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Columbian Award

Pictured to the left is our Past Grand Knight, Chris DeClue, holding the 2016-2017 Columbian Award plaque recently received by the Bethalto Council.  The council continues to expand its service programs, having also received this award many times in the past. The award requires that the council provide at least four programs in each of six areas, although, quite frankly, many additional activities have gone unreported.  The following comments were provided on the previous award by Gerry Mattix-Wand, an active council member.  

"The Columbian award is for conducting programming in the areas of: Church, Family, Youth, Community, Life, and Council.  A council must complete at least 4 activities in each area.  There are a few "super programs" that if conducted will count as all four activities in a category.  Sponsoring a Squires Circle is  such a "super program" that we do.  However, we also do many other youth programs such as helping our youth group, conducting a spelling bee, activities in the school, etc.  Our council has always been active in programming in these areas for as long as I have been a member and I'm sure it has always been true." Mattix-Wand added, "As another note, the Columbian Award is one of the qualifiers for Star Council which we were very close to qualifying for last year through the tremendous efforts of our Grand Knight.  He has been an outstanding leader and has built a foundation that we will continue to build on as we move forward."

To get an idea of just some of the programs provided by the council, the following lists only examples of some of the recent accomplishments of the Bethalto Council.

Church Activities
  Deceased Members Mass
  Silver Rose Prayer Service
  Holy Family Icon Prayer Service
  RSVP - Seminarian Michael Friedel

Community Activities
  Host Bi-Monthly Blood Drives
  Built Ramp for Wheelchair accessibility at a house
  Participate with Youth Group in Fall Yard cleanup for elderly
  Donation to Cardinal Glennon Center for Autism 

Council Activities
  KC Family Social Nights
  Maintain a website and publish an electronic newsletter distributed to members, community         leaders, and local news agencies 
  Monthly Chicken Dinners
  Special Olympics Volunteers

Culture of Life Activities
  Sponsor and participate Parish Trip to Washington DC March for Life
  Support Options Now Crisis Pregnancy Center
  Baby Bottle Collection Campaign
  Participate in Local Right to Life Activities - Life Chain

Family Activities
  Food for Families Food Drive and Distribution
  Christmas Party
  Family Game Night
  Summer Family Potluck

Youth Activities
  Columbian Squires
  Free Throw Contest
  Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest
  Spelling Bee