The 49th exemplification of the Patriotic Degree held at St. Mary of the Mills Church in Laurel, Maryland on June 16th, 2018 was deemed a great success by District Master SK Col. Micheal W. Thumm, USMC (Ret). The exemplificaiton, held in honor of Immediate Former Master SK John Winfrey and the State Warden-Elect of the Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus, welcomed 115 new Sir Knights into the 4th Degree of the Order of the Knights of Columbus. The event was followed by a luncheon featuring musical interludes by the J. Kemp Cook Choir and speeches by local Columbian dignitaries.
Due to the forecast of accumulating snow on Saturday in Olney, Maryland, the Master of the Fourth Degree has postponed the April 7th Exemplification to a date and venue to be determined between now and June 30th. The Master and his staff will work with people to see if they can make the new date, and if not, will work on refunds, as appropriate.
It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honoree for the 49th District Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been named.
Immediate Former Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District, SK John Winfrey will be the Honoree at the April 7th Exemplification. SK Winfrey will be recognized for his accomplishments for the Archdiocese of Washington District. Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington Districct are kindly asked to join the Master and Former Master at the 49th Exemplification which will take place at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD. Registration for the exemplification and lunchon may be made online.
For more information about SK John Winfrey, please click here to read his biography page.
After several months of review, deletions, and additions the new Fourth Degree Color Corps Drill Manual has been revised and approved by the Orders Board of Directors February 2, 2018.
Additionally, effective February 2, 2018 the Supreme Master has instructed the supply department that copies of the old drill manual are no longer to be distributed.
While the initial printing of 10,000 copies is processed and makes its initial distribution to Vice Supreme Masters, District Masters, Faithful Navigators, Supreme Officers and State Deputies, a digital copy has been made available for Sir Knights on the Supreme Council's Website.
Physical copies of the Drill Manual are available for order by Faithful Navigators and Faithful Comptrollers from the supply catalog and the Supplies Online store accessed through the Officers Online Portal. The new Drill Manual supply catalog number is 808 1-18.
Please do not call and ask for additional copies for team members or assistant Marshals as my office will not process any orders.
Sir Knights, and especially members of the Color Corps are encouraged to read and heed.
It has been announced by the Master of the Archdiocese of Washington 4th Degree District, SK Col. Micheal Thumm (USMC-Ret), that the Honoree for the 48th District Exemplification of the Patriotic Degree of the Knights of Columbus has been named.
Former Supreme Warden, Past State Deputy of the District of Columbia, and Former Master of the Archdiocese of Washington District, SK George W. Hanna will be the Honoree at the October 28th Exemplification. SK Hanna will be recognized for his accomplishments most recently as Supreme Warden, and as President of the DC Knights Charities, which raised enough money to recently donate 116 wheelchairs to the DC VA Medical Center to greatly assist our veterans. Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington Districct are kindly asked to join the Master and Former Supreme Warden Hanna at the 48th Exemplification which will take place at Nativity Church in Washinton, DC. Registration for the exemplification and lunchon may be made online.
SK Hanna George W. Hanna has served the Knights of Columbus with distinction since joining the Order in 1981 and has held various council and assembly positions including Faithful Navigator of Washington Assembly #151, Grand Knight of Bishop Patrick Byrne Council #3877, District Master of the Archdiocese of Washington Fourth Degree District from 1996-2000, District Deputy in the District of Columbia, State Deputy of the District of Columbia from 1993-1995; and is a current member of St. Thomas Moore Council 11578 and James Cardinal Hickey Prince of the Church Assembly #2534 in Washington, DC
After 25 years of employment with the U.S. Postal Service, George W. Hanna joined the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office staff first as a Regional Program Consultant from 2000 -2004, then as the Director, Vice President, and then Senior Vice President of Fraternal Services, and was elected Supreme Warden by the Board of Directors on November 2, 2012.
George and his wife Yvonne are the proud parents of three grown children.