MERRILLVILLE | For the second consecutive year, both the Abraham Lincoln and Santa Maria Venegas assemblies of the Knights of Columbus boasted award winners at the Indiana State Knights of Columbus Convention.
Grand Knight Frank Gorski of Msgr. Ralph Hoffman Council 13003 in Merrillville received the Community Service Award on behalf of his council for the "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" rallies the Hoffman council orchestrated. The Abraham Lincoln Assembly joined forces in producing and promoting the rallies held in Merrillville and at the Lake County Government Complex in Crown Point.
Jim Premeske of Merrillville's Good Shepherd Council 10811and Lady Diana were awarded Indiana's Outstanding Layperson Award. The award presentation highlighted Premeske's 31 years of U.S. Navy service, their family, parish and civic involvement, and their extensive resume supporting the respect of life at all ages.
The theme of this year's convention was "Positively the Best," and speakers included Gary Nolan from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, former Los Angeles Dodger's pitching great Carl Erskine, and NFL Super Bowl XXI winning right guard Chris Godfrey of the New York Giants.
Indiana residents Erskine and Godfrey have both authored motivational books comparing their personal experiences to attributes required to lead a successful and fulfilling life.