History of the Chico Sons of Italy
The Vincenzo Bellini Lodge was founded by Antonio Lucido, Catherina Lucido with the help of Past State President of the Grand Lodge of California Joseph Simile, and was chartered on May 28, 1982 in Chico, California. The name Vincenzo Bellini was chosen by Antonio because of his love of Opera and after the famous Italian composer Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini who in 1831 produced two of his most famous operas, "La sonnambula" and "Norma". The lodge was founded after the Lucido family moved to Chico and found they missed their Italian friends from Watsonville, and Antonio missed his Sons of Italy friends from the Monterey Lodge. After conferring with his daughter Catherina, Antonio and Catherina got out the phone book and began calling people with Italian surnames to meet at Antonio's sons' restaurant and make plans to start a Lodge in Chico. Marie DelCarlo and Frank Scotella were very active in helping to organize this lodge. Frank Scotella was the first president, and Catherina Lucido was the first financial secretary. Successive presidents included Letitia Sanchez, Fred Caperello, Sal Aiello, and Elmer Silvera. Currently Gary Smith is president. The Lodge originally consisted of 75 enthusiastic members, 12 of which are still active today. Current membership is now over 130 members. The Lodge celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2012. Because of its enthusiasm, the lodge has membership of all ages. Annual events include the Spaghetti Feed where over 1200 meals are served each year. Other events include an Anniversary Dinner Dance, a Family Summer Picnic & Bocce tournament, a family Christmas dinner and party for the children.The membership assists with the Northern California Golf Classic which benefits the Western Foundation Charities. Other charities the Chico Sons of Italy support include: The Birth Defects Library in Davis, Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, Handi-Riders of Northern California, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Enloe Cancer Center, Peg Taylor Center, Catholic Ladies Relief Society and Booster Clubs from local high schools. Sons of Italy Chico has an active role in the activities of the Italian Language Department at Chico State University.
Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini
Welcome to the internet home for the Vincenzo Bellini Lodge #2519. The Vincenzo Bellini Lodge in Chico, CA is one of the many state organizations of the National Order Sons of Italy in America. We are part of the oldest, largest and most geographically represented organization of Americans of Italian heritage in this country. The National Lodge was organized in New York in 1905. The Vincenzo Bellini Lodge was chartered in 1982. The purpose of our organization is to enroll all eligible persons, so that we may successfully promote national education, charitable fundraising, secure adequate laws for the benefit of its members, enrich Italian culture and heritage, and to combat discrimination while protecting and upholding the positive image of the people of Italian birth or descent. We welcome as members of the Order all men and women of Italian birth or descent as well as those who wish to be associated with the Order, young and old. We are proud of our members including our Junior Members who we recognize as being our future leaders. You are encouraged to consider joining OSIA so that you, too, can enjoy the benefits of being a member of an active and nationally recognized organization.
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Vincenzo Bellini Lodge meets every 3rd Thursday of the month at the Chico Grange, located at 2775 Nord Ave, Chico, CA 95973 in Chico, Ca.