Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practical Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who shall not be less than 18 years of age on their last birthday. A practical Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Application blanks are available from any member of the Knights of Columbus. Every knight is happy to propose eligible Catholic men for consideration as members.
Acceptance of the applicant depends upon a vote of the members of the subordinate council in which he is making application.
All priests and religious brothers having duly made application for membership and participated in the ceremonials become honorary life members of the Order and are exempt from payment of dues.
Application for membership must be made through the council in the community nearest the applicant's place of residence. Interested prospects without a permanent domicile, such as men temporarily away from home through duty in the armed forces, may make application through their hometown council or at the nearest council on a military base.
If favorably voted upon, the applicant becomes a member by initiation known as the First Degree. He subsequently is advanced through the Second Degree and the Third Degree.
There are modest initiation fees and dues set by subordinate councils under regulations established by the Supreme Council. The insurance privileges are available to all members who can qualify, which represents an important advantage of membership. For men in every walk of life the name Knights of Columbus engenders the image of a united organization, efficiently going about its tasks of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the priesthood. It is composed of men who are giving unselfishly of their time and talents in service of God and their country.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus provides opportunity for wholesome association with congenial companions who are, first of all, practical Catholic gentlemen. It offers the opportunity for fellowship with those who are of the same belief, who recognize the same duty to God, to family and to neighbor and who stand side by side in defense of those beliefs. Programs are so organized as to appeal to the individual interest of the members. Through many constructive activities of Christian fraternity, members are enabled to render service to their Church, their country and their fellowman. Through membership they develop a consciousness of their ability to lead and to assist.
Organized Columbianism, united behind the individual Knight of Columbus, provides the power of an intelligent, alert body of Catholic men--a strength which the individual by himself cannot achieve.
Knights of Columbus has a proud heritage. The qualified Catholic man can share in that heritage and build an even greater future by affiliating himself with this forceful, effective body.
Robert M Osbourne
Fr Brett A Brannen
Charles R Stappenbeck
John Brenton IV
Ted A Franks
William M Cope
Michael J Bolton
Michael E Di Tomasso
Paul H Camp
Dwight B Sheley
Michael A Foran
Clinton A Smith
Thomas F Bolton
Luther Allen Hutcheson
In the Early days of the 1900's, at the turn of the 20th Century, there were not any Knights of Columbus Councils in Georgia. However, there were a small number of Catholic men in the larger cities in Georgia who were Knights, who had taken their degrees in other states. One such person was Colonel Michael J. O'Leary, a native Savannahian, who was appointed Territorial Deputy by Supreme Knight Edward Hearn. It was his responsibility to identify areas in the territory of Georgia which had a reasonably large number of Catholic men, eighteen years of age and older, who possibly could be candidates for membership in the Knights of Columbus. He identified three such areas - Savannah, Atlanta and Augusta. In these cities, he organized committees to seek out eligible Catholic men, to explain to them the principles of the order and recruit them for membership. In the year 1902, his efforts in all three areas were successful and the three original councils were organized.
Savannah Council #631 was chartered March 23, 1902 Atlanta Council #660 was chartered May 25, 1902 Patrick Walsh Council #677 in Augusta was chartered June 8, 1902
When the territory of Georgia had met the Constitutional requirement of forming 3 councils, Colonel O'Leary, the territorial Deputy, began the task of forming a State Council. His efforts were successful and at the first State Convention, Col. O'Leary was elected the first State Deputy and he served from 1902 to 1904. Official recognition of the Georgia State Council was evidenced by an official charter from Supreme Council dated May 31, 1903.