Community Director

April 2020

Brother Knights,

Please click on the following links for more information:

  • Catholic Essay - your winning essays should have been sent to Supreme
  • Coats for Kids - featured-so can be counted as two activities if you meet Supreme requirements
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Free Throw - council level contests should be done…only 17 reported so far
  • Global Wheelchair - featured-so can be counted as two activities if you meet Supreme requirements
  • Habitat for Humanity - featured-so can be counted as two activities if you meet Supreme requirements 
  • Helping Hands - required that one of your community activities satisfies requirements
  • Soccer Challenge - State results and pictures are on state website – try this next year 

Of course, these are the Supreme programs listed under Faith In Action - Community.  As always here in Indiana, we are very supportive of other youth and community efforts such as Gibault, Blood Drives, Tootsie Roll Drives that can benefit community organizations just to name a few.

As of March 30th, I have received 252 Form 10784s and most of them were impressive activities...46 were filed as Helping Hands and more could have been.  I responded to five or six councils that they should consider filing an STSP for State Programming awards because they appeared to be really strong programs.  However, I must remind a few councils that simply cutting a few checks at a business meeting is not an activity to be reported on the 10784…the activity is what was done to raise the funds.  I have also received 45 Blood Drive Reports with a total of 1,339 units of blood collected.  I really would appreciate it if your council program director could complete a Form 10784 for Blood Drive activities even though you have filed the BD state form.  This could serve you well in that it could even qualify as a required Helping Hands activity.  I have also received 27 Tootsie Roll Drive Report copies.  Here again, if the Tootsie Roll Drive was done for Special Olympics, you could file a Form 10784 and report it as a LIFE activity.  Or if the Tootsie Roll Drive was for Gibault, file the Form 10784 as a COMMUNITY activity.  

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! 

Andy Gorgol did a tremendous job on March 1st at the state finals of the Free Throw Contest.  The results and a link to the pictures are on his Young Adult webpage.

The programming directors met on March 13th and reviewed all STSP submissions and other applications for state programming awards.  I am happy to say that I had 8 submissions for community activities.  We also had to select a winner for the Outstanding Catholic Youth Scholarship and we had excellent applications for that.  Unfortunately, due to the current health crisis, I am not sure when the awards will be presented.  Let us all pray and do anything we can to assist in our communities for the good of all.  There is a blood shortage so perhaps a call to the Red Cross to see if your council could host a safe blood drive.     

Please contact me with any of your questions and we can find answers. 



Joe Erpelding 

Community Director

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