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Washington State Ceremonials 2017 - 2018
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Marcel P. Bergeron
State Ceremonials Director
Phone: (509) 554-4924

August 2017

My Brother Knights


Thanks to all of you Grand Knights and District Deputies who were able to attend and participate in this year’s Summer Leadership Meeting at the Red Lion in Spokane.  It was a great way to start off the New Year!  I want to express my deep appreciation to WDD Art Smalley and Brother Knights from St. Joseph’s Council 8872 in Colbert for their extra efforts in putting on a very nice presentation of the Admission Degree on Sunday of that weekend.  I thought they did an outstanding job showing us all how to do the degree while reading the parts.  They looked very professional in their dark suits with the use of ceremonial sashes for the 4 candidates who took their first degree on Sunday morning.


As you’re planning to put on and participate in all of the degrees organized for the coming year, I want to again impress upon each of you the importance of your roles in encouraging your new and existing members to advance through the Admission, Formation, and Knighthood degrees. Your personal commitment to our ceremonials is a vital key to the success of your Councils, Districts, the State Council and the Order. The more new and existing members can participate in all three of these degrees, the more dedicated and committed your brothers will be to actively participate in the Council activities and projects.


We have scheduled and organized a total of 25 Knighthood degrees throughout the State and the year. That schedule is on the website and it will be updated throughout the year. Your responsibility as Grand Knights and District Deputies is to carefully plan your Admission and Formation Degrees in an appropriate manner so that your members can be ready to participate in the planned Knighthood through the year in your area. Please take advantage of these opportunities.


Worthy District Deputies, as you plan your Formation Degrees for the year, here a few things to remember:

·         You as the District Deputy are in charge of the Degree!! You are responsible for the formation and making arrangements for the certification or recertification of individual members of your District team.

·         Before scheduling the degree, confer with your Grand Knights and other District Deputies for your area to make sure you select a date that will be convenient for all involved and will support upcoming Knighthood degrees scheduled in your area.

·         The attire for the degree should be one of two options: 1) the use of Ceremonial Robes or 2) the use of Supreme Council Ceremonial Sash worn over a dark colored business suit with the Council jewel of office

·         Work with your host Grand Knight to schedule an appropriate facility, on-site registration, and refreshments for the degree date.

·         Promote your Formation in your own and surrounding Districts

·         Every degree should have an honoree.  Invite your honoree to the degree and present the honoree to him at the degree or at some meaning time afterword.

·         Grand Knights, ensure that sponsors are present to escort their candidates. Candidates should never attend any degree by themselves. Sponsors should be present to support them at each degree that they attend.


Remember:  Any priest taking the degree should only take it by observation. Your staff coordinator (team captain) should be informed if there are any priests planning to take or be at the degree. Good luck with your goals for the year ahead of us.


As always, be prayerful in all you do and at every gathering with your Brothers offer special prayers for all members of your Council both active and inactive, for new potential prospects, and for the success of your Council in accomplishing its goals for the coming year


Yours in Christ


Marcel P. Bergeron, PGK, FDD, PFN
State Ceremonials Director
Phone: (509) 554-4924