The Chicago Archdiocesan Chapter's first, if not the most important function of the chapter, is its utility as a clearinghouse with information for all councils and members. It is the reference point for anyone looking in the Chicago directory to direct inquires. As a matter of record non-members wishing to contact an individual council or the headquarters in New Haven could call the chapter. In those early days the chapter was the Knights of Columbus core of activity in Chicago. Councils belonging to the chapter were charged $1.00 per member annually and a $0.50 cents enrollment fee was paid to offset the cost of operations. We no longer have a club house or office and the per capita has been reduced.
What can the Chapter do for the Archdiocesan council?
We are available for training of council officers and financial secretaries.
The Chapter has two traveling 1st Degree Teams available with 2 weeks notice. We can also help councils establish their 1st Degree Team.
Coordination and publication of district and council events using the Chapter Newsletter and Web-Site .
Working together, the over 100 councils in the Chicago Archdiocese can make a difference with our Charity Programs; “Christmas “Cheer and “Gifts for the Troops”, "Coats for Kids".
The Chapter's relief work is highlighted by the promotion of Christmas Cheer, a fund raising effort for the less fortunate youngsters and senior citizens confined to nursing homes and institutions. Our Annual Golf Outing is held every year with the profits going to support this most important charitable activity.
Gifts for the Troops was started a few years ago in SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Donations are collected in the fall to be distributed by chaplains to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in December in time for Christmas.
The Chicago Archdiocesan Chapter is committed to the support of the clergy especially in the Chicago Archdiocese.
Working through the Master the Chicago Chapter is the proud sponsor of the St. Patrick day parade.