Resolution No. 350
Amending Section 240 of the Laws of the Order
WHEREAS, Section 240 of the Laws of the Knights of Columbus provides a procedure for Financial Secretaries to issue membership cards to members in their respective local councils who have been initiated into the First, Second, or Third degrees of the Order; and
WHEREAS, the Order’s new online ceremonial enables men to be initiated into the Knights of Columbus as Associate Members; and
WHEREAS, members who have been initiated into the Order through the online ceremonial are full members of the Knights of Columbus under the jurisdiction of their respective state councils; and
WHEREAS, the Order needs to establish a procedure for issuing membership cards to members who have been initiated into the Order through the online ceremonial and are under the jurisdiction of their respective state councils,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that, Section 240 be amended as follows:
(a) For Members of a Subordinate Council. The Financial Secretary shall issue a membership card to each member in good standing as shall be determined by him, except that the Grand Knight at a meeting of the council may issue a membership card to a member known to him personally to be in good standing if the Financial Secretary shall not be present at the meeting. The membership card shall be issued under the seal of the council for such period as the member may pay his dues and assessments for a period of not less than three months. Said card shall state the member's name, the council to which he belongs and the degrees of the Order (First, Second or Third) attained. The card shall contain the signature of the members and shall be countersigned by the Grand Knight and the Financial Secretary of the council. The presentation to the proper officers of a current membership card showing the member to be in good standing on the date presented, shall entitle the member to attend all meetings of his council and if a Third Degree member to meetings of his State Council and to meetings of the Supreme Council; and to all degree work in the degree to which he has attained membership.
(b) For Members in a State Division. The Supreme Secretary shall issue a membership card to each member who has been initiated into the Order through an online ceremonial, who is in good standing as shall be determined by the Supreme Secretary, and who belongs to a division under the jurisdiction of a state council. Said card shall state the member’s name, the state division to which he belongs, and the term of membership, and shall be signed by the Supreme Knight.