The grand knight is the highest ranking elected officer of his council and is responsible for observing the laws of the Order and his council. The office of grand knight is one that is rich in opportunities to serve his fellow Knights and to lead his council in service to family, Church and community. Additionally, the grand knight must ensure the membership, insurance and programming growth of his council and the involvement of all its members.
DUTIES OF THE GRAND KNIGHT
Section 135 of the Laws of the Order governs the duties of the grand knight. References to other business related to the office of grand knight can be found on page 103 of the “Charter, Constitution and Laws.” A copy of the laws should be in the grand knight’s possession. A new, up-to-date issue is published each year following the Supreme Council meeting in August. Copies of the “Charter, Constitution and Laws’’ (#30, available in English, French and Spanish, 20¢ each) may be obtained from the Supreme Council Supply Department.
Each grand knight should also read the by-laws of his own council and learn what specific duties and functions they prescribe for him. If the council does not have a set of bylaws, he may obtain a copy from the office of the supreme advocate that is recommended for adoption by subordinate councils.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE GRAND KNIGHT
The grand knight is primarily responsible for the successful conduct of his council. He will not be able to perform all its business details, but he must see that they are done properly and on time. This is done through constant supervision of the work of all officers, directors and committees. During their term of office, the grand knight and officers should set as their goal — “a better council.’’ Obviously this task is far too much for one man alone. It must be achieved by teamwork—
It is the grand knight’s obligation to inspire mutual cooperation and voluntary service among the officers and members. In addition, the grand knight is directly responsible for cooperation with other Columbian groups and leaders, which include: Columbian Squires, Fourth Degree assemblies, chapters, district deputy, other councils, state deputy and state council — its officers and representatives.
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