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A day of their own

R’dam Sons of Italy to host traditional Italian celebration honoring women

Rotterdam Sons of Italy Lodge President Louis Fazzone gives a yellow mimosa flower to his wife, Antonietta, during last year’s “La Festa della Donna” celebration, which honors female lodge members.

Rotterdam Sons of Italy Lodge President Louis Fazzone gives a yellow mimosa flower to his wife, Antonietta, during last year’s “La Festa della Donna” celebration, which honors female lodge members. Submitted photo

— “They used it to woo the women,” Scalise said of how the celebration started in Italy.

The dinner menu men will be cooking up includes antipasto salad, pasta primavera, tortellini alfredo, chicken cordon bleu, potatoes, vegetables, coffee and a dessert. Fazzone said the day is similar to Valentine’s Day, but holds a different meaning.

“We try to preserve the traditions of our ancestors, so if they do it over there we want to do it over here,” Fazzone said.

The guest speaker at the event is usually a successful female community member. Zahn was chosen this year to be the speaker due to her professional accomplishments and active role in the community.

Fazzone said he likes having an opportunity to honor the female club members and show appreciation for their accomplishments.

“These women have been very dedicated as club members and have accomplished a lot,” said Scalise.

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