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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
I hope this newsletter finds you and your families well! We are into our new Fraternal Year, and this is actually my 13th month as your Grand Knight. After such a long shutdown, it almost feels like it’s all new to me again. Hopefully, these new variants stay as low of a strain as possible to continue to progress in the reopening of our Council activities. As I speak of “opening up,” we are on schedule to open up our monthly Spaghetti Suppers in September, and our weekly Bingo should be able to resume on Thursday, September 9th. Let’s hope COVID-19 and the Delta strain don’t push us backward in our plans. The Council surely needs the money we generate from Bingo to continue doing our charitable works with all the needy groups and organizations throughout our local community.
So many of you helped us out by donating food or working at any of the four Food Drives we held. We collected approximately 3 tons of food from those Food Drives for our local food pantries. I know I have talked about this before, but we have the most generous members and community surrounding us here at #4044, that we were able to collect over $1,100 in cash donations and the food that was donated. We will be presenting 4 local food pantries with about $275 each this month, along with the food we provided during the middle of the pandemic when they needed it the most. Thank you very much to all! And as your Grand Knight, it makes me so proud!
Over the years, you all have heard of the “charity account” that the Knights’ Supreme and State Offices oversee. I am proud to let you know that we, at 4044, tried and succeeded in securing money for a South Hadley resident who has a special needs son who needed a walk-in bathtub installed in their home as he was unable to continue using their current tub. The check from the Supreme and State Council should be issued shortly! This is surely what we all should be happy and proud of!
One more great reason to tell your friends about joining us!
Our Tootsie Roll Drive is only being run one weekend this year - October 8, 9, 10, and 11! After not having a drive last year, we need to step up and fill ALL available slots. Thank you!
Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight
Spaghetti Dinner will be held Wednesday, September 8th.
The meal will be served from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
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.
Spaghetti Dinner will be held Wednesday, September 8th. The meal will be served from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.
Matthew Cooke, Grand Knight