The Chaplain provides spiritual guidance to the Council. His emblem is the Cross, worn on a black ribbon. The robe, too, is black with black trimming and yoke with white projecting collar. The cincture is black with silver fringe.
The Grand Knight is
the Chief Executive Officer of the Council and is responsible for all aspects of
Council operation. He presides over Council meetings and is ex-officio member of
all committees. His emblem, the Anchor carried on a purple ribbon, is indicative
of Columbus, the Mariner. It has also been a variant form of the Cross for
centuries. His is a royal purple robe with white cincture with silver fringe. A
purple mantle with white roll collar is also worn.
The Deputy Grand Knight acts on behalf of the Grand Knight in his absence and also serves as General Programs Director at Fr. Rosensteel Council. His emblem, the Compass, was also used by Columbus, the Mariner. The Knights of Columbus Compass, with its points being Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, is known as the Compass of Virtue; its 32 flame-like rays represent the 32 virtues which may be possessed by men. It is hung from a purple ribbon. His robe is the same as the Grand Knight, but without the mantle.
The Chancellor is
the third ranking Council Officer. He is in charge of Vocations and
indoctrinating new members into Council activities. At Fr. Rosensteel Council,
the Chancellor usually acts as Council Activities Chairman as well. His emblem
is the Isabella Cross, with Skull and Crossbones; it is worn on a black over
white ribbon. The Cross is self-explanatory, while the Skull and Crossed Bones
are symbolic of man's mortality. The Chancellor wears a black robe trimmed with
white and a white cincture with silver fringe. He also wears a black mantle with
white roll collar.
The Financial Secretary records all money transactions, issues and collects bills, issues membership cards, and is otherwise responsible for all financial matters of the Council except those allocated to the Treasurer. His emblem is a Crossed Key and Quill. The Key has always been associated with an office concerned with money, safekeeping and secrecy. The Quill is the symbol of a scribe - a recordkeeper - one who writes letters, documents, etc. This jewel is worn on a white over yellow ribbon. His robe is black, trimmed with black, and a white cincture with silver fringe.
keeps all funds, maintains the accounts of the Council, and issues Council
checks upon receipt of a proper voucher from the Financial Secretary. Crossed
Keys worn on a blue ribbon are symbolic of his complete authority over funds,
particularly responsibility for their safekeeping. His robe is black, trimmed
with black, and a white cincture with silver fringe.
The Warden assures that all members at meetings possess the current membership card. He is custodian of all Council property except funds and is in charge of properly setting up the Council Chamber. He directs the activities of the Inside and Outside Guards. His emblem, an Axe Bound with Rods, known as a Faces, was traditionally carried by the guards or protectors of Roman magistrates as a symbol of authority. The Warden ideally has and exercises that authority. The ribbon is colored red over black. His robe is black trimmed with scarlet with a scarlet cincture with silver fringe.
keeps the minutes of the meetings, conducts correspondence as directed by the
Grand Knight, and keeps official historic documents of the Council. In the
absence of the Grand Knight and Deputy Grand Knight, he presides at Council
meetings. Crossed Quills hung from a white over yellow ribbon are symbolic of
his responsibilities for letter and document (records) writing and preservation.
His robe is black, trimmed with black, with a white cincture with silver fringe.
The Lecturer provides entertainment for the members after meetings, particularly the second meeting of the month, which is our social meeting, and handles certain other major social events of the Council such as Family Dinners. His emblem consists of Lyre and Scroll. These are traditionally symbols of music and literature and the arts. Hence, the Lecturer is in charge of entertainment. His ribbon is white over blue. The Lecturer wears a black robe with national blue trimming and blue cincture with silver fringe.
The Advocate is
the Chief Legal Officer of the Council, resolving procedural matters, acting as
parliamentarian, and otherwise handling all legal activities. His emblem is the
Scroll with Crossed Sword hung from a yellow ribbon. The Scroll is emblematic of
legal literature and law, while the Sword indicates the power to defend and
enforce the law. The Advocate's robe is black with golden yellow trim and yellow
cincture with silver fringe.
The Trustees (three in number) oversee the financial transactions of the Council, review all bills and financial reports and audit the Council's financial records semi-annually. Their emblems, Crossed Key and Sword, indicate this financial authority and are worn on green ribbons. Trustees wear black robes trimmed in green.
The Inside Guard
(1) and Outside Guards (2) are charged with the security of the Council Chamber
and assist the Warden in meeting the duties of his Office. Their emblems,
Crossed Key and Axe hung from a white ribbon, represent their power as sentries
at the door. Their robes are gray with black trim and yoke. The cincture is also
black with silver fringe.