ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA – Mercer County Lodge 2799
General Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2011
The General Meeting of the OSIA Mercer County Lodge was
called to order at 7:08 PM on 11/8/10 at the Hamilton Library.
Present: Maria Ferris – Recording
Secretary, Cynthia Genovese – Treasurer, Janet Parrotta – Trustee,
Donna-Maria Ratico – Trustee, John Ratico – Trustee
John Ratico, Sr. was in attendance.
Al emailed his agenda to board members to follow as he was
unable to attend this meeting as was Marc.
The minutes from the 11/8/10 and 12/5/10 General Meeting were
B. Open Business
It was decided that the March General Meeting will be
held at the Dorothea House on March 20th at 3:00 PM. The meeting
will be in conjunction with an Italian movie. There may be another group
there as well. This group attends regularly to watch movies at the Dorothea
House. The February movie at the House was cancelled. Cindy will confirm the
details with Anna, who is the main contact with Dorothea House, and let me
know so that I can cancel the room at the library reserved for March 14th. The March 20th meeting will be
publicized on the website, Facebook page and mentioned during the “call
campaign” (see below).
Al emailed the membership list of old and new members
to the board for the purpose of initiating a “call campaign.” The purpose is
to try to get members who haven’t renewed membership to do so and tell them
able the 3/20/11 meeting. The list was divided between Cindy and Donna-Maria.
Donna-Maria knew many of the names. Janet was willing to take some of the
list but due to her upcoming trip couldn’t begin immediately. I (Maria) told
the board I would not be making calls so Cindy and Donna-Maria volunteered to
begin making calls soon.
It was suggested that “Mercer County” be removed from
the name of our lodge and replaced with another name following “OSIA.” The
board was asked to come up with some suggestions. Perhaps those living
outside of Mercer County would be more interested in joining a lodge they
felt was not limited to Mercer County residents. The State lodge needs to be
consulted about rules involved in changing a lodge’s name.
The amount of the dues needs to be finalized as some
feel seniors should be offered a discount. Notices need to go out to members.
Membership forms come from the state.
Having the picnic will depend on how many members are
in our lodge.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:43 PM and was followed by
coffee and dessert.
Minutes submitted by: Maria