From the Chairman of the Board – January 2020

Happy New Year to all Members,
The Fratellanza Club is doing well. We have spent almost all of our financial reserves on major roofing and code required projects in 2019 but we are still going strong. I would like to tell you why we are going strong. It is because of our volunteer members. You may know that our cooks and bartenders get some compensation for their hours of work but it is not much. They are contributing time to the club and everyone else is volunteering all of their time because the only paid staff we have are dishwashers and security guards. We do not have any paid employees.
We have volunteer members managing our website, they put out this monthly newsletter, they monitor the reservations lines and man the ticket window at events. The waiters are all volunteers at every event. They will get a free dinner, drink and dinner certificate but that is a bargain for us. Our members will provide their expertise in taking care of small repairs during the year. They show up for our annual work weekend. Our members will manage professional contractors on big projects at no cost to the club. We have members who are dinner chairmen at every event and will bring friends and family to help as waiters. The Club’s officers manage the schedule, make sure every event is a success and are the purchasing team and financial accounting managers. The officers and Board make sure we have cooks and bartenders for every event. We have one outside accountant who will balance the check book and pay bills monthly and we have another outside accountant who does our taxes so you know that everything is on the up and up. We have a dozen Board members who meet monthly and oversee everything going on at the club.
The Fratellanza Club only works because there are a lot of people pitching in. I encourage all members to think about doing something for the club. If you have some free time you could probably make a difference at the club. If you are recently retired or find yourself with more free time you should think about joining our Board. We add new members every year. Or think about becoming a cook or bartender. Little experience is necessary, we’ll teach you.
I look forward to another good year at the Fratellanza Club. See you soon.
Roland Lazzarotto