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.

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 Good Morning’s Work

At 08:30, shortly after Sylvia left for work, I found myself facing the monster bushes that have been creeping steadily across my back yard for at least the last five years. (It was five years ago when we moved here, and those bushes were a serious presence even then.)

Armed with a set of manual hedge clippers, a manual tree pruner, and a small hand saw, I went to work.

Three hours later I had cleared away those bushes that were pushing up against and in some places through  my neighbor’s wooden privacy fence. Now a path is clear (more or less) back to my fence bordering the alley.

Nearly Noon at the time of this second picture, our South Texas summer day  was heating up nicely. I decided it was time to call a halt to the yard work  and move indoors.

The Bow Tie

It all comes down to … the bow tie.

This evening and tomorrow morning I’ll be wearing a traditional tuxedo (black, straight collar, bow tie, etc.) as I participate in two different public ceremonies. It has been a long time since I’ve worn the tux, and I’ve assembled all the required accoutrements (studs, cuff links, cumberbund, etc.) But the only bow ties I can locate this afternoon are my clip-ons. Darn it!

It’s always such a hassle getting these ties properly clipped on my collar or around my neck. I have one of the kind that I tie the knot myself. This is actually much easier for me when I do the chore without help. And today I’ve got to do it by myself, with the clip-ons.

Wish me luck!