SONS OF ITALY NEWS
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2013
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS New England’s Largest Italian-American Newspaper Email: firstname.lastname@example.org • Website: www.osiama.org
VOL. LXXXVIII - NO. 5
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2013
2013 October Italian Heritage Month OCTOBER IS ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH IN MASSACHUSETTS. CELEBRATE ITALIAN HERITAGE WITH A MONTH-LONG CALENDAR OF EVENTS. The Annual Kick-off event this year will be held on Tuesday, October 1st at the Grand Staircase of the State House, Boston, Massachusetts from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Coro Dante will be performing the American and Italian anthems and other musical selections. Attend with friends and family and show your support for “October Italian Heritage Month!” A proclamation by Governor Deval Patrick will be read. Honored Guest: Consul General of Italy, Guiseppe Pastorelli. A wonderful program has been planned, so please join us! Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact: Dr. John Christoforo 781-648-5678, James DiStefano 617-909-5403, Lino Rullo 781-862-1633, Hon. Joseph Ferrino, Ret. 617-569-2110 or Hon. Peter Agnes.
Calendar of Events
America in History Landing of Columbus Designs created & implemented by Constantino Brumidi (1805-1880), the Michelangelo of the United States Capitol
OCTOBER ITALIAN HERITAGE MONTH COMMITTEE Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy, Honorary Chairman James DiStefano, President Dr. John Christoforo, Chairman of the Board Salvatore Bramante, Vice-President Fiscal Affairs Marisa Di Pietro, Recording Secretary
Post Office Box 185, Medford, MA 02155-0185
Tuesday, October 1
Carmelita Bello, State President OSIA, Director Maurizio Pasquale, COMITES, Director Comm. Lino Rullo, President Emeritus Hon. Joseph V. Ferrino, Chairman Emeritus Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr., Chairman Emeritus Info@ItalianHeritageMonth.com 617-499-7955 ■ www.ItalianHeritageMonth.com
Dr. Spencer DiScala, Historian Dr. Stephen F. Maio, Director of Education Emanuele Capoano - Nicola Orichula Public Relations ■
THE ANNUAL KICK-OFF EVENT this year will be held at the Grand Staircase of the State House from 10:30 AM–1:00 PM. Coro Dante will be performing the American and Italian anthems and other musical selections. Attend with friends and family and show your support for October Italian Heritage Month! A proclamation by Governor Deval Patrick will be read. Honored Guest: Consul General of Italy, Giuseppe Pastorelli. A wonderful program has been planned, so please join us! Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. LOCATION: Grand Staircase, State House, Boston, MA. COORDINATORS: Chairman Dr. John Christoforo 781-648-5678, James DiStefano 617-909-5403, Lino Rullo 781-862-1633, Hon. Joseph Ferrino, Ret., 617-569-2110, Hon. Peter Agnes
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2013 National Convention by Carmelita Bello The 53 rd Biennial National Convention was held August 11-28, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Massachusetts delegation included 10 National Delegates elected at our State Convention, and 6 delegates based on previously held Supreme Council positions. Anthony Baratta, of Illinois, was elected National President. From Massachusetts, Brother Joseph Russo was elected National First Vice President, Brother James DiStefano was elected National Recording Secretary, Brother Anthony Panaggio Jr. was elected National Historian, and Sister Florence Ferullo Kane was elected as National Trustee. Albert DeNapoli and Philip Privitera were appointed as National Foundation Trustees, and Joseph Boncore was appointed as the Vice President of the Commission for Social Justice. Additionally, Albert DeNapoli was recognized as President Emeritus of the Commission for Social Justice.
The 2015 National budget was passed without any increase in per capita, but
with a change to the amount of per capita collected for Social members. The delega-
tion approved of a plan to allow Social members to vote, though they still may not hold of-
Anthony Panaggio Jr.
Florence Ferullo Kane
fice.As a result, the Supreme Lodge will now collect full per capita for every Social member. The initiation fee collected for new members will also increase from $3.00 to $8.00. Donations topped $300,000 for the National Charities, such as the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism, the Alzheimer’s Association, and other charities. The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts contributed approximately $30,000.