“The Red Knights Memorial Foundation is now up and running. Pledges can be honored through the link below, new donations are always welcome.”
VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!
ROSTER AND FUNERAL HONORS POLICY
It is very important to the International Board that we continue to honor those members who become a member of Heavens 1 Chapter.
As a result of discussion by the Board at the fall 2017 Board Meeting, the realization that the majority of Chapters are not updating their rosters with the International as required in By-Law 5:10, the following has been placed into effect:
Failure to submit accurate rosters timely will result in the Chapter being placed onto Restrictive Service
Restrictive Service is serious. Any member of a Chapter on Restrictive Service may not identify themselves as a Red Knight, nor may they or the Chapter order any merchandise, including patches from the International Quartermaster. More importantly, Any Chapter who is not in good standing 90 days prior to the Annual Business Meeting will not be sent a ballot for Officer Elections for that year.
Furthermore, the current policy for those members who were on the previous year’s International roster but not on the current International roster, the Chapter may bring the member up to date posthumously and they will continue to have Honors and/or flags being provided by the International.
Effective February 1, 2018 for any notification to the International of a person who has passed away and is not on the International roster or does not meet the above stipulation, the chapter may wish to purchase a flag from the International Quartermaster for a Chapter presentation to the family. This may be done as the International will not provide Honors or a flag. in this circumstance, the person who passed away will not be placed onto the Memorial in Boylston.
Additionally, due to logistics, please understand that if the notification form is not received by the International Chaplain at least 48 hours prior to the member’s services, it is probable that the International will not be able to attend.
Thank You for your help ensuring that rosters are updated and proper honors is given to those who have fallen.
An open letter to the membership
First, a thank you goes out to Emmett Duprey, PA39 for taking on the role of the Interim Grand Tour Chairperson. Please understand that as he takes on the role and works through a bit of a backlog of applications, there may be a delay. If you are waiting on any Grand Tour items, we appreciate your patience.
Second, thanks to the amazing support from so many members and chapters so far, we are happy to announce that we will not need to place a renter from the public into the Boylston house. We are still accepting donations to the Red Knights Memorial Foundation. To date, we have received just about $30,000.00, with more pledges outstanding. If you or your chapter want to be recognized on the Charter Donors plaque, please remember that all charter donations need to be received by the end of the year.
The BIG date has been set! Please set your calendars for May 5th, 2018 for a trip to Boylston. On that Saturday, the International will be dedicating the Property of 595 Main St, Boylston, Mass to you, the membership. From that day forward, the house will be known as Red Knight Memorial Hall. We will also be rededicating the Red Knights Memorial Park to the membership as we will then have ownership of the park.
Between now and May many members will be working hard to ensure everything is ready for you. The house will be furnished and ready for your visits. After the dedication, the house may be used by you or your Chapter. A reservation form will be found online soon for you to set the dates for your future visits.
Third, during the last board meeting, research was done and legal counsel was sought in reference to the proper protocol for Executive Board meetings of corporations, After which, The following motion was passed; Motion 2017-036
Fourth, for the first time in many years the International will be mailing out a “Special Edition Newsletter” directly to each Red Knight household in 2018. Please ensure that your rosters are up to date with correct mailing addresses.
Fifth, as a note from the Red Knight Regalia, It is probable that the International Quartermaster will not be attending the Americade Rally. The drop in numbers of attendance and the Introduction of the Yankee Rally is showing us reasons that it would be a better service to more members to have the QM at Red Knight Rallies that have a larger attendance. More info to follow soon on where you can find the Quartermaster in person.
Sixth, the Gathering of the Knights Tournament will be hosted by the Red Knights International in 2018. For those who may not know, the Knights Of the Round Table(KORT) was started in 2009, it is a fun event attended by the Red, Blue, and Green Knights. With the help of TN 7, it will be in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge area of Tennessee. The dates will be Oct 12-14 more information will be sent out on this. The Green Knights have won the last 6 tournaments, we would like to see a great turnout for this multi club event and take the title of Best Knight home.
Lastly, The Red Knights Memorial Foundation website will be coming online this month. Keep a look out at RKIMF.org for a new source of information. Also, a quick heads up, if you or anyone you know is an experienced Grant Researcher/Grant Writer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The RKM will be looking to have an experienced person taking on a vital role in the organization.