A Message From Our President

Hello members,

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!

John Barassi

Family Dinner Dance

Cocktails 6 pm – Dinner 7 pm Menu — Fratellanza Salad Rigatoni Roast Beef Roasted Potatoes Italian Green Beans Members $23 — Guests $28 Join us for dinner and then dance to the sounds of In Full Swing’s – Milt Bowerman and his Band (An ensemble led by Milt) November Family Dinner Flier 2014

A Message from our President

Hello members,
Cooler weather and falling leaves means Fall has finally arrived. If you were able to attend any events at the club during October, I hope you had an enjoyable time with family and friends. Our first birthday dinner was chaired by Kaipo Young. Kaipo and his late father-in-law, Ron Ciraulo, chaired this dinner for many years. After Ron passed, Kaipo decided to continue the wonderful tradition he established with Ron, and this year was no exception. The menu of rigatoni and pork scaloppini with all the trimmings was enjoyed by everyone. Thank you Kaipo, along with the cooks, wait staff, and helpers for doing such a great job. Thanks also for keeping your family tradition alive! Board member Alex Motta chaired our wonderful Halloween night family dinner. The spaghetti and roasted chicken dinner was enjoyed by everyone. Many thanks to Alex, the cooks, wait staff, and helpers for such a nice evening.

The second birthday dinner was chaired by the Calegari family under the direction of Chris Calegari. The traditional spaghetti and meat ball dinner has become a huge favorite among the members every year. Thanks to the Calegari family, cooks, wait staff, and helpers for keeping such a wonderful tradition alive at the club!

The annual Columbus Day Queen Coronation was held this year at the Fratellanza Club on October 19th. Congratulations to our new queen, Sophia Laxar, and also Princess Brianna Manzone. We hope you enjoy your involvement in the Italian American community during the next year. To outgoing queen Christina Arias we want to congratulate you for doing such an outstanding job during the last year. We hope this experience was very memorable for you and we wish you all the best. Also a big thank you to co-chairmen Chelsea Spencer and Christina Davis for doing such an outstanding job setting up the coronation and the wonderful banquet that everyone enjoyed. Thanks to everyone that helped with this event!I hope to see as many of you as possible at an upcoming event at the club.

With the holiday season coming up, please try to attend a dinner or two at the club and you’ll be enjoying all the festive and beautiful decorations around the club. May you and your family enjoy a very Happy Thanksgiving!

John Barassi,

 

A Message From Our President

Hello members,

2014 is certainly passing quickly! Every month has been busy and full of events, and of course September was no exception. I want to welcome back all our members and friends that went on the France and Italy trip. I’m sure everyone had a wonderful time and I’m glad everyone made it back safely.

We started off September with our first birthday dinner which was chaired by Mike Rosen. The ravioli and roasted chicken dinner was quite a hit and attended by many of our members and friends. Many thanks to Mike, his wait staff, the cooks and helpers, for doing such a great job. Our traditional Italian Night dinner dance as a huge success and enjoyed by everyone. This is the 14th year that Richard and Mary Ann have chaired the event and it has become a Fratellanza tradition. Ladies president Lillian Taddei shared the MC duties with me which made the evening extra special. The menu of ravioli and roastbeef was truly delicious and I know that everyone enjoyed the Italian singing during dinner. Thanks Rich and Mary Ann for chairing, and also thanks to the wait staff, cooks, and helpers for all your work. Everyone had a great time. Our second birthday dinner, chaired by Rich Vila, was also wonderful. The menu of mostaccioli and sausages and peppers was enjoyed by everyone. Thanks to Rich and the wait staff, the cooks and helpers, for doing such a great job.

Thanks to all of you that attended the Italian picnic. Special thanks the Michele, Angelo, Ron Blair, and Evan Mathews for doing all the cooking. Everything was delicious.

We have some wonderful events coming up. Our October dinner dance will have a Halloween theme. Also, please try to attend the October business meeting as we will have nominations for 2015 Officers and Board members. Hope to see you at the club for an upcoming event.

John Barassi