NIAGARA, Wis. - Knights of Columbus Council 2847 of Niagara is a Columbian Award winner for the 2012-13 fraternal year. The award is presented for excellence in the sponsorship of programs that serve the Church, community, families, pro-life and youth- as well as council members.
The announcement was made by the Knights of Columbus international headquarters located in New Haven, Connecticut. District Deputy Michael Darne recently presented the engraved plaque to the council at a meeting.
Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, president of the international organization, in recognizing the local winner, 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 standard 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, Grand Knight Bruce Darne, head of the local council, said, "Receiving this award is quite an honor. We're very pleased with this accomplishment."
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 annually donated more than $167 million and 70 million hours of service to charitable causes.
Persons can visit www.kofc.org for more information.