William Paca Lodge No. 1960

Mountain View, CA

Officers

President - Rosalia Margarit Vice President - Mike Ravizza

Treasurer - Lorraine McCutcheon Financial Secretary - Paula Chidichimo

Recording Secretary - Peggy Ludwico Bulletin Editor - Rose Marenco

Historian - Rose Marenco Orator - George Raveno

Mistresses of Ceremony - Jo Savelly and Jeanette Margarit

Trustees - Gloria Ravetto, Eugene Ludwico and Janet Pyne

Past President - Chaplain -

Guard - Hostess -

History of Our Lodge

William Paca Lodge No. 1960
Sons of Italy
Mountain View, CA
 
Formed through the efforts of John Battaglia, Ralph Ruoco and Joe DiBiase, the William Paca Lodge of the Sons of Italy was inaugurated on May 25, 1947.

Through the efforts of Peter, Rose and Ray Esposito, others were found who would be interested in forming a local lodge in Mountain View. The name selected for the lodge was WILLIAM PACA .. a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the Governor of Maryland. The Charter was signed by Ray Esposito, Charles Milani and Mary Bernardi on May 25, 1946, and the first meeting was held on June 9, 1947 at the I. F. E. S. Hall in Mountain View.

Although formed after WWII, four of its members had participated honorably in that world conflict: Pfc. Ray Zanella, recipient of the Bronze Star; Jack Bianco, holder of the Purple Heart; Joseph Cusimano, Bronze Star and Battle of the Bulge; and Attilio Zandona. Thirteen members were initiated immediately, and the Lodge kept growing from that point.

Initially, charitable contributions were made to the Red Cross, the Tuberculosis Crusade, and to all causes deemed worthy by the Grand Lodge or to needs caused by disasters. The William Paca Lodge sponsored a group of Girl Scouts every year, as well as a host of annual events (the annual picnic, the Christmas party and the annual Dinner-Dance Anniversary Celebration). The Lodge also participated in the financial support of the Grand Lodge Home.

Ever since its inception, the William Paca Lodge has been a very active and deciated group. Today, as we look back on the last fifty years, we would like to express our pride and gratitude to those before us who had the foresight and the patience to have found this worthy organization. To them and all members - past and present - we say, "Thank You".

PAST PRESIDENTS

  1947 - 1948 ................... Ray Esposito
  1949           .................... Charles Milani
  1950 - 1951 ................... Joe Figini
  1952           .................... Alberto DeBatte
  1953           ..................... Louis Petrolino
  1954           ..................... John Tedesco
  1955 - 1956 .................... Marco Marenco
  1957           ...................... Louis Petrolino
  1958 - 1960 ..................... Joseph Cusimano
  1961 - 1962 ..................... Angelo Licciardello
  1963 - 1970 ..................... Raymond Zanella
  1971 - 1977 ..................... Joseph Savone
  1978 - 1982 ..................... Ellen Del Poccettio
  1983 - 1988 .................... John Linda
  1989 - 1990 ..................... Mario Benedetti
  1991 - 1994 ..................... John Linda
  1995 - 1996 ..................... Aldo Ausano
  1997 - 1998 ..................... Joseph Cusimano
  1999 - 2003.5 .................. Rosalia Margarit (elected State Trustee)
  2003.5 - 2007 .................. Lou Riga
  2008 - Present ................. Rosalia Margarit


CHARTER MEMBERS
  OF THE 
 WILLIAM PACA LODGE, NO. 1960
   SONS OF ITALY
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA

RAY ESPOSITO                            PETER & ROSE ESPOSITO
GIULIO & MARY BERNARDI        ELMO BAZZANO
GLORIA DE RENZI                        LOUIS AND ALICE VECCHIONE
NEVA D'AMATO                              JOSEPHINE BENEVENTO
MILDRED MALIGERI                      NANCY MALIGERI