The installation of officers of a council of the Knights of Columbus is always a most solemn occasion. The ceremonial, which is open to the public, brings officers, members, their wives and their families to be inspired by the duties of the various offices within the council and to witness their dedication to their elected positions that they received from the members. This is done by the District Deputy (the one in red) who represents both the state and supreme, assisted by another DD from a neighboring district. Their wardens, dressed in blue, provide escort and assist in the installation.
The Fr. William J. Crowley Council of the Knights of Columbus (#5817) is located in Wading River, Long Island, New York, in the Second New York District. District Deputy Paul R. Basileo PGK DD, iis responsible for this district. District Deputy Stanley Blaske Jr. PGK PFN DD is responsible for the First New York District. Between te first and second districts, the North and South forks of Long Island are covered. The second New York District covers the North Fork, from Greenport to Rocky Point.
Of course no installation would be complete without a repast, and the chefs of the council worked hard to put together a meal fit for a king.
The installation is a solemn affair; officers are assembled and form a living cross. They are called up one office at a time; given their charge and then the jewel of their office. Tradition has the function of jewelling of the Grand Knight is done by the Grand Knight’s wife.
With the installation done, let’s look at the group photo of the officers.
Now, let’s have some coffee and cake!