Message From the President

March, the third month of the year, is upon us, One quarter of the year is behind us, where does the time go? As I am writing this I am at the Ontario Airport after attending a wonderful 34th anniversary celebration of the Joanne Coccia Lodge. President Paul and members of the lodge thank you for your hospitality.

A lot of the lodges have had successful crab feeds the last two months, Congratulations to all. Those poor little crabs do not have a chance with a large group of Italians hungry and with a glass of wine. Congratulations to all your successes.

This week is a busy week, after Ontario I will be heading to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the Winter National Plenary. I am looking forward to seeing our new National President and her Council run their first Plenary. I know National President Vera will do great job, knowing how well she was as our State President here in California. My next article will have a report on this, but better yet if you attend our Grand Council meeting March 17th in Sacramento, you will get a first hand report.

March 3rd is the time to put on the western wear and head to the Valley Of the Moon Lodge in Sonoma Scholarship Dinner Dance fundraiser. First Lady Donna Lee enjoys the country music and enjoys doing the two step or electric slide whatever it’s called, I have two left feet so I will watch.

Grand Council follows later in March, March 17the to be exact. Your Grand Council will be reviewing the Bylaw changes that have been submitted and discussing preparation for the upcoming Convention in Ontario. The Grand Council meeting on Saturday is open to all members, please come listen and ask questions. it is nice to see members in the audience, this way all the officers have to behave also.

As in each article I will once again push the 365 raffle tickets, even though a couple of months have passed there is still a lot of money to be won. I challenge each Filial Lodge to purchase one if not two tickets, It is nice to see the lodges win when I get to pull the winners at the Grand Lodge.

Sadly our office assistant Gina Lovecchio (President of Giuseppe Mazzini Lodge) has decided to leave the position of office assistant at the Grand Lodge to pursue her education. We would like to thank you Gina for your efforts and time while working in the office. Again THANK YOU.

Until next month.