President George Lapore called the meeting to order, 7 p.m. at the VFW, New Cumberland.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Guard Bryan Anthony.
President George Lapore introduced two new members Anna Maria Rabassi-Davis and Karen Bosco. Long-time member Rita Acri was welcomed back!
Thanks to Joan Rottman, tonight’s speaker was Frank Lesher of Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile was joined by his wife and daughter. He shared his passion for working with marble, tile, porcelain and other hard materials designed for a variety of residential and commercial spaces. You can visit the website here.
Chaplain Aaron Sica led the opening prayer.
Financial Secretary Tony Bianchi announces that lodge currently has 109 paid members and 16 outstanding.
Tony announced that the state lodge is accepting scholarship applications for high school and college scholarships. Our lodge has 3 potential applicants. Scholarships are open to members’ families only. The scholarship committee members are Tony, Tammy Ebersole and Marie Russoli. To apply for Central PA Lodge #2651 scholarship, contact Tony Bianchi for an application at email@example.com.
Treasurer Bernie Costanza discussed Bocce. A captains meeting is planned for early March. Teams are forming for the 2020 season that begins April 23, 2020, at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg. All Lodge members are invited to play. Contact Bernie if you want to play on a team or as a substitute.The season will end August 27. Mark your calendar for more fun dates!
Bernie gave the Treasure’s Report: The Operating Expense account balance is $20,744.08. The Charity/Education account balance is $2,927.95. The Bocce League account balance is $171.59.
President George Lapore presented a Leave-A-Magazine program.
Carnavale was held February 22. Ninety-three people celebrated the beginning of Lent with dinner and dancing this past Saturday. Giovanni performed. There was a 50/50 drawing and Joan Rottman prepared fabulous gift basket for the raffle.
President George Lapore and Treasurer Bernie Costanza presented apparel printed with the new lodge logo. Printing is done by Hot Frog Print Media in Mechanicsburg. Show the world you are a lodge member! The logo can be put on a shirt, apron, tote bag, baseball cap, or other item. See the bottom of this email for ordering information!
President George Lapore discussed the activity survey taken at the January meeting.
Watch for more information about the Susquehanna Riverboat and Scopa card games!
Betty Magaro provided information about local high school play that have free performances for senior citizens –
March 15 at 1:00 pm. Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Palmyra will celebrate La Santa Messa Italian mass. A traditional St. Joseph altar will be created. Here is a link to the church website for more information.
Joan Rottman mentioned that the Capital City Lodge #272 is holding a pasta making class on Sunday, April 19, 1pm-3pm, at the Colonial Golf and Tennis Club. Attendance is limited. Reservation is required and must be made by April 8. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Theresa Mingarell won the 50/50 drawing. Joan Rottman won the consolation prize which was a book titled A Concise History of Italy donated by Bernie Costanza.
Vice President Georgeann Maguire invited everyone to Vietnam Veterans Day to be held at the Veterans Park, Enola, on Sunday, March 29.
Chris Rottman motioned to adjourn the meeting. Betty Magaro seconded his motion.
There were 27 members and 3 guests present.
The next general meeting is Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at the VFW, New Cumberland. Social hour begins at 6 p.m.
Amendments to minutes as of 3/9/20
I was informed of an error and an omission from the CPOSIA February lodge meeting minutes.
Frist, President George Lapore and wife, Janet, contributed gift baskets that were raffled during Carnevale. Long-time member Joan Rottman helped with the assembly. There’s a suspicion that another long-time member of Lodge #2651 donated a gift basket that was also raffled at Carnavale. The donor is unconfirmed but there is a hunch. Thank you for the correction, Joan.
Second, the 50/50 consolation prize, a book titled A Concise History of Italy, written by Christoper Duggan, was actually donated by new member, Karen Bosco.
Thank you very much Karen, and to Vice President Georgeann Maguire being observant.
Theresa D. Mingarell