About the Fourth Degree
1. Supreme Board of Directors
- The Supreme power and control over the Fourth Degree, including the making, amending and changing of all laws, rules and regulations concerning the same, is vested in the Board of Directors.
- The Board of Directors appoints the Supreme Master and all Vice Supreme Masters.
- The creation of new Provinces, Districts and Assemblies must be approved by the Board of Directors.
2. Supreme Master
- The Supreme Master exercises administrative authority in the Fourth Degree and supervise all of its officers and assemblies.
- Makes detailed reports with such recommendations as to him seem proper to each meeting of the Board of Directors.
- The Supreme Master appoints a Master for each District.
3. Supreme Assembly
- The Supreme Assembly is composed of the Supreme Knight, Supreme Secretary, Supreme Master and the duly appointed Vice Supreme Masters of the Fourth Degree.
- Meets annually to consider all matters concerning the welfare of the Fourth Degree. The Supreme Master presides at all meetings.
- Recommends to the Supreme Board amendments to the laws and Rules Governing the Fourth Degree.
4. Provinces and Provincial Assembly
- The Order is divided into as many Provinces as the Supreme Board of Directors deems advisable.
- Provincial Assembly is composed of Vice Supreme Master and all the Masters in the Province.
- Provincial Assembly meets whenever the Supreme Master and Board of Directors shall deem it advisable for consideration of Fourth Degree matters.
- Vice Supreme Master presides at all meetings and exercises administrative authority over all the Masters in his Province.
5. Districts and District Assembly
- Subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, each Province is divided by the Supreme Master into as many Districts as, from time, to time, he may deem necessary.
- The District Assembly is composed of the Faithful Navigator of each assembly and one delegate for each 100 members or major fraction thereof
- It meets every two years during April or May in the even numbered years. The Master presides at all meetings.
- It considers matters concerning the Fourth Degree and selects three members to recommend to the Supreme Master for his consideration in appointing a Master for the District.
6. Local Assembly
- Same structure as council except for change in officer's titles.
Relationship of Fourth Degree to Third Degree
1. All Fourth Degree members must be members in good standing in the Third Degree. The suspension or withdrawal of a member in his council shall automatically terminate his membership in the Fourth Degree.
2. The State Deputy is the chief executive officer in his jurisdiction.
- Although he does not exercise administrative authority over the Fourth Degree officers and assemblies, he should nevertheless be concerned with the welfare of the Fourth Degree because its members are members of the Order under his jurisdiction.
- The State Deputy may make recommendations to the Supreme Master and the Board of Directors as to appointments of a Vice Supreme Master and Masters in his jurisdiction as well as the creation of any new districts.
- All Vice Supreme Masters and Masters are instructed to clear all dates for Fourth Degree activities with the State Deputy so as not to conflict with programs of the State Council.
- State Deputy is always kept informed by the Supreme Master as to all programs of the Fourth Degree and he should support and help promote these programs in his jurisdiction.
- State Deputy should, when possible, allow space in his state news bulletin for the publishing of Fourth Degree news. He should encourage local councils to do likewise.
- State Deputy should include list of Fourth Degree Officers and assemblies in his State Directory.
- Vice Supreme Masters and Masters should be recognized when attending State Council meetings and functions and State Deputy and State Officers should be recognized when attending Fourth Degree functions.
- The District Deputy should have sufficient training in order to report, Fourth Degree matters to his councils.
3. Fourth Degree contributes to solidarity of the Order.
- Fourth Degree current suspension rate is only .06% (0.0006).
- You have to be a member in good standing in the Third Degree to retain membership in the Fourth Degree.
- Fourth Degree Assembly should be advised when a member is in danger of suspension and asked to assist in retention efforts.
4. Fourth Degree gives visibility to the Order.
- On the Holy Fathers recent visit to Canada, the TV cameras followed his every step. Everywhere the Holy Father went there was a Fourth Degree Color Corps and Honor Guard clearly visible. As a matter of fact there were many more members of the Third Degree present everywhere, assisting as marshals, ushers and in other capacities, but they were not visible, they were not identified. Yet the whole country knew the Knights of Columbus was there because of the visible Fourth Degree regalia.
- When the Fourth Degree Color Corps appears at ceremonies in our churches and at other functions, everyone knows the Knights of Columbus is present and assisting.
Fourth Degree Programs
1. Assemblies should not participate in programs in competition or in conflict with local councils.
2. Patriotic Programs
- Display and distribution of flag
- Essay contests on patriotic and historical subjects.
- Voter registration and "Get out the Vote" campaign.
- Parades and Civic Ceremonies
3. Membership Recruitment
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FOURTH DEGREE IN WISCONSINEarly history, because of the lack of documentation of the Fourth Degree in Wisconsin and at the Supreme level is most difficult to obtain. My research comes from various sources including "Faith and Fraternalism" and "A History of the Fourth Degree" by Christopher Kauffman, "50 Golden Years of the Knights of Columbus, 1902-1952" in Wisconsin and various hooks, pamphlets and periodicals located at the State Office in Madison. I'm sure there will be a few errors and I’m hoping that our readers can present documented proof to correct them. Soon after the foundation of the Order in 1892, many requests were made that other degrees be added to the three provided for the Order's rituals. It was not until 1899 however, that the Supreme Board adopted a resolution appointing a committee to report on this matter It was decided by this committee to add a new, but optional degree. One, to "inculcate a love of country and impress the duties of citizenship, and its motto or principle of patriotism-patriotism enlightened and informed by religion". Among those responsible for the founding of the Fourth Degree were; Charles A. Webber. Brooklyn, Chairman and a member of the Supreme Board, Edward L Hearst then Supreme Knight and later European representative of the Order during and after World War I; Daniel Colwell, then National Secretary and one of the founders of the Order; Right Reverend Joseph II. Conroe, then Vicar General; State Deputy P. L. McArdle of Illinois; John P. Delaney; Hon. John W. Mogan; William H. Bennett; Hon. William S. McNary and William P. Cashman. Vicar General Conroy, Chairman Webber and Justice Delaney collaborated in the writing of the inspiring ceremonial and ritual of the Fourth Degree which today remains the same in form, content and structure prepared by them. In 1910 as the Fourth Degree began to grow and expand across the United States and Canada the assemblies were assigned into Provinces named after explorers. There were six original provinces. In alphabetical order: Cabot Province, Boston; Calvert Province. New York: Champlain Province, Ottawa; De Soto Province, New Orleans; La Sale Province, Seattle and Marquette Province, Milwaukee. Since then fourteen more provinces have been established. Because in the early years of its formation, Assemblies consisted of scattered and segregated units each governed by its own by-laws and a few generals rules laid down by the Board of Directors. It was found advisable to give national organization to the new degree. A listing of all the Supreme Masters who have served: 1920-1940 John H. Reddin – CO 1941-1945 Timothy P. Galvin 1945-1965 William J. Mulligan 1966-1967 Virgil C. Dechant – KS 1967-1970 Frank C. McGillin 1970-1983 Daniel McCormak 1983-1987 Alfred N. Nicolas – TX 1987-1991 Hilary F. Schmittzehe – MO 1991-1996 Darrell W. Beck – IL 1996-2000 Charles H. Foos – IL 2000-2005 Nestor V. Barber – CA 2005- Joseph P. Schultz The very first Exemplification in Wisconsin was held in Milwaukee on Sunday, April 14, 1907 at the Plankington Hotel with 350 Candidates. August Rebhan was the Master. We must remember that at that time there were few if any telephones and all correspondence had to be by mail. There obviously were not the highways as we know them today so most of the candidates traveled by train. This Degree had candidates from all of the surrounding States such as Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Michigan and Nebraska. Wisconsin also had only one Master until 1958 when the State was divided into the Eastern District comprising the Milwaukee Archdiocese and the Green Bay Diocese with 21 Assemblies and the Western District encompassed the LaCrosse, Madison and Superior Dioceses with 30 Assemblies.
|The Former Masters of Wisconsin:|
|1907- 1913||August Rebhan - Milwaukee|
|1913-1915||Hon. Michael J. Sheridan- Milwaukee|
|1915-1918||Richard J. Hennessey-Milwaukee|
|1918-1922||Charles O'Hara- Milwaukee|
|1922-1924||John F. Riley - Milwaukee|
|1924-1938||John A. Kuypers - Green Bay|
|1938-1942||Fred A. Armen|
|1942-1952||John E. McGillevray - Milwaukee|
|1952-1960||Clem J. Schlaefer||Green Bay|
|1972-1988||James A. McCann||Milwaukee||Msgr. Francis Beres|
|1988-1992||George E. Kaczmarek||Milwaukee||Rev. Herbert Schubert|
|1992-1996||Clifford A. Jansen||Kimberly||Rev. Richard Klingeisen|
|1996-2000||John Hanlon||Tigerton||Rev. Herbert Schubert|
|2000-2004||Erwin Jankowiak||Milwaukee||Rev. Albert Lis, OFM|
|2004-2008||Edward Vander Bloomen Jr. ||Manitowoc ||Rev. Albert Lis, OFM |
|2008-2012||Carl Duch||Oconomowoc||Rev. Albert Lis, OFM|
|1952-1960||Dr. Eugene Kremhs||Merrill|
|1972-1978||Hon. James H. Levi||Stevens Point|
|1978-1980||Lawrence Gherty||New Richmond|
|1930-1984||John Koch||Prairie du Sac|
|1984-1988||Edward Quillin||La Crosse||Bishop Frederick Frecking|
|1988-1992||Austin Baxter||Cuba City||Rev. Eugene Graham|
|1992-1996||Jerry Kasper||Columbus||Rev. William Hower|
Rev. Thomas Segerson
Rev. John Norder
|2000-2004||Anthony Felber||Tomah||Rev. Arnold Reuter|
Rev. Joseph Hirsch
|2004-2008||Charles Wiederholt||Cuba City||Rev. Joseph Hirsch|
|2008-2012||Jacob Grzywacz||Mosinee||Rev. Joseph Hirsch |
Vice Supreme Masters of Wisconsin
August Rebhan - 1913-1917
Hon. James H. Levi - 1979-1983
George Kaczmarek - 1995-1999
Harold Stohlmeyer - 2011 -
|Supreme MasterDennis J StoddardKnights of ColumbusOne Columbus Plaza New Haven, CT 06510-3326(203) 752-4437 ||Vice Supreme Master Harold Stohlmeyer PSD, WI (Mary Pat)539 Schreiner Park RoadLancaster, WI 53813-1069(608) 723-2611 firstname.lastname@example.org |
|EASTERN DISTRICTExecutive Committee ||WESTERN DISTRICT Executive Committee |
|Master-Eastern DistrictRoland C. Ransom, II (Judy)1131 Rainbow CourtMukwonago, WI 53149(262) email@example.com||Master-Western District Ronald J. Shymanski (Kathleen)2951 15th Street SouthWisconsin Rapids, WI 54494(715) 423-0939|
|District Friar Rev. William Hower1807 Orchard LaneOshkosh, WI 54902(608) firstname.lastname@example.org||District Friar Rev. Allen Wierzba|
|District MarshallMichael G. Jordan (Dianna)5770 Church RoadOmro, WI 54963-9339(920) 858-7709Michael.email@example.com||District MarshallJacob J. Grzywacz (Donna)1354 County Road XMosinee, WI 54455(715) 547-9461 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|District SecretaryEdward Vander Bloomen, Jr. (Noreen)2211 Dewey StreetManitowoc, WI 54220-6340(920) 683-8996 Home (920) 901-5429 Cellskeeter@lsol.net ||District SecretaryGeorge Walter (Mary Jo)|
1020 Keith StreetEau Claire. WI 54701(715) 835-6891
|Degree CoordinatorSteve Ruder (Bernie)N73 W29811 Christopherson LaneHartland, WI 53029(262) email@example.com||Membership/RegistrationAnthony Felber (Nancy) 1017 Mary Kay AvenueTomah, WI 54660(608) 372-4886 |
|Degree Equipment ManagerCharles Andrychowicz (Barbara)N74 W23231 S Ridgeview CirlceSussex, WI 53089(262) firstname.lastname@example.org||Exemplification FacilitatorDaniel M. Frommelt (Nekole)580 East Mineral StreetPlatteville, WI 53818(608) 348-8536 |
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