The Order Sons of Italy in America West End Pocono Lodge No. 2725 usually holds its meetings on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Chestnuthill Park & Senior Center. In May the meeting will be on May 2.

The Chestnuthill Park & Senior Center is on Route 715, 1/2 mile north of Route 209.

Order Sons of Italy in America was conceived by its founders to enroll Americans of Italian descent under one banner so that the rich cultural heritage of Italy could be preserved and shared with all Americans.

The organization raises funds for scholarships, Thanksgiving turkeys for the needy, research for Alzheimer's disease, Cooley's anemia (thalassemia), Christmas toys for hospitalized children and support other community activities.

New members are welcome. Anyone who can claim Italian ancestry by birth or marriage is eligible to apply for membership. Anyone interested in becoming a member is invited to call (570) 646-4656. To view photographs visit