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97th Annual Convention of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts by Dorothy Berlandi

Installation of 2011 Grand Lodge Officers The 97 Annual Convention of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was held on Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, New th

Hampshire. Members and guests who arrived on Thursday were busy settling in, renewing friendships from previous conventions and catching up on everything that had happened

over the past year. The traditional “Italian Night” was held in the Grand Ballroom, featuring a raffle, scratch ticket board, and the comedy of William Peterson, “New England’s

own Rodney Dangerfield”. Italian Night is the beginning of four days of camaraderie, fun,and most importantly, the conducting of the business of the Grand Lodge of Massa-

chusetts. After the dinner and raffles, there was also time for visits to the Hospitality Rooms. Thanks to Catherine Bourassa, Margaret Campbell, Denise (Continued on Page 3)

Testimonial Honoring

State President James DiStefano by Dorothy Berlandi On Saturday, June 11, 2011, at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Massachusetts, we continued the longstanding tradition of honoring our State President with a Testimonial dinner toward the end of their first term in office. State First Vice President Carmelita Bello and State Second Vice President Antonio Sestito were co-chairmen of the event, and State Recording Secretary Ronald Hill served as the Toastmaster. Executive Director, Paul M. Guida, introduced the following head table guests: The Reverend Leonard O’Malley, Pastor of St. Peter’s Church; Mr. Antonio Mastantuono, President of the Piave Fiume Lodge #1036; Mr. Michael DiStefano, State Treasurer and Mrs. Maura DiStefano; Mr. Antonio Sestito, State Second Vice President and Mrs. Marieanne Sestito; Ms. Carmelita Bello, State First Vice President; Mr. Ronald Hill, State Recording Secretary and Mrs. Annbella Hill; Mr. Joseph Russo, State Past President and Mrs. Pauline Russo; Mr. Joseph DiTrapani, National President, Order Sons of Italy in America and our honoree State President James DiStefano and First Lady Kathleen DiStefano. Mr. James Geaney sang the National Anthems of Italy and America and was followed by Reverend O’Malley who gave the invocation. Dinner was served

and the band for the evening, Equinox, played under the direction of Mr. Geaney for the enjoyment of the guests. After dinner, Brother Hill introduced National President Joseph DiTrapani, who noted that our State President has left quite an impression with the members who have met him. He wished him much success with the remainder of his presidency. Michael DiStefano, son of our honoree, delivered his remarks, noting that his father is a special individual. In between speakers, Brother Hill delivered a delightful roast of State President DiStefano. As co-chairmen of the event, Sister Carmelita Bello and Brother Antonio Sestito took time to thank their committee and to add to the roasting and the praise of our State President. State Past President Joseph Russo, the principal speaker, outlined State President DiStefano’s dedication to his Italian heritage, starting with his emigration from Italy as a young boy, settling in the North End with his family and becoming a successful business and family man. Brother Hill re-introduced Reverend Leonard O’Malley who spoke about his closeness with the DiStefano family, especially Thanksgiving Eve get-togethers which at one time left him unable to attend Mass on Thanks-

The DiStefano Family: L-R Chris Patria, Kimberley, First Lady Kathy, OSIA State President James DiStefano, Jim’s mother Adriana, Maura, Michael, “Mikey” and Valarie. giving morning. Finally, our honoree was given his turn at the podium and thanked everyone in attendance for making it a special evening for him and his family. Sister Bello and Brother Sestito made a presentation to our State President, which was followed by the Benediction given by Reverend O’Malley.

Among our special guests were Mrs. Adriana DiStefano, State President DiStefano’s mother, his brothers and their wives and his grandchildren, Valerie and Mikey. Also present were National Past President and National President Emeritus of the Sons of Italy Foundation Paul S. Polo, National Past Historian Lucy Codella, State

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from James DiStefano

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Kathy and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the delegates of the 97th Annual Convention at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire, for the faith and trust they have placed in me. Allowing Kathy and I to continue representing the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts as your State President and First Lady is a very humbling experience. I would like to thank all of the delegates for a great convention; there were many items that were voted upon and some changes to bylaws that filial lodges must adhere to next year. The convention was well attended and many brothers and sisters said it was one of the best conventions in years. I know the sisters that were in the Watertown hospitality room had a “Wu Wu!” of a great time. I would like to thank State First Vice President Carmelita Bello, the Convention Chairman and State Second Vice President Antonio Sestito, the Convention Coordinator, for all of the hard work they put into organizing this Convention.

To the commissioners, chairmen of commissions and members of the council who are not returning, thank you for your dedication and hard work throughout the past two years. We now have some new members on the council, and I know they will be out visiting lodges, introducing themselves and pushing membership. These next two years will be all about membership, membership, membership — we must begin working harder to recruit more new members and retain existing ones. If our membership continues to decrease, we will have no choice but to increase our per capita, so to avoid this it is up to each of us to bring in one new member. On Sunday, September 18th, the Sports Commission will hold our annual Bocce Tournament at the Watertown Lodge. Please come on down and show off your Bocce skills. In celebration of the 150 th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy, the Grand Lodge will present “That’s Amore” starring Pat Benti and Tutti Pazzi, on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at

the Watertown Sons of Italy, 520 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Tickets are $40.00 per person, including a buffet at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:15 p.m., and dancing until 11 p.m. Get your tickets early, because this event will sellout. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Grand Lodge at 617-489-5234 or by emailing Mark your calendars: the Purple Aster, our signature annual event, will be held on Saturday, November 12, at Spinelli’s Function Facility in Lynnfield. We will have plenty of food and plenty of dancing! September will be here before you know it, and all lodges will begin their schedule of meetings and functions. Please inform the Grand Lodge of any activities that your lodge is hosting. We would love to join you! Kathy and I would like to thank all the Lodges that have invited us to their summer cookouts, and we hope you enjoy the remainder of this hot season. We look forward to seeing you all in September. God Bless you all and God Bless the Order Sons of Italy.

Cari Fratelli e Sorelle Mia moglie Kathy ed io vorremmo approfittare dell’occasione per ringraziare tutti i delegate al Congresso annuale tenuto all’hotel Radisson, a Nashua, New Hampshire, e per la fedelta’ e fiducia concessami. Continuare a concedere sia a Kathy che a me di rappresentare la Grande Loggia del Massachusetts come vostro Presidente e come la ‘Prima Signora’ e’ una toccante esperienza. Vorrei anche ringraziare tutti i delegati per un congresso ben riuscito; c’erano tante proposte che furono votate, come pure alcune modifiche allo “Statuto” che rimangono per essere confermate il prossimo anno. Il Congresso fu molto seguito; molti dei fratelli e sorelle hanno affermato che e’ stato uno dei migliori degli ultimi anni. So’ bene che le sorelle che erano nella sala ospitalita’ di Watertown si sono divertite a far baldoria! Vorrei tanto ringraziare il primo Vice Presidente Carmelita Bello, a capo dell’organizzazione del Congresso, ed anche il Secondo Vice Presidente Antonio Sestito, coordinatore dei lavori del Congresso, per la gran mole di lavoro svolta nell’organizzare l’intero Congresso. Ai Capi delle Commissioni, ai membri di esse, ed ai membri del Consiglio Statale, specialmente coloro che non sono stati rieletti, un sincero ringraziamento per la vostra dedizion e lavoro arduo durante il biennio precedente. Abbiamo adesso nuovi membri nel Consiglio Statale e so bene che andranno a visitare, ed anche presentarsi alle logge sottolineando l’importanza di reclutare nuovi membri. I prossimi due anni saranno dedicati

soprattutto a reclutare ancora nuovi membri lavorando piu’ arduamente, ed anche evitare la perdita di membri. Se il numero di membri continua a sottigliarsi non ci rimane altra scelta che aumentare i contributi individuali. Ad evitare cio’, si sta a ciascuno di noi di reclutare un nuovo membro. Domenica 18 settembre, la Commissione ‘Sport’ terra’l’annuale ‘Torneo di Bocce’ alla Loggia di Watertown. Vi invito tutti a partecipare, e mostrare il vostro talento. Nel celebrare il 150mo. Anniversario dell’Unita’ Italiana, la Grande Loggia presentera’ “That’s Amore” (e’ amore!), con Pat Benti e ‘Tutti Pazzi’,sabato 1 otto0bre 2011,alla loggia di Watertown, 520 Pleasant Street, Watertown. Il costo dei biglietti e’ $ 40.00 a persona, ed include il buffet che verra’ servito alle ore 19 (7 pm.). Lo spettacolo iniziera’ alle ore 20:15 ( 8:15 pm.), e si ballera’ fino alle ore 23 (11 pm.). Acquistate I biglietti al piu’ presto, in quantoche’ per

questo tipo di festa i biglietti si venderanno presto. Potete prenotare i biglietti telefonando alla Grande Loggia: (617)4895234, oppure mandando una e-mail a: Riservate nel calendario la seguente data, ed evento: Purple Aster, il nostro evento premier (sabato, 12 novembre a Spinelli Function Facility di Lynnfield. Ci sara’ da mangiare abbondantemente e danzare pure. Il mese di settembre arrivera’ prima che ce ne rendiamo conto, quando le logge riprendono le loro riunioni. Si prega di informare la Grande Loggia quando organizzate le vostre rispettive attivita’. Ci piacerebbe parteciparre alle vostre feste. Kathy si unisce a me nel ringraziare tutte le logge che ci hanno invitato alle loro feste questa passata estate. Ci auguriamo che possiate godervi cio’ che rimane di questa stagione ‘bollente’. Siamo ansiosi di vedervi tutti a settembre. Che Dio benedica voi tuti e l’Ordine Figli d’Italia.

GRAND LODGE Events ... SEPTEMBER 18, 2011

Bocce Tournament Sons of Italy – Watertown, MA

OCTOBER 1, 2011

That’s Amore Sons of Italy – Watertown, MA

NOVEMBER 12, 2011

Purple Aster Spinelli’s Function Facility – Lynnfield, MA

For more information on these events, call the Grand Lodge office at 617-489-5234 - or check the Grand Lodge Events section of the website (



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Opening Ceremony


Registration and Credential committee doing an excellent job checking in Delegates and friends. Furnari and Ronald Hill who helped to make this a special Italian Night. Thanks also to Michael DiStefano, Carol Rossi and Antonio Sestito who were in charge of the Scratch Board raffle. The convention officially opened on Friday morning, as State First Vice President Carmelita Bello, introduced and welcomed the Chairmen of Permanent Commissions, Benefit Insurance Commission Officers, State Officers and National Officers, including visiting dignitary National Past President and National President Emeritus of the Sons of Italy Foundation Paul S. Polo and State President James DiStefano and First Lady Kathleen DiStefano, who were escorted into the hall. Registration and Credential Committee Chairman Barbara DeStefano gave the preliminary report on attendance, announcing that 155 of the 188 registered delegates were in attendance, as well as 24 guests. The Colors were posted, the Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the National Anthems were sung. Father Gregory Mercurio gave the Invocation, and the delegation commenced the business of the Convention. Motion was made and passed to accept the minutes of the 96th Annual Convention. This being an election year, State Past President Charles Perenick was asked to review the rules for the nomination of officers. For the office of State President, JAMES DISTEFANO was nominated by Michael DiStefano and seconded by Antonio Mastantuono. There being no other nominations, James DiStefano was re-elected to the office of State President by acclamation. For the office of State 1st Vice President, CARMELITA BELLO was nominated by Mary Ann Bello and seconded by Florence Ferullo Kane. There being no other nominations, Carmelita Bello was re-elected to the office of State 1st Vice President by acclamation. For the office of State 2nd Vice President, ANTONIO SESTITO was nominated by Joseph Russo and seconded by John Argiro. There being no other nominations, Antonio Sestito was re-elected to the office of State 2 nd Vice President by acclamation. For the office of State Orator, ROBERT BONCORE, ESQ. was nominated by Philip Boncore

Esq. and seconded by Mario DeMartino. There being no other nominations, Robert Boncore Esq. was re-elected to the office of State Orator by acclamation. For the office of State Recording Secretary, RONALD HILL was nominated by Anthony Panaggio, Jr. and seconded by Steven DeAngelis. There being no other nominations, Ronald Hill was re-elected by acclamation to the office of State Recording Secretary. For the office of State Financial Secretary, CATHERINE BOURASSA was nominated by Dorothy Berlandi and seconded by Angelo Rossi. There being no other nominations, Catherine Bourassa was re-elected to the office of State Financial Secretary by acclamation. For the office of State Treasurer, MATTHEW EZEKIEL was nominated by John DePinto and seconded by David Goss, and MARIE JACKSON was nominated by Gloria Bergeron and seconded by Dorothy Berlandi. For the office of State Trustee - District 1, STEPHEN COZZAGLIO was nominated by Ron Nickerson and was elected by acclamation. For the office of State Trustee - District 2, MARGARET CAMPBELL was nominated by Donna Giuliani and was re-elected by acclamation. For the office of State Trustee - District 3, CHARLES DESTEFANO was nominated by Carmelita Bello, FRANCO BATTISTA was nominated by Paul DiBona, and STEPHEN DEANGELIS was nominated by Larry Pellegrini (2 to be elected). For the office of State Trustee District 4, DR. JOHN CHRISTOFORO was nominated by Dr. Dean Saluti and was re-elected by acclamation. For the office of State Trustee - District 5, DENISE FURNARI was nominated by Dorothy Berlandi and was re-elected by acclamation. For the office of State Trustee – District 6, there was initially no nomination; after nominations for several other offices were accepted, LUCINDA NOLET was nominated by Joanne Gucciardi and was elected by acclamation. For the office of State Trustee – District 7, THERESA FARINA was nominated by Paul Russo and was re-elected by acclamation. For the office of State TrusteeAt-Large, CAROL ROSSI was nominated by Cathy Bourassa, JOHN ARGIRO was nominat-

ed by Antonio Sestito, and MICHELLE BERTOLDI was nominated by Dorothy Berlandi. Each candidate was elected by acclamation. For the office of Benefit Insurance Commission Treasurer, MARJORIE CAHN was nominated by Dr. Dean Saluti and was elected by acclamation. For the office of Benefit Insurance Commissioner, RICHARD VITALI, ESQ. was nominated by David Saliba, and ROSS ZAGAMI was nominated by Pasquale Oppedisano. For the office of National Delegates - District 1, STEPHEN COZZAGLIO was nominated by Florence Ferullo Kane, and Justin DiNicola was nominated by Mario DeMartino. For the office of National Delegate – District 2, MARY ANN BELLO was nominated by Donna Giuliani and elected by acclamation. (Continued on Page 4)

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Appreciation Luncheon

OSIA State President James DiStefano and Adriana Guida.

OSI A St ate P resident James DiStefano and Appreciation Luncheon Co-Chairman Immediate President Florence Ferullo Kane.

OSIA State President James DiStefano and and Appreciation Luncheon Co-Chairman State 2nd Vice President Antonio Sestito.

Committee Meetings

Committee on Laws L-R: Thelma Hawkins, Chairman Philip Privitera, Esq., Vice Chairman Robert Boncore, Esq.

Committee on Elections: Vice Chairman John Argiro, Chairman Kevin Mercandante.

Committee on Elections: Chairman Arthur Bennett, Vice Chairman Michael Di Stefano.

Budget and Finance

Budget and Finance

For the office of National Delegate – District 3, JOHN SALADINO was nominated by Mike Fiorenza, ANTHONY PANAGGIO JR. was nominated by Michael DiStefano, DAVID GOSS was nominated by Michelle Goss and FLORENCE FERULLO KANE was nominated by James DiStefano (2 to be elected). David Goss later withdrew his name from the ballot. For the office of National Delegate - District 4, ROBERT BONCORE, ESQ. was nominated by Joseph Boncore, Esq. and DR. JOHN CHRISTOFORO was nominated by Florence Ferullo Kane (1 to be elected). For the office of National Delegate - District 5, DELIA BARTUCCA was nominated by George Franco and elected by acclamation. For the office of National Delegate - District 6 & 7, THERESA FARINA was nominated by Paul Russo, and MARIE JACKSON was nominated by Mary Paolino. For the office of National Delegate-At-Large, CATHY BOURASSA was nominated by Gloria Bergeron, DR. RICHARD FARINA was nominated by Kevin Caira, DOROTHY BERLANDI was nominated by Michelle Bertoldi, CARMELITA BELLO was nominated by Linda Dattis, ANTONIO SESTITO was nominated by Ron Hill, JOSEPH BONCORE, ESQ. was nominated by Robert Boncore Esq., -and ALBERT DENAPOLI was nominated by Joseph Russo (4 to be elected). Delegates were also nominated and elected by acclamation for State Arbitrators and alternates. For each of these offices, the Recording Secretary was instructed to cast one vote for each individual that was voted in by acclamation. After a very busy morning, the State Officers, Benefit Insurance Commission Officers, Chairmen of Permanent Commissions, State Chaplain Reverend Gregory Mercurio and the Grand Lodge Office Staff were honored at the Appreciation Luncheon, co-chaired by State 2nd Vice President Antonio Sestito and Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane.

Committee on Elections break out meeting.

Committee on Elections break out meeting. President of the Benefit Insurance Commission Anthony Panaggio Jr. thanked Walter “Sonny” Robak, the previous President of the Benefit Insurance Commission, for his help and guidance over the past five years. Brother Panaggio also thanked State President James DiStefano and voiced his pleasure that he would be working with him and the State Council. He also thanked the members of the Benefit Insurance Commission for all that they had accomplished. After a very delicious luncheon, the co-chairmen and State President James DiStefano presented each member with an OSIA garment bag. Reverend Gregory Mercurio gave the Benediction and then it was off to committee meetings. The Committees on Budget and Finance, Elections, Laws and the President’s Cabinet all met from 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. State Recording Secretary Ronald Hill read the many notices of events that would be happening within the Filial Lodges and Grand Lodge. At 3:45 p.m. the general meet-

ing was reconvened and a motion was made and passed to accept all reports in the convention book, with the exception of reports containing proposals. State President James DiStefano noted that there was a new Membership Brochure available for delegates to pick up and requested that monitors pass out one application to each person in the room, asking each to bring in one new member. He thanked the Membership Chairman, State 2 nd Vice President Antonio Sestito, and his committee for the progress made. Benefit Insurance Commission President Anthony Panaggio, Jr. reported that there are new plans in progress with the Commission and encouraged lodges to request that a member of the commission visit their lodges to give them additional information. Commissioner Ross Zagami spoke about the Commerce Insurance Company Auto Policy for which there is a special rate for members of our Order. Budget and Finance Chair(Continued on Page 5)



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President’s Cabinet Meeting

Lodge Presidents at President’s Cabinet Meeting.

Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane

Magazine Chairman Pam Donnaruma

Lodge Presidents at President’s Cabinet Meeting.

State 1st Vice President Carmelita Bello, State 2nd Vice President Antonio Sestito, Immediate Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane and State Recording Secretary Ron Hill.

Italian Night

Organization and Education Commission Stephen Cozzaglio

Italian Culture Chairman Patrick Moreno

man Arthur Bennett presented the budget through 2012, and motion was made and passed to adopt the budget. State 2 nd Vice President Antonio Sestito reiterated that Membership is the lifeblood of every organization and although there have been new members that have joined,there have been more members who have passed on. He also mentioned the new Membership Brochure and asked all the delegates to help bring in new members. Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane spoke on the Brick Plaque Fund Raiser and displayed samples. They come in three categories: Bronze for $100, Silver for $250 and Gold for $500. They can be inscribed with a name or dedicated to families and lodges. These plaques will then be adhered to the wall in the Grand Lodge Office. For further information, contact the Grand Lodge Office. At the President’s Cabinet Meeting, there were reports from several commissions. Patrick Moreno, Chairman of

the Italian Culture Commission, discussed various Italian American programs. Organization and Education Chairman Stephen Cozzaglio suggested that a webpage should be developed to display the duties of officers at both the Filial and Grand Lodge level. Chairman of the Magazine Commission Pamela Donnaruma asked that photos and articles be submitted to newspaper@ or to the Grand Lodge office. Brother Sestito reminded delegates that a Membership drive would be taking place at the Tutto Italiano event on August 7 at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. There was also a discussion on the new concept, OSIA Communita, a program to connect people within the Order with certain skill sets or businesses to people in need of their services. The report of the Cabinet Meeting was accepted. Chairman of the Elections Committee Kevin Mercadante reminded the delegation that voting would occur on Saturday from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and would close promptly. The meeting was adjourned for the day for dinner, followed by Candidates Night. Rules and regulations were again spelled out and candidates running in races with a contest were given the opportunity to speak. After the elections concluded on Saturday morning, the Convention reconvened at 9:30 a.m. State Recording Secretary Ron Hill read new announcements and Sister Barbara DeStefano gave her final report on the Credentials and Registration Committee noting that 174 out of the 188 authorized delegates were present. The Chairman of the Committee on Laws, Philip Privitera Esq., reported on the recom-

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mendations of the committee on the proposals presented at this convention. Of the various proposals submitted, the following two (2) by-law changes were approved. 1. State Orator Robert Boncore, Esq. submitted a proposal to simplify the filial lodge election process by amending M.L. ART. 101 (The State Delegates) to allow for the election of state delegates every two years, coinciding with the election of lodge officers and arbitration committee. The passage of this by-law now requires lodges to hold elec-



tions for Delegates in 2012 for a one (1) year term only. Beginning in 2013, lodges will hold elections for all officers, delegates, and arbitrators for a two-year term. 2. State Financial Secretary Catherine Bourassa submitted a proposal to extend the deadline for filial lodges to pay their per capita taxes in order to be seated at convention; the proposal was amended on the floor to include a change to the number of members required to be given a delegate. M.L. ART. 98 was amended to change the deadline for a lodge to pay their outstanding per capita balance in full from April 30 to May 31st, and the

number of members required to obtain a delegate was lowered from 50 to 25. State President James DiStefano submitted a proposal to change the format of the one-day convention to a oneday business meeting. This proposal was sent to a study committee for further review. Two other proposals were received from filial lodges and were rejected: the Burlington Lodge #2223 submitted a proposal requiring filial lodges to purchase tickets to the Carnevale Veneziano, Law & Justice Day Breakfast and Purple Aster. The Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge # 2183 submitted a proposal amending the Rights and Duties of a Social Member to allow social members with 10 consecutive years of service to be recognized as regular members. Per M.L. ART. 73(k), the rejection of these proposals bars resubmission for a period of two years. Brother Mercadante announced the results of that morning’s election. The newly elected officers included: State Treasurer: Marie Jackson,

and State Trustees - District 3: Charles DeStefano and Steven DeAngelis. National Delegates were elected as follows: District 3: Anthony Panaggio Jr. and Florence Ferullo Kane, District 4: Robert Boncore Esq., District 6 & 7: Marie Jackson, At-Large: Carmelita Bello, Antonio Sestito, Joseph A. Boncore Esq. and Albert DeNapoli Esq. Our guest, National Past President and National President Emeritus of the Sons of Italy Foundation Paul Polo, addressed the delegation. He noted that the delegation was made up of leaders and not followers. He also praised our President James DiStefano on his initiative in the handling of the per capita increase by National. It is always a pleasure to have this gentleman at our Conventions as he always brings with him a bit of levity. The Charitable and Educational Trust Report was given by C & E member Joseph Boncore Esq., who then called on various members to say a few words on each of the charities. Brother DeNapoli

spoke on the necessity of the Commission for Social Justice; Brother Cozzaglio spoke on Alzheimer’s and its effects, Brother Hill noted the discovery of a cure for Cooley’s Anemia by French doctors still being studied for implementation in the United States. Sister Donna Giuliani noted that this year there were 37 scholarship recipients and State Past President Charles Perenick spoke about the Casa Monte Cassino. State Past President Philip Boncore Esq. noted that instead of donations to the Don Orione home, whose ownership is changing hands, donations would be accepted instead on behalf of its founder, Father Rocco Crescenzi. Mary DeMania of the Renaissance Lodge # 2614 spoke on Autism. The report of the committee was accepted. Our annual Memorial Mass was held at 4:00 p.m., and Reverend Gregory Mercurio delivered a sermon which, like many of his other sermons, had us leaving Mass feeling uplifted. (Continued on Page 8)



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Winchester Women’s Lodge President Petrina Scotti accepting the Golden Lion Award on behalf of her sister member Anna Sacca.

State Council

Dorothy Berlandi presented the Golden Lion Award to Stephen Cozzaglio.

State Past President Joseph Russo was awarded the Presidential Award.

State Past Presidents

Chairman of Permanent Commissions At the Banquet, three members were honored for their distinguished service to the Order Sons of Italy. The Golden Lion Award Recipients were Anna Sacca and Stephen Cozzaglio. Sister Anna Sacca was unable to be present, but the President of her Lodge, Petrina Scotti, and her brother, State Trustee Richard Sacca, spoke highly of all of Anna’s accomplishments, and Richard accepted the award on her behalf. Sister Dorothy Berlandi, who was the 2009 Presidential Award Recipient, presented Brother Cozzaglio with his Golden Lion Award. Brother Cozzaglio has been a member for many years and has covered many miles driving across the State to make it to each and every meeting. His involvement in the Sons of Italy and his commitment to his community would take many pages to detail

in full. State President James DiStefano presented the Presidential Award to State Past President Joseph Russo. Brother Russo has a very impressive record both State and National, and we wish him well. On Sunday morning, the Installation of Officers transferred power to the new State Council and other officers in an impressive ceremony. After the Installation of Officers, a light lunch was served as the Pot of Gold prizes were drawn before everyone packed to head home and the convention drew to a close. A special thank you to all who helped make this Convention move so smoothly and especially to John Savastano, who handled the audio for the entire weekend. (Continued on Page 9)

Benefit Insurance Commission

Anna Sacca and Stephen Cozzaglio received the Golden Lion Award and State Past President Joseph Russo received the Presidental Award. L-R: Petrina Scotti (accepting for Anna Sacca), Dorothy Berlandi, Stephen Cozzaglio, State First Lady Kathy DiStefano, State President James DiStefano and State Past President Joseph Russo.

National Officers and First Ladies: Standing, L-R: Walter “Sonny” Robak, Joseph Russo, John DePinto, State President James DiStefano, Paul Polo, Phil Boncore, Kevin Caira, Philip Privitera, Fr. Mercurio. Seated l-r: Rita Maletta-Robak, Laura Caira and Cheryl Caira.


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Newly-elected State Council

The Boncore Children (future members) enjoying their first formal.

State Past President Joseph Russo passing the Regalia to First Lady Kathy DiStefano to vest State President James DiStefano.

Diamond and her human after a ruff night of Wu Wu’s.

Phil Boncore presenting the gavel to OSIA State President James DiStefano.

Grand Lodge photographer Dom Campochiaro hard at work at convention.

Installing Officers Kevin Caira, Joseph Russo and Charles Perenick

And to all a good night ... Wu Wu Girls Club with their honorary members

(Photo by Dom Campochiaro, D&S Video,




State President James DiStefano and Awardee Past State President Joseph Russo. scenes. We wish to thank our photographer Dom Campochiaro for always being there to capture us at our best. A special thank you is extended to the committee: Mary Lou and Michael Abbatessa, Mary


(Continued from Page 1) Ann Bello, Dorothy Berlandi, Michelle Bertoldi, Catherine Bourassa, Donna Bradley, Marjorie Cahn, Aldo Caira Jr., Stephen Cozzaglio, Steven DeAngelis, Shirley DeRoma, Charles DeStefano, Justin and Shirley DiNicola, Kathleen DiStefano, Kimberley DiStefano, Michael DiStefano, Dorothy D’Onofrio, Louis Floriani Jr., Jean Frassica, Donna Giuliani, Ann and Ronald Hill, Marie Jackson, Florence Ferullo Kane, Ann Todino McNeff, Donald McGowan, Patrick Moreno, Philip Privitera Esq., Donna Quinno, Carol and Angelo Rossi, Joseph Russo, Anna Sacca, Petrina Scotti, Marieanne Sestito, Marissa Sestito, Jennifer Tedeschi, and Joan Wilson. Finally, we extend a special thank you to our co-chairmen, State First Vice President Carmelita Bello and State Second Vice President Antonio Sestito for making this a very enjoyable and special evening for all.

Watertown Men’s Lodge

State President’s Testimonial Committee

L-R: National President Joseph DiTrapani, First Lady Kathy DiStefano, National Past President Paul Polo and OSIA State President James DiStefano.

Members of the Cornelia dei Gracchi Lodge #1583 Watertown

OSIA State First Vice President Carmelita Bello, State President James DiStefano and State Second Vice President Antonio Sestito.

THANK YOU It was a very humbling experience to see all my brothers and sisters at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield for the President’s Testimonial. There were many brothers and sisters who called me to tell me they would like to be there but could not make it. To the 250 or so who did come, I want to thank you very much from the bottom of my heart. It has been my pleasure to represent you as your State President.

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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Awards Scholarships by Michele Caira Nortonen

(L-R): Lodge President Aldo Caira Jr., scholarship recipients Christopher DiCecca, Tyler Stillings, Amy Caira and Scholarship Chairman Jennifer Bolanos. At the lodge’s June dinner meeting, Scholarship Chairman Jennifer Bolanos introduced three high school seniors to the members and along with President Aldo Caira, Jr., awarded each with $1,000 scholarships in honor of past and present devoted Wilmington Lodge members. Christopher DiCecca received the award in memory of his grandfather and former lodge president, Christopher S. DiCecca. During high school, Chris was involved in many extra-curricular activities, including Club WHS, the Foreign Language Club and Rotary Interact. A talented athlete, Chris was a member of the varsity soccer team since his sophomore year. Chris has volunteered his time working with Local Heroes, helping prepare packages for our soldiers, participated in the Relay for Life, worked as a summer counselor at both soccer and basketball camps for kids and also served as a soccer coach for Wilmington Youth Soccer. Chris will attend Colby-Sawyer College in the fall, where he will major in both Athletic Training and Physical Therapy. Tyler Stillings, the recipient of the Gerald Esposito Memorial Award, found success at Brooks School both in the classroom and on the field. Tyler captained the varsity hockey team and also served as captain of the JV lacrosse team during his sophomore year. He was selected to be one of eight school prefects, which are student leaders of the school. In his junior year, Tyler decided he wanted to give back to the community in some way. After reading an article about a former Brooks School student and hockey player who died from brain cancer, Tyler created “Saves for Cents.” He made

announcements during weekly school meetings where he asked fellow students to pledge money for every save he made during his junior year hockey season. Due to his initiative, over $3,500 was raised! This money was used to create a fund in Brad Perkins’ name. Tyler will attend St. Michael’s College in the fall, where he will major in American Studies and History. Amy Caira was delighted to receive her award in honor of her grandmother and Wilmington Lodge founder, Laura Caira. Amy, a member of the National Honor Society, served as Treasurer of her class for three years. She was a member of her school’s color guard since her freshman year, served as manager for the girls’ lacrosse team, participated in WHS Lamplighters Drama Guild and was a member of the foreign language club, where she served as treasurer. She was elected by her peers to represent Wilmington in a mock debate at the State House for Student Government Day. In 2008, Amy was chosen to participate in the “People to People International Student Ambassador Program,” and traveled to England, France and Italy. Amy has also been involved in many activities outside of school. She has taken dance classes for the past ten years and has been involved in Girl Scouts since the first grade. She has also volunteered her time as a religious education teacher and choir member. Amy has been involved in the Sons of Italy her whole life. She helped start Wilmington’s Junior Lodge and served as its first president, a position she held for 3 years. Amy will attend Hofstra University in the fall, where she will study Pre-Med with a concentration in Community Health.

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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 Participates in Relay for Life by Michele Caira Nortonen For the third consecutive year, the Wilmington community, including several members of the Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183, came together to celebrate life and honor loved ones during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, held at the Wilmington high school track on June 17-18, 2011. Wilmington Lodge members Joe Martiniello and Michael Caira, Event Chairman and Town Manager, respectively, gave opening remarks. The 599 team members, 60 cancer survivors and a record 497 “day of” Relay visitors raised over $140,000 for the fight against cancer! Teams walked all night, and each of the 12 hours of laps had a theme. Many walkers sported costumes. Festivities continued all evening in what seemed a non-stop flurry of activity: DJ’s and karaoke, games, salsa lessons, zumba classes and lots of activities for children. As darkness fell, the celebration turned to its most moving and poignant moments during the beautifully orchestrated Luminaria Ceremony. Two trumpets soulfully blew Taps, while the crowd came together as one to move slowly and respectfully around the track to the melody

(L-R): Pictured are some of the Lodge members who participated in the Relay for Life Walk held in Wilmington on June 17-18, 2011. Standing: Jerry Pupa, Aldo Caira Jr., Charlie DeStefano, Adam Schainost and Stan Radomski. Seated: Sally Radomski, Kayla Boebel, Ginny Pupa, Susie Schainost and Barbara DeStefano. of Amazing Grace. As the final notes faded, the stadium lights lit the sky and the high energy sparks of celebration were reignited. Now walkers were hightailing it to the sounds of bands, stopping momentarily to munch on pizza, listen to a live comedy show or participate in a series of competitive games and races. In the early morning, everyone’s attention turned to the front stage area for the Fight

Thank You

Back Ceremony. Using her own personal motto of “BRING IT ON!” the closing speaker, Wilmington Lodge member Angela Caira, re-energized the walkers by sharing the story of her ongoing personal battle with cancer. Wilmington’s Relay for Life ended on a positive note of thanks to the teams, the volunteers and committee members. To learn more, visit

Dear Brothers and Sisters: We gratefully express our heartfelt appreciation for your loving thoughts and prayers in our time of sorrow. While our lives are forever changed, my daughter, Dawn Marie, is in an everlasting dwelling place in heaven. Thank You, Dottie D’Onofrio and Family




Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 Scholarship Awards



by MaryAnn Ankiewicz

Recently, the Figli D’Italia Lodge in Saugus awarded the Albert A. Maraia Annual Scholarship to two deserving high school seniors who will be attending college in the fall of 2011: Christopher John Maraia Jr., grandson of our President Angela Maraia and Kaylee O’Brien, granddaughter of Lodge member Rita O’Brien.

(L-R): Jerry Pupa, Michele Caira Nortonen, Amy Caira, Aldo Caira Jr., Kevin Caira, Charlie DeStefano, Walter Palino, Barbara DeStefano, Laura Caira, and Rosemary Malvone. (Photo by Lennie Malvone) The Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli Lodge #2183 of Wilmington sponsored a booth at their town’s Annual Fourth of July festivities from June 29-July 3, 2011. Pictured are just a few of the lodge members who helped serve meatball subs and scoop ice cream.

Even the Junior Lodge got involved! Serving caramel apple chips and hot cinnamon donuts are Amy Caira and Caitlyn Stevens. Assisting in the background are senior lodge members Janice Stevens, Steve Buscone and Karen Scalzi. Guess who celebrated the Big 5-0 during Wilmington’s Fourth of July festivities? Our own firecracker, State Past First Lady Cheryl Caira.

Quattro Eroi Lodge #1414 News Briefs ... by James F. Ficco

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Donald Gelineau was recently installed as President of the Quattro Eroi Lodge. New officers include Vice President Valerie Carlucci, Immediate Past President Gloria Bergeron, Orator Carlo Geromini, Recording Secretary James Ficco, Financial Secretary Dora Brett and Treasurer Mario Carlucci. Also installed were Trustees Anna Taschereau (Chairman), Andrew and Mary Crisafulli, Marie Dalo and Florence Mucci, Mistresses of Ceremonies Shirley Ficco and Cora Labossiere and Guard Angelo Mucci. State Deputy Joanne Ciannavei conducted the installation ceremony, assisted by State Historical Commission Chairman Delia Bartucca and State Trustee Denise Furnari

acting as Heralds. Attending dignitaries included State President James DiStefano and First Lady Kathy DiStefano, State Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane, State Recording Secretary Ron Hill, Annbella Hill and State Trustee and guest speaker Marie Jackson. The Lodge awarded two scholarships in the amount of $500; the first recipient was Rebecca DeBaggis, granddaughter of Past President Vincent DeBaggis and the second recipient was Sarah Geromini, granddaughter of Orator Carlo Geromini. Several lodge members recently attended the Testimonial honoring State President James

DiStefano at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The Lodge has an active membership committee headed by Chairman Judi Brady and is always excited to welcome new members. The Lodge was founded on March 26, 1926 and was named in honor of four Franklin soldiers who gave their lives during World War II: Emilio Daddario, Alfred Mucciarone, Alexander Patete and Patrick Ristaino. The Lodge’s final gathering of the season was held on June 12, and the monthly and Grand Prize drawings were held during the breakfast meeting. Regular meetings will resume on Sunday, September 18.





WORCESTER LODGE #168 Installs New Officers and Awards Scholarships by Maria Sciannameo

On Thursday, April 7, 2011, Lodge #168 installed its new officers and awarded five $1,000.00 scholarships to deserving students. In attendance were several members of the State Council, including State President James DiStefano and First Lady Kathy DiStefano, State First Vice-President Carmelita Bello, State Second Vice-President Antonio Sestito, Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane, State Recording Secretary Ron Hill and Mrs. Ann Hill, and State Trustees Margaret Campbell, Carol Rossi and Marie Jackson. The guest speaker, State Second Vice-President Antonio Sestito, addressed the guests, thanked the outgoing officers and welcomed and congratulated the incoming officers. After outlining a short history of the Order Sons of Italy, he encouraged members to get involved and reminded the scholarship recipients to remember their Italian heritage and the Order. State President James DiStefano gave a few remarks, thanking the outgoing officers and welcoming and congratulating the incoming officers. He also congratulated the scholarship recipients on their achievments and encouraged them to become members of the Order when they return. Worcester Lodge #168 thanks all outgoing officers for all their hard work during their tenure and knows they will continue to be involved throughout the coming years in the various activities. The outgoing officers are: President Donna M. Giuliani, Vice-President Mary Ann Bello, Immediate Past President Kevin Mercadante, Orator Helen Aromando, Recording Secretary Maria L. Sciannameo, Financial Secretary Vittoria Visci, Treasurer Kenneth Simoncini, Trustees Ralph Aromando, Matteo Solitro, Linda Dattis, RoseMarie Mikitarian, and Mary Jane Simoncini, Mistresses of Ceremonies Elena Olivieri and Vittoria Mastrocola and Sergeant at Arms Thomas DiReda. The lodge also wishes to congratulate and thank the incoming officers: President Donna M. Giuliani, Vice-President Mary Ann Bello, Immediate Past President Kevin Mercadante, Orator Helen Aromando, Recording Secretary Maria L. Sciannameo, Financial Secretary Ralph Aromando, Treasurer Kenneth Simoncini, Trustees Nancy Gurgone, Matteo Solitro, Linda Dattis, RoseMarie Mikitarian, and Mary Jane Simoncini, Mistresses of Ceremonies Anna Alano and Vittoria Mastrocola, and Sergeant at Arms Elena Olivieri. The following students received scholarships this year from Worcester Lodge #168. Bryan Quitadamo, Auburn, was awarded the Worcester Lodge #168 Memorial Scholarship. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Quitadamo and the grandson of Maryann Aslanian. He is a senior at Auburn High School and has applied to several colleges including Quinnipiac University, Univer-

sity of Hartford and Worcester State University. He plans to major in Communications and TV/Media. Bryan works for the Auburn Recreation Department and participates in many activities including cross-country skiing and track. Bryan also volunteers at the Auburn Life Care Center, Auburn Relay for Life and is a coach for Auburn Youth Basketball. The Arthur Porcaro Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Ariana Sacco, Worcester. Ariana is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sacco and the granddaughter of Pat and Linda Sacco. She is a senior at St. Peter-Marian High School and has applied to several colleges including Amherst College, Assumption College and Holy Cross College. Ariana plans to major in Dance or Business. She is a member of the National Honor Society and student council, has received the Assumption Book Award and has been selected to attend the Global Young Leaders Conference. Ariana will be graduating ranked 8th out of 133 students. Gina Riggieri, Worcester, was awarded the Worcester Lodge #168 Achievement Award Scholarship. Gina is the daughter of Rosemary Riggieri and the granddaughter of Mary Riccardi. She is a senior at Notre Dame Academy and has applied to the University of Hartford and Mass College of Pharmacy and plans to major in Radiologic & Diagnostic Imaging. Gina is a member of the Latin Club, participates in indoor and outdoor track and works at Aunty Dotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza and as a babysitter. She previously worked at Steel Horse stables with young riders. Gina has been in honors classes all four years of high school and has maintained a 3.5 GPA. The second Worcester Lodge #168 Achievement Award Scholarship was awarded to Andrew Hass, Whitinsville. Andrew is the son of Anne and Bob Haas and the grandson of Louis Fazio, Jr. Andrew has applied to Johnson & Wales, Bryant College, UMass Lowell and the University of Rhode Island. He plans to major in Hospitality/ International Business. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Regional Student Advisory Council and Drama Club, among others. Andrew participates in soccer and tennis, works at Whitinsville Community Center and ranks 17th in a class of 145. Erica Soucy, Worcester, was awarded the third Worcester Lodge #168 Achievement Award Scholarship. Erica is the daughter of Mary and David Soucy. She is a senior at Holy Name High School and will be attending Rivier College, majoring in Education. Erica is the captain of the varsity soccer team and has been captain of junior track for three years. She is a member of SADD and SMASH, and holds a part-time job at Five Star Academy. Worcester Lodge #168 congratulates all scholarship recipients and wishes them success in their endeavors!

Scholarship recipients with the Scholarship Committee. Standing, L to R: Ralph Aromando, Helen Aromando, Nancy Gurgone, Vice President Mary Ann Bello, President Donna Giuliani and Maria Sciannameo.

State Officers attending the installation and scholarship awards ceremony. Seated, L to R: Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane, State First Vice-President Carmelita Bello, President Donna Giuliani, State President James DiStefano and State Second Vice-President Antonio Sestito. Standing, L to R: State Trustees Marie Jackson and Carol Rossi, State Deputy Frank Bovenzi and State Recording Secretary Ron Hill.

Incoming officers for the 2012-2013 term. Seated, L to R: Trustee Nancy Gurgone, Orator Helen Aromando, President Donna M. Giuliani, Vice-President Mary Ann Bello and Recording Secretary Maria L. Sciannameo. Standing, L to R: Mistress of Ceremonies Anna Alano, Sergeant at Arms Elena Olivieri, Trustee Rosemarie Mikitarian, Treasurer Ralph Aromando, Immediate Past President Kevin Mercadante, Trustees Matteo Solitro and Linda Dattis, Mistress of Ceremonies Vittoria Mastrocola, Trustee Mary Jane Simoncini and State Deputy Frank Bovenzi.




Lawrence Ladies Lodge #2026 Scholarship Reception


G. Marconi Lodge #1620 INSTALLATION by Stephen A. Cozzaglio

Josie Paolino, Treasurer of the Service Center Inc., Courtney Blatti, Brittany Blatti, Ann Sullivan and President Mary Paolino. The Lawrence Ladies Lodge #2026 held their Annual Scholarship Reception on May 17, 2011. Three students were chosen to receive the Josephine I. Rizzo Scholarship in the amount of $1500. Colleen DeCola of Methuen, who will attend the University of New England, Courtney Blatti of Salisbury, who will attend Bridgewater State University and Brittany Blatti of Salisbury, who will attend Framingham State University, were the 2011 winners. The Service Center Inc., a charitable organization founded by the Lawrence Ladies Lodge, sponsored the scholarships. Treasurer Josephine Paolino and Secretary Ann Sullivan of the Service Center Inc., and Lodge President Mary Paolino presented the awards.

Ed Rizzardini, Cindy Smachetti and Louis Floriani. Members scooping ice cream.

Grandfather Charles Blatti, Brittany, Terry Blatti, Courtney and grandmother Angela.


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Early in the evening of May 5, 2011, the sky was a beautiful blue and the sun was bright in the background as the members of G. Marconi Lodge #1620 were entering into the Library at St. Mary’s School in Lee. Toastmaster Stephen Cozzaglio introduced President Ron Nickerson, State Deputy Shirley DiNicola and State Trustee and guest speaker, Louis Floriani Jr., as the Mistresses of Ceremonies escorted each of them into the hall. Steve handed the gavel to President Ron Nickerson who quickly called the meeting to order. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and chaplains Alex Nardacci and Ann O’Brien read prayers in English and Italian. The roll call of officers was taken, and members voted to defer from their regularly scheduled meeting to hold the installation. President Ron turned the gavel over to State Deputy Shirley DiNicola, who commenced with the installation of officers with the assistance of Herald Justin DiNicola and Assistant Heralds Joe DeCroce and Rita Gordon. Those discharged from their duties were: President Ron Nickerson, Vice-President Stephen Cozzaglio, Immediate Past President Nelson Daley, Orator Michael Baccoli, Recording Secretary MaryAnn Antoniazzi, Financial Secretary Linda Winters, Treasurer Alex Nardacci, Trustees Judy Brittain, Sandra Cozzaglio, Lorita Trombly, Ann O’Brien, and Kathy O’Brien, Mistresses of Ceremonies Eleanor Baumann and Gloria Griffin and Guard John Pompi. The following officers were called forward and sworn in: President Ron Nickerson, Vice-President Ed Rizzardini, Immediate Past President Nelson Daley, Orator Michael Baccoli, Recording Secretary Ellen Whittaker, Financial Secretary Judy Brittain, Treasurer Sandra Cozzaglio, Trustees Lorita Trombly, Ann O’Brien, Kathy O’Brien, Alex Nardacci and MaryAnn Antoniazzi, Mistresses of Ceremonies Eleanor Baumann and Gloria Griffin and Guard John Pompi. When the installation was complete, the chaplains said the closing prayer in English and Italian and the meeting was closed. A collation followed the installation, including many delicious appetizers, desserts and beverages. Members recalled the “good old times” and old friends. It was an exciting evening and an evening that we have not experienced in a long time.


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Vittorio Veneto Lodge #1035

Installation of Officers & Scholarship Awards


Norwood Italian Lodge Awards Scholarships

Norwood Lodge President George Franco, Scholarship Committee Member Barbara Campagna, Scholarship Committee Chair Toni Eosco and scholarship winners Lisa Marie Coskren and Nicole Ciolfi.

Sitting: Scholarship recipients Theresa Silva, Alan D’Adamo, Katherine Gibney and Ana Ferrara.

Lodge President Mario Lucciola (standing, center left), State President James DiStefano, National Second Vice President Kevin Caira (standing left) and State Recording Secretary Ron Hill (standing right).

The Norwood Italian Lodge #1235 recently held its Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner on June 7, 2011, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Norwood. President George Franco greeted members and guests. Scholarship Chairman Toni Eosco welcomed the nearly 60 members and guests in attendance, including State Trustee Denise Furnari and Historical Chairman Delia Bartucca. Mrs. Eosco thanked lodge members Barbara Campagna and Winnie Carfagno for volunteering to serve on the scholarship committee. All enjoyed a full dinner buffet provided by Guido’s Catering of Walpole. Scholarship Award presentations took place immediately following dinner. Through the fundraising efforts of its lodge members, two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each were awarded to outstanding college-bound students. Scholarship Committee member Barbara Campagna presented the first award to Lisa Marie Coskren, a graduate of Norwood High School, daughter of Patrick and Linda Coskren and granddaughter of lodge member Mary Ann Naumann. Chairman Toni Eosco made the second award presenta-

tion to Nicole Ciolfi, a graduate of Medfield High, daughter of John and Christine Ciolfi and granddaughter of lodge members Chuck and Palma Ciolfi. The Lodge congratulated both recipients and wished them good luck with their future college plans. Following the awards, Justin Evans, Norwood High School Italian Language Teacher, updated the lodge members on the work and activities of the 67 students in the successful Italian program that recently completed its third year. Our local lodge, along with the Norwood Italian Social Club, donated a total of $2,300 towards the purchase of workbooks, language lab materials, and other supplies necessary to launch the Italian Language Program. Some students work was exhibited for guests to view and enjoy. Mr. Evans expressed that staff and students look forward to the expanded communication and technological capabilities that exist in the new Norwood High School that will allow students to connect with other students in Italy/Sicily far more easily. Upcoming events include a country western dance in October.

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(L-R): Presenting the Alphonse Saulino Memorial Scholarship to Miss Columbus were Michael Saulino and John Saulino, Esq.; also present were President Mario Lucciola and parents of the recipient, Chris and Tom Gibney.


In observance of October Italian Heritage Month, we are requesting that all lodges submit events being planned during the month of October so that these lodge activities can be included in a special edition of the Sons of Italy News as well as in the 2011 October Italian Heritage Month calendar of events. Event information can be submitted by one of the following methods: • Complete the on-line “Italian Heritage Month Event Form” on the Grand Lodge website ( • E-mail the requested information to Whichever transmission method you choose, please ensure that ALL requested information is included and submitted NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 2, 2011. We would like to encourage each lodge president to appoint a member to approach their town librarian to ask that a display table of Italian-American books be set up for the month of October. Your lodge may also have artifacts or memorabilia to enhance the display table. Libraries are a focal point in our communities and provid e the perfect vehicle to display our heritage and pride. Donations towards the Grand Lodge Italian Heritage Month activities would be greatly appreciated. Checks should be made payable to “Grand Lodge of Massachusetts,” earmarked “Italian Heritage Month” and mailed to Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 93 Concord Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478.

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Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071

Awards Night by Dorothy D’Onofrio

August 18, 2011 — The Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 of Saugus will be hosting a Day trip to Martha’s Vineyard. $66 per person, includes tour. Lunch on your own. For further information, please call Angela Maraia at 781-233-7660 or 781-254-7660. August 20, 2011 — The Ambrose D. Cedrone Lodge #1069 of Newton is having their Annual Anthony D. Clemente Memorial Clambake from 6pm - midnight. Menu: lobster, chowdah, chicken, sausage, salad, corn on the cob and watermelon at their Lodge home located at 196 Adams Street, Newton, MA. Tickets are $35.00 per person. Please contact Paul DiBona at 508-633-1376 or 508-879-9062. August 21, 2011 — The Piave Fiume Lodge #1036 of Watertown will be holding a Family Summer BBQ. Menu: steak tips, chicken tips, sausages, salad, corn and watermelon. For the kids: burgers and hot dogs. There will also be a bocce tournament, music, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. $30 per person. Kids under 10 free. For tickets call Tony Mastantuono at 617-799-8819. September 17, 2011 — The Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 of Saugus will be hosting a Gala Fashion Show. 6:30-10:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Saugus, MA. $30 per person, includes buffet supper and dancing. For further information, please call Angela Maraia at 781-233-7660 or 781-254-7660. September 21, 2011 — The Winthrop Ladies Lodge #2071 will be hosting a Buffet Luncheon at Suffolk Down’s Topside Room beginning at 11:30 a.m. Reservations required on or before September 15. $15 per person, includes tax and tip. A race will be named after the lodge, preferred parking, photos and more. Please contact President Dottie at 617-539-3092. September 24, 2011 — The Ambrose D. Cedrone Lodge #1069 of Newton is celebrating their 90th Anniversary at the American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street, Newton, MA. Food provided by Maria’s Catering and music by Seabreeze. Cocktail hour 6:30pm - 7:30pm, dinner immediately following. Tickets are $50.00 per person. Please contact Paul DiBona at 508-633-1376 or 508-879-9062. October 15, 2011 — The Ambrose D. Cedrone Lodge #1069 of Newton is having their Bi-annual Polenta Night at their lodge home located at 196 Adams Street, Newton, MA. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Menu: Polenta, meatballs, sausage, chicken, salad, rolls, pastries, wine, coffee and live entertainment. Please contact Franco Battista at 617-332-6448. November 3-14, 2011 — The Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 of Saugus will be hosting a Grand Tour of Italy. Visits to Venice, Florence, Rome, Tuscany, Assisi and Sorrento. Includes buffet breakfast each morning and dinner each evening. $2,399 (payment by credit card) or $2,339 (cash or check). For further information, please call Angela Maraia at 781-233-7660 or 781-254-7660. November 17, 2011 — The Ambrose D. Cedrone Lodge #1069 of Newton is having their Annual Holiday Raffle at their lodge home located at 196 Adams Street, Newton, MA. Tickets are $100.00 per person (admittance 1 person per ticket). Buffet, open bar, cash prizes of first prize $3,000, second prize $1,000, third, fourth and fifth prizes $500, sixth prize $200. For tickets please call President Fabio Cedrone at 978-804-9656. November 27-28, 2011 — The Figli D’Italia Lodge #2692 of Saugus presents Holiday Magic & North Pole Express Ride & Radio City Music Hall. $299 per person. Includes visit to Mehegan Sun Casino and a one night stay at the Mystic Hilton. Dine in their grand ballroom and enjoy breakfast the next morning. For further information, please call Angela Maraia at 781-233-7660 or 781-254-7660.

Front row, (L-R): State Deputy Josephine Tanner, Francine D’Andrea, Jeanne D’Andrea, recipient Nicole D’Andrea and Carmen D’Andrea. Back row, (L-R): First Lady Kathy DiStefano, State President James DiStefano, Lodge President Dottie D’Onofrio, Barbara Camachio and honoree Lou Camachio. Nicole D’Andrea received the Winthrop Ladies Lodge 2011 scholarship award. She is the lovely granddaughter of sister Francine D’Andrea and plans to attend La Salle University with a major in Hospitality Marketing and Management. A recent graduate of North Reading High School, Nicole comes to us with the highest of academic achievements, a commitment to community and a strong work ethic. Her proud parents, Carmine and Jeanne, accompanied her. Along with her scholarship award, Nicole received a gift bag for her dorm room and well wishes. Our Lodge President selects the person who will receive our

“In Recognition and Appreciation Award” for their unsung community participation and continuing support of the Ladies Lodge. This year we were honored to present the award to Lou Camachio, CEO of Winthrop’s Sound Systems and King of the famous Winthrop Fireworks. For over twentythree years, Lou has provided us with this spectacular event through private fundraising. The Winthrop American Legion Post 146 hosts the biannual Memorial Day Parade and we salute Commander Lou for all his years of dedication. Lou’s gift bag commemorated his love of the Marine Corp. Both recipients were honored

at a dinner reception served at the Porthole Pub Restaurant on the Lynnway in Lynn. Over fifty guests shared in the festivities, topped off by desserts from the Elm Street Bakery in Everett. A note of thanks goes out to Paul Levy at Woodside Hardware for posting congratulations on his marquee. This little Ladies Lodge comprised of senior members is very proud of her charitable and educational endeavors for over 50 years and is already planning for next years’ awards event. The success of this lodge awards program is due in large part to the wonderful support of the membership and area merchants.

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Pictured, L-R: Kaitlyn Lynch, Diana Carabine, Marco Bove, Lodge President Joseph A. Boncore Esq., Samantha Gillis and Tyler Pettee. Recipient Richard Ferrino Jr. was unable to attend the scholarship celebration. On June 28, 2011, the Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 acknowledged their scholarship recipients. The Lodge gave scholarships to six Winthrop High School students. National Past President Philip R. Boncore Esq., State Deputy Roger Marrocco, Lodge President Joseph A. Boncore Esq., State

Orator Robert A. Boncore Esq. and Winthrop Ladies Lodge President Dorothy D’Onofrio all offered congratulations to the scholarship recipients and their parents. The students were inducted into the Order and everyone enjoyed a pizza party at the end of the meeting.





Recipes from the

Lawrence Lodge #902 Scholarship Awards


by Dottie Crisa


REGINA Sesame Seed Cookies

On May 11, 2011, the Lawrence Lodge # 902 awarded six $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from local high schools. Pictured are Scholarship Committee Member Joseph Salvo, Scholarship Committee Chairman Jeannette Salvo, recipient Annette Conticchio, from Salem (New Hampshire) High School, Chelsee Sweeney, from Methuen High School, Kyle Morose, from Haverhill High School, Norelle Cretarolo, from Haverhill High School, Ryan Willis, from Central Catholic High School, Roberto Cerbone, from St. John’s Preparatory School and Scholarship Committee Member Rosemarie Castro.

Burlington Junior Lodge #2869 Activities by Adam Tigges Installed on May 17th of this year, the Burlington Junior Lodge is on a roll. After only two months, the Lodge has participated in a Cancer fundraiser, donating $225 toward the total $140,000 raised. The Lodge also participated in the Burlington Fourth of July Parade on a float designed to look like an authentic Italian café and have many events planned for the near future, including a Bocce tournament, a march in a Columbus Day Parade, the purchase of Lodge T-shirts and a Tombola (Bingo) Night as a

wrap-up for the current membership drive. The float for the parade was built within the span of a week and featured a pizza chef, a café employee, a waitress and two café patrons. Other Lodge participants either walked alongside the float or carried a banner in front of the convertible used by the Burlington Senior Lodge. Granted a perfect day by Mother Nature, the town festivities were well attended and appreciated. The Junior Lodge’s float was widely applauded and many parade watchers jokingly

yelled out requests for different pizza pies and pasta dishes to the float’s chef. However, the only refreshments that the float offered were biscotti and water to hold over the Lodge’s parade marchers through the hot weather and uphill trek. Ending at the town common, the Junior Lodge dispersed to mingle with the crowd. The parade and float were largely geared toward publicity as the group begins looking to expand its membership beyond those who joined as the original founding members.

L E A R N I TA L I A N ! ! Burlington Lodge #2223 Offers Italian Classes The Burlington Lodge #2223 is offering Italian language classes to anyone interested. Experienced teachers teach the classes and the enrollment cost is $80.00 per session. The classes, in addition to the language, will explore the culture, terrain, people and Culinary Arts of Italy. The two ten-week courses will be offered in levels of Beginner

1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2 and Advanced. The first ten-week session will begin in September 2011 and the second ten-week session will begin in January 2012. Beginner and Intermediate classes will meet on Wednesdays at St. Margaret’s School on Winn Street in Burlington, while the Advanced Class will meet on Thursdays in Stone-

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2011 9:00 AM For further information, contact the Grand Lodge Office at 617.489.5234

ham at the home of the instructor. The non-refundable registration fee is $80.00/person. Registrations will take place on September 14, 2011 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. at St. Margaret’s School. If you are unable to register in person on September 14th, please complete the Registration Form on the Burlington Sons of Italy website and mail it with your check for $80.00 payable to: Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge #2223 to Phil D’Alleva,15 Edgemere Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. Please register early as the classroom slots tend to fill quickly. For additional information, please visit our website (www. and click on the link “Italian Classes,” or contact Phil D’Alleva, Program Director at 781-2724305 or via email to: dalleva@ The 2011 schedule is: Beginner 1 — September 21, 2011 from 6:00–7:30 pm; Beginner 2 — September 21, 2011 from 7:30–9:00 pm; Intermediate 1 — September 21, 2011 from 7:30–9:00 pm; Intermediate 2 — September 21, 2011 from 6:00-7:30 pm; Advanced — September 22, 2011 from 6:308:00 pm.

3 eggs 1/2 pound shortening (butter, margarine or butter-flavored Crisco) 1 cup sugar 3 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoons baking powder 4 to 6 ounces sesame seeds 1 beaten egg for egg wash Cream shortening and sugar add beaten eggs and vanilla. Gradually mix in flour and baking powder. This will be soft cookie dough. Place sesame seeds in a five-inch bowl. Using a teaspoon, drop a spoonful of cookie mixture into the sesame bowl. Gently cover with seeds and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. If desired, beat one egg. Using a pastry brush spread egg wash over cookies prior to baking. Bake in preheated 350°F oven for fifteen to twenty minutes or until done. Makes about five dozen cookies. Store in a cookie canister. NOTE: My introduction to the Regina Cookies was in the l950s when the family decided to bake and sell a selection of cookies in our bakery, along with the Italian bread. This sesame seed cookie continues to be popular in my family. I prepare this downsized recipe to bake for use at home and to give as gifts during holiday.

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Celebrate Italian Heritage Month

Pat Benti and Tutti Pazzi

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st WATERTOWN SONS OF ITALY 520 PLEASANT STREET WATERTOWN, MA TICKETS: $40.00 pp Paul Guida, Executive Director 617-489-5234

7:00 p.m. Buffet

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Burlington Junior Lodge #2869 Floats in the Fourth of July Parade by Patrick Moreno

At 8:15 on the morning of the Fourth of July, a shiny black pickup was seen gently rolling out of the Ivy Lane cul-de-sac with an imposing and colorful structure

in tow with fluttering American and Italian flags. It was the Café Roma. The new Burlington Junior Lodge had built a life size replica of an authentic Italian

outdoor café-all within one hectic week. The theme had been chosen only a week before the parade and with the generosity of the Pasciuto family, who offered

their facilities for construction, work was quickly underway. Mr. Pasciuto provided leadership, a keen eye for detail and every tool needed to complete the structure. Mrs. Pasciuto provided much support and timely refreshments. The authenticity of the float was enhanced with real pizza and a realistic set emblazoned with the Italian colors. It was the only float built to human proportions and role-played to appear like a real Italian café. Junior Lodge members played different characters such as the pizza chef, wait staff and customers, while others walked alongside the float. Close behind, two members displayed the Senior Lodge banner in front

Melrose Lodge #1931Scholarship Dinner

of the vehicle carrying Patrick and Shirley Moreno, advisors to the Junior Lodge. The members of the Junior Lodge put forth a tremendous effort upon which they can build for future events. Although the float did not win any prizes, the crowd along the parade route rewarded President Adam Tigges and all of the participating members with heaps of praise and applause. Given this fast-paced achievement, there can be no doubt of how successful the lodge will be in the future. A very large thank-you must be offered to Pizza Works and its owner, Ken Agahigian, for his tremendous amount of support as our sponsor.


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Deputy Michele Caira Nortonen and Rosemary Cinella.

Mark, Chris and Ann Ventola with President Susan Cinella. On June 28, 2011, the Melrose Lodge #1931 held its Scholarship Dinner at the Dockside Restaurant in Wakefield. “Chris” Mark Christopher Ventola is the son of Mark and Ann Ventola of Stoneham. He

attended Austin Preparatory School in Reading and was a member of the French National Honor Society. Chris will be attending Bentley University and majoring in accounting and finance in September. President Susan Cinella presented him

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with a scholarship at the dinner. The dinner was the finale to a good year for the Melrose Lodge; the members were very active in food donations to the Melrose Food Pantry, Toys for Tots and various other charities. Recipes were shared along with desserts and information about our Italian heritage and family memories were read at every meeting.

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In Memory In Remembrances

The Grand Lodge received notification of the death of the following members. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts extends sincere condolences to the members of their families. Lodge Name Giuseppe Verdi #278 Gorizia #467 Gorizia #467 Peter B. Gay #540 Peter B. Gay #540 ITAM #564 Vittorio Veneto #1035 Piave Fiume #1036 Veturia Romana #1200 Norwood Italian #1235 Norwood Italian #1235 Norwood Italian #1235 Regina Margherita #1402 Regina Margherita #1402 Francesco DeSanctis #1411 Francesco DeSanctis #1411 Stella Del Nord #1436 Tasso Cabrini #1479 Cornelia dei Gracchi #1583 Sgt. Guido Petrilli #1606 Victor Emanuel #1646 Victor Emanuel #1646 Victor Emanuel #1646 Maria Montessori #1744 South Shore Mens #1850 South Shore Mens #1850 Lawrence Ladies #2026 Seacoast Area #2303 Seacoast Area #2303 Seacoast Area #2303

City E. Weymouth Rumford, ME Rumford, ME Taunton Taunton Pittsfield Fall River Watertown Salem Norwood Norwood Norwood Waltham Waltham Natick Natick Quincy North Attleboro Watertown Roslindale Haverhill Haverhill Haverhill Belmont Hingham Hingham Lawrence Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth, NH Portsmouth, NH

Name Lenora LaRocco Esther Drouin James R. Perry Mary E. Boiros Ottavio Geminiani Richard J. Stracuzzi William F. Pacheco Ugo Cimino Lewis Landolfi Caroline Ioanelli Anna Rizzo Maria Carchedi Rose P. Rizzo Clara Graceffa Lois A. Twitchell Angela E. White Deanne R. Tenaglia Nicholas Butera Mary A. Cotone Richard P. D’Orsi Anthony Comei Rudolph Conte Andrew A. Rampulla Francine C. Partridge Nicholas A. Mascioli Rudolph Caparrotta Geraldine Fillipon Albert DiPaolo Anita DiPaolo Rev. Thomas J. Savage

In Memory of Ann D. Rizzo by The Rizzo Family

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July - August 2011  

Featuring the 97th Annual State Convention, and the Testimonial honoring State President James DiStefano

July - August 2011  

Featuring the 97th Annual State Convention, and the Testimonial honoring State President James DiStefano