We are happy to welcome 2021, and put 2020 behind us. With the promise of the Covid 19 vaccine, we hope to reopen the Lodge in the near future. Until then, we are launching 2021 with a focus on community service. Realizing the limitations in place, we are planning to host monthly drives and events to support local charities and non-profit organizations. This is the most effective use of our time and talent.
The words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lay bare the truth: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?
A Place to Turn Food Drive
On Saturday, January 23, 2021, we held a contactless food drive to support A Place to Turn Food Pantry. The member and community response was overwhelming. On a freezing Saturday, a full team of members came out to retrieve donations from donor cars, another group accepted them at the front doors, and another team sorted and counted. We expertly loaded all of the food into a mini-van to be delivered on Monday morning. Our final tally was 500+ food donations, which translated into 715 lbs of food. The folks at A Place to Turn Food Pantry were delighted and so grateful for our efforts. Thank you to everyone for your time and donations. Unfortunately the need for food assistance will not be going away, so please consider another donation to the food pantry if you are able. Check out the A Place To Turn Natick website!
Pasta Night, Take-out, Curbside Pick-up was a huge success!
We are happy to share that our Pasta Night Take-out Curbside Pick-up was a huge success! We had amazing volunteers and enthusiastic patrons ready to welcome us back. Our reopening committee spent months preparing and planning our COVID prevention plan. In this situation, the words of Benjamin Franklin rang true; “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” We were prepared, and it made all the difference in our success.
Transitioning from an in-house, sit down restaurant business model to a curbside take-out model was the biggest challenge. Serving freshly cooked pasta versus having dinner prepared and ready to go was the major hurdle we had to overcome. The phrase, ‘timing is everything’, was the mantra every Wednesday night. Our customers and patrons were extremely gracious as we worked out the kinks and redesigned our processes, with safety protocols at the forefront of every decision. Our kitchen staff of Iole Coppellotti, Jim Ficco, Anthony Isgro, Ben Polagruto and Arthur Taddeo were steadfast, flexible, and committed to our success.
We welcomed many new patrons and accepted orders via phone and online. Our grand finale was on November 18, 2020, when we sold out dinner before 5 pm, serving 110 dinners. We were on time, well organized and fully staffed. Over 6 weeks, we served approximately 450 dinners, exceeding our goal of serving 50 dinners per week.
After so many months apart, it was truly a joy to serve together. We were fully staffed with volunteers every week, including student volunteers from Natick High School. Most importantly, everyone remained COVID safe and we exceeded all our goals. We will reassess our reopening strategy in 2021. Until then, Thank you and Merry Christmas. All the Best for a Happy and Healthy 2021!
Mobility/Accessibility Ramp Installed
On July 25, 2020, members Ed Rose, Arthur Taddeo, Tony Isgro and friends Steve Harris, Rick Burke, Paul Tota and Frank Orlando installed the new mobility ramp. This project reflects years of hard work and service by past and current members and will change our path for future members. This project has also been very personal, as long time members could no longer attend Lodge functions due to the lack of access. We are happy to welcome everyone back soon!
Thank you to Ed, Arthur and their volunteers for completing the installation. Thank you to our generous donors who made it all possible. We'd like to offer a special thank you to Mr. John Crisafulli, a longtime member of the Lodge, who passed away recently. Mr. Crisafulli donated funds to the project at the outset and had great faith and hope in the future of our Lodge. In recognition of this major milestone, we are planning a ribbon cutting celebration this fall.
We would like to extend a hall rental discount to all families who have lost loved ones during these challenging times. We understand the hardship imposed on families with social distancing rules in effect. We also recognize the difficult economic times many families are facing. Therefore, we are grateful to extend a hall rental discount to all families for Memorial Receptions in honor of their passed loved ones. We believe families will soon be able to embrace one another and begin the process of healing, together. We hope this gesture provides some solace to families who are grieving.
Please contact our function manager, Gretchen DeSantis, for more information. She is available to answer any questions. Gretchen can be reached at (508)-653-5619 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.