Flag Day, and more studying.

As the Pilot of my Assembly, it is my duty to know United States Flag Etiquette.

A quick aside, for those who don’t know, there is a difference between Knights of Columbus Councils and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assemblies. An overview of the Fourth Degree, sometimes called the Patriotic Degree, can be found at this link.

While every Fourth Degree Knight must also be a Third Degree Knight in good standing and an active member of a Council (Councils being the organizational bodies of First, Second, and Third Degree Knights) he will also belong to a separate group known as an Assembly. Assemblies are usually comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from several different Councils, meet separately from the Councils and have their own Officers.

After having served my Assembly in the office of Scribe for the past three years, I am now the Pilot. And one of my duties as Pilot is to:

Acquire and maintain a thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and protocols governing the
National Flag in order to instruct the members of the Assembly, to ensure its proper care and display, and to serve as an authority on the flag for assigned Councils.

So, Happy Flag Day, boys and girls. Today finds me studying Flag Protocol.

And Now I’m a Council’s Advocate

At last night’s business meeting I was elected to the office of Advocate for my new council’s 2018-2019 fraternal term.

The duties and responsibilities of the Advocate of a Knights of Columbus Council are summarized as:

Advocate

  • Acts as parliamentarian for the council
  • Should have a working knowledge of Robert’s
    Rules of Order, Charter, Constitution & Laws,
    council by-laws, and Method of Conducting
    Council Meetings (#10318)
  • When needed, will seek legal assistance from
    the state advocate

Having previously served as the Grand Knight of another Council, I’m already familiar with the Office of Advocate and I’m looking forward to this upcoming term.

A new K of C Council

So tonight I attend my first Council meeting of a new (to me) Knights of Columbus Council to which I’m transferring my membership.

Since joining the Knights back in the 1990s, this will be the third Council I’ve belonged to. I already know several of the men here, and I’ve been attending Mass at the Parish to which this Council is attached for some time. But most of the guys will be new to me.

I’ll be asked to stand and introduce myself and probably answer a few questions. But I’ve already completed the paperwork required for making the transfer. So after being voted in by the members at tonight’s meeting, whatever else may be needed will happen automatically. And a new chapter in my life with the Knights will have begun.

A Restful Saturday

After a much busier than normal week (had a big mass mailing for the Knights of Columbus to get out all by myself!) I’m taking a day to rest up for more busy days ahead.

Tomorrow at a KofC Corporate Mass I’ll be introducing Sylvia to a lot of new people. Then after the Mass I’ll take her out to dinner as we celebrate our 5th year together.

Then on Monday I have a doctor’s appointment, and on Tuesday she has one. And the adventure continues.