Area man named Outstanding Layperson
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org May 7, 2013 11:48AM
Indiana State Deputy Lawrence B. Fluhr (left), the top ranking Knights of Columbus officer in the state, presents the Outstanding Catholic Layperson award to Jim Premeske, joined by his wife Diana. | Photo provided
Updated: May 7, 2013 1:29PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Premeske was presented the 2012-13 Timothy P. Galvin K.S.G Award for Outstanding Catholic Layperson at the 112th Indiana Knights of Columbus annual meeting in Indianapolis.
He was given the award for his civic involvement and his extensive work in supporting the cause of respect for life at all ages.
In the past year, Premeske has visited various places within the Diocese of Gary to clean and sometimes repair the crucifixes originally installed by the Knights. Many have seen the large crucifix at the corner of Broadway and 93rd Avenue in Merrillville in front of the Diocesan Center.
There is another one in front of Andrean High School at 5959 Broadway that had fallen into a poor state of repair. Premeske fell off a ladder while cleaning the crucifix. He damaged his knee, and was on crutches for a time last year.
Premeske belongs to Merrillville’s Good Shepherd Council and Santa Maria Venegas 4th Assembly, also in Merrillville.
He attends every salute to U.S. soldiers and veterans at the Lake County Government Center.
During the award presentation in Indianapolis Premeske’s 31 years of Naval service was highlighted.
Grand Knight Frank Gorski of Msgr. Hoffmann Council in Merrillville received the Community Service Award on behalf of his council for the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rallies Hoffmann Council orchestrated. Abraham Lincoln Assembly joined forces in producing and promoting the rallies held in Merrillville and at the Lake County Government Center.
Premeske was happy to say, “This is the second consecutive year in which both Abraham Lincoln and Santa Maria Venegas 4th Degree Assemblies had award winners.”
The awards were given out at the Knights Convention Awards Banquet at the Indianapolis Marriott East. The theme of this year’s convention was “Positively the Best.”
The guest speakers for the convention were arranged by Hobart resident and former state deputy Steve Ziemba.
Among the speakers were Indiana residents and former professional athletes Carl Erskine, former Dodger pitching great, and Chris Godfrey, Super Bowl XXI winning right guard of the New York Giants.
Erskine and Godfrey have both authored motivational books comparing their life experiences to attributes required to lead a successful and fulfilling life.