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Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Trieste Lodge,
Christmastime is a time to reflect on the past year and the many accomplishments and successes we have enjoyed. As Italian Canadians we use Christmas as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends enjoying food, drink and conversation. Lucky for us, we get to do this all year round, but Christmas has that little extra special touch.
We have enjoyed many unique successes throughout the year that I would like to make special mention to. These are in no order and each has their own special importance:
Increased our membership with close to 40 new member initiations in 2019
Voted to create a foundation to consolidate the efforts/resources of our 3 entities (Trieste Lodge, Housing Corporation, Charitable Corporation)
Received commitment from the Federal Government to issue a formal apology on the internment of Italian Canadians in World War 2
Officially opened the Vice Counsel office of Susanna Fortino-Bozzo in our building at 499 King Street
Donated over $20,000 to various charities within the community from funds generated from our lodge charity budget and the annual golf tournament
Celebrated the election of Trieste Lodge Past President Brother Carmine Filice to President of the Grand Lodge
Officially voted to rebrand and operate our order under the “Order Sons and Daughters of Italy Canada”
Moreover, I would be remiss to exclude and not acknowledge the hard work of many of our members especially those that have helped with the above-mentioned achievements. A special thank you to those that have sponsored new members throughout the year, especially Sister Vincenza Wood and Sister Mary Lisa Russo that have both sponsored multiple candidates. A thank you to Brother Frank Attardo and his board for their hard work and dedication getting the foundation off the ground. A thank you to Brother Frank Raso for engaging Susanna Fortino-Bozzo and bringing her office to our building.
Also, a thank you to Brother Joe Mongiardi for running the day to day operations of the hall including setting up and cleaning the hall for our monthly meetings and functions. Furthermore, a thank you to Brother Leo Leoni (who is this years Trieste lodge Certificate of Merit award winner) for helping with our hall as well. Finally, I would like to thank my executive and the general membership for their support over the last year. We have had excellent attendance at our meetings and functions, and I hope
this is a continuing trend into 2020.
In closing I wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable Merry Christmas and all the best for a prosperous 2020.
Trieste Lodge President