It’s been an interesting few months. I spent half of November in Europe investigating the Italian Influence on food in Budapest, Vienna and Prague. It was an informative trip but the food was very different from what I expected.
The Grand Lodge has a temporary office in Sacramento. I drove to Sacramento on Sunday December 18 and was able to get all the computers, printers, copiers and phones back online. Our new landlord has been very gracious in giving us access to their high-speed internet at no charge. Our State Vice President
It's September and starting to get busy again. I was privileged to go to Enrico Caruso lodges 95th Anniversary and represent our President. I was thrilled to be able to do this as one of my earliest lodge visits for anything when I was a young man (many moons ago) was to Visalia. My wife was one of our 5 Grand Lodge queens and was invited to ride in the parade in Visalia. I have been there many times since and have always been treated like family.
While we were in Fresno for Grand Council, I was able to attend their 100th Anniversary. It was held at the Fresno Fairgrounds
Hope this message finds everyone doing well. Getting ready for our first in person convention in the last few years and hope to see many of you there. In person events at the various lodges are starting again and I look forward to visiting.
With the start of the new year, I am looking forward to scheduling my State Officer Official Lodge visits to the Central Lodges. Congratulations to the following lodges: The Watsonville Lodge #2016, received second place in the Santa Cruz County Fair Holiday Lights display.
The Cristoforo Colombo Lodge #1534 on Fill the Boot – Lodge Donation Campaign total amount as of 12/31/2021 $6,940.00. Almost there, to Fill the Boot! A wonderful way and great idea to generate funds for your lodge. Also, their Festa Primavera will be on April 30, 2022.
The Shasta Lodge #2453 raised $2,482.54 for the Salvation Army. Member John DiMatteo who has been recycling their cans
Happy New Year to all. I hope everyone stays healthy this year and we can get back to seeing each other. I don’t have a lot to say this month but I do want to emphasize if there is anyone you haven’t seen or talked to in awhile reach out. Sometimes a 10 minute conversation will make some ones day. I look forward to attending some of the lodges meetings this year and hopefully that will start happening again soon.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact me at your convenience. My contact info is in the Il Leone.
State Officers in the Central District.
The following in brief is a report on the activities of the five lodges
As I am newly elected to the position of Vice President of the South I don’t have much to report on yet.
I am thankful to be elected and look forward to working with our new State President over the next two years.
If anyone has questions please fee free to contact me.
Mark Vaona .
5051 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94112-3473
Phone: (415) 586-1316