Happy 100th Anniversary!
In the midst of what is going on all over the world, I am proud that we have continued to promote and celebrate our Italian culture and traditions for 100 years. I stand together with our board and all our members and officers to usher in the start of a new 100 years.
Although this pandemic has forced us to close the Club for several months and bring our anniversary plans to a screeching halt, as I have said in my last few president’s messages, having to stay home has allowed us to appreciate what we often take for granted. Our health and family are the most precious gifts that we have. Still, I am sure that you would agree with me in looking forward to the time when we can reopen the Club and again enjoy the friendships and good times that we have at the Club.
One way to keep the story of the Colombo Club alive is to go to the website and click on merchandise and proudly purchase the 100th anniversary shirts, masks, and the many other items that the Club has to offer. While the Club is not currently able during the shutdown to produce our traditional outstanding Italian food, one way to support the Club is to purchase items. Not many clubs in the world have a logo that is recognized by many. I wear the logo and get so many comments, which gives me the opportunity to speak of the Club and our history. Speaking of history, if you have not yet purchased the 100th anniversary book, do it now. Show your support by buying the book and learning all the history of the Club from day one to present. Thanks to John Penna’s and Rich Puppione’s tireless effort as historians, we have a wonderful time capsule of photos, documents and historical accounts that will give you a picture of what life was like for the founders of the Club and the Colombo Club’s 100 year mission to preserve and celebrate Italian cultural traditions, customs and heritage. I take a pause to remember our friend John Penna. John spent many hours at the Club. He worked as a cook, a president, board member and finally the club historian, compiling most of the information we now have displayed in the Isabella Room.
This month was going to be a celebration that all would have remembered for many years. Now this celebration will be postponed till this time next year. We had many exciting events to bring you this month to celebrate the Colombo Club, but we now have a year to celebrate the 100 years. Thanks to all of you for your continued support of the Club. Your patience will be rewarded when we celebrate together in the near future.
Celebrare Cento Anni.