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First Lady’s Reception


Walk-a-thon by Dorothy Berlandi

by Dorothy Berlandi

Cornelia dei Gracchi Lodge #1583 President Joan Wilson, State First Lady Kathy DiStefano and Kitty Ruggiero. On Sunday, October 3, 2010 at the Crestview in Woburn, our First Lady Kathy DiStefano was honored. The festivities commenced at noon with a cocktail hour followed by a luncheon. The chairmen for this event were Immediate Past Presi-

dent Florence Ferullo Kane, National Recording Secretary Rita Maletta-Robak and Ann Hill. The Master of Ceremonies was Executive Director Paul Guida. Our First L ady Kathleen Theresa (Kimberley) DiStefano was born in Cambridge, Massa-

chusetts. Her father emigrated from England as a teenager and her mother was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Kathy grew up in Belmont and attended Belmont Schools and Bryant and Stratton Business School. She has a brother, John, who lives in Connecticut with his wife Lucy, their two daughters and four grandchildren. K at hy i s t he mot he r of t wo children, Michael a nd Kimberley DiStefano, who have grown up around the Sons of Italy. Kim is the Financial Secretary of the Belmont Mixed Lodge and Michael is the State Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. In 1972, State P resident James DiStefano, his father and brothers started their own construction business. To help out financially, Kathy went back to work part-time for twelve years at a local pharmacy. As her parents aged and were in failing health, Kathy (Continued on Page 4)

2010 Grand Lodge Bocce Tournament

State President James DiStefano, Salem Lodge members and Anthony J. Panaggio, Jr. On Sunday, September 26, Anthony J. Panaggio, Jr., 2010 our annual Walk-A-thon Chairman of the Walk-a-thon, was held at Breakheart Res- h a nde d out a s si g n ment s. ervation in Saugus, Massa- Sister Dorothy Berlandi and chusetts. It was a clear, crisp Sister Anna Sacca handled morning just perfect for a Walk- the registration table. Sister a-thon. Committee members Michelle Bertoldi was in charge arrived early to help set up the of the t-shirts, which were a registration table, the cook- beautiful shade of yellow with ing area, food, hot coffee and (Continued on Page 6) donuts for the early workers.

Grand Lodge Memorial Mass by Dorothy Berlandi

by Ron Hill

FIRST PLACE – JUNIOR DIVISION — State Treasurer Michael DiStefano, David Caira, Mark Caira, State President James DiStefano, Amy Caira, Alessandra Farina and Sports Chairman Stephen DeAngelis. Mother Nature provided the sunshine, our Filial Lodges provided the players and the Watertown Lodge, Piave Fiume #1036, provided the coffee donuts, bocce courts and the collation. All that was left was to have the teams play bocce. State Sports Commission Chairman Steve DeAngelis, his Co-Chairmen Marcello Stisi and Loreto Pellegrini and the members of the Sports Commission organized the selection of brackets for teams to compete.

As play began on all four bocce courts, the crowd grew to watch the best of the lodges compete against each other. There were some accurate and some not so accurate shots among the Men’s, Women’s and Junior Divisions. First place in the Men’s division went to a Watertown Lodge Piave Fiume #1036 team, with players Lucianno Camilli, Antonio Baccari, Romeo Cardarelli and Gino Salvucci. Second place also went to a Piave Fiume #1036 team, with

members Lino Rullo, Rocco Bottega, Renzo Rullo and Louis D’Amico. In the Women’s Division, first place went to a team from the Watertown Ladies Lodge, Cornelia dei Gracchi #1583. The team members were Donna Mazzola, Lisa Cimino, Mary Grinley and Mary Ann Bourque. Second place also went to a Cornelia dei Gracchi Lodge #1583 team, featuring Gerri Cimino, Phyllis Tortolla, Jose Mazzullo (Continued on Page 14)

Msgr. Rocco Piccolomini, Chaplain of Worcester Lodge #168, exhorting attendees of the Memorial Mass to continue to pray and remember those who came before us. The Grand Lodge of Massa- ents and grandparents from chusetts, in conjunction with Italy and the hardships they Worcester Lodge #168, cel- endured. He noted that this ebrated the 21st Annual Memo- Mass was a memorial mass rial Mass on Sunday, October for all the departed members 17, 2010 at Our Lady of Mount of the Order Sons of Italy and Carmel Saint Ann Parish in touched on how the Order has Worcester, Massachusetts. grown over 105 years and what Our celebrant and homilist it stands for. was Worcester Lodge member The lector for the first reading Monsignor Rocco Piccolomini. was State First Vice President Monsignor Piccolomini gave a Carmelita Bello, and Charitable very interesting homily narrating the travels of his par(Continued on Page 13)

November - December 2010  

Featuring the First Lady's Reception, Walk-a-thon, Grand Lodge Bocce Tournament, and Memorial Mass.

November - December 2010  

Featuring the First Lady's Reception, Walk-a-thon, Grand Lodge Bocce Tournament, and Memorial Mass.