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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, November 3, 2012 at the American Legion Nonantum Post #440 in Newton, Massachusetts. This was a change of venue from previous years, and it was greatly appreciated by those who attended. The co-chairmen for this special evening were State Trustees Margaret Campbell and Denise Furnari. The evening began with photos of the State officers, followed by a cocktail reception with cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and vegetable crudités. To begin the formal dinner, Executive Director Paul M. Guida introduced special guest Deputy Consul General of Italy Dr. Luigi Munno, and State Chaplain Reverend Gregory Mercurio. They were followed by the Chairmen of Permanent Commissions, Benefit Insurance Commission officers, State Officers, National Second Vice President and State Past President Joseph Russo and his wife Pauline, and State President James DiStefano and First Lady Kathy DiStefano. President DiStefano thanked

everyone in attendance and noted that he was sure that our next State President would surely re-appoint both Sister Margaret Campbell and Sister Denise Furnari for the excellent job they did of organizing and coordinating this evening. The national anthem of Italy was sung by Brother Ross Zagami and the Star Spangled Banner by Stephen Savio, and Father Gregory Mercurio gave the invocation. A full-course dinner was served by Maria’s Catering, consisting of a field greens salad, cavatelli, stuffed chicken breast with gravy, oven roasted potatoes, Italian style green beans with oil and garlic, and dessert. There was also a set-up for espresso and coffee after dinner. Although attendance was small the attendees made up for this short coming. Naturally, this was partly attributed to the excellent musical stylings of Stephen Savio and his orchestra. His music and singing brought all to the dance floor and enabled everyone to be a part of the evening. Thanks go to our co-chairmen Margaret Campbell and Denise

PURPLE ASTER COMMITTEE: From left to right, State Recording Secretary Ron Hill, State Trustees and Committee Co-Chairmen Margaret Campbell and Denise Furnari, Ann Hill, State President James DiStefano, First Lady Kathy DiStefano, Kim DiStefano, State Treasurer Marie Jackson, Linda Fouraux, and Immediate Past President Florence Ferullo Kane. (Photo by Dominic Campochiaro) Furnari, as well as our photographer Dom Campochiaro for some great shots. Thank you to Marisa Ranalli for her aid with organizing the officers for pictures and captioning the photos.

October Italian Heritage Month Kickoff Dinner Dance

A special thank you is extended to everyone who contributed the beautiful baskets and raffle prizes, it was very much appreciated. We sincerely thank everyone who attended and helped

spread the word that the Purple Aster is meant to be an evening of fun, relaxation, and friendship where we make many happy memories. (Continued on Page 4)

Columbus Day Parade by Dorothy Berlandi

by Dorothy Berlandi In celebration of October Italian Heritage Month, the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts sponsored a Kickoff Dinner Dance on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Watertown Sons of Italy. The co-chairmen for this celebration were State Second Vice President Antonio Sestito and Immediate Past PresiDr. Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy dent Florence Ferullo in Boston, bestowing upon State President James Kane. The evening beDiStefano the rank of “Il Cavaliere” with Kim DiStefano. (Photo by Dominic Campochiaro) gan with cocktails followed by a buffet dinner. Brother Sestito and Sister Kane are to be congratulated for the very tasteful buffet which they prepared that day with help from Stephen Cedrone and Michelle Bertoldi. The event was sold out, not only because it was the Heritage Month Dinner Dance, but for another special presentation that took place. Prior to that evening, the Grand Lodge learned that Dr. Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy in Boston, would bestow upon State President James DiStefano the rank of “Il Cavaliere”. The honor is bestowed under the Ordine Della Stella D’Italia, or the Order of the Star of Italy, which is an honorable institution of the Republic of Italy. It is granted by the President of the Republic to those who promote Italian national prestige abroad, such as the promotion of Italian language and culture and participation in charitable and philanthropic activities. The presentation was conducted by Dr. Giuseppe Pastorelli and it left many of us speechless, including the recipient, State President James DiStefano. This was such an honor for our State President and everyone attending that evening. (Continued on Page 7)

Donna Killam, Stan and Sally Radomski, Carmelita Bello, Lucinda Nolet, Charlie DeStefano, Florence Ferullo Kane and Kathy DiStefano. (Photo by Dominic Campochiaro) The annual Columbus Day Parade was held Sunday, October 7, 2012 in East Boston. The parade assembled in the Suffolk Downs parking lot at 11:30 AM. The contingent from the Sons of Italy appeared in the third division. We thank our co-chairmen, State Trustees John Argiro and Stephen DeAngelis, for coordinating this parade

with the parade officials from the City of Boston. We also thank all the members of the Sons of Italy who participated in this parade. Our photographer Domenic Campochiaro always has a way of capturing the best photos of this parade, so we will let the photos tell the story. (Continued on Page 8)

November - December 2012  

Featuring the Purple Aster, October Italian Heritage Month Dinner, and Columbus Day Parade

November - December 2012  

Featuring the Purple Aster, October Italian Heritage Month Dinner, and Columbus Day Parade