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56 th Annual Scholarship Awards by Dorothy Berlandi The 56th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon was held on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Braintree Sons of Italy, sponsored by the Charitable & Educational Trust and the Scholarship Commission. One of the most significant contributions we make as an organization to our community is through our Scholarship Awards Program. Every year our Charitable & Educational Trust, filial lodges, and individual donors provide over $40,000 to high school seniors who are continuing their education. This year there were a total of 37 scholarships awarded, 27 given in the name of Past State Presidents and Venerables, and 10 donated by individual members and filial lodges. Scholarship Commission Chairman Donna Giuliani welcomed everyone in attendance (Continued on Page 8)

28th Annual Law and Justice Breakfast by Dorothy Berlandi The Commission for Social Justice of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts held its 28 th Annual Law and Justice Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Lombardo’s in Randolph, Massachusetts. Executive Director Paul Guida called for the commencement of the program. Introductions were made and the colors were posted. This year, Commission for Social Justice Chairman Albert DeNapoli asked Dr.

Dean Saluti, president of the Renaissance Lodge #2614 and a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserve and member of the Ancients, if he could bring in this famous color guard. The Ancients Color Guard has marched in nearly every US President’s inaugural parade since George Washington and has escorted the Governor of the Commonwealth for several hundred years. The Ancients Color Guard did an excellent

job presenting the colors at the breakfast, acknowledging both the American and Italian national anthems. James Geaney led the singing of the anthems and State Chaplain Reverend Gregory Mercurio gave the invocation. Chairman DeNapoli welcomed everyone and thanked those who had worked so hard to make the breakfast a success. He then introduced State President James DiStefano,


June 23-26, 2011 — Radisson Hotel, Nashua, NH GOLDEN LION BANQUET — SATURDAY EVENING

JAMES DiSTEFANO State President Honorary Convention Chairman

CARMELITA BELLO State 1st Vice President Convention Chairman

ANTONIO SESTITO State 2nd Vice President Convention Coordinator

who greeted all and noted the importance of Commission for Social Justice. A Special Recognition Award was presented to Dan Rea for “Outstanding Service on behalf of Italian-Americans.” Rea, toastmaster for the 2010 Law and Justice Breakfast, was honored for his role in exonerating four Italian American men who were wrongfully convicted of murder in 1965. Rea’s investigation uncovered evidence of the men’s innocence, and exposed corruption in the FBI field office in Boston. Marilyn Petitto Devaney presented Dan Rea with the first ever Special Recognition Award. Vice Chairman Donald McGowan presented the Public Service Award to Karyn E. Polito. Polito is a former State Representative for the Eleventh District in Worcester, and was a candidate in 2010 for Treasurer and Receiver-General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her gubernatorial appointments include the Governor’s Commission on Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, Governor’s Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention, and the Cervical Cancer Commission. Polito has filed legislation in a number of key areas including the establishment of minimum mandatory sentencing for sex offenders, cracking down on drunk drivers, closing school registration loopholes for missing children, requiring defibrillators in public schools, and

strengthening the experience requirement for young drivers. Polito is most proud of her achievements in the state legislature as the leading advocate for the passage of “Jessica’s Law,” a bill that establishes tough mandatory minimum jail sentences for sex offenders who target children. Her efforts paid off in 2008 when she was able to convince her Democratic colleagues to pass tougher sentencing legislation and to require district attorneys to file more comprehensive reports about child sex offenses in Massachusetts. Prior to her efforts and advocacy, Massachusetts lagged behind the entire nation in the area of mandatory sentences for these offenders. Karyn Polito and her husband Stephan Rodolakis reside in Shrewsbury with their two children. Carmine N. Rullo, a member of the commission, presented the Law Award to James P. Muscato, Assistant Superintendent of Law Enforcement at the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. Muscato is a 30year veteran of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department. He was recently promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Law Enforcement, and in this role is the senior member of Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald’s staff. His responsibilities include managing the Communications and Mobile Command Center, the K9 Unit, Training Division, (Continued on Page 6)

May - June 2011  

Featuring the 56th Annual Scholarship Awards, 28th Annual Law and Justice Day Breakfast, and 97th Annual State Convention information.

May - June 2011  

Featuring the 56th Annual Scholarship Awards, 28th Annual Law and Justice Day Breakfast, and 97th Annual State Convention information.