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Knopp Named Knights of Columbus State Knight of the Year

Knopp Wins Knight of the YearThe Knights of Columbus Kansas State Council has presented the 2017-2018 Knights of Columbus State Knight of the Year Award to Steve Knopp of Russell Council 3034.

The following is from the May 6 Knights of Columbus "The Explorer" newsletter:

"Steve is constantly serving in some capacity within his council. While Grand Knight, under his leadership, he achieved the Star Council Award. Steve was chosen as Council Knight of the Month in October 2017. He has been a delegate to many state conventions and was a Kansas delegate to the 2012 Supreme Convention in Anaheim, California. His current position within the council is recorder. Steve also served as a past Faithful Navigator of his 4th Degree Assembly and standing Honor Guard during funeral, wakes, masses and Holy Thursday.

Council #3034's current Grand Knight, Brian Steinert, stated that Steve is always available to assist with any event, task or function at a moment's notice, all while smiling and encouraging others to participate. He has contributed to numerous council projects, such as their Lift High the Cross-Lenten Ministry, where they build and place crosses in yards in the community during lent. Also, he aids with the respected practice of posting and retrieving flags at the cemetery for patriotic holidays, just to name a couple.

Steve's stewardship extends out to his parish and local community. Over the years he has assisted with many Knights of Columbus programs such as the Youth Free Throw Competition, Tootsie Roll Drive and appreciation dinner, Special Olympics and Culture of Life inspired activities. Steve and his wife, Luci (pictured), attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. and the Religious Freedom Rally in Topeka where Steve stood 4th Degree Honor Guard. They have also donated to the Mary Elizabeth Home baby shower, Russell Food Pantry and the Giving Tree, which donates blankets to the local nursing homes at Christmas time.

Steve's commitment to being such a strong soldier of Christ has set goals we should all work to aspire to. We are so proud to have you represent our fraternal brotherhood as State Knight of the Year."

Knights of Columbus promotes many programs in support of the church, the family, youth and local communities, and has 260 councils and more than 35,400 members across Kansas.

(Information and photo courtesy Knights of Columbus.)

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