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Election Results

June 26, 2021

  • 7 July 2021
  • Author: News Editor
  • Number of views: 70
State President Barbara Wisniewski
State Vice Presidents  
Northern District Louie Lodi
Central District Pauline Richmond
Southern District Mark Vaona
State Orator Manny Finazzo
State Recording Secretary Lori Rossi
State Financial Secretary David Lavezzari
State Treasurer Joy Bruno
State Trustees
Northern District
Anna Graeber
Renee Adair
State Trustees
Central District
Pamela Buldo
Frank Locicero
State Trustees
Southern District
Mary Jane Cambria
Hank Lowinger
Arbiters Mark Rossi
Pam Ricci
Joseph Simoni
Annette Porter
Andy Pampuro

The National Delegates will be voted on by a mailed secret ballot after Convention is over.

The Nominees are: Arlene Nunziati, Mark Vaona, Pauline Richmond and Maria Fassio-Pignati. We will vote for 3.

Any Lodge up for a Challenge?

Marisa and Alan Miller

  • 27 June 2021
  • Author: News Editor
  • Number of views: 0
Any Lodge up for a Challenge?

Marisa and Alan Miller, membership co-chairs, haven’t let COVID-19 stop them from discovering new members who want to join our Sons of Italy community. Meet two of Napa Lodges’ newest members!

Rex is a Senior Executve with Vision Service Plan. His partner, Otto, is engaged in property management with the Napa Women’s Club and supports COVID-19 vaccinaLon pop-up clinics in Santa Rosa, California. Rex served on the board for Sacramento Habitat for Humanity for nine years. Otto served in leadership with the Sacramento based Methodist Church, strategically

A Message from State President

John Costa

  • 1 June 2021
  • Author: News Editor
  • Number of views: 284
A Message from State President

I know everyone is looking forward to getting back to the “new normal”, attending meetings, cooking dinners, fundraising and attending celebrations. A lot of things we all have missed over the last almost 18 months. Time is coming for this to happen, but we still have to be cautious.

We are in the midst of currently planning our “ZOOM” State Convention; this will be new for all of us so please be patient. The plan is to take care of business in morning then our National 1st Vice President has asked to speak to the convention delegates; afterwards we will have installation of the new officers. This will take everyone’s cooperation to achieve this but I have confidence in all of you.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s day celebration. For many this was the first time to see our families” safely”. The next celebration is Father’s day. Again please everyone be careful.

It is nice to see that many Lodges are slowly meeting

A Message from the State 1st Vice President

Barbara Wisniewski

  • 1 June 2021
  • Author: News Editor
  • Number of views: 265
A Message from the State 1st Vice President

Can you believe it is June and our Convention will be at the end of the month? I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on Zoom. Although the Convention will be different this year, we plan to get work completed. If you have any questions on the Convention, don’t be afraid to ask. We will get the answer to you.

I know it has been a hard year for everyone, but we know that the need for donations has increased as the fundraising has decreased. Please, if you can see your way clear, donate to one of the charities or scholarships through the Grand Lodge at Convention.

I hope many of you sent emails to the New York City Mayor DeBlasio. It is a shame that an Italian American led the removal of the Columbus Day holiday in the New York City Schools. Chancellor Ross Porter, who is not of Italian descent could possibly be excused but there is no excuse for the Mayor.

We in the California Grand Lodge have a Columbus

A Message from the State 2nd Vice President

Pauline Richmond

  • 1 June 2021
  • Author: News Editor
  • Number of views: 277
A Message from the State 2nd Vice President

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in OSDIA,

We survived 2020 – perhaps not without illness, suffering and loss, and perhaps not as we had planned. But survive it we did and with a willingness to continue being on this earth with the hope that we will serve one another humbly with Fraternalism.

This month, June 2021 will be the end of my two-year term as your State 2nd Vice President. It has been a challenging two years keeping in touch and communicating with the Lodges. I want to thank the Lodges for their support and keeping me informed of their lodge activities. I am honored and so humbled to be able to share this portion of my life and the influence it has had on my personal involvement in OSDIA. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve as a State Officer of OSDIA.

June is also the month for State Convention. The convention may not be exactly as we had in the past. Pandemic regulations have required a virtual meeting. Members gathering to listen to good speakers and sharing the joy of Fun Night, this year will not happen. But the business necessary for a state convention can and will be done. Dedicated members willing to take the challenge

A Message from the State 3rd Vice President

Sadie Tamburine

  • 1 June 2021
  • Author: New Host
  • Number of views: 276
A Message from the State 3rd Vice President

This is my last article since will not be running for another state office. I have enjoyed serving as your third Vice President and wish my replacement the best of luck. I’d like to thank everyone for their support during my tenure. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads. Hope you’ve enjoyed my trivia articles. Love, Sadie

1. Italy has three active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna, and Stromboli.

2. Italy is often called the Bel Paese, which mean beautiful country.

3. Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – more than 40.

4. Italy has 20 regions and 6 islands.

5. Italy speaks a national language, which was based on the Tuscan dialect, but each region still speaks its own dialect.

6. The Vatican