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.
MARCH 3RD GENERAL MEETING - PRESENTATION WILL BE MADE ON APPLYING FOR TWO GRANTS.
Grant 1 - BUILT HERITAGE PROJECT SUMMARY
Project Purpose: To protect and preserve Colombo Lodge heritage assets by undertaking building and infrastructure upgrades concerning roofing, roof drainage, four furnace replacements, air conditioning for the Games Room, and emergency staircase replacement. These upgrades are essential not only for building preservation but also for protection of the Lodge’s valuable archival collections. The emergency staircase is a safety concern that must be addressed. Deadline – March 15, 2019.
Grant 2 - Professional Assessment of Colombo Lodge Heritage Assets
Project Purpose: To contract and engage a heritage professional to study and report on the preservation requirements for the Lodge’s valuable heritage assets - its building and archival collections. Deadline – March 8, 2019
Mon. Jan 21, Executive Meeting
Sun. Jan 27, Men's Curling/Dinner
Sun. Jan 27 Old and New Dinner (12:30 pm.)
Tues. Feb 12, General Meeting
Wed. Feb 13, CVL Tea Serving
Sun. Feb 17, Founder's Day Tea and Book/Bake Sale (2 pm)
Sun Mar 03, Joint Curling/Dinner
Thurs Mar 07, Fratelli/Sorelle Executive Meeting
Tues. Mar 13, General Meeting
Thurs. Jan 10, 2019 Installation
Thurs. Jan 17, 2018 Old & New
Tues Jan 29 Executive Meeting
Sun Feb 3 Supper Meeting (Bring a Friend)
Tues Feb 26 Executive Meeting
Sun Mar 03 Curling/Supper Meeting (Joint Curling & Dinner with Sorelle and Spouses)
Sun Mar 07 Fratelli/Sorelle Executive meeting
Tues Mar 26 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,