Update Projects

Main hall renovations

· Changed the ceiling and wall lights in the main hall and white fans.

· The main hall, ladies washroom and stage was painted and the stage carpet was removed and installed new flooring.

· Renovations in the lady’s washroom. Painted and installing new sinks.

Projector and microphones replacements

· Replaced old projector, screen and two microphones. Colombo Basin Trust Initiative 2019 Grant partially paid for the upgrades.

Replace desktop, laptop and monitor

· Purchasing Dell Inspiron desktop, Dell Inspiron laptop, and Dell 27” monitor. Colombo Basin Trust Initiative 2020 Grant was approved in April.

Replace the fire escape stairs and door in the main hall

· The Building committee signed a contract with Hil Teck - Colombo Lodge Emergency exit door and fire escape stairs replacement.

· Big thank you to Tony Vecchio who did the plans for the stairs and signed off the drawings.

Hired Cover Architectural - Roland Perri is the Colombo contact.

We will be interested in hearing their suggestions, options and proposals for repairs and preservation of the Lodge’s building exterior considering:

· guidelines in the heritage consultant’s report

· photos of the Lodge’s building exterior

· costs for the various areas of work

Drawing review, code review research and architectural field review report has been completed by Cover Architectural.

Colombo Lodge update (April 20 th):

Renovations are taking place at the Lodge.

1. The Sorelle and Fratelli executives have joined together to contract the painting of the main hall, change the lighting and ceiling tiles. We thank the ladies for their financial support and providing the interior design.

If members want free lights or fans you can phone John Lattanzio at 250-231-7071. (Pictures attached)

2. The building project management committee has held two meetings using face time. We are reviewing the proposal to replace the doors and fire escape stairs. This project was approved on the Building Grant from the Columbia Basin Trust and the Heritage BC. We will have one more meeting to approve the contract.

Colombo Lodge, Trail B.C.
First Colombo President- Giovanni Ciuffatelli.
Bruno LeRose and Family
1905 Colombo Lodge
Santa Maria

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.

Ladies Events: ( Six months)


Tues.. Jan 21, Executive Meeting

Sun. Jan 26, Men's Curling/Dinner

Sun. Feb 2, Old and New Executive Luncheon (noon.)

Tues. Feb 11, General Meeting and Dinner Meeting

Thurs. Mar 5, Joint Executive Meeting (7 p.m.)

Thurs Mar 10, General Executive Meeting

Tues. Apr 14, General Meeting/Dinner (5:30 pm)

Tues. Apr 21, Executive Meeting

May 8 - 9 Silver City Days Bocce Classic

Fri May 9, Silver City Days Spagettata/Sidewalk Cafe

Tues May 12, General Meeting

Sun. May 24, Bocce/Barbeque (TBA)

Tues. June 9, General Meeting/Stawberry Social

Men's Events: (Six Months)


Wed. Jan 08, 2020 Installation

Wed. Jan 18, 2020 Old & New

Tues Jan 21 Executive Meeting

Sun Jan 26 Curling/Supper Meeting (Joint Curling & Dinner with Sorelle and Spouses)

Tues Feb 25 Executive Meeting

Sun Mar 01 Supper Meeting (Bring a Friend)

Sun Mar 05 Fratelli/Sorelle Executive meeting

Tues Mar 31 Executive Meeting

Sun Apr 05 Supper Meeting (Wine Tasting)

Sat Apr 18 Founder's Day Banquet

Tues Apr 28 Executive Meeting

Sun May 03 Supper Meeting/Family Dinner

May 07 - 09 Silver City Days Bocce Classic

Fri May 08 Silver City Days Spagettata

Tues May 26 Executive Meeting (Bring a Friend)

Thurs June 04 Golf and Steak FrySun June 14 Colombo Lodge/Safeway (East and West Kootenay Bocce Classic)

Sun June 14 Colombo Lodge/Safeway

(East and West Kootenay Bocce Classic

Tues. June 30 Executive Meeting

2020 Presidente Message - Alex Coutts

2020 Presidentessa Message - Elizabeth Burke

Happy New Year to you all and we have much to look forward to in 2020. I want to thank our Past Presidente of three years, Joe Parrilla for his many hours of work for the Lodge and membership. I know Joe will be there to help me in my first year as Presidente.

Leaving the Executive are Sergio Peloso and Tony Morelli. Both are long time executive members who have given many years of selfless commitment and service to the lodge. They will be missed at the executive table and it will be an opportunity for others to fill their shoes. On behalf of all the membership, a big thank you to both of you for all your hard work and dedication to the Lodge. We have a full executive except for the Vice Presidente position. Mauro Corazza is the new elected member to the Executive and we welcome him and his ideas. Outgoing Grand Marshal, Pat Zanier will be staying on the Executive as a Counsellor. His continued service, direction and expertise is much appreciated. I want to welcome back all the returning Executive members and I look forward to working with all of you.

This past year was another busy year with meetings, social activities, banquets, weddings and the continued upkeep of our beautiful lodge. A big thank you to the catering team who have provided amazing food for the many functions at the lodge. What is Italian culture without great food. Also, I want to thank all the members who helped us throughout last year.

Thanks to the thoughtful work of Fred Romano and Roland Perri, the Colombo Lodge successfully applied for two heritage grants through Heritage BC (Columbia Basin Trust) for the upkeep of our lodge. With these grants we completed, Heritage Conservation Plan document, rerouted the roof drain and piping in the Sorelle washroom, replaced 3 subsections of roof associated with the main Colombo Lodge building, and replaced furnaces in the Games Room, Main Hallway, Washrooms & Kitchen, and Basement. Air Conditioning was also in installed in the Games Room. The remaining grant projects will be completed this year.

The Sorelle are providing significant funds to refresh our main hall and washrooms and it is an opportunity for us to work together and build on our partnership in this coming year.

Our focus for 2020 is to engage the membership more in the Lodge`s activities and operations, complete the heritage projects and update the main hall and washrooms. Assisting and working on a project or function is a great way to meet and get to know other members and build our lodge community while having fun. Let’s all get more involved this year.

I am looking forward to my first year as Presidente, getting to know more of you, hearing your suggestions, working together for the betterment of the lodge, promoting the Italian culture heritage, and having fun.

Alex Coutts


Welcome to a new year for the Sorelle! I’d first like to thank the executive and membership for all their support and encouragement last year as I transitioned into the role of Presidentessa. I’m looking forward to the great things we will accomplish in 2020 and the fun events planned. The Colombo Lodge has been a part of my life since I was a child and it is important to me that our Italian heritage and traditions continue on. This year I hope to see more of you out supporting our club and I wish you all a happy and healthy 2020!

Liz Burke


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.

2020 Events Schedule

2020 Men's Event Schedule - Click for Details

2020 Ladies Event Schedule - Click for Details

Lodge Events:

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

2020 Men and Ladies Executives

2020 Mens Executive

Front (L:R)- Stats (Mauro) Corrazza, Ron Parisotto, Alex Coutts (Presidente), Joe Parrilla, Mario Antak, Pat Zanier.Middle (L:) Fred Romano, Winston Fayant, Roland Perri,Pat Zinio, Terry Hanik.Back (L:R) - John Lattanzio, Ken LeRose, Al Pasin, Tony Veltri. Missing: Trevor Allegretto, Ivo Toffolo, Steven Unti

2020 Ladies Executive

Front (L:R) - Christine Meschi, Louisa Mason, Belinda Hart, Elizabeth Burke (Presidentessa), Gail Rebelato, Norma Page.Back (L:R) - Roberta Pasquali, Sheron McLean, Nilla Mailey, Jenn Daust, Jaydeen Ashton, Olivia Berglund.Missing: Joan Allegretto, Sandy Calder, Allan Ferro, Anna Gabana


New and Old and Past Presidents

Front (l:r) - Oreste Unti, Joe Parrilla, Pat Zanier, Alex Coutts (Presidente), Bruce LeRose, Brian LeRose
Middle: (l:r) - Winston Fayant, Tony Morelli, Sergio Peloso, Larry Martin, Sergio Bedin, Denis Merlo, Dennis Bedin, Mario Berno, Ron Parisotto, Mike Mondin, Terry Hanik, Mauro Corraza,
Back (l:r) - John Lattanzio , Pat Zinio, Grant Lenarduzzi, Trevor Alllegretto, Eric Dalla Lana, Ken LeRose, Fred Romano, Steven Unti

Past Presidents

Front (l:r) - Joe Parrilla, Pat Zanier, Alex Coutts, Bruce LeRose, Brian Volpatti
Back (l:r) - Grant Lenarduzzi, Larry Martin, Denis Merlo, Dennis Bedin, Mario Berno, Eric Della Lana, Ron Parisotto, Mike Mondin

Tony Morelli, Fred Romano, Oreste Unti, Luigi Bedin

Mike Mondin, Mauro Corraza, Ken LeRose, Denis Merlo, Ron Parisotto

Roast Beef Dinner

Luigi Bedin, Tony Morelli, Trevor Allegretto, Ken LeRose

The Cooks

John Lattanzio, Sergio Peloso, Rick Georgetti