Club President’s Message: July 2019

July is a special month for me. My mom, my granddaughter and I all celebrate our birthdays in July. My little granddaughter did not want to share the month with my mom or me. I guess she is already getting into the Independence Day spirit. That independence is something that we should not take for granted. July 4th is a day to celebrate, but we should always remember our families coming over from the old country and celebrating their independence in the new world. We owe them a debt of gratitude for taking the challenge and offering us such a great opportunity to live where we do. Truly a Blessing.

Dobbiamo dire grazie per tutto ciò che è ancora con noi, e per coloro che si trovano in un posto migliore per raccogliere la sfida e offrirci una così grande opportunità di vivere dove facciamo. Davvero una benedizione.

We should also be thankful for the work of our past presidents. Like my dad, these men worked to preserve the values of Italian culture and life style. Club presidents have represented the Club since it was founded in Oakland 1920. We honor the living past presidents this month at our family dinner on July 27. Members receive one ticket complimentary; Guests $22. Respecting the individuals that have represented the Club for you is your duty as a member. Rispettare le persone che hanno rappresentato il Club per te è un tuo dovere come membro

The Colombo Club is getting ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. First we need to have fun next month at our 99th anniversary. It will be a great formal event. Get your tickets now for this year’s dinner on August 17.

Cicero wrote, “What is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.” Cent Anni, the book recounting the 100-year history of the Colombo Club, is almost complete. If you would like to help sponsor this endeavor, please see the flyer in this newsletter. We could use your donation to help us get this book published.

Take the time to visit your Club, and see the hard work that goes into preparing for all the events. It’s amazing when you think about the number of people we feed with some of the finest Italian food. Food is always a large part of what makes our Italian culture so distinctive. With the number of high profile events at the Club in July and August, we are so fortunate to have several head cooks who prepare wonderful Italian cuisine for us. I would like to say “Mille Grazzie” to our cooks: John Tandi, Ben Ratto, Joe Guerrero, Rick Caula, Mike Morley, Tony Tedeschi, Ed Ciminello, Bill Cendak, Danny Foster, and Jerry Pittore, for getting up early in the morning and spending the entire day preparing dinners for us.

As a reminder this month’s birthday dinners are for the entire family. The menu features Italian pot roast. Make it a family night out at the Club.

I wish you a great 4th of July, and I hope you have a wonderful time with your family #familyfirst. Ti auguro un buon 4 luglio e spero che ti diverta con la tua famiglia #familyfirst.

Ciao Per Ora Ci Vediamo Al Club (bye for now see you at the Club)

Nick Nicora

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