Cindy Bellini Williams, an actress and producer, who played sweet wide-eyed Shirley Feeney on “Laverne & Shirley, died on January 25.
Williams was born on August 22, 1947 in Van Nuys, California. Her father Bill Williams, hailed from Texas and her mother, Francesca Bellini was Italian American. Williams had credits spawning six decades, but it was her role on “Laverne & Shirley that endeared her to millions and made her a household name. Along with her friend Laverne Defazio, played by actress Penny Marshall, whose
Andy was born on July 28, 1931 in New Haven, Connecticut. His parents were John and Mary Pampuro. He was the eldest of three children. His brother passed away in 1983 and his sister on 2021. He also has a half-brother.
Andy was a member of OSDIA for 53 years. He served as editor of the IL Leone for 24 years. He loved doing the paper till he got sick. Andy joined the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in 1970 with his wife Louise. Almost immediately they both became very active with the Centinela Valley Lodge. In 1971 Andy became
This month has been exceptionally difficult for me as your President. The First Gent has been undergoing treatments for his illness. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We need them more than ever.
I want to thank my Vice Presidents, Pauline Richmond, and Louie Lodi for stepping up during this time. They have been strong for me and taken over some of my responsibilities.
Lori Rossi and Lynn Lawrence Murphy have been instrumental in keeping business as close to usual as possible during this
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
The weekend of March 17, 18, 2023, our Grand Council meetings will be held at the Centinela Valley Lodge Hall, Torrance CA.. I encourage all members in the area or traveling south to take the opportunity to attend the open meeting on Saturday, March 18, 2023. It will be a suitable time to see/hear the reports and workings of your state officers since their grand council meeting in September 2022. Then join us for dinner Saturday evening which will be held at the Lodge Hall. There will be a choice of Prime Rib or Chicken Wellington with all the
To My Sisters & Brothers of OSDIA,
February was a busy month. I attended events at the Redding, Chico, and Weed Lodges. The meals were Crab-solutely amazing! On February 10th, I traveled to Redding for their famous Crab Feast. There were 400 people in attendance. The raffle prizes were unbelievable, and the night was fun! The Lodge pulled out all the stops and returned the next night to host 400 more people for a second night of crab. On February 16th I installed the new officers at the Vincenzo Bellini Lodge in Chico. It was a great meeting with all the members. The President, Tony George is doing a great job in Chico. On the 18th I traveled to the Big Town of Weed for their Crab Feed. The meal was Clawsome
The heart of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy is centered in local lodges promoting the Italian Culture in their communities. Roma Lodge is located in Tulare, California, center of the breadbasket of the world in the San Joaquin Valley. For the past 56 years the lodge has their Italian sausage food booth at the show. Over 50 members participated in organizing
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