Tuesday, May 21, 2024

OSDIA Grand Lodge President Biagio Isgro joins Garibaldi Lodge at its new members’ induction in Eastchester, New York.

By Tiziano Thomas Dossena

The initiation of the new members of OSDIA* Garibaldi Lodge in Eastchester turned out to be a very special evening for all members in attendance, with the presence of two Officers from the Grand Lodge and two National Officers. The surprised members had the remarkable opportunity to hear their Grand Lodge President Biagio Isgro Jr. speak about the values of being a Sons of Italy member after the confirmation of all the new incoming officers. He also took the occasion to congratulate the incoming President of that Lodge, Joe Catania.

From the left: Lorraine Verge (Garibaldi Lodge’s Vice President), Vito Catania (OSDIA’s State Trustee), Joe Catania (Garibaldi Lodge’s President), Biagio Isgro (OSDIA Grand Lodge’s President), Remo Carriero (Grand Lodge Corresponding Secretary), Joe Rondinelli (National Corresponding Secretary), and Robert Ferrito (National Treasurer and National CSJ President)

After Biagio Isgro spoke Remo Carriero, State Corresponding Secretary, followed by Joseph Rondinelli, National Corresponding Secretary, and Robert M. Ferrito, National Treasurer and National CSJ President. Their speeches were stimulating and passionate and surely motivated the new members to take action in their new positions.

Terri Tomany and Joe Catania

Very touching was the passing of the regalia to the new Lodge President Joe Catania by his father, Vito Catania, who for many times since the Lodge was created was elected as President of Eastchester’s Garibaldi Lodge and is now a State Trustee, as proof that all the hard work Mr. Catania put to make this Lodge grow through the years was well received and fruitful, even in his own family.

Vito Catania confers the regalia upon the newly elected President Joe Catania

The induction of the new members felt, at this point of the evening, more important than ever and their enthusiasm sparked through as they were given their certificate of membership. The new members were Benedetta Campanelli, Lisa Comuniello, Alphonse DePippo, Robert Ferrara, Jackie Holstein, Judah Holstein, MaryGrace Marbach, Louis Panico, and MaryAnn Panico.

New members’ acceptance of the oath.

The amazing-looking and delicious pastry created by Sister Tina Zaccardi complemented the marvelous cake and both were more than well-received as a conclusion of the evening.

Time for coffee and laughter. Robert Ferrito and Tiziano Thomas Dossena chat while enjoying the wonderful pastry.

[*OSDIA is the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America]

Tiziano Thomas Dossena
Tiziano Thomas Dossenahttp://tizianodossena.info
Tiziano Thomas Dossena is the Editorial Director of L’Idea Magazine. He is the author of “Caro Fantozzi” (2008), “Dona Flor, An Opera by van Westerhout” (2010), "Sunny Days and Sleepless Nights" (2016), "The World as an Impression: The Landscapes of Emilio Giuseppe Dossena" (2020), "Federico Tosti, Poeta Antiregime" (2021), and "La Danza del Colore" (2023). Dossena is the editor of A Feast of Narrative anthology series and co-editor of Rediscovered Operas Series books on librettos.

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