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State Advocate 2017 - 2018

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Greg Mahoney

February 2018

Brother Knights,

In our world today, we find it easy to be able to communicate with many people in a short period of time.  The plethora of social media platforms at our disposal has contributed immensely to our capability to communicate quickly and broadly in a geographic sense. To be sure, we find ourselves wanting to use these platforms to communicate what we do as Knights of Columbus.  It is our responsibility as Knights to communicate effectively and wisely. The following information is intended to provide you with an overview of important guidelines to be aware of and to practice when speaking on behalf of the Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus Member Social Communications Policy and Guidelines apply to members and subordinate units of the Knights of Columbus when they choose to identify themselves as members of the Knights of Columbus or to discuss the work of the Knights of Columbus in social communications. 

"Social Communications” refers to, among other things, the internet, World Wide Web, and social media. “Social Media” includes blogs and microblogs, social networking sites, and picture and video sharing sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and YouTube, among others. Social media also includes any website that embeds social media functionality and content, including comments sections on blogs and commercial sites, such as, as well as Facebook’s “like” button.

Listed below are guidelines that summarize the main points of the Knights of Columbus Member Social Communications Policy

Member Social Communication Guidelines

READ the Knights of Columbus Member Social Communications Policy

· Use prudent judgment and practice Christian charity.

· Honor human dignity and maintain a culture of respect, dialogue, and friendship in social communications.

· Uphold the reputation and good name of the Order, which depends upon you conducting yourself as a Catholic Gentleman at all times, both online and offline.

· Do not communicate with minors directly. Always communicate with and through parents or legal guardians of minor children.

· Respect privacy, trademarks, copyright, and other applicable laws when posting content in social communications.

· Personal data, such as a person’s social security number, may not be disclosed or transmitted by way of social communications.

Include the following disclaimer in all posts in social communications when identifying your association with and/or expressing an opinion about the Knights of Columbus or the work of the Knights of Columbus: “The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Knights of Columbus. 

(Social Communications should be used by subordinate units and members of the Knights of Columbus to organize good works in the community and to promote the charitable mission of the Knights of Columbus. Social communications should be leveraged to facilitate personal interactions in the community. Social communications should not be seen as a replacement for in-person human interaction. When using social communications be sure to observe the principles of the Knights of Columbus:  Charity, Unity and Fraternity.)

Vivat Jesus!



Greg Mahoney
Washington State Council
State Advocate, WSC