The Society of the Tipi Loschi was a group founded by Pier Giorgio in May of 1924. The group consisted of a few of his closest friends, both men and women. The primary activity was the organization of hikes or mountain-climbing excursions or other such outings.
The name of the group reflected the humorous nature of its existence. "Tipi Loschi" can be translated to mean "swindlers and swindlerettes" or "shady characters" or "sinister ones." Pier Giorgio went so far as to type up a formal statute for the group. The document was written rather tongue-in-cheek and filled with inside jokes. For example, the group's motto was "Few but good like macaroni." Their patron saint was a non-existent saint by the name of St. Pece of the Fools. Members were forbidden to import pepper and certain insects. And so on.
Despite all of the playfulness surrounding the group, there was a serious aspect to it. Pier Giorgio formed the group knowing that his friends were starting to go their separate ways as they were finishing college, marrying, beginning careers, etc. His desire was that they would form a permanent bond through union in prayer and be a source of mutual spiritual support for one another as they met the daily challenges of life.