DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Knights of Columbus Council No. 14236 in Dartmouth has received the distinction of Triple Star Council, an international award and the organization’s most prestigious one.
The Knights’ headquarters, located in New Haven, Conn., made the announcement. The award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment (reaching 300 percent of quota, thereby making it a “triple star”) and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of charity service programs.
Less than one percent of all councils achieve the Triple Star Council award. The award was presented to the council by Mass. State Council secretary, Paul O’Sullivan, at a recent ceremony.
O’Sullivan said, “I am honored to be here to present this award as a testament to the high level of service your council has achieved.”
In announcing 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.”
“Receiving the Triple Star Council award is an incredible honor for us. This belongs to our members who work tirelessly in service to others. We are extremely proud of this wonderful accomplishment,” proclaimed Chris Pereira, head of the local council.
This past fraternal year, the Father Hogan council contributed to various charitable causes and assisted many families and individuals. The council was established in 2007 and serves the local parishes of St. Julie’s in North Dartmouth, St. Mary’s in South Dartmouth, and the community as a whole. It has more than 80 members.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization, providing 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 more than 15,000 councils around the world, the Knights at all levels of the organization raised and distributed more than $170 million to charity and rendered more than 70 million hours of volunteer service last year.
A special event to celebrate the achievement is being scheduled for the spring.