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(ISSN 0038-1446)

Purple Aster by Dorothy Berlandi The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts held its annual Purple Aster Ball on Saturday evening November 22nd, 2008 at Spinelli’s Function Facility in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. This special evening brought together the Order Sons of Italy Family. Co-chairs of this event were State Recording Secretary Rita Maletta-Robak and State Trustee Lisa Luther. Guests greeted friends they had not seen for a while, and an air of fraternity prevailed. After the cocktail hour our Executive Director Paul Guida commenced with the traditional introduction of our National Officers, State Officers, Benefit Insurance Commission, and Commissioners along with their escorts. Before the dinner was served State President Florence Ferullo Kane welcomed all and thanked the Co-Chairs Rita Maletta-Robak and Lisa Luther for a job well done. The invocation was delivered and it was time to enjoy the dinner. Frank Zarba provided the music for this formal evening, and the guests gathered to talk and reminisce of many yesterdays while others chose to dance the evening away. (Continued on Page 4)

Purple Aster Committee — Seated, left to right: Chairman of State Trustees Anna Sacca, Ann Hill, State Trustee & Chairman of the Purple Aster Lisa Luther, State President Florence Ferullo Kane, State Recording Secretary & Chairman of the Purple Aster Rita Maletta Robak, Chairman of Organization & Education Commission Stephen Cozzaglio, Kathy DiStefano, Betty Sandquist, Second row standing left from right, State Trustee Marie Jackson, Sandy Luther, Janice Kalmes, Richard Sacca,, Deanna Perry, State Financial Secetary Tina Helton, Donna Quinno, Michael Abbatessa, Marylou Abbatessa, Kim DeStefano and Betty Sarcia.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

at the North End Nursing Home and Don Orione Nursing Home by Dorothy Berlandi Back row, left to right: Armand Bourassa, Justin Cristifullo, Charity Commissioner Denise Furnari, Past State Trustee Justin DiNicola, State 1st Vice President James DiStefano, Second row, left to right: Regina Perrone, President of the Maria Montessori Lodge Eugenia Frassica, serving on the Charity Commission, State Trustee, Marie Jackson, Cathy Bourassa serving on the Charity Commission, National Third Vice President & Public Relations Commissioner Dorothy Berlandi, Historical Commissioner serving on the Charity Commission Delia Bartucca. First Row, left to right: State President Florence Ferullo Kane, Santa Claus Robert Oliverio and granddaughter of Delia Bartucca. (Continued on Page 6)

Grand Lodge Bocce Tournament by Steve Cedrone On Sunday October 5 the Grand Lodge held its annual Bocce Tournament at the Watertown Lodge. A total of 44 teams participated in the event 21 women’s teams, 20 men’s teams and 3 junior teams. (Continued on Page 8) th

Seated, left to right: State Trustee Anna Sacca, Financial Secretary Tina Helton. Second row, left to right: Tony Cucchi, Member of the Sports Commission, State President Florence Ferullo Kane. Third row, left to right: State Trustee Michael DiStefano, Immediate Past President Kevin A. Caira, Richard Sacca Member of Sports Commission, Chairman of Sports Steven Cedrone, State Trustee Maryann Bello, Benefit Insurance Recording Secretary Catherine Bourassa, Chairman of Membership Carmelita Bello, State Trustee, Nora DiRuzza, & State 1st Vice President James DiStefano.

January - February 2009  

Featuring the Purple Aster, Christmas Parties, and Grand Lodge Bocce Tournament

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