Local Knights of Columbus council wins International award Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/26/2016 Under: Youth (228 Hits)
PETOSKEY — St. Francis Xavier Council 923, the local Knights of Columbus organization, has just won the International Youth Project of the Year award, an Internationally recognized Knights of Columbus award.
The council won this award for the work it has done with St. Michael Academy, a Catholic high school in Petoskey.
"The very first principle of our order is charity. We are dedicated to charitable works in our church, our community, and our schools," said Jeff Haven, former Grand Knight of the council and Trustee of the Knights of Columbus Building Association. "Following that principle, we had the opportunity to take a building we had made an investment in and help St. Michael relocate and acquire that building," he said. Haven explains that the Knights of Columbus made an investment in the former Michigan Works building in Summit Park in 2003. State officials decided they needed to downsize and left them without a tenant.
Putting it in real dollar amounts, Haven continues saying that the building cost around $1 million and they were able to let St. Michael acquire it for less than half of that.
Whenever a council performs a charitable act, it is asked to submit a portfolio outlining the act to the state, which the local Knights of Columbus did. In doing so, it won the state award for the Youth Project of the Year and the state offices forwarded the portfolio onto the international offices.
"Fortunately, we found out that our affiliation in helping the school find its new home was selected as the state winner for the Youth Project of the Year for the Knights of Columbus," Haven said.
"Being an international organization we also have an international convention, which will be held in Toronto with over 10,000 councils from all over the world. I got the call last week that we had also won the International Youth Project of the Year award," he said. Haven continues saying that the council is humbled by being recognized but the publicity isn't to give the Knights of Columbus attention. It should be to show the Catholic facilities we have locally and create awareness and interested in them. "We feel we are mandated by our faith to support Catholic education in any way that we can. We are surprised that it gathered this much momentum but when you consider and look at the scope of what we accomplished it is mind boggling," he said.
Haven will be flying to Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 2 to accept the international award on behalf of the St. Francis Xavier council 923, the local Knights of Columbus council.
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Family Program Winner Published by: Gary Merritt On: 07/23/2016 Under: Family (193 Hits)
The winning entry in the Family category is the St. Patrick Council 13319 of White Lake for their Joseph Penrod Project entry.
An 11-year-old boy from Commerce, Michigan who could easily be the son of any one of dozens of our brother Knights. Yet Joseph carries a special burden. At age 5, he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a chronic muscle disease for which there is no known cure. As his illness advanced, he began to lose control of his muscles, making baseball, bike riding and other joys of childhood impossible. What's more, the disease threatened to force him out of his own home. He can no longer climb the multiple staircases in his family's quad-level house. Moving would take him away from his best friends, his school and his memories. His mother, Marissa, planned an addition off her kitchen that would give Joseph a place to sleep, play and access his own bathroom, complete with a roll-in shower. When we learned of his situation, our Council was immediately enthusiastic because the project met many of our objectives for charitable work: Over the course of several months, we donated $1,500 toward the project, arranged the donation of some of the building materials and discounts on others. We also poured in over 350 volunteer hours. When complete, Joseph rolled into his new suite. He and his mother have been profoundly grateful for our work. Numerous brothers consider the project the most satisfying one we've done in years and more than one of them choked back tears at seeing it finished.
July Columbian Available Online Published by: Dane Jurkovic On: 07/06/2016 Under: All Articles (355 Hits)
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