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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
Hello, My Brothers!
We have been having bingo for seven weeks now, and while our numbers aren’t at pre-Covid levels, they are steadily getting better. As the crowd progresses, we offer more food in our snack bar every week. Our prizes are based on attendance, so our bigger prizes will attract bigger crowds.
Please look further in the Newsletter for our Children’s Christmas Party to be held in the Castle hall. The party will be Sunday, December 12th, 2021, from 11 AM to 1 PM, with mac and cheese and chicken tenders for the children and a light dessert. As always, we will have the bike raffle, which you must be present for. The toys will be $20. The order form has ages and gender. Everyone entering must wear a mask until seated.
I personally want to thank our Financial Secretary Fran Getto for setting up the schedule and traveling with me to the five Catholic schools to present the $1,000 checks. Please look further in the newsletter for pictures, etc.
I hope anyone interested in the “Addams Family” Halloween party on October 30th purchased tickets. Special thanks to Don and Denise Darcy for their hard work in planning this event and selling tickets.
We now have Aquanett band tickets for sale in the lounge and the banquet office. The event will be on Wednesday, November 24th. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and music starts at 7:30 PM. The cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. There will be great 80’s tribute music.
Don’t forget our annual New Year’s Eve event! Tickets will be on sale soon. After not being able to hold this event last year, we hope to get all our friends together this year.
Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE
MONDAY NOVEMBER 22, 2021
I wish I could start this article by saying, “Now that the Pandemic is behind us”, but unfortunately that is not the case.
We still have a way to go but many of us are already vaccinated and more people are being vaccinated every day as well as being a little more knowledgeable about Covid has helped us start to get ahead of it. The next 6-12 months will be rebuilding months for all businesses in the hospitality sector and here at “The Castle”, it’s no different.
This year we will have our Annual Home Association meeting in The Castle Banquet Facility on Monday evening November 22, 2021, starting promptly at 6:30 pm. There will be no food served at this meeting. Those wishing to attend should enter through the Castle entrance as the Members Lounge is not open on Monday evenings.
This will be an abbreviated meeting only to conduct the election of Directors and give a brief overview on some of the things we have been doing while shutdown.
Since we didn’t have a meeting last year the main event for this meeting will be the election of the Board of Directors.
We have a total of Ten Director positions up for election. There will be Five Directors going for a 2-year term and five going for a 3-year term. Jim Patrick one of our long-time directors has decided not to run again. We thank him for his many years of service and wish him well. He will be missed.
The reason for the 2-year term is due to the Covid Pandemic. If you recall, there wasn’t a meeting last year and those Directors whose term was up stayed on for an extra year.
The remaining Directors running for reelection on a 2-year term are Peter Panaretos, Ed LeBlanc, Eric Oulette, Joseph Chmielueski, and with Jim Patrick not seeking another term we have an opening for a new director if anyone is interested.
The Directors running for reelection of a 3-year term are Matt Cooke, Don Darcy, Danny Mashia, Paul Soja, and Norman Jacques.
If anyone is interested in running for the board, they can send an email with your name and why you would like to serve on the board to the Clerk of the Corporation Eric Oulette at email@example.com or you can be nominated from the floor the night of the meeting.
You will be required to wear a mask to enter the building and attend the meeting.
Peter W. Panaretos
Greetings, Brother Knights of Council #4044.
Your Council will host a live virtual regular monthly
Council meeting on Monday, November 15th, 2021, at 7:00 PM
Some of you may have used this online tool in the past. If so, please skip to the log-on name and password below.
For those of you that have not yet used the "ZOOM" tool, we are outlining step by step instructions that will help you:
Go to www.zoom.us
Click "join meeting."
in the box labeled "meeting ID," use code 95530464803
The next screen will prompt to open "zoom meetings" (you may need to download ZOOM once prompted)
Once you've completed that step, you will be prompted to enter Meeting code 971361...then click join the meeting.
Once you are into the meeting, click "use computer audio," and you should be all set!
If you have any questions, reach out to Eric Oulette at
We look forward to seeing all Council #4044 Members on Monday, November 15th at 7 PM!
TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE
Mark Urban 14 hours, Norman Jacques 12 hours, and Roger Belanger 8 hours.
Robert Buskey stood outside before Bingo three times for a total of 6 hours.
Ben Godek, Ron Grenier, Edward Stawarz, Jeff Belanger, John Roberts, Skip StJean, Peter Dubin, Edward Leblanc, Ricardo Roqueza, and his twin daughters each did 4 hours.
Donald Darcy James Phillips, Don Rychlik, Ward Bowler, Gerry Lacasse, Scott Lafond, Greg Komer Robert Lelievre, Chris Frey, Albert Guay, Frank Grochowalski, Dottie Turgeon, Richard, and Dottie McKenna, Louis Fournier, and Phil Laroche each did 2 hours.
David and Doris Hachey, Sue Poulin, Skip StJean, Daniel Sheppard, Robert Mashia, Dan Walker, John McAuliff, Andy Deecher, and Derek Swistak along with his daughter all collected after Mass.
Monetary Donations were made by Vivian Gladu, Mary Bazinet, Ellie Rank, June Caesar, Louise Siwy, and Elaine Boucher-Bogart. Grand Knight Matt Cooke and Joan Berard sold the rest of the tootsie rolls at Bingo.
Thank you to Virginia Dunphy, Dottie Turgeon, and June Caesar for donating cookies, bread, donuts, brownies, sandwiches, and fruit so we would have something to eat. Bob Poulin also brought us pizza.
I would like to thank Virginia Dunphy, Bob, and Sue Poulin for helping me sort and count money in the lounge.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for volunteering.
Sincerely, Elaine Boucher-Bogart
In November, All Souls Month, we as a council remember all our deceased brother Knights. Our Annual Memorial Mass will be celebrated in our banquet hall, Tuesday, November 30th, at 7:00 pm. All members, families, and friends of all previously deceased members are encouraged to attend this short, but meaningful service. .
We especially honor our fallen brothers who died last November 2019; their families will be contacted with a special letter of invitation.
Our fallen brothers from November 2019 to October 2021:
***Rene W. Barthelette, Sr Yvon J. Dion Vincent A. Jackson, Jr Richard Pelland Rene J. Carbonneau **Norman R. Fleury Richard P. Lacoste Wilfred Peloquin, Jr Camille J. Chapdelaine Charles C. Folsom Robert W. Lafond Ralph Plante, Jr Henry S. Chase, Jr Richard F. Fulton Richard A. LaValley Roger R. Roberge
Michael J. Ciolek *Donald W. Gladu Robert P. Laverdiere Theodore J. Robidoux John F. Costello Gerald E. Guiel Luke Lessard, Sr Daniel L. Scheehser
Arthur T. Cousineau Raymond E. Hamel Lawrence M. Mainville Edward S. Superson, Jr Norman J. Deshaies James P. Haesaert John R. Neill Patrick J. Veale
Ronald V. Desmarais Stephen C. Hupfer John J. Pallotti George A. Villa, Jr
James M. Wildman, Sr
*Charter Member **PGK, FDD ***PGK, FDD, Charter Member
Note: If we missed someone please call the Council office at 413-536-2835 or Ed Stawarz at 413-535-3105.
Invites will be mailed to the deceased address on file; MASKS ARE REQUIRED, Edward Stawarz
We now have Aquanett band tickets for sale in the lounge and the banquet office.
The event will be on Wednesday, November 24th. Doors open at 6:30 PM and music starts at 7:30 PM.
The cost is $12 in advance and $15 at the door. There will be great 80’s tribute music.
It was our pleasure to represent the members of Fairview Council 4044 and deliver checks in the amount of $1,000 to each of the five Catholic Schools in our area.
These donations are made possible by the Council member's continued support of our fundraisers.
Blessed Sacrament School- Pastor Fr. Robert Gentile and Principal Paula Fitzgerald;
St Michael’s Academy - Principal Ann Dougal;
Mater Dolorosa School -Principal Maureen Donelan;
St. Stanislaus School- Vice Principal Karen Shea;
St. Joan of Arc School- Principal Bill McDonald.
Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight Fran Getto, Financial Secretary
NEW YEAR'S EVE IS BACK !!!
After a long-awaited year, the Knights are welcoming you to a NEW dining and dance experience along with a memorable evening of pleasure at our New Year’s Eve Party at
1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA
Opening at 6:00 p.m., try your luck at the cash wheel or 50/50 Raffle. Put on your dance shoes and dance to the sounds of DJ Stephan nonstop from 6:00 pm till 1:00 am on two dance floors. With 25 years of experience DJ Stephan will create the right mood and make it fun for even the most diverse audience. He is very attentive to the audience and invites requests to select the perfect mix. You can visit DJ Stephan at www.stephandj.com.
Your dining experience will begin with a Mediterranean Charcuterie Board of assorted imported cheeses, meats, and canapés served at each dinner table. A Cash Bar will offer guests Beers, Wines, and Cocktails. The first course of Stations will begin at 6:15 pm with Minestrone Soup, Chop Salad, and Artisan Breads. Dinner stations will include Pasta with a choice of Gourmet Sauces & Amenities, an Assorted Herb Roasted Vegetable Display, a Potato "Top Your Way' Bar, a Prime Rib, and a Salmon-en-Croute Carving Station. For dessert, a decadent Viennese Table will tempt you with Creme Brulé, Macaroons, Tiramisu, Lemon Cello, Chocolate Delights, Teas, and Coffee.
At midnight a Champagne Toast, noisemakers, and hats will ring in the New Year. Event tickets are $80.00 per person with a $5 discount for K of C members only. Tickets will be sold on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 8 pm. in the members’ lounge beginning Monday, December 6th.
Please purchase your tickets before Christmas. December 27h is the Deadline for tickets sales.
Jackets are required. CDC guidelines will be implemented. Convenient free parking is provided. For out-of-town guests, we recommend the Residence Inn Marriott, 500 Memorial Drive, 413- 331-4440, or Tru By Hilton 440 Memorial Dr, 413-331-51-55. Please remember this event is a fundraiser and proceeds go to benefit Knights of Columbus Fairview Council 4044's Charitable Programs.
For questions/ticket info contact event chairman Don at 534-4749. Please understand, we cannot reserve a table for you without full payment. So, start thinking about organizing your seating arrangements. Members are needed to staff the casino, set up the hall, and takedown.
Please call Don if you can help.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021
11 AM TILL 1 PM
$20.00 per Child
The Christmas Party is open to Member’s Children and/or Grandchildren up to the age of 10
A light lunch consisting of mac and cheese, chicken tenders, and dessert will be provided for the children.
A bike raffle will be held, and the child must be present when the raffle is drawn.
Registrations have to be received no later than December 2nd.
Please fill out the bottom portion of this flyer and send it back to:
Knights of Columbus Council 4044
Grand Knight Matthew Cooke
1599 Memorial Drive Chicopee, MA 01020
The Member’s Lounge is open on Thursdays from 3-10 pm, Fridays from 3-10 pm, Saturdays from noon-10 pm, and Sundays for football. 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, 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