By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
Nine Knights of Columbus councils in the Diocese of Davenport received Star Council status for the 2016-17 fraternal year. The Star Council Award is the highest honor that a council can receive in a fraternal year. Star councils have accomplished their goals in membership growth, number of members insured, and charitable works.
Councils achieving star status in 2016-17: 15049 in Coralville, 14042 in Columbus Junction (Hispanic Council), 14131 in Davenport (Hispanic Council), 959 in DeWitt, 14695 in Long Grove, 4403 in Bettendorf, 15725 in Davenport and 12334 in Pella.
Council 15430 in Bettendorf, which meets at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, received Double Star status for meeting the criteria and achieving 200 percent of their net gain membership goal.
District 50 — based in Davenport and Bettendorf — was named All Star District as all three of its councils achieved Star Council status. Plaques were given to councils and districts receiving star status for their achievement.
The state of Iowa had 32 Star councils in the last Fraternal Year (around 14 percent), nine of which were in the Diocese of Davenport, said Antonio Banuelos, state deputy.
Plaques were given to councils and districts receiving star status for their achievement