The Color Corps of the Patriotic Degree

 

When knighthood was in flower, knights carried the sword to defend their God, their Church, their Country and their fellow man according to the code of chivalry.  Today, Sir Knights wear the uniform and carry the sword to honor Christ and His apostles, especially on religious and civic occasions.  Hence, the primary purpose of the Fourth Degree is to encourage active Catholic citizenship and foster the spirit of Patriotism in members and the community at large.

 

Dress Code for the Fourth Degree

 

NEW UNIFORM GUIDELINES

(As of November 19, 2017)

 

NEWS FLASH:  Per Supreme Master's announcement

Wearing of traditional regalia

has been extended until June 30, 2019

 

Click here for Supreme Council FAQ on the New Uniform

 

Additional District Guidelines:

  1. Effective immediately, candidates taking their Fourth Degree may wear a black, dark blue or dark gray suit with a white shirt and tie.  No sport coats or other colored suits will be allowed.  Fourth Degree members (“sideliners”) attending the degree may wear the same as the candidates or their traditional tuxedo with social baldric.
  2. Traditional Full Regalia will continue to be used at Exemplifications through the end of the 2018-2019 Columbian year.
  3. Only the basic Fourth Degree lapel pin (PG-113) will be worn on the new uniform.  Larger Fourth Degree pins or the current Color Corp flag pin are not to be worn on the new uniform.
  4. The uniform can ONLY be purchased as a full set and only from the Supreme dedicated supplier at  (www.kofcuniform.com).  The cost is $510.00 and includes:  Dark Blue Jacket, Dark Gray Slacks, Fourth Degree tie, Black Beret, and gold medallion.
  5. As part of the NEW uniform, each member will need to provide their own black shoes, black socks, black belt and long-sleeved white shirt with standard collar.  No tuxedo shirts or button-down collars.  No tie clips or cufflinks may be worn.
  6. The new uniform is not required in order to take the Fourth Degree nor to be a member of the Fourth Degree.

 

All District and Assembly officers are asked to help control the rumor mill and, especially, don't add your own speculative or criticizing comments.  As leaders, we need to unite behind our Supreme Knight, Supreme Master, Board of Directors and our Vice Supreme Masters to support this change. Regardless of your personal feelings about the new uniform, it is your duty as leaders to not only support the decision of our Board of Directors but to stand up against any and all opposition by your members.

 

Remember, we have taken oaths in all four degrees to obey and support the Laws and Rules of our Order and our superior officers. Now is the time to not only do that, but to lead by example.  We have all experienced many changes and we have all survived those changes.  The Fourth Degree uniform change is just another change.

 

Thank you for your patience and loyalty to our Order as we work together to implement this directive from Supreme.  The definitions of the program are still evolving.  Don’t believe anything you hear unless it comes from the District Master or Vice Supreme Master.

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