The Knights of Columbus, an organization of Catholic men, was granted a charter in Connecticut on March 29, 1882. The first Canadian council was 284 in Montreal on November 25, 1897.
The first Saskatchewan council 1247 was initiated on June 17, 1907 in Regina. The Knights of Columbus charter for Yorkton was named Yorkton Council Number 2031 by James Flaherty Supreme Knight on July 13, 1919.The charter members are: Rev D J McDougald CSSR, Rev Brother Ansbort, C Bennett, G J Betz, F Brunner, J D Burke, S J Cahill, W Collins, J I Ciik, W F Cook, F J Corcoran, T Cotter, M Drahneasty, J Droftinza, J B Droftinza, F X Dufour, W Dufour, J J Farrell, G J Fehrenbach, J Fitzpatrick, N B Fritz, E J Gallagher, F A Gallagher, J H Gallagher, S P Gallagher, F T Gleason, W J Gleason, H A Gleeson, A Haughian, B F P Horn, F A Krause, C Kremer, J J Kremer, A Krycki, M F Krycki, E Lucy, F L Moriarty, T P Murphy, R A McAllister, H D McIsaac, M F McIsaac, N McDonald, D J McDonald, D J McLaughlin, F A McLaughlin, D Naphin, P Naphin, J Olskewski, W B O'Regan, W J Osbourne, J Page, L J Roll, F Sinnott, J Sinnott, V R Smith, R Stewart, J M Walsh, and J G Warren.
The Fourth Degree Assembly of Charter members 2031 Yorkton, 5182 Yorkton, 5201 Melville, 5249 Esterhazy, 5320 Ituna, 5408 Langenburg,, 5861 Canora, 5965 Grayson and 5970 Foam Lake known as Brother Stanislaus General Assembly was chartered on the 21st of April 1967 by Supreme Secretary Virgil Dechant and Supreme Master Frank E McGilkan.
The history of the Knights of Columbus was a vision of Father Michael J McGivney at St Mary,s Parish in New Haven. His dream was to unite Catholic men in a society founded
upon the ideals of their Faith.
'Resolved by this Assembly that Rev. Michael J. McGivney, Matthew C. O'Connor, Cornelius T. Driscoll, James T. Mullen, John T. Kerrigan, Daniel Colwell and William M. Geary and all other persons in the society with them under the name of the Knights of Columbus, together with all such persons as may hereafter become associated with them, and their successors, are constituted a body corporate and politic by the name of the Knights of Columbus for the following purposes:
- of rendering pecuniary aid to its members and beneficiaries members
- of rendering mutual aid and assistance to its sick and disabled members
- of promoting such social and cultural intercourse among its members as shall be desirable and proper
- of promoting and conducting educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and welfare and public relief work.'
The four principles of the order are Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.