Here is the Update as of Friday, August 11th
I know the social media mill is cranking out all kinds of information and rumors – so let me update you as to the information I have received this week from our Vice Supreme Master Don Hall and VSM-Select Cliff Wasmund.
As for now, the dress code for the CC is status quo. At the Provincial meeting in September, the VSM and Masters will be discussing and developing a mutually agreed upon time frame as to the implementation of the new uniform within our Province while staying within Supreme's directives.
All new CC members that need to purchase their new regalia should be directed to purchase the new uniform.
The sole supplier of the new uniform is Knightsgear, the official supplier of K of C apparel and supplies. Cost is $510.00 plus shipping (I ordered mine yesterday and shipping was $35.10). The uniform is copyrighted and can only be purchased through Knightsgear. At this time, you can only purchase this uniform as a complete set, no separates. With the anticipated high volume of orders, speedy delivery should not be expected.
The pants come un-hemmed – so you will need some tailoring – no cuffs, plain hem.
You will have to buy you own shirt – a plain white, point color (not spread or button down) dress shirt. Button cuffs – no French cuffs.
Black socks and plain black shoes are to be worn with the new uniform.
There will be NO name badges worn with the new uniform.
Only the 4th Degree pin PG113 is to be worn with the new uniform.
At this time, the only "flash" worn behind the 4th Degree pin on the beret will be light blue for current and former VSMs, and gold for current and former Masters. No other flashes will be available. The pin on the beret will be silver for all members (VSM’s, MFD’s and formers will be gold).
The jewel of current office and miniature medals will be the only distinguishing items for current officers. No adornments for CC Commander and others who do not currently have a jewel of office has been announced.
While it has been indicated that the sword will be kept as part of the new uniform, it will not be worn with the new uniform at this time. However, Supreme is investigating the use of the sword in the future and how it will be incorporated into the new uniform.
As for Exemplifications, the future dress of the Candidate will be a dark business suit (colors could be black, dark grey, dark blue, even dark brown), plain white shirt with lay down collar (no button down collars), plain dark tie (no bow ties), dark shoes and dark socks. The Master may elect to switch to the dark suit after depleting his inventory of social baldrics. It will be the Master's decision to have ALL their candidates dress in either a tuxedo or dark business suit - this an either or decision.
The Social Baldric can only be used with the tuxedo.
The ceremonials will need to be modified to reflect the Master's new uniform and the deletion of the social baldric.
There has been no date provided for the release of an updated CC manual.
Please continue to send me questions and constructive comments. I will be incorporating all these to submit to the VSM-Select for discussion and decision when we meet at the Provincial meeting in September. I have passed on the comments and concerns I have already received.
Please remember our chain of command and direct your inquiries and comments to me and do not contact the VSM, VSM-Select or Supreme without speaking to me first.
I am very aware this change has caused great concern and upset many of our dedicated Color Corp members. I know change is not easy – especially when it is so sudden and with very little details regarding the reason behind it and the plan for implementation. Please keep an open mind as the Provincial leadership works to fill in some of the blanks at our September meeting.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we work to keep Michigan District II the best in the Order.
MICHIGAN DISTRICT II's 74th EXEMPLIFICATION
Fall Exemplification will be held Wednesday, October 18th in Paw Paw.
Yes – a weeknight Exemplification. Our numbers have been low for Fall Saturday Exemplifications due to a variety of competing interests – so we’ve decided to try a weeknight.
The exemplification will be held at St. Mary School, 508 Paw Paw Street beginning with registration at 6:00 pm. There will be a Ladies Program at the local Columbus hall, 32373 E Red Arrow Hwy, Paw Paw. Following the Exemplification all the Sir Nights will be joining the Ladies for a light meal and refreshments.
Monday, October 16th at the Owosso Columbus Hall, 1259 E M-21, Owosso. We will be conducting the dress rehearsal in Owosso. This exemp will be open for those who cannot attend on October 18 in Paw Paw.
More details and Souvenir Book ad forms will be coming out shortly – but mark your calendar and help build the Order by bringing in a new Knight to the Admissions Degree, then take him to a Major Degree so that he’s ready to attend the Patriotic Degree in October – either in Owosso or Paw Paw – which ever location or date works best for him!
2017 Provincial Meeting will be held at Sawmill Creek Resort, 400 Sawmill Creek Dr., Huron, Ohio from September 8th – 10th.
If you are interested in attending, you can make your hotel reservations by contacting Sawmill Creek Resort at 800-729-6455, and make sure to ask for the Knights of Columbus special rate.
Thank you for your continued support of the Order and the Fourth Degree!
David A. Buick
Michigan District II