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: April 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Trieste Lodge,


As the warm weather begins to grace our presence, we look forward to the months ahead, trying to capture what we have lost over the past two years. Looking back on my first year as President of Trieste Lodge, I am amazed at the resiliency of our organization, bouncing back and adapting to the changes we have faced. I am proud to be an active member of our order, and proud of the wonderful members that have aided our successful return to our lodge.   


We initiated 12 members into our lodge last month. We also sold out our elimination draw and had a very successful Soppressata Dinner. It is clear to me that we have not lost our passion for the Italian culture, as these successes are merely the beginning of what lies ahead. I would like to congratulate the winners of our successful Elimination draw, that drew in over $5000! The winners were $100 Adam Merolli, $300 Len Oskroba, $600 Soulla Filice, and the lucky winner of $1000 was Anthony Cicchi! Congratulations and a big thank you everyone who supported the draw. The funds raised between the Elimination Draw and the dinner itself, will be placed directly into our charity budget, of which the funds will be distributed among local charities. Congratulations to the entrants and winners of our Sopressatta Contest, with Frank Coccia taking first place. A couple of special acknowledgements are required here as well. Firstly, thank you to Past President’s Lewis Merolli and Lou Filice for organizing the Soppressata Dinner and Contest. Secondly, a very special and heartfelt thank you 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.


The Trieste Lodge delegates (Tony Giardino, Rich Mossuto, and Vincenza Wood will be attending the National Convention on May 29th-June 29th. This year’s convention is in Welland, and we look forward to bringing all updates back to our lodge. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the weekend, but I entrust the delegates to represent Trieste Lodge, and bring forth some updates as to our continued success on the local level. The SDOI Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday June 2nd at Glendale Golf Course. For information, please contact Br. Lewis Merolli. 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!


In May’s General meeting we will be opening the floor to nominations for the executive elections being held in June. If you wish to nominate someone for a position, please do so at that meeting as nominations will be closed in May and cannot be made in June unless there is a vacant position. Looking forward to seeing everything there!

Fraternally Yours,


Lucas Costanzo

President, Trieste Lodge

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