Letter From The National President
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I want to continue to give updates to you on important topics, rather than wait for meetings like plenaries and conventions.
Firstly, I would like to introduce to you our new employee, Michael Howard, who was recently hired as a member of the National Office staff as Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant.
Michael graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and brings previous accounting, financial auditing, and not-for-profit board member experience to our team.
Michael is highly motivated, eager to learn and has already proven to be a positive addition to the culture in our National Office! He works closely with Shayla Kaestle, CPA, learning the details of OSDIA finances and implementing various process improvements. Michael will be responsible for accounting tasks, office mailings, and other administrative work. We look forward to his future with us. Please feel free to call the National Office to welcome Michael to the OSDIA team.
I want to also thank Shayla as the professional time she has put in working on our books, and with Michal and our new accountant we will literally save approximately $80,000/year in accounting services and render a more professional and competent work product. Miles Fisher, the long-time Editor-in-Chief of our Italian America magazine, recently accepted a job offer from his previous employer to return as a manager. We thank Miles for his many
During the last month I have been busy doing what I enjoy most, visiting Lodges. I began with my trip to Northern Solano Lodge in Fairfield, CA, where I had the honor of presenting some of our long-time members with certificates and pins. Two of those were for 25 years and given to my Recording Secretary, Lori Rossi and her husband and CAO of the Western Foundation Mark! Thank you both for your commitment to our Order.
I spent some time with my Sisters and Brothers in the Giuseppe Verdi Lodge in Sparks NV. There we initiated four new members. I am so happy to take part in such events. New members keep our Order going.
I’ve just come back from the Cesare Battisti Lodge in Rohnert Park, CA. I had the pleasure of initiating twenty, yes
While recuperating from medical procedures I had plenty of time to think about membership. In so many ways it is the same form as leadership!
There are numerous ways to show members how we can incorporate kindness and respect to them. We know that attitude can be in different forms. It should always be in the form of kindness and respect. Having the ability
To My Sisters & Brothers of OSDIA
Good morning! I got up early at 4:00 AM to start this April article because I am ecstatic about our Grand Council Meeting held in March. For all of those “Soothsayers” who say the Grand Council does not do much but spend the membership’s money, I learned firsthand that is a misconception. Trust me we spent over 13 hours going over books and trying to think of ways we could assist all the Lodges in California to
Eighty enthusiastic people help celebrate and enjoy our Lodge’s February Valentine’s polenta dinner, which was a real tribute to the Italian saint, St. Valentine. Together we enjoyed deliciou
There are no “loopholes” in the tax laws; the laws read the way they do because that is how our legislatures and the congress want them to read.
Last month (March) we met at Luna’s for a family style dinner, but this article is being written before we met. We are not doing any worse (meetings wise) since we are not paying Notre Dame
Our Lodge is situated in the shadow of beautiful Mount Shasta in Weed, California, 60, miles from the Oregon border. Our lodge building / catering hall was built in 1924, by the founding members who came to Weed to work in the lumber industry. We are doing our best to get back on our feet from the Covid pandemic. We have continued to have our monthly meetings in our lodge building and have had several fund raisers. We had a take – out chicken and polenta dinner in October and a crab dinner that was also take – out, in February. We will be catering a chicken and ravioli dinner in March for the Weed Museum which will also help with our finances. We are very fortunate to live in a community that supports all of our activities. July
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Sons and Daughters of Italy in America
Grand Lodge of California
P. O. Box 2467
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: (415) 586-1316