Last update: February 28, 2011
The Patriotic Degree allows Knights
to take one step further. "Sir Knight" is more than a title. Its an honour.
Recruiting new members is essential
to the continued growth and well-
being of your Assembly. Offering a
Brother Knight membership in the
4th Degree offers him the opportunity
to partake in the visible arm of the
Religiously Devoted, Patriotically Proud
For most men who follow Jesus, there comes a time when duty extends beyond our own lives, beyond how we lead our families, and into how we serve our fellow man. That's what the Knights of Columbus is all about. The Patriotic Degree allows knights to take this one step further. "Sir Knight" is more than a title. Its an honor.
Standing Firm in Support of the Order
Knights of the Patriotic Degree are dedicated to the personal development and continued honor of brother Knights. We are always there to offer leadership, guidance, and encouragement.
Proudly Serving the Country
Knights of the Patriotic Degree glorify God by serving our communities and nations as though Christ were the one being served.
Unwavering Support of the Faith
Knights of the Patriotic Degree hold unwaveringly to what is right and honorable, working to keep God in the civic arena, serving the life of the Church, and defending laws that recognize the sanctity of life and true religious liberty.
Honoring the Legacy of Knighthood
The Color Corps is an elective division of the Patriotic Degree that presents a visible reminder of our service to the community.
Standing Firm in Support of the Order
The triad emblem of the Fourth Degree features the dove, the cross and the globe. The dove, classic symbol of the Holy Spirit and peace, is shown hovering over the orb of the Earth (globe). Both are mounted on a variation of the Crusader's cross, which was found on the tunics and capes of the Crusading knights who battled to regain the Holy Land from the pagans.
Spiritually, the sacred symbols on the emblem typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead, the most Blessed Trinity.
The Globe God the Father, Creator of the Universe.
The Cross God the Son, Redeemer of Mankind.
The Dove God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of Humanity.
The colors of the symbols are:
A blue globe with the land of the Western Hemisphere in white.
A red cross with gold borders and gold knobs at the end of the points forming the ends of the arms of the cross, also known as the Isabella cross.
A white dove.
Red, white and blue are the colors of the flag of the country in which the Knights originated. They are used to stress patriotism, the basic principle of the Fourth Degree.
Join Us - The Time is Now
If youve been a Knight for more than six months, and you are a Third Degree Knight in good standing, its time to consider taking your journey one step further.
To be a strong role model
The need for strong role models has never been greater. That's what the Patriotic Degree represents.
To live, serve and protect the Truth
The Patriotic Degree is the pinnacle of Knighthood. We live, serve, and protect the Truth.
To consider the Patriotic Degree
The only real source of new members that your assembly can draw from is that of the local council. That is why it is imperative that your assembly is visible to those prospect Sir Knights in your area.
One way to make your assembly more visible is to appoint a Patriotic Degree liaison, or representative within each local council assigned to the assembly.
The liaison can answer any questions they may have during a meeting and encourage Third Degree members to join the Patriotic Degree. Here are the steps to appointing a liaison:
The faithful navigator should review the roster of each council and identify those members who are proven recruiters, sales oriented and who know the Patriotic Degree quite well.
Notify the local grand knight that the liaison will attend council meetings as a representative of the assembly, to update members: on assembly events, activities, Patriotic Degree membership, future scheduled exemplification dates, and answer any questions.Be sure that the liaison has ample supply of Patriotic Degree promotional flyers and Membership Documents (#4).
Organize Your Membership Committee
The first and perhaps most important step in setting up a successful membership program in your assembly is organization.
- Appoint a Sir Knight to coordinate and oversee all membership programs and activities for the assembly.
- Appoint additional Sir Knights to serve on committee for promoting membership growth.
- Obtain dates for scheduled exemplifications from the master, to set goals and plan specific recruitment promotions and activities.
- Identify and schedule recruitment methods that best suit assembly's needs and goals - council drives, open houses, invitation programs, team recruiting, etc.
- Assign a Sir Knight to each council that the assembly represents, to serve as liaison, to promote the activities of the assembly and membership into the Patriotic Degree.
- Involve the entire assembly. Encourage assembly to assist by identifying prospective members.
Build a Prospect List
Before you consider HOW to recruit, you must address the question of WHOM to recruit. There are many eligible members who would enjoy participating in the patriotic programs and activities of the Patriotic Degree. Identifying them is easier than you think.
- Acquire a roster of eligible members from the financial secretaries of the councils affiliated with the assembly.
- Target all local priests who are members of the Order.
- Target veterans, policemen, and firemen who are members of the Order as prospects.
- Target fathers, sons, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, grandparents, grandsons who are members of the Order.
- Advertise regularly in council bulletins, inviting qualified prospects to contact assembly membership committee about joining.
- Use your imagination. New Sir Knights are all around you.
Conduct an Invitation Program
The Patriotic Degree Membership Recruitment Invitation is a tool for making initial contact with eligible prospects. It is effective when used in tandem with personal follow-up that stresses the patriotic aspect of membership in the Patriotic Degree.
- Order a supply of Patriotic Degree Membership Invitations (#2412) and envelopes from the Supreme Council Supply Department or create your own invitation.
- Send invitations personally signed by the faithful navigator, to prospective Sir Knights.
- Telephone the prospective Sir Knight within one week of mailing invitation, to arrange a home visit by assembly members.
- Review materials - "A Call to Patriotism" flyer (#4135), assembly newsletter, etc.
- Inform the prospect and his wife of the date and program of the exemplification and explain all their financial obligations.
- Ask the prospective Sir Knight to JOIN the Patriotic Degree.
- Answer any questions that prospective members or their wives may have.
- Follow through with attendance at the exemplification; ad to future assembly meetings and programs.
Conduct an Open House
Before or after a council meeting is an ideal time to hold a Patriotic Degree Open House to reach your audience of prospective Sir Knights. The success of your Open House is dependent on carefully planning and carrying out each of the following steps.
- Appoint a committee to organize, set the date and time of the event. Publicize in local council newsletters.
- Order quantities of these materials in advance - Membership Document (#4), the new Introduction to the Patriotic Degree (#4544) and the A Message for Knights who Want More (#4135) flyers, and the Take Your Membership to New Heights poster (#4136), from the Supreme Council Supply Department.
- Prepare table top displays highlighting assembly activities and Patriotic Degree principles; include handouts and copies of assembly newsletter.
- Have Sir Knights in regalia on hand to describe the color corps and benefits of membership in the Patriotic Degree.
- Schedule a question and answer session to further explain the assembly and the Patriotic Degree.
- Have pens on hand and assist prospects in completing Membership Documents (#4).
- Conclude with refreshments and a brief social.
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