Supreme Council News

From the Desk of The Worthy Supreme Sir Knight

December 2002

WSSK Charlie McSwain
Supreme Sir Knight

From the Desk of The Webmaster

Oct. 2002

We have just returned from our 105th National Convention. Court 5 hosted this year activities and showed all delegates a wonderful time. Outgoing Supreme Sir Knight Donald Gillespie presided over a series of successful meeting that produced two resolutions, amended the constitution and bylaws of the organization and transitioned leadership of the Supreme Council to newly installed Supreme Sir Knight Charlie McSwain. Moving forward you should see greater use of this website as a tool to communicate the mission of the Knights of Equity and recruit new members and Courts.

Our thanks to the members of Court 5 KOE and DOE whose efforts were rewarded with one of the most productive and memorable Conventions of the past decade.

Webmaster/National Organizer Greg Garrison

From the Desk of The Worthy Supreme Sir Knight

Dec 2001

As we approach the Holiday Season (and deer season), I ask that each of you offer a prayer that the God help our leaders find the solution to the problems that plague this world. It is my prayer that each of you have a safe and joyous Holiday Season and that each of you will enter the new year with a profound sense of well being and hope. From my home to yours I offer this Irish blessing:

May you be poor in misfortune
Rich in Blessings
Slow to make enemies
Quick to make friends
But, rich or poor, quick or slow
May you know nothing
But happiness
from this day forward.

SSK Donald Gillespie

From the Desk of The Worthy Supreme Sir Knight

Oct/Nov 2001

The terrible tragedy affected on our nation on Sept. 11 reverberates in the hearts of the Knights of Equity.
It is in times like this that we can all seek solace in our God and Church. While many of us understandably seek vengeance for these terrible wrongs, we need also consider the teachings of our Faith. Do not succumb to the temptation of hate or bitterness, for that only eats at our hearts and moves us away from God.
Turn instead to prayer. Pray for all of mankind, that through the Grace of God, the evil that affects this world be ended. Pray that suffering in the world end. And Pray that each of us, as a Knights of Equity, recognize that God is with us and answers our Prayers.

WSSK Donald Gillespie
Supreme Sir Knight
Is gaire cabhair Dé ná an doras.
(God's help is nearer than the door.)

From the Desk of The Worthy Ard Ri

Oct. 2001

Brother helping Brother
When you were initiated as a new member into the Knights of Equity, the phrase "Brother Helping Brother" was one that you heard and (hopefully) remember to this day. As a member, did you ever help a Brother in need? Were you asked to help a Brother? Have you ever freely offered to help a Brother in need? Was the help of a Brother ever offered to you? As a Knight of Equity always remember that there is a Brother Knight of Equity waiting to help you in your time of need.
A classic example of Brother helping Brother was exemplified during the recent tragedy at the Wold Trade Center. Over 400 firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service individuals were lost when the buildings collapsed. From over 20 states, thousands of their brothers poured into the site in a herculean effort to recover those lost. Many of our fellow brothers are members of local police and fire services. We offer them our prayers and perpetual heartfelt thanks for their dedication in the mission of "protect and serve." October is National Firefighters Month – honor them!
Saint Florian of Rome is the Patron Saint of Firefighters… "May St. Florian continue to guide and protect them."
To perpetuate the certainty of our Knights motto of "Brother helping Brother" there will be a Hall of Emania – First Degree Ceremony and Initiation, conducted in Court Nine on Friday, October 19, 8:00 PM in the Club Rooms. Please attend.
A good place to find a potential member is right at your reach – a potential member could be your own brother, your father, son, uncle, nephew, cousin, son-in-law, God son, God father, union brother, co-worker or parish priest – they are all right there!
"May Saint Oliver Plunkett guide and protect you in your selections."
John F. Webber, Ard Ri – Hall of Tara, Supreme Director of Degrees.

From the Desk of The Worthy Supreme Sir Knight

Aug/Sept 2001

I am extremely proud to be a member of the Knights. I am quick to jump at any opportunity to share what the organization means to me.

I am concerned that we don’t do this enough.

As Summer slowly fades away. (A very hot and humid one I might add) We must now look forward to a new season of promoting the Knights of Equity whenever and wherever we can. Ours is a wonderful, historied organization and we need to be telling people our story. We need to promote the Knights at any opportunity and bring in new members, excited about the organization. We need to extend the name of our organization as often as possible.

Each and every one of us must help promote our local fund raising projects. These projects are important to our very being. If we are able to remain financially strong on the local level, that benefits us on the national level as well.

It is my wish that whenever people speak of an Irish Catholic organization the first name that they think of is the Knights of Equity. With your help we can make this happen.

Thank you,

WSSK Don Gillespie
Supreme Sir Knight

From the Desk of The Worthy Supreme Sir Knight

July 2001

I would like to congratulate each and every officer elected this year. Each of us has responsibility for moving the organization forward. By submitting our names for election and taking the oath of installation we indicated our willingness to take the time to do the job and, hopefully, challenged yourselves to do it better than the guy who had the job before you.

There are no small roles that need to be played, each of us, as officers, need to take the lead in introducing new members to the organization, chairing committees and attending meetings.

Each year we entrust the future of the organization in the hands of a new group of Brothers. It is they who make the leadership decisions that enable us to grow or cause decline.

I have the utmost confidence that the men serving our organization have the skills, knowledge and commitment to lead the Knights of Equity forward.

I call on the rest of the membership to support our officers and our organization. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do as Supreme Sir Knight to assist in making ours the best organization it can be.

Thank you,

WSSK Don Gillespie
Supreme Sir Knight

From the Desk of The Worthy Supreme Sir Knight

October 2000

As you may know, I have been newly installed as the Worthy Supreme Sir Knight, and to me this is one of the proudest moments of my life.

I would like to tell you what being a Knight of Equity means to me. First, a Knight is a good Catholic and family man. Second, a Knight is a good Irishman, a good citizen and an asset to his community. Third, and just as important, is brotherhood, helping one another whenever and wherever possible.

To survive we must look to the future, we must work together, and we must promote the Knights whenever we have the opportunity. We need to give new members a reason to become involved and active, and we need to reach out to older members in an effort to bring them back.

Recognizing that the Daughters of Erin are a strong part of our organization, we must include them in our efforts to grow and adapt the organization to the next millennium.

One of my favorite Irish sayings goes like this, " May the roof above us never fall in and may we friends, gathered below, never fall out."

I am excited about the challenges we will face over the next two years and rely on each of you to do your part for the Knights. We are dealing with issues that are not ours alone, but with the kind of people we have in the Knights of Equity, they are problems that we can solve.

Thank you,

WSSK Don Gillespie
Supreme Sir Knight

St. Oliver Plunket guide and protect us.

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