Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers all,
Thank you all for your help and support as we all continue Programs in support of our Church, Community and Veterans across this State. Please keep up the good work and send a picture of your events – will spread them on the State Website.
As we look forward to the challenges and tasks before us for the next Fraternal Year 2018-2019, my Brothers, we can only accomplish our goals (Faithful Navigator, Assembly, District) by working together as a T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More). No man can go it alone, no man is an island and if you ever heard the statement: “best laid plans of mice and men….”, well those plans can only be successful with all working together.
Membership is the lifeblood of any organization to insure continued growth and success. We must continue to offer and encourage our Brother 3rd Degree Knights the opportunity to become a part of the Patriotic Degree. There is plenty of free brochures and flyers available from Supreme to assist your Assembly with 4th Degree information. The Assembly Faithful Comptroller can order your free supplies.
We have received three (3) requests from Assemblies to host a 4th Degree Exemplification during Fraternal Year 2018-2019. Wilmington Assembly 2017 will be the host for a 4th Degree Exemplification on Saturday November 17, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church. We do not wish to schedule too far out so if there is a new District Master, he will be able to schedule future Exemplifications. Locations for Exemplifications in early and late Spring ideally would be located in the Western part of the State and then back to the Mid-State area.
Thank you to our Sir Knight Brothers (3) for stepping up and inquiring about becoming Exemplars. Please welcome SK Ron Schwartz Jr. of Assembly 2282 our newest member of the 4th Degree Media Team as he succeeds retiring SK Dave Benes. Please prayerfully consider joining a great TEAM of Brother SK’s as they Exemplify Brother Knights to the Patriotic Degree.
Please continue to support Veterans needs throughout the State. For further information on their needs, please call or e-mail Brother SK Tom DuPree for updates as to where you can help.
IMPORTANT: Please do not remit any funds to the M.O.P.H. which was sending wounded warriors home for Christmas. We have been advised that there is enough funds in the account at this time.
Further, FVSM & PSD Bob Singer is in need of our prayers due to failing health and the Army General working with him will continue to utilize the funds that is on hand to send these Warriors home.
To enhance security for the State Website the Communications Director and State Officers have developed a system similar to that of the Supreme Website. To view any of your Council / Assembly data, you must now go through a security process to gain access to the State Directory. Assembly FN’s and FC’s should have received an e-mail blast from me, detailing the process to gain access. You must go through the process to also place your Assembly contact information on the website. Any questions, please contact the Communications Director at Comm.Director@KofCnc.org
We have received inquiries from Charlotte and Harnett County Special Olympics Committees about assisting at their Spring Special Olympics games re: Color Guard to present the Colors and help distributing award medals. Contact names have been forwarded to me and they will be passed along to the local Assembly and Councils. Great opportunity to help our communities.
We are currently working on the training curriculum and will advise of locations and times for these training sessions as soon as we get them all finalized. We are considering four (4) regions for this training and if you would like to volunteer a location, please call or e-mail me.
The Charlotte Diocese Eucharistic Congress will be held on Saturday September 8, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Please make every effort to help with this event starting with the Procession to the Convention Center, Adoration Honor Guard throughout the day ending with the Mass and 4th Degree Eucharistic Guards to assist the Priests with distribution of Communion. There will be an Adoration sign-up sheet posted on the 4th Degree website for you to specify the time you will assist with Adoration HG.
Please continue to publish your newsletters and make sure a copy is forwarded to the VSM and the DM. This is one of the requirements for the “To Be aPatriot Award”.
Uniform Updates – The new Color Corps Manual is available on line from the Supreme Printer and the Assembly Faithful Comptroller can order them. The New 4th Degree By-laws are also available.
Dates to Remember for August 2018:
- August 1 – Air Force Day
- August 4 – US Coast Guard Established – 1790
- August 7 – Purple Heart Medal Established – 1782
- August 7 – Vietnam War Began – 1964
- August 14- Japan Surrendered Ending WW11 – 1945
- August 16- National Airborne Day
- August 19- National Aviation Day
Remember – “Sir Knight” is not just a title, it is “An Honor”
God Bless You, God Bless Our Church and God Bless America!
SK Jack Murray, PSD
Official Dress Code
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding wearing of the new Uniform, when to wear and how to wear. I will give some basic guidance below and hope it will be informative. You can also go to the Supreme Website and on the face page you will see a title of “New Uniform”. You can click on this icon and it will take you to more information regarding the Uniform. You can also download a copy of the Color Corps Drill Manual if you wish. The Manual and an updated copy of the 4th Degree By-Laws (2017) is also available.
New Uniform consists of the Official Fourth Degree Blue Blazer, Official Gray Trousers, Official Fourth Degree Necktie and Official Fourth Degree Black Beret which you purchase from Knights Gear. You purchase on your own to wear with the Uniform: white shirt (no French cuffs or cufflinks) and no button down collars; black belt, black socks and black shoes. The Official Fourth Degree Lapel Pin # PG-113, is attached to the left lapel of the jacket and you may wear any Past Miniature Medals of Officer over the left pocket. A Fourth Degree Member may also wear the current medal of his office around his neck: Assembly, Council, State Council, Supreme Council and Supreme Assembly.
The name pocket badge and social baldric are not worn with the new Uniform at any time.
Color Corps and Honor Guard Uniform consists of the basic Uniform as detailed above with the following: Service Baldric and Sword worn over the Blazer, from right shoulder to the left hip and white gloves. For any reason the sword is not permitted, the Service Baldric and white gloves shall still be worn.
Regalia: Cape, Chapeau, Service Baldric, Sword and White Gloves may still be worn as called for by the Faithful Navigator and in some cases the Clergy. If the sword is not permitted, again, as above with the Uniform, the Service Baldric is still worn.
Tuxedo / Dark Suit: the tuxedo with social baldric, name tag and miniature medals may still be worn by Sir Knights when called for by the Faithful Navigator.
A dark suit with social baldric and name tag are also permitted.
Color Guard consists of the Flag Bearer(s) and Flag Guard(s). Shall be dressed in the Uniform or Regalia but not mixed, in other words must all be dressed the same.
Honor Guard consists of those Sir Knights performing a ceremonial honor guard. If there is not a Color Corps, the Official Lineup for an Honor Guard is the following: Uniform first and Regalia (Cape & Chapeau) to follow.
I have been asked about the Brother Sir Knights not possessing Uniform or Regalia participating in an Honor Guard. Tuxedo with Social Baldric and Dark Suit with Social Baldric should be worn and fall in behind the Brother Sir Knights in Uniform and Regalia. They are not to be mixed together. This is not listed in the Color Corps Drill Manual, however may be approved by the Faithful Navigator.
Greeting Grand Knights, Faithful Navigators, and Brothers All,
Congratulations to each of you for being the elected leader of your Council or Assembly! With Supremes’ new initiative, “Just Faith”, I know you will have some challenges in the coming months. As your Veteran’s Affairs Chairman and District VAVS Representative, it is my responsibility to communicate the needs of our Veterans. In NC, we have over 800,000 Veterans and four VA Medical Centers, healthcare centers that provide medical care to those who have sacrifice much for you and me to be able to enjoy the freedoms in this great country. Each day 22 Veterans commit suicide in North Carolina with 60% of them being women. The Knights of Columbus in NC, with 128 Councils and 43 Assemblies with a total membership of 17,500+ have an obligation and a responsibility under the principles of Charity and Patriotism to provide needed assistance to our military and Veterans where requested.
How do we accomplish this charge from Supreme? First step—is a plan budget. Secondly, it is important for the GK and FN meet in the month of July with the objective of planning and cooperating programs that will assist our Veterans. Finally, implementing those plans each month during your business meetings. “Many hands make the task easier.”
In previous newsletters, Tar Heel Knight and the Golden Plume, I have provided programs and guidance. In the coming months we will implement our New Coat program sweat pants and shirt program, basket bash, bingos, and holiday gift program. My VAVS Reps and Deputy Reps and I are available to provide guidance and assistance in communicating the needs of our Veterans. Please contact us and invite us to your monthly meeting. We will be glad to help.
The Fourth of July holiday is just around the corner. Remember the many sacrifices of those through the years that have given us our Independence. Try to find an opportunity to say thank you to our Military and Veterans.
The National Wheel Chair Games will be held in Orlando, Florida July 29-Aug 4th. Teams from the Fayetteville, Salisbury and Durham VA will be attending. The Veterans wish to express their thanks for providing the funding for their rooms and transportation that allow them to attend these games which are life changing therapy.
Veterans Helping Veterans Heal—Second annual VHVH golf tournament is a benefit event to help homeless Veterans in the Winston Salem area. Veterans Helping Veterans Heal (VHVH, Inc) is a 24 bed transitional housing facility for previously homeless male Veterans in Forsyth County. Please see attach flyer regarding the golf tournament to be held in September with the funds to be dedicated in support of this program. Your support and participation is requested.
No Veteran Dies Alone: I am looking for volunteers who are willing to provide comfort to a Veteran during his/her final hours on earth. Many of our Veterans do not have family members available to provide moral or spiritual support during this period. You will be trained by the VA Medical Staff as to how to handle and support this program at the VA Medical Center. Please let me know if you are interested. There is no greater service that you could provide these SPECIAL VETERANS.
Personal Donations to the VAVS Account: I have set up a special checking account for the VAVS Programs. 100% of your contributions goes directly to support our Veterans. You can use the following link:
Special VAVS Account: http://bit.ly/vetdonations
Councils and Assemblies should make their donations according to the following process: Make checks “PAYABLE” St. Francis of Assisi Assembly 3552.
MEMO: VAVS/Coats, Sweats etc…/Council #/Assembly #
Send to: SK Gerard (Jerry) Cucurullo
6208 Heacham Ct.
Raleigh, NC 27614
DONATIONS: Are in tremendous need at all VA Medical Centers and Health Care Centers.
- Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Dunkin Donuts, Lowe’s, Home Depot, I-Tunes etc….
- Coffee supplies (Styrofoam cups, sugar packets, Splenda packets, sugar free creams,
- Tickets to football games, basketball, baseball games, theaters and entertainment venues.
- Restaurant gift cards..Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, P.F. Chang’s, Jimmy Johns etc…
- Flowers weekly or monthly for hospice and Family Care (CLC)
VOLUNTEERS: There is a tremendous need within the VA system. “TIME is free but it is PRICELESS” The bad news is time flies, the good news is yours. Please share your time, talent, and treasure to improve the lives of Veterans. Our motto is: “Serving Those Who Served”.
I thank you on behalf of the Veterans for your contributions.
SK Thomas W. (Tom) DuPree Jr. PGK, PFN, VAVS Representative Durham VA North Carolina District VAVS Representative VA,
NC State Council Veterans Affairs and VAVS Chairman
St. Francis of Assisi Assembly # 3552 Faithful Navigator