To all incoming Grand Knights, Faithfull Navigators and their staffs:
Here are a dozen ways to a successful fraternal year – but only if done before June 30.
Vision begets great plans. This can be a theme, a mission statement, even a Biblical quotation. Then focus as many projects and programs through this lens.
Map out the route for the year.
• Include existing standing programs and special projects
• Have monthly, quarterly or annual effort that address vision statement items
• Account for National, State, District and local church priorities
• Adjust as needed during the year
Budget your time and resources.
• Establish the annual meeting and program calendar
• Consider fund raising as well as funds to spend
• Factor in civil holidays, church calendar, Columbian obligations
Staff the efforts with responsible leaders, workers and expectations.
Set requirements for the Good of the Order program and request religious program and project input from your priest and deacon.
Determine the heading and chart the course of the fraternal year, then get buy-in from the membership; use the official report as well as newsletters, bulletins and emails.
Draft a budget and distribute at or prior to the first meeting, ready for discussion.
Keep all meetings brief and on point by planning to use the agenda as a meeting time budget - do not overspend time as well as resources.
Lead not by words, but by example.
• Expect you or your designate to attend as many events as possible
• Use your name badge and the Color Corps presence to its fullest
Schedule your monthly, quarterly and annual reports, awards and audits early.
Provide praise and feedback at meetings and in emails.
Reflect on what was accomplished throughout the year with a final report to the membership on how well the goals were met. Remember: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is a little extra.”
One Hundred Forty-Four Sir Knights joined the Fourth Degree at the 45th Annual Exemplification of the Fourth Degree held at the Colony South Hotel & Conference Center in Clinton, MD. Join us in a photographic retelling of the day's events!
Sixteen Sir Knights joined the Fourth Degree at the 2015 Priests' Exemplification held at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, DC
"I am humbled and excited that we are able to welcome our Priests, and Brothers surrounded by the history here in the St. John Paul II Shrine," said District Master John Winfrey. "The presence and work of so many Sir Knights are a testament to our Order's strength and years of service to our Priests, Bishops, and to Holy Mother Church." "I offer a hearty welcome to our new Sir Knights," he added.
Two Assemblies from the Archdiocese of Washington District were recently presented with the prestigious Civic Award from the Supreme Council and the Supreme Assembly. Congratulations from Vice Supreme Master Richie Head were sent as District Master John Winfrey presented the awards to Fr. John T. Dewan Assembly #3047 and James Cardinal Hickey Prince of the Church Assembly #2534
The Civic Award is presented annually as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by Fourth Degree assemblies. Assemblies conducting a minimum of four different patriotic programs during the fraternal year are eligible for the Supreme Council Civic Award.
During the 2013-2014 fraternal year, 349 assemblies received the Civic Award. To be eligible, assemblies must complete and submit the Civic Award application to the Supreme Council office by June 30.
All assemblies are encouraged to achieve Civic Award status each and every fraternal year.