May Meeting Minutes

Central Pennsylvania Lodge #2651
Special COVID-19 Meeting via Zoom Video Conferencing
Wednesday, May 27, 2020


President George Lapore introduced special guest Joe Marino, President, State Lodge of Pennsylvania.

There was no speaker this evening.

The lodge received a thank you from Dave Lucier’s daughter, Staff Sargent Marisa Lucier, for the package received during the holidays.

Guard Bryan Anthony led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Treasurer’s Report. Treasurer, Bernie Costanza reported the following account balances as of 5/27/2020:

  • Operating Expense $17,918.21,
  • Charity Education $3428.72,
  • Bocce League $196.64,
  • Value of Giant Gift Cards On-Hand $3250.

The Scholarship Committee presented this year’s lodge scholarship and the John Kendrick Scholarship to Miss Christina Marcellus, granddaughter of long-time members, Joan and Chris Rottman. Christiana prepared a lovely thank you message. She will attend Misericordia University and continue her lodge membership as and adult.

Charlie Pisano said a few words in honor of long-time member Bill Montone who recently passed away.

Bernie Costanza reported that the bocce season and children’s’ bocce are pending re-opening of Soldier and Sailors Memorial Park, Mechanicsburg. The courts at Adams-Ricci Park are available for casual play. Bocce players were survey and 50% will not play while wearing a mask. Italian Heritage Night with the Harrisburg Senators is pending.

East Pennsboro Twp is not taking pavilion reservations at this time. The lodge picnic usually held in September is on hold until further notice. The East Pennsboro Twp Pumpkin Fest is also on hold until further notice.

Giant gift cards are available and can be mailed upon receipt of payment.

President George Lapore reported that the lodge purchased Zoom. It can be used for committee meetings, by out-of-town and local members to join monthly meetings.

Trustee Tammie Ebersole reported that Lou Gallo was hospitalized and currently in rehab. Cards can be sent to Lou at the address in the lodge directory, or to his daughter Gayle Gallo.

Bernie Costanza presented “Two Guys from Italy Emigrate to Pennsylvania and Go Nuts,” a fact-filled story about Amedeo Obici and Mario Peruzzi who founded Planters Peanuts.

Chris Rottman motioned to close the meeting. But wait!! . . .

Karen Bosco inquired about the Hershey Volunteer Program. Because of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Hershey suspended its volunteer program this year. State President Joe Marino mentioned that Kohl’s provides donations and volunteers for lodge events.

It is unknown yet if the Wednesday, June 24 meeting will be held at the VFW or via Zoom.

Stay tuned for updates.

Chris Rottman motioned, again, to close the meeting.
The motion was seconded by Dave Lucier.

Meeting participants included 37 members and 3 guests.

“Working together to preserve our heritage, our traditions and our culture.”

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