News: Knights of Columbus earns award through charitable works
Story by Cpl. Cameron Payne
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. – Filling the pews of the Marine Corps Air Station New River Chapel, members of the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus Col. Jerry W. Marvel Council, gathered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the council’s founding, and to receive the Two-Star Council Award from the regional district deputy of the Knights of Columbus.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization. It was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus.
Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, the Knights of Columbus developed into a fraternal benefit society dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and actively defending Catholicism in various nations.
The service program for the Knights of Columbus is designed to establish each council as an influential and important force within the community, elevate the status of the programming personnel, provide more meaningful and relevant programs of action and ensure the success of council programs, according to http://www.kofc.org.
To celebrate a decade since their founding, the members held a mass at the air station chapel and afterward, held a luncheon at the MCAS New River Officer’s Club where the award ceremony took place.
To help commemorate the occasion Cpl. Mary Carmona, public affairs specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, with the help of Theresa Wittner, MCAS New River historian, and Landmark Military Newspapers of North Carolina, put together a special newspaper with stories from the 1980’s about Col. Jerry W. Marvel, whom the council was established after.
The Col. Jerry W. Marvel Council received the Two-Star Council Award for their many works in the local area to include charity functions and scholarships to youth.
The council, founded in March 2004, made great strides in the community said George Rothermel, council member. Starting with only 30 members, they have grown to 71 members and put together events such as socials, potluck dinners and community volunteer work. All of their efforts allowed the council to award 68 scholarships to students.
“Less than one percent of councils in the Knights of Columbus receive the Two-Star Council Award,” said Wayne Kleven, regional deputy director for the council. “Councils receive the One-Star Award if they did everything right. A council only receives the Two-Star awards if they do everything twice as right, and they have done just that. It is due to all of their efforts that the council has been so successful.”