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."

January Club Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday January 31st at 6:30 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. 

The Solon Italian Club Webstore is live! 

     Please follow the link below to find a variety of Solon Italian Club logowear - from hats and hoodies to polos and pullovers plus a lot more! 

     Choose from many different color options and even decide between our traditional logo and the Club’s exclusive 50 year anniversary logo! 

Get your orders in quickly for the holidays as the Webstore won’t be open for long!

Solon Italian Club Webstore

     Greg Rodenfels from Knockout Branding will be at our meeting this evening, Wednesday November 29th, to help take orders for anyone having trouble navigating the Webstore. 

Everyday is a fashion show and the world is your runway - wear us proudly! 

- The Solon Italian Club Board -

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

Upcoming Events

Kid's Christmas Party

The day is drawing close. The Kids Christmas Party is just days away and we need to know if you are coming. Once again Al Giammaria will organize and host a wonderful afternoon for Club members kids (and grandkids) and their families. Sounds like he has some new things planned this year so it should be a blast. Please let Al know by this Sunday, December 3rd if you plan to attend. Let Al know today at 216~559-0386 or email him at Please let him know by this Sunday!


Festivities start at 1 and end by 4. Food will be served around 2:15. Kids and grandchildren up to 10 years old of members In good standing are invited. We're expecting a visit from a jolly old fat man in a red suit. Yes Santa is coming!


We are asking that you bring your own gift wrapped for each child with their full name age and  gender. We also need to know the total number of adults and kids that each family will bring. We will supply food and non-alcoholic drinks. Don't forget there will be a visit by Santa to present the gifts. If you can bring some kind of dessert to also be served. We will also have time to take photos with Santa.

What: Christmas Party for kids and grandkids of members in good standing.

When: December 10, 2023.

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Cost: Free but bring a wrapped present for your child with their name, age and gender. Nice if you could bring a desert as well.

How to register: Contact Al Giammaria at 216=559-0386 or

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

We welcome the next year's officers and Trustees. Last month Brett Neff was reelected President. Sam Merolla was reelected as Vice President. Ron Carbone and Phil Zito were elected as Trustees. Congratulations to all!

Ron and Phil are replacing Mark Cancasi and Anthony D'Angelo on the Board. We'd like to thank Mark and Anthony for their hard work. They did a great job.


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

Buon Compleanno!

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

12/4    Frank Bonsignore 

12/8    Gabriel Ricci-Braum 

12/9    Peter D’Attoma 

12/14  Louis Catania  

12/15  Nick Papa  

12/18  Joe Gambino 

12/21  Ray Dinallo  

12/25  Ron Ricca  

12/25  Chris Savelli 

12/25  Bob Yodice

12/26  Keith Welker 

12/31  Al Benedict, Jr. 

12/31  Bill Russo 

12/31  Mark Bertolone

Solon Times Prints Article Celebrating 50 Year Anniversary

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