2019-2020 Award Recipients

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As Thanksgiving approaches, we look back at what all the members have done to help so many in our community with prayers, service hours, and gifts.  There are many individuals that contribute to the success of the Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary.   Once a year we gather at the Past Grand Knights Dinner to recognize the Knight & Lady of the Year as well as the Family of the Year.  Due to COVID-19, we have postponed our dinner, but still would like to recognize these award recipients.

Family of the Year

is awarded to Philip and Billie Roth & Family.  Phil has been a member of our council for over 10 years and has served as Outside Guard for two fiscal years and as Warden for five fiscal years. He remains Chairman of council’s Illinois Adopt-A-Highway cleanup program.  Besides his leadership positions, he volunteers for Intellectual Disabilities and Kiwanis charity fund raising drives, cooks for pancake breakfasts and Lenten suppers, volunteers to help at our annual Knights Challenge 5K race, and much more. He initiated our council’s participation in the Illinois Adopt-A-Highway cleanup program and coordinates regular roadside cleanup activities.

Phil is an active contributor to our parish, serving as Head Usher. In addition, he is a Eucharistic Minister, along with his daughter, while his son-in-law serves as a Lector. Even his granddaughter gets involved, helping to pass out church bulletins after masses.

His wife, Billie, is village president and has served in public office for more than 30 years. She is actively involved with Children’s Advocacy Center, Shelter Inc., Easter Seals, Kiwanis, and the American Cancer Society.

This husband and wife team have been very active in the community for years and have recently been recognized for their contributions. Phil is involved with the Meals on Wheels program, Streamwood Summer Celebration volunteer (Beer tent), traffic control for Hanover Township 5K run, and Hanover Township Food Pantry helper. He was awarded the 2020 Hanover Township Supervisor’s Senior Volunteer Award, recognizing the many hours volunteered in our community. Billie received the top recognition — the Mary Ellen “Mel” Runzel Volunteer Service Award — at the 2019 Hanover Township Supervisor’s Community Service Award breakfast.

During our current Covid-19 crisis, this husband and wife team have taken “Leave no Neighbor Behind” to heart. They personally contacted local business and collected food donations for the Hanover Township Food Pantry. They also delivered the food to those in need. Finally, they contacted many people in the village by phone making sure that they were safe and that their needs were met.

Their dedication and hard work in performing these volunteer activities has greatly impacted many in the community, including seniors, children, veterans and adults. They do so without expecting any recognition and are always willing to do more. All that anyone needs to do is ask and they will be there. Not even Covid-19, despite putting themselves at risk, could stop them from fulfilling their service to others.

It gives me great pleasure to nominate them as Family of the Year for their years of continued service to the Knights, Community, and the Church.

~ Gary Pappin, GK


Knight of the Year

is awarded to David Arias.  David Arias is a special Olympian that has won gold medals in power lifting, ice skating, and bowling.  David, a fourth degree Knight, has been a dedicated member of our council for four years and has served as a council officer, Inside Guard, for three years. He is involved in almost all our council & church activities: 5K run, ID Drive, Kiwanis, pancake breakfast, Lenten suppers, mass usher, Boys Scouts leader, honor guard, parade, bingo tent, etc.

He is a past recipient of Knight of the Month for the State of Illinois Knights of Columbus, in which he was recognized for his many contributions to the church, council, and community.

His service work is impeccable. Although he is dealing with downs syndrome, this does not stop him from going beyond what is expected. David is the prime example of what is meant of being an outstanding person and very giving Christian man.

He truly serves to be Knight of the Year.

~ Gary Pappin, GK


Lady of the Year

I am very proud to announce The Lady of the Year for 2020 is Karen Diaz.

Members of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary take in many facets of each member’s lives serving our family, church and community.  We are wives, mothers, grandmothers, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Respect Life advocates, Ministers of Care, Bereavement Ministers, Hanover Township volunteers, Lectors and Prayer Warriors to mention a few.  With this said, this year’s Lady of the Year has been chose for outstanding dedication to the parish of St. John’s, St. John’s School, her faith in God and the care and love she gives to her family.

Karen is a vital member of our organization.  Her leadership in fundraising is evident in her accomplishments for St. John’s School and our Auxiliary.  She has supported the PTC of our school for the last three years. Karen helps lead numerous fundraisers for the school.  She was an assistant coach for the volleyball and basketball teams.

Karen is a Eucharistic Minister and Lecturer for our parish.  As member of our Auxiliary, Karen is co-chairman of the Fundraising Committee.  For the past two years she has helped raise close to $5000 for the school and Auxiliary with the Savers Fundraisers.  This money has not only helped fund the school Technology Fund but also the donations made by the Auxiliary to the church and community. With COVID-19, Karen’s efforts were the only fundraiser we were able to have this year.

Our Auxiliary has been referred to as a Band of Angels and Karen is one of our truly dedicated angels.  While fighting cancer, Karen has given her gift of boundless time to our church, school and community.  To quote St. Mother Teresa: “If we pray, we will believe; if we believe, we will love; if we love, we will serve.”

It is my privilege to award Karen Diaz the title of Lady of the Year for 2020.  Karen you are truly a remarkable and awesome individual.

~Joni Lorkowski, President Ladies Auxiliary


Congratulations to all for these well-deserved awards.  May your work provide an example to those who follow in your footsteps.