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Oregon Family Honored

Family of the Year

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The final recognition conferred at the Wednesday afternoon Awards Session was the annual International Family of the Year Award. Honored this year was the Paul and Michelle Nowak family of Lebanon, Oregon.

Paul and Michelle Nowak have 13 children who range in age from 27 to 6 years old. Paul has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 32 years and belongs to Lebanon Council 3184. A natural fraternal leader, he has served as grand knight in three different councils. He is a Fourth Degree member of Pope St. John XXIII Assembly 906 in Corvallis, for which he serves as comptroller, and is a First and Second degree ceremonial team member.

The family members are active in many council events such as fundraising breakfasts, culture-of-life activities, food drives, Habitat for Humanity builds, and parish events.

Paul is a lector at his parish. His eight sons have a combined 50 years of service as altar boys, and three of them still serve. Two of his sons assist with parish catechism classes.

Michelle is a confirmation instructor and coordinates the Forty-Hour devotion for the parish. She serves as treasurer for the local Catholic Daughters of America.

The teenage children are involved with their parish’s youth group.

Paul is a man of faith and charity. For example, he donated work and materials of his concrete company to pour two foundations for Habitat for Humanity construction projects in the community. In addition, three of the children are active-duty military personnel.