President's Message

Jon Taormina

Luglio, 2024

SOS Family-

Yet another great guest night was had by all that attended. The ribs were incredible. Mark definitely has the sequence to get those ribs tender. Thank you to our barbequers. Thank you to the bartenders, cooks, servers, front table and rafflers. We had a great turnout and hopefully will get some more members. Dessert was provided by Paul Battaglia and Frank LaDucca. This was done to honor Paul, Frank, Don Tallerico, and my Dad Joe Taormina for their 80th birthdays. These guys have been running around together since grade school.

Our July 1st meeting is going to be a family / scholarship award night. Please invite friends and family (basically anybody that wants to have a great meal and fun time). We ask that you call Mike to let him know how many people will be attending so we can plan the correct amount of food. Please call Mike (408-972-4986) by June 26th. We will be handing out our scholarships to all the high school graduates that applied. This is a great night to see the fruits of our labor. As you all know the Scholarship is funded by all the hard work from our members at our events.

I am excited to announce that we will be having our annual family Picnic this year on July 14th. As we discussed we needed to sell over 200 tickets to make this event happen. So far we have sold almost 300 tickets and people are still purchasing. As a reminder the cost of a ticket is $25 per adult, $12 for under 12 years old, and free if 5 years old or under. Tickets are selling fast. Please call Mike (408-972-4986) for your tickets.

I would like thank Bob Scaletta, Mike Maltese, and Al Mistretta for all the incredible work they put in for our Annual Golf Tournament. We had 142 golfers who had a wonderful time. Thank you to the sponsors that invested money in the Tournament as well.

Festival Season is almost upon us. The SOS is participating in two Italian Festivals this year. These festivals will result in some money for the club. Put the following dates on your calendar:

August 3rd and 4th - Italian Family Festa at Kelley Park
October 5th and 6th - Little Italy Festival at Little Italy
(You are reading that correctly; it is a two-day festival this year)

Thank you to the Palermo Brothers for stepping up to run our sausage and ravioli booths. We will be looking for volunteers to staff the booths. Please reach out to Ron (408-425-8172) and/ or Craig Palermo (408-690-5339) if you would like to help.


Auito Foundation Update

I am very excited to update the club on the status of the Auto Foundation, which is the nonprofit charitable organization funded by the Sons of Sicily. We have a new sense of positivity and momentum after adding some quality members to the Board and eliminating some of the negative influences of our past.

This year we will have given away approximately $15,000 to deserving High school graduates going on to higher education. You should receive your Sons of Sicily dues letters in the mail very soon. Please take some time and consider donating to the Auito Foundation. This money will be used to fund our scholarships. Thank you for your time.

Jon Taormina

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