SMS Auxilliary

News From The Auxiliary
The Auxiliary Officers’ Dinner was held on January 26 at Parker’s

  • Lenten Dinners Begin March 6
  • Annual Banquet June 5
  • Annual Picnic August 7
  • Annual Christmas Dinner December 4
  • Watch for upcoming news on tureen suppers and fundraisers

About SMS Auxilliary

The SMS Auxiliary is a 70+ member familial organization formed in 1931 to assist the SMS Lodge in their outreach to the Italian community. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7p.m. upstairs at the Lodge.

Before 1931, the women of the SMS joined the men’s organization, which had been founded in 1906. In April of 1931, the men proposed that the women form their own organization under the banner and rules of the men’s club. Thus, on June 11, 1931 the SMS Auxiliary was born. The first president was Olga Pioloi; Vice-President, Elsi Fornesi; Treasurer Giuseppina Tamburrino; and Secretary, Lidia Centra. The other original founding members were:

  • Carmela Angarola
  • Ambrosina Lorenzetti
  • Teresa Avveduti
  • Adele Nicandri
  • Christina Barbi
  • Rosalia Pitrella
  • Ricordina Barbi
  • Cesira Ricci
  • Imacolata Ceo Annunziata Scale
  • Maria Cologgi
  • Anna Sciabona
  • Lucia DiNatale
  • Clorinda Turri
  • America Franceschi
  • Gilda Turri
  • Adele Giovannini
  • Anna Vergamini
  • Teresa Giovannini
  • Luisa Zona
  • Maria Lamanna

The function of the auxiliary was to promote mutual aid for members, the men’s society and the community. During W.W. II the women rolled bandages, baked for wounded veterans, held dances and fundraisers for various causes. Today the women continue to be a major factor in the community and county. They work at the St. Anthony’s Festival; they give awards to the school for several projects, donate to the Catholic Church, Seneca Falls Historical Society and various other organizations. Today after 75 years the SMS Auxiliary is still going strong.

Today’s Officers are:

  • President, LuAnn Ryan
  • Vice President, Patrice Giansante
  • Treasurer, Rose Giovannini
  • Recording Secretary, Carolyn DiCesare
  • Financial Secretary, Carolyn Hlywa

Trustees:

  • MaryAnn Agnello
  • Jackie Bilancini
  • Diane Sinicropi
  • RoseMarie Perdicho
  • Heather Bonetti

Auditors:

  • Lucy Liberatore
  • Nicki Greer

Click here to download out Past Presidents List (Microsoft Word)

The SMS Auxiliary meets the first Wednesday of each month at the SMS Hall at 7:00 PM. Meetings are open to all members. If you are interested in joining the SMS Auxiliary- You must have a male relative in the SMS, they can be alive or deceased. Check with an Auxiliary member for an application.

For information on any of our programs
please call Adriene Emmo at 315 521 3461.