Solon Italian Club

Mission Statement

   "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."

May Club Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday May 31st at 6:00 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. 

Brett Neff has been elected Man of the year for 2023. 

This past Saturday at the Solon Italian Club Foundation Reverse Raffle & Dinner Dance, we announced the 2023-2024 Man Of The Year Award.
Please help congratulate this year’s winner, none other than our current Club President, Brett Neff!
Last year’s recipient, Phil Carbone, crowned Brett with the award.
A picture of past MOTY in the crowd were gathered for a photo op as well!

Election Season Begins

 There is a lot going on including nominations for two Trustee positions.

We will also discuss upcoming events on a very busy calendar.


If you haven't paid your dues please bring your check for $100 to this month's meeting. Thank you!


Solon Italian Club Foundation Scholarship Applications for sons/daughters of club members in good standing for non Solon High School seniors are now available. Applications can be requested from Bill Russo at Applications are due back to Bill by 4 PM on March 9, 2023.


Those graduating seniors of Italian descent attending Solon High School need to obtain their applications from Solon High School and follow their deadlines.


The Fred D'Orazio Scholarship will be offered again. The children, or grandchildren, of Club members in good standing that are entering their first year of college, vocational school or graduate school are eligible to compete for this $1,000 award. Contact Jim D'Orazio at for details.

Buon Compleanno!

Best wishes to the following members who celebrate birthdays in the month of May:           

        3/2     Daniel Margheret

                       3/3     Joe DeFrancesco                

                     3/8     Joe Filippo                       

                    3/8     Nick Gambino                 

                         3/11   Dave DiFrancesco                 

    3/14   Jerry Negrelli  

3/16    Mike Rhea 

   3/19    Mark Cancasi

          3/20    James DeGaetano

3/29    Rob Previte


Solon Times Prints Article Celebrating 50 Year Anniversary

Election Results

    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.

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.

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!


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.
Upcoming Events:
We hope to see you all soon!
If you haven't paid yet please don't forget to bring your membership dues of $100 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 $100 to the Solon Italian Club, to:
Solon Italian Club  
PO Box 39602
Solon, Ohio 44139

Club Officers:
President:           Brett Neff

Vice President:    Sam Merolla

Treasurer:           Mike Frangiamore

Secretary:           Jim D'Orazio