Community Director

April 2019

Brother Knights,

Click HERE for a PDF chart of the State Free Throw Final Results!
Also, MANY photos of the event are available at thanks to Brother Knight Andy Bozak.
I have reviewed the first nine 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 180 activities were reported by 75 councils (this only counts the first four activities reported by a council…some councils have filed 10 or more activities).  However, this does mean that 131 councils have not reported any Community activities yet.  So far I have credited 32 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 want to thank the three councils that submitted Form STSP to qualify for a State Service Award.  I would also like to thank the seven councils that submitted excellent Outstanding Catholic Youth forms, the IN-OCY1-2!  We have some very impressive catholic youths in the state of Indiana.
It has been encouraging that 26 councils have reported blood drives and have collected 1,115 units of blood across the state.  As far as the Special Olympics, 53 councils have filed the Ambassador forms.  This does mean that 153 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. 
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! 
The State Free Throw Finals were held Sunday, March 3rd, at Guerin High School in Noblesville.  All results were sent out to District Deputies on March 4th and are posted on the state website under Programs/Community/Youth page.  We had 60 shooters representing 22 districts and 31 councils in the state.  If you need to know any results and have not been able to find them, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will be happy to send you the information.  It was my first time as the Free Throw Chairman for the state finals and I would sincerely like to thank everyone that helped out at all levels of the competition.  This was an excellent event and will hopefully continue for many years to come.  It is not too early for your council to start thinking about next year’s Soccer Challenge and Free Throw Contest. 
Please contact me with any of your questions and we can find answers.  Keep the reports coming and I hope to see many of you at the State Convention in May!   
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)


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