Benvenuto a The Dolly Sinatra Lodge !!!
In Beautiful Palm Springs, California
Lodge # 2400, Order Sons of Italy in America
(September 26, 2012 through June 5, 2013 at our Lodge... Check calendar for schedule, hours, and prices)
Lodge Address: 1700 E. Sahara Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Palm Springs, CA 92263
Clubhouse Phone: 1-760-416-3184
Questions or Suggestions? firstname.lastname@example.org
President: Joseph LaPorta
Vice President: Pete Potente
Past President: Carmela Cotugno
Financial Secretary: Lori Harvey
Recording Secretary: Julia An D'Elia
Treasurer: Bunny Peterson
Orator: Renee Troiano
Trustees: Robert Cotugno
Sergeant-at-Arms: John "Jack" Brennan
Master of Ceremonies (open)
Mistress of Ceremonies (open)
Historian Marion Sivilglia
Herald Frankie Manone
The Order Sons of Italy in America is a national organization of men and women who represent the estimated 26 million Americans of Italian heritage, dedicated to promoting our culture, our traditions, our language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our contributions to the U.S. and the world. We are sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers. We are corporate executives and we are union members...young students and retirees...teachers and attorneys...doctors and firefighters...bakers and Wall Street brokers...and everything in between. We are philanthropists and we are model global citizens with purpose beyond ourselves. And we are proud and patriotic Americans of Italian heritage. We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American.
A note from our President, Joseph LaPorta...
Welcome to the website of the Dolly Sinatra Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America! Feel free to take a look around, find out more about the Lodge and its activities, and perhaps learn something new about Italian-American culture, food, and history. The Lodge welcomes folks of all backgrounds (everybody is Italian when they smile!) and invites all of you to come visit us at our Wednesday Night Pasta Socials or any of our other events, activities, and programs. We’re always on the lookout for new members to join the Lodge and share in the fun, so please don’t hesitate to give me a shout if you’d like more information or just want to say hi…
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
(you can always reach me at email@example.com or at 1-760-416-3184)
(see Calendar for more details)
Put a little BadaBing!! into your Wednesday nights and join us for our regular weekly pasta social, which is always open to the public. Enjoy good food, good company, and a good way to get past hump day. No-host bar at the Lodge opens at 5:00pm, dinner service begins at 6:00pm. Just $9 for adults ($12 for celebrity chef nights), $5 for kids. Every Wednesday beginning September 26, 2012 through June 5, 2013. Proceeds help support Lodge activities. (NOTE: Closed during some holiday weeks...check calendar listings for details)
3:53 PM, Mar. 21, 2012 |
Special to MyDesert
I was recently invited to be a dinner guest at the Dolly Sinatra Lodge in Palm Springs.
Being a bona fide Italian, I fit right in.
When it was founded in l977 it was called The Palm Springs Lodge. But as a tribute to Dolly Sinatra's untiring charity work in the Palm Springs area and for sharing her only son, Francis Albert, with music lovers all over the world, the name was changed with the approval of the Supreme Lodge Order Sons of Italy.
The Lodge is really a house. That's where a $9 dinner is served every at 5 Wednesday to anyone who wants to come. It's always the same dinner, starting with appetizers and homemade soup. Then spaghetti and meatballs in sauce. Italian salad. Garlic bread. Dessert. Coffee. And, of course, wine, and other beverages. The night I was there we were serenaded by a gentleman who played the accordion as well as he sang.
“The Dolly Sinatra Lodge,” president Joe LaPorta, said “is dedicated to the enhancement of our Italian-American heritage and culture. We're also committed to helping the needy, and to awarding scholarships to students from our local high schools. This June, four students will receive scholarships.”
The Lodge, which operates on a volunteer basis, has also honored such performers as Sonny Bono, Keely Smith, Jerry Vale and Herb Jeffries. Most recently it honored retired colonel Jack Brennan who was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism while commanding the artillery in Khe Sahn, Vietnam and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during that battle.
After Richard Nixon was elected president in 1968, Brennan was selected to be a presidential aide, and became the first person to have the title of Marine Corps Aide to the President. After Nixon's resignation, at Nixon's request, Brennan resigned from active duty in the Marine Corps and became Nixon's chief of staff. In the 2009 movie, “Frost/Nixon,” he was portrayed by Kevin Bacon.
Brennan divides his time between Cathedral City and Little Compton, R.I.
I asked him how he happened to come upon the Dolly Sinatra Lodge. “My dad was Irish, but my mother was Italian,” Brennan said, “so I grew up on good Italian food. When I was looking for a place to get a really good Italian meal around here, I came across a house with a sign that said the Dolly Sinatra Lodge. Well, that sure sounded Italian to me, so I went in — that was in 1995 — and I've been coming back ever since.”
Coming back to the Dolly Sinatra Lodge is what a lot of people do. People who want a good Italian dinner. People like me.
John Annarino is a Sun City Palm Desert resident. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1905, the Order Sons of Italy in America has more than 60,000 members in over 650 Local Lodges and 60 Grand (State or Regional) Lodges. The local lodge in the Palm Springs area is the Dolly Sinatra Lodge #2400. The Order of Sons of Italy in America, its Grand Lodges, and its Local Lodges are non-profit fraternal organizations dedicated to charitable activities in combined and local endeavors.
The local lodge in Palm Springs received its charter from the Supreme Lodge Order of Sons of Italy in America on the 1st day of May 1977. The charter members authorized to constitute a regular subordinate lodge in the Coachella Valley were Mr. Mark Carnevale, Mr. Emanuel Stillino, Mr. Salvatore DiBenedetto, Mr. James Nicholos, and Mr. Alan Livreri. From those humble beginnings the lodge has grown in membership, momentum in community service, and charitable contributions.
Originally the lodge was known as “Palm Springs Lodge #2400” but shortly before it opened, a tragic airplane crash had taken the life of Mrs. Natalie "Dolly" Sinatra, the mother of world famous entertainer Mr. Frank Sinatra. Mrs. Sinatra had been a fixture in the Coachella Valley for quite some time, spearheading a number of charitable efforts in the area, including ones for her beloved St. Louis Catholic Church in Cathedral City. In 1984, Mr. Anthony "Tony"Riccio, noted Palm Springs entrepreneur and a very dear and trusted friend of Mr. Sinatra, was president of the lodge. Through Mr. Riccio’s efforts and his friendship with Mr. Sinatra, the lodge received authorization from Mr. Sinatra to change its name to the “Dolly Sinatra Lodge #2400” to honor the memory of his mother who had done so much for the people of the greater Palm Springs area. On the 9th day of April 1984, the Supreme Lodge Order of Sons of Italy in America approved, sealed, and issued a revised charter with the name change.
Over the years, the members of this lodge have expanded their commitment to help others in our society by donating time and money to various charitable organizations including the Mizell Senior Center, the Desert Blind and Handicapped Foundation, and the Palm Springs Stroke Center. They also work diligently to fund the Lodge’s own college scholarship program for graduating high school students in local schools.
The Dolly Sinatra Lodge #2400 is dedicated to keeping Italian-American heritage and culture alive in America, and in the Coachella Valley in particular. The aggressive participation of its membership in community activities is enabling the Dolly Sinatra Lodge to become one of the leading lodges affiliated with the Grand Lodge of California, Order Sons of Italy in America.
Check out the photos from the Desert Arc's First Annual Italian Festival held in Rancho Mirage on Saturday, November 5, 2011. The Dolly Sinatra Lodge was well represented at the event by Carmela, Renee, Joe, and others who staffed our booth. See Photo Gallery for all the pictures...
Take a look at the photos from the 34th Anniversary Gala & Christmas Party held at the Palm Springs Hilton on December 4, 2011. See Photo Gallery for all the pictures...
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