Exemplification

 

 

Our Symbol:

Spiritually, the sacred symbols fashioned on our sword and lapel pin, typify the union of the Three Divine Persons in one Godhead The Most Holy 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.

 

 

History:

In the early years of the Fourth Degree, members met as part of their councils, mostly after meetings. In 1910, during a reorganization of the Order's leadership, the first Assemblies were created. Additionally the position of Supreme Master was established to lead the Fourth Degree internationally. Vice Supreme Masters lead Provinces and Masters head Districts. This system has spread and flourished as Sir Knights not only serve their local Church through their service to local councils but also their joint efforts in these Assemblies. The Honor Guard, first called for in 1886 was officially formed in 1902, for ceremonial purposes. Since that time, the uniforms of the Color Corps have varied, however all have shared the similar theme of mariners. Most noticeable in today's current uniform is the chapeau worn with ostrich feathers.

 

 

Events:

First Exemplification

The first Exemplification of the new Degree was scheduled to be held in the Astor Hotel in New York City on February 22, 1900. However, there were so many candidates, the Exemplification had to be moved to a larger venue. Therefore the site was moved to the Lenox Lyceum. At this first Exemplification of the Fourth Degree 1,100 members of the Knights of Columbus, being in good standing "took their fourth." The second Exemplification, held in Boston on May 8, 1900 saw another 750 Third Degree knights join the ranks of Sir Knights. 

 

Membership:

The Fourth Degree ritual added patriotism to the three original principles of the Order: charity, unity and fraternity. Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. There is no longer a waiting period to join the Fourth Degree. The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups called assemblies. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing

 

Exemplification:

Information:

There is one exemplification for Orange County each year in the Southern District.
   

Knights Of Columbus  Fourth Degree

Junipero Serra Province, Southern California District 

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

Marriott Hotel – Torrance / Redondo Beach, CA 

All candidates must complete Knights of Columbus Form 4 with all needed signatures including that of your Council Financial Secretary, Assembly Faithful Navigator and Faithful Comptroller.  This form must also include Membership number and all needed personal information.  Please include your cell phone number and e-mail address also. 

Candidates Application Fee:   $70.00 for candidates -- $35.00 for Priests or Religious Brothers (not Deacons).   This fee includes cost of the Exemplification, Banquet and remaining 2018 dues. 

Ladies Luncheon:   Cost -- $37.00, Saturday 12:00 noon – Doors open 11:30    

Banquet:   Cost $48.00, Saturday 7:30 PM – Doors open 7:00 PM.  Each candidate will receive one banquet ticket as part of his Application Fee. 

Exemplification Information

Location:  Marriott Hotel, 3635 Fashion Way, Torrance, CA  90503

·         Room rates: $125.00 (plus tax) special Knights of Columbus discounted rate (single/double)

·         Daily parking is $10.00   Valet parking available

·         Hotel Reservations – Online:  www.socalfourthdegree.org                           

·         Deadline for Special Rate:  September 20, 2018 

Dress Code

Official Dress for Exemplification of the Fourth Degree: 

·         Candidates/Sideliners:  Black, dark blue or dark gray suit, plain white shirt, black shoes, and black sock. -OR- Regular/traditional black tuxedo, black cummerbund, white shirt (without wing tips) and social baldric will also be allowed. THE NEW FOURTH DEGREE UNIFORM IS NOT REQUIRED IN ORDER TO BE A FOURTH DEGREE MEMBER.

·         A member serving in the armed forces of his country, full time police, firefighter or first responders may dress in their Class A uniform.

·         Ladies dress appropriately (Dress of Evening Attire).

  • We invite members of your Council to join the Fourth Degree. Sir Knights of the Fourth Degree, deem it an honor and privilege to carry our TRIAD EMBLEM, which features The Dove, The Cross, and The Globe. Our Honored Order cherishes as its Patron, Christopher Columbus.

  • The primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to foster the spirit of patriotism by promoting responsible citizenship and a love of and loyalty to the Knights' respective countries through active membership in local Fourth Degree groups called assemblies. Fourth Degree members must retain their membership as Third Degree members in the local council to remain in good standing.

  •  You DO NOT have to purchase the new uniform.

The Fourth Degree official exemplification dress for members is as follows:

·         Black, dark blue or dark grey suit (tuxedo is NO longer required.

·         Plain White Dress Shirt - NO button down or French cuffs

           ·         Dark Tie       ·         Black Footwear

       A member serving in the armed forces, a full-time police officer or firefighter is in proper attire when wearing the Class A dress uniform. 

Items to Remember for Fourth Degree Exemplification

· The official dress for the Fourth Degree Exemplification is dark blue, dark grey or black suit, dark tie, plain white white dress shirt, black shoes. Religious and members of the armed services may wear their clerical garb or dress uniform respectively. NO lapel pins and jewel of office to be worn during exemplification by candidates. You must have your Third Degree membership card with you for the Fourth Degree Exemplification  

· Any Third Degree member in good standing is eligible for membership in the Fourth Degree. 

· A Ladies Luncheon is provided for your wife’s entertainment and enjoyment during the actual Exemplification ceremony.  Our Assembly number is 85. Ladies look for Assembly 85 tables. 

· Evening banquet tickets will be distributed in the lobby of the hotel only.  Seating at tables is assigned by the District Master.  You can NOT switch seats.  If you wish to sit together as a group, you MUST provide this information to the Comptroller at the information meeting. 

· El Camino Real annual dues are $35

 

 

 

 

 

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