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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.



** Upcoming Events **

  • Pig Roast - October 7th 5:00 pm ($15 per person)
  • Arlington park Bus Trip - September (TDB)
  • Couples Bocce Banquet - Tuesday, October 10th @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Men’s Bocce Banquet - Thursday, October 12th @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Diamond Jo Bus Trip - Sun Oct 22nd - Bus leaves club @ 8:30 am - Contact Rosie Nelson 815-654-7246 ($15 per person)
  • Ladies Auxiliary Fundraiser Dinner October 29th @ 11:30 a.m.
  • Children's Christmas Party - December - More details to come

** Regular Events **

  • LUNCH Saturdays- 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Funday 11:30 a.m.—4 p.m.
  • Breakfast 3rd Sunday - 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • FAMILY PASTA Second Wednesday - FAMILY PASTA Last Wednesday


** Club News **


In Memory of Vito Rotello 1946—2017

Sam Sherman ObituaryNew News: (posted 6/22/17):Funeral Mass Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1010 Ferguson St. Burial will be held in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation Monday, June 26, 2017 from 4-8 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd. and continues on Tuesday at church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers and plants memorials in his name to Boylan Catholic High School,C/O Advancement office, 4000 St. Francis Drive Rockford, IL 61103. . Express online condolences at: www.fitzgeraldfh.com


In Memory of Michael Bellone 1950—2017

Sam Sherman ObituaryNew News: (posted 6/1/17): Michael H. Bellone, 66, of Rockford, suddenly passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017. Born September 12, 1950, in Rockford, the son of Christopher and Edith "Pepper" Bellone. He lived his entire life in Rockford, and was employed as a Driver for UPS. He was a member of St. Anthony Church, St. Ambrogio Society, Lombardi Club, LLL Society, Blackhawk Athletic Club, Venetian Club, and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. Mike loved to play golf and bocce.

Funeral mass will be at 10:00am on Friday, June 2, 2017 in St. Anthony Church with Franciscan Friars officiating. Interment in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home from 4 – 7pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family.


In Memory of Jimmy Capicotte

Sam Sherman Obituary(posted 10/31/16): Clubmember James "Jimmy" A. Capicotte passed away October 21, 2016 at the age of 92. Jimmy has been a very well known member of the club for many years taking part in many of the club events. He has served the club as councilor for several years and was elected president in 2007. He is shown in the photo at the left as he served as a Medic for the US Army in Italy during World War II. See his obituary for more details and photos.




Night Owls Show Up for Moonlight Bocce

Sam Sherman Obituary(posted 9/26/16): There was a big turnout for the first-ever Saint Ambrogio Moonlight Bocce Tournament Saturday September 24, 2016. Most of the crowd managed to stay wide awake as the winners were determined. The winning team was George Mattis, Karen Anderson, Scott Matthews and Cristina Kalk. Follow the link to see more photos of the event.



Prize Winner at Festa Goofy Bocce

Sam Sherman Obituary(posted 8/30/16): As part of the Club Festa Week activities, Goofy Bocce and Fun Fair was held on Saturday August 20th. A drawing was held for all of the participants including Ava Engelkes a three year old, shown at the left, who won a one month family membership to the YMCA, a $150 value. Ava is the granddaughter of Maureen Taylor who plays bocce in the women's league.









In Memory of Eleanor V. Biasin

posted 8/1/16): Eleanor (Pro) Biasin passed away July 28, 2016 at the age of 86. Eleanor was a well known member of the Ladies Auxiliary and could often be seen at the club helping with various events often in charge of ticket and raffle sales at the door. Except for the last few years, she was active on Monday nights playing Bocce with the Women's League. See her obituary for more information.







In Memory of Reno Picchi

Sam Sherman Obituary(posted 7/6/16): Severino "Reno" Picchi passed away July 2, 2016 at the age of 92. Reno has been a well known member of the club for many years. He loved to play Bocce and did so well into his late 80's. See his obituary for more details.








In Memory of Harry F. Turner

(posted 6/22/16): Clubmember Harry F. Turner passed away January 19, 2016 at the age of 82. He is a longtime member of the club and former board member. See his obituary for more information.









In Memory of Joe Arbisi Sr.

Sam Sherman Obituary(posted 4/16/16): Joseph C. Arbisi Sr. passed away April 14, 2016 at the age of 87. Joe has been a well known member of the club for many years. Joe, along with his wife Rosalie, could often be seen playing bocce together on couples night. He contributed his time as club Councilor prior to 2009. Joe was very active in community activities, politics, and Shriners. See his obituary for more details.








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