I would like to request my withdrawal from the Knights of Columbus. I am currently a member of Council ####. My member number is #########. You claim to wish to attract young new members but then do not provide any reason for them to attend. I asked this of my council leadership before, “Why should I take time away from my wife and baby every two weeks to attend those meetings?”
The council claims to have over 150 members and yet outside of the officers only about 5 attend the meetings. So, it isn’t for the fellowship.
During the meetings, there has been nothing but bickering and one up man ship displayed by the men there. So, it isn’t to learn how to be charitable to my brothers.
When I have attended the meetings, I have seen nothing but discussions of bringing back Bingo, since Bingo was shut down due to poor money control policies, and how we have written another check to another charity. Like many in my generation we care very little about writing checks. I don’t need a fraternity to write a check, I can and do write them on my own. So, it isn’t to learn true service to my community.
Outside of a prayer at the beginning of and end of the meetings, there is no talk of how better ourselves spiritually. So, it isn’t to learn how to grow closer to God.
The last bastion of hope I had of being a Knight came from working on a Parish staff as the Director of Faith Formation. I thought the Knights would relish the opportunity to partner with the parish to help bring about the Kingdom of God. Instead the council had no intentions more than continuing business as normal and was hostile to any change the Parish Pastor suggested. To the point of a campaign of misinformation against the pastor and multiple unfounded complaints sent to the Bishop. So, it wasn’t to be the strong right arm of our Parish.
So again, I ask…” Why should I go to a meeting? Why should I remain a Knight?”
My generation wants to do true service for our community and for the Lord. We want to become better men. We want to be better disciples. Never once have I gone to a Knights meeting that afterwards I felt a better man for attending. Instead, I regretted taking time away from my pregnant wife, my family, my friends, and the Church. The Supreme organization may have an amazing vision and does great things but somewhere along the way this Council has lost that vision and their way. I will look to do service and improve as a man through one of the local secular organizations, Rotary International.
Please consider this my resignation from this organization.