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FAQ About New 4th Degree Uniform

8/14/2017
Earlier this month, the Knights of Columbus board of directors unanimously voted to adopt a new uniform for the Fourth Degree. The decision was made with the good of the entire Order in mind. While we understand that some members may prefer the old regalia, the supreme master and vice supreme masters urge all Fourth Degree
members to put the good of the Order before any personal preference.
The board decided to make this move based on the following factors:
  • the aging of our Fourth Degree membership
  • the slow growth of the Fourth Degree (fewer than 20 percent of Knights are Fourth Degree members,
  • and only a fraction of that number even serve as honor guards)
  • consistent reports that the old regalia presented a barrier to Fourth Degree membership, especially
  •  among younger men
The following FAQ should answer many of the questions that have arisen concerning this change.
Q: Will the new uniform allow the use of ceremonial swords?
A: Yes. Ceremonial swords will continue to be part of the Fourth Degree. When swords are used, gloves 
should also be used. (see picture above).
Q: How will rank be distinguished?
A: Colored patches will be worn on the beret behind the Fourth Degree emblem as follows:
  • Dark Blue Supreme Master
  • Light Blue Vice Supreme Masters
  • Gold District Masters
  • White Faithful Navigators
  • Green District Marshals
  • Purple Color Corp Commanders
Those not holding office (who formerly wore red capes) will wear berets with no patch.
Q: Where can I buy the new unifom?
A: www.knightsgear.com

On Special at knights gear as of today 01Sep17
Regular price $510 - Special 25% discount until September 30, 2017: $382.50
Q: Will there be discounts offered on the new uniform?
A: Yes. The Order will subsidize the new uniform with a 25 percent discount offered to all members who order
the new uniform prior to Sept. 30, 2017.
Q: What if a member just purchased the old regalia?
A: Any member who purchased the old regalia after May 1, 2017, can submit their receipt along with 
their member number to regaliacredit@kofc.org. Information will then be sent to that member on how 
to receive a $200 credit toward the new uniform.
Q: Is the Order making money on the new uniform?
A: No, the uniform is being sold at (or sometimes below) our cost.
Q: Was the new uniform field tested prior to its release?
A: Yes. The new uniform was field tested by Fourth Degree members attending the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.
Q: Can the old regalia still be worn?
A: Yes, for a time. While the preference is for the new uniform wherever possible, the old regalia can still be
worn until the end of the current fraternal year (June 30, 2018). After that date, only the new uniform should 
be worn.
Q: Who made this decision?
A: The board of directors made this decision earlier this year after a three year period of testing and
discussion. In addition, changing the uniform/regalia was previously discussed with the vice 
supreme masters at the Supreme Assembly.
Q: Did members have input on this?
A: For years, supreme officers and directors have received comments from members and prospective 
members that the old regalia was a barrier to membership overall,
or to membership in the Fourth Degree.
Q: In what context should this change best be understood?
A: During the convention, the Good of the Order Committee stated:
“We commend all of the faithful  Sir Knights who have proudly worn 
the Fourth Degree regalia, bringing much respect to the Order. 
With the new Fourth Degree uniform, recently approved by the 
Board of Directors, this honor and  respect associated with
Sir Knights will remain, and it will open the door more widely for 
a new generation  to join their ranks. In a spirit of unity, let us 
assist with a smooth transition to this new uniform and encourage 
it to be worn with great dignity and pride.”

Assembly




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2017-2018 Calendar
                       



Sep 20             Business Meeting - St Anthony

Oct 11             Social Dinner - Blairsville/ Monet's Restaurant

Nov 11            Veterans Day Breakfast – St Anthony
Nov 15            Business meeting - St Francis

Dec 2               Christmas Parade – Copperhill
Dec 13            Christmas Party  / Dinner - Blue Ridge
Dec 16             Wreaths Across America

Jan 17             Business meeting - St Catherine

Feb 10             Neuter Clinic
Feb 21            Social Dinner – Blue Ridge

Mar                 ?

Apr 18            Business meeting - St Francis

May 16            Assembly Picnic - Horseshoe Bend Park

Jun 20             Business meeting - St Anthony - Elections

Jul 18              Officer Installation Dinner - TBA

Socials / Dinners                   Blue Ridge - 2            Blairsville – 2             Copperhill - 1
Business Meetings                 Blue Ridge – 2            Blairsville – 2             Copperhill - 1

Council Business Meetings               St Anthony     1st Wednesday
St Francis       2nd Thursday             6:30 pm


Assembly Business meeting             TBA                 3rd Wednesday          6 pm