The grand knight is responsible for the overall welfare of the council.
Elected annually by the council membership, the grand knight must
provide thoughtful and inspired leadership to the council officers, the
Service Program directors, chairmen and members of the council.
More specifically, his duties include: presiding over council meetings,
details of which are outlined in the flyer, "Method of Conducting a Council
Meeting" (#1937); acting as an ex officio member of all committees;
appointing the membership and program directors and working with them
on the selection of Service Program activities chairmen and membership
recruitment teams and retention chairmen; convening officers for a monthly
meeting; appointing special committees not mandated by the laws of the
council; overseeing the proper exemplification of the First Degree; and,
finally, making sure that all reports and reporting forms required by the
state or Supreme Council offices are submitted on time.
Another area of the grand knight's duties is overseeing the important work
of the council's admission committee. Immediately after entering upon his
term of office, the grand knight must appoint an admission committee
composed of seven members. The grand knight monitors their work and
makes sure their results are in line with the laws governing the actions of
The grand knight also interacts with the financial secretary and treasurer to
ensure the council is meeting its financial obligations to the Supreme and
state councils, and others. The grand knight countersigns all orders drawn
and signed by the financial secretary and all checks drawn and signed by
the treasurer. He also reads the vouchers from the financial secretary of
moneys paid to the treasurer and from the treasurer of moneys deposited in
the bank. By these procedures, the grand knight monitors the performance
of the financial secretary and treasurer, working with them to help the
council meet its financial obligations.
In accordance with section 130 of the "Charter, Constitution and Laws"
(#30), each financial secretary, upon appointment by the supreme knight, is
bonded automatically in the amount of $5,000.00. Additional bonding may
be provided at a cost of $7.00 per thousand by contacting the office of the
supreme secretary. The same will apply to the council treasurer when the
"Report Of Officers" (#185) is received at the Supreme Council office.
The grand knight is a member of the Advisory Board charged with general
supervision of a Columbian Squires circle sponsored by his council.
Finally, the grand knight, together with the deputy grand knight and
trustees, is responsible for recommending a chaplain to the ordinary of
the diocese for his appointment in accordance with section 128 of the
"Supreme Charter, Constitution and Laws" (#30). He also appoints a