From our President – October 2020

“Membri della Fratellanza”,
I know last month that we had a lot of information to present to you. The Board and Officers are trying to keep things going at the Club for when we might open up sometime in the future. We still have no idea of when this will happen. With all of this and all of our own personal issues, being honest, there isn’t much that I feel like saying for October, other than I hope that we all are keeping things positive as best that we can, and for us to do whatever it takes to be happy during this season of our life, stay strong.
Che voi siete benedetti e Dio vi benedica nella vostra vita.
May you be blessed, and God bless you in your lifetime.
Rich Vila President

From the Chairman – October 2020

Happy Fall Greetings to members,
We have settled into a nice pattern with two Drive-Thru events per month. The Ligure Club is participating and we need to thank them for their work and for the donation of the profits to pay our monthly building costs. We are getting better at delivering the meals and I think that people really enjoy the food. I know I do. It has also been an opportunity, although small one, for members to connect with the club and we are greeting them with warmth.
Without getting into all of the details, you can guess that we are losing money every month. The fixed costs at the club are greater than the net income we are currently getting. Some of our Drive-Thru customers have been leaving tips and calling it a donation to the club. Thanks to all of them. You need to know that all of us preparing and delivering the food are volunteers so we are keeping our costs pretty low. We got lucky last month when I was contacted by PG&E regarding our parking lots. PG&E has a gas pipeline project in south Berkeley that needs secure place for laying down supplies. The Fratellanza Club has signed a lease to provide PG&E half of our west lot until Christmas. We will be paid $5,495 for this use of our lot.
We have some fun events coming up at the club that you will enjoy. Please keep watching and you will find out about more Drive-Thru events.
Roland Lazzarotto Chairman

From our Scholarship Committee – October 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.