Arizona State Council Knights of Columbus - Fraternal Year 2021-2022
In response to a number of questions on presenting the Charity, Unity and Fraternity (CUF) degree this outline will help you get your candidates through the CUF degree process.
• Script: download it at the Supreme website under red “For Members” action link > Ceremonials. (No log-in req’d) Link: For Members - General Members | Knights of Columbus (kofc.org) Download scripts, video, “Guidelines for Conducting Exemplifications” and Form 450 (Degree Exemplification Report Form ). Here is the preferred order of precedence for exemplifying new or advancing candidates.
• 1. Council teams presenting live (back up is to use the online video with members in the audience to support the candidates).
• 2. Regional teams – live and virtual. First Saturday of each month. Must register (see schedule and contact info below)
• 3. “On Demand” – candidate signs in, registers, then views the video virtually on Supreme website. Available 24/7, no login req’d but invite is available to send to your candidate (English or Spanish). Notification is sent to the gaining Council.
• Council Teams
This is the preferred method of exemplifying candidates. Candidates learn and feel welcome when accompanied by fellow Knights. Key points:
• Grand Knights form teams using good speakers/readers
• The degree is presented strictly in accordance with the rules and dress code in the Supreme script.
• Reading the parts is acceptable. Practice as you would for being a Lector
• No certification required. However, the Grand Knight is the team captain and is responsible for the quality of the degree presentation.
• GKs: take responsibility for putting on their own degrees whenever they need them.
• When other councils attend degrees outside their own council, the host council should insure that the visiting council is documented on the Form 450.
• District Teams
DDs can form teams from multiple councils and are encouraged to do this especially if their councils are having difficulty fielding a whole team. Some key points to remember:
• DDs are responsible for the quality and fidelity of all degrees in their district.
• Use Regional Teams to help grow local District teams
• Insure that all degrees in the District are reported on Form 450.
• Regional Teams
Regional teams are sponsored by the State Council and serve two functions:
1. Present virtual CUF degrees (with a live attendance option) each month under the supervision of the Team Captain. The host council is that of the Team Captain. However, Councils sending candidates are responsible for supplying the New Candidate kits (rosary, pin, “These Men They Call Knights”) to their new members.
2. Assist GKs and DDs in training council teams within their local area. This can include putting on degrees at the request of a local council to help in training the new council team.
• Pick a degree option
So, what choices do I have for offering a CUF degree to someone I want to bring into my council? Here are some options for you:
1. Get your Council or District team to put on a degree in your parish.
2. Bring your candidate to a another council that is putting on a live degree in your area.
3. Attend a Regional Degree (in person or online) on one of the dates below. Register on the State website under State News > Exemplifications Exemplification Schedules (kofc-az.org)
4. Ask a nearby Regional team to come to your parish and put on a degree.
5. In your parish, set up a group screening of the Supreme website video (you can download it onto a “jump drive”) and present it on a big screen TV with candidates, members and observers in attendance.
6. Sit down with a candidate one-on-one and watch the video together. Report completion to the Fin Sec.
7. Send an e-invitation to the candidate to register and watch the “On Demand” degree. Completion will be automatically reported by Supreme Ceremonials to the GK and Fin Sec.
• Follow -up
Once your candidate has completed his degree you must make sure that the follow up paperwork is submitted so that the State gets credit and the candidate is properly advanced on the Supreme rolls.
1. Once your candidate completes his degree (by any of the above methods) a Form 450, Degree Exemplification Report Form, must be submitted. Usually the District Deputy or the GK submits this to Supreme, the State Deputy and the State Ceremonial Chairman. However, if a candidate receives his degree in a one-on-one setting this must be reported on a Form 450 also. Ask your GK to submit this for you. This is even more important than before because now, there is a minimum number of exemplifications required in the State to qualify for “Circle of Honor” status at the end of the fraternal year. The Form 450 is the record of those exemplifications.
2. The candidate’s status must be officially updated by the Fin Sec either through a Form 100 (new candidates) or by documenting in Membership Services (e-members and advancing members).
Please remember that candidates deserve to be offered their CUF degree as soon as possible after they are recruited. Depending on the circumstances and urgency of the need, the above choices should provide this opportunity for every new candidate.
As usual, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I am here to help your ceremonials be successful.
E. “Skip” Hopler
The Online CUF Degrees by the Arizona Regional Teams will be presented by a Team appointed by the State Ceremonial Chairman. The schedule is posted on this website and is updated as required. Here are the major points for these degrees. An expanded version of these points is available as a “download” (see above).
A host Producer (webmeeting controller) will send out electronic invites to all who register (candidates, members, guests). Attendees can join by selecting the link provided in the invite (they may be asked to download a small application, e.g. WebEx). If the expected attendance exceeds 100, guest participation may be limited. After the degree the Producer will send the candidate attendance roll to each Council as evidence of their candidate’s completion of the degree.
The host Regional Team will present the degree which takes about 30-35 minutes. During that session the candidates will be asked to agree to membership rules.
The gaining Council is responsible for completing the follow-on documentation (Form 100 to Supreme for new members; Membership update online for e-members and advancing members). The gaining Council is responsible for providing its candidates with a KofC rosary, membership pin and copy of “These Men They Call Knights”. The gaining Council is also required to insure that the candidate has been vetted for admission to a Council.
Candidates need access to an electronic device with audio/video capability (computer, tablet, smartphone, etc). Candidates will be asked to agree to the rules of the Order and take pledges, all of which will be explained as part of the introduction to the degree. Candidates will be asked to sign in 15 minutes before the degree is scheduled to begin to complete these preliminary actions. Candidates may have family and guests in the room to observe the degree as he completes it.
This past year has been a tremendous trial for us all as we endured the worst pandemic in over 100 years. It has been a test of our faith, our family life, our work and our social cultures. Many have suffered loss of jobs, family separations. But saddest of all we have lost family, friends and co-workers to this deadly disease.
As we struggle to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to remember our brother Knights who lost their fight with the virus and are now in the hands of Jesus. Let us pray to Our Lady and Blessed Fr. McGivney to intercede for them with Our Lord. Our prayer is that that they all dwell in the arms of the Lord forever.
It is difficult to identify all the brother Knights that we have lost to the virus but here are the members who were reported by our District Deputies:
Past State Deputy Roger Schumacher
Council #11858: Eugene Caldara, Eugene Caldara, Sr.; Joe Ordonez; Albert Deleon
Council #14230: Kim Penton
Council #3510: Walter Ligocki, FDD, PGK, PFN
Assembly #2536: Paul Curtin
Council #4737: Cesar F. Sanchez, Frank R. Arrona, Paul Cavazos
Council #14101: Ernest Vega, PGK
Council #3855: Paul Hernandez, Sr
District #15: lost a total of 15 brothers to COVID
Please pray with me for all our deceased Arizona brothers, named and unnamed, who died of the COVID-19 virus this past year and who we designate as our CUF Honorees for June 2021.
(Our Father.., Hail Mary …, Glory be…)
Blessed Michael McGivney, pray for us
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us