2014 has really flown by, and here we are in the Christmas season! We had several wonderful events during November. As always they wouldn’t have been so special without the continued support of our membership. Our first birthday dinner, chaired by John Gotelli, was very enjoyable. The ravioli and roasted chicken dinner was delicious. Many thanks to the cooks, wait staff, and helpers for all their hard work. Our traditional family dinner was a very nice evening as well. Everyone enjoyed the rigatoni and roast beef dinner. Many thanks to chairman and Board member Mike Gengler, the cooks, wait staff, and all the helpers for doing such a great job. I never want to forget our wonderful bartenders and ticket sellers for all their continued work as well! Our second birthday dinner was chaired by the Missaggia family. This has become an annual tradition. Every year when I call Anthony Missaggia and ask him if he will chair the dinner, he always says “it would be an honor and a pleasure”. Comments like that really warm my heart. The special menu of risotto and roast beef was enjoyed by everyone. A big thanks to Anthony and family, the cooks, wait staff, and helpers for all their hard work.
As many of you know, for several new years now the Fratellanza Club has conducted an annual turkey drive during November. It has become a tradition at the club. Once again because of everyone’s generosity we will be donating over $2,000 to the Alameda County Food Bank! How wonderful it is to contribute to feeding those in need during the holiday season! Thanks to everyone, our members and friends, for all your support.
This is the fourth and final year of my term serving you as President. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve the members of the Fratellanza as president. My family and I have been members of this fine club for many years and my father was a past president. I know he would have been proud of his only son being president. I want to thank all the Officers, Board of Directors, and members for all the support and friendship given to me over these last four years. on December 31 I will hand the gavel over to Tim Tomei who will serve as your new President during 2015 and beyond. Tim will be a wonderful president and serve the members well. We will all need to support him as he begins his term. Ladie’s Club President Lillian Taddei will conclude her presidency as well. I will miss sharing the mic with her on so many occasions. She is a dear friend of mine and I love and respect her. She did such a fine job as president. My cousin, Rozz Cantisani, will be succeeding Lillian as the new president. I wish her all the best as well as she begins her wonderful journey. Please continue to give the officers your continued support so that our wonderful club will continue to prosper!
December provides a full calendar of events for our members to enjoy. Please read the Newsletter for complete details regarding the Christmas Brunch, Holiday Family Dinner, Member’s Christmas Dinner, and Gala New Year’s Eve party. And don’t forget, we will celebrate our 83rd Anniversary in January. I hope to see as many of you as possible at the club during the holiday season. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!