Greenfield Knights of Columbus honors 70-year member

  • Greenfield resident Lewis La Chance, 88, was celebrated Thursday night for belonging to the Knights of Columbus for 70 years. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 5/27/2022 6:40:08 PM

GREENFIELD — In May 1952, women in Greece got the right to vote, Mr. Potato Head debuted and “I Love Lucy” aired its famous Vitameatavegamin episode.

It was also the same month that Lewis La Chance joined the Knights of Columbus, launching what has become 70 years of service to the global Catholic fraternal service order. He is a member of the Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield.

La Chance’s brethren honored him for his seven decades of dedication at the beginning of their May meeting in the Blessed Sacrament Church parish center on Thursday night. The 88-year-old received a certificate of appreciation from District Master Daniel R. Arsenault, an acknowledgement from State Deputy Michael Lesperence and an anniversary certificate from Patrick E. Kelly, the 14th and current supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus. He was also given a Foster’s Supermarket gift certificate worth $70 — a dollar for each year of service.

“I tried to get him a … shopping cart from Foster’s, but they wouldn’t sell me one,” Chancellor Lou Grader said to laughter.

“I thought I was going to get free haircuts for a year,” La Chance replied in jest to the room of about 10.

La Chance, a past grand knight, said he joined the Knights of Columbus at 18 years old, the youngest age for admission to the organization reserved for practicing Catholic men. He was sponsored by his boss John Voetsch, who owned the Minute Man Diner on Federal Street. La Chance said Voetsch eventually became a past grand knight.

“I was 18 when I joined,” he recounted. “They taught me to give, and I didn’t know how to give, really. But I joined these Catholic men, and they’re a good sort. They took a chance on me and I hope I lived up to their expectations.”

As for where he became a member, La Chance thought it was in Springfield — or maybe it was Greenfield.

“It was 70 years ago,” he said with a laugh.

After the man of the hour was given his acknowledgements, the members of the Knights of Columbus had soda, coffee and cake in La Chance’s honor before continuing their meeting.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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