What a wonderful day First Gent, Ken and I had at the Western Foundation’s Golf Outing. It was sponsored by the Vincenzo Bellini Lodge #2519, in Chico. This Lodge worked tirelessly to prepare this event. President Michael Colletti Smith along with more members than I can name put on a wonderful, profitable event. Thank you all. And, by the way, some of our skilled golfers are a little upset with your Grand Lodge President as I won the “Frozen Meatball Putt”! As I don’t golf no one including myself saw that coming! If you get the opportunity to tune into https://www.actionnewsnow.com/content/news/Chico-Sons-and-Daughters-of-Italy-hosts-annual-charity-golf-classic-575505741.html, you can see this actually happen!
I attended the virtual National Convention this weekend
This is a brief report on the Grand Council Meeting, held at the Hilton Hotel Arden West, Sacramento, CA on September 17th and 18th. On Friday, September 17, 2021, the State Trustees had their audit meeting of accounts of the Grand Lodge. Immediately following, the state officers met for the executive meeting.
On Saturday, September 18th, at 9:00am was the Grand Council Meeting. With Roll Call of officers, Pledge of Allegiance, and the Invocation. There was reading and approval of minutes of the Grand Council Zoom meeting, held on March 20, 2021.
The State Officers gave their reports. State Financial Secretary, David Lavezzari, reviewed the report of the General Fund
To My Sisters & Brothers of OSDIA
As you can see, I have aged significantly from my last picture. This month I have decided to provide a more recognizable look.
With Thanksgiving this month and all that that has happened in the past year and a half, November is a wonderful time to truly give thanks. Covid has been difficult, and some have lost loved ones. Through my own personal experiences, I have found that when faced with difficult circumstances we overcome them and become stronger and better. My condolences to all those who have struggled with these times. Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and appreciate what we have.
I can see that our fraternal family (OSDIA) is emerging
GOLFERS!!! GOLFERS!!! THE BIG TOURNEY IS 11/15/21!!!
OUR BIG TOURNAMENT IS DAYS AWAY, AND WE’RE HOPING YOU’LL BE THERE! THE PROFITS GO TO YOUR WESTERN FEDERATION! OUR TOURNAMENT IS YOUR TOURNAMENT, AS THE SECOND ANNUAL DOLLY SINATRA IS AN “OPEN TOURNEY MEANING, PLAYERS FROM ALL THE LODGES ARE WELCOMED!
So put a team together, come by yourself, but DO enjoy the fun, the competition and the fabulous luncheon buffet.
The tournament, which is played in the best ball, shotgun format and is open to all! The date is Monday, November 15th at Indian Canyon
San Francisco’s 153rd celebration of Italian Heritage came back with a roar, even with Covid-19 restrictions in place. On Friday night, October 8th, the Italian Heritage weekend began with the crowning of Queen Isabella, Grace Ann Cardenas, the knighting of Christopher Columbus as portrayed by Joseph Cervetto, Jr., and the presentation of the Royal Court (Princess, Duchesses, Contessas, Ladies in Waiting, Crown Bearer and Scroll Bearer) at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club in North Beach. This was followed by a public presentation of the Queen and Court in Washington Square Park, and then Sergio Strozzi, Italian Consul General, flipped a light switch that illuminated Saints Peter & Paul’s Italian Cathedral and the Club with the colors of the Italian flag. Even City Hall was aglow with the Green, White, and Red. Beautiful! The next night, there was a lovely reception at the Italian Consulate for the Court, their families, and the Board of DiSunday morning started with a solemn High Mass at Saints Peter and
It’s that time again! We are looking for participants for the upcoming Royal Pageant for the 2022 Grand Lodge Convention in Southern California. The contest officially begins on November 1, 2021. Deadline for participant notification is Sunday, November 14, 2021. We are encouraging not only our young ladies, but also our young men to get involved. Remember this is one of the few opportunities that we have to highlight our youth. So we are hoping that more of our lodges will join in and find someone to represent their lodge. It is important to let me know if you have a candidate as soon as possible. The candidates must be between the ages of 15-26, single or married and a member in good standing of the Grand Lodge of California.
Again, the contest officially starts on November 1. Tickets can be ordered from the Grand Lodge. The more tickets you sell, the more money your lodge will receive back. For the last pageant, more than 50% of the monies received went back to the participating lodges. All participants must have a minimum of $2,000 to qualify. Any tickets sold beyond that will determine their placement of the top five in the Royal Pageant. All monies must be mailed to the Grand Lodge in the registered mail envelope provided by the Grand Lodge. The envelope must be postmarked by Monday, April 25, 2022. Placement of the Royal Pageant will be announced in May. More information will be sent from the Grand Lodge detailing all the rules at a later date.
Remember, we need to know no later than Sunday November 14th, if you will have a participant to represent your lodge. Email me
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