My Brother Sir Knights,
I am very honored and humbled to have been selected as the new Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District. My assignment is for one year as I will complete the term of soon to be Former Master Micheal Thumm as he and Lady Patti assume the duties of Vice Supreme Master of the Calvert Province.
I am certain that all of you join with me in congratulating Mike for a most successful three years and for his leadership through sometimes difficult situations, as well as wishing him every success as he transitions into his new role.
Mike has said that he won't be far away and we all can be thankful that we will have his knowledge and experience close at hand.
For my part, I am looking forward to working with each of you. I have come to know and respect the vast knowledge and experience accumulated in this District and seek to draw upon your individual resources and collective council as we move forward.
Worthy Master Thumm has left this District in very strong and stable position. Membership recruiting is active and patriotic programs continue to thrive and grow. I intend to build on these strong foundations, and with your assistance move forward in service to all who request our help. Our challenge is to use our resources, which are sometimes limited, to the best of our abilty. This task falls squarely on us as leaders.
May God bless you and your family and the United States of America
Our Father, Our Faith, Our Flag
Joseph M. Feakes
Archdiocese of Washington District
I am pleased to announce that Sir Knight Micheal W. Thumm, Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District has been appointed as the Vice Supreme Master of the Calvert Province. His term will begin on September 1, 2019.
Please feel free to congratulate Mike and Lady Pattie on his new position.
Wayne S. Freet, PSD, FM
Vice Supreme Master
Worthy Sir Knights and Color Corps members,
The past few months have been a difficult time as we transition from one uniform standard to another. I am well aware that many of you, whether you have been color corps in the past or not, for personal reasons, have decided not to purchase the new uniform. I respect your reasons, and I encourage those who have not yet decided to make the purchase, to carefully consider your choice and continue your active participation in the Fourth Degree Color Corps.
For previous Color Corps members who have decided not to make the transition, I know that I can speak for our order that the Knights of Columbus, its members, and the countless men, women, children, churches, communities, and families will be forever grateful for your prayerful dedication and active participation as members of the Color Corps.
The opportunities to "step up and step out " as Fourth Degree Knights are unique to the Archdiocese of Washington District. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Matthew's Cathedral, The Saint John Paul ll Shrine, Columbus Day at Union Station, Red Mass, White Mass, ordinations are but a few, and the list goes on.
Our order was founded on service. We, as Knights of Columbus, especially as Fourth Degree, are charged with fulfilling the obligations we have taken. We are the most visible element of our order. Please do not allow the issues with the uniform transition to in any way disrupt continued conduct of the many patriotic programs already in place. I strongly encourage you to maintain and expand these events. I ask that every Fourth Degree member remain as active as possible in the many activities we sponsor, and seriously consider the Fourth Degree Color Corps as another opportunity to outwardly express our commitment to Patriotism.
My commitment is, as I hope it is also one you share, to remain the "Strong right arm of the Church"
Thank you for your service,
Please share this with your assembly membership.
Fraternally and Patriotically,