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."

Rich Sesso Selected as Man of the Year

Rich Sesso has been selected as The Man of the Year for 2020. Rich has served as a trustee and he is a welcome presence at virtually every Club event and meeting.  Rich had the idea, and is responsible for all the planning, for the Pig Roast which has become a Club tradition.  His reason for having the Pig Roast was to give every the Kitchen Crew a break and let them enjoy a meeting.  That shows what a good guy Rich is.

Congratulations Rich and thanks for all you do.

Rich receives the award from last year's Man of the Year, Angelo Carcioppolo
Rich's family was there to share the moment
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.

This year's Board of Trustees. Photo by Michael Steinberg
Winners of the Man of the Year Award. Photo by Michael Steinberg

Scholarships Awarded

 The scholarship committee met on April 2 using Google Hangouts. We will be awarding 5 Scholarships totaling $6,250 and one Essay Award of $500.Since we most likely will not be having any fund raisers for next year's scholarships we used half of what was available. This was a difficult decision but we think it's the right thing to do given the unusual circumstances we face this year.

Thank you to our Scholarship committee: Dave Cosentino, Ray Kramer, Jerry Negrelli, Brett Neff and Bill Russo

Some beautiful food was made.
Hey where's Donny
Great turnout of people readyto go.
The kitchen crew does have fun.
Buon Compleanno!

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

8/2         Jim D’Orazio
8/5         Michael Frangiamore
8/8         Brent Fiorucci  
8/10       Dave Cosentino
8/11       Angelo Bertolone, Jr.
8/11       Mike Maffei 
8/14       Tom Romeo
8/17       Jonathan Calabrese
8/20       Steve Gazdag
8/22       Angelo Bertolone III
8/28       Don DeRoia
8/30       Rick Tonelli
8/31       Ron Lanci

Upcoming Events:
July 29, 2020.  General Meeting.  7:00 PM.  Grantwood Pavilion.

July 31, 2020.  Golf Outing.   8:00 AM.  Grantwood Golf Course.
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:
Solon Italian Club  
PO Box 39602
Solon, Ohio 44139

Club Officers:
President:           Brett Neff

Vice President:    Sam Merolla

Treasurer:           Tom DiCarro

Secretary:           Dave Cosentino