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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:May 2024

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I trust you have all been well. As you know April was an action-packed month with some great events! First off, I would like to congratulate Br. Mirko Testa and Br. Steven Zecchin on a wonderful comedy event that brought in roughly $8000 of profit to the lodge! It was a great night with some fantastic food and some great laughs with Frank Spadone. Also a hit was our traditional Soppressata Dinner as usual! Shoutout to Br. Lewis Merolli for coordinating another great fundraising event, and Br. Lou Filice for his expertise in curating the contest portion of the evening. I would like to acknowledge our contest winners: 1st place, David Lolli, Claudio Bozzo, 2nd place, Domenico Guerriero, 3rd place, Frank Coccia. Congratulations to you all on some stellar Soppressata! As well, we held our Elimination Draw, with our grand prize donated back to our lodge, courtesy of Br. Paolo Fidanza. We appreciate your support, and we thank you! A very special and heartfelt thank you to Br. Joe Mongiardi, our maestro in the kitchen along with his troupe of skilled staff that never miss a beat! Excellent work and again thank you for your efforts! I would also like to take this moment to congratulate Br. Joe Mongiardi on being awarded the Paul Harris Award from the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM on Friday April 12th. A wonderful Willy Wonka inspired event was held at our hall of which Marita Zaffiro worked tirelessly, along with her band of volunteers and Br. Joe, to create a spectacular evening for all to enjoy. Following an amazing meal, Br. Joe was serenaded by a wonderful opera singer, and presented with this prestigious award. We came to learn that individuals such as former President Jimmy Carter, and Mother Teresa are among recipients of this honorable award. We all know that Br. Joe Mongiardi has been a pillar of the Italian community, but it is quite special when the community at large takes notice of someone’s generosity, regardless of heritage and culture. We should be proud of Br. Joe, his prestigious award, and what it says for all of us. We would like to invite you all to our new Cultural Centre on Sunday, May 19th from 6pm-10pm for some Victoria Day Fireworks! Bring your families, bring your friends, bring the community! This will be a great way to kick off our events at the new centre, and a great way to meet the neighborhood with help from our membership. Please look for the advertisement in our newsletter and be sure to RSVP today with the QR code listed! Our National Convention will be taking place the weekend of May 24th – 26th in Hamilton. We have a wonderful group of delegates that were elected at our last general meeting, and we look forward to bringing updates to Grand Lodge regarding our great success over the past year! We look forward to bringing all updates back to our lodge members. Also, we have an exciting event happening on Saturday June 15th at our new centre - Festa di Calcio, where you can watch Italy VS. Albania live from 420 Crerar. It will be an action-packed day, with FREE ADMISSION! Sponsorships are available, with live coverage from CHIN Radio in Toronto. Watch for more details or reach out to Br. Mirko Testa. The SDOI Annual Golf Tournament celebrates 50 Years and will be held on Thursday June 20th at Glendale Golf Course. For information, please contact Br. Lewis Merolli or register using the enclosed form. We look forward to a great day at the course, with a wonderful meal following at our hall. You do not want to miss it! Our June elections are fast approaching! You will see our election slate, to be discussed at our May General Meeting, and with this, I call for nominations for the board. We have much to do, and we need your support! Please consider running for a position on next year’s executive board! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly. Our next general meeting will take place on Tuesday May 14th at our hall. As was mentioned a our last meeting, all of those wishing to attend MUST call and reserve their spot by Friday May 10th. With our largest general meeting having taken place in April with the initiation of 28 new members, we hit an all-time high of over 200 people! With this, I stress the importance of reserving only what you need for table space. We look forward to seeing you in May!

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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