Knights of Columbus Council #2663 of Newton, Iowa, is a Columbian Award winner for the 2011-2012 fraternal year. The award is presented for excellence in the sponsorship of programs that serve the Church, community, families, culture of life and youth development – as well as council members.
The Knights of Columbus international headquarters, located in New Haven, Conn., made the announcement. Emigdio Lopez-Sanders, District Deputy of the Iowa Knights of Columbus, presented the engraved plaque to the council at a special ceremony held on September 11, 2012.
In recognizing the local winner, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, president of the international organization, said, “Please accept my sincere congratulations on attaining this prestigious award. The dedication to the Order shown by your council is seen in the high standards of excellence you have achieved. At the same time, I encourage you to carry forward this enthusiasm to meet the challenges that will face the Knights of Columbus in the years ahead. May this award be a reminder and an inspiration to the members of your council to continue to promote the ideals of Columbianism for the good of the Church, your community and the Order.”
In accepting the award, Tim Bloom, head of the local council, said, “Receiving this award is quite an honor. We are very pleased with this accomplishment. Our council works hard to support our Church, the community and families throughout the area.”
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families and young people. With more than 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus in 2011 donated more than $158 million and 70 million hours of service to charitable causes. Please visit www.kofc.org for more information.