A Message from Our President

Hello members,

Hard to believe it’s 2017. We started January with our 1st birthday dinner. Our dinner chairman Evan Matthews brought back an old favorite, pork scaloppini. It was great. Thanks to our cooks, Art Parziale and Angelo Marchi. Evan and the wait staff did a great job.

Our 2nd birthday dinner was another old favorite, Cioppino. A big thank you to our chairmen, Linton Byington & Gernert Lorenzen, and their wait staff. The Cioppino was delicious. Thank you to our cooks, Joe Scodella & Angelo Marchi. The evening was extra special for Ron Fadeli as he was celebrating his birthday, Coordinated by Anthony Crudele, over 50 family & friends were there to wish Ron a happy birthday & enjoy a great night at the Fratellanza Club. Thank you Anthony & Happy Birthday Ron.

As always thank you to all our bartenders, waiters, ticket sellers & kitchen crew, that help make all our dinners & events a success. Next month I will recap our Banga Cauda dinner and our 85th Anniversary dinner.

God Bless & Sempre Avanti

Tim Tomei

Super Bowl Party! Feb 5

Make your Plans for Super Bowl Sunday!

Come to the Club and watch the game on the big screen!

Snacks & Dinner – Cost is only $15 – Don’t Miss out!

The bocce courts are open and the card tables are up for the non-football fans

Call the club for reservations 510-547-9435 by Feb 2 Please!

A Message from our 2017 Board Chairman

After 14 years of serving the Club as chairman, Jim Taddei asked to step down and the Board voted Roland Lazzarotto to be the chairman of the board. Jim Taddei has done a great job for 14 years and that will be a hard act to follow. It will take time to get up to speed with all of the responsibilities of being the chairman but I plan to study and ask for help from the rest of the board in order to keep the Club moving in the good direction that has been set by the officers, board members and active club members. I have been amember for over 36 years,  joining the club the same day as Angelo Marchi in 1980. I had some friends in the club when I joined but I was not consistently active for many years. It was after my daughter’s wedding at the club that I thought the time was right for me to contribute more time and energy to the club. I have now been on the board for five years and have enjoyed getting more involved in areas where I have experience, such as the property and building maintenance.

I am a local guy, having been born in Berkeley at the old Herrick Hospital. I lived with my Italian nonni until I was 4 years old and learned Venetian dialect from them. I grew up in Sacramento and lived in Europe for a couple of years. I went to high school in Venice for a year and at that time I could speak Italian, ma adesso non parlo tanto bene. I came back home to go to CAL and graduated with a degree in Architecture. I have been a licensed architect for almost 40 years with most of my experience coming in corporate high tech labs and fabs. I have been married for 43 years with one daughter who is married and lives in Oakland. You may have seen my three little grandsons running around during some of our Saturday Family Dinners. I want to get them started early at the club.

My father was born in the Veneto and my mother was born in Berlin so I am only half Italian but I have always felt the Italian blood running in my veins. I started playing bocce when I  was a young teenager and I first helped pour concrete when I was about 8 years old. Those are activities that I still enjoy today. My wife and I have been active in the bocce league for several years and I will be totally satisfied as long as my team doesn’t get the square ball at the end of the season.

I look forward to meeting more Club members during this year. I will be attending many of the dinners, playing in the bocce league, organizing one or two work weekends here at the club and joining the tour this Fall that is going to Malta and southern Italy.

Roland Lazzarotto

A Message from our President

Hello members,
December started with over 300 guests at our first birthday dinner. I would like to thank our cooks Joe Scodella, Angelo Marchi, & Evan Matthews. A big thank you to Kyle Vallone for stepping up to be our dinner chairman that night.

Our Christmas brunch was terrific. Over 125 guests enjoyed a great brunch. Thank to Art Parziale and all who worked to make this a special day.
Our Family dinner, chaired by Russel Carrel, was a festive holiday evening. Thank you to Russel and team and our cooks, Michele Gasparro, Don Nicole & Alfonso De Pianto, for a delicious meal

Our members’ dinner was on December 15. We had a great time visiting with fellow members. Thank you to the ladies club for being our waiters for this event and thanks to all who helped set up the night before.Of course we had a terrific meal. Thank you to our cooks Art Parziale, Alfonso DePianto & Lonnie Chase.
The highlight of the evening was announcing our award of merit recipient, Michele Gasparro. We will honor Michele at our 85th anniversary dinner in January.
Congratulations Michele!

Our annual kids Christmas party was a great day. 160 kids plus parents & family enjoyed the traditional hot dog lunch. Then it was time for Santa to make his appearance and hand out the gifts. I would like to thank Santa and all his helpers for their hard work that day. A big thank you goes to our ladies club and those who help them for getting the presents, wrapping the presents and organizing this whole event. They put in many hours of work. Thank you so much.

Don’t forget the Fratellanza Club will be celebrating its 85th anniversary on January 28, 2017. Come celebrate our club’s history and future. Club historian, Gianfranco Sciacero, will have displays of past Fratellanza club events. This is always a treat and you shouldn’t miss this one. So get your groups together and your reservations in early. I’ll see you there.
I would like to say a special thank you to all those that helped put up the Christmas trees and decorate the club. As usual our Club looks fantastic.
As always thank you to all our bartenders, waiters, ticket sellers & kitchen crew that help make all our dinners & events a success.

God Bless & Sempre Avanti

Tim Tomei