soi january 2011 newsletter by 2tcaz3Z0


									                                     Order Sons of Italy in America
                                          Amici Lodge #2296
                                           “CIAO AMICI”
                                                   January 2011
                       Website: WWW.SONSOFITALY-AMICILODGE.ORG
          ******* AWESOME NEW WEBSITE!!! CHECK IT OUT!!! *******

                  Senior Center next to the Gloucester Township Municipal Building
                          1261 Chews Landing Road Blackwood, NJ 08012

                    7:00 Dinner followed by a meeting and
                     Special Guest --- Author John Oliano
John is the author of a few cookbooks, his latest being “Italian Family Cooking
& Wine Pairing”. John is also an award winning home wine maker and a trustee
                  for the Piazza Nuova lodge in Yardley, PA.
 $7.00 pay at the door: Stuffed Shells, Sausage and Peppers, String
                   Bean Almandine, Tossed Salad

                         NEWSLETTER, DON’T MISS OUT, SIGN UP NOW ****

                   Officers               Officer’s Contact Info                  Trustees

President:         Ray DiSanto     (      609-413-2746   Victor Orlando
VP:                Kathy Foglio    (    609-929-4739   Mary Orlando
VP:                Tony Gizzi      (             856-906-1873   Sam Saia
Treasurer:         Barry Start     (          856-384-5884   Marco Orlando
Rec. Secy:         Rudy Paliaga    (          856-232-0101   Sal Massare
Fin. Secy:         Dan Tumolo      (     856-228-6076   Elaine Mount
Serg. at Arms:     Mark Cimino     (          215-514-8186   Jim Anzide
Past President:    Mark DelRossi   (             215-756-3472

1.    Message from lodge president Ray DiSanto:
      I wish our lodge members, families and friends a very happy and healthy New Year. I haven’t seen
      some of your faces in quite some time. Come to the January meeting, I miss seeing you.
      In addition, last chance opportunity to sign up for the lodge’s polenta dinner. No money will be
      accepted at the door. See the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

2.    The lodge’s calendar of events (contained within this newsletter) has a tremendous variety of
      interesting items. Please review it closely and make every effort to support the lodge.

3.    There will be two lodge nights at the Phillies. The first is Wednesday May 25 vs. Cincinnati and the
      second is Wednesday August 17 vs. Arizona. Seats are in the Scoreboard porch section, $40 with a
      $10 concession credit. Tickets will go fast so contact Treasurer Barry Start immediately if interested.

4.    Attention all current and potential bocce players: please make sure that either Barry Start, Mark
      Cimino or Tony Gizzi are aware of your intention and commitment to playing during the upcoming

5.    In a continuing effort toward both financial and environmental conservation, distribution of this
      year’s National Leadership Grant Competition (NLGC) scholarship information and application is
      primarily taking place electronically. The scholarship information and application (cover sheet) are
      currently posted on

                The direct link to scholarship information on the website is

6.    Additional scholarships will be awarded by the Sons of Italy New Jersey Foundation. If you need an
      application packet please see Ray DiSanto at the January meeting.

7.    Interesting Italian Fact – the cappuccino you love so much was named after the brown, hooded frock
      that became the signature uniform of the Capuchin monks.

8.    One time initiation fee for new members is $30.00. The dues for new members is determined by the
      time of year the applicant applies for membership. The dues schedule for new members is:
      Full year $30.00, 4/1 to 6/30 $22.50, 7/1 to 9/30 $15.00, 10/1 to 12/31 $7.50.
      Renewal notices for the calendar year 2011 were mailed the first week of December. The due date
      for payment is January 31, 2011. If you did not receive a notice please contact Rudy Paliaga at 856-
      232-0101 or by email Renewal dues for all members is $30.00.

9.    The Events Committee is looking for both members and non-members to be guest speakers at lodge
      meetings. If you, or anyone you know, would like to be a guest speaker please contact Vice President
      and Events Committee Chairperson Kathy Foglio.

10.   There is a Survey section on the lodge’s website. Within this section there are three surveys. The
      officers request your time to complete the surveys. It would be extremely beneficial to receive your
                                                 MARK YOUR CALENDARS

January 18, 2011           Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker, author John Oliano )

January 22, 2011           Polenta Dinner (final chance to sign up, see enclosed flyer)

February 15, 2011          Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker, author Phyllis Martino-Nugent)

March 15, 2011             Monthly meeting (St. Joseph’s Day Dinner details to follow)

March 22-31, 2011          Amici Lodge Trip to Italy (If interested please see Marion DiBattista)

April 19, 2011             Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker financial consultant Jerry Gross)

May 17, 2011               Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker lodge member Joe Garbarino)

May 25, 2011               Amici lodge night at the Phillies, vs. Cincinnati (Contact Barry Start for tickets)

June 21, 2011              Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker Linda Coppinger, Executive Director
                           South Jersey Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter)

July 15, 2011              Amici Lodge Annual Golf Outing (Details to follow)

July 19, 2011              Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker to be announced)

August 16, 2011            Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker to be announced)

August 17, 2011            Amici lodge night at the Phillies, vs. Arizona (Contact Barry Start for tickets)

September 20, 2011         Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker to be announced)

September 2011             Amici Lodge Annual Picnic (Details to follow)

October 18, 2011           Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker to be announced)

November 15, 2011          Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker to be announced)

December 2011              There is no monthly meeting in December.

December 2011              Amici Lodge Annual Christmas Gala (Details to follow)

December 2011              Breakfast with Santa (Details to follow)

January 17, 2012           Monthly meeting (7:00 Dinner followed by Guest speaker to be announced)

                                           Amici Lodge #2296 Committee Members

Membership         Bocce                     Newsletter                   Golf                     Advertising

Rudy Paliaga       Barry Start               Ray DiSanto                  Joe Schipsi, Jr.         Tom Cimino
Tony Gizzi         Tony Gizzi                Rudy Paliaga                 Ray DiSanto              Mark DelRossi
Kathy Foglio       Mark Cimino               Domenick DiCicco             Tony Gizzi               Ray DiSanto
Ray DiSanto        Tom Cimino                Mary Orlando                 Kathy Foglio
                   Ray DiSanto               Gimmi Sferra                 Joe Garbarino
                   Loren LaQuintano                                       Mark DelRossi
                   Attilio Ciccotelli

Education                  Events                      Heritage                    Website         Finance

Jim Anzide         Kathy Foglio     Mark DelRossi      Joe Schipsi, Sr.            Mark DelRossi Attilio Ciccotelli
Mary Orlando       Denise Paone     Joe Schipsi, Sr.   Renard Petronzio            Tom Cimino         Ray DiSanto
Ray DiSanto        Carole Mancini Ray DiSanto          Kathy Foglio                Ray DiSanto        Tony Gizzi
                   Patricia Guida Mary Orlando         Tony Gizzi                  Attilio Ciccotelli
                   Diana Kozak      Camille Antolik    Ray DiSanto
                   Marion DiBattista
                                                  FAMOUS ITALIAN AMERICANS
                                  By: The Honorable Domenick C. DiCicco Jr., J.D., M.B.A.
                                      New Jersey Assemblyman for the Fourth District

                                           INFAMOUS CRASH OF 1929

                                               FERDINAND PECORA, ESQUIRE

Ferdinand Pecora was born in Nicosia, Sicily, the son of Louis Pecora and Rosa Messina, who emigrated to the United States in 1886. He grew
up in Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan. Mr. Pecora was forced to leave school as a teenager when his father was injured in an industrial
accident. After securing a job as a clerk in a Wall Street law firm, Pecora eventually attended New York Law School and became a member of
the New York bar in 1911. Originally a Progressive Republican, Pecora became a member of the Democratic Party and Tammany Hall in 1916.
In 1918, he was appointed as an assistant district attorney in New York City. Over the next twelve years, Pecora earned a reputation in the city
as an honest and talented prosecutor.

In 1922, Pecora was named chief assistant district attorney, the number-two man in the office under the newly elected Joab H. Banton. In 1929,
Banton chose Pecora as his heir apparent, but Tammany Hall refused to nominate him, fearing that the honest Pecora might bring prosecutions
against its members. Pecora left the district attorney's office for private practice, where he remained until 1933.

                                                     A.        The Reformer of Wall Street

Ferdinand Pecora was appointed Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate's Committee on Banking and Currency in January 1933, the last months of
the Herbert Hoover presidency by its outgoing Republican chairman, Peter Norbeck, and continued under Democratic chairman Duncan
Fletcher, following the 1932 election that swept Franklin D. Roosevelt into the U.S. presidency and gave the Democratic Party control of the

The Senate committee hearings that Pecora led probed the causes of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 that launched a major reform of the
American financial system. Pecora, a lawyer, personally undertook many of the interrogations during the hearings, including such Wall Street
personalities as Richard Whitney, president of the New York Stock Exchange, George Whitney (a partner in J.P. Morgan & Co.) and investment
bankers Thomas W. Lamont, Otto H. Kahn, Albert H. Wiggin of Chase National Bank, and Charles E. Mitchell of National City Bank (now
Citibank). Because of Pecora's work, the hearings soon acquired the popular name the Pecora Commission, and Time magazine featured Pecora
on the cover of its June 12, 1933 issue.

Pecora's investigation unearthed evidence of irregular practices in the financial markets that benefited the rich at the expense of ordinary
investors, including exposure of Morgan’s “preferred list” by which the bank’s influential friends (including Calvin Coolidge, the former
president, and Owen J. Roberts, a justice of Supreme Court of the United States) participated in stock offerings at steeply discounted rates. He
also revealed that National City sold off bad loans to Latin American countries by packing them into securities and selling them to unsuspecting
investors, that Wiggin had shorted Chase shares during the crash, profiting from falling prices, and that Mitchell and top officers at National
City had received $2.4 million in interest-free loans from the bank’s coffers.

Spurred by these revelations, the United States Congress enacted the Glass-Steagall Act, the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange
Act of 1934. With the United States in the grips of the Great Depression, Pecora's investigations highlighted the contrast between the lives of
millions of Americans in abject poverty and the lives of such financiers as J.P. Morgan, Jr.; under Pecora's questioning, Morgan and many of his
partners admitted that they had paid no income tax in 1931 and 1932; they explained their failure to pay taxes by reference to their losses in the
stock market's decline.

                                                     B.        Later life

After Pecora closed his investigations, on July 2, 1934, President Roosevelt appointed Ferdinand Pecora a Commissioner of the newly-formed
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Pecora resigned from the SEC and became a judge of the New York State Supreme Court, a
position he held until 1950, when he ran unsuccessfully against Vincent R. Impellitteri for Mayor of New York City. Returning to the practice
of law, Pecora represented such major clients as Warner Bros. Pictures Distributing Corporation, et al. as respondents before the United States
Supreme Court in the 1954 case, Theatre Enterprises v. Paramount, 346 U.S. 537. Mr. Pecora died in 1971.
                             Order Sons of Italy in America
                                  Amici Lodge #2296

                               POLENTA DINNER

                   SATURDAY JANUARY 22, 2011
                       7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
                 Senior Center next to the Gloucester Township Municipal Building
                         1261 Chews Landing Road Blackwood, NJ 08012

                       Dinner, Appetizers, Salad, Dessert, Soft Drinks
                            (Picture may not represent exactly the prepared dish)

                           Cost: Adults (13 and over) $20.00
                                 Children (under 13) $10.00

             DEADLINE TO SIGN UP IS JANUARY 12, 2011
Please return this portion, with your check payable to “Amici Lodge”, by January 12, 2011.
Kathy Foglio                                                Questions: Kathy Foglio 609-929-4739
2211 Cherrywood Apts.                                                  Ray DiSanto 609-413-2746
Clementon, NJ 08021
Name: __________________________                            Phone: _______________________

# attending: Adult (13 and over) @ $20.00 _______           Children (under 13) @ $10.00 _______

Total amount enclosed $__________

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