Membership Application



Grand Knight
John Otis

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 council’s financial status and ensure that
his signature appears on all checks drawn.

Deputy Grand Knight
John Piro

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 council’s retention committee

Rev. Msgr William Scheyd

The chaplain is the spiritual advisor of the
council. He is expected to make a report at
council meetings on religious matters. The
grand knight appoints a priest in accordance
with any rules established by the
bishop of the diocese to serve as council

Edward Gayer

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 members’ interests in
council activities. The chancellor is chairman
of the admission committee.

James McKeon

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
its correspondence.

Financial Secretary
Patrick McBrien

The financial secretary is appointed by the
supreme knight, upon recommendation of
the council. His main area of responsibilities
is maintaining all financial and membership
records. He collects and receives all moneys
from all sources, including annual dues
from council members. He also handles supply
orders for the council officers and members,
filing the Report of Officer
(#185), and submitting all membership
transactions to the Supreme Council.

Tom Gerardi

The treasurer is responsible for the safekeeping
and maintaining records of all council
funds and accounts. He is responsible for
depositing money into the council’s
accounts and provides a certificate of such
monies to the grand knight. He is also
responsible for payment of all ex-penses.

John Emert

The lecturer is appointed by the grand
knight to provide both educational and
entertaining programs to the council. He is
responsible for the ‘Good of the Order’ portion
of council meetings. In order to provide
members with informative and educational
programs, he must be knowledgeable and
aware of all council programming.

L. Scott Banard

The advocate is the legal representative of the
council and serves as the council’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 Order’s
Charter, Constitution and Laws (#30), Methods
of Conducting a Council Meeting
(#1937), and Robert’s Rules of Order.

Anthony J. Riccardi, Jr.

The warden is the ‘watchdog’ 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 Guard
William J. Cody

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.

Outside Guard
Richard V. Laughton

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.

The Board of Trustees

The board of trustees consists of three members
elected by the council and the grand
knight, who serves as chairman of the
board. They oversee the work of the financial
secretary and treasurer, and with the
deputy grand knight serve on the council’s
retention committee. During council elections,
only the three-year trustee is voted on,
with the others moving on to become two and
one-year trustees, respectively.

Trustee 3rd Year
Peter C. Accinno, PGK

Trustee 2nd Year
Peter M. Greene, PGK

Trustee 1st Year
Peter R. O'Sullivan, PGK

DeputyGrand Knight
Financial Secretary
Board of Trustees

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