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VOL. LXXXIV - NO. 4
95th ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS
James DiStefano Elected by Acclamation as State President by Dorothy Berlandi
First Lady Kathy DiStefano vested her husband OSIA State President James DiStefano.
Newly elected OSIA State President James DiStefano being installed with OSIA National 3rd Vice President Dorothy Berlandi and OSIA Past State President Joseph Russo. (Continued on Page 8)
TESTIMONIAL HONORING STATE PRESIDENT FLORENCE FERULLO KANE by Dorothy Berlandi As is the tradition within the Order Sons of Italy after the first term of presidency the State President is honored with a Testimonial. This year the Order Sons of Italy honored the 1st Woman President of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Florence Ferullo Kane. On Friday evening the 5 th of June 2009, Lombardo’s in Randolph was the facility that hosted this event. Not even the inclement weather deterred the guests from arriving early in order to share their love and respect for our State President Florence Ferullo Kane. As the guests arrived it was heartwarming to see and hear all the old friendships renewed and the camaraderie among all. State 1st Vice President James DiStefano and National 3rd Vice President Dorothy Berlandi were co-chairs of this event, and the evening began with the introduction of the head table guests. To present the head table guests, Co-Chair Dorothy Berlandi was escorted to the podium by State Trustee Ron Hill. She then introduced the following guests as they were escorted to the head table. Reverend Charles Bourke, Pastor of
St. John the Evangelist Parish was escorted by National Recording Secretary, and Membership Chairman Carmelita Bello; Reverend Gregory Mercurio, State Chaplain was escorted by Benefit Insurance Secretary Cathy Bourassa; Ms. Renee Farrell, niece of State President Kane and David Lentini were escorted by State Orator Antonio Sestito. Benefit Insurance Treasurer Anthony J. Panaggio, Jr., was escorted by Historical Chairman Delia Bartucca and President of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 Joseph Boncore Esq., was escorted by Scholarship Chairman Patricia Provenzano. Deputy Consul General Luigi Munno was escorted by State Trustee Mary Ann Bello; followed by 1st State Vice President James DiStefano and Mrs. Kathy DiStefano, escorted by President of the Belmont Mixed Lodge Carol Rossi. Past National President and Past State President Philip Boncore Esq., and Mrs. Goldie Boncore were escorted by Mary Lou Abbatessa a Past President of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge. Our guest speaker for the evening was National Past President and Sons of Italy Foundation Past President Emeritus Paul
State President Florence Ferullo Kane’s Family. Aidan, Grace and Matthew Kane grandchildren. Daughter-in-law Christine Kane and son Douglas Kane. S. Polo who was escorted by State Trustee Lisa Luther. Our honoree State President Florence Ferullo Kane was escorted to the head table by her son Douglas G. Kane. After these
formalities it was time for the National Anthems. Jimmy Bono Geaney sang the Italian National Anthem followed by Past State President Joseph Russo who sang
the Star Spangled Banner, and this was followed by the Invocation given by Reverend Gregory Mercurio, State Chap(Continued on Page 4)
Featuring the 95th Annual State Convention, and the Testimonial Honoring State President Florence Ferullo Kane.