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Des Moines 4th Degree Exemplification




Duty Calls

Michael P. Gaspers, District Master

Des Moines, Iowa – Exemplification

Honoree – Sir Knight Joseph Hayes

An exemplification will be held on Friday May 3rd as the Iowa Jurisdiction begins its state convention in Des Moines. This year’s honoree will be Sir Knight Joseph Hayes in recognition of all that he has done for our Church and the Knights. Brother Hayes is very nearly at the end of his life journey, I encourage each of you as leaders of the Fourth Degree to recruit brother Knights to become Sir Knights in order that there be Knights to continue this legacy.

Attached is a copy of the Des Moines Exemplification Registration Form. We need you to proactively get candidate registrations sent in by April 26th so arrangements can be properly made. We may not be able to provide enough meals at the banquet for those that register late. Thus far, only a handful of candidates have registered.



Registration - 11:00 am to 12:45 pm

Exemplification Ceremony - 1:00 pm to 3:00

Photo Opportunity - 3:15 pm to 3:45

Fourth Degree District Annual Meeting - 3:45 pm to 5:00

Social / Hors d'oeuvres - 5:30 pm to 6:30

Dinner & Program - 6:30 pm

Women’s Activities

Special Ladies activity from 1:00 to 3:00 pm will be a “Make It!” Or “Take It!” handcrafting glass bead activity and social time. The first 100 ladies who register and pay will receive a Swag Bag filled with items worth nearly $100, along with some coupons to use while in Des Moines.

See the included flyer for more information – better yet give it to your wife right away!

Candidate Details

The exemplification fee is set at $70 per candidate by Supreme.

The dress code for a candidate for the fourth degree no longer requires a tuxedo. Rather:

A candidate will wear a black or dark (blue or gray) business suit, with black shoes, white dress shirt and dark tie. A tuxedo will still be acceptable but not mandatory.

o A candidate serving in the armed forces of his country, full-time police and firefighters may wear a Class A or dress uniform.

o A candidate who is also a priest or deacon may wear clerical attire.·Candidate meal is no charge. Guest meals are $32 each.

NOTE: the Iowa District has limited scholarship money available to cover the exemplification fee for deserving veterans. Send written attestation of need from Faithful Navigator to the District Master prior to the date of exemplification.

Mail all copies of Form 4 – Fourth Degree Membership Document (properly signed), along with a check (payable to Iowa District Master) for your $70 Exemplification fee and requests for additional guest meal tickets to:

Jim Bates, District Secretary

15102 Brookview Dr

Urbandale, IA 50323-2567

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jim at 515-770-3039 or email

Registration and Banquet Ticket order deadline is February 26, 2019. We will accept candidate registrations on the day of the exemplification but will not be able to guarantee availability of banquet meals so register today to reserve yours.


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