Date of Chartering
George Maley originally learned about Legatus from his friend Tom Monaghan and joined as an At-Large member in 1987. Monaghan then encouraged Maley to charter a chapter in Indianapolis. Archbishop Edward O’Meara of Indianapolis gave his approval and appointed the archdiocesan vicar general as chaplain.
The then-named-Indiana Chapter first met at the Indianapolis Athletic Club on December 8, 1989. Ten member-couples joined after the first gathering and Jerry Semler became the chapter’s first and only three-year president. Maley became the chapter coordinator, a job he held for more than 10 years. Growing the membership was slow for the first two years, but took off with the gathering of 20 member-couples in the third year. Founding members still active today include George Maley, Jerry Semler, Jack Gray, Charles O’Drobinak, and Jack Whelan.
Today, Monsignor Joseph Schaedel is the chaplain, serving the 66 member-couples. Most meetings are held at the Meridian Hills Country Club. Special meetings include a Lenten retreat, president’s party, and Christmas celebration.
In recent years the chapter has planned occasional “T.G.I.F.” gatherings to engage members in a social setting. Outings have included an Indianapolis Colts tailgate party, a visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and a chapter picnic.
Indianapolis Chapter president Doug Brucker developed the simplified, current version of the Legatus mission statement, subsequently approved by the Legatus Board of Governors.