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Here at Knights of Columbus, Council 4044, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. Our decision-making process is informed by comprehensive empirical studies and high-quality data evaluation. We strive to build productive relationships and make a positive impact on all of our pursuits.
MATTHEW COOKE - GRAND KNIGHT
Our Financial Secretary, Fran Getto, has informed me that we still have over 70 members who have not paid their 2021 dues. Please send in your payment today if you have not done so yet - the Council can use the funds, as we have not been able to hold our usual fundraising functions. Thank you.
The Officers and I have decided to hold off on our September Spaghetti Supper. With the ever-rising Delta COVID-19 numbers and knowing the close proximity that people sit together, we did not feel comfortable with holding the event. We know how much of a community event it is, and how everyone has been waiting for its return. It is more important to keep everyone safe.
We will be starting our weekly Thursday night Bingo beginning September 9th at 6:15 pm. After 17 months, everyone has been craving their Bingo games. Without Bingo, Council #4044 would not be able to operate out of this large facility that we call our Castle. Every person entering the building to either play Bingo or volunteer will be required to wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. No exceptions!
With this Delta variant and its severity along with the rising numbers, the only way we can operate with 300-400 people in the building at once is with everyone wearing a mask until seated. If the numbers go down, we may be able to do away with the mask requirement. If it continues to rise, we may also need to require that masks stay on when seated.
We will only be serving snacks (chips, soda, candy, coffee, etc.) at our Snack Bar the first week or two. We will re-evaluate considering crowd sizes and will poll patrons if they would order food if we were to offer it. We cannot afford to waste food with over-production as we always have in the past.
Our Tootsie Roll Drive will only be one weekend this year. Columbus Day Weekend- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday! Due to COVID, we are limited on where we can collect donations from, and because we are only doing it one weekend, I really hope all of the spots will be filled for Elaine. She works hard at this and takes it to heart! With over 1,000 members, it should not be hard to do. Please let Elaine know how you can help! Home: 533-3620, Cell: 530-9594
Although it is not 100% certain yet, it looks like we will have to cancel our Thanksgiving Dinner this year. As Grand Knight last year, it was by far my toughest decision and it is not easier this year. You all know from your own family, grocery shopping prices have climbed and climbed. So many people, both members, and our community gave us backlash and had all the answers for us last year. We “should have done this” or “could have done that” when we made the decision to cancel. The logistics of trying to complete deliveries were discussed last year. This year, to make it worse, the Council just does not have the funds! The want and need for more takeout options due to COVID put our estimate at over 5,000 meals, which is a large increase from our 3,500 usual average. With the last few years costing us around $14,000, factoring in the higher food costs and demand, we just do not have the $20,000 projected that it would cost.
Your Lounge is open Thursday and Friday from 3 pm to at least 10 pm, and Saturdays from Noon to at least 10 pm. Sunday, September 12th, we will be open for football starting at Noon. As always, the Lounge is there for party rentals, as well! Any group of over 20 people needs to be approved by the Lounge Manager. As we are not open yet on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, you can have private parties those days for only $50, which includes a bartender. Even though we are open on Saturday it is usually quiet, so you are welcome to book a party on Saturday as well.
Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight
postpone to october
Spaghetti Dinner has been postponed until octoner.
The meal will be served from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
SAVE THE DATE
This year, the annual deanery-wide 9/11 MEMORIAL MASS, honoring the memory of the innocent victims and selfless heroes who perished in the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, will be offered at
Ste. Rose de Lima Church on Saturday, September 11th at 7:00 pm.
This liturgy is sponsored annually by the Catholic parishes of Chicopee and Ludlow—911 Memorial Mass Committee. This year marks the 20th annual observance of the horrific events that took place on that fateful day in our nation's history. Plan to attend as we offer our thoughts and prayers, not only for the innocent victims, including those first responders, fire, police, and emergency technicians who simply went to work that day and never came home. Also, the families and friends whom they have left behind.
Steven Dubreuil, Deputy Grand Knight
2021 Knights of Columbus Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest
All Catholic students in public, private, and parochial schools grades 8-12 are invited to participate in the
2021 Knights of Columbus
Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest.
Students are encouraged to write a 500 to 750-word essay on the theme of:
Describe everyday obstacles that you may have experienced or witnessed others experiencing while living a life of authentic faith. Explain how you have overcome these obstacles and how, by doing so, it has helped your faith to continue to grow.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” - James 1:2-4
The contest will be hosted by Fairview Council 4044. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the contest. Participants are required to furnish written parental consent. $50 prizes will be awarded for the top essays for each of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, and winners will be entered into the State and Supreme Council level competition.
Completed applications and essays are due October 1st and can be sent to:
K of C Council 4044
1599 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020
or dropped off in the Members Lounge.
For additional information, please contact event chairman Daniel Mashia at (413) 626-7257.
Daniel Mashia, D.D., P.G.K.
TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE
Tootsie Roll Time is fast approaching! Remember, it will be TWO years since we had a Drive due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Drive will take place October 8, 9, 10, and 11. I am just reminding you that I will need lots of help to make this Drive a success!
This year, I am only going to have it ONE weekend, and I hope to fill all the two-hour slots. Would you please think about it and call me with the day and time you can spare? My home phone number is 413-533-3620, and my cell phone number is 413-530-9594. If you call me, I will not have to bother you two or three times to get an answer to the time you can spare. If all capable members gave two hours, I would have no problems filling the spots.
Remember, the kids need your help!
Elaine Bogart, Drive Coordinator
2021 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Paige Simard, the Daughter of member Timothy Simard, received the Most Rev. Bishop Joseph F Maguire Award.
Abigail Lafond, the Daughter of member Scott Lafond, received the Council 4044 Past Grand Knight’s Award.
Alyssa Mercier, the Daughter, and Granddaughter of Deceased members Pierre and Gerald Mercier, received her scholarship in memory of our members who have passed away this past year.
Edward Leblanc, Scholarship Committee
As of May 29th, all restrictions were lifted regarding Covid. Gloves and masks are voluntary for those who desire to wear them. We are going to set up 100 tables with four seats per table. This will allow for 400 players, and if they wish to move their seats closer because they are with a group, it will be their choice. Last year, we averaged approximately 330 players per week, and more chairs can be brought out if necessary. This will allow more space between the rows of tables for the volunteers and players.
I have contacted over thirty volunteers, and only a few said they would not be returning. All were due to medical conditions such as hip or knee replacements. Otherwise, everyone has said yes to returning to Bingo. The first scheduled
Bingo is set for Thursday, September 9th.
The Snack Bar will be very limited until we see what our crowd averages. The snack bar will have prepackaged items such as assorted chips, soda, and water. Nothing will be prepared in the Kitchen at this time.
Kevin Godek, Member in Charge
The Lounge, Bingo, and Spaghetti Dinners begin to return. The Member’s Lounge is open on Thursdays from 3-10 pm, Fridays from 3-10 pm, and Saturdays from noon-10 pm. We will continue this schedule until business picks up. Be patient with us! We have all come this far and need to be safe for ALL of our volunteers, our members, and the public we serve. The lounge and kitchen are also available for any special occasion.
Contact Matt Cooke for bookings.
Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight