AUBURN — Knights of Columbus Council 8742 of Auburn has earned the distinction of Star Council, one of the organization’s top awards, for the 2010-11 fraternal year.

The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program and sponsorship of service-oriented activities. The award was presented to the membership by Roland Bergeron, district deputy and past grand knight, at a special ceremony held recently.

In announcing the local winner of the award, Carl A. Anderson, chief executive officer of the organization, said, “Please accept my sincere congratulations upon attaining this prestigious award. Your dedication to the Order 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 Col for the good of the Church, your community and the Order.”

“Receiving the Star Council Award is quite an honor for us. We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Grand Knight Neil Marchesseault, head of the local council.

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