September Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Meeting
7 p.m. – September 25, 2019


Announcements.  President George Lapore.  (Details farther below.)

  • September 27, Joe Turri Bocce Tournament
  • October 6, Columbus Day Dinner/Bocce Tournament at Marcello’s in Carlisle
  • October 10; PumpkinFest cookie drop-off at the Lapore residence
  • October 12 & 13, PumpkinFest at Adam Ricci Park
  • October 22 Italian Heritage Proclamation, Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda.

Prayer.  Chaplain Aaron Sica.  If you have a prayer request, please contact Aaron at (717) 303-7010 or

Pledge of Allegiance.   Frank Ciappana

New Charter.  President George Lapore announced the new Charter for Central Pennsylvania Lodge #2651 effective August 16, 2019.

Guest and Guest Speakers.  George asked that members introduce themselves to guests and guest speakers and their families.   Help everyone to feel comfortable among strangers.

Columbus Day Dinner and Bocce Banquet will be held Sunday, October 5 at Marcello’s in Carlisle.   The lodge invited a special guest from the Army War College, Francesco Maioriello and his family.

Treasurer’s Report.  Treasurer Bernie Costanza reported the operating account balance of $19,080.72; the charity/education fund balance of $1761.97; and the bocce league account balance of $221.87.

Bernie also reported that Trustee Tammie Ebersole completed an audit of the lodge treasury.

Financial Secretary Report.  Tony Bianchi reported that we now have 122 members.  This includes 6 student members.   Vice President Georgeann Maguire motioned to accept 2 new members – Brian Anthony and Patricia Anthony.   Dave Lucier seconded the motion.

Georgeann introduced guests and potential members, Cindy and Bill Lupi.

Joe Turri Bocce Tournament, Adam Ricci Park.  Bernie reported that registration begins at 8am and play begins at 9am.

PumpkinFest will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 12 & 13 at Adam Ricci Park.  Trustee Dave Lucier discussed the plan for the lodge booth and asked for cookie donations and volunteers to staff the booth.   Deliver cookies on Thursday, October 11 to:

Or, call Dave to arrange for a pick up.

Pre-order cookies by contacting Dave as soon as possible.

The PumpkinFest is a major fundraiser and recruitment event for our lodge.

Columbus Day Dinner and Bocce Banquet is planned for Sunday, October 6, 5 pm at Marcello’s, 900 Cavalry Rd, Carlisle.   We will have a special guest from the Army War College. There will be five entrees to choose from at $20 per person. BYOB. An award will be given to this year’s bocce league champs –Debbie Kendrick captained the team Lesson.  Team members are Nick and Maryann Cimino, Georgeann Maguire, and Santo Paese.

Hershey Park Opportunity has a new program.   The lodge can raise a minimum of $400 plus 20% of sales with 8 volunteers to staff one booth for two 4-hour shifts (4 people per shift).  In addition, each volunteer will earn 4 vouchers good for 18 months.

Eastern Regional Meeting.  George and Bernie attended the Eastern Regional meeting in Philadelphia on Thursday, September 19. They learned how the lodges raise funds for scholarships and recruit new members. There will be a Columbus Day Parade in Philadelphia on Sunday, October 13.

Heritage.  Aaron Sica discussed Vince Lombardi, 6/11/1913 – 9/03/1970.  Lombardi grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and started playing football at the age of twelve. He was Coach of the Year in 1959.

Website.   Historian Tamara Heagy informed the group that the new website is 90% ready to go live. She still needs photos from officers. Tamara passed around a draft of the new lodge brochure and asked for suggestions. She suggested the lodge have a shirt with logo.

Cards.  Georgeann asked for a card shower for Tammie Ebersole, 1615 Williamsburg Way, Mechanicsburg, PA  17050.

Georgeann also discussed Christmas cards to military troops overseas.   Donations of food that won’t melt or small items local to Pennsylvania can be brought to the October meeting.   The Hampden Twp Veterans Committee paid for shipping last year.

Christmas Social.  George booked the VFW, New Cumberland, for December 4. This will not be a meeting but a social gathering and celebration.

Sargent of Arms and Photographer.  Santo Paese volunteered to be the lodge photographer. George recruited Brian Anthony as the Sargent of Arms.

Motion to Adjourn.   Chris Rottman motioned.  Georgeann Maguire seconded the motion.


Gary Johnson won the 50/50 drawing.  There was no consolation prize this month.

There were 30 members and 2 guests present this evening.


  • Giant Gift Cards are available for purchase at our general meetings. Pay with cash or make checks payable to “West Shore Lodge #2651”.  Or you can order the Giant gift cards by contacting Ray or JoAnn at 717-761-3807  Proceeds from the sale of cards helps support our programs and activities.
  • Questo Mese National Lodge monthly newsletter. if you delete it without opening one, you must subscribe again.  Scroll to the bottom of
  • Who wants to make a Showcase Video of cooking, baking, or wine-making Italian style?

As a recruitment tool, the National OSDIA is asking for 3-5 minute videos to show on its YouTube channel.

The next general meeting is Wednesday, October 23 at the VFW in New Cumberland.

Social hour at 6pm. Meeting begins at 7pm.


Theresa D. Mingarell, Recording Secretary


“Working together to preserve Our Heritage, Our Traditions and Our Culture.”

Members are needed to help during the PumpkinFest. 

Be ready to discuss and plan our Christmas social.