State Deputy

January 2023

My Worthy Bother Knights,

Can you believe the first half of the Fraternal year is over?  What a great time for us in Indiana as we have met our goal of 50% of intake on schedule.  I thank you all for your hard work.  It has been a long time since Indiana has been able to say that they were meeting the intake goal on time.

If you read last month’s newsletter you heard about the new Evangelization and Faith Formation Initiative from Supreme.  We in Indiana are part of the pilot program this year.  We are beginning to set these opportunities up across the State.  At our mid-year meeting in December the DDs were presented on the new initiative and given a chance to see what it would be like at the Council level.  It was a quick overview, and everyone was very excited about the possibilities.  I hope that many of you take advantage of this new program.  This is a great opportunity to develop our membership in their faith.

Women’s Care Center Endowment

The Endowment for the Women’s Care Center has been created and payments have been made. We took up a collection at the Mid-Year Meeting and received $1,440 to gift to the Women’s Care Center.  It was great to see the generosity of the DDs, Directors, and Chairmen.    Please consider doing the same.  Our goal is $10,000,000 in 10 years.  I have heard, “but they need the money now” and yes this is true. However, that need will not be going away anytime soon.  The point of the endowment is to make our fundraising easier.  The endowment when funded will continue to grow and will allow us to do more both for those women in need but for other worthy projects.  Please support this effort to provide for young families in need.

License Plates

We worked hard in December to meet the goal set by the State of Indiana. I say thank you for those that stepped up.  We will know soon if we met the goal and are off probation.  If not the State of Indiana will revoke out license plates. Be proud to be a Knight and help us to keep the Knights of Columbus license plate. It hardly costs more than a regular plate and it makes a huge difference to those we assist. If we lose it, we will not get another chance.

Marches for Life

We will be sending a contingent to Washington D.C. again this year.  While Dobbs did overturn Roe on the National level, it also pushed the question to the States.  Indiana’s legislation did a good job in the emergency session.  Michigan lost the bid to squash Proposal 3 and is now stuck with abortion and worse in its Constitution.  I have heard that Ohio is preparing for a similar proposal to screw-up their state constitution.  It likely won’t be long before they come after Indiana.

Life is a gift from God.  We must work to safeguard life in our State.  Please join us in the marches in Indiana and to make a stand for Life.  Let’s also stand for Families.  Society is pushing to crush the family and to replace us as husbands and fathers.  If they win these battles, what else will they come for?

Free Throw

Councils, please gear up for your local Free Throw Competitions.  Your District Deputy should be scheduling the district level event for the first two weeks in February so make sure to send you winners to him so that they can move up to the State competition.  It’s a fun time and great opportunity to reach out to the community. 

Quarterly Meeting

Please join me on January 7 for the next quarterly meeting. We will discuss plans to finish strong. Showcase some more Councils that are doing well and answer any questions that you may have.  It will be a quick two-hour event that will provide a great forum for discussion.

State Convention

Be watching for the Convention invitations to come out in mid-January.  We are working to make this an enjoyable event.  We are making some changes this year so please review the documents that you receive.  It is important that you arrive on Friday or very early on Saturday as the Indy 500 Mini-Marathon will be happening on Saturday morning.  If you can make it on Friday, we will be having break-out sessions.  This is new as we usually only have these on Saturday.  We will be doing a service project or two as well.  This should be a new Convention format that is interesting and informative.

Closing Thoughts

Knight Vision will focus on the Spiritual works of Mercy this year.  Last year’s discussion of the Corporal works was a great set of programs.  We at the State are proud of our efforts to provide this evangelization tool. Encourage your members to listen in on the Podcasts.

Please remember to make your events family friendly.  We want to be good husbands and fathers, which means being part of the family. Bring your family with you to our events.

More to come over the next few months. Keep dreaming big and be ready to Evangelize Through Our Works.

Vivat Jesus

Scott Schutte
Indiana State Council - Knights of Columbus
State Deputy
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Vivat Jesus


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