Member Retention

The Retention Committee

The grand knight, in consultation with the membership director, appoints a retention chairman to direct other facets of the membership program. A retention chairman and committee should be named to oversee important efforts to conserve membership. It is their task to anticipate problems and causes for membership suspensions as early as possible, and to identify solutions to those problems and work to resolve individual situations as soon as they arise. (It is suggested that the deputy grand knight be named to the position of retention chairman, and that his committee be made up of the council trustees.)

Jorge Ruiz

Grand Knight

The Grand Knight presides over all meetings and is tasked with enforcing the rules and regulations of the Council and the laws of the order, and is chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He appoints all directors and committee members.  He acts as chaplain in the absence of the regular chaplain.  He countersigns orders drawn and signed by the Financial Secretary.  Responsible for the council’s First Degree Team. He is responsible for the overall success of this council's activities. Jorge serves as the council's Awareness Committee Director. Jorge and Kathie, his wife of 42 years, moved from New York to Texas in 1981 and began attending Holy Spirit in 2010. They have three grown children, Jorge Jr., Javier and Rafael and one granddaughter, Allison.

Jim Russell
Jim Russell

Deputy Grand Knight

The Deputy Grand Knight Assists the grand knight with operation of the council and any other duties assigned to him by the grand knight. In the absence of the grand knight, presides at council meetings. Recommended to serve on the council’s Retention Committee. Jim joined our council in February 2012, he is in charge of Member Retention and serves as Lecturer. Jim also serves as a member of our Degree Team and he and his wife, Mary, live in Cedar Hill.

john espree
John Espree


The Warden is responsible for supervising and maintaining all council property. Sets up council chambers for meetings and degree exemplifications. Oversees inside and outside guards. John Espree joined the Knights in 2012 and he’s a member of our Degree Team. He and wife Bonnie live in Duncanville.

Allen Reitmeier

Trustee Three-Year

Trustees supervise all financial business of the council and conducts the semiannual audits. Trustees are elected for terms of three years, two years and one year. At each regular election, the position of each trustee will be voted upon, with the current three- and two-year trustees moving on to become the two- and one-year trustees, respectively. Allen serves as our Retention Director, Knight Hands Director and Baseball Concessions Director. He also publishes our quarterly newsletter "Knights Life".