"The purpose of this organization is to promote the heritage, culture and traditions of Italian-Americans through social, educational and recreational events. The organization shall also advance the educational development of Italian-American youth by generating and distributing funds for collegiate scholarships."
November Club Meeting
Our next meeting is Wednesday November 30th at 6:30 PM at the Solon Community Center.
The monthly meetings are back to stay! We will hold them the last Wednesday of every month (except November and December) moving forward. Put it on your calendar.
Please note some important changes in start time and location for the meeting. We are back at the Community Center!! We will start at 6:30.
Kid's Christmas Party
What: Kid's Christmas Party
When: December 11, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 4:30
Where: Solon Community Center
Who: Children and Grandchildren of Club members in good standing 10 and younger and there families.
This year we are asking the parents, or grandparents, to bring a wrapped gift for their child. Make sure the present has the child's full name, age and gender. Santa is coming to present the gifts.
The Club will supply food and beverages. We ask that each family bring a desert.
We really need an accurate count for this so if you are coming register today. We have to have a number by December 1st at the latest. We need to know how many people are attending and how many children.
You can register by contacting Al Giammaria by phone or text at 216-559-0386. Or you can email Al at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary and It's the Holidays!
On the November meeting (November 30th. Save the Date!!) we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary. This willl also be our Holiday Party. Things you need to know. The event will be catered so you have to register. Cost is $10 and is due when you register. Spouses are welcome to join us. You can bring only one guest. It would really help if you register at next week's meeting. The Board is committed to making this a really special night. We hope you will join us on November 30th. It will be a memorable evening.
Christmas Card Coloring Contest
Once again, we are doing a Christmas Card Coloring Contest for 3 age groups:
The Bells are for 4, 5, and 6 year old.
The Ribbon is for ages 7, 8 and 9.
The Gift Boxes are for ages 10, 11 and 12
All children and grandchildren and girlfriends' children are eligible. You must be a member in good standing.
Download a copy have it colored and turn in at the October 26th meeting.
I will do what I can to meet with people the week after that. Keep in mind we need the time to have them judged, printed and mailed.
When you turn them in on the back only print Childs name and age and members name.
Please try and promote this with your family,
Judging will be done by a third party as we did last year.
Phil Carbone has been elected Man of the year for 2022.
Phil joined the Club in 2010. He has been an active member ever since serving as a Trustee for 3 years and is a regular member of the kitchen crew at monthly meetings. He has attended the Stag Raffle, the Dinner Dance, the Golf Outing, sausage making and has helped with egg stuffing. Phil says, “I enjoy the monthly meetings. It is a nice avenue to meet fellow Italians. The Club holds events throughout the year that bring members families together.”
The Inaugural Solon Italian Club Family Picnic did not disappoint!
Thanks to all who came and enjoyed delicious food, delectable desserts, and tremendous company!
Club elections were held in April.
Mike Frangiamore was elected Treasurer to replace Tom DiCarro.
Jim D’Orazio was elected Secretary to replace Dave Cosentino.
Angelo Carcioppolo and John Zito were elected Trustees to replace Jim D’Orazio and Jason Vespucci.
The Club would like to congratulate the winners and to thank Tom, Dave and Jason for all their hard work over the past 3 challenging years.
More Events Are Coming
Bocce. If the weather cooperates and the court survived the winter in good shape the season will begin the first week of May.
Club Picnic. We are excited about this. Burgers, dogs, games with some of the nicest people we know. June 11th,2 PM at the Grantwood Pavillion.
Steak and Stogie. It's back! Looks like we'll have one in June and one in August.
Golf Outing. Our biggest fundraiser and a very well attended event (we expect a sellout). July 29th.
There is more to come but we wanted to see how things play out before we plan the second half of the year. (Of course, we'll have the Stag Raffle!).
Should be a fun year!
Easter Egg Hunt Success
The Solon Italian Club would like to thank the community for being extremely supportive of our Egg Hunt year after year. The 36th was no different! Special thanks to Bob Yodice for chairing the hunt once again!
The club had the privilege of showing members from the Solon Blue Ribbon Adapted Recreation Program how to season, mix, stuff, and case ten pounds of ground pork butt and turn it into delicious Italian sausage! A great time had by all!
The Scholarship committee has decided to award 6 scholarships worth $13,500 this year. We thank the Committee for their work.
Best wishes to the following members who celebrate birthdays in the month of May:
12/8 Gabriel Ricci-Braum
12/9 Peter D’Attoma
12/11 Anthony D’Angelo
12/14 Ken Badalamenti
12/14 Louis Catania
12/15 Nick Papa
12/18 Joe Gambino
12/21 Ray Dinallo
12/25 Dinardo Gentille
12/25 Ron Ricca
12/25 Chris Savelli
12/25 Bob Yodice
12/31 Al Benedict, Jr.
12/31 Bill Russo
Meet Our Members
Meet club member Jim D’Orazio. Jim joined the Club in 2000 and has been an active member. Jim is currently a Trustee and he manages the Club’s communications. Jim has hosted a Steak and Stogie night and helped with many Club events. He enjoys playing in the Golf Outing every year and attending the Stag Raffle. And he heads a bocce team that’s going to make the playoffs someday. He says, “I really enjoy our events but my favorite might be attending the monthly meetings. It’s great to see everyone, the conversations are fun and the food is really good.” He says, “The Club is one of the best organizations I have ever joined. Great people that have become good friends. Great commitment to community with our scholarship program. I’m honored to be a member.”
Jim’s mother, Rosa, came to America in 1948 from Montenerodomo in Abruzzi. His father’s parents also came from there in 1894. Jim’s father, Fred, grew up in Little Italy and was a member of the ISDA and the Little Italy Retirees. Jim is retired from teaching marketing at Cleveland State. He has been married to Margaret for 43 years. They have three boys. Anthony and Maria live in Columbus. Mike and Callie live in South Euclid. Brian and Megan live in Minneapolis with their sons Remy and Aiden. Jim says, “I’m proud of my boys. They have grown to be good men. And I’m sure your grandkids are cute. They might be as cute as mine. But no kids are cuter than those little boys.” Apparently Jim is happy with those grandkids.
The Club wants to thank Jim for all he has done for the Club.
Where Are They Now?
We wondered how some of our past Scholarship winners were doing. Today we will feature Courtney Dunn.
Courtney Dunn will be graduating from OSU in December of 2021 with a BA in International Relations and a specialization in Security and Intelligence. She has taken on leadership roles where she had the opportunity to transform student life on campus as the Director of Student Advocacy for RHAC, a counsel helping over 14,000 on-campus students. She also was a Peer Leader for over 600 first-year students welcoming them to Ohio State. Courtney says, “I would like to graciously thank the Solon Italian Club for their generosity in providing me with a scholarship that helped me further my education. Thank you for your investment in me and for representing the pride that comes with our Italian Heritage. My best advice that comes from my Nonna: "Always be Kinder than You Feel." I believe kindness will take us further than most things.”
Columbus Day Parade
The Columbus Day Parade was held on October 11th. The Club was well represented and everyone had a great time. One of the best days of the year.
Bocce Season a Big Success
The playoffs were August 24th and they were exciting. Badda Bocce defeated Team DiCarro to win Tuesday night and Italia 76 defeated Slo Your Role to win Thursday night. Badda Bocce won the Championship by defeating Italia 76.
Congratulations to Tom Smith, Chris Stallano, Bill Sobonya, Vince Indriolo on being the 2021 Bocce Champions!
Welcome New Officers and Trustees
At the July General Meeting the Club proudly welcomed Brett Neff as our new President Sam Merolla as Vice President and two new trustees, Mark Bertolone and Dominic Lanteri.
President, Brett Neff. Brett has been an important Club member since he joined us. He has run the Solon Italian Club Foundation's biggest fundraiser, the Golf Outing, for a couple of years. He has already shown great leadership in these unusual times. We look forward to his leadership for the next three years.
Vice President, Sam Merolla. Sam attends almost every event and is the unofficial club photographer. He runs the Club's Facebook page and recently served as a Trustee. Sam is committed to improving communications among Club members.
Trustee, Mark Bertolone. A member since 2000 he runs the Stag Raffle and is the unquestioned best ticket seller in the Club.
Trustee, Dominic Lanteri. A member of the Sunshine Committee Dominic heads the Clambake Committee.
Congratulations to all the winners. We're sure they'll do a great job! The Club would also like to thank Past President, Mike Rhea for his efforts and leadership during his term. Thanks also to Past Vice President Joe DiNardo for his efforts. We appreciate the great job they did leading the Club.
Badda Bocce. 2021 Champions
Winners of the Man of the Year Award. Photo by Michael Steinberg
The D'Orazio all cleaned up.
The Boys with Grandma Rosie
Hey where's Donny
Great turnout of people readyto go.
The kitchen crew does have fun.
We hope to see you all soon!
If you haven't paid yet please don't forget to bring your membership dues of $75 to next week's meeting. If you can't make the meeting just drop a check in the mail. You can send your check, made out for $75 to the Solon Italian Club, to: