
- Online donations through "Network for Good" using this link: https://www.nfggive.com/guidestar/02-0718931
- Amazon purchases. Sign in to Smile.Amazon.com and designate "Indiana State Council Knights of Columbus Charity Fund Inc" as your current charity.
Please continue to promote our IN K of C License Plate.
Paul Zielinski, IPSD
The Pilgrim Icon Program has begun. First, some history. The program began in 1979. Each Knights of Columbus Jurisdiction received Marian images to be the centerpiece of prayer services in churches and councils throughout the Order over the last 40 years. In 2018, the State of Indiana received two Marian images that traveled through 38 Districts across the state from November 18, 2018, through June 30, 2020. The current Icon Program is the 19th Prayer Program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The first program in 1979 honored our Blessed Mother under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since then, the Blessed Mother has been honored under several of her titles, with the latest as Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians. Our current Icon Program features St. Joseph holding the child Jesus. What a blessing to have the patron of our Church as our travelling icon. We have two travelling images that began December 12, 2021 and continue to August 31, 2023.
Each Indiana District and Council will have the blessing of hosting the Icon over the next two years.