This is by no means an exhaustive list of all awards available to Louisiana Knights. If you see where we’ve missed one, contact us.
Knight Templar Cross of Honor
The Knight Templar Cross of Honor is a Grand Encampment award given to one member per state per year for exceptional and meritorious service rendered to the Order, far beyond the call of duty, and beyond the service usually expected of an officer or member. A nomination for the award shall be made by the Commandery of which the nominee is a member, by a motion adopted by the Commandery and must be submitted in writing and approved by the Grand Commander of the respective state. No present or past elected Grand Officer of a Grand Commandery shall be eligible for the award. One nomination may be made from each Grand Commandery, regardless of the number of members, plus one additional nomination may be made from a Grand Commandery for each 5,000 members or major fraction thereof, during any one year. No posthumous awards shall be made.
Any Sir Knight who is the first line signer for a total of ten petitioners who are either Knighted or restored to membership, is eligible to receive the Grand Encampment Membership Jewel.Those being restored to membership must have been off the active roll for a period of one year or more in order to qualify in the count. The total is cumulative with no time boundaries. This means a Sir Knight can get his total of ten Knightings and/or restorations in one day, one month, one year, five years, or whatever, so long as the award continues to be authorized.
Further recognition in the form of a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster is given for each five additional Knightings, restorations, or combination of both. A single Silver Oak Leaf Cluster replaces all bronze clusters when the recipient qualifies for his fifth additional recognition. A single Gold Leaf Cluster replaces all silver and bronze clusters when recipient qualifies with his 135th Knighting or Restoration. No more than 8 clusters may be worn on the ribbon at any time.
Those receiving the Gold Oak Leaf Cluster will have their picture published on the cover of the Knight Templar Magazine.
Knight Commander of the Temple
The Knight Commander of the Temple (KCT) is given by the Grand Encampment’s College of Honors for service to the Order, the Fraternity, the Community, or Mankind. Current KCT holders may nominate prospective recipients to the College of Honors. The number of Knights Commander of the Temple selected for each Grand Commandery annually is determined as follows: five KCTs may be awarded to Grand Commanderies with fewer than 7,500 members (such as Louisiana) and ten KCTs may be awarded to Grand Commanderies with more than 7,500 members.
Grand Commandery Meritorious Service Award
This award is given annually to Commanders who achieve a list of goals, including attending multiple Royal Arch, Cryptic Council, and Blue Lodge meetings and to hold various required observances.
The award is also given to recorders who accomplish certain goals including keeping accurate records and attending all meetings.
Grand Commandery Unity Award