Early in 1896, a small group of our Catholic men became interested in the formation of a Council of the Knights of Columbus in Utica, NY. Their interest had been kindled by published accounts of the work of the Order, and was enhanced by a visit from a committee of Albany Council, which then had been only recently organized. Their exposition of the Orders, Aims, and Objects created a very favorable impression. The local men were members of various existing organizations for Catholic men. They recognized and warmly approved the great work accomplished by these societies in their respective spheres, but felt the pressing need for a society organized on broader and more attractive lines-one which had the approval of the church; a society which could appeal to young men as well as old, engage them in activities and keep a continuous hold on their interest.