District Master



Jack Murray

Worthy Sir Knights & Brothers,

Please join me to congratulate and welcome sixty-five new Brother Sir Knights to the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. Three Priests were also Exemplified to the Fourth Degree in this class. These new “Patriots” were Exemplified at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC on Saturday August 11, 2018. Once again, the Fourth Degree Exemplification TEAM performed in an outstanding manner. A very fine “thank you” is also due the host Assembly, George L. Gettier Assembly No. 780 of Charlotte. Under the direction of Faithful Navigator SK Charles Elgin, the Assembly has plenty of manpower “at the ready” and were very helpful in the prompt completion of all tasks. Thank you Brother Sir Knights! Please see three (3) pictures attached.

A special “Pass the Helmet” collection was held at the Fourth Degree Luncheon, that will result in $734.00 to be split among various Organizations to help Veterans.

Class picture from the 4th Degree Exemplification on August 11, 2018, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC

Three (3) Generations of the Brunner Family at the 4th Degree Exemplification: Grandpa SK Joe Brunner, Grandson & new SK Gavin Brunner and Father SK Mike Brunner.

Fr. Shinto Abraham received the honors of the 4th Degree prior to his return to India

The next Fourth Degree Exemplification is scheduled for Saturday November 17, 2018 hosted by Msgr. Christopher Dennen Assembly No. 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, NC. Please get the word out to all our Brother SK’s to “ASK” a Brother Knight to become a Fourth Degree Member. We hear all the time the same words “no one asked me”. Now more then ever we need Catholic men to join us as we continue to support our Church, Community and Country!

Looking ahead to future Exemplifications hopefully in the areas of Greensboro, Hendersonville and back to the East. If you wish for your Assembly to host a Fourth Degree Exemplification, please advise and we will meet to discuss.

Thank you for all your help and support as you continue your Programs in support of our Church, Community and Veterans across our State. It is very gratifying to hear of the many deeds accomplished by you, the Sir Knights and Assemblies! Again, thank you very much and please keep up the good work. You can also send a picture of your events to me and we will display them on the 4th Degree Website as well as in the Golden Plume as space permits.

Civic Award: Supreme has announced that during the 2017-2018 Fraternal Year, 449 Assemblies received the Civic Award. As soon as they arrive, we will present them to the winning Assemblies.

To Be A Patriot Award: Supreme recognizes three Programs annually for the To Be A Patriot Award, not necessarily 1st, 2nd or 3rd Place. Assembly 2431 of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., of our DeSoto Province was one of the winners. You can view the winning submissions on the Supreme Website.

To Be A Patriot Award N.C: Congratulations to Our Lady of LaSalette Assembly No. 3115 of Shallotte, NC, winners of the State To Be A Patriot Award. The winning submission can be viewed on the State website.

I have received an e-mail notice from the Supreme Master and his office personnel, regarding the Chain of Command that we must follow, similar to the Third Degree. Please do not e-mail or call the Supreme Master with questions that can be answered by any of the Assistant District Marshal’s, District Staff or me. You can call any one of us and if we do not know the answer, will get it for you. There is also information posted on the 4th Degree Website relative to Exemplifications, forms, etc.

Some very important tools in your tool kit as Faithful Navigator must be the Fourth Degree Rules and Regulations, 2017 Edition, (item # 1350) as well as a Knights of Columbus Protocol Handbook (item # 1612, dated 2/16). All FN’s should have a copy of each and read them carefully. You do not have to memorize them, however a working knowledge will come in very handy. Your Faithful Comptroller can order them both for you as well as the Color Corps Drill Manual.

We are receiving a lot of questions re: Color Corps and Uniforms. There are two (2) distinct groups that make up the Color Corps – the Color Guard and the Honor Guard. The Color Guard are the flag bearers with SK’s as guards and a Color Guard Commander. The Honor Guard are the Brother Knights standing in line at various Church functions, funerals, etc.

Another big question is relative to mixing the Uniform and Regalia. The Color Guard must all be the same – either the Uniform or Regalia, cannot be mixed. An Honor Guard must have SK’s wearing the new Uniform first in line, followed by SK’s in Regalia, SK’s in tuxedo with social baldric and SK’s in dark suits with social baldric, in that order. All Assemblies are encouraged to purchase the Fourth Degree Color Corps Drill Manual, item No 808 dated 1-18 from Supreme. This manual has a lot of general information relative to the Fourth Degree Protocol. Again, please do not be afraid to call or e-mail your questions – we want you to be correct in your public appearances.

There are still a number of Assemblies that have not updated the State Directory. There is a process for access to that Directory, which was recently e-mail blasted to all currently listed FN’s and FC’s. Please make every effort to update Assembly information ASAP. Your help with this matter is greatly appreciated.

District Marshal SK Paul L. Spire has requested retirement from his position as District Marshal. Paul has done an outstanding job for these past two years. We wish the best for him and Gena, especially with their growing family, 16 grandchildren! Good luck Brother Paul, you will be missed.

Sir Knight Jean Dion has been appointed as the new District Marshal and he has already fit right in and gone to work. SK Edward Rogosich has been appointed as an Assistant District Marshal Central for the middle of the State. Brother Ed has been Color Corps Commander for the State and his Assembly and brings a wealth of experience to the position. Best of luck to both SK’s Jean and Ed.

Brother Sir Knight’s we need your help! The Charlotte Diocese Eucharistic Congress will be held on Saturday September 8, 2018 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The day starts off with a procession of the Eucharist led by Sir Knights in Uniform and Regalia to the Convention Center and Adoration all day requiring an Honor Guard. There is a Mass at 4:15 PM requiring an Honor Guard and also Sir Knights escorting Priests to their Communion Stations. We are inviting Brother Sir Knights from the surrounding Assemblies, not necessarily just from the Charlotte Diocese, to assist in this great service and honor to our Church. Information will be posted to the 4th Degree website: www.kofcnc.org as to times, starting location and Adoration sign-up sheet. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation to make this a truly memorable event for all that attend.

Also – The annual Special Olympics Equestrian Tournament Opening Ceremonies will be held on Friday Sept. 28, 2018 at the Governor James B. Hunt Horse Complex. 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. ADM Ed Rogosich is asking for Brother SK’s to assist him with the Color Guard for the Opening Ceremonies.

There are also Special Olympics Events being held in Charlotte where the Assemblies are assisting by presenting the winners with their medals. The Faithful Navigators are in charge, your help needed. Thank you.

Thank you to all the Assemblies hosting Fourth Degree Assembly Installations, especially those hosting multiple Assembly Installations. Thank you for all your hospitality for the Fourth Degree District Staff, and their wives, as they performed the Installations and the repasts that followed.

This past month SK Robert J. Singer. PSD, FDM and FVSM passed away. He will be missed and our condolences to his wife Marge and family. Even after his term as VSM, SK Bob continued to serve our Military and Veterans through the Military Order of the Purple Heart, sending wounded soldiers and veterans home for the Christmas Holiday. May he rest in peace!

There are a couple of pictures:


Dates to Remember for September 2018:

  • • September 2 – V-J Day: Japan signed formal surrender (1945)
    • September 3 – Labor Day
    • September 9 – Grandparents Day
    • September 11 – Patriot Day & National Day of Service and Remembrance
    • September 14 – Star-Spangled Banner Written – (1814)
    • September 17 – U.S. Constitution Approved (1787)
    • September 18 – U.S. Air Force Established (1947)
    • September 21 – POW/MIA Recognition Day
    • September 30 – Gold Star Mothers 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
District Master


Tom DuPree

Greeting Grand Knights, Faithful Navigators, and Brothers All,

Vivat Jesus!

As we transition from summer to autumn, the needs of our Veterans are changing.  In my July/August newsletters, I pointed out the major programs that need our support.  Hopefully, in your budget you have made the commitments to support these programs.  On behalf of our Veterans, VA Medical Centers and USO-NC, I want to express their appreciation for your support.

Worthy GK and FN, I hope you have had the opportunity to meet and discuss the combine efforts of both your Council and Assembly as required to support the Veterans Affairs and the VAVS Programs.  Request that you appoint a Sir Knight in your Council and Assembly to share and communicate on a monthly basis during your meetings.  Under the Council agenda, under Fourth Degree the FN or his representative should share information on activities and needs from the Assembly.  This is important that communication is working both ways in order to successfully meet our objectives.

I want to thank each of you for the opportunity to represent and our State at the Supreme Convention in Baltimore.  There I had the opportunity to meet Colonel Charles Gallina, USMC/RET, our National Rep for the VAVS Program and Veterans Affairs.  He acknowledged the great works that we in NC are doing in support of our Military and Veterans.  His main concern was the lack of documentation for the programs and assistants that you provide.  It is important for us to document.  We accomplish this through our VAVS Rep and Deputy Reps PLUS the end of your report (NC VAVS Report) due January 15th of each year.  Any questions on how to complete your documentation, please contact me.

The Veterans have returned from the National Wheel Chair Games in Orlando, Fl.  We sent 18 athletes from three VA Medical Centers.  Many medals were won but more importantly, the athletes shared their feelings of being “normal”.  When they saw others worse off, they realized they too can do it!  Your donations paid for rooms, transportation and shipment of their equipment.  A total of 779 Veterans attended this year’s games with over 2,000+ volunteers to assist these Veteran athletes.  Next year games are in Louisville, Kentucky.

Leadership:  I am looking for Deputy VAVS Rep for the Fayetteville, Durham and Salisbury Medical Centers.  The task involves communicating the needs of our Veterans at these facilities to the Councils/Assemblies in their areas.  If interested, please contact me for more information.  The job position is very rewarding and truly worth your time.

Needs:   Sweat pants and shirts are desperately needed at all four Medical Centers.  Men’s boxer briefs, color tee shirts, women sports/comfort bras (on piece construction-no metal) are also needed.  Casual pants are needed too.  Gift cards truly help all Medical Centers.  They are used to purchase food for a final meal in the Hospice Unit, to take Veterans out for a special treat from the Community Living Center as well as so many other things.

Volunteers:  There is a tremendous need within the VA system for volunteers to assist the Staff and Veterans in their daily activities.  They especially need drivers to transport Veterans to and from the Medical Centers for their appointments.  Vehicles are provided.  You– provide your valuable time.  If interested contact your local VA Medical Center, Chief of Voluntary Services if you are interested.

No Veterans Dies Alone:  Looking for Volunteers who are willing to provide comfort to a Veteran during his/her final hours.  Many of our Veterans do not have family members to provide moral and spiritual support during this time.  You will receive special training.  “There is no greater service…!”


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, Past Faithful Navigator