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Knights of Columbus

St. Gregory Council 6700
Grand Knight Patrick Valentine
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 Announcement

Council 6700 received their charter from the Supreme Council on June 1, 1975. The council has met at St. Michael’s since its inception, at first at the school and presently at the Parish Center. During the council’s first year of LAMB they collected $2,968.00. The best year was 1991 when $21,728.00 was collected. The total council collections through 2010 is well over $400,000.00.

The council’s first major council activity was the restoration of St. Joseph’s Church in Mt. Holly. St. Joseph is the oldest Catholic Church in the state and had not been occupied for many years. Members refurbished gravesites and other Church related properties. After the work was completed the Bishop held a Mass at the church. Since then Council 11076 has been keeping the Church in repair. On June 1, 2010 the council celebrates its 39th anniversary. The St. Gregory Council is located at St Michael’s Church, at 708 St. Michael Lane in Gastonia, N.C. The Grand Knight for 2016/17 is SK Patrick Valentine and you can contact him at Contact Us.

Business meetings are held the 1st Monday of the month at 7:30pm in the Parish Center at St. Michael’s Catholic Church located at 708 St. Michaels Lane, Gastonia, NC and our monthly socials are held on the  3rd Saturday of each month following the 5 PM Mass in the same place as the business meeting.

The Knights of Columbus is a charitable, fraternal organization of Catholic men, 18 or older. The main characteristics are charity both in terms of dollars and time, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Knights of Columbus is the worlds largest lay Catholic family service organization. As their forebears did more than a century ago, today’s Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their live, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good
News of the Gospel.

Although the Order is a “can-do” organization, its scopes and the role it plays on the world stage surprise people. They are amazed to learn that in the year 2000 Knights the world over combined to give more than 57 million hours of volunteer service and more than $116 million to a wide range of Church, community and charitable activities and programs. This was a record in both categories dating from the time statistics were first kept in 1977.

Most recently, through its $1.3 million Heroes Fund, the Knights of Columbus granted $3,000 to the families of each of the fire fighters, law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. The aid was given immediately – the first check was hand- delivered just days after the tragedy – and regardless of faith or membership in the Order.

In the wake of the tragedy too the Order established an annual “Blue Mass” in honor of law enforcement, fire and emergency service personnel – those “Everyday Heroes” who risk their lives in service to our communities.

Examples of what the Knights do – day in and day out – abound. For example, the Order funds the satellite uplinks necessary to broadcast papal messages and ceremonies, especially at Christmas and Easter, throughout the world. The Knights paid the cost of the restoration of façade of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Order financed the restoration of the Maderno Atrium which leads to the Holy Door that is opened by the pope at the beginning of a Holy Year – the most recent being Jubilee 2000 held to usher in the third Christian millennium.

The Holy Father also receivers each year a contribution from the Order for his personal charities. The contribution comes from the interest earned on the $20 million Vicarius Christi (Vicar of Christ) fund. Each year the interest earned from this fund is presented to the pope. Since it was established in 1982 nearly $30 million has been provided to His Holiness.

The World Youth Days celebrated by the Holy Father every two years since 1987 have benefited from major funding and participation by the Order. At the World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002 the Reconciliation site in Duc in Altum Park was sponsored by a $1 million gift from the Knights of Columbus.

Description of the Officers’ Responsibilities

Chaplain: (Appointed) The Chaplain is appointed by the Grand Knight in accordance with any rules established by the bishop of the diocese to serve as the Council Chaplain. The Chaplain is the spiritual advisor of the council. He is graciously requested to make a report at council meetings on religious matters.

Grand Knight: (Elected) The Grand Knight is elected by the membership. The Grand Knight is responsible for the welfare of the council. He presides over council meetings, acts as an ex-officio member of all committees, appoints a membership and program directors, convenes officers for a monthly meeting, and ensures all necessary reports are submitted to the State and Supreme Council. He should also be aware of the council’s financial status and ensure that his signature appears on all checks drawn.

Deputy Grand Knight: (Elected) The Deputy Grand Knight is elected by the membership. The Deputy Grand Knight is second in command. He assists the Grand Knight with council affairs and fulfills all duties assigned to him by the Grand Knight. Should the Grand Knight be absent from a council meeting, the Deputy Grand Knight will preside over the meeting. He serves as chairman of the council’s Retention Committee.

Chancellor: (Elected) The Chancellor is elected by the membership. The Chancellor has a variety of responsibilities. Primarily, he assists the Grand Knight and the Deputy Grand Knight in the execution of their duties and oversees the council in both their absences. He is charged with strengthening the members’ interests in council activities. The chancellor is chairman of the admissions committee.

Warden: (Elected) The Warden is elected by the membership. The Warden is the “watchdog” for the council property and degree paraphernalia, except the property of the financial secretary, treasurer, and the recorder. He is also responsible for setting up the council chambers for meeting and ceremonial work. during ceremonial exemplification, he will appoint and supervise guards.

Recorder: (Elected) The Recorder is elected by the membership. The Recorder is similar to a court reporter or a secretary. He is responsible for maintaining a true record of all actions of the council and it’s correspondance.  A Recorder’s Minutes Book (#1403) is available form the Knights of Columbus Supply Department for keeping a record of council meetings.

Advocate: (Elected) The Advocate is elected by the membership. The Advocate is the legal representative of the council and serves as the council’s attorney at trials and investigations of any interest to the council. While he does not need to be a member of the legal profession, he should be familar with the council’s By-Laws, the Order’s Charter, Constitution and Laws, Method of Conducting a Council Meeting, and Roberts Rules of Order.

Financial Secretary: (Appointed) The financial secretary is appointed by the Supreme Knight, upon recommendation of the council. His main area of responsibilities is maintaining all financial and membership records. He collects and receives all moneys from all sources, including annual dues from council members. He also handles supply orders for the council officers and members, filing the Report of Officers, and submitting all membership transactions to the Supreme Council.

Treasurer: (Elected) The Treasurer is elected by the membership. The treasurer is responsible for the safekeeping and maintaining records of all council funds and accounts. He is responsible for depositing money into the council’s accounts and provides a certificate of such monies to the Grand Knight. He is also responsible for payment of all expenses.

Lecturer: (Appointed) The Lecturer is appointed by the Grand Knight. The Lecturer provides both educational and entertaining programs to the council. He is responsible for the “Good of the Order” portion of council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and educational programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all council programming.

Inside and Outside Guards: (Elected) Both Guards are elected by the membership. The guards have similar responsibilities, but distinct differences. The Outside Guard tends to the outer door admitting visitors and members to the inner door. Once at the inner door, the Inside Guard checks to make sure that their membership cards are current.

Board of Trustees: The Grand Knight serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Trustees are made up of
(1) a Trustee for 3 Years,
(2) a Trustee for 2 Years, and
(3) a Trustee for 1 Year.

The Trustees oversee the work of the Financial Secretary and Treasurer, and with the Deputy Grand Knight serve on the council’s Retention Committee.

Trustee for 3 Years): (Elected) The Past Grand Knight is customarily nominated as the Trustee for 3 years, while the Trustee for two years is customarily the previous Trustee for 3 years, and the Trustee for one year is customarily the previous Trustee for 2 years. During council elections, only the three-year trustee is voted on.

BY-LAWS
Knights of Columbus
Saint Gregory Council No. 6700
Gastonia, North Carolina

Adopted January 3, 2008
BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I

Section 1. This Council shall be known as St. Gregory Council No. 6700, Knights of Columbus.

Sec. 2. The initiation fee shall be $20.00 and for Priests and religious it shall be nil. One-half of the initiation fees shall accompany the application but it shall be refunded if the applicant is rejected.

Sec. 3. Each member shall pay annual dues, the same to be payable quarterly in advance at the first regular meeting in January, April, July and October. The annual dues of members shall be set by the Council form time to time with 60 days notice of any proposed change of dues required to be given before the change can be voted upon and become effective, excepting honorary members who shall pay $9.00, and honorary life members who shall pay nothing. Except as above stated, the dues of associate and insurance members shall be the same.

Sec. 4. The officers shall receive annual compensation, payable in quarterly installments at the end of each quarter, as follows: Financial Secretary: From the council an amount equal to eight percent of the moneys collected on account of dues from both insurance and associate members, payable in quarterly installments at the end of each quarter.

ARTICLE II – Elections

Section 1. The annual election of officers shall take place at a regular meeting held between May 15 to and including June 15. (Not less than two months before the annual election the Grand Knight shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three who shall prepare a slate of candidates for the elective council offices. This slate shall be presented to the council not later than the regular business meeting preceding the meeting at which annual elections are to take place. Other nominations may be made from the floor and nominations may not be closed until the election meeting has convened and the members are ready to ballot.)

Sec. 2. The election of officers shall be by ballot. A majority of all the votes cast shall be necessary to elect; except that where several of equal degree are to be chosen, a majority shall not be necessary, but all shall be voted for on one ballot and no ballot containing names of more or less candidates than there are such offices to be voted for shall be counted, and those receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected in the order of the number of votes received.

Sec. 3. The Grand Knight shall appoint two members to act as Tellers. After all who are entitled to do so have voted, the ballot shall be declared closed and the Tellers shall then proceed to count the votes in full view of the Council. One of the Tellers shall examine each ballot singly and pass the same to his associate, who shall read aloud the name or names written or printed on all legal ballots. The Recorder shall tally the same and the results thereof shall be announced by the presiding officer.

Sec. 4. Each officer elected must qualify and fill the office to which he is chosen, with or without installation, at the first regular meeting in the month of July succeeding this election, unless excused by a vote of the Council, and must present himself for installation at the time specified in the notice issued by or though the State Deputy or District Deputy, unless excused by such officer. Otherwise such office shall be considered vacant.

Sec. 5. Vacancies in elective offices shall be filled, after notice to the members, by election at the regular business meeting next succeeding the regular meeting at which the vacancy was created.

ARTICLE III – Officers

Section 1. Only members who are in good standing and who have been initiated in the first three Degrees of the Order shall be eligible to hold office in this Council. No member shall hold more that one office at the same time.

Sec. 2. The elective officers shall be as follows: Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, Chancellor, Recorder, Treasurer, Advocate, Warden, Inside Guard, Outside Guard (two Outside Guards may be elected) and Board of Trustees.

Sec. 3. The appointive officers shall be as follows: Financial Secretary, Lecturer, Chaplain and Organist.

The Financial Secretary shall be appointed by the Supreme Knight.

The Chaplain shall be selected by the Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight and Board of Trustees in accordance with any rules established by the Bishop of the Diocese. The Grand Knight shall select the Lecturer and Organist.

Sec. 4. At the last regular business meeting in June of each year the Council shall determine the amount of the bond to be given by the Treasurer and Financial Secretary in addition to the bond furnished by the Supreme Council, and the Treasurer and Financial Secretary shall not take office or be installed or receive any money or property of the Council until they have furnished such bond and the same has been approved by the Board of Trustees. The premium on said bond shall be paid by the Council.

Sec. 5. The Council Officers shall perform the duties required of them by the Laws and Rules of the Order and these By-Laws and such other duties as the Council may direct.

Sec. 6. Except when notice of applications shall be published as provided by Section 110 of the Laws and Rules, it shall be the duty of the Grand Knight, as early as practicable before each regular meeting, to file wit the Recorder a list of candidates to be balloted upon at such meeting.

Sec. 7. At the end of each semiannual period the Board of Trustees shall met and audit the several books of this Council and shall in each January and July make a full report of their findings, including the receipts and disbursements of the moneys of this Council for the previous semiannual period, the balance on hand to the credit of each of the various funds at the end of each semiannual period, and the assets and liabilities of this Council. The Grand Knight shall issue the call for such meeting of the Board of Trustees.

Sec. 8. Where a member ipso facto forfeits his membership the Grand Knight and Financial Secretary shall immediately notify the Supreme Secretary of such forfeiture and shall immediately send notice in writing to the member, including the date and reason therefore. In those cases relating to ipso facto forfeiture for failure to pay council dues, such notice shall not be sent to the Supreme Secretary or to the member until after an officer or a member of the Retention Committee shall contact the member and endeavor to have him retain his membership.

Sec. 9. The Recorder shall file all reports in a filing book to be provided for that purpose and the same shall be preserved as a part of the records of this Council.

ARTICLE IV – Meetings

Section 1. Regular business meetings of the Council shall be held on the first Monday each month at 7:30 PM. The second meeting each month will be on the third Saturday at 6:30 PM. Twelve members shall constitute a quorum at business meetings.

Sec. 2. All meetings of the Council shall be presided over by the Grand Knight, who will ascertain from the Warden if all present are possessed of the current membership card.

Sec. 3. The order of business and procedure at regular business meetings of this Council shall conform to Section 125 of the Laws of the Order. (See inside back cover.)

Sec. 4. Special business meetings shall be convened as follows: By vote of the Council at a preceding regular business meeting; by direction of the Grand Knight; by the Grand Knight upon the written request of seven members, which request shall state the object of the meeting. Due notice of special business meetings and their purpose shall be given to each member in the usual way and no other business shall be transacted at any such meeting.

Sec. 5. The following shall be the order of business and procedure at special business meetings:
1. Call to Order.
2. Warden’s Report on Membership Card.
3. Prayer.
4. Roll Call of Officers.
5. Opening Ode.
6. Special Order of Business.
7. Prayer.
8. Closing Ode.

Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of all officers to attend each meeting of the Council. In case of inability to any officer to attend a meeting, due notice shall be given to the Grand Knight and arrangements made to have all necessary books and papers in the possession of such officer at the meeting. If a Chair Officer is absent from a meeting, the presiding officer shall designate a member to act for him. If an elected officer, without reasonable excuse approved by the Grand Knight, is absent from three consecutive regular business meetings, the Grand Knight may report this fact to the District Deputy for such action under Section 92(b) of the Laws of the Order as the District Deputy deems appropriate.

Sec. 7. In the absence or inability of the Grand Knight the Deputy Grand Knight shall preside and he shall execute all of the duties of the Grand Knight. In the absence of the Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight the duty of presiding devolve on the other officers of the Council in the order in which they are named in Section 126 of the Laws or the Order.

Sec. 8. If any meeting shall fall on a legal holiday said meeting shall be held the following day unless the Council, by vote at a previous business meeting, annuls such meeting or fixes a different date for such meeting within the month for which it is scheduled.

ARTICLE V – Balloting for Candidates

Section 1. The Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight shall privately inspect the ballot box, both before and after the ballot, and the former shall announce the result. Balloting of candidates shall be in charge of the Warden who shall distribute ballots to all members present. He shall place the ballot box on the salutation table and take his place six feet therefrom. He shall then request that all officers vote and after they have voted, he shall request the members to vote. They shall advance in single file and deposit their ballots, but no member shall pass the Warden until the member preceding him has voted. After all who desire to do so have voted, the Warden shall exhibit the ballot box to the Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight and they shall count the votes. If the number of negative ballots cast does not exceed one-half of the members present, the applicant shall be declared elected, otherwise rejected. The exact number of negative ballots shall not be stated. If more than one candidate is to be balloted for at a meeting, the Grand Knight may announce that the first ballot shall be a general one upon all the candidates, and that if not more than one-half of those present shall cast negative ballots upon such general ballot no other ballots shall be taken. If such announcement is made, and not more than one-half negative are cast upon said general ballot, all candidates so balloted for shall be declared elected. If more than on-half negative ballots are cast upon said general ballot, then an individual ballot shall be taken on each candidate.

ARTICLE VI – Committees

Section 1. In addition to the Committees provided for in the Laws and Rules of the Order, the following Service Program Directors shall be appointed:

(a) Program Director whose goal will be the direct involvement and personal commitment of the council and membership in a program that will establish the Knights of Columbus as truly a Catholic, family, fraternal, service organization.

(b) Membership Director to have supervision of a comprehensive program of recruitment and retention of his council.

(c) Director of Church Activities to promote a program that will enable the membership to respond to the constant call for the active participation of the laity in the work of the Church.

(d) Director of Community Activities whose responsibility it will be to make the council aware of its life within the community and to develop programs that will bee of service to the community.

(e) Director of Council Activities who will be concerned with the promotion of brotherhood through athletic, cultural and social programs. Additionally, he will be responsible for the development of public relations in the council and for overseeing Council Communications of, but not limited to, Council; web-site, newsletter, bulletin announcements, bulletin boards and any other publication put out by the Council with the final approval of the Grand Knight or his designated Knight.

(f) Director of Youth Activities to provide the youth in the community with the means and the opportunity to become personally committed and involved in meeting the challenges of our times. He will also be responsible for the promotion of the Order’s junior organization, the Columbian Squires.

(g) Director of Family Life Activities to promote activities and programs within the Council that would strengthen and support the family life of its members.

(h) Such other Committees as may be required by these by-laws.

Sec. 2. Except as herein provided, all Committees shall be appointed by the Grand Knight and the first person named on the Committee shall act as Chairman thereof. Standing Committees shall serve for the current fiscal year or until their successors have been appointed. A majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

ARTICLE VII – Funds

Section 1. All moneys obtained from any source, by or through any person or persons, acting for or in the name of the Council or under its direction or authority, shall be considered Council Funds and shall be forthwith delivered to the Financial Secretary, who shall give his official receipt therefore and who shall report at the close of each meeting the amounts so received and from what source and shall deliver the same to the council Treasurer and take his receipt therefore.

Sec. 2. The Treasurer shall deposit all moneys received from the Financial Secretary in a bank to the credit of the council. Disbursements from this fund shall be made only by check signed by the Grand Knight and Treasurer. The depository bank shall be furnished with a copy of this section.

Sec. 3. No money in excess of $200.00 shall be paid or transferred from the Treasury of this Council, except such monies as the Council is called upon to regularly pay for its current expenses and as provided by the Laws of the Order or for purposes approved by Supreme Council or Board of Directors, unless by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at a regular business meeting held subsequent to a regular business meeting at which notice in writing of a resolution of intention to pay or transfer such money and the purpose and amount to be paid or transferred shall have been given and regularly read.

Sec. 4. All bills shall be presented to the Recorder and by him read to the Council before being referred to the Board of Trustees. In case a bill is not approved by the Board of Trustees, it shall be referred back to the Council for action.

ARTICLE VIII – Funerals, Etc.

Section 1. On the death of a member in good standing the Memorial Committee shall give notice to the members and, if time permits, shall request them to assemble and pay their respects to the memory of the deceased at a time and place to be indicated in such notice.

Sec. 2. When notice of the death of a member in good standing is received the Memorial Committee shall forward to the family of the deceased a message of condolence on the behalf of the Council and the Memorial Committee shall arrange to have five Masses said for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

Sec. 3. The Memorial Committee shall arrange for the celebration during the month of November of each year for a Mass for the repose of the souls of the deceased members and shall cause five days’ notice to be given to the members of the time and place of such Mass. The Mass shall be celebrated by the Chaplain unless he is indisposed.

ARTICLE IX – Miscellaneous

Section 1. These By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at a regular business meeting held subsequent to a regular business meeting at which a resolution in writing providing for such amendment shall have been read and notice of the proposed amendment shall have been given to the members in writing or in the council publication at least five days to the second meeting.
Sec. 2. Procedure and debate shall be in accordance with the Laws and Rules of the Supreme Council, the Board of Directors, these By-Laws and the Rules of Parliamentary Law know as “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

These By-Laws adopted by vote of the Council, January 3, 2008.

ROGER D. SHEPARD,
Grand Knight

GARY ELKIN,
Recorder

Date of Institution March 1, 2008

Date Approved _____________

_________________________
Supreme Advocate.

Addendum to By-Laws

# 1. At the August 2010 meeting the Council approved by a majority vote to take 10 (ten) percent of all funds raised, except LAMB funds, and put it into a special building fund for future use. Added October 2010.

ORDENANZAS MUNICIPALES
Caballeros de Columbus
Consejo de Gregorio del santo No. 6700
Gastonia, Carolina del Norte

3 de enero de 2008 adoptado
ORDENANZAS MUNICIPALES

ARTÍCULO I

Sección 1. Conocerán a este consejo como consejo No. 6700, caballeros del St. Gregorio de Columbus.

Sec. 2. El honorario de la iniciación será $20.00 y para los sacerdotes y religioso será nada. Una mitad de los honorarios de la iniciación acompañará el uso pero será consolidada si rechazan al aspirante.

Sec. 3. Cada miembro pagará deudas anuales, iguales para ser quarterly pagadero por adelantado en la primera reunión regular en enero, abril, julio y octubre. Las deudas anuales de miembros serán fijadas por la época de la forma del consejo de medir el tiempo con el aviso de 60 días de cualquier cambio propuesto de las deudas requeridas para ser dado antes de que el cambio pueda ser votado sobre y hacerse eficaz, excepto los miembros honorarios que pagarán $9.00, y los miembros de vida honorarios que no pagarán nada. Excepto según lo arriba indicado, las deudas de los miembros del asociado y del seguro serán iguales.

Sec. 4. Los oficiales recibirán la remuneración anual, pagadera en instalaciones trimestrales en el extremo de cada cuarto, como sigue: Secretaria financiera: Del consejo a la cantidad igual al ocho por ciento de los dineros recogió a causa de deudas de los miembros del seguro y del asociado, pagaderos en instalaciones trimestrales en el extremo de cada cuarto.

ARTÍCULO II - Elecciones

Sección 1. La elección anual de oficiales ocurrirá en una reunión regular celebrada entre el 15 de mayo a e incluir el 15 de junio. (No menos que dos meses antes de la elección anual el caballero magnífico designará a un comité de nombramiento de tres quién preparará una pizarra de los candidatos para las oficinas electivas del consejo. Esta pizarra será presentada al consejo no más no adelante que la reunión de negocios regular que precede la reunión en la cual las elecciones anuales son ocurrir. Otros nombramientos se pueden hacer del piso y los nombramientos pueden no ser cerrados hasta que la reunión de la elección haya convocado y los miembros están listos para votar.)

Sec. 2. La elección de oficiales estará al lado de balota. Una mayoría de todo el molde de los votos será necesaria elegir; salvo que donde están ser elegido varios del grado igual, una mayoría no será necesaria, pero todos serán votados por encendido una balota y ninguna balota que contienen nombres más o de menos candidatos que hay tales oficinas que se votarán por será contado, y ésos que reciben el número más elevado de votos será declarado eligió en la orden del número de votos recibidos.

Sec. 3. El caballero magnífico designará a dos miembros para actuar como cajas. Después de todos que se dan derecho a hacer así que han votado, la balota será declarado que cerrado y las cajas entonces procederá a contar los votos en a la vista del consejo. Una de las cajas examinará cada balota solo y pasará iguales a su asociado, que leerá en voz alta el nombre o lo nombra escrito o impreso en todas las balotas legales. El registrador marcará iguales y los resultados de eso serán anunciados por el presidente.

Sec. 4. Cada oficial elegido debe calificar y llenar la oficina a que le eligen, con o sin la instalación, en la primera reunión regular en el mes de julio que tiene éxito esta elección, a menos que sea excusado por un voto del consejo, y deba presentarse para la instalación especificada en ese entonces en el aviso publicado cerca o aunque el diputado del estado o diputado del districto, a menos que sea excusado por tal oficial. Si no tal oficina será considerada vacante.

Sec. 5. Las vacantes en oficinas electivas serán llenadas, después de aviso a los miembros, por la elección en la reunión de negocios regular que tiene éxito después la reunión regular en la cual la vacante fue creada.

ARTÍCULO III - Oficiales

Sección 1. Solamente los miembros que están en la situación el bueno y que se han iniciado los primeros tres grados de la orden serán elegibles sostener la oficina en este consejo. Ningún miembro sostendrá más esa una oficina al mismo tiempo.

Sec. 2. Los oficiales electivos serán como sigue: Caballero magnífico, diputado Grand Knight, canciller, registrador, tesorero, abogado, guarda, dentro del protector, del protector exterior (dos protectores del exterior pueden ser elegidos) y del consejo de gestión.

Sec. 3. Los oficiales electivos serán como sigue: Secretaria, conferenciante, capellán y organista financieros.

Al caballero supremo designará a la secretaria financiera.

Al consejo de gestión magníficos seleccionará al capellán el caballero, el diputado Grand Knight y de acuerdo con cualquier regla establecida por el obispo de la diócesis. El caballero magnífico seleccionará el conferenciante y al organista.

Sec. 4. En la reunión de negocios regular pasada en junio del consejo determinará cada año la cantidad del enlace que se dará por el tesorero y la secretaria financiera además del enlace equipado por el consejo supremo, y la secretaria del tesorero y financiera no tomará la oficina ni será instalada ni no recibirá ningún dinero o característica del consejo hasta que hayan suministrado tal enlace e igual ha sido aprobada por el consejo de gestión. El premio en el enlace dicho será pagado por el consejo.

Sec. 5. Los oficiales del consejo realizarán los deberes requeridos de ellos por las leyes y las reglas de la orden y estas ordenanzas municipales y los otros deberes tales que el consejo puede dirigir.

Sec. 6. A menos que cuando el anuncio de usos será publicado en la manera prevista por Section 110 de las leyes y de las reglas, sea el deber del caballero magnífico, desde practicable antes de cada reunión regular, archivar ingenio el registrador una lista de candidatos que se votarán sobre en tal reunión.

Sec. 7. En el final de cada período semestral el consejo de gestión reunido y revisar los varios libros de este consejo y en cada enero y julio hará un informe detallado de sus resultados, incluyendo los recibos y los desembolsos de los dineros de este consejo para el período semestral anterior, el equilibrio en la mano al crédito de cada uno de los varios fondos en el final de cada período semestral, y los activos y las responsabilidades de este consejo. El caballero magnífico publicará la llamada para tal reunión del consejo de gestión.

Sec. 8. Donde un miembro ipso facto pierde su calidad de miembro el caballero magnífico y la secretaria financiera notificarán inmediatamente a la secretaria suprema de tal pérdida y enviarán inmediatamente el aviso en la escritura al miembro, incluyendo la fecha y la razón por lo tanto. En esos casos referentes ipso facto a la pérdida para que la falta pague deudas del consejo, tal aviso no será enviado a la secretaria suprema o al miembro hasta después de que un oficial o un miembro del comité de la retención entre en contacto con el miembro y el esfuerzo de tenerlo conservar su calidad de miembro.

Sec. 9. El registrador archivará todos los informes en un libro de la limadura que se proporcionará para ese propósito e iguales serán preservadas que una parte de los expedientes de este consejo.

ARTÍCULO IV - Reuniones

Las reuniones regulares de negocios de la sección 1. del consejo serán celebradas el primer lunes cada mes en el 7:30 P.M. La segunda reunión cada mes será el tercer sábado en el 6:30 P.M. Doce miembros constituirán a un quórum en las reuniones de negocios.

Sec. 2. Todas las reuniones del consejo serán presididas encima por el caballero magnífico, que comprobará del guarda si todo el presente se posee del carnet de socio actual.

Sec. 3. La orden del negocio y del procedimiento en las reuniones de negocios regulares de este consejo se ajustará a la sección 125 de las leyes de la orden. (Véase la contraportada interior.)

Sec. 4. Las reuniones de negocios especiales serán convocadas como sigue: Por el voto del consejo en una reunión de negocios regular precedente; por la dirección del caballero magnífico; por el caballero magnífico por el requerimiento escrito de siete miembros, que la petición indicará el objeto de la reunión. El aviso debido de las reuniones de negocios especiales y su propósito serán dados a cada miembro de la manera habitual y no se tramitará ningún otro sector en cualquier reunión.

Sec. 5. Lo que sigue será la orden del negocio y del procedimiento en las reuniones de negocios especiales:
1. Llamada a la orden.
2. Report de guarda en carnet de socio.
3. Rezo.
4. Lista de oficiales.
5. Oda de la abertura.
6. Orden especial del negocio.
7. Rezo.
8. Oda cerrada.

Sec. 6. Será el deber de todos los oficiales para assistir a cada reunión del consejo. En caso de inhabilidad a cualquier oficial de assistir a una reunión, el aviso debido será dado al caballero y a las medidas magníficos tomados para tener todos los libros y papeles necesarios en la posesión de tal oficial en la reunión. Si un oficial de la silla es ausente de una reunión, el presidente señalará a un miembro para actuar para él. Si un oficial elegido, sin la excusa razonable aprobada por el caballero magnífico, es ausente a partir de tres reuniones de negocios regulares consecutivas, el caballero magnífico puede divulgar este hecho al diputado del districto para tal acción bajo sección 92 (b) de las leyes de la orden como el diputado del districto juzga apropiado.

Sec. 7. En la ausencia o la inhabilidad del caballero magnífico el diputado Grand Knight presidirá y él ejecutará todos los deberes del caballero magnífico. En la ausencia del caballero y del diputado magníficos Grand Knight el deber de presidencia incumbe en los otros oficiales del consejo en la orden en la cual se nombran en la sección 126 de las leyes o de la orden.

Sec. 8. Si cualquier reunión cae en una fiesta laboral dijo que la reunión será celebrada el día siguiente a menos que el consejo, por voto en una reunión de negocios anterior, anule tal reunión o fije una diversa fecha para tal reunión dentro del mes para el cual se programa.

ARTÍCULO V - Votación para los candidatos

Sección 1. El caballero y el diputado magníficos Grand Knight examinarán privado la caja de balota, ambas antes y después de la balota, y el anterior anunciará el resultado. La votación de candidatos estará a cargo del guarda que distribuirá balotas a todos los miembros presentes. Él colocará la caja de balota en la tabla del saludo y tomará a su lugar seis pies de ahí. Él entonces pedirá que todos los oficiales voten y después de que han votado, él solicitará a los miembros votar. Avanzarán en solo archivo y depositarán sus balotas, pero ningún miembro pasará al guarda hasta que el miembro que lo precedía haya votado. Después de que todos que desean de hacer así que hayan votado, el guarda exhibirá la caja de balota al caballero magnífico y el diputado Grand Knight y ellos contará los votos. Si el número de molde negativo de las balotas no excede una mitad de los miembros presentes, declararán el aspirante eligió, si no rechazado. El número exacto de balotas negativas no será indicado. Si se va más de un candidato a ser votado para en una reunión, el caballero magnífico puede anunciar que la primera balota será general sobre todos los candidatos, y que si no más de una mitad de los presentes echará balotas negativas sobre tal balota general ninguna otras balotas será tomado. Si se hace tal aviso, y no más que una mitad negativa se echa sobre la balota general dicha, declararán todos los candidatos así que votado para eligieron. Si más que balotas negativas de la en-mitad se echan sobre la balota general dicha, después una balota individual será tomada en cada candidato.

ARTÍCULO VI - Comités

La sección 1. además de los comités proporcionados para en las leyes y las reglas de la orden, los directores de programa siguientes del servicio será designada:

(a) Director de programa cuya meta será la implicación directa y la comisión personal del consejo y de la calidad de miembro en un programa que establezca a los caballeros de Columbus como verdad católico, familia, fraternal, organización de servicio.

(b) Director de la calidad de miembro para tener supervisión de un programa comprensivo del reclutamiento y de la retención de su consejo.

(c) Director de las actividades de la iglesia para promover un programa que permitirá a la calidad de miembro responder a la llamada constante para la participación activa del laicado en el trabajo de la iglesia.

(d) El director de responsabilidad de las actividades de comunidad cuya será hacer al consejo enterado de su vida dentro de la comunidad y desarrollar los programas que abeja del servicio a la comunidad.

(e) Director de las actividades del consejo que serán referidas a la promoción de la fraternidad con programas atléticos, culturales y sociales. Además, él será responsable del desarrollo de relaciones públicas en el consejo y de supervisar comunicaciones del consejo de, pero no limitado a, consejo; Web site, boletín de noticias, avisos del boletín, tablones de anuncios y cualquie otra publicación puestos hacia fuera por el consejo con la aprobación final del caballero magnífico o de su caballero señalado.

(f) Director de las actividades de la juventud para proveer de la juventud en la comunidad los medios y la oportunidad de confiarse personalmente y de implicarse en hacer frente a los desafíos de nuestras épocas. Él también será responsable de la promoción de la organización menor de la orden, los hacendados colombinos.

Director del (G) de las actividades de la vida familiar para promover actividades y programas dentro del consejo que consolidaría y apoyaría la vida familiar de sus miembros.

(h) Otros comités tales como puede ser requerido por estas ordenanzas municipales.

Sec. 2. A menos que según lo adjunto proporcionado, al caballero magnífico designen a todos los comités y la primera persona nombrada en el comité actuará como presidente de eso. Las comisiones permanentes servirán por el año fiscal o hasta sus sucesores se han designado. Una mayoría del comité constituirá a un quórum para la transacción del negocio.

ARTÍCULO VII - Fondos

Sección 1. Todos los dineros obtenidos de cualquier fuente, por o a través de cualquier persona o de las personas, actuando para o en nombre del consejo o bajo su dirección o autoridad, serán considerados los fondos del consejo y entregados inmediatamente a la secretaria financiera, de que darán su recibo oficial por lo tanto y de que divulgarán en el cierre de cada reunión las cantidades así que recibido y de qué fuente y entregará iguales al tesorero del consejo y tomará su recibo por lo tanto.

Sec. 2. El tesorero depositará todos los dineros recibidos de la secretaria financiera en un banco al crédito del consejo. Los desembolsos de este fondo serán hechos solamente por el cheque firmado por el caballero y el tesorero magníficos. El banco del almacén será suministrado con una copia de esta sección.

Sec. 3. No hay dinero superior a $200.00 pagado o transferido del Hacienda de este consejo, excepto los dineros tales que invitan al consejo para pagar regularmente sus costos actuales y en la manera prevista por las leyes de la orden o los propósitos aprobados por el consejo supremo o junta directiva, a menos que por dos tercios del voto de los miembros presentes y la votación en una reunión de negocios regular celebrara subsecuente a una reunión de negocios regular en la cual el aviso en la escritura de una resolución de la intención de pagar o de transferir tal dinero y el propósito y la cantidad de ser pagado o transferido habrá sido dado y de leer regularmente.

Sec. 4. Todas las cuentas serán presentadas al registrador y por él leen al consejo antes de ser referido el consejo de gestión. En caso de que una cuenta no sea aprobada por el consejo de gestión, será referida de nuevo al consejo para la acción.

ARTÍCULO VIII - Entierros, etc.

Sección 1. En la muerte de un miembro en la buena situación el comité conmemorativo dará el aviso a los miembros y, si el tiempo permite, los solicitará para montar y pagará sus respectos a la memoria del fallecido a la vez y del lugar que se indicará en tal aviso.

Sec. 2. Cuando el aviso de la muerte de un miembro en la buena situación se recibe el comité conmemorativo remitirá a la familia de fallecido un mensaje de la condolencia en nombre del consejo y el comité conmemorativo arreglará tener cinco masas dijo para el descanso del alma del difunto.

Sec. 3. El comité conmemorativo arreglará para la celebración durante el mes de noviembre de cada año para una masa para el descanso de las almas de los miembros difuntos y causará el aviso de cinco días de ser dado a los miembros de la época y del lugar de tal Massachusetts. La masa será celebrada por el capellán a menos que lo indispongan.

ARTÍCULO IX - Misceláneo

Sección 1. Estas ordenanzas municipales se pueden enmendar por dos tercios del voto de los miembros presentes y la votación en una reunión regular de negocios celebrada subsecuente a una reunión de negocios regular en la cual una resolución en la escritura que preve tal enmienda habrá sido leída y al aviso de la enmienda propuesta habrá sido dada a los miembros en la escritura o en la publicación del consejo por lo menos cinco días a la segunda reunión.
Sec. 2. El procedimiento y el discusión estarán de acuerdo con las leyes y las reglas del consejo supremo, de la junta directiva, de estas ordenanzas municipales y de las reglas de ley parlamentaria saben como “reglas de orden de Roberto.”

Estas ordenanzas municipales adoptadas por el voto del consejo, 3 de enero de 2008.

ROGELIO D. SHEPARD,
Caballero magnífico

GARY ELKIN,
Registrador

Fecha de la institución el 1 de marzo de 2008

___________ aprobado de la fecha

_______________________
Abogado supremo.

These Men They Call Knights

Welcome to the Knights of Columbus, the worlds largest lay Catholic family service organization. As their forebears did more than a century ago, today’s Knights and their families stand shoulder to shoulder in support of one another. Through their charity and the examples of their lives, they stand in service to all as witnesses to the Good News of the Gospel.

Although the Order is a “can-do” organization, its scopes and the role it plays on the world stage surprise people. They are amazed to learn that in the year 2000 Knights the world over combined to give more than 57 million hours of volunteer service and more than $116 million to a wide range of Church, community and charitable activities and programs. This was a record in both categories dating from the time statistics were first kept in 1977.

Most recently, through its $1.3 million Heroes Fund, the Knights of Columbus granted $3,000 to the families of each of the fire fighters, law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. The aid was given immediately – the first check was hand-delivered just days after the tragedy – and regardless of faith or membership in the Order.

In the wake of the tragedy too the Order established an annual “Blue Mass” in honor of law enforcement, fire and emergency service personnel – those “Everyday Heroes” who risk their lives in service to our communities.

Examples of what the Knights do – day in and day out – abound. For example, the Order funds the satellite uplinks necessary to broadcast papal messages and ceremonies, especially at Christmas and Easter, throughout the world. The Knights paid the cost of the restoration of façade of St. Peter’s Basilica. The Order financed the restoration of the Maderno Atrium which leads to the Holy Door that is opened by the pope at the beginning of a Holy Year – the most recent being Jubilee 2000 held to usher in the third Christian millennium.

The Holy Father also receivers each year a contribution from the Order for his personal charities. The contribution comes from the interest earned on the $20 million Vicarius Christi (Vicar of Christ) fund. Each year the interest earned from this fund is presented to the pope. Since it was established in 1982 nearly $30 million has been provided to His Holiness.

The World Youth Days celebrated by the Holy Father every two years since 1987 have benefited from major funding and participation by the Order. At the World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002 the Reconciliation site in Duc in Altum Park was sponsored by a $1 million gift from the Knights of Columbus. Though the Order does not restrict itself or its councils to any particular charity or cause, a favorite K of C activity over the years has been service to people with mental retardation. Special Olympics at the local, state, and international levels has been a major recipient of funding, service and support from the Knights. Our Order’s outreach to a variety of religious and other causes is chronicled in our monthly magazine, Columbia that goes to each of our members. Our deeds do not go unnoticed by the Holy Father. Pope Paul VI said. “Tell your sons, your nephews, your grandsons; tell the people that the pope loves the Knights of Columbus.” He added: “The glory of the Knights of Columbus is not based on humanitarian works alone. Even more admirable have been your insistence upon the supremacy of God and your fidelity to the Vicar of Christ. In truth you can call yourselves ‘brothers’ because you call God your Father and have declared yourselves ready to do his will and serve his cause…the Knights of Columbus an immense force of good.”

Pope John Paul II once said: “Many times in the past, and again today, you have given expression to your solidarity with the mission of the pope. I see in your support further proof – if further proof were ever necessary – of your awareness that the Knights of Columbus highly value their vocation to be part of the evangelization effort of the Church.”

The Principles of the Order

Charity is the first principle of the Order. Knights are followers of Christ and men of faith. As St. James reminds us, “faith without works is dead.” Therefore, as Knights we are committed to charity, easing the plight of those less fortunate.

Unity is the second principle of the Knights of Columbus. In unity there is strength. Existing in an environment that was openly hostile to Catholics, the founders of the Order relied on the strength of unity to remain steadfast in the Faith while claiming their rightful place in society. Today the Order uses that strength to speak out for religiously-grounded moral values in a culture that has forsaken them.

Fraternity is the third principle of Order. In 19th century America, life insurance was beyond the financial reach of many poor Catholics, and social services did not exist. Through the Knights of Columbus men were able to band together as brothers to help one another in times of distress, sickness and death.

What the Order Stands for Today

By their deeds shall you know them. The Knights of Columbus is very much a grassroots organization. The international body does not dictate the charitable programs and activities of local councils. Rather, local councils develop the programs they believe will best serve the needs of their communities.

Those needs are met under the umbrella of the “Surge…With Service” program. It has five core areas: Church, community, council, family and youth. Within this framework, state and local councils decide how best to direct their efforts.

Funds raised by the state and local councils remain with them for distribution in the ways the members feel best.

This philosophy makes possible local efforts such as donating state-of-the-art computers to a Texas seminary; pledging $100,000 to a New Brunswick church to improve access for disabled people; raising $50,000 to equip police cars with cardiac defibrillators, or sponsoring a free medical clinic in the Philippines.

Vocations support is also a major Knights of Columbus effort at all levels of the Order. State and local councils directly support seminaries and vocations promotion efforts. Additionally, many councils participate in the RSVP (Refund Vocations Support Program) by “adopting” a seminarian or postulant and providing him with moral and financial support. For each $500 in direct aid given to the candidate for the priesthood or religious life, the Supreme Council refunds $100 to the council. Through this program alone more than $2 million is given to seminarians and postulants each year.

Through the Father Michael J. McGiveny Vocations Scholarship Fund and the Bishop Thomas V. Daily Vocations Scholarship Fund, with an aggregate corpus of $65. million, nearly 400 scholarships have been given to seminarians in theology studies. Of these, almost 200 have been ordained since these programs began.

Strengthening family life is another major aim of the Order. Knights conduct a wide variety of activities and efforts to enhance and strengthen family life in accordance with the social teaching of the Church. This includes everything from the family on the local council level to funding the North American Campus of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute of America in Washington, D.C. The institute is a part of the Lateran University in Rome and it offers graduate level degrees to those who will be involved with family ministry in the Church.

The Order is also known as one of the world’s strongest proponents of the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Even before the Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in the United States, the Knights of Columbus has been in the vanguard of the pro-life movement. In addition to its own pro-life initiatives, the Order offers both assistance and financial support on an on-going basis to the pro-life programs of the bishops’ conferences in the countries where the Knights of Columbus exists.

In the latest of many efforts to restore a sense of the sanctity of human life in the world, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson has established March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, as the Knights of Columbus Day of the Unborn. On this day state and local councils across the globe are encouraged to organize special Masses and services. They pray that the Culture of Death that now darkens our world will become a Culture of Life celebrating the dignity and value of every human being from the moment of conception until natural death.

Patriotism is the principle of the Fourth Degree. One of the reasons the Order was founded was to emphasize that Catholics are proud citizens of their countries. Today Fourth Degree Knights in full regalia, the visible arm of the Order, serve to witness to the values of devotion to God and country, the bedrock of patriotism.

The Vision of Father McGivney

Led by the quiet, unassuming curate of St. Mary’s Parish in New Haven, Conn., a small group of men established the Knights of Columbus in the church basement early in the spring of 1882. The priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, saw clearly that both Catholics and the Church faced serious problems in the last half of the nineteenth century such as anti-Catholicism and ethnic prejudice; under-employment; lack of social standing and early loss of the breadwinner. To resolve those problems Father McGivney conceived the idea of an organization of Catholic men who would band together:

  • To aid one another in times of sickness or death, by means of a simple insurance plan, so that their wives and children would not face abject poverty.
    • To strengthen themselves and each other in the Faith.
    • To strengthen families and family life.
    • To be a strong pillar of support for their priest and bishops.
    • To be of service to Church and community by coming to the aid of those most in need in society.

They called themselves Knights of Columbus – Knights to emphasize chivalry’s ideals of charity and support of Church and state, and Columbus as a reminder that Catholics had been the backbone and bulwark of America’s growth and greatness from the very beginning.

The State of Connecticut officially chartered the Order on March 29, 1882. It’s founder, Father McGivney, and those first Knights dreamed of the day when there would be a council in every parish in Connecticut. Little could they know that their small group would grow into a global organization or more than 1.6 million members in nearly 12,000 local councils in 13 countries: the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Cuba, Virgin Islands, Guam and Saipan.

In the years since 1882 the Knights of Columbus has become one of the largest and strongest life insurance companies in North America with more than $43 billion of insurance in force. More than $4 billion in new insurance is sold annually and last year the Order paid $124 million in death benefits to the families of deceased members and $275 million in dividends to insurance members.

What is Operation L.A.M.B.?

Named after the biblical quotation; Matt. 25:40, Operation L.A.M.B. (Least Among Our Brethren) is a fundraising charity created by the Knights of Columbus to benefit citizens with Intellectual Disabilities. Since it's inception in 1974, the Operation L.A.M.B. of North Carolina has raised millions of dollars to assist citizens of North Carolina who are affected by various forms of Disabilities. Each year, Knights, their families and friends volunteer to stand long hours outside shopping centers and businesses to collect donations. They offer free Tootsie Rolls to passers by and ask for donations to assist those with Intellectual Disabilities.

Their smiling faces and bright yellow aprons have become familiar sights locally and throughout this great state. It is also important to note that all of the money collected goes to various state and local charities, and that your local Knights of Columbus council has no paid staff. Additional donations from individuals, corporations and foundations are sought to pay for the cost of the candy and aprons.

Tax deductible donations may be made payable to the "LAMB Foundation of NC, Inc." an IRS charitable 501(c)(3) organization, ID # 56-2139696.

If you would like more information, or would like to help with a donation, please contact your local Council of the Knights of Columbus.