A Message from our President

Hello Members!

We had a busy August! The month started with our first birthday dinner. Our dinner chairmen/masters of the BBQ, Ron Blair, Tony Jeffrey, Robert “Bucky” Buckingham & Bob Rynazewski did a great job. Our Pesto and BBQ ribs were fantastic. A big thank you to our cooks Michele Gasparro & Alfonso DePianto.

August 5th was the Oakland A’s annual Italian heritage night. Fratellanza members, along with members and friends from other clubs saw the A’s play the Cubs & we all received a Green, White & Red billed A’s hat. I would like to thank John Barassi for once again handling the ticket sales for the Fratellanza. Great job John. I would also like to thank A’s director of ticket sales and Fratellanza club member, Brian Di Tucci, for the effort he puts into this event, and for his generosity to our club. Thank You Brian.

We had a work weekend August 4, 5 & 6 headed up by board member Roland Lazzarotto. Check out the new redwood fence in the garden area. Thanks to Roland, John Pelosi, Jim O’neil, Joe Celio, Fred Tealdi & Alex Motta. The weeds are gone, the teak furniture got a needed coat of oil, & the new non-skid tape & freshly painted white stripes look great. Thank you all.

Our 2nd birthday dinner chaired by Pat Geoghean, was terrific. The Fettuccini was great and the Beef Scaloppini fantastic. Thank you to our cooks, Art Parziale, Dino DePianto & Lonnie Chase. Hats off to Pat and his team for a great job.

Our Family Pizza & Pasta night was chaired by member Tony Gemignani. Chaired is a complete understatement. Tony donated the pizza, pasta, meatballs and sausage. He also brought in his crew from his restaurants to help prepare our meal, and it was fantastic. Tony went a step further and donated many of our raffle prizes for the evening. Thank you Tony for your generosity to, & love for, the Fratellanza Club. I would also like to thank Joe Scodella for being such a big help for this event. He was at the club at 7:45am that morning & stayed the entire time helping Tony and his crew. Thank you Joe. It was nice to have Bob Porta back at thepodium to MC this event. Old times were remembered when he called Ladies Club past President Lillian Taddei to the podium to help call raffle numbers. Thank you to our wait staff for a great job. A special thank you to those who did double duty as dishwashers that night. Thanks also to our bartenders who were busy that night. Nice job guys. Thank you Robbie Giaramita for stepping up to be that 4th bartender we really needed. Thank you to all who donated raffle prizes. A special thank you to Jim Ervin for being so generous with your raffle donations, a 40” TV and mountain bike among may others. Thank you very much Jim. Tony also asked a few former employees to relive the old Pyzano Pizzeria days by working in the kitchen with him. Anthony Porta (flew in from Houston TX to be at this event), Joey Badarello & Ashley Tomei joined former Pyzano’s employee & current manager of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, Laura Meyer in the kitchen. Laura is quite a chef in her own rite and is a two-time world pizza champion. Laura also speaks perfect Italian. It was great to see you all together and thanks for being part of this wonderful evening. A big thank you goes to Jim Taddei. Jim took care of the reservations, & seating arrangements, which was no small job, for this dinner. Thanks Jim for putting in the extra time to help make this dinner a success. I can’t forget to thank all those from both the women’s & men’s club who help set up the night before. This was a fantastic evening at the Fratellanza club. Once again, thank you Tony.

I would like to say a special thank you too our Social Web Director, Ryan Leglu. Over the past month, I have gotten to know how much Ryan does to keep our web site current. Ryan continues to listen to suggestions, make changes when needed and explains the entire process to me, and I’m no Bill Gates. Like so many of us, He does all this while having a regular job and a family. Thank you Ryan.

As always thank you to all the bartenders, waiters, ticket sellers & kitchen crew, that help make all our dinners & events a success.

God Bless & Sempre Avanti

Tim Tomei