10/31/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect further details from the Supreme Master about how the Social Baldric will be used.
10/26/2017 UPDATE: This article was updated to reflect an update from the Supreme Master that the Social Baldric will continue to be used.
This will be our District's first Exemplification under the new Dress Rules. At the Maryland District exemplification there were a mix of members and candidates in tuxedos and suits. Tuxedos, particularly for candidates, are no longer required but certainly can be worn. The social baldric will continue to be used at Fourth Degree Exemplifications. The social baldric can be worn at any social event under a tuxedo jacket or under a suit jacket. The social baldric should be worn over a necktie and under the jacket. The social baldric will not be worn with the new uniform. The PG-113, Emblem of the Fourth Degree, pin is now the only pin to be worn for any Fourth Degree event whether on the New Uniform, a tuxedo, or a suit. Those PG-745-US, commonly called the combined national flag pin, are now relegated to your weekday or weekend suit or sport coat.
Supreme has extended the deadline for the 25 percent discount on ordering the new uniform to Oct. 31, 2017. Remember, you can only get the New Uniform at the KnightsGear.org and the uniforms will arrive some weeks or months in the future. There are over 2,000 uniforms on back-order at this time. The New Uniform is only required for Color Corps events but we would like to see many more Color Corpsmen added to our ranks so please get yours ordered as soon as possible.
The Vice Supreme Master, in a memorandum about the new uniform, stated that, “Those members having the official member regalia (the new uniform) will be placed in front of those in current regalia…” Here’s how we did this at the Sea Service Pilgrimage earlier this month.
Whoever is leading the formation (Marshal(s) or CCCs/VCCCs will be in front regardless of new or old uniform. Right after them will be those in the new regalia or uniform, in order or colors as we do with capes. Then follow those in the Old Regalia in order as we’ve done in the past. I would make an exception here if the Host Master was in Old Regalia, and place him right behind the Marshals or CCCs.
The Laws & Rules Governing the Fourth Degree and the Color Corps Drill Manual are being updated and will be distributed when complete.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming exemplification!
Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,
Worthy Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington District,
As many of you have heard, a new Fourth Degree Uniform was unveiled at the opening Mass of the 135th Supreme Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The uniform consists of a blue blazer with an embroidered Emblem of the Fourth Degree on the breast pocket, dark gray trousers, a black beret with the Emblem of the Fourth Degree above the left eye, a Fourth Degree tie, and the Fourth Degree pin (PG-113).
At the opening business session of the Convention, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson stated and showcased how the uniform had changed through the years, and that this is the new changed uniform. He also stated that the Color Corps Regalia will continue to be used on a limited basis at the Assemblies choosing for public and liturgical events to provide honor guards. Until the uniform becomes available to everyone, we will continue to use our previous Standard Regalia (Cape, Chapeau, Tuxedo), such as at the upcoming AMS Father Capodanno Memorial Mass. Beyond that, we will await further guidance from the Supreme Master and our Provincial Vice Supreme Master.
I will be the first to tell you, as a leader of Marines and your leader, that the rollout of this new uniform wasn’t perfect. But we must work with the facts that we have and move forward.
Certainly we may all have opinions about the new uniform, but we must not forget and continue to live by the guiding principles of our order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. These are why we exist, and regardless of any change, I am here to work on and within these principles and the spirit of Columbianism. I hope that you are, too! In today’s world, more than ever, we are needed by many: Family, Clergy, Youth, and the Holy Catholic Church. So, my hope is that you will continue to assist in these and our many Knightly areas, no matter what!
As I receive any additional information, I will pass it on.
Thank you for all that you do for the Knights of Columbus in general and for our Patriotic Degree in particular!
Fraternally and Patriotically,
Micheal W. Thumm, FDD, PGK, PFN
Colonel, USMC, Retired
Master, Archdiocese of Washington District
Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address On January 20, 1981:
Each one of those markers (At Arlington National Cemetery) is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.
Under one such marker lies a young man—Martin Treptow—who left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.
We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, "My Pledge," he had written these words: "America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."
The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.
And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bless you, and thank you.
Brothers of the District.
I wanted to drop you a note to wish you all a Blessed and Holy Christmas. During this time of the year we take stock of what our Lord and God has provided. All we have to do is look around and we see good friends, loved ones and family. What a blessing those gifts are. We also, during this time, look forward to the prospects of a new year. What does our Lord have in store for us this upcoming year? We have to ask what will be the good or the challenging, and how will we be touched. It is truly a Glorious time! I will tell you one of the most treasured gifts I have received is this District family, and the friendship I have with you, my Brother Knights. Many organizations call themselves brothers, but here in this group I know we mean it. We are a true family, pulling together for a greater good making this world a better place. Our mission, as Sir Knights, is focused on the Patriotic, but our Order has a much wider scope. That scope is to touch all God's people in a positive way. This is the true meaning of Christmas.
Here is my wish for you and your family: I pray that you in your own way find room to reach someone who is troubled during this Holy season. Remember this time of the year isn't always easy for many. Some, even within our own Knights family, find it difficult to see the hope that Christmas brings. Whether it be money issues, a loss of a family member, or just the challenges of life many struggle to realize that God has a plan for us. So with that here is my hope and wish for you. Reach out to a Brother Knight a neighbor, coworker, or friend and help them see this meaning of this season through you.
Lastly, and most importantly, I would also like to ask you remember those heroes of our Nation who are unable to be with their families, because that are protecting our freedoms around the world. Those men and women are providing us daily with the ultimate gift FREEDOM.
Our heavenly and most wonderful Creator, we humbly come before you with heavy hearts on behalf of our most precious Americans, our military soldiers. You ask that we trust in You to ask for those things that are not in our power to grant. You already know what we are going to ask, but we do so with love and respect for You are the ultimate granter of all prayers.
For Christmas we ask for protection for our soldiers. Our soldiers are lonely and away from their families and away from a nation they love with all their hearts. Give our soldiers peace in their hearts, peace of mind, bravery and courage to fight, protect them from harm. Help them to stay safe, go before them send their guardian angels to warn them of dangers when they are on patrol. Give them adequate rest, food, water, keep them whole in spirit and have them keep their eyes on You.
Provide good military leaders to guide and do what is right and safe for our soldiers. Provide our soldiers with equipment that work continually and not break down especially when they are kept down by those who want to destroy or ambush them. Give our soldiers extra sense from every danger lurking in the dark or around the corner. Provide them with extra strength and foresight to be alert at all times and ready for anything that is extraordinary.
Finally, protect and keep our soldier's families safe so that their loved ones do not worry about them when they are in battle. Give our soldiers time to write email or contact their families through phone calls or computers to at least be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus as a family unit. Give us victory very soon, please end these wars soon, and return your precious children back to live in our nation with their families. Keep the soldiers whole and protected from the dangers of outside forces. We are also asking for Your comforting love for the families of soldiers that have passed on during these two wars, and fast healing for those disabled in battles.
Also Dear Precious Lord, bless this nation from those Americans who want to destroy what You have built up in our Constitution. As our nation fights the depressed economy, bless those who want to find work to provide for their family. Keep this nation strong, safe, always to believe and trust in You, our most loving Creator and God. These things we ask in Your precious Son's name, Jesus. Amen........
May God Bless our Military, May God Bless you and your family, and May God Bless our great Nation
From John, Gloria, Mandy, Kassie, Rachel, Cynthia, and Anthony we wish you a very Merry and Holy Christmas, and a Blessed New year.
To the Faithful Sir Knights of the Archdiocese of Washington District
Brothers, late yesterday evening I received notice of the Master’s appointment. I am deeply honored with the opportunity to serve as Master for the next two years. It has truly been one of the most rewarding times of my life serving these last two years. Looking forward, I think our best is yet to come.
I want to thank both of my co-nominees SK Mike Thumm, and SK Mike Lynch. Your contribution to the District and the Order is well known and highly appreciated by myself as well as the Vice Supreme Master and the Supreme Master.
I also want to thank the dedicated brother Sir Knights who have served on the District team. You have provided the time and energy to begin the face lift of the 4th Degree. We have stated from the very beginning that we wanted to build an organization that is known as much for our good works as we are for our fine Color Corps. We will continue to build on that work while building on the finest Color Corps in the Order. I ask each member of the District team to reevaluate what we have done and what is still to do, and to further recommit yourself, as I have, to getting the job done. This is our opportunity to leave an indelible positive mark on our Order. At the end of this term, it is my hope that my successors will say we made a difference.
Most importantly, to the Faithful Navigators both past and current, THANK YOU. You will likely never know much I appreciate what you have done and will do. You are where the rubber meets the road when it comes to making a difference. Without you and your members none of what we have done, or will do, could be possible.
In conclusion, I want to re-state how honored I am to be re-appointed to be the Master of AWD. This is truly the finest group of people I have ever been associated with. You have my word that I will work to earn your support and loyalty.
Now Let Set Forth To Do The Great Work Laid Out For Us!
Fraternally Yours in Patriotic Service,
SK John F. Winfrey, FDD, PGK, PFN
Master of the Fourth Degree