From our President – November 2020

“Membri della Fratellanza”,
November 2020
Richard S. Adams, Clair E. Bailey, Giovanni Barbara, Tony Bruno, Richard ‘Rico’ Ches, Robert D. Claessens, John J. Collins, Gary L. Cristiani, Anthony Crudele, Rico S. Debenedetti, Dave Della Zoppa, Patrick Geoghegan, Bryan Gross, Marc Jaeger, Roland E. Lazzarotto, Perry Lenzi, Joseph V. Mattioda, Charles J. Miglia, Robert W. Nichelini, James J. Penna, Robert Peri, Michael Pistello, Raymond S. Pugliesi, Roy Querio, Chris Sabato, Paolo Saroni, Merle R. Sogge, David Spalasso, Tim A. Tomei, Mark Tscharner, Richard Vila. Robert J. Zavatero
Happy November to all Members & friends, specifically to the members that I have noted above, it’s their Birthday this month including mine, so how about a Happy Birthday shout out. The month of October turned out to be a good month for our Luncheon & Dinner crowds, along with the Fantastic food that is cooked and served. Cooks Don, Bob, Michele, Art, & Angelo continue to do a great job in the kitchen. All have adapted to the food to go process.
November food starts out with our Dinner on the 14th, where we are having Fettuccini with Meat Sauce, Ham & Vegetables (special this month), along with Tiramisu. On the 15th the next day, we are having for lunch Hot Dogs, chips, with condiments & Beer from our inventory that we are selling below our cost. On the 20th of November for our luncheon we are having Tortellini with Meat Sauce & Chicken.
I ask for your continued support in helping the club out with purchasing these meals or donating to the Club. We continue to have our monthly expenses which need to be paid, along with some maintenance items. In the next week I will be sending out a letter providing you with what our expenses are, along with the Income that we have been receiving during this Pandemic. I want this to be Crystal Clear on how we need your continued support.
Che voi siete benedetti e Dio vi benedica nella vostra vita. May you be blessed & God bless you in your lifetime.
Rich Vila President

From our Chairman – November 2020

Greetings to the Fratellanza members,
It has been nine months since the Corona virus hit us. The club has figured a way, with the support of a lot of members, to stay in business with our Drive-Thru lunches and dinners. We are able to earn enough to pay all of our bills except for the property tax bill, so we will survive until the club can reopen. We have worked these events with the Ligure Club, who has shown up with a lot of volunteers preparing the meals. They have contributed time, salamis & more. As we move forward the two clubs will figure out a way to manage the property and you will learn more about how we will work hand in hand with the Ligure Club to make major improvements.
In addition to serious health issues, this COVID shutdown has really impacted a lot of people and a lot of businesses. Some of us have been pushed into an early retirement, which is not the worst that could happen. In my case it has delayed my retirement. Since I can’t travel I will keep working part time. I am sad that I have had to cancel two trips to Italy this year. One was going to be the trip of a lifetime for some of my cousins who I was going to escort on a trip to our fathers’ birthplace & then see the highlights of Italy; including Venice, Florence, Siena, Cinque Terre & Rome. That is as much as we could squeeze in to 17 days. The other trip was scheduled to be with the Fratellanza Club; a trip to Rome, Amalfi coast & amazing Greek ruins further south. I have sent in my notice that I want to be in the group that goes there next September. Who knows if it will happen. One bit of good news now is the vaccine from Pfizer will soon be distributed to first responders & then to us old folks. I will be first in line when my turn comes.
Most of the Club activities have not been possible to continue during COVID such as member meetings and indoor dining. However we have been holding Board meetings to stay on top of club management. One important annual Board task was accomplished this month & that is the vote for the Award of Merit. We had four strong candidates & there was a clear winner. I accepted a couple of confidential notes, a voicemail & 8 emails and the result is in. We usually present this award during our Anniversary Dinner. There is no assurance that we will have that dinner in 2021 but we will make the presentation never the less to a very deserving winner.
The Ladies Club has come up with a creative way to keep the Santa Claus event going. This year it will be a drive thru event with Santa & elves presenting gifts to children in their cars as they pass through. Another creative idea is the Hot Dog and Beer Sale Rich Vila has organized. This is another way to have members come by the club & it let’s us exchange our beer inventory for cash.
This is the time of year when we are open to accepting member’s dues. I have heard from a member that some members will ask what the club has done for them this year. We did not have any free dinners & no bocce league. Will members drop out of the club? I am not worried about that. I think members will remember the good times they have had with family & friends at the club. I think about what our parent’s generation did to build the club and I am amazed at their accomplishments. I think that there are many more members today who will not ask what the club has done for them but what they can do for the club. To those members, I salute you and I thank you because without you we will not have a club.
Let me finish on an upbeat note. I think it will take a lot of time and effort to work it out, but the future of the Fratellanza Club with the Ligure Club is very bright.
Ciao and see you at the Drive Thru events.
Roland Lazzarotto
Chairman of the Board

2021 Dues

Dear members,
November 2020
I hope this message finds all of you maintaining good health & safety. During this Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to keep our club closed to ensure everyone’s safety. We are hoping that when the time is right we can reopen our doors for everyone’s enjoyment.
Maintaining our Italian traditions & continuing to make the memories we cherish, we are hoping we can count on you, our valued members, to pay your 2021 membership dues of $150. In order to keep the doors open to our beloved Fratellanza Club, it is important that we all support our club by paying your 2021 membership dues. This will enable us to become up & running when the time is safe to do so.
On December 12, once again we will have another delicious drive-by dinner of pasta, turkey, & vegetables. If you are able to help us & pay your 2021 dues that day at the club, your drive-by dinner will be free. You can also do this at our January drive-by dinner if you choose, either way your dinner will be free upon 2021 dues payment either of these two events.
We, the Officers and Board, hope we can count on all of you to maintain your club membership so that we can once again enjoy all the good times that our club provides. Thank you for your consideration. We hope all of you have Happy Holidays & may God bless all of you.
Best Regards,
Richard Vila – President Fratellanza Men’s Club

PS – The first quarter of 2021 will see a large number of new Honorary members.

For 2021 dues purposes, this list will be considered Honorary Members: Clair Bailey, Jerry Castro, David Brake, Wolf Hillesheim, Mark Kahn, Gary Macchi, John ‘Dick’ Mayberry, Michael Rosen. Richard Burke. Lonnie Chase, Sam Lico Jr., Aldo Bracciotti, Gernert Lorenzen, Mark Scott, George Figone, George Tarabini, Charles Mossina, Perry Lenzi, Richard Caula, Roland Lazzarotto.

As a reminder, this group became Honorary in 2020 – Patrick Geoghegan, Ezio Maiolini, Lawrence Fambrini, Bob Maloney. James Penna.

Congratulations one & all!!!

In lieu of dues, we ask our Honorary Members to make a $20 donation. However, during these trying times, larger donations will be gladly accepted.

From our Scholarship Committee – November 2020

Members Please Take Note!
As your high school senior begins to assess financial requirements for college. Here’s some information you’ll want them to have: Applications are available and being accepted for the Louis C. Biondi Memorial Scholarship Program. Children or grandchildren of current or deceased members of the Fratellanza Men’s Club who will graduate from high school at the end of the 2020/2021 school year are eligible to apply. This past year, eight scholarships were awarded totaling $12,000. This Program has become a very important component of club sponsored activities and continues to prosper from private donations and proceeds from our very successful annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Applications detailing requirements are available from the Fratellanza Club’s Web Site and from:
Rich Adams
Scholarship Committee Chairman
2632 Ptarmigan Drive #4
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
The Application process, with all of the information detailed above, must be completed by March 1, 2021. The Application lists all deadline dates.