With nominations for officers open and elections coming up, here’s a list of the council officer positions with their duties.
The Grand Knight is responsible for the welfare of the council. He presides over council meetings, acts as an ex-officio member of all committees, appoints a membership and programming director, convenes officers for a monthly meeting, and ensures all necessary reports are submitted to the state and Supreme Council. He should also be aware of the councilâ€™s financial status and ensure that his signature appears on all checks drawn.
Deputy Grand Knight
The Deputy Grand Knight is second in command. He assists the Grand Knight with council affairs and fulfills all duties assigned to him by the Grand Knight. Should the Grand Knight be absent from a council meeting, the Deputy Grand Knight will preside. He is chairman of the councilâ€™s retention committee and also a member of the Advisory Board charged with overseeing the council’s sponsored Columbian Squires circle.
The Chancellor has a variety of responsibilities. Primarily, he assists the Grand Knight and the Deputy Grand Knight in the execution of their duties and oversees the council in both their absences. He is charged with strengthening the membersâ€™ interests in council activities. The Chancellor is chairman of the admission committee and a member of the Columbian Squires circle ceremonial team.
The Recorder is similar to a court reporter or a secretary. He is responsible for maintaining a true record of all actions of the council and itâ€™s correspondence.
The Treasurer is responsible for the safekeeping and maintaining records of all council funds and accounts. He is responsible for depositing money into the councilâ€™s accounts and provides a certificate of such monies to the Grand Knight. He is also responsible for payment of all expenses.
The Lecturer is appointed to his position by the Grand Knight to provide both educational and entertaining programs for the council. He is responsible for the ‘Good of the Order’ portion of the council meetings. In order to provide members with informative and education programs, he must be knowledgeable and aware of all council programming.
The Advocate is the legal representative of the council and serves as the councilâ€™s attorney at trials and investigations of any interest to the council. While he does not need to be a member of the legal profession, he should be familiar with the council by-laws, the Orderâ€™s Charter, Constitution and Laws, Methods of Conducting a Council Meeting and Robertâ€™s Rules of Order.
The Warden is the â€˜watchdogâ€™ for council property and degree paraphernalia, except the property of the Financial Secretary, Treasurer, and Recorder. He is also responsible for setting up the council chambers for meetings and ceremonial work. During ceremonial exemplifications, he will appoint and supervise guards.
Inside & Outside Guards
The Guards have similar responsibilities, but distinct differences. The Outside Guard tends to the outer door admitting visitors and members to the inner door. Once at the inner door, the Inside Guard checks to make sure that their membership cards are current.