March 9, 2019 - Update: Submitted three grant applications - 1. Built Heritage Grant, 2. Heritage Museum and Archives Grant , and 3. Columbia Basin Trust Initiative Grant. Total of the three grants is approximately $ 215,000. Applying for the three grants were approved at our March 3rd general meeting. The final grant amounts will be presented at our next general meeting on April 7th.
Sun Apr 07 Supper Meeting (Wine Tasting)
Sat Apr 13 Founder's Day Banquet
Founders Day Banquet
April 13, 2019Honoring 40 Year Members**Everyone Welcome**
Dinner catered by: Incredible Edibles
· Bruschetta appetizer, Mixed Greens salad,· Presciutto wrapped, cheese stuffed chicken breast· oven gem potatoes and long grain and wild rice pilaf· green beans with sautéed mushroom and carrots with snow peas· Chocolate raspberry torte desert
· Refreshments @5:00 pm & Dinner @6:00 pm Entertainment- HY2 - 8 pm Members -$35.00 / personNon-Members -$40.00 / personPurchase Tickets by April 8th, 2019
Colombo Lodge Office (Mon & Thurs 7-8 pm) Mario Antak 250-368-8921,
Steven Unti 250-368-8590, Terry Hanik 250-364-1838, Alex Coutts 250-608-1356
2019 Curling Winners - Joe Guerico, Richard Faunt (skip), Lisa Mayer, Randy Colbachini
History of the Colombo Lodge
In 1905, a group of Italian-Canadians held a meeting and the idea of a fraternal lodge was formed. There were 32 men in the initial group. The president was Giovanni Ciuffatelli.
The name chosen by the Lodge was Societa Cristoforo Colombo di Mutuo Soccorso Italiana, Loggia #1, with Christopher Columbus chosen as their patron.
The Lodge followed the concept of "mutuo soccorso" or "mutual help". Although the membership was restricted to Italian families, there was never any intention to close ranks on the rest of the community. Many of its members became active and prominent in all aspects of community life. But the help they offered was directed toward its members and their families when they needed it. The disabled, those who couldn’t speak enough English to get by – these were the people who were willingly helped by the Lodge.
The membership grew rapidly. Their hall, which still stands today as a reminder of those formative years, was quickly becoming inadequate for the Lodge meetings and social gatherings which took place. In 1926, the Lodge decided it needed a new home. The main problem was money: the Lodge had never been a profit making organization. Shares worth $ 200 were printed, and the entire community went to work on the new project. In November 1927 the Colombo Hall was officially opened.
It was around this time that the many problems that led to the Lodge’s formation began to disappear. A large part of the Italian community had now become well established in the English-speaking society and at the same time there were many improvements in the working conditions and fringe benefits for the working man on “The Hill”. Even the misery of the depression years was felt much less in the Trail area than in other parts of the country.
By the mid-1930’s, the Lodge membership was beginning to look at the community at large in terms of its programs and projects. Bruno LeRose, mayor of Trail, and a very active member and past-president of the Lodge, helped steer the members into community projects. The famous Lodge band, featured in many cultural events, not only in Trail but in many communities throughout the Kootenays. The Lodge built a replica of the “Santa Maria”, Columbus’s sailing ship, and entered it in parades.
As the need for benevolent activity decreased in the community, the Lodge turned its attention to other areas. It was disturbing to the older generations that many of these young men were growing up without a true understanding of the traditions, the heritage, the culture and even the language of the ancestral land. Gradually, the Lodge started moving toward becoming primarily a centre for Italian tradition.
An Italian language drama club was very active, and a highlight was a full scale production of “Othello” which played to an appreciative audience of 500 in the hall. Many prominent Canadians were invited to come in and speak to the membership. Fiestas took place and the choirs and bands kept busy. The non-Italian citizens of the community were often afforded the opportunity of tasting the traditional Italian cuisine and culture.
Today the Colombo Lodge is thriving. The big hall upstairs is the scene of 80 to 85 major functions a year, while the small hall has been transformed into a museum and archives. The Lodge itself is open to its members every day and there are regular meetings.
Because the membership is now third and even fourth generation Canadians, meetings are mainly in English, and the accent today is on youth. The Lodge does not accept members under 18 years of age, but it tries to make its programs and activities interesting to the young members of the community.
With such an attitude toward the future, and a tradition of service to its members and to the wider community of a long and bright future.
Tues. Apr 09, General Meeting/Dinner (5:30 pm)
Wed. Apr 17, CVL Tea Serving
Wed. Apr 24, Executive Meeting
May 10 - 11 Silver City Days Bocce Classic
Tues. May 08, General Meeting
Fri May 11, Silver City Days Spagettata/Sidewalk Cafe
Tues May 15, CVL Tea Serving
Sun. May 26, Bocce/Barbeque (TBA)
Tues. June 11, General Meeting/Stawberry Social
Wed. June 19, CVL Tea Serving
Tues Mar 26 Executive Meeting
Sun Apr 07 Supper Meeting (Wine Tasting)
Sat Apr 13 Founder's Day Banquet
Tues Apr 30 Executive Meeting
Sun May 05 Supper Meeting
May 09 - 11 Silver City Days Bocce Classic
Fri May 10 Silver City Days Spagettata
Tues May 28 Executive Meeting
Sun June 02 Supper Meeting/Family Dinner
Thurs June 06 Golf and Steak Fry
Sun June 09 Colombo Lodge/Safeway
(East and West Kootenay Bocce Classic)
Tues June 25 Executive Meeting
Presidente Joe Parrilla - 2019 Message
Prosperoso Anno Nuovo a tutti voi; a prosperous New Year to you all.
We have another full calendar of events scheduled for 2019. We start the year with
(Bring a Friend) to our February 3rd Supper Meeting, then on Sunday March 3rd our annual Joint Sorelle /Fratelli Curling Bonspiel and Dinner (spouses and partners are most welcome. Please join us!)
Last fall we undertook the development of a new Policy and Procedures manual. Our goal is to have the manual completed and approved before June of this year. This manual will greatly assist new and current executive members.
We were not successful last year, in obtaining grant funding to upgrade our existing fire escapes. Our funding committee continues to seek out and apply for new grants, for building improvements, heating equipment, the archive room and exhibits. Thank you to Roland Perri and Fred Romano for their many hours invested in this endeavour.
A special thanks to our catering volunteers who have provided many years of selfless commitment and years of service to our lodge. Thank you - John Lattanzio. Rick Georgetti, Sergio Peloso, Al Pasin, Gord Gattafoni, Larry Martin and llva Corazza.
Leaving the executive: Rick Georgetti, (Rick held the position treasures for 10 years). Larry Martin (served as Vice President under Ron Parisotto’s administration and was President of the Lodge from 2011 to 2013. Larry has been on the executive for 14 years. Lino Moro has been on the executive for 6 years, as the Sorelle Liaison chairmen. Thank you Rick, Larry and Lino for your hard work and dedication to the Lodge. A special thanks to all the returning Executive members. Also, thank you to all the lodge members who helped us throughout the year
I look forward to serving my third year as Presidente of the Christoforo Colombo Lodge.
Please join me in celebrating our Italian culture and heritage.
Presidentessa Louisa Mason- 2019 Message
First of all, thank you for the honor of serving you as Presidentessa of the Sorelle Colombo. I do not take this position lightly and have a great respect for the office passed on to me and great respect for the Societa Sorelle Colombo. I am blessed to have such a wonderful executive on board and a great group of Sorelle in our membership which we cannot do without. Together many things can be accomplished for the betterment of the Lodge. Those of you who know me also know I like to have fun and fun will definitely be the theme for us this year, along with getting done what is required of us. We can do both. I encourage all the ladies to come out to our meetings whenever possible and the various events lined up. Wishing all of you a wonderful and blessed 2008.
Catering Document - open file to see the fulll document and video of hall setup.
Are you looking for a great location for a wedding, rehearsal dinner or a company party; or, for a family, social, corporate, or team building function? The Colombo Lodge has the hall for your event. Located in the Historic Gulch and next to the award-winning Piazza Colombo, we offer a unique setting with updated kitchen facilities and a large elegant hall. The hall and kitchen are rented separately and a list of caterers is provided for you to choose from, if you wish.
Bocce Champions - Each year the sports committee organizes a Bocce tournament at the Trail Curling Rink during the Silver City Days in Trail on Mother Days's Weekend. The major sponsor of the tournament is AM Ford..
Tippit Champions. The tipit tournament is another event that is held annually at the Tipit supper executive meeting. The tournament is held in honour of Renato Colbachini who loved to play tippit and always organized the tournament.
Curling Champions- One sporting event that has always been part of the Colombo Lodge is the annual curling bonspiel. It is a full day of fun starting with a continental breakfast at the Trail Curling rink. All teams play four games of curling of five ends. After two games there is a traditional Italian lunch break with cold cuts.. At the end of the event the teams all go back to the lodge for the monthly supper meeting. The best part of the event is that everyone also gets a prize. Everyone has a great time.
Golf Tournament - Held annually at the Birchbank Golf Course followed by a great steak fry at the Birchbank picnic grounds. Check the events schedule in the Document section and record it on your calender
2019 Old and New Executives
2019 Joint Executive Installation
Second Row (l:r) - Steven Unti, Pat Zinio, Al Pasin, Roland Perri, Ken LeRose Jr., Winston Fayant, Tony Veltri
Back (l:r) - Trevor Allegretto, John Lattanzio, Fred Romano
Missing - Ivo Toffolo, Pat Zanier,