Brother SKs and All,
1st Assembly Conclave - September
The 1st Conclave for the Fraternal Year 2017-2018, has been CHANGED to WED. Sept. 6th, due to the Labor Day Holiday. ALL are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Sunday, Sept. 17th, at St. Agnes Church, West Chester
This will be the Officer Installation Mass at 9:00a.m. (Ceremony will be held in the Chapel following Mass) & Brunch at Schuylar Hall, following the Ceremony.
Painting Work Day
We will be going to Camilla Hall for a "Painting Party", on a Saturday Morning, in Sept. The Date has not been chosen as yet. A notice will be sent after the Officer's Mtg., this Month.
NEW 4th Degree REGALIA
Now for my "State of the Uniform" Address. By now, I'm sure many of you good SK's have been inundated with the News about the Regalia Change that was passed at the Supreme Convention, but for those of you who have not, in a nutshell:
The Board of Deciders, has made a drastic change, affecting the Color Corps and Honor Guard. In the near Future we will no longer wear the Traditional, Cape, Chapeau, and Tuxedo, at Ceremonial Events. This has been replaced by: an Italian, Custom made Blue Blazer, Custom made Dark Grey Trousers, Custom made Silk Tie, White Shirt, and ...a Custom made, BLACK Military Style Beret. The cost is $510.00 with a 25% Discount, if purchased by Sept. 30th 2017. This does not include Tailoring, which you must have done yourself.
So far I have heard no positive remarks on this Change. Most of us who have been participating in CC and HG, prefer the "old" vs the "New". Unfortunately though, I have heard more than a few "I will quit the 4th Degree"
PLEASE, I beg you to not take such a drastic step!
The Patriotic Arm, as the 4th Degree is known, is much more than a Uniform, in my experience. It is an extra chance to serve our Communities and Veterans, that some might not have available. More than a few of us have actually bled for our Country, and we appreciate the chance to work with other like minded Catholic Men, who took an EXTRA step in their Catholic Service, by volunteering for FULL Knighthood.
To me, this only adds to my gratitude toward those who were not in the Military, yet still gives their, Time. Talent, & Treasure, (and many Times Sweat) for this great KofC Brotherhood.
There are almost 600, 4th Degree Mbrs. in our Assembly. about 90% of which, can not be a CC or HG Participant, for whatever Reasons, so this Change in Uniform will have very Minimal affect. We still need you to join us in: V.A. Car Shows-Emergency "Painting Parties"-Charitable efforts to aid Veterans, Priests, Unborn Babies, Unwed Mothers, and showing the World, another great reason to be a Catholic Gentleman.
Please PRAY on this, before making any decision, and ask God to continue to STRENGTHEN the Knights of Columbus in new ways that can shine a brighter Light, on what it means to be Catholic.
Please pass this info to your Council 4th Degrees, who might not have e-mail.
Blessings to you and your Family,
Dan Condron FN