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Saint Ambrogio Society is a social club located in Rockford, Illinois, USA.  It began as an Italian-American club only for those who migrated to America from the Ferentino region of Italy, but today it has grown to open it's doors to all peoples and cultures.  It's purpose is to bring together those interested in socializing, fellowship, music, laughter, and games while supporting various civic and charitable works to enrich the lives of it's members and the community.


Because the roots of the Club's past go deep to it's ITALIAN HERITAGE, it will continue to feature activities that educate and share popular Italian traditions with friends and family.  Events include Italian food, music, and Bocce (Italian lawn bowling), along with Tombola and raffles.  Many parties are held throughout the year to celebrate various events and holidays including the annual multi-day traditional Feast of Saint Ambrogio in mid August.


 Read FISH FRY REVIEW article as published in RRstar April 11, 2014.


** Upcoming Events **

  • Saturday December 20th - Laptop Computer Raffle (2in1 touchscreen Laptop/Tablet) following 1:00 pm drawing.
  • Sunday December 21st - Breakfast 8:00 - 11:00 am.
  • Wednesday December 24th - Christmas Eve Tom & Jerrys - 10:00 - 1:00.
  • Wednesday December 31th - New Years Eve Tom & Jerrys - 10:00 - 1:00.



** Club News **


In Memory of Rose Guzzardo Curry

Sam Sherman ObituaryNew news! (posted 12/16/14): Rose Guzzardo Curry passed away December 14, 2014 at the age of 91. Rose was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and played Bocce regularly with in the Women's League. See her obituary for more information.






In Memory of Richard "Richie" LoPiccolo

Sam Sherman ObituaryNew news! (posted 10/21/14): Clubmember Richard "Richie" LoPiccolo passed away October 19, 2014 at the age of 83. Richie was a well known member of the club who often attended most major club events. He also could be seen in the kitchen or out by the grill where he would demonstrate his cooking talents. Richie always had a good word for everyone he met both at the club and in his job at Gasparini and Oliveri Funeral Home. He will be missed by all. See his obituary for more information.



In Memory of Valentino "Val Eddy" DeCastris

Sam Sherman Obituary(posted 8/10/14): Clubmember Val DeCastris passed away August 4, 2014 at the age of 88. Val, who could be seen occasionally on the Bocce courts, was mostly noted for his extensive music career. He performed regionally, nationally and internationally and on many occasions here at the Saint Ambrogio club. See his obituary for much more information about Val.



New President Takes over Midterm 2014

(posted 1/13/14): A new election was held June 9th, 2014 to fill the postion of President. Louie LaBella is stepping down and will be replaced by George Mattis. Let's all welcome George to his new postion.


In Memory of Salvatore (Sam) Sherman

Sam Sherman Obituary(posted 4/28/14): Clubmember Sam Sherman passed away April 25, 2014 at the age of 87. Survivors include his wife Marie and brother Vince. Sam and his wife could often be seen near the bocce courts where they enjoyed the game and the people. See his obituary for more information about Sam.





Elections of Officers for 2014

(posted 1/13/14): Elections were held at the December and January Assembly Meetings for Club officers for 2014. Running unopposed for President was Louie LaBella, for Vice President Rick Terranova, for Treasurer Pete Giacomazzo, for Financial Secretary Don Gugliuzza, and for Recording Secretary Mark Gugliuzza (Councilor in 2013).

Two new Councilors ran unopposed - Frank Marconi, and Dan Pumilia. They will serve along with the current remaining Councilors Joe Caruana, Ed Erickson, Kevin Gugliuzza, and Ben Todaro. All officers were sworn in at the Assembly Meetings.

In Memory of Don Crosty

(posted 12/1/13): Clubmember Don Crosty passed away November 28, 2013 at the age of 81. Don could often be seen on the Bocce courts during Men's night and and at many tournaments. See his obituary for more information.




In Memory of Emil Borgetti

(posted 8/27/13): Clubmember Emil Borgetti passed away October 19, 2013 at the age of 88. See his obituary for more information.







In Memory of Thomas McLaughlin

(posted 8/20/13): Clubmember Thomas J. McLaughlin passed away August 14, 2013 at the age of 80. See his obituary for more information.





In Memory of Anetta Frisella

(posted 8/13/13): We are sorry to learn of the passing of Anetta "Lena" Frisella at the age of 91. Lena, along with her many friends and relatives was very active in club activities. See her obituary for more information.






In Memory of Amedeo Giorgi

(posted 5/18/13): Clubmember Amedeo Giorgi passed away in his home May 15th, 2013 at the age of 87. He was well known in the South Rockford Community where he was active in Labor Union activities, local Government, and the Church. See his obituary for more information.




In Memory of Eligio "Lee" Picchi

(posted 4/19/13): Clubmember Eligio "Lee" Picchi died Thursday April 18, 2013 after a long illness. He was 95 years of age. Eligio's roots can be traced back to Ferentino, Italy. His family has been part of the club since the very beginning. Pio Picchi was a charter member in 1918 and brother Porfi Picchi was a club past president in 1949. Eligio then served as club president for eight separate years from 1961 through 1977. Read his obituary for more details.




In Memory of Anthony "Buddy" Branca

(posted 2/9/13): Club member Anthony "Buddy" Branca died at 94 on February 7, 2013. Buddy was the son of Frank Branca who, along with other Branca family members, were charter members of the club as it began in 1918. He served as president in 1962. See his obituary for more details.


In Memory of Rose Corirossi

(posted 1/25/13): We are sorry to learn of the passing of Rose Corirossi, the Mother of well known club member Bob "Corky" Corirossi. Rose died January 24, 2013 at age 93 just three days short of her 94th birthday. Rose was a member of the Ladies Auxililary and in years past could often be seen at the club watching Bocce. She had a happy disposition always with a simile on her face. Folks remember her cutting the green peppers at the St. Ambrogio Festa. See her obituary for more information.



In Memory of Lucy Ann Reiff

(posted 1/1/13): Past member Lucy Ann Reiff died at 83 on December 27, 2012. Many people knew Lucy best for her years of waitressing at the club and at Maria's restaurant. See her obituary for more details.





Note: News articles from previous years can be found in the newsletter archives - see the archive table.



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