FEBRUARY 2014 ISSUE Official Newsletter of the Renaissance Lodge #2259
Message From the President David Prisco “Sempre Avanti!” MEETING SCHEDULE: Officers’ Meeting Thursday, February 13th Members Meeting: Wednesday, February 19th both meetings will be held at our NEW LOCATION
First Presbyterian Church of Orange (Geneva Room) 146 N. Grand Street Orange, CA 92866 *
WEBSITE INFO: Check out our new website at www.sonsofitalyca.org/Renaissance for upcoming events and news! *
OUR PURPOSE: The Renaissance Lodge, OSIA is dedicated to promoting a positive image of Americans of Italian heritage within the framework of American society through involvement in cultural, educational, social and charitable endeavors. *
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ear Members: I am happy to announce the new home and meeting place for our lodge. Beginning this month, we will be meeting in the Geneva Room of the First Presbyterian Church of Orange, 146 North Grand Street (at Maple Street) in Old Town Orange. This is adjacent to the Grand Street Center. If you have any questions about the location, please contact Mary Lou Jeffries at 714-538-1533. This is the same location where we have been holding the “Holiday Hope” luncheons for the past 19 years. Both regular and dinner meetings are being planned for the coming year. An Anniversary Dinner meeting will be held at our March meeting. Our State President will be our guest for the dinner. That event will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Mark your calendar to be present at this event. There will be many such events in the upcoming year. More volunteers need to make a commitment to ensure that future events are a success. This “new home” will require a new spirit amongst all members of the lodge to chair new forthcoming events. I have always said that the more you put into any organization, the more you will reap. The officers of the lodge are very excited about the move and look forward to everyone’s participation. We are grateful to our Financial Secretary Michelle Lowinger for her efforts in getting our financial house in order, and to our Recording Secretary Bernadine Neil for her efforts in getting our “new home” together. The Grand Lodge will be conducting a
Grand Council Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana the weekend of March 21st. We should all try to attend these meetings, as there will be gallery seating for guests. This is an excellent way to view the proceedings of the Grand Lodge. The banquet, which will be held on Saturday night, will honor Past State President Joe La Banca. As many of us as possible should attend this affair. Anyone interested in attending the banquet should contact me and I will get the information to you. Let’s show our support for Joe by having a good showing from our lodge, and be there to say “thank you” to Joe for all of his efforts. Now begins a new era for our lodge. You all can help by attending our regular meetings, bringing in new members, family members and friends. Just ask them. You may be surprised at the results. Check our calendar and plan to attend the events being planned by the lodge. For any further information, check with any of our lodge officers listed on the back of this newsletter. And remember...Sempre Avanti! Your President, David A. Prisco
Lodge Calendar of Events SUN MON
Upcoming Dates for Lodge Events
Febbraio/February, 2014 09 Bowling, La Habra Bowl, 10 am 13 Officers’ Meeting, 1st Pres, Orange, 7 pm 19 General/Dinner Meeting, 1st Pres, Orange, 6:30 pm ****NOTE NEW MEETING PLACE***
United Lodges meeting, 12 pm
12 Lodge Dinner Meeting 6:30 pm 18 19
Italian Movie @ Bowers 16
14 Grand Council meeting (21-23) 20 21
Marzo/March, 2014 09 Bowling, La Habra Bowl, 10 am (Note: Turn
15 Grand Council Dinner Dance 22
clocks AHEAD 1 hour for this event-Daylight Savings)
13 Officers’ Meeting, 1st Pres, Orange, 7 pm 19 Anniversary Dinner Meeting, 1st Pres, Orange, 6:30 pm Aprile/April, 2014 10 Officers’ Meeting, 1st Pres, Orange, 7 pm 16 General Meeting, 1st Pres, Orange, 7 pm
Grand Lodge/United Lodges/Other Event Dates Feb 9 United Lodges meeting, Joanne Coccia Lodge, Fontana, 12 noon Feb 16 Italian Movie, Bowers Museum, 1:30 pm Mar 09 Daylight Savings Time begins Mar 16 Italian Movie, Bowers Museum, 1:30 pm Mar 21-23 OSIA Grand Coucil Meeting, Doubletree Hotel, Santa Ana Mar 22 Grand Council Dinner Dance honoring Past President Joe LaBanca Doubletree Hotel, Santa Ana Apr 6 United Lodges meeting, 12 noon Jun 28-29 OSIA Convention, Burlingame, CA
Lodge Anniversary Dinner Mtg 6:30 pm
Italian Movie @ Bowers 16 23
St. Joseph Day
Happy President’s Day
9 Lodge General Meeting 7:00 pm 16
y r a u s r b e F hday Birt
United Lodges meeting, 12 pm
TAX DAY 13
Earth Day 22
Matthew Loney (Dito Grandson)
First Presbyterian Church of Orange Grand Street Center - Geneva Room 146 N. Grand Street Orange, CA 92866
Italian Pride at the Annual Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano
Bowers Museum Presents CINEMA ITALIANO Offered by Italian Cultural Arts Council & Orange County Italian Cultural Association
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Bowers Museum of Cultural Art 2002 N. Main Street Santa Ana, CA 92706
The 56th Annual Swallow's Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano is scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd. Our Italian entry will be part of the largest non-motorized parade in the country...they think the world. Our ItaloAmericano entry includes the 20 regional flags of Italy, Roman Soldiers, pizza tossers, accordion player, horse drawn trolley with flag waving Italian-Americans, and proud parents pushing and pulling decorated wagons and strollers filled with bellisimi bambini! You won't want to miss the "After Party" at Zoomarsâ€Ś.a true festa Italiana!
Come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon movie! Bring your friends! Reception at 1:30pm Seating at 1:45 pm Movie at 2:00 pm February 16, 2014 March 16, 2014
The parade starts promptly at 11:00am. To participate in the parade entry you must arrive by 9:30 am. We will finish the parade route by 11:45 am. The party at Zoomars begins at 12:30 pm. You can see the parade route and additional information about Swallow's Day at: http://www.swallowsparade.com/parade.aspx. Mark your calendars for a day to show your Italian pride!
Still $10.00 per person! $5.00 for students February 16, 2014 SI PUO FARE (We Can Do That) Directed by: Giulio Manfredonia 2008, 111 minutes This unusual Italian-language seriocomedy from director Giulio Manfredonia walks a fine-line, suspended midway between genial farce and sensitive, compassionate drama. It tells of Nello (Claudio Bisio), a businessman from Milan who gets unexpectedly booted out of his job and ends up managing a collective of ex-mental patients; the individuals in question have suffered from the notorious Basaglia Law, and thus found themselves expelled from area psychiatric hospitals. Sensing a need for renewed purpose in these individuals, Nello defines a new occupational role for each of them, molded and shaped to each individual's abilities - with both humorous and surprisingly touching results.
Other Orange County Events CULTURAL EVENTS- The 2014 Italian language and cultural class schedule is now available. For further info or to register, please call (310) 824-7408 email@example.com or email to Visit the Italian Cultural Institute website for their calendar of events: http://www.iiclosangeles.esteri.it/IIC_LosAngeles/Menu/Gli_Even ti/Calendario/ LEARN ITALIAN - Masters in Italian Studies - California State University Long Beach Senate has approved the Masters Degree program to begin next Fall. To read more go to: http://www.csulb.edu/misc/inside/?p=43947
March 16, 2014 MINE VAGANTI (Loose Cannons) Directed by: Ferzan Ozpetek 2010, 110 minutes
Radio Arlecchino - Learn Italian by listening to podcasts featuring Arecchino (Harlequin) & Pulcinella (Punch) and other masks of Commedia dell' arte will help you learn past, present and future one episode at a time. You can download .pdf files and read along. It's learning made easy and fun for the whole family. http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/ra/.
Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans.
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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS OF ITALIAN HERITAGE
Sunshine Lady News by Sunshine Lady Lillian Rossi
Jim Petti, 99 year old Father to our State Treasurer Joy Bruno, passed away on December 26, 2013. David Prisco had a procedure on January 15th and is presently at a Care Center. Happy Valentine's Day to all of our members and their families. If anyone knows of someone who is ill or hospitalized, please call me at 1-949-916-0761 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
SONS OF ITALY: The Sons of Italy Western Foundation and the Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America, are proud to provide college scholarships to eligible students. These scholarships range from $500.00 to $5,000.00. Additionally, Italian Language Study Grants are available for a one-month complete immersion course in Italian language at an Italian College. Scholarships will be awarded to students graduating from public or private high schools in California, Nevada, and Klamath Falls, Oregon. Applicants must be wholly or partly of Italian ancestry. For the Italian Language Study Grant, applicants must also have completed a foreign language course in high school. Selection will be based on scholastic record, activities evidencing leadership, financial need, written personal goals statement, Essay of Italian Origin, and letters of recommendation. Applications for the Italian Language Study Grant must be submitted separately, including being placed in a separate envelope, from any application for a college scholarship.
Grand Lodge of California Grand Council Meeting to be held in Santa Ana When: March 21-23, 2014 Where: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 201 East MacArthur Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92707 Come take this opportunity to watch your California Grand Council in action. Gallery seating will be available for the general membership of all lodges for the Saturday Council meeting.
Applications are available ONLINE by accessing the Grand Lodge of California, Sons of Italy website at sonsofitalyca.org/scholarships. You can obtain further information by calling the Grand Lodge of California at 415586-1316.
Saturday evening there will be a dinner dance honoring Past State President Joe LaBanca. Dinner choices are Prime Rib or Salmon and the price is $45 per person. Reservations and money must be sent by March 6th to: OSIA Grand Lodge 5051 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94112
NIAF STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students.
Friday, February 14th La Festa Degli Innamorati Valentine's Day
General Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open. General Category II: Those students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.
In Italy, Valentine's Day is celebrated only between lovers and sweethearts. In addition to giving flowers and chocolates young sweethearts in Italy now profess their love for each other all year round with a more recent tradition, attaching padlocks or â€œlucchettiâ€? to bridges and railings and throwing away the key.
Scholarship awards range from $2,000-$12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, dental, and legal students. Students must either be members of NIAF or have a parent or guardian who is a member of NIAF. Each scholarship award can only cover tuition and universityprovided room and board. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the following academic year. Scholarship applicants and winners can and are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years. Visit www.niaf.org/scholarships for further information and to apply online.
You should have already receive your Annual Dues billing notice in the mail. The lodge would appreciate your prompt payment of your dues. We cannot keep programs running without the support of each and every lodge member. Dues and fees paid to the Renaissance Lodge are generally not tax deductible for income tax purposes, however, consult your personal tax professional for further information. If you should have any questions as to what dues category you are in or the exact amount of your dues, please contact Pat Dito at 714-532-2350. Please send your dues in to Pat as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support of the Order of Sons of Italy in America Renaissance Lodge #2259.
Application deadline for both organizations: March 1, 2014
RENAISSANCE LODGE #2259 ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA GENERAL MEETING MINUTES January 15, 2014 Submitted by Bernadine Liuzzi-Neil, Recording Secretary CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Vice President Al Rossi at 7:05 pm. Bernadine Neil, Recording Secretary, took the roll. All officers were present with the exception of President David Prisco, Mistress of Ceremonies Lucy Gallo and Trustees Mary Jane Cambria and Paul Licata. Chaplain John Alfieri delivered the Invocation. Immediate Past President Andy Pampuro led the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence was observed for our sick and departed members and for the members of our armed services.
surgical procedure. We passed a get-well card around the Assembly for everyone to sign. Also, long-time member Frank Sciarra, had open heart surgery. Lillian also thanked trustee Hank Lowinger for supplying the Italian cookies from the Eagle Rock Bakery for our meeting. FOUNDATION: Frank DeSantis announced that we will be holding our annual Foundation meeting in the next month or so. Treasurer Michelle Lowinger is preparing a report that will update us on our financial status. He also asked that the files be audited so that everything is in order to keep the Foundation a legal entity. He invited everyone to the Italian film at Bowers on January 19th.
NEW MEMBERS AND GUESTS: Our guests were as follows: Dharmita Tomeo, wife of Trustee Steve Tomeo; Sandra Bernardo, daughter of Angelo Bernardo; David Miller, nephew of Trustee Mary Lou Jeffries; John Russo, grandson of John Russo, Sr.; and Mark Ulves. New member, Dorothy Caruso, was also introduced.
NEW BUSINESS NEW MEETING PLACE: Bernie Neil and Mary Lou Jeffries were eager to report that we have found a new home for our meetings. It is located in the Geneva Room at the First Presbyterian Church of Orange on Grand. Those who participated in Holiday Hope were able to view the room and all were very excited. It is a large room with a fireplace, plenty of good lighting, a well-lit parking lot, no stairs, and best of all we have access to a commercial kitchen. Now we can have potluck suppers, pizza meetings, pasta meetings, etc. The members present asked some very good questions that were answered to their satisfaction. A motion that we relocate was made and seconded. The hand vote was unanimous. There will be an announcement in the January La Campana and the phone committee will also notify everyone.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: The November Assembly Minutes, as published in the La Campana newsletter, are amended as follows: â€œTony Coco reported that the latest published version of Grand Lodge Bylaws is not up-to-date with Convention actions. The Grand Lodge has failed to provide us with the relevant Convention minutes, and our Lodge still needs to be more vigilant to assure that we act in conformance with those Bylaws, not just following tradition as we have in the past.â€? Also, there is an addition to the minutes to reflect the fact that John Alfieri was installed as Sentinel. Andy Pampuro made the motion to approve the November minutes as amended and Mary Lou Jeffries seconded the motion.
STORAGE: Michelle Lowinger found a new storage space that will save the Lodge $1200 a year. It is located at Lincoln and Batavia. We will have a moving party on February 15 and need workers.
CORRESPONDENCE: Recording Secretary read the following correspondence: a letter from Dr. Maureen Bocian, Professor of Pediatrics, UCI, thanking us for our $1000 contribution to the Birth Defects Library; a letter from Casa Teresa thanking the Lodge for our donation of $1000 for their mothers and babies; an invitation from Centinela Valley Lodge inviting our Lodge to a Dinner Dance on January 18th.
MEMBERSHIP: Tom Rizzo called for a new member installation at our February meeting, SURVEY: Bernie Neil sent a survey around the room to find out the interest in the following activities for 2014: a Spring Festival Family Easter Gathering (April); a Halloween Party for families (October), and the annual Lodge Christmas party for families (Christmas). The Council will study the survey and determine which functions we can calendar.
FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Pat Dito reported that all bills have been paid and that checks for membership dues are arriving daily. TRUSTEES: In the absence of Head Trustee Paul Licata, Trustee Hank Lowinger read a prepared statement in answer to budget questions that were brought up at the last Assembly meeting. Hank had copies of the statement and any pertinent billings for members to review.
MEET THE MEMBERS: John Russo gave a wonderful presentation on his ancestral roots in the Aeolian Islands off the northeastern coast of Sicily, specifically the island of Panarea. He took us on an historical and geographical tour of these interesting islands, inserting the history of his grandparents, parents, and himself. Many of us were able to relive our own histories though John's presentation.
QUEEN'S COMMITTEE: Andy Pampuro was sorry to report that our Lodge has no queen to represent us at the Convention. He said there was still time to enter a candidate. We also have many books of raffle tickets to sell. He asked that our members try to sell as many as possible.
BIRTHDAYS: The Assembly sang Happy Birthday in Italian to Giovanna Michalski and Denise Meinhardt.
CHRISTMAS GALA: Bernie Neil announced that the 2013 Christmas Gala was a huge success. Everyone greatly enjoyed dancing to the Sicilian Band and listening to the beautiful voice of Daniel Emmet who entertained us with Christmas songs in English and Italian. SUNSHINE LADY: Lillian Rossi told the group that President David Prisco was in the hospital recovering from a
ATTENDANCE AWARD AND RAFFLE: The Attendance Award plus an added prize of a 10 lb. box of sausage was won by Stan Chiarenza. Alan Schlappy won the Raffle prize.
ADJOURNMENT: Chaplain John Alfieri gave the closing prayer and the meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:40 pm by Vice President Al Rossi.
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2014 Renaissance Lodge Officers and Committees OFFICERS President: David Prisco 1801 E Collins Ave. #12 Orange, CA 92867 714-292-1038 email@example.com Vice President: Al Rossi 949-916-0761 Immediate Past President: Andy Pampuro 949-855-4279 Orator: Tony Coco 714-730-3663 Recording Secretary: Bernadine Neil 714-979-2996 Financial Secretary: Patricia Dito 714-532-2350 Treasurer: Michelle Lowinger 714-287-9471 TRUSTEES Paul Licata, Head Trustee 714-827-2743 Mary Lou Jeffries, 714-538-1533 Mary Jane Cambria 714-749-7777 Steve Tomeo 714-343-7734 Hank Lowinger 909-557-4585
Mistresses of Ceremony Lucy Gallo 949-472-8218 Marilyn Vecchio 949-716-5201
Italian Language Liaison, Long Beach State Chapman University Paul Licata, Chair
Sentinel: John Alfieri 714-615-6487
OCAIRF President: David Prisco CAO: Frank J. DeSantis
OFFICIALS State Deputy: Charles Aita Lodge Queen: Erial Engel
COMMITTEES Historian Vacant
Budget & Finance David Prisco, Chair 714-532-6522 Paul Licata, Co-chair 714-827-2743
Past National President/ Past State President: Frank J. DeSantis 714-550-9155
Audit Paul Licata, Chair 714-827-2743
Chaplains: John Alfieri Ann Paparella
Past State President: David Prisco Chair, Media Committee Andy Pampuro 949-855-4279 United Lodges Delegates: David Prisco Andy Pampuro Louise Pampuro John Alfieri Arbitrators: Joseph Cutri Peter Dito Giovanna Michalski Luciano Principato Barbara Rizzo
Editor: Nina LoMonaco-Perez 13 Hillrise Dove Canyon, CA 92679 www.sonsofitalyca.org/Renaissance
Culture & Language Frank J. DeSantis, Chair 714-550-9155 Paul Licata, Co-chair Social and Entertainment Bernadine Neil, Chair 714-979-2996 Hospitality/Refreshments Lillian Rossi, Chair 949-916-0761 Barbara Rizzo, Co-chair 714-534-6674 Bernadine Neil, Co-chair 714-979-2996 Bowling Jenny Pesce, Chair 714-512-6864
Bocce Steve Tomeo, Chair 714-343-7734 Tony Coco, Co-Chair 714-730-3663 News Releases David Prisco, Chair 714-292-1038 Photography Steve Tomeo, Chair 714-343-7734 Youth Pete Dito, Chair 714-532-2350 Patricia Dito, Co-chair 714-532-2350 Membership/Retention Tom Rizzo 714-296-1020 Scholarship John Russo, Sr., Chair 714-633-2408 Mary Jane Cambria, Co-chair 714-749-7777 Building Committee David Prisco, Chair 714-383-1038 Street Fair Al Rossi, Chair 949-916-0761 Hank Lowinger, Co-Chair 909-557-4585 Tim Hanneman, Chair, Setup 714-633-4220 Pizza Booth Pete Dito, Chair
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OSIA History The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is the oldest, largest and most geographically represented organization of Americans of Italian heritage in the North American continent. Founded in New York City by Dr. Vincent Sellaro in 1905, OSIA today encompasses more than a half million active family members and countless thousands of social members in some 750 lodges throughout 35 states, the District of Columbia and two provinces in Canada.