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Extract of Information concerning the wearing of
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Regalia

From Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus as Amended Aug 2017


Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Regalia

Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree
of the Knights of Columbus as Amended

Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaOfficial Dress - Section 38
Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaDress for Exemplification - Section 39
Article XI Official Dress and RegaliaColor Corps Regalia - Section 40
Article XII Color CorpsThe Establishment of - Section 41
Article XII Color CorpsProcedure and Manual for the Sword - Section 42

Article XI
Official Dress and Regalia

Official Dress - Section 38

(a) The Official Dress for the Fourth Degree shall be:

  1. Official Fourth Degree Navy Blue Blazer with Fourth Degree Emblem Blazer Crest
  2. Knights of Columbus Emblem of the Order buttons
  3. Official Fourth Degree Gray trouser (no cuffs)
  4. Official Fourth Degree necktie
  5. Official Fourth Degree black beret with Forth Degree metal badge over appropriate colored patch of the office, as described in Section 38(c)
  6. Plain white dress shirt with button cuff (no French cuffs and no button-down collar)
  7. Black socks and plain black shoes
  8. Official Fourth Degree Lapel Pin (PG-113)
  9. Incumbent Jewel of Office
  10. Past and Former miniature medals above left pocket
(b) A member serving in the armed forces of his country, fulltime police, and firefighters shall be considered in proper attire when dressed in a Class A or dress uniform.

(c) The colored patches to be used are as follows:

Supreme Master Dark Blue Patch on his beret
Vice Supreme MasterLight Blue Patch on his beret
MasterGold Patch on his beret
Faithful NavigatorWhite Patch on his beret
District MarshallGreen Patch on his beret
Assembly CommanderPurple Patch on his beret

(d) The colors worn by the Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Masters, Masters, and Faithful Navigators may continue to be worn by such officers following their completion of service in that office for life. This does not apply to Assembly Color Corps Commanders and District Marshals when they complete a term.

(e) These colors shall be mandatory June 10, 2017.

Dress for Exemplification - Section 39

(a) For a Candidate: black or dark (blue or grey) business suit with black shoes, plain white dress shirt as described above, necktie, and candidate identification.

(b) For a Candidate serving in the armed forces of his country, fulltime police and firefighters: a Class A or dress uniform.

(c) The social baldric, presented at the exemplification, should only be worn at functions when the Fourth Degree member is dressed in a business suit or tuxedo. The social baldric is not worn with the official dress uniform.

(d) For honor guard: official dress uniform as set forth in Section 38.

Color Corps Regalia - Section 40

(a) The official regalia when serving in a Color Corps (Honor Guard or Color Guard) is the same as the official dress of a member, with the following additions:

  1. Service baldric worn over the coat, from right shoulder to left hip; and

  2. Silver sword. The Supreme Master, Vice Supreme Masters, Masters and former such officers only shall be permitted to bear the gold sword; and

  3. White gloves.

Article XII
Color Corps

The Establishment of - Section 41

(a) Assembly may henceforth establish a uniform drill corps with the approval of the Master of the District and such unit shall be known as "Fourth Degree Color Corps of ...... Assembly"

(b) A Color Corps may participate in exemplifications, religious and public functions only with the consent of the Master. The Master shall have full control of the Color Corps in his district, except as hereinafter provided and shall be held strictly accountable for such unit.

(c) The Faithful Navigator shall appoint a Commander of the Color Corps for his Assembly. One and only one Commander shall be appointed. The Color Corps Commander's cape and chapeau will be furnished by the Assembly and shall remain the property of the Assembly at such time as the Commander is replaced.

Procedure and Manual for the Sword - Section 42

The procedure and Manual of the Sword shall be in accordance with the "Color Corps Drill Manual." In the absence of such directive the District Master has full control provided, however, that he first receives approval of such procedure from the Supreme Master.

MEMORANDUM

To: Vice Supreme Masters
District Masters
Faithful Navigators

From: Dennis J. Stoddard
Supreme Master

RE: Uniform Policy

Date: June 5, 2019

Effective midnight June 30, 2019, the Order will officially retire the Fourth Degree Cape and Chapeau uniform. Continued use of said uniform is a direct violation of the Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree.

Members of the Fourth Degree are instructed to review Section 38 of the Laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus, as revised in 2017, which prescribes the official dress uniform of the Fourth Degree.

We expect that all members of the Color Corps, as Catholic gentlemen, will comply with this policy.

As Vice Supreme Masters, District Masters, Faithful Navigators and Color Corps Commanders, it is your responsibility to instruct and direct your districts, assemblies, and members that they are required to wear the new uniform if they wish to participate in the Color Corps. If any member refuses to comply, you should handle the situation respectfully but firmly.

Starting on July 1, 2019, any member of the Color Corps wearing a cape and chapeau to an official event will be denied participation and will be given a written notice that he is in violation of the policy. His Faithful Navigator shall be notified and advised to counsel his assembly members that only the new uniform is to be worn

If a second violation occurs the member will be denied participation and will be ineligible to serve in the Color Corps for the remainder of the fraternal year. Notification of this action shall be sent to his Faithful Navigator and the Office of the Supreme Master.

Subsequent violations may result in a summary suspension under section 162 (6) of the Laws of the Order (Insubordination).

Any District Master or Faithful Navigator who cannot or will not support this policy should contact the Office of the Supreme Master immediately.

Faithful Navigators shall remove from office any Color Corps Commander who refuses to comply with this directive.

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