The St. Columban annual fall festival kicked off with the annual Unsung Hero Award usually offered to an individual who's contributions to the church, although recognized, go unnoticed by the majority of the parrish.

The St. Columban annual fall festival kicked off with the annual Unsung Hero Award usually offered to an individual who’s contributions to the church, although recognized, go unnoticed by the majority of the parrish. This year, the honor was awarded to two individuals. The first recipient, Charlie Stedem, has contributed so much in the way of time and service over the years to St. Columban church and Bishop Hogan school. Charlie is a humble, ‘behind the scenes’ kind of guy. He has a long history of assisting with every fundraiser and with every request for help that he can. Whether it is taking something uptown to be fixed because he saw that it was not working right, setting up or cleaning up tables and chairs after an event, serving food, sweeping out the lean-to shed just because it needed to be done and he noticed, or millions of other things that he has helped with, Charlie is always there. No one can begin to count the number of Fish Frys or Fall Festival’s he has helped with over the years. He does things to help out, never for recognition, but for the satisfaction that he has made a difference in the many things that needed to get done! He is committed to his family, his church and school, and passionate about doing his part to support all. His family is his pride and joy, and he is a wonderful example for them of giving back to God by his service to others. For Charlie Stedem’s many years of ‘behind the scenes’ generosity and volunteering, and for the inspiration he is for all of us, he is, an Unsung Hero. The definition of an ‘unsung hero’ is one who makes a substantive, yet unrecognized contribution. This definition exemplifies David May. He is constantly serving others in a humble and quiet way, not for any accolades, but because he wants to lighten the load of others. He is steadfast and dependable in assisting at the school and church, not looking for anything in return. His service to others reaches far and wide, and seems to be never-ending. It’s hard to name all the things he is involved in, from being a leader in the Knights of Columbus, heading up Fish Frys, helping with the Tootsie Roll Drive and cooking at Chautauqua. He delivers Meals on Wheels for the church and helps with funeral dinners. When it comes to fixing things, David is a master. He can often be seen at the school or church: repairing water fountains or the boiler, changing filters on the air-conditioners, replacing basalis on the lights and even installing faucets and ceiling fans. When any big project is called for in the church or school, David is usually involved. He is reliable and resourceful, but most of all, he is generous with his time and skills. He is such an asset to his church community. If he can help someone out, he never hesitates but instead steps up and gets it done. David is an inspiration to others in his faith, in his examples of daily life, and in his love of family. He is very deserving of the Unsung Hero Award.