OSDIA Jacksonville Newsletter

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                                                                                                                 August, vol. 2 issue 7


Brothers and Sisters, our sabbatical is over and we are preparing for our August meeting. The long hot summer is coming to a close and there is the very faint whisper of Autumn in the wind. Our general meeting this month will be at the Five Star Veterans Center on August 17th at 6:45pm. Our dinner will consist of Fried chicken, macaroni salad and coleslaw.


 OSDIA 2019 State Convention

The State Lodge of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America held its 34th biennial convention June 26th through 30th in Deerfield Beach, Florida at the Double Tree Hotel. Our new State President for the next two years is Anthony “Tony” Cianciotta. Our delegates were involved in discussing and voting on the important issues concerning our organization. One of the most important issues facing OSDIA is member recruitment and retention. This is a concern to many of our lodges throughout the state.

Another matter of importance is the continued celebration of Columbus Day as a national holiday. The National Lodge is currently forming a partnership with two other Italian American organizations to lobby and if necessary bring this issue into the court of law. Those of you who would like to make a financial donation to this worthy cause, please see me after the general meeting.

Since conventions are known not only for work but also play, there was plenty of time to socialize with the membership of other lodges. The dining and entertainment was excellent and confirmed the reputation of “the Gold Coast” as Florida's center of the good life.


Officer Elections

The year of 2019 is quickly coming to a close and soon it will be time to elect a new executive board. The new board elections will take place in February 2020 and there will be vacancies. Now is the time to consider how you might contribute to the welfare of our lodge by becoming an officer.



Happy Birthday

This month we are celebrating the birthdays of our Region 5 State Trustee Mark Gregorio (Aug. 5th), Cheryl Callavini (Aug. 12th), Joe Scavone (Aug. 13th), and Gloria Wnorowski (Aug. 25th).


The Amici d' Italia Boat Ride.

Your executive board discussed in detail the chance for us to take a “sunset cruise” for the cost of twenty dollars plus tax. We tentatively scheduled a date of either the 30th or 31st of August, but I would like to set this aside and think about it a little more. At the general meeting, I will ask for the names of members who might be interested in this activity.


Restaurant Night

Restaurant night will be on Thursday Aug. 29th at 6:30pm at Matt's Italian Restaurant in Cobblestone Crossing, 2771 Monument Rd. Jacksonville 32225.


The Good of The Order

Please pray for the repose of the souls of our deceased members and the needs of our current members. If any member has knowledge of a member who needs assistance please contact Tim Wright.