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."

Getting Together

It's been too long since we've been together.  We are going to try it.  Of course we will be careful, practice social distancing and just be smart.  We hope you can make it but we understand if you decide it's not time yet. 

July Meeting.  We are going to hold the July meeting at the Pavilion at Grantwood.  We encourage you to wear a mask if you like and we will spread out.  The new officers and trustees will be inducted at the meeting. We will announce the Man of the Year as well.  It would be good to see you.  The details:

What:  July General Meeting

When:  July 29, 2020.  7:00 PM.

Where:  Grantwood Pavilion

The Golf Outing.  The Solon Italian Club Foundation is going to hold a golf outing this year!  

Please be aware that your spot in the outing is not guaranteed until Brett gets your check.  Info about where to send your payment is below.

 The feeling is to not make this a fund raiser but rather give Club members a chance to get together.  Grantwood is allowing two people per cart but the field still will be limited to 72 golfers.  Non-members are now allowed to play so put your foursome together now. It will be a fun day and a great chance for us to get together.  The day will happen as follows:    

 Friday July 31st at Grantwood Golf Course in Solon - 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. 
Limited to 72 golfers (so get your money in early!). 
Coffee, bagels, doughnuts for continental breakfast during registration which will begin at 7:00a.m.
Pizza available at lunch(provided at the turn as well as served on course by cart girls)
After golf is completed - Sausage sandwiches, beef on Weck and Tomato/Cucumber salad will be served in the pavilion(behind maintenance building)  
Watermelon will also be delivered after lunch by cart girls
Cost will be $85/golfer - payment will secure a spot in the outing.  To ensure a spot please send your payment made out toTheSolon Italian Club Foundation to  
Brett Neff  
8414 N. Boyden Road,  
Sagamore Hills Ohio 44067.   
We look forward to seeing you there.

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!

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

7/3      Raffaele Fruscella

7/6      Charles Indriolo, Jr.

7/7      Gary Catania

7/10    Thomas Pinizzotto
7/12    Jimmy LiPuma

7/13    Frank Finelli

7/23    Ron Carbone

7/23    Phil Carbone

7/23    Bob Perfetto

7/24    Donald Grassi

7/25    Don DeRoia, Sr.

7/28    Jeff Cardinal

7/31    Christian Garofalo

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:           Mike Rhea

Vice President:   Joe DiNardo

Treasurer:           Tom DiCarro

Secretary:           Dave Cosentino