Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro
The Lodge was founded by Agostino Streppone and was officially installed on August 25th 1923 as an affiliate of the Grand Lodge of New York of the Order Sons of Italy. We are particularly proud that Fiorello La Guardia traveled from New York City to Piermont to preside over the installation ceremony of our Lodge into the Order. The installation of the Lodge was marked by lenghty festivities including a long parade through the communities of Piermont and Sparkill. In an effort to promote brotherhood, the Lodge sponsored an annual feast. The "festa" as it became known throughout Rockland County was respectfully suspended during Worl War II.
Early in it's history, Loggia Giovanni da Verrazzano No. 1236 sponsored many programs including: citizenship classes, death benefits, affordable insurance programs, as well as funds for widows, orphaned children and the disabled. The Lodge now participates in the many programs sponsored by the Grand Lodge of New York Foundation such as contributing to Cooley's Anemia research, Alzheimer's research, the Gift of Sight, The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum and other charitable, veteran's and civic organizations in the greater Piermont area. The Lodge also works closely with the South Orangetown Central School District to promote the study of Italian and also sponsors a scholarship program for local high school graduates.
Among the distinguished members of the Piermont/Sparkill communities which served as Venerable (today President) were: Agostino Streppone, Baldasarro Savoia, Vincent D'Auria, Giovanni Mercurio, Salvatore Conigliaro, Frank Frustaci, Emil Gatti, Philip DiLorenzo, Nick D'Auria, Tony Orlando, Luciano Leone, Joe Stillo, Paul Oddo, Carlo Greco, Louis DiCasoli, Nicola Frustaci and the current President Rocco Trentinella.
For 88 years the Lodge has promoted the guiding principles, Liberty - Equality - Fraternity, of the Order Sons of Italy and as always advances the finest Italian traditions as patriotic Americans.
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