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Council 4044
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Rev. Matthew Guidi
Council 4044
Grand Knight
Donald Darcy
Over 1700 Members and still growing
1599 Memoral Dr.
Chicopee, MA 01020
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History or Council 4044
On May 23, 1955, thirty-nine men got together and signed a charter which marked the beginning of Fairview Council #4044 of the Knights of Columbus. I am sure that when this happened, they had no idea it would later become the largest and one of the most active Councils in New England.
IN THE BEGINNING
A GROUP OF MEN FROM THE South Hadley Council, led by Mike Bakos, Sr., decided to start a K of C Council in Fairview, held their first meeting in the original St Ann's Church, and old wooden church that has since been torn down. Meetings were held in the Fairview Boys Club on Royal St and in Ray Paul's on the 2nd  floor. It was there that shares were sold so that they could purchase Beaudry' Corner, a building that had been the center of activities for Fairview people for many years. It was a general store, where he sold food, kerosene, gasoline and many other necessities.

The men who bought shares formed the first Board of Directors, of which Mike Bakos Jr, Don Gladu, and Rene Barthelette were members. With a lot of hard work from Fran Hamel, Don Gladu, Roland Lamothe, Mike Bakos Jr, Henry Peets and Rene Barthelette and many others, they refurbished the building to make a hall downstairs and meeting rooms upstairs.

Later on they moved on to bigger and better things when a group of members went to see Mr. Katz at Springfield Sugar, who had taken over ownership of Merciers Market. Though not one of our faith, he donated $1000.00 to our Council to help defray our expenses.

Henry Peets had taken over presidency of the Board of Directors and was very instrumental in all phases of our growth and accomplishments. He spearheaded the renovations and remodeling that took place. He was the driving force behind this and our future growth.

And then came a cool evening when the Board of Directors were to meet with another Brother Knight about some fixtures the Big Y had for sale at Jumbo supermarket. Jumbo had closed and was being taken over by the D'amour brothers, who were the owners of the Big Y supermarket chain. Henry Peets, Paul Beaulieu, Warren Wentworth and Rene Barthlette were talking outside the store after their visit inside and the comment was made that they could have the biggest bingo in Chicopee if they had a place like this, and Paul Beaulieu suggested they look into renting it. They went to Ernie LaFlamme and Carmeno Danielle, who in turn went to see the D'Amours. They came back and told the board it was not for rent, but for sale, and the asking price for the whole complex was $450,000.00 but this was to high for them. Ernie and Carmeno went back, and after a long discussion with Gerry and Paul D'Amours, came back with a price of $350,000. At a meeting with the members it was voted to buy the property.
   That was in 1979. This building, which was previously a Jumbo Foodmart and made it and 10 satellite stores that were there into what it is today.

“I complained because I had no shoes until met a man who had no feet.” No matter how down and out we might think we are there is always someone who is worse off then we are. We need to continually count our blessing
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The VOLUNTEER sign next to the Grand Knight's parking is for the person or persons who have devoted their time and effort volunteering for our Council. Congratulation to this Months Volunteer. Norman Jacques
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If you would like to join our Council, please come into our lounge and get the form 100. You can ask anyone in the lounge for the form. Thank You..

We need volunteers on Thursday’s between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. This is to help make the sandwiches and get ready for Bingo. I hope you will consider  2-3 hr of your time as a volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns please call Kevin at 534-3485 for more info.
Thank you  Kevin Godek

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