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It was in a spirit of mutual assistance that a number of a group of Italians organized with in the Village in November of 1904. Then as now Members of the organization assist one another in every imaginable way. 

SMS Auxilliary

News From The Auxiliary

There have been regularly scheduled meetings held each month. Membership is growing and we are currently working on updating our by-laws to be voted on later in the spring.

For 2014 we have many activities planned and to plan which include:

Officers’ Dinner slated for January 23rd

Tureen Supper and Blind Auction slated for February 5th

Lenten Dinner Volunteers for Ash Wednesday (March 5th) and

Fish Fry Fridays during Lent

A Seneca Falls Bunco Night (at the community center) for Pathway House slated for March 19

June Banquet (Location to be determined) slated for June 4th

Christmas Banquet (Location to be determined) slated for December 3rd

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
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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:

Adriene Emmo, President

Lyn Bove, Vice President

Treasurer, Rose Giovannini

Financial Secretary, Carolyn Hlywa

Recording Secretary, Paula Sposito


Maryann Agnello, Fran Barbieri, Caraleigh Battaglia, Philomena Cammuso and Patrice Giansante

Linda Moshier and Lucy Liberatore

Marylou Benassi and Elisa Faiola

Reachout Representative, Marylou Benassi
Photographer, Andrea DeVivi

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.

SMS Club of Seneca Falls, NY