EVENTS (Sept. to Nov.)

Sun Oct 06 Supper Meeting (Bring a Friend)

Sun Nov 03 Supper Meeting (Nominations & Tippits)

Sat Nov 9th - Columbus Family Banquet

Sun Nov 24 Children's Joint Xmas Party ( noon)

Tues Nov 26 Executive Meeting

The 1953 GULCH MAPS installed at the Piazza Colombo park.

Great news for the Colombo Lodge:

On behalf of the Columbia Basin Trust and Heritage BC, it is my pleasure to inform you that $200,000 for your project Preservation and Upgrades: Colombo Lodge Heritage Assets has been approved through the Built Heritage Grant program.This project was funded in part by the Columbia Basin Trust and Heritage BC through the Built Heritage Grants.Project Purpose: To protect and preserve Colombo Lodge heritage assets by undertaking building and infrastructure upgrades involving roofing, roof drainage, four old furnace replacements, Games Room air conditioning, emergency staircase replacement,and building exterior preservation.

On behalf of the Columbia Basin Trust and Heritage BC, it is my pleasure to inform you that your request for $7,485 for your project, Professional Assessment of Colombo Lodge Heritage Assets, has been approved through the Heritage, Museum and Archive grant program.
This project was funded in part by the Columbia Basin Trust and Heritage BC through the Built Heritage Grants.
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:

Tues. Sept 03, Executive Meeting

Tues. Sept 10, General Meeting Columbia Gardens Wine and Cheese

Wed. Sept 18, CVL Tea Serving

Tues. Oct 8, Mass of Remembrance General Meeting / Holy Trinity Church (6:00pm)

Wed. Oct 16, CVL Tea Serving

Sun. Oct 27, Harvest Banquet (5 pm)

Tues. Nov 12, General Meeting

Wed. Nov 13, CVL Tea Serving

Sun Nov 24, Children's Joint Xmas Party (Noon- 2:00 pm)

Tues. Dec 03, Executive Meeting/Potluck

Tues. Dec 10, General Meeting Christmas Social

Wed. Dec. 18, CVL Tea Serving

Tues Dec 31 New Year's Eve Cabaret


Tues. Jan 7, General Meeting

Fri. Jan 09, Installation (6 pm)

Men's Events:

Tues Aug 27 Executive Meeting

Sun Sept 15 Colombo Lodge/Colander Bocce

Tues Sept 24 Executive Meeting

Sun Oct 06 Supper Meeting (Bring a Friend)

Sat Oct 12 Columbus Banquet

Tues Oct 29 Executive Meeting

Sun Nov 03 Supper Meeting (Nominations & Tippits)

Thurs Nov 14 Xmas Tree Decorations

Sun Nov 24 Children's Joint Xmas Party ( noon)

Tues Nov 26 Executive Meeting

Sun Dec 01 Supper Meeting (4:30pm) (Family Christmas Dinner - 5:30pm) - Nominations Close

Thurs Dec 05 Executive Christmas Dinner (6:00 pm)

Tues Dec 31 New Year's Eve Cabaret

Thurs Jan 9, 2019 Installation

Thurs. Jan 16, 2019 New & Old

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.

Joseph Parrilla

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.

Louisa Mason


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.

2019 Events Schedule

2019 Men's Event Schedule - Click for Details

2019 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

2019 Old and New Executives

Luigi Bedin, Tony Morelli, Oreste Unti

Back (l:r) Grant Lenarduzzi, Brian Volpatti, Dennis Bedin, Denis Merlo, Mike Mondin Front (l:r) Larry Martin, Ron Parisotto, Presidente Joe Parrilla, Bruce LeRose . (Past Presidents)

Cooks - Larry Martin, Sergio Peloso, John Lattanzio

Past and Present Executive

2019 Joint Executive Installation

2019 Men's Executive
Front Row (l:r) - Terry Hanik, Sergio Peloso, Mario Antak, Ron Parisotto, Presidente Joe Parrilla, Alex Coutts, Tony Morelli
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,
2019 Ladies Executive
Front Row (l:r) – Ilva Corazza, Susan Faunt, Christine Meschi, Presidentessa Louisa Mason, Belinda Hart, Gail Rebelato, Kristine Forbes Brace Second Row (l:r) – Nilla Mailey, Franca Forbes, Stefanie Como, Joan Allegretto, Connie Parisotto, Sandy Calder, Patrice Lattanzio, Roberta Pasquale Missing – Elizabeth Burke, Rosanna Lattanzio, Olivia Berglund, Sheron McLean, Allana Ferro