From Our President – October 2019

“Membri di Fratellanza”,
As our 1st Birthday dinner came in September, it was one of our unusual ones where the Dinner Chairmen were our cooks, Angelo & Don. They presented to us Ravioli and Chicken Cacciatore, with such a fantastic sauce people kept asking for more and more! We had nearly 300 people in attendance. Then we had our annual Italian Family night, chaired by our board member Michele Manzone and Ladies President Marilyn Sibitz while we enjoyed Tortellini with Pesto Sauce and Roast Beef for the main course, along with The George Campi Band strumming us thru the night.
The 2nd Birthday dinner will be chaired by Rich Vila & the Lico Family, along with other Calabrese families, where we will be featuring regional Italian food of Homemade Fusilli Pasta (wire macaroni), then hot Calabrese Sausage with Peppers & Fratellana Salad. Our Friday luncheon will be on the 27th of September, and we will be having Pesto Pasta Bolognese, & Beef Scaloppini. This is another month of Fantastic Food and Great Company, you can’t afford to miss all of this, and what we have coming up in October. Please make the effort to attend at least one of our Dinners coming up and get reacquainted to the FRATELLANZA CLUB.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the families, Ladies, & Gentleman that have put money forward for all of the repairs and inspection costs that the club has done and is doing this year. I hope to get letters out to all, but in the meantime, you have my sincere gratitude on this. Donations are still being accepted!
Che tu sia benedetto e Dio vi benedica nella vostra vita.
May you be blessed, and God bless you in your lifetime.
Rich Vila

From the Chairman of the Board – October 2019

Hello Fratellanza Brothers,
The word is out and I hear people talking about the money we need for our roofing and other improvements. The Health Department work is done and we will be inspected very soon to confirm. The Fire Marshal inspection will have to be pushed to October because we still have a couple of corrections to complete. It is the roofing work that is going to cost a lot of money. Maybe it will use all of the cash we have in our operating accounts. We have a plan to fully pay for it with donations and no interest loans. We will get a new roof over the dining room before the rainy season. I will say that I am very impressed with the cooperative attitude I am seeing from the Ladies Club and the Ligure Club. I think that a lot of them will be donating funds to help us through these tough times. I want all of the Fratellanza Family to remember how well we were treated by the Ladies and our friends at the Ligure Club.
Please keep coming to our great dinners, the Friday Luncheons and other events at the club. The Fall starts a season of special events at the club. See you there.
Roland Lazzarotto

From our President – November 2019

Membri della Fratellanza,
Here we are already in Fall, still hot but getting cold at night; I was unable to get a Dinner chairman for our 1st Birthday Dinner in October, but we had another great dinner prepared for us by our cooks Don, Carl, & Angelo. We had Fettucine w/ Pesto sauce to die for, and Swiss steak w/mushrooms & peppers. This was fantastic, I must say, for those that missed out on this.
Our Family dinner was changed up this year to Oktoberfest, where we had German food which was donated by Member Don Miller, and chaired by Larry Quirico & Don Miller. The food was different but also fantastic, along with the beer that we provided for the 1st time at the dinner tables and we had over 200 people in attendance.
The 2nd Birthday dinner will be chaired by Jack Thorton, for his annual Spaghetti & Meatballs, being cooked by Michele, Bob, & Lonnie.
Jack always draws a large crowd for this event so please don’t miss out. Our Friday luncheon will be on the 25th of October, with Ravioli and Pork Loin.
Finally, I want to tell you that the Ligure and Fratellanza will be having a shared event at the end of October, the 27th on a Sunday, to have an early dinner of Spaghetti & Meatballs, with Garlic Bread. Our plan is to do this regularly with the Ligure Club & I am reaching out to the Fratellanza Members to come to this event to show our brotherhood as we move forward.
Che voi siete benedetti e Dio vi benedica nella vostra vita.
May you be blessed, and God bless you in your lifetime.
Rich Vila

From the Chairman of the Board – November 2019

Cari Fratelli,
I just got back from two weeks driving around greater New
England. The Fall colors were not at their peak but still pretty cool. I want to go back to a great September dinner at the Frat when we had the Italian Night. As usual the food was very good but I want to comment on the sing along that Gianfranco organized for us. He gets the lyrics printed on a sheet placed under each diner’s plate. At a couple of breaks in the dinner he starts the music and we all sing. Some songs were in English and some in Italian. This time he brought out a couple of songs that he says are famous but I never heard my grandmother sing them. The good news is that we did not sing Quel Mazzolin di Fiori because that is one that my Nonna sang frequently. I can’t hear it without thinking about her and every time my eyes get watery (as they are now). My grandmother loved to sing that song and there are probably songs you remember from your family gatherings. These experiences at the Club are what make the club great. Thanks to Gianfranco and George Campi and the rest of the team that put together a great dinner.
Our dining room roof project is still in the works and while we have received donations from many, we can always use more. The request was for $50 from each member but some have done more. You can send a check in the mail or all forms of payment will be accepted if you come to one of our dinners.
When you see me at the club ask me about my recent days in the Hamptons and meeting Chris Cuomo at breakfast.
Roland Lazzarotto