At the directive of the Supreme Knight, the Supreme Master, the Vice Supreme Master and in consultation with the District Master, the following is the policy on the wearing of lapel pins on the Fourth Degree uniforms in the Archdiocese of Washington:
The Supreme Knight has directed that we present an image of One Uniform, One Ceremonial, and One Drill Manual. The PG-113 pin contains our patriotic colors of Red, White, and Blue, and wherever we go for ceremonials, there is a U.S. Flag present for us to show proper respect and pride! We will forever continue to do so.
This lapel pin policy ensures uniformity no matter where we turn out or for what event. But, I will keep the other pin that I am not wearing, and a U.S. Flag pin in my pocket on a piece of cardboard or paper, so that they are available, and I hope that you will, too!
Micheal W. Thumm, FDD, PGK, PFN
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Master, Archdiocese of Washington District
To our Immediate Former Master, Sir Knight John F. Winfrey:
For four years
This Sir Knight has stood the watch
While some of us were in our bunks at night
This Sir Knight stood the watch
While some of us were busy with other activities
This Brother Knight stood the watch
Many times he would cast an eye into the congregation and see his family standing there
Needing his guidance and help
Needing that hand to hold during those hard times
But he still stood the watch
He stood the watch for four years
He stood the watch so that we, our families and
Our fellow Knights could sleep soundly, Each and every night
Knowing that our Master of the highest integrity stood the watch
Today we are here to say
'Worthy Immediate Former Master’... the watch stands relieved
Relieved by those You have trained, Guided, and Led.
My Brother Knight, you stand relieved… we have the watch..."
Congratulations, and thank you for your outstanding service!
(Adapted from Goat Locker, “The Watch”)
Master of the Archdiocese of Washington
It is with great pride I announce the appointment of our new Master. I received an email this evening from the Worthy VSM informing me that SK Mike Thumm has been appointed to the position of Master of the 4th degree.
Mike brings a background of leadership and organizational skills that will only enhance already proud name of our district.
Mike and his team will be working with me, and the current team to insure a smooth transition. Mike will officially take office on 1 Sept. Until then please copy both Mike and I on all communications.
This is indeed a proud moment for us as a District. Please join me in congratulating Mike and Patti, and wish them only success as they lead our great district into the future.
SK Col. Charles H. Gallina, USMC (Ret), KHS, PSD, FVSM, FDD, PGK-C, PFN-C - our honoree for the 46th Annual Exemplification of the Fourth Degree - speaks to Catholic TV about the Knights of Columbus Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage.
The Knights of Columbus, animated by its core principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, has a long history of serving the military. Its celebrated Army Hut program provided hospitality for members of the military throughout Europe during the First World War. Since then, the Knights has helped sponsor war relief activities, education programs for veterans and sponsorship programs for military chaplains, in addition to providing Catholic spiritual resources for military members and a steady stream of volunteers to the more than 135 VA medical centers. More recently, the Knights has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation by providing funding to help complete the construction of computer equipped custom smart homes for severely wounded heroes.
To learn more about the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, or to make a donation, please visit WarriorsToLourdes.com
Due to a rush of registrations (and procrastination), the deadline for Candidates and Sir Knights registering for the Exemplification of the 4th Degree has been extended to Saturday, March 19th. Registration will close at 11:00pm
For more information about the Exemplification, please visit our Exemplification Information page. Sir Knights and Candidates can quickly, safely, and securely register and pay through our Exemplification Online Registration page.