La Lupa Di Roma Lodge

Sons of Italy La Lupa Di Roma Lodge is open to women over the age of 18 years of age, who are of Italian descent or who are married to a man of Italian descent.    Members become a "sister" to a group of women who not only share the same culture, but also share a passion for helping others in our community.

Luisa Macchia, President, La Lupa di Roma Lodge: “How rewarding to participate with a group of like-minded women who enjoy working towards the betterment of our community. New members willing to work, as well as have fun, are most welcome.

International Women's Day and Donna dell’Anno Award

The Donna Dell’Anno Award is presented annually to a woman of distinction in the Italian community. The Clarion Hotel banquet hall was full on Sunday, March 3, 2019 as friends of La Lupa di Roma attended the 19th annual International Women’s Day celebration. The new Mistress of Ceremonies, Linda Romeo, opened the luncheon organized by the Lupa sisters and co-chaired by Caterina Bueti Sotiriadis and Christine Louizos.

The president, Luisa Macchia, welcomed everyone and congratulated all the award winners. The festivities were blessed by Father Sam Argenziano with the keynote speaker, Maralee Caruso, delivering an informative and heartwarming presentation of her “adventuresome” rise to the position of anchorwoman of the CTV Evening News.

The awards presented were another highlight of the event with Tonina Filippelli Fiorentino being awarded the prestigious award of Donna dell’anno for 2019. The attendees were charmed by her song to her mother Teresa on her 89th birthday.

This year’s recipient of the Galatea Award was Grazia Rutiglia and the  Lupa di Roma Scholarship was awarded to Nina Anastasio.  The luncheon concluded with door prizes, a 50/50 draw, a silent auction and the warm wish to “See you next year!”

Over the years the following women have received this award:

  • Mariella Di Santo - 2020
  • Tonina Fiorentino - 2019
  • Maria Rondinone- 2018
  • Stella Mazza – 2017
  • Cristina Campomanes – 2016
  • Adriana Lombardini – 2014
  • Alfina grande – 2013
  • Josie Audino – 2012
  • Silvana Catanese – 2011
  • Rosa Alecci -2010
  • Anna Dell’Acqua -2009
  • Angela Luverà – 2008
  • Rayleen DeLuca – 2007
  • Josie Lucidi -2006
  • Cristina Povoledo -2005

Coverage of the 2017 event from the Winnipeg Sun (click for larger image):

Picture galleries from past award luncheons:

Charity Work

Sons of Italy La Lupa Di Roma Lodge each year serves the community through various charitable contributions.  The Order raises money for charities and provides assistance to those in need.

Over the years we have donated to various charitable organizations such as:
  • 55+ Seniors Program at Centro Caboto
  • Breast Cancer
  • Camp Quality Manitoba
  • Centro Caboto Centre
  • Children’s Hospital Research Foundation
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Center
  • Christmas Cheer Board
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
  • Dante Alighieri Cultural Society of Winnipeg, Inc.
  • Fibromyalgia Support Group
  • Holy Rosary Church
  • Jocelyn House
  • Knights of Columbus, Holy Rosary Church
  • MADD
  • Mature Women’s Centre at Victoria General Hospital
  • Osborne House
  • Ovarian Society of Manitoba
  • Rossbrook House
  • School for Kids in Laos, Inc.
  • Sons of Italy Splendore d’Italia Dancers
  • Step by Step Organ Transplant Assoc.
  • Teen Touch
  • The House of Peace
  • The National and Winnipeg Chapters for Thalassemia
  • United Way: Koats for Kids
  • Villa Cabrini Seniors’ Center
  • Villa Nova Seniors’ Center
  • Villa Rosa Inc.
  • Winnipeg Harvest
  • Mood Disorders

Photo:  A donation was made to the Shoebox Project for Shelters on behalf of La Lupa di Roma and features President Luisa Macchia and Secretary Lia Gervino 


La Lupa Di Roma grants a $1,000 scholarship annually to students entering post-secondary education or post graduate studies.   To apply for the La Lupa Di Roma scholarship the applicant must have at least one parent/grandparent of Italian origin and after completing grade 12, be a full time student entering an institution that offers university, college or special  ability programs.

For more information, please email 

Award of Merit


Congratulations to the following Sisters who have received the Award of Merit, a national award received for “continuous and faithful service towards the betterment and preservation of the Order” for over twenty-five years of dedication to the Order Sons of Italy, La Lupa di Roma Lodge. 

  • Gail Bueti –  2009
  • Sandie Bueti – 2015
  • Grazia Rutigliano – 2017
  • Pina Macchia – 2018

Pictured is Sandie Bueti, awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Grand Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy of Canada on the occasion of their national convention in May 2015 celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sons of Italy in Canada.   (L to R): Joe Monachino, National President of Order of Sons of Italy of Canada, Sandie Bueti, Josie Cumbo, Past National President.


La Lupa di Roma Lodge holds monthly meetings from September to June with membership dues of $30 paid yearly in January.   Our members may sit on the executive or on one of the various committees, attend meetings, get involved in special informative events, new fundraising ventures and/or yearly celebrations such as the International Women’s Day luncheon and Donna dell’anno Award.

If you wish to become a member of the La Lupa Di Roma Lodge, please send us an email.

The above picture commemorates the installation of our newest member, Linda Romeo into La Lupa di Roma on December 4th.  She is pictured with the other members of La Lupa.

Galatea Award

For this award, the woman selected must be a member of good standing of La Lupa di Roma Lodge, nominated by her fellow sisters by secret ballot.

Galatea Award has been presented to the following hard working volunteers:

  • Pina Macchia – 2014
  • Rena Molinari – 2015
  • Caterina Bueti Sotiriadis – 2016
  • Gail Bueti – 2017
  • Marisa Zirino – 2018
  • Grazia Rutigliano – 2019

2018/2019 Executive

 President  Luisa Macchia                      
 Past President  Julieta Petrelli  
 Orator  Caterina Bueti Sotiriadis  
 Treasurer  Gail Bueti  
 Secretary  Lia Gervino  
 Trustees  Annette Di Rado-Raposo  
   Rose Pallone  
   Luciana Capone  

Mailing Address

La Lupa Di Roma Lodge

Centro Caboto c/o Sons of Italy 1055 Wilkes Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 2L7


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