GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
It was a beautiful, crisp Saturday morning, perfect for being outside and giving back to the community. On March 25, 2023 the American Heart Association held their annual Inland Empire Heart & Stroke Walk. This signature fund raising event had an attendance of 950 plus participants raising over $180,000. Members of the Order of Sons & Daughters of Italy, Joanne Coccia Lodge #2553, gathered to support this worthwhile event held in Riverside, California. The Lodge members walked and donated in honor of the late Emanuel Manny
This magnificent season of our lodge is evaporating fast, a lot faster than the epic amounts of snow that we have received this year! That snow has lifted us out of one of our burdens, namely, the devastating drought we were embroiled in. Also seemingly gone is the fear and severity of the Covid epidemic. Which nearly wiped out our Lodge.
But we’re a resilient group that has sprung way back from what we were left with when restrictions brought on by the epidemic were lifted. With membership down, from the close down dictated by government, the desire
Vicki Tos organized great refreshments for the Hanford Lodge February meeting. Her helpers included Pat Scialo and Toni Natali. We thank them so much! The new business of this meeting resulted in electing the Convention
Since we are now putting footprints on the moon, the sky is not our limit.
Last month (January) we took a time out from our meetings. …Reminder: Our meetings are now on the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM at Luna’s, on Pollasky Ave. in Clovis.
United Lodges of the Central
Happy New Year! We have entered 2023 with a positive attitude and extreme hope for what the year is to bring.
To recap highlights of late 2022, we hosted our first sit-down dinner in several years with our Polenta Dinner in October. What a joy to see our community gathered and appreciating conversation and good food!
Unfortunately, Weed suffered another fire in September, destroying homes in Lincoln Heights, Hoy Road, and Lake Shastina. We valued the outreach from lodges and state officers concerned about our wellbeing.
Our Honoring Veterans Breakfast in November
On Sunday, December 11th, the officers and members of the Pugliese Lodge enjoyed the annual Christmas Party. It was held at the beautiful new Raffaelo’s Ristorante in San Pedro. President Michael DiGiuro ordered a delicious menu for the occasion.
The meal started with appetizers of bruschetta, roasted red peppers and fried calamari (my favorite).
Next came a European green salad with Raffaelo’s signature dressing and homemade Italian bread. The main course
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