A message from our Worthy Vice Supreme Master Dave Ryan and Worthy District Master T.W. Starkweather regarding the US Veterans Affairs.

July 11th Exemplification Instructions

Note: Registration closes July 8th

To be added to the mailing list for other 4th degree information contact Worthy District Secretary Ed Blake at:

Worthy District Deputies:

Please read the Exemplification Packet Instructions to assist you and the sponsors in processing Candidates for the Provincial wide Fourth Degree that will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 2:00 PM. Unlike the May 23rd Exemplification, this will be a Northern District event only.

These instructions and the attachments were already sent to the Northern District Navigators and Comptrollers with a copy to be forward to the Sponsors. Please work with the Councils in your jurisdiction to make sure that Form 4s, whether they be hard copy or digital, get disbursed, properly filled out, and submitted to the Assembly the candidate is joining.

It is imperative that the instructions contained in these attachments be followed to the letter. We learned quite a bit from the May 23rd Exemplification and one of the major problems was that people were not following instructions and were taking their own shortcuts.

The invitation to register E-Mail is being retained by me and will only be distributed when the Form 4s are received at the Assemblies. When a candidate or guest registers, these pertinent points need to be followed:

If you have any questions, you are to get them to me first. If I can't answer them, I'll forward them up the chain of command for review and response. My contact information is shown below.

Fraternally yours,
SK Ed Blake, District Secretary
Northern California District, St. Junipero Serra Province
1172 N. Hillview Dr.
Milpitas CA 95035-3307
Hm: 408-263-0247 ~ Mobile: 408-205-6651

Response from Worthy Vice-Supreme Master Dave Ryan

Worthy Sir Knight,

There are two things I would caution you on electing new 4th degree members to an office in the assembly.

First, how long has the been in the Knights? If less than three years I would really question is he ready to accept this responsibility? Does he know enough about the working of the order and the laws rules. protocol and also traditions local, state and national.

Second, what positions/offices are you considering the new members for? If anything, other than sentries or possible recorder I would recommend against any higher position unless he has held all the offices of his council and was successful in fulfilling those positions and has 6 to 10 years in the Knights.

A case that I’m aware of: An individual joined the Knights and the next month he was elected as Grand Knight and he made his 4th degree in early May, same year, and three days later was elected to the position of Captain of his Assembly and the next to FN. This individual, though very dedicated to the order, didn’t have any knowledge on the workings of the council or assembly. He was overwhelmed by what he was tasked with. Result, due to his lack of knowledge of the working of the council and assembly he bucked the system to do it his way without any regard as to the laws and rules of the order and total lack of respect for the superior officers of the order. As such he was removed from his office and as a result resigned from the Knights. I’m convinced in this case both the Council and Assembly did a disservice to this Brother by talking him into running for these positions long before he was ready and we lost a valuable asset.

David M Ryan, PSD, FM Vice Supreme Master

We are pleased to welcome “The Supply Room” (TSR) as the new distributor of Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree regalia. TSR is a world-class, leading distributer of military and law enforcement uniforms, located in Oxford, Alabama. In addition to 100+ years of experience and a solid reputation for quality, they will offer customer service representatives dedicated to Knights of Columbus uniform orders.
Our uniforms will remain of the highest quality, while the cost will drop to $449. Because of the transition, all ordering of uniforms will be suspended Nov. 1 and resume on Dec. 1.

What to know (when sales resume on December 1st):
As before, orders may be placed at kofcuniform.com. The customer service number remains the same and is available at 1-833-562-4327. TSR customer service is able to assist with questions regarding uniforms ordered from the previous fulfillment company. We remain grateful to our Sir Knights and are proud of the dignity and respect with which you represent the Order in your parishes and communities. Thank you for letting us serve you.

If You Haven't Done It, Do It Now

If you haven’t ordered updated Form 4s from Supreme, do it NOW!! The correct Form 4 has a date code in the upper right hand corner of the Form to the right of the “Printed in USA” logo that says 10/14. That is the date code for the English version of the Form. For the Spanish version, that date code is 7/11

These Forms are free of charge, your Assembly only pays for shipping.

Make the Connection to the US Department of Veterans Affairs

“Make the Connection is an essential program of outreach to those veterans who are suffering, need help, but are reluctant to ask or unaware of the support available from Veterans Affairs.”

Children at Holy Trinity School Teach Us About Veterans Day

On November 12th, the students at Holy Trinity School in El Dorado Hills invited Veterans to attend a special assembly to thank those who fought to protect our country. Here are some of the poems that were read. After speaking with their teacher who arranged this event, she said this was an annual event, so if you are a history buff, a veteran or interested in our children's education, plan to attend. You won't be sorry.


Patriotic Rosary

As the patriotic degree, you might want to consider praying the Patriotic Rosary, which is here as a PDF file.

What is a Callout?

There still seems to be some confusion on what is allowed to be worn at a callout as of July1, 2019.

These are just examples, the term callout has not changed, only what is allowed to be worn.

Here is what is allowed:

There is no reason, to not show-up at a brother knights funeral and provide him with honor and dignity he deserves.

There is no greater honor than standing guard at a brothers funeral.

The only real change is "No Cape, No Chapeaux, no sword without the new uniform".

Should a brother show up wishing to wear a Cape, Chapeaux and sword, he will be asked to leave it in the car and join wearing his Tux and gloves. No argument, and join his brothers, with the class of a catholic gentlemen.

I respect those gentlemen that made the decision not to purchase the new uniform, I would still encourage them to show their brothers the respect by standing guard or participating as a member, no different than those brothers that stood by those in Cape and Chapeaux years past.

If anyone has any questions, please contact me.

Thank You,

Ken Rose
Master Central CA District
St. Junipero Serra Province


Welcome a New Assembly to Our District

We proudly welcome our newest assembly Our Lady of Guadalupe #3803 headquartered at:
Cathedral of St Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough St.
San Francisco CA 94109

Thank you to our Worthy District Master TW Starkweather for his leadership and guidance to make this assembly a reality. It is one of 45 of the assemblies in the Northern California District of the St. Junipero Province.


4TH Degree Officers

For more information you can contact the following brothers:
Senior District Marshal Tim Fukuda