Order Sons of Italy


Hamilton - Trieste Lodge



Past Events

New Member Initiations - November 2014




McMaster Italian Association "Cooking with Nonna" Class - November 2014




Festitalia Regional Food Night at the SOI Treiste Lodge - September 2014



SOI Trieste Lodge Citizen Of The Year 2013 Honouring Mr. Fred Losani - November 2013

November was a very active month for your lodge, culminating in our premier event, the Citizen of the Year Gala, honouring this year’s worthy recipient, Mr. Fred Losani, on November 23rd at Liuna Gardens. Fred embodies our ideal of active, compassionate, and responsible citizenship. Fred graciously accepted the award on behalf of himself and the Losani family. It was an elegant evening, which showcased your Order’s guiding principals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Congratulations to Fred Losani!




New Member Initiation - November 2013

Our general meeting on November 12th, held jointly with the Roma Imperia Lodge, was very well attended. The November meeting is also our semi-annual initiation meeting. We are pleased to report that 11 new members were initiated that evening. We always find inspiration in our new member initiation ceremony. We must continuously strive to educate the broader community of our ideals and achievements, for they are inspirational, and attractive to potential new members. Thanks to our sister Roma Imperia Lodge for a well run and attended meeting.




SOI Trieste Lodge Festitalia Regional Food Night - September 2013

Kudos to the event chair Br. Lou Filice for organizing another well received sell-out event. Our resident chef, Br. Joe Mongiardi and his hard working staff received rave reviews for a wonderful meal. Past President, and the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Br. Robert Skaljin, set a jovial tone with humorous Italian trivia that had those in attendance laughing throughout the evening. As is our custom at this event, we presented a portion of our annual charitable donations directly to representatives from various charities.




Festitalia Annual Grape Stomp Competition - September 2013

The grape juice was a little watered down this year at the annual Festitalia Grape Stomp. Representing the Sons of Italy were Brothers Rick Francescutti and Rob Skaljin, finishing second place, making a valiant attempt in the pouring rain but it did not put a damper on all the fun. Congratulations to Fortino’s for winning the contest! Thanks to all who came out and supported the event.




Bob Savelli Receives Award of Merit at National Convention - May 2013

Brother Savelli has been an active member of the Trieste Lodge since the year 2000. Not only has his attendance at Lodge meetings and events been exemplary, but his service is distinguished. Bob has faithfully been one of the main contributors to our monthly newsletters, spending many hours crafting his much enjoyed articles. His profiles of fellow members, and vignettes of his travels to Italy and other filial lodges, illustrates our Order’s ideal of Fraternity and promotes our beloved Italian culture. Bob is also an active member of the Sons of Italy Choir, and of the Trieste Wine Club. Always quick with a smile, and forthcoming with words of encouragement, Brother Savelli is a role model to members both young and old, and is a meritorious member most deserving of our recognition.



Livio DiNello's new role as Trustee for the Sons of Italy Canada Grand Council - May 2013

It is with great honour to announce Livio DiNello’s new role as Trustee for the Sons of Italy Canada Grand Council. Livio has been a long-time member of the Trieste Lodge and will surely represent our lodge well at the national level. Congratulations Livio!



Annual Spaghetti Supper - May 2013

Trieste Lodge held its annual Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday May the 8th. The hall was full from start till finish and the atmosphere was tremendous. It was a great event for the Lodge to share with our families and friends. The event raised over $4,000. Special thanks goes out to Joe Mongiardi Tony Giardino and Loris Pilot for their efforts to coordinate such a successful event. Also gratitude must be extended to the kitchen staff, members of the executive, the McMaster Italian Association and all those that helped. The event could not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, Pat Demiglio from F & C Foods, Carmelo Greco from La Bakeri, Frank Longo from Longo’s Supermarket, and Bonanza Bakery.



New Member Initiations - April 2013



Wine Tasting Contest - March 2013

This year the number of wines entered in the competition was 33. The quality of the wines is getting better and better every year, making it more challenging for the judges to choose the winners. The judges were: Bob Gibbon and Ron Speranzini. Thank you to John Pellizzari of United Trophies for donating the trophies that were awarded. This year’s winners were:

Red Wine
1st: Guido Di Cesare; 2nd: Leo Leoni; 3rd: Tony Greco

White Wine
1st: Joe Monachino; 2nd: Tony Greco; 3rd:Frank Catinella

Rosé Wine
1st: Domenic Italiano; 2nd: Frank Catinella

SOI Wine Club Dinner - January 2013

The Wine Club’s first dinner event was a excellent evening with an amazing dinner and many different wines carefully paired with each course. The dinner consisted of antipasto, pasta with tuna, steak and lobster tail, potatoes and vegetables, a fish platter, salad, and ricotta cake for dessert. Recognition is well deserved by the Wine Club, especially Tony Cipolla and Livio DiNello.

SOI Card Night - January 2013

The Sons of Italy Card Night took place on January 25th; the event was well organized and well attended. The evening started with a fantastic dinner prepared by Joe Mongiardi, with card games between courses. After dinner the tournament entered its final stages and the friendly competition began to grow. This year’s winners were a father-son team made up of Sam and Nick Pellegrino. A special thank you goes out to all that came out and enjoyed an evening of food and games; as well as event organizer Frank Merolli, cook Joe Mongiardi, and all those that helped out.

Children's Christmas Party - December 2012

The Trieste Lodge has had one of its greatest children's Christmas parties in years with a turnout of over 100 kinds and 250 folks in attendance. The children enjoyed the gifts, crafts, and Christmas spirit.

This event could not have been such a success without the generous help from all volunteers. A special 'thank you' goes out to: Joe Mongiardi and his kitchen staff, Santa's workshop helpers - Livio DiNello, Joe Biardo, Eugene Catania, Lewis Merolli for helping Santa, Roma Imperia Lodge ladies for wrapping gifts and helping out the day of the event, Robert Skaljin and Nancy Skaljin for organizing crafts and helping the day of, Christine Di Cesare and Cinzia Di Cesare for photos, and other executive members that helped out the day of the event.

We look forward to next year's children's Christmas party and hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Citizen of the Year Gala - November 2012

Congratulations to Sam Mercanti on being selected the 2012 Order Sons of Italy Italian- Canadian Citizen of the Year. Sam was honoured for his many contributions to the Italian-Canadian Community and the community at large at the Golden Lion Gala, held on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at Liuna Gardens. The event was a great success thanks to the organizers: Loris Pilot, Lewis Merolli, Lou Filice, Frank Raso and everyone that helped with planning this great event.

Sam immigrated to Canada from Italy in 1957 and is very proud of his Italian heritage. Sam has been married for over 40 years and has three daughters and three grandchildren. Sam is well-known as an intuitive, inspirational business leader and successful entrepreneur. He is the founder and leader of CARSTAR, an organization that has grown from 8 locations to over 160 franchisees all across Canada. The CARSTAR network employs over 1500 employees and was recognized as being one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2012.

Sam has always been a strong supporter of the Italian community and of activities that improve the quality of life in Hamilton. He is a supporter of the Hamilton Tiger Cats and Hamilton Bull Dogs, an active golf member of the Glendale Golf and Country Club, and a life-long supporter of fitness activities centered on the Hamilton YMCA

October at the SOI Trieste Lodge