Worthy Sir Knights of the Fourth Degree
The latest information sent to me from the Supreme Master Dennis Stoddard on October 24, 2017, the social baldric will be continued to be used at ALL Fourth Degree Exemplifications. All candidates will be issued the Social baldric and Fourth degree pin. The Social baldric can be worn under the tuxedo jacket or dark suit jacket. Officially....as in the guidelines outlined in the current Fourth Degree Color Manual, approved by vote of the Board of Directors issued October 4, 2008, that still apply to this date..... However the new revised edition has not been published and its date of changes, have not been announced. Therefore continue to follow all of the current Drill Manual guidelines and wait for further instructions.
I.... add in this change.... as Master of the Third New York District.....that, for active Color Corps Members....the lapel pin for ALL COLOR CORPS MEMBERS.... be the Fourth Degree Pin with the American Flag above the Dove( LPUS-U.S.Lapel Pin), found in the Lynch and Kelly Catalog. I take FULL responsibility for its display wearing in regalia only. The American Flag has it's proper place on the Patriotic Degree....and it is to be worn ...with pride and respect.... on the left lapel of an officer of the Color Corps. If any member of the Fourth Degree has a problem with this, please contact me.
There has been much controversy over this wearing the American Flag Pin, and ....now, more than ever, we MUST defend the support and the patriotism to the Flag of our Nation.... The Constitution it stands for ....... and most of all the allegiances to the Flag of our Nation.
If you have ANY concerns on this matter, by all means contact me.
I would like to Congratulate the 30 new Sir Knights that joined the Fourth Degree in the Excellent Ceremony in South Glens Falls, New York on October 7, 2017. Coming from Eight Assemblies from across the Third NY District, increased the membership of the highest Degree in our Order. These Sir Knights add valuable knowledge and manpower to support and provide guidance to the Catholic faith and to the parishes they support.
The next Fourth Degree Exemplification will be held in Binghamton, NY in the month of May. I urge that all Knights be a part of this celebration..... for it may be the last of its kind because of the changes coming to our Order. As the news has been announced....the uniform .....and the manner of its application to the K of C Color Corps, is being changed..... with the hope to bring us more members. But, also.... to arouse a more comment of faith and duty to our principal values we are bound to....Charity, Unity, Fraternity and most of all Patriotism. I have my doubts about the goals Supreme on this matter of changing tradition, however....in these extreme times of fear of change, and the hope of trying something to inspire new hope, to enlighten those who chose to sit on the sideline and waiting for someone else to do what they don't.....is what must be challenged , or at least, be attempted. To say....."someone else can do it ....or I don't want chance." ...is unacceptable. We must EVOLVE.....with acceptations.
As we approach Advent, keep in mind....Our duty to Christ, and the teachings HE has giving us. Look forwarded to lending your talents and efforts....to providing the Gospel, with the support to our Priests..... and being the example of a leader to your parish community....and that.... of a Catholic Gentleman you are.
vi vat Jesus
Alan V Burke, MFD
Third New York District
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR NEW SIR KNIGHTS
MASTER 3 DISTRICT
ALAN V. BURKE
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