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  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:43 PM | Patricia Kerr (Administrator)

    It was a full house at The Club last night to honor Renato Berzolla as our 30th Columbus Day Honoree. If you missed out on the action, check out the article below. Thanks, Leslie!

    Familiar Faces at SOLD OUT Columbus Day Dinner

  • Friday, January 20, 2017 9:27 PM | Patricia Kerr (Administrator)

    http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/St-Lawrence-Society-celebrates-Trump-s-10872914.php

    GREENWICH — The celebration over the inauguration of new PresidentDonald Trump wasn’t limited to Washington D.C.

    On Friday night, Greenwich residents were ready to party.

    A crowd of 65 had reserved a spot at the St. Lawrence Club in Cos Cob for a celebration of the new president. Red, white and blue bunting was up, lawn signs for Trump were on proud display and Fox News played on TV.

    A cardboard cutout of the new president had pride of place to partygoers, who were treated to a dinner of prime rib and special patriotic cocktails.

    “It is amazing that Donald Trump won, and now we get to officially celebrate his win,” Linda Moshier, a longtime Greenwich Republican and volunteer at the club, said as she worked the door. “We celebrated a lot on Election Day, but tonight we are celebrating him finally being president. It’s wonderful to have so many people here. We have a wonderful group, and they all love to have a good time.”

    The inauguration party was the brainchild of Fred DeCaro III. The town’s Republican registrar of voters and passionate fan of former President Ronald Reagan said he has been watching inaugurations from both parties for decades, ever since he has been politically active, because “every American should be witnessing history.”

    “I thought it was important that we get together and celebrate,” DeCaro said. “I’m really glad we could make this come to fruition.

    “For me, there’s a real sense of optimism and excitement,” he said. “Now the time for talk is over, and it’s important now that he take some action to improve aspects of the country.”

    Selectman John Toner stopped by, as did Tony DeVita, wearing his official Trump “Make America Great Again” baseball cap.

    “Trump is my man,” DeVita said. “For the last year and a half, I’ve been praying for him to win. ... I wanted him in because he’s never been a politician. He was in construction. That means he’s honest. We need new blood. We need honest people in Washington.”

    St. Lawrence Society President Tod Laudonia said the party was meant to be fun for the whole community. The 95-year-old society has become more of a community organization in recent years. Last December, it formally changed its bylaws to eliminate requirements that members be Italian and Catholic.

    “Everybody’s happy to be here because everyone is always looking for a party, and we like having fun here in Cos Cob,” Laudonia said. “It’s great to have a change of administration too. So we’re celebrating.”



  • Monday, October 10, 2016 9:00 AM | Patricia Kerr (Administrator)

    http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Greenwich-celebrates-Columbus-Day-with-9960932.php

    GREENWICH — Columbus Day was marked Monday with a salute to the Italian flag outside of Town Hall by the St. Lawrence Society and the larger contributions of Italian immigrants to the town.

    “This day is full of memories for us all, but most thoughts point to the hard work of our parents and our grandparents,” St. Lawrence Society PresidentTod Laudonia said, as he led the ceremonial flag raising.

    “Those are the people who worked hard. They were not concerned with self-fulfillment, only working toward a greater good: their families and the community that they lived in,” he said.

    The annual event is in its 29th year. Laudonia said the Italian flag was raised, to stand a partner with the American flag outside of Town Hall.

    “It’s a symbol of our ancestors’ love for their newfound country,” Laudonia said. “They worked together to move our country further.”

    A crowd of close to 50 turned out for the event despite windy, chilly weather. On hand were First Selectman Peter Tesei; U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, a town resident; and State Reps. Livvy FlorenMichael Bocchino and Fred Camillo.

    As tradition of the annual Columbus Day event is to honor a notable Italian American resident of Greenwich. Several of the past honorees were part of the crowd on Monday morning outside Town Hall.

    Greenwich native Sam Romeo, a small business owner, radio host, volunteer and chairman of the town Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, was honored this year at the flag raising and at a dinner at the St. Lawrence ClubMonday night.

    Romeo, a volunteer for town organizations for decades, was credited for his contributions to Greenwich. Tesei proclaimed Oct. 10, 2016, as Sam Romeo Day in town.

    “It’s been a really rewarding life in Greenwich,” Romeo told the applauding crowd. “I’m so fortunate that my grandparents moved here to Greenwich in the early 1900s. Serving here in volunteer positions has fulfilled me in ways I can’t truly express to all of you. I have a wonderful family, great friends and I grew up in the best community in the United States.”

    Laudonia called Romeo “a shining example” of the philosophy of their ancestors, who came to America and became part of moving the country forward through hard work. He called Romeo, who was unanimously chosen by the St. Lawrence Society’s board for the honor, a “doer and a thinker” and praised him for working behind the scenes in helping his fellow residents.

    Romeo and Laudonia raised the flag together.

    The honoree said he was humbled to be honored in front of his family and friends. He said he had never known how many lives he touched until he saw people come out for the event.

    Tesei joked that the proclamation, which detailed Romeo’s contributions to The Nathaniel Witherell, Parsonage Cottage,North Mianus School and other community organizations, was put together for those who didn’t know his background. After the ceremony, Tesei said Romeo personified the volunteer spirit that is such an important part of Greenwich.

    “This is a very due honor,” Tesei said. “Sam has given decades of his time to the town for its betterment and I think it’s appropriate as an Italian American that St. Lawrence honors him in this way. It’s a fine tribute to a good man.”

    Public service has been an important part of life, including decades on the Representative Town Meeting, Romeo said.

    “It’s a love of the town and a love of people,” Romeo said. “I like people and I like helping people, especially those who are less fortunate than I have been. I’ve got some helping hands along the way growing up in this town and I’ve never forgotten that. It’s my way of giving back to the community and helping others. I know how much it means to get just a little boost from somebody who can do something for them.”

    Laudonia was part of a group of Greenwich residents who traveled over the summer to the town’s sister city, Rose, Italy. Many of the Italian immigrants who came to Greenwich came from Rose, he said.

    “The differences that exist between our two cultures became obvious to me in Italy, but the other thing that became obvious is the respect we have for each other,” Laudonia said. “We all need to continue to remember the sacrifices our ancestors made coming here to America and assimilating into our society.”

    Tesei also remarked on that history, saying the work of their ancestors in building so much of the town was a great source of pride to him and other Italian Americans in town.

    “It’s wonderful to be able to take out one day of the year to recognize those contributions and the sacrifices they made,” Tesei said. “We have a great town that we hope to leave to the next generation.”

    Laudonia said that as the St. Lawrence Society looks for new members and expands its reach in the community, it’s important to keep traditions like the flag raising and tribute dinner alive.

    “The only way people will remember what happened in the past is if you continue traditions,” Laudonia said. “This is a tradition that’s very important to us, particularly as we try to bring in new peopl,e and I’m happy to say my daughter is one of those new people. It’s always exciting to do this. I see some new faces in the crowd this year, and that’s wonderful.”


  • Sunday, August 21, 2016 5:57 PM | Kristen Laudonia (Administrator)

    We welcomed quite a few members and their guests for our Annual St. Lawrence Feast Dinner! Check out an article about the evening by clicking the link below. As always, a huge thank you to Leslie for covering our event!

    Click to read the article about our Annual St. Lawrence Feast Dinner.

  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 11:21 AM | Kristen Laudonia (Administrator)

    We had an awesome night full of fried fish and fond memories! Click the link below to read Leslie's article on GrenwichFreePress.com.

    Greenwich Relives Clam Box Years at St. Lawrence Club Belly Burster Dinner

  • Thursday, July 07, 2016 12:37 PM | Kristen Laudonia (Administrator)

    We are looking forward to seeing everyone Friday night for our next Nostalgia Night Dinner: Remember the Clam Box! If you are wondering about the history behind this town landmark and restaurant, check out Leslie's article on GreenwichFreePress.com. 

    Click here to read "Relive the Belly Burster"!

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:33 PM | Kristen Laudonia (Administrator)

    We had a visit from our friend Leslie Yager last night. She was able to capture some amazing photos and video from Remember Manero's Night! A huge thank you to Leslie and everyone who helped make the night a success.

    Click here to read about Manero's Night!

  • Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:30 PM | Kristen Laudonia (Administrator)

    We were recently featured in an article at GreenwichFreePress.com. Click the link below to access the article.

    Click HERE to read the article about The Club at GreenwichFreePress.com!

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2015 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    St. Lawrence Society will be honoring local Greenwich veteran Mr. Samuel T. Telerico at this year's Columbus Day celebration!

    Join us on Monday, October 12th for dinner and cocktails at the Club. See details and reserve your tickets on our Events page.

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