Charity - Our Catholic faith teaches us to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Members of the Knights of Columbus show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives and donating the food to local soup kitchens and food pantries, by volunteering at Special Olympics, and by supporting, both spiritually and materially, mothers who choose life for their babies. Knights recognize that our mission, and our faith in God, compels us to action. There is no better way to experience love and compassion than by helping those in need, a call we answer every day.
Unity – None of us is as good as all of us. Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that – together – we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually. So we stick together…we support one another. That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion. It does mean that – as a Knight of Columbus – you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.
Patriotism – Members of the Knights of Columbus, be they Americans, Canadians, Mexicans, Cubans, Filipinos, Poles, or Dominicans, are patriotic citizens. We are proud of our devotion to God and country, and believe in standing up for both. Whether it’s in public or private, the Knights remind the world that Catholics support their nations and are amongst the greatest citizens.
Fraternity – The Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died – often prematurely. The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do individual Knights, who last year gave more than 10 million hours of their time to assist sick and/or disabled members and their families. In the Knights of Columbus, we watch out for and take care of one another.
Subject: COUNCIL ELECTIONS FRATERNAL YEAR 2021 -2022
In accordance with ChapterXlV - Laws Governing The Subordinate Council , Section 128, of the Charter Constitution Laws:
All officers, except the Financial Secretary, Lecturer and Chaplain, shall be elected annually, by ballot, at a regular business meeting held between the first day of May to and including the fifteenth day of June each year, and with the exception of the Trustees who shall serve for terms not to exceed three years as provided by KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 5l Section 145, said officers shall hold their offices for the term of one year, from the first day of July following, and until their successors are elected and qualified.
During Fraternal Year 2020-2021 the Supreme Council has allowed councils to waive or postpone Council Elections due to the Covid-I9 pandemic. As the Order has adapted to the challenges of the pandemic, all Councils are expected to have elections this fraternal year.
Given that our jurisdiction is currently in Alert Level5 and gatherings are restricted, Councils are encouraged to use online platforms such as ZOOM or the telephone to conduct their elections.