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Kessler earns top honor

Kessler earns  top honor

Bill Kessler of Cuba City accepts the Medallion Award for the Diocese of Madison on April 29 during the Knights of Columbus Annual Convention in Stevens Point.

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POSTED May 11, 2017 9:45 a.m.

CUBA CITY—Bill Kessler of Cuba City was recognized at the state convention for the Knights of Columbus on April 29.

He received the Medallion Award for the Diocese of Madison. This award recognizes commendable service and energetic efforts in the Knights of Columbus, church and community.

“I’m proud I’m well enough and able to help out in so many ways,” Kessler said. “It’s a very nice honor to be awarded.”
Kessler said it was and it wasn’t a surprise to him. He was nominated for the award several years ago and was notified he hadn’t received it. The Knights of Columbus only select one person from each diocese in the state to receive the award each year. He was nominated again and this time was selected.

“It just so happens to be my 50th year with the Knights of Columbus,” Kessler said. “Not that it had anything to do with winning it this year, but it’s a nice coincidence.”

Kessler has been involved with the Knights of Columbus Council No. 765 since he moved to Cuba City in 1967. He played a big part in the Apostolate for the Handicapped program, greatly assisted the state charity raffle and works at most of the summer cookouts.

He and his wife, Kay, have eight children. His family and fellow Knights of Columbus brothers were present to witness the reception of this prestigious award at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point.

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