Programming Awards

2018 STATE CONVENTION PROGRAMMING AWARDS - Gil Spisak, State Program Director          

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After dinner at a KofC fish fry, the program team of directors met in mid-March to review the submitted entries for the State Council Service Programs Awards. There were many great submissions, which made it difficult to narrow down the entries to our winners.  Thank you to all the councils and everyone who submitted entries.  It was interesting to read about the many unique ways Knights provide service to their parishes, families, and communities. The following 6 Program Award Winners will be forwarded to Supreme for consideration in the International Service Program Awards.

(If a link is BLUE, you can click on it to see the council's detailed Project submission or Photo.)

CHURCH PROJECT   Fr Thomas J Kelley Council #6923 in Fishers - Project: ROSARY LEADERS FOR ALL WEEKEND MASSES 

2018 church presentationThe council was asked by the Pastor and Chaplain to lead the Rosary after all weekend (Sunday) Masses in October, 2017, in honor of our Lady of Fatima, and since so many compliments about the Rosary and the Knights were received by the Pastor and Chaplain, they asked the council to continue to lead Rosary after all weekend Masses indefinitely.  There are 5 Masses each Sunday at St Louis de Montfort Parish.  (GK: John Baughman)

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2018 community presentationThe Diocese of Gary was to provide refinishing of the existing wood floors below an overlay of wood underlayment and much deteriorated vinyl tile (non-asbestos).  In order to assist the nuns, the Diocese of Gary and to minimize the construction costs to attain a clean, durable, safe as well as attractive flooring environment, the existing flooring and underlayment and all the remaining staples had to be removed.  Msgr. Timothy F. Doody Council 9696 was requested by the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity to remove existing underlayment and deteriorated finish flooring in a very limited time frame in their 3,800 square foot facility which houses and cares for young mothers and their children.  They organized Knights from other NorthWest Indiana (NWI) councils to help.  (GK: Jose Vasquez)

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COUNCIL PROJECT   Fr Petit Council #2957 in Wabash – Project:  YEAR-LONG FOCUS ON THE ROSARY  

2018 council presentationThis activity is intended to focus the council on the importance of the Rosary.  The Council has begun praying the Rosary prior to their monthly business meeting. They also lead the Rosary at Funeral Services of deceased Knights.  They plan to give Rosary Rings to all parishioners after Mass in the month of May.  They have begun a prayer study breakfast on the second Saturday of each month.  They began the breakfast as a "Mens" breakfast, but have now opened it up to all. Each month they go through sections of the Bible Study Book "Mysteries of the Rosary" by Stephen Binz.  (GK: Andy Forthofer)

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CULTURE OF LIFE PROJECT   Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council #12510 in Zionsville – Project:  CEMETERY OF THE INNOCENTS

2018 culture of life presentationTo create an impactful public representation of the lives lost to abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision during the Fall 2017 40 Days for Life.  The Cemetery of the Innocents program involves installing over 500 hand-made crosses on the front lawn of St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church during the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign.  These crosses are placed with precision so that they form straight lines along a row and along the diagonal, much like at a military cemetery.  This creates a stunning sight for people driving past the display. In addition to the crosses, there is a large sign emblazoned with the words "Cemetery of the Innocents".  The sign and some of the crosses arc even visible at night due to lighting which the Knights installed.  (GK: Mark Whitlock)

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FAMILY PROJECT  St. Pope John Paul II Council #16008 in Highland – Project:  INDOOR TRUNK-OR-TREAT EVENT 

2018 family presentationTo have a Family Fun atmosphere to celebrate the Halloween Holiday.  This is the Council's 3rd Annual Indoor Trunk or Treat Event for the families of the parish and invites to area parishes as well.  In our first year, we decided that we would do it inside to prevent a cancellation from the weather and that the fact the parish sits on a corner and would be hard to secure the parking lot from those that cut through.  The Council also ran all the different tables of "trunks" ourselves, but as we have grown the program we have invited the different ministries from the parish to take a table and host it themselves.  We have a Brother Knight who owns a popcorn machine cart where we make fresh popcorn for everyone involved.  (GK: Robert Mikuly)

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YOUTH PROJECT  Holy Family Council #3682 in Indianapolis – Project:  BISHOP SIMON BRUTE' DAYS AT THE SEMINARY

2018 youth presentationTo serve dinner for high school boys attending "Bishop Simon Brute Days" at the Seminary on Cold Springs Road in Indianapolis, Indiana.  This is the council’s annual commitment to serve dinner for high school boys attending the "Bishop Simon Brute Days" at the Seminary.  They serve approximately 50 people that include the boys and staff.  The menu consists of hamburgers, brats, baked beans, drinks, condiments and dessert.  (GK: Rick Aldridge)

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Keep in mind that we received many excellent entries, and these are a small fraction of the many service activities credited to councils in Indiana so far this fraternal year. As State winners, each of the six previously mentioned Outstanding Service Project entries will now move on to The Supreme Council where they will be competing internationally. Good Luck to all!

FR MICHAEL J McGIVNEY VOCATIONS AWARD  Jasper Council #1584 in Jasper  [Note: This is an Indiana award, and does not advance to the Supreme competition.]

2018 vocations presentationThe council sponsors an annual event titled Priests and Religious Dinner.  The purpose is to show appreciation for our Priests, Religious, and Deacons.  They had 21 Priests, 10 Religious Sisters, and 9 Deacons Honored at the dinner.  In addition, over 350 people attended this very worthy event.  The event was highlighted by the Knights presenting checks to St. Meinrad Seminary and the Sisters of St. Benedict.  (GK: Vince Granacher)

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Below are the top ten councils in raising funds through the Tootsie Roll Drive:

  • Bedford #1166  $26,347.23 – Fr. William P. Garrity council
  • Warsaw  #4511  $19,127.91 – Archbishop Noll council
  • Brownsburg #12540 $12,181.26 – St. Malachy Council
  • Batesville #1461  $9,446 – Saint Anthony council
  • Crawfordsville #1591  $9,000 – Msgr. Thomas Conroy council
  • Michigan City #12951  $8,500 – Queen of All Saints council
  • Carmel #12387  $8,300 – Bishop George A. Fulcher council
  • Lawrenceburg #1231  $8,235.27 – Msgr. Wm. Kreis council
  • LaPorte #1542  $6,500 – St. Michael council
  • Princeton #1131  $6,431.91 – Fr. Nicholas A. Hassell council
  • Monticello #6955  $5,633.02 – St. John Neumann council

NOW, we turn our attention to the individuals and families that councils choose to honor:

OUTSTANDING CATHOLIC YOUTH 2018 – Pete Newton was nominated by Blessed Sacrament Council #8056 in West Lafayette

2018 OCY presentationHe has a GPA of 4.0 and is ranked 1 of 477 in his class at Harrison High School.  He spent two years as a member of the High School Youth Group at Blessed Sacrament.  This year he is on the Youth Leadership Team for the youth group; he works with five other students and three adults to plan youth group events and happenings.  He has attended various Catholic retreats and conferences, such as Destination Jesus and a confirmation retreat in Benton County.  While he was in confirmation class, his class took part in a pro-life event, where they held pro-life signs around Purdue University’s campus.  He served as an Altar server at “Church of The Blessed Sacrament”, as well as an usher.  In other cases, such as Stations of the Cross, he served as a lector and as a reader at one of the stations.  He has also volunteered with Tacos for Turkeys, The Fish Fry, and jubilee Christmas.  He also listed many Spiritual Works of Mercy.  At school he is president of the Student Council and a member of the National Honor Society, he was also involved in the following sports of Soccer, Basketball, Golf, and Track.   

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OUTSTANDING CATHOLIC LAYPERSON  – John Griffin was nominated by St. Thomas More Council #7431 in Mooresville

2018 OCL presentationJohn Griffin is an ever present layperson at St. Thomas More, always displaying his strong faith while being a leader and doing all with such a positive, friendly approach.  He is a regular Eucharistic Minister, a Lector and serves on the Parish Council.  John is a regularly scheduled person in the perpetual adoration chapel and he along with his wife, Amy, and their two sons Christopher and Kyle, who have helped numerous times with many tasks in the church from garden maintenance, mulching, decorating, to Applefest committees and more.  A good example is him leading the kick off meetings to form many sub committees to joyfully celebrate the parish's 50th Jubilee anniversary which culminated in a noteworthy event on July 22nd, 2017.  The event included mass lead by the Archbishop, a large party, special recognition of founding parishioners that are still with us, an anniversary directory and much more.  He is a great leader who led the year-long “Forward in Faith” Campaign for the parish to raise over $900,000.  (GK: Larry Janeczek)

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FAMILY OF THE YEAR  Andrew and Victoria Litchfield family was nominated by St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Council #12379 in Ft Wayne

2018 FOY presentationAndy is currently the DGK of the council. The Knights of Columbus Council nominated Andy and Victoria Litchfield’s Family for Family of the Year because they are major contributors to the success of St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Parish.  They support the church, school, and Knights of Columbus Council by being involved in many activities, fundraisers, and committees.  Victoria Litchfield is a teacher at the Saint Joseph’s HC School.  She teaches Junior High Math and Science.  She has also volunteered to coach volleyball for the school.  Andy has stepped up to support many council activities, community events, and fundraisers.  Some of the functions they support are the Pancake breakfast, Fish Fry’s, loading items to be delivered to an adopted parish that is desperately in need of essential supplies, and he is on the committee for Notre Dame Smoker which is the biggest fund raiser for his K of C Council.  Andy and his Dad are ushers for the Mass.  Andy stepped up and volunteered this last year to chair the Parish Fall Festival.  This was a very demanding task because he had to coordinate several activities including an outdoor Mass, funding for a raffle, a new 5K run/walk, and many booths.  He did a tremendous job and everyone was very appreciative of his efforts. This festival is the main fundraiser for the Parish.

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