STATE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Greetings to everyone. I hope this message finds everyone in good health and you are all enjoying the wonderful weather we now are having. Enjoy this month of flowers, and celebrations. Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Indianapolis 500, and National Chocolate Chip Day to name a few.
The June 24th to 25th Trimester meeting at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs is approaching fast. Please save the date and let your members know that they are more than welcome to attend and observe both the Grand Lodge and Foundation meetings; they can also attend the Saturday night dinner dance by sending in their meal choice(s) and meal cost to Carolyn Cianciotta before the deadline of May 31st The hotel reservation number is (407) 830-1095. Group ID is “GLF”.
Our membership numbers, from what I have heard from many lodges, is increasing steadily. Lodges are getting back into the “Do-It” mode and planning many activities for their lodges and members. We are so ready to get back on track.
Get the word out about our great organization and what we have and are doing in our communities and worldwide. Bring in new members, talk to people, invite them to your meetings, welcome their input and experiences. Carry member applications and business cards with your meeting day and times, write your name on the back, be their sponsor.
You are the spokesperson for the Sons and Daughters of Italy. We are a great Organization. Build your Lodges up from within; your members have a great deal of knowledge and life experiences that can be applied to you lodges, and members. Please speak up, let the officers know how you can help or contribute.
I am looking forward to seeing all our Grand Lodge Officers, Foundation Trustees, Lodge Presidents and Project Managers on Friday June 24th and Saturday June 25th at the Trimester meetings.
The Presidents Meeting has been reinstituted and will commence on Friday 6-24-22 at 1 p.m., prior to the Grand Lodge Officers meeting.
Key Largo Lodge is celebrating its 15th Anniversary and Osceola Lodge its 40th anniversary. La Nuova will be celebrating its 100th in 2023.
A reminder that your hotel reservation for the June Trimester must be made by May 23rd, to receive the reduced room rate of $119. Also please forward your meal choice to Sister Carolyn along with your dinner check made payable to the “Grand Lodge of Florida.” Mail to: Grand Lodge of Florida, 5443 Queen Victoria Dr. Leesburg, FL 34748. DON’T WAIT.
I’m sure we are all are anxious to see each other to enjoy our extended family and friends together again.
I’m please to announce that we will be possibly installing one new lodge before the June Trimester and having them represented at our June Grand Lodge meeting to accept their Charter. Lodge #3008 Sons & Daughters of Italy Amerigo Vespucci Lodge in Leesburg, FL. President Liborio Palermo.
Don’t forget to make to get your reservations in to Jennifer Santos for the Grand Lodge Meeting at Sea on October 14-17, ‘22 aboard the “Independence of the Seas” Royal Caribbean line. (We had a great time in 2017).
Thank you Sister Joyce Bollenbacher who has been our “Future Good of The Order” Chair for many years and has decided it’s time to step down. Thank you again. Your ideas and suggestions over the years have been just wonderful.
To my Military Brothers & Sisters who have served this great country of ours -- thank you for your service.
Tony Cianciotta May 2022
OSIA Grand Lodge of FL