Message From the President

2019, let’s hope for a wonderful and prosperous New Year for each and every member of the Grand Lodge of CA Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. This last year, as in the previous year has been hard on our lodges and members. From the fires in Santa Rosa in 2017, Shasta/Redding in 2018 and just recently in Paradise. I would like to thank each and every one of you that have donated to these areas. Let us help our fellow members build new memories, so let us start 2019 out right!!!

Unfortunately we have a lodge that has closed, Giuseppe Mazzini Lodge No. 2011. A lot of other lodges are struggling, if your lodge needs help let your State Deputy, State Trustee or Vice President know. Membership is a key to our existence. Ask that neighbor to join, remind them you do not have to be Italian to join.

As Sister Arlene mentioned last year, she would be retiring from office manager at the grand lodge building. Filling her shoes is no easy task! I would like to thank Ray Bini and Lori Rossi and Arlene for the help in interviewing the potential employees. It gives me great pleasure to introduce, Alexis Cardenas, as our new Office Manager as of January 3rd 2019 . Please introduce yourself to her when you call in, and please be patient with the office staff as we transition from Arlene, who has been there for 12+ years, to Alexis. Welcome Alexis!!!

We have started the “365” raffle once again, this year we have lowered the purchase price to $25.00 but we kept the amounts to win the same. Please help support the Grand Lodge with this fundraiser. Each lodge could purchase one and you would be surprised when the check comes in the mail. A number of people and lodges and “DOGS” have won multiple times

A thank you to all of the outgoing filial lodge officers, we appreciate all you have done for the past two years, but please remember to help the new officer coming in with a good transition plan. By the time you read this a number of lodges will have already installed there new officer. Thank you also to all the new officers that have stepped up to help. Congratulations.

Add to your calendar that the winter National meeting will be held in San Diego at the end of February and first weekend in March. I am hoping a lot of members from the various lodges are able to attend this event.

March grand council is also right around the corner. It will be held at the Doubletree in American Canyon.

What New Year’s resolution will you make? Hopefully good health to everyone in your families including your Sons of Italy Family! Everyone’s goal this year should be membership, I know I always mention this but it is amazing how easy it is to bring up the Order in conversation with friends, remember a lot of people have never heard of the Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America. Just ASK!

In closing I leave you with this to think about, “The trouble with quotes on the internet is that you can never know if they are genuine” by Abe Lincoln.

Until next month
Ciao
John