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Cellini Lodge #2206 is a social and philanthropic organization. Founded in September 1968, Cellini is part of the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA). We are headquartered in New Hyde Park, New York and have a membership of over 350 men and women.

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President’s Monthly Message

April 2018

Cari Fratelli e Sorelle di Cellini,

The 2018-19 Installation of Officers on March 5th after a shorted General Meeting was magnificent. It was attended by many and there were many nice descriptions of our Cellini lodge from filial lodges and State and National representatives. Thank you to the committee for all their hard work to make this come together so well. And to those lending a hand (or two) working on setup and cleaning up. Now with the new Officers and all the members, let’s keep moving forward and positive during 2018-19.

Giovanna (Jean) was reappointed as our Chaplain and Jim Prinzevalli, I appointed as Principal Trustee. I also thought it was time to have an official Historian and had Joe Sciame and Grace Ferrara become our co-historians. They will all do great in their positions.

I am writing 3 days after one of the best events I’ve attended – the Cellini 50th Anniversary Scholarship Dinner Dance. I can happily tell you that we had over 250 attendees and over 110 or 30% of our members attending – which is wonderful – yet I would always like more members. This turnout is a testament to all the hard work done by everyone on the Dinner Dance committee – thank you. I know this was a memorable event for many of you honoring all Past Presidents of Cellini Lodge #2206. I was thrilled to be presiding over this great lodge during this historic night.

So, you have set your clocks ahead on March 11 and hopefully enjoyed both St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s Day. Spring would begin on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:15PM Eastern Daylight Time and the anticipation of warmer weather and the greening of the land, I bet, has invigorated you.

March Madness – the installations going on at all the lodges across the United States – kept me busy as we try to attend many District II (Nassau County) lodges and other Districts to honor those new Officers being installed.

Coming up during April is Bingo and the Sands Casino trip, so please see the flyers inside. Also it is very important that you try to find a child or grandchild that can become our next King and Queen. They can be between 16 and 21 years old and will represent Cellini Lodge’s youth. This is needed as soon as you can and I can be directly notified if you have a candidate.

We are just about sold out of $100 raffle tickets thanks to Jim Prinzevalli. Please get in touch with me if you want me to get more for you.

Back on 2/23 there was a successful Pallet Paint Event chaired by one of our newer members, Lucille Ventura. She and her team did a wonderful job, the guests enjoyed and we made a nice profit. Thank you.

Lastly, whether you color eggs, buy a bonnet, or eat a chocolate bunny for fun; and go to Church and have a grand meal with family as a serious Christian and Catholic embracing of Easter, I want to say Buona Pasqua to All. And Happy Passover to our Jewish brothers and sisters.

Quando l’amico chiede, non v’è domani. – When a friend asks, there is no tomorrow.

God Bless you and your family, God Bless our ancestors and heritage and God Bless America!

Thank you very much,

Mark A. Ventimiglia
President
Cellini Lodge # 2206
Order Sons of Italy in America