Eligibility for the Shining Armor Award requires that within the first year of membership the new knight must:
1) Work on three council service programs
2) Attend at least three council business meetings
3) Receive the second and third degrees
4) Meet with the council's insurance (field) representative
5) Recruit one new member
At the time of their first degree exemplification, new knights should have received a Shining Armor card on which to record their progress towards this award. If they do not have this card, or if there are any questions about this award, contact the membership director or the grand knight. When the eligibility requirements are completed within the first year, inform the grand knight who will obtain and present the certificate award and a lapel pin.
The 2011-2012 officers approved the following criteria for a knight, other than first year, to earn the Shining Armor Award:
1) Work on three council service projects
2) Attend five council business meetings
3) Attend one 1st Degree Exemplification
4) Attend one 2nd/3rd Degree Exemplification
5) Meet with the council’s insurance representative
6) Recruit and mentor two new members
All criteria must be satisfied within a 12-month period.
A knight who attains 65 years of age and has had 20 years of continuous membership in the Knights of Columbus is eligible for the Honorary Membership award. The council's Financial Secretary initiates the process and forwards the name to Supreme for confirmation. When approved, Supreme sends an award certificate back to the council for presentation to the recipient.
Gary Nolan, Vice President for Growth and Ceremonials, September 9, 2011
To qualify for the Star Council Award each council will have to "host" or "participate in" four First Degree Ceremonials during the 2011-2012 fraternal year.The definitions of *'host" or "participate in" are as follows:
"HOST" - To "host" a First Degree Ceremonial means to be the sponsor of the exemplification, regardless of where the First Degree team or the candidate is from, and as long as at least one candidate is welcomed into membership in the Knights of Columbus, that council shall be given credit as the "host" of the First Degree Ceremanial. Each hosting council should invite all neighboring councils to participate in their First Degree Ceremonial. (see example below.)
"PARTICIPATE lN" - A council that provides at least one candidate that advances to membership in the Knights of Columbus shall have "participated in" a First Degree Ceremonial.
ln the following example: Council A hosts a First Degree, however their candidate cannot attend; Council B provides two candidates, and Council C provides one candidate. ln this scenario Council A would be credited as "host." Councils B and C would be credited far "partcipating in" the First Degree Ceremonial. The exemplification of the First Degree Ceremonial must be reparted on Form 450 by the District Deputy, which includes his comments; or the new Form 450C by the grand knight or financial secretary. The host council should submit the Form 450C after each exemplification of the First Degree, even if as the host council, they do not have a candidate. The Form 450 and 450C are available to be submitted electronically fram the Knights of Columbus website at www.kofc.org. All councils are reminded that they have the ability to conduct their awn First Degree at their own council, and may read the parts (if necessary) or use the "Narration CD" in case they beccme shart-handed. The Official Suppliers have available higher quality and lower cost First Degree paraphernalia items and should be contacted directly for those items, along with Ceremsnial Baldrics.