The Grand Knight is responsible for all aspects of Council operation.
  • He presides over Council meetings  and is ex-officio member of
    all committees.
  • His emblem, the Anchor carried on a purple ribbon, is indicative
    of Columbus, the Mariner.
  • His robe is royal purple with white cincture with silver fringe.
  • A purple mantle with white roll collar is also worn.
  • He is in charge of Vocations and indoctrinating new members
    into Council activities.
  • The Chancellor usually acts as Council Activities Chairman as
  • His emblem is the Isabella Cross, with Skull and Crossbones; it is
    worn on a black over white ribbon.
  • The Cross is self explanatory, while the Skull and Crossed
    Bones are symbolic of man's mortality.
  • The Chancellor wears a black robe trimmed with white and a
    white cincture with silver fringe.
  • He also wears a black mantle with white roll collar.
The Deputy Grand Knight acts on behalf of the Grand Knight in
his absence and also serves as General Programs Director. His
emblem, the Compass, was also used by Columbus, the Mariner.
The Knights of Columbus Compass, with its points being Charity,
Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism, is known as the Compass of
Virtue; its 32 flame-like rays represent the 32 virtues which may
be possessed by men. It is hung from a purple ribbon. His robe is
the same as the Grand Knight, but without the
The Financial Secretary is appointed by the Supreme knight, upon
recommendation of the council. His main area of responsibilities is
maintaining all membership records and is otherwise responsible for
all financial matters of the Council except those allocated to the
  • His emblem is a Crossed Key and Quill. The Key has always
    been associated with an office concerned with money,
    safekeeping and secrecy.
  • The Quill is the symbol of a scribe - a record keeper - one
    who writes letters, documents, etc.
  • This jewel is worn on a white over yellow ribbon.
  • His robe is black, trimmed with black, and a white cincture  
    with silver fringe
The Treasurer is responsible for the safekeeping and
maintaining of all funds, maintains the accounts of the Council, of
a proper voucher from the Financial Secretary. Cross Keys worn
on a blue ribbon are symbolic of his complete authority over
funds, particularly  for their safekeeping.
  • His robe is black, trimmed with black, and a white cincture
    with silver fringe.
The Advocate is the Chief Legal Officer of the Council,
  • resolving procedural matters,
  • acting as parliamentarian,
  • handling all legal activities.
His emblem is the Scroll with Crossed Sword hung from a yellow ribbon.
The Scroll is emblematic of legal literature and law, while the Sword
indicates the power to defend and enforce the law.
The Advocate's robe is black with golden yellow trim and yellow cincture
with silver fringe.
The Warden is the "watchdog" for all council property and degree
  • serves as the custodian of all Council property except funds
  • is in charge of properly setting up the Council Chamber.
  • directs the activities of the Inside and Outside Guards.
  • His emblem, an Axe Bound with Rods, known as a Faces,
    was traditionally carried by the guards or protectors of
    Roman  magistrates as a symbol of authority. The Warden
    ideally has and exercises that authority.
  • The ribbon is colored red over black.
  • His robe is black trimmed with scarlet with a scarlet cincture
    with silver fringe.
The Recorder keeps the minutes of the meetings, conducts
correspondence as directed by the Grand Knight, and keeps official
historic documents of the Council. In the absence of the Grand Knight
and Deputy Grand Knight, His robe is black, with a white cincture with
silver fringe.
The Lecturer provides entertainment for the members after
meetings, particularly the second meeting of the month, which is our
social meeting, and handles certain other major social events of the
Council such as Family Dinners. His emblem consists of Lyre and
Scroll. These are traditionally symbols of music and literature and
the arts. Hence, the Lecturer is in charge of entertainment. His
ribbon is white over blue. The Lecturer wears a black robe with
national blue trimming and blue cincture with silver fringe.
The Inside Guard and Outside Guard are charged with the security
of the Council Chamber and assist the Warden in meeting the duties of
his Office.
  • Their emblems, Crossed Key and Axe hung from a white ribbon,
    represent their power as sentries at the door.
  • Their robes are gray with black trim and yoke.
  • The cincture is also black with silver fringe.
The Trustees (three in number) oversee the financial transactions
of the Council,
  • review all bills and financial reports and audit the Council's
    financial records semi-annually.
  • Their emblems, Crossed Key and Sword, indicate this
    financial authority and are worn on green ribbons.
  • Trustees wear black robes trimmed in green.
MSGR. William S. Bevington Council #9132
Hendersonville, TN 37075