Good deeds were recognized at the annual Grand Knight's Appreciation Dinner of Archbishop Keough Council, Knights of Columbus.
The dinner on June 22 honored individuals and teams of members who made outstanding contributions in family, church, council, youth and community endeavors.
A "Certificate of Merit" was presented to Jerome Clark of Edgewater for his work as a police officer by Grand Knight G.K. McLaughlin.
As the council's "Police Officer of the Year," Clark was cited for his cool handling of racial and domestic problems and drug-related incidents.
His performance of his duties "consistently sent a positive message to our citizens that he represented the high type of professional law enforcement officer in whom our community can be justifiably proud," McLaughlin noted in the citation.
The coveted "Knight of the Year" award was won by Rich Walz, who instituted a fund drive for a new building facade and chaired the annual Tootsie Roll Marathon that allowed the council to give financial help to three organizations working with the mentally handicapped.
In addition, Walz headed the group that conducted Bingo twice a month, with a portion of the proceeds donated to charitable endeavors.
He also served as director of the state rosary program, as well as the "Keep Christ in Christmas" project for children.
"Knight of the Month" awards were presented to: Les Hiett, January, for the youth basketball free throw contest; Walt Lowe, February, for helping with a number of council projects; Mike Siemasko and Dave Wallace, March, for building maintenance and rehabilitation; Dan Ballman, April, for grounds maintenance; Ray Chase and Joe Hundley, May, for serving as breakfast chairmen; John Meinhardt, June, for his work as editor of ECHO.
The "Family of the Year" award was bestowed on Ed and Helen Wyrwas and their four children for their strong family relationship and devotion to council and church programs.
McLaughlin also commended the Rev. John Harrison for his faithfulness, loyalty to Columbian principles, motivation and spiritual guidance as chaplain.
The booklet, "The History of Arundel Senior High," is on sale in the financial secretary's office at the high school for $3.
Read the story of the beginning of Arundel High School, which dates to before the Civil War.
To get a copy, stop by the school or call 674-6500, ext. 258.
The summer office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays.