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."

Schedule Changes

The board members from both the Solon Italian Club and Solon Italian Club Foundation have closely monitored the recent outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and considers the health and well-being of its members, friends, family, and volunteers, as well as the customers, employees, and vendors of the Solon Community Center as most important.
With that said, we have cancelled the following events:

Blue Ribbon Fun Fest (volunteer event). We will miss cooking for this fun event for the adapted recreation program in Solon.
Egg Stuffing Party.
Easter Egg Hunt.  For the first time in 36 years the Club didn’t stuff thousands of eggs and host this very popular event for the children of the Solon community.
Reverse Raffle Dinner Dance.  We’ll miss this important fundraiser for the Solon Italian Club Foundation.  Good friends, good food, great prizes and some surprisingly good dancing will be missed this year. Probably means that next year’s dance will be twice as good.

All scheduled Board meetings and General meetings until further notice.  We’ll get together as soon as possible.   

As you all know, this is a fluid situation and we're learning day by day. We hope to reconvene for the May Installation of Officers Dinner, but will provide further updates as the time grows closer.

Stay safe and hope to see you all soon!

Keeping Busy
With "shelter-in-place" orders in effect we wondered how some of our Club members are filling their time. 
Carl and Sandy Pannetti spent an evening making 4 cheese ravioli and lobster/crab ravioli.  Several Club members asked Carl to deliver but apparently he was busy eating.  Looks pretty tasty.  By the way that's a Bellamain Large Pasta Drying rack they're using. Got it from Amazon.
Don DeRoia is staying busy watching his grandson Vinny every weekday morning for the next couple of weeks while laid off from a part time retirement job.  Don has played golf in seclusion a couple of times and fired up the Traeger Grill that his wife and kids got him for Christmas.  Two weeks ago he made ribs for his parents, in laws, and of course himself.  On Easter Sunday he made them a Leg of Lamb.  He delivered these treats to them since they could not enjoy them together.  He says he's following the current rules to the best of his ability which has made him an expert at Zoom.    
Al Giammaria is a manager at Giant Eagle so he's one of the essential workers that's keeping us fed.  It's been challenging to say the least.  If you don't see something you want on the shelf it's not Al's fault. He says he's ordering 3500 cases of food a day and he's lucky to get 900 delivered.  We do appreciate the work that Al and his staff are doing.
Gary Catania, The Door Pro, is only doing service calls and minor installs.  He says nicer weather would make it a little easier for him to get through this.  It sounds like he is following a balanced diet of rigatoni, marinara, grated Romano, bourbon and a cigar.
We'd like to hear how you are staying busy during these challenging times.  If you would like to share please send your story to Jim D'Orazio at

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!

5/3    Vic Buzzelli

5/3    Tom DiCarro 

5/4    Mike Tuscan

5/6     Jerry Fana 

5/8     Gary Crimaldi

5/11   Tim DiCarro 

5/19   Rodney Strata Jr.

5/19   Philip Wenk 

5/20   Mike Durant 

5/27   Don Scoglietti 

5/29   Joe DeFranco

Upcoming Events:
Right now nothing going on but bocce and a golf outing may be announced soon.   We hope so but like everyone we don't know for sure.  As soon as we know, you'll know. 

  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:
Solon Italian Club  
PO Box 39602
Solon, Ohio 44139

Club Officers:
President:           Mike Rhea

Vice President:   Joe DiNardo

Treasurer:           Tom DiCarro

Secretary:           Dave Cosentino