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      Gran Canal de Trieste

Realized between 1754 and 1766 by Matteo Pirona, the Canal Grande was a key element of the new urban plan that led to the construction of Borgo Teresiano.

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Updated: June 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

My final term as your president has now come to an end and it is a great time to reflect on what we have accomplished together over the last three years. Firstly, I am very appreciative of the support our members have given in supporting our many events throughout the year, as well as your support of our monthly meetings. It has been great to see many new faces and long-time members reappearing. It is with your support that we continue to thrive as an organization. I would also like to thank all existing members that have sponsored new members to join our lodge. 


Over the past year and a half, our lodge, in conjunction with the housing and charitable corporation has worked tirelessly to create a plan for our future. Many days and nights have been spent at our Hamilton Italian Centre, trying to pool our energy into creating what I am sure will become a true force in our City of Hamilton. I commend our HIC Board, Rob Skaljin, Lewis Merolli, Loris Pilot, Mark Sebastianutti and Anthony Chiarelli for their dedication to this wonderful project. Not to mention the countless volunteers who have given up weekends to dedicate time to beautifying this space. We are six months into our collective creation, and I am proud of where we stand today and our goals for the future. I am honoured to stand with this group as we work to create a home that we can be proud of.


In keeping with this great momentum, the Hamilton Italian Centre hosted over 600 people on Sunday May 19th for Victoria Day Fireworks, with of course some wonderful Italian inspired refreshments – it would not be an event without food! Shoutout to Rob Skaljin and his committee for creating an inspiring event, with over a 30-minute firework show set to Andrea Bocelli. What more could you ask for?! We look forward to keeping this momentum moving with our “Festa di Calcio” event at our center on Saturday June 15th! More information further in the bulletin on this event.

The Trieste Lodge just recently hosted the Grand Convention in Hamilton over a three-day event that brought delegates from across Canada to our home. We hosted a series of events from May 24th to 26th, highlighting Villa Italia, the Hamilton Italian Centre, and of course our hall on King St. A wonderful turnout attended by local politicians, and a stellar keynote speech from MP Filomena Tassi. Congratulations to the new and outgoing executive of the Grand Council, most notably Carmine Filice who ends his term as Grand Venerable for our Order. I would like to thank our Recording Secretary, Richard Mossuto for his immense efforts in curating this event. A convention of this size is always a daunting task, but Richard worked diligently to create an action-packed weekend, enjoyed by all. Thank you to the organizing committee, and our MC Pat DeCaria for a wonderful Saturday evening. 

In preparation for our convention, we were asked to nominate a person in our organization who deserves the Certificate of Merit. This year’s certificate was awarded to Past-President Lewis Merolli for his continued support of our Order. I do not have to go into detail about what Lewis has given our organization, his work and character precede him. Congratulations Lewis, you are most deserving of this award.

A special thank you to my good friends Joe Mongiardi and Lewis Merolli, for ensuring the smooth operation of our lodge and all its events. I must say I am blessed to have these two individuals by my side, working to ensure that not only our lodge functions and operates as it should, but that I am well prepared and supported in every endeavor that we work towards. 


As many of you know, we are holding our annual golf tournament at Glendale Golf and Country Club on Thursday June 20th. I am proud to announce that not only are we at capacity for the tournament, but we have had a great number of generous sponsors reach out to support this great cause! We look forward to a wonderful event, fueled by an unforgettable dinner at our hall afterwards. For those who wish you to attend the dinner only, the price is $75 all-inclusive. 

This will be the final time that I have the pleasure of writing to you all as President of Trieste Lodge. I thank you all for your vote of confidence and your continued support of our Order. It has been an exciting three years as President of our lodge. I began during the tail end of the COVID-19 Crisis, weathered a few storms within our organization, and was privileged to join a group of likeminded individuals to create what we now know as the Hamilton Italian Centre.  The Sons and Daughters of Italy Trieste Lodge is and will always be a reckoning force in our community. I am a mere servant to you all, and I hope that I have made you proud. 

I would like to thank my wife Victoria for her patience, as this role comes with great responsibility and time away from home. Without the support of my wife, I do not feel as though I would have been able to dedicate the time necessary as your President. I would be remiss to not thank my parents, Ed and Rena and my late grandparents Renato and Maria for their strength and guidance. We are always fortunate to have family that challenges us to do better, to be better, and to strive for the best. We are nothing without family, and our lives are shaped by the experiences we have, and by those we choose to share them with. I joined this organization to find my grandparents, a piece of them that I thought I had lost. The truth is, I was with them all along, and my time within this organization has been a representation of the values they instilled in me as a child. 

I would like to remind everyone to reach out to Br. Joe Mongiardi no later than Friday June 7th, to reserve your spot at our general meeting. Just a reminder that tables can only be reserved for groups of 10 or more. We look forward to seeing everyone at our Tuesday June 11th general meeting.

In closing, I would again like to thank all our members for making my term as President a very successful one, and I wish you and your families a very safe and sunny summer. 

Fraternally Yours,
Lucas Costanzo

President, Trieste Lodge #4

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"The Shoeless Shoemaker" is an educational video about the internment of Italian Canadian citizens during World War II. 

Nearly 600 men, who were usually the only source of income at the time, were take away from their families and imprisoned, leaving their wives and children to struggle without a source of income. They were declared enemies of the state but their only crime was that they were Italian.

The song, U Scarparu Senza Scarpi, was written by Joe Baiardo and inspired by the true story of Francesco Zaffiro, who was a shoemaker in Hamilton, Ontario, arrested and taken away from his wife and 4 children and returned to them after 3 years in a Petawawa concentration camp. He, nor any of the other hundreds of internees were ever charged of any crimes.


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