POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 27, 2010
GRAND LODGE, OSIA, SPONSORS
“Tutto Italiano,” Italian Car Day
at the Famous Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline, Massachusetts
The Grand Lodge solicited support from the Boston North End’s La Summa Restau- rant. Barbara Summa and her staff served
a wonderful homemade pasta lunch that included freshly filled cannolis for dessert. Event attendees ate lunch, sitting under Barbara’s tent on picnic tables with check- ered tablecloths surrounded by Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. It was a wonderful experience, and people felt like they were in Rome.
Next, Jim DiStefano worked with Lino Rullo to bring in Bocce players and to provide a Bocce demonstration for event attendees. An actual Bocce court was “chalked off” on the lawn behind the Ferraris. People who had never seen Bocce played were fascinated. Again with help from Lino Rullo, the Grand Lodge was able to bring in the famous “Roma Band” from Boston’s North End. The “Roma Band” marched through the cars on display and around the Bocce court while playing traditional Italian songs. This music really added to the atmosphere.
The new OSIA Grand Lodge recruiting sign is displayed at “Tutto Italiano” by State President Jim DiStefano and Ruby Salter, a “Tutto Italiano” car judge, Saluti Cahn employee and a big fan of Boston’s Renaissance Lodge.
The Sons of Italy Grand Lodge set up a recruiting station to entice new members, staffed by State President Jim DiStefano, State Second Vice President Tony Sestito and the Grand Lodge Membership Commis- sion. Attendees were informed about the Sons of Italy from the Membership Commis- sion. There were OSIA regalia on display for sale, which was a hit. Boston’s Renaissance Lodge had 50 plus members at “Tutto Italiano.” Some Renaissance Lodge members had Italian cars on display. There were also some Renaissance Lodge members who served as car Judges for this event.
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Grand Lodge Membership Commission in front of the new OSIA tent and portable new member recruiting sign: (L-R): Marjorie Cahn, Benefit Insurance Commissioner; Michelle Bertoldi, President, Quincy Ladies Lodge; Florence Ferullo Kane, State Immediate Past President; Kathy DiStefano, State First Lady; Marieanne Sestito, Immediate Past President, South Shore Ladies Lodge; James DiStefano, State President; Antonio Sestito, State Second Vice President; Dr. John Christoforo, State Trustee and Dr. Dean Saluti, President, Greater Boston Renaissance Lodge.
For the last 15 years, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline has sponsored a lawn event for Italian cars. This event, called “Tutto Italiano,” has increased in popularity each year. This year 5,000 people attended and had the opportunity to view hundreds of beautiful Italian cars and motorcycles. This year, the OSIA Grand Lodge of Massachusetts became an official event sponsor, sharing this honor with the likes of Ferrari, Maserati, and Ducati Motorcycles. The President of Larz Anderson, Michael Iandoli, who is a mem- ber of Boston’s Renaissance Lodge, made it possible for the Grand Lodge to become an event sponsor.
The Larz Anderson Auto Museum is home to “America’s oldest car collection.” For over 75 years, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum has been supporting the collector car com- munity through a variety of educational pro- grams, exhibits, and lectures. Today, the Museum’s primary goal is its continued sup- port of the collector car community through its lawn events and the preservation of a permanent collection of early automobiles. “Tutto Italiano,” with its Italian cars, has become the most popular lawn event for the Museum.
OSIA State President Jim DiStefano, with assistance from the Watertown Lodge’s Lino Rullo and Dr. Dean Saluti from Boston’s Renaissance Lodge, worked for months with the Larz Anderson staff to bring “Tutto Italiano” closer to Boston’s Italian community.
Children Italian Classes
The Appian Club of Stoneham is proud to announce its continuing education program of Italian classes. Children Italian classes are held on Saturday mornings starting Sep- tember 18th, with registration on September 11th from 9am - 12 noon at the Appian Club, 42 Pleasant Street, Stoneham. Registration is necessary so we can plan for class size.
With 20 weeks of instruction your child will be introduced to the language and learn some culture along the way. Young- sters must be at least six years old.
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The OSIA Lion at “Tutto Italiano” Chipper Riley, from the Renaissance Lodge actually made this Sons of Italy lion costume her- self. She calls the OSIA Lion “Roarey.” She is shown above with a young OSIA recruit that was admiring Ferraris and Maseratis at “Tutto Italiano.”
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