Balic of Clinton Banner

St. Joseph Council Knights of Columbus Council 10627 in High Bridge has received the distinction of Star Council, the international organization’s top award.


The Star Council award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented activities.


The award was presented by District Deputy Wayne J. McKay.  Council Grand Knight Kevin J. Loughney of High Bridge accepted the award on behalf of the membership.  “Receiving this Star Council Award is quite an honor for us.  We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Loughney.


In addition to performing various ministries at local parish churches, members of the St. Joseph Council support numerous area charitable activities such as volunteer service at the Open Cupboard Food Pantry in Clinton, annual collections for the ARC of Hunterdon, assisting US veterans at the VA campus in Lyons and Veterans Haven North in Glen Gardner, assisting US military through Operation Shoebox, supporting pregnancy centers Life Choices in Phillipsburg and the Friendship Center for New Beginnings in Flemington, awarding annual scholarships to high school seniors and conducting annual youth soccer and basketball tournaments.   Please visit their website,www.kofc10627.org.


With more than 1.7 million members, 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, the community, families, and young people.  With more than 1.8 million members in over 15,000 councils worldwide, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $170 million and 70 million hours of volunteer service to charitable causes.  Readers are encouraged to visit their website atwww.kofc.org for more information.