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Council 2181, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Canada
Church
Director
Community
Director
Council 
Director
Family
Director
Youth 
Director
Membership 
Director
Vocations
Pro-Life
Public Relations
Survivors'
Assistance
Columbian
Squires
Recruitment
Teams
Parish
Round Table
Volunteerism
Fraternalism
Memorials
Youth
Groups
Retention
Lay 
Apostolate
Human 
Needs
Cultural
Education
Athletics
Insurance
Programs
Parochial
Services
Civic
Improvement
Social
Communications
Educational
Programs
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Religious
Devotions
Environment
Blood Donors
Family of the
Month/Year
Youth
Welfare
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Christ in
Christmas
Public Safety
Athletics
Family
Projects
Religious
Activities
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Health
Services
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Recreation
Social
Activities
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Decency
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Family
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In this section, the information on the topics above, are a summary taken from K of C  Service Program Manual, which is delivered in pdf format.  Not all topics are covered on the following pages.  Links on the following pages are made to K of C or Vatican  web sites.  This section,  under construction, will be updated to show how the members of Council 2181 are trying to fulfill the needs of our order. 
Overview of the duties and responsibilities of various officer positions within the Knight of Columbus.

Grand Knight
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 councilís financial status and ensure that his signature appears on all checks drawn. The grand knight is a member of the Advisory Board with general supervision of the councilís Columbian Squire circle. For more specific duties and responsibilities, refer to the Grand Knightís Handbook (#915).

Chaplain
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 chaplain. For more specific duties, responsibilities and eligibilty, refer to the Chaplainís Handbook (#945).

Deputy Grand Knight
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 councilís retention committee  and also a member of the Advisory Board charged with overseeing the councilís sponsored Columbian Squires circle.

Chancellor
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 membersí interests in
council activities. The chancellor is chairman of the admission committee and a member of the Columbian Squires circle
ceremonial team.

Recorder
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 itís correspondence. A Recorderís Minute Book (#1403) is available from the Knights of Columbus Supply Department for keeping a record of council meetings.

Financial Secretary
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. For more specific duties and responsibilities, refer to the Financial Secretary Handbook (#1410).

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

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

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

Warden
The warden is the Ďwatchdogí 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 & Outside Guards
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.

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 councilís
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.
 

Link to  Officer Handbooks
Link to  Knightline a vital resource for local K of C leaders.