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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

March 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I still can’t believe that I am the 28th President of our beloved lodge. Thank you all so much for voting me into the position and for allowing me your support. To our Immediate Past President Mark, thank you for your amazing presidency. You were truly a class act and I hope that I can do all the good things you have done in your two years. I have some big shoes to fill! I know that I speak for the entire membership when I say thank you for a job well done.

To our past first lady Maryellen, thank you for allowing us to take so much time away from you so that your husband could do his work. I’m sure without your support Mark could never have been the president that he was. To the outgoing officers, thank you for all your time and efforts. Our lodge is in a good place because of everything you all have done. You put in the time with meetings and audits. You took time away from your families to make sure we remain the prestigious lodge that we are. To the incoming officers, congratulations for accepting your position as an officer of this lodge. The words that are spoken during the swearing in ceremony are “It is easy to stand aside and say ‘Let someone else do it’ “. It is not so easy to step forward and say, “I’ll do it.” That is who you all are, past and present officers. We have much work to do as did our predecessors. It is now our job to keep Cellini one of the best Lodge’s in New York State. I’m sure that we can keep this ship on the correct path to bigger and greater things.

With the month of March we get our Spring season which brings with it rejuvenation, renewal resurrection and rebirth. The cold days are almost behind us and the bright and sunny days lie ahead. This is what I can see for our new board. We have a great opportunity to make a difference and I know with hard work we will make it all come true. Again, congratulations.

In February we had our state CSG Brunch at Russos On The Bay. A great event for a great cause. On February 28th we had our traditional February Officers’ meeting at Pompeii Catering hall. Thank you Luigi Squillante for organizing this event. A great way for all the lodge officers to say thank you to Mark.

March 10th brings us our Installation Breakfast at Immaculate Conception Hall in Douglaston at 9:00 a.m. I hope you can all attend and witness the swearing in of our newly elected officers. Please make sure you fill out the reservation card that has been mailed out and was sent with last month’s and this month’s newsletter. Just let us know that you are attending. Saturday March 23rd is Saint Joseph’s Night at Clinton G. Martin Park. This is always an amazing social event. Please try to attend. Thursday, March 28th is our officers’ meeting at the lodge office at 7:30 p.m. Officers, please make sure you make every effort to attend and please call me if you need to be excused. St. Joseph’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Joseph, is the feast day for St. Joseph – which falls on March 19th each year. Saint Joseph is be- lieved by Christians to have been the hus- band of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the step-father of Jesus Christ. In Poland and Canada, it is a Patronal Feast Day and is Father’s Day in some Catholic countries such as Italy and Spain. In Switzerland, it is a public holiday.

Our Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance will be held on Friday, April 5th at The Chateau Briand in Westbury. Please make every ef- fort to attend this wonderful event. This is our dinner dance for scholarships and we are also honoring our Immediate Past President Mark. Let’s have a great turn out and show Mark the gratitude he deserves. It’s well worth the price and we get the chance to celebrate our lodge and its charitable endeavors together.

At the end of my President’s newsletter message, I would like to include two things. First, a quote of inspiration that we can all think about and use them in our everyday lives. Second, because I am a musician, I would like to add some music history that happened in the month of the newsletter. So for this month’s newsletter I leave you with this quote, “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary”.

This month in music history: In 1941 – The first FM radio station opens in Nashville; in 1963, Patsy Cline dies in a plane crash; in 1827 Ludwig Von Beethoven dies in Aus- tria; in 1985, “We are the World” is heard on the radio for the first time; in 1966, John Lennon tells a London news- paper that the Beatles are “more popular than Jesus right now” and in 1997, Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth ll.

Thank you all again for this honor of being elected as the Cellini Lodge’s 28th President.

Sempre Avanti

May God bless you and your family, Our Lodge and Our Order, and God Bless the United States of America.


Anthony Calabro

Cellini Lodge #2206 – President 2019-20

As I am finishing this month’s message on August 20, I am saddened by the news of the Italian bridge tragedy on Tuesday, August 14. Reading articles and seeing pictures, it is amazing that more didn’t perish when an almost 700-foot section of the bridge fell 150 feet to the area below. That that this bridge was known to be ‘in trouble’ is disconcerting. As of 8/19, at least 43 people have died, many more injured and at least 600 families displaced in the aftermath of the Morandi Bridge collapse in Genoa. Please pray for the families of our friends/family in Italy during this trying time.

On a happier note, September 29 is the actual date of our 50th golden anniversary. Happy Birthday Cellini! I am sure a lot have seen the lodge grow and go through good and tough times, especially brother Joe Sciame who is the only active member from 1968.

As I write, the Feast hasn’t yet taken place, just the start of the setup, but it will be over when you receive this newsletter. I hope with all the hard work it will be called a success – I will report on the Feast at the general meeting and in the October newsletter.

On August 9, I hosted, at Marcus Christ Hall in New Hyde Park, the ceremonial crowning of the new Nassau County (District II of the Grand Lodge of NY) King and Queen: Connie Mulé and Alexander Marchiselli of Cellini Lodge. Cellini members and respective grandmothers, Connie Ciccione and Joan Marchiselli were ecstatic along with their families. We are doubly proud of the King and Queen as they represent both Cellini Lodge and District II.

The autumnal equinox is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere. This year it occurs at 9:54 pm on September 22. It will already be September 23 in Italy, a special day this year, as Francesco Forgione (Padre Pio) will be remembered and celebrated. The Capuchin friar died 50 years ago on 9/23 (six days before our Cellini Lodge opened its doors) of a heart attack at age 81 in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. Today he is venerated as a saint of the Catholic church.

Never forget 9-11; 17 years later and I think solemnly about all of us; and friends and relatives hurt, disheartened or gone: the changes hate can bring.

The Feast “thank you” will be on September 21 at Clinton Martin Park and our critique will be at the Jericho Turnpike office on Monday, September 24.

Answer to August newsletter question: Luigi Galvani was an Italian physician, physicist, biologist and philosopher, who discovered animal electricity. He is the pioneer in bioelectromagnetics. His studies were a great influence on author Mary Shelley and perhaps her not completely fictitious Frankenstein. His name lives on in the word galvanize – ‘shock into action’.

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!

Always Forward,


Mark A. Ventimiglia

Cellini Lodge #2206 – President 2017-19

In Errata

In August message, last name Capazzo should have been Capasso for Phyllis Capasso.

Also in August message, last name Hghes should have been Hughes for Val Hughes.