Thursday, October 5, 2017 The 2017-18 San Francisco Opera Season Kip Cranna, Cenacolista
Thursday, October 12, 2017 Domes, Arches and Minarets: A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America Phil Pasquini
Thursday, October 19, 2017 The Life and Afterlife of the Etruscan Banquet Dr. Lisa Pieraccini
Thursday, October 26, 2017 La Sagrada Familia Alex Kugushev, Cenacolista
This month’s programs arranged by David T. Giannini.
Thursday, September 7 & 14, 2017 No meetings as per Board decision.*
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Future of Il Cenacolo Through the Eyes of a Savvy Friend
Thursday, September 28, 2017
North Beach and the Italian Bay Area Community as Remembered by Cenacolisti
Ken Sproul, Moderator
This month’s programs arranged by Ken Sproul.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Early Days of the San Francisco Opera
Stewart Hume, Cenacolista
Thursday, July 13. 2017
The Stonecutter's Aria: From Italy to Indiana
Thursday, July 20, 2017
From the Battle of the Bulge to the Nuremberg Trials
Thursday, July 27, 2017:
The Italian Film Festival in Marin
Lido Cantarutti, Cenacolista
This month’s programs arranged by Marv Pheffer.
Don’t forget that August is our “bye” month!
Thursday, June 1, 2017 Liquefaction and Landslide Potential of Quakes and Faults Near You Volkan Sevilgen
Thursday, June 8, 2017 A Plan to Change Florentine History Jim Boitano, Cenacolista
Thursday, June 15, 2017 The Venetian Ghetto Kathleen Gonzalez
Thursday, June 22, 2017 An Expedition to Nagaland Mike Prior, Cenacolista
Thursday, June 29, 2017 ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting is held at the regular Thursday luncheon. Members only.
This month’s programs arranged by Jonathan West.
During May, learn how two Italian organizations were formed 100 years ago to assist their Italian immigrant brothers and sisters to navigate the American system and become citizens of their adopted country.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 100-Year History of the Italian Community Services Andy Canepa, Cenacolista & Anna Maria Pierini, Executive Director, ICS
Thursday, May 11, 2017: The SFIAC: The Last Stronghold of the Italian Neighborhood Nickolas Marinelli, Cenacolista
Thursday, May 18. 2017 Luminous Patagonia Alex Kugushev, Cenacolista
Thursday, May 25, 2017 OPEN SESSION: Il Cenacolo Through the Eyes of our Presidents
This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 Marshall, Marconi and Mazzei: A Tomales Bay Story Tony Kilgallin, Cenacolista
Thursday, April 13, 2017 The USS Potomac—A Part of History in the San Francisco Bay Bill Hodges
Thursday, April 20, 2017 OPEN SESSION: The Legends of Il Cenacolo Moderator: Jim Boitano
Thursday, April 27, 2017 Sicily—Crossroads of History and Civilizations Douglas Kenning
This month’s programs arranged by Jim Boitano.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 Burning Man: an American Phenomenon Chris Danesi and Brandee Clark
Thursday, March 9, 2017 San Francisco Legend: Naughty Landmarks and Scandalous Stories Catherine Accardi
Thursday, March 16, 2017 OPEN SESSION: What Italy Means to You
Thursday, March 23, 2017 Il Piemonte and the Alluring White Truffle Jack Rubyn, Cenacolista
Thursday, March 30, 2017 History, Design, and Development of the Redwood Park at the Transamerica Pyramid Tony Guzzardo
This month’s programs arranged by David Cobb.
Thursday, February 2, 2017 The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Antonio Rossman, Cenacolista
Thursday, February 9, 2017 Projecting Ancient Rome: Fact, Fantasy and Fiction Lisa Pieraccini
Thursday, February 16, 2017 The Secrets of the Mummies Myron Marx, MD, Cenacolista
Thursday, February 23, 2017 OPEN SESSION: Italians Excelling through the Ages—Except in Governance…
This month’s programs arranged by Alex Kugushev.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
San Francisco’s Dungeness Crab and Domoic Acid
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Preserve your Life Stories for your Loved Ones
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Italian Life Style and “Made in Italy” in the Global Competition
Thursday, December 25, 2014 No meeting in deference to Christmas.
This month’s programs arranged by Chuck Stagliano.
Monthly Chairman Bill Nuerge’s speakers will talk about THE FUTURE
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Bitcoinsmay change the role of flat currencies. PayPal thinks so and you should too. This first-hand appraisal shows you where Bitcoins are headed.
Topic: “What is Bitcoin and Why Should You Care?” Speaker: Ronald Glantz, Director of Research, Pantera Capital Management
Thursday, November 13, 2014
By design, everything old is new again. The BBC and New York Times recognize these future designs for the results they achieved. See this PowerPoint presentation of remarkable ideas that will surprise you.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 Speaker: Craig Ramini, Cheesemaker and Owner, Ramini Mozzarella Topic: “A Bucolic Business Adventure”
Thursday, July 31, 2014 Speakers: Michael Muscardini, Winemaker, with Dom Paino, Grape Grower Topic: “Great Wine is Grown in the Vineyard”
This month’s programs arranged by Doug Von Qualen.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 Speaker: Leslie Ann Iacopi, Marine Biologist, Yacht Club Race Director, Sailor Topic: “Behind the Scenes at the 2013 America’s Cup”
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Speaker: Igor Bertolucci, Cenacolista, Majolica Expert, Cinematographer Topic: “The Art and Craft of Majolica Pottery” (including video)
Thursday, June 19, 2014 Speaker: Bill Heller, Third-Generation American Barrel Maker Topic: “The Humble Barrel’s Adventuresome Life”
Thursday, June 26, 2014: ANNUAL MEETING LUNCHEON Members and their male guests only are invited.
This month’s programs arranged by Mel Britton.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 Speaker: Jorge F. Escobar, SVP and Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS Financial Services Topic: “In Search of a XXI Century Italian Renaissance”
Thursday, May 8, 2014 Speaker: Alessandro Kugushev, Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur Topic: “Italy’s Imprint on Russia”
Thursday, May 15, 2014 Speaker: James J. Boitano, PhD, Retired Professor, Dominican University Topic: “Italy in Turmoil, the World of Isabella D’Este”
Thursday, May 22, 2014 Speaker: Richard Wahlberg, Recording Engineer, and 2012 Il Cenacolo Man of the Year Topic: “The Italian Baroque in Music ”
Thursday, May 29, 2014 Speaker: Ruth Weinberg, Folk Art Collector and Anthropologist Topic: “The Sicilian Puppet Theater: Culture and History Through Folk Art”
This month’s programs arranged by Alex Kugushev.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Speaker: Prof. Ilia Salomone-Smith
Title: Founder, Primo Programma, Italian Language and Culture for Children
Topic: “Italian Language in the Bay Area—A Personal View”
Thursday, April 10, 2014
No luncheon in deference to the evening program.
Thursday, April 10, 2014: RENZO TURCO AWARD
San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
1630 Stockton Street (3rd floor), San Francisco, CA 94133
DINNER 5:30 PM
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Speaker: Mimi Kugushev
Title: San Francisco Symphony Education Chair of Docent Programs for Concerts for Kids
Topic: “How Music Develops a Child’s Brain”
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Speaker: Bill Nuerge
Title:Cenacolista and Former Tactical Fighter Pilot Topic: “Mach Buster Pilot: The Life of a Tactical Fighter Pilot from A to Z”
This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 Speaker: Nunzio Alioto Title: Alioto’s #8 Restaurant, Master Sommelier Topic: “Italian Wines and the Regions They Come From”
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Speaker: Lido Cantarutti Title: Italian Film Historian and Educator Topic: “My Life in Italian”
Thursday, March 20, 2014 Speaker: Alessandro Baccari Title: Historian, Photographer, Educator Topic: “Israel: Chosen Land for Many”
Thursday, March 27, 2014 Speaker: Nickolas Marinelli Title: Director of Community Relations for the Italian Cemetery Topic: “ Dual Citizenship”
This month’s programs arranged by Eugene Lanzone.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Speaker: Valentina ImbeniTitle: Head of School, La ScuolaTopic: “La Scuola, and the Italian Language”
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Speaker: Aaron BastianTitle: Senior Specialist, Bonham’sTopic: “How Does Condition Affect a Painting’s Value”
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Speaker: Adolph CapurroTitle: Principal, Capurro Properties, LLCTopic: “An Overview of Early California Paintings”
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Speaker: James J. Boitano, PhDTitle: Retired Professor at Dominican UniversityTopic: “A Look at Machiavelli’s Life, his Political Thought in The Prince, and its Influence” This month’s programs arranged by Adolph Capurro.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 Speaker: Anna Savino Title: Winery Tour Guide Topic: “The Wines of Piamonte”
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Speaker: Alexandra Amatri-Camperi, PhD Title: Music Professor and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at the University of San Francisco Topic: “The ‘Code Rossini’ and TheBarber of Seville”
Thursday, January 23, 2014 Speaker: Christopher Danesi Title: Marathoner, Iron Man and Cenacolista Topic: “Preparing for the 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe”
Thursday, January 30, 2014 Speaker: Major Thomas V. Giannini Title: United States Army Engineer Officer Topic: “My Experience in the US Army Corps of Engineers ”
This month’s programs arranged by David T. Giannini.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 No luncheon meeting in deference to the Il Cenacolo Christmas Gala.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 Speaker: Jasmine Gipson Title: Afghanistan Veteran and Challenged Athlete Topic: “My Life Until Now”
Thursday, December 19, 2013 Speaker: Christopher Concolino Title: Associate Professor of Italian at San Francisco State University Topic: “The Life and Work of Cesare Pavese (1908-1950): Novelist, Poet and Essayist”
Thursday, December 26, 2013 No luncheon meeting in deference to Christmas.
This month’s programs arranged by Chris Danesi.
Thursday, November 7, 2013 Speaker: Dr. Paolo Barlera Title: Director, Italian Cultural Institute Topic: “The Year of Italian Culture and Beyond”
Thursday, November 14, 2013 Speaker: Gianrico Claudio Pierucci Title: Homicide Inspector, San Francisco Police Department Topic: “Quest’ e la mia vita”
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Speaker: Viola Buitoni Title: Chef, Writer, and Culinary Educator Topic: “Beyond Spaghetti and Meatballs: The New Italian Cuisine”
Thursday, November 28, 2013 No luncheon meeting in deference to Thanksgiving.
This month’s programs arranged by Nickolas Marinellli.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 Speaker:Douglas Moore, Jr., SC, USN (Ret.) Title:Cenacolista, Superior Court Judge, Veteran, and (currently) Commander General of the Naval Order of the United States Topic:“Admiral Chester Nimitz—The Measure of the Man”
Thursday, October 10, 2013 Speaker:Joseph Giordano Title:Cenacolista, Real Estate Lawyer, Veteran Topic:“The Career of Joseph DiGiorgio: Agribusiness Pioneer”
Thursday, October 17, 2013 Speaker: Joe Galiardi Title: Author, Hooked on Autographs Topic: “In Search of Autographs (on Golf Balls!)”
Thursday, October 24, 2013 Speaker: John Pauley Title: Owner, Pastaficio Mattarello Topic: “The Birth and Growth of an Artisanal Pasta Company”
Thursday, October 31, 2013 Speaker: John Mangum Title: Director of Artistic Planning, San Francisco Symphony Topic: “Behind-the-Scenes: 101 Years of the San Francisco Symphony”
This month’s programs arranged by Franz Cristiani.
September 2013: OPERA MONTH
Thursday, September 5, 2013 Speaker:Clifford “Kip” Cranna Title:Director of Musical Administration, San Francisco Opera Topic:“Preview of the 2013–2014 San Francisco Opera Season”
Thursday, September 12, 2013 No luncheon in deference to the Opera Outing.
SUNDAY, September 15, 2013: Sal Reina Opera Outing 60th Anniversary!
Thursday, September 19, 2013 Speaker: Greg Henkel Title: Director of Artistic Administration, San Francisco Opera Topic: “Traveling the World in Search of Opera Talent”
Thursday, September 26, 2013 Speaker: Mary Finch Title: Soprano, San Francisco Opera Chorus Topic: “The Exciting World of the Opera Chorus: What We Do and Some Very Interesting Stories”
This month’s programs arranged by Chuck Stagliano.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
No meeting in deference to Independence Day.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Speaker: Dick Wahlberg
Title: Recording Engineer, Record Collector, Cenacolista
Topic: "Musicale: Swinging the Strings"
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Speaker: Mike Maloney
Title: Operations Manager for DROBO, Inc, and History Aficionado
Topic: "The Amazing Career of Joan of Arc"
Thursday, July 25, 2013
"A Preview of this Fall’s Opera Outing"
This month’s programs arranged by Doug Von Qualen.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 Speaker: Mike Bradley Title: Olive Oil Producer, Veronica Foods Topic: "The World of Olive Oil"
Thursday, June 13, 2013 Speaker: John Kriken Title: City Planner and Urban Designer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Topic: "Our Future Cities: Better by Design"
Thursday, June 20, 2013 Speaker: Jean Kellogg Title: Executive Director, Merola Opera Program Topic: "The Heritage and Future of the Merola Opera Program"
Thursday, June 27, 2013 ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting will be held at the regular luncheon time and place. (Members and male guests only.)
This month's programs arranged by Chuck Stagliano.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 Speaker: Francine Brevetti Title: Author and Ghost Writer Topic: “The Benefits of Writing Your Own Book”
Thursday, May 9, 2013 Speaker: Amelia Antonucci
Title: Managing Director at Campania Felix Topic: “How to Reinvent Yourself”
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Speaker: The Honorable Mauro Battocchi Title: Consul General of Italy in San Francisco Topic: “The Year of Italian Culture”
Thursday, May 23, 2013 Speaker: To be announced
Thursday, May 30, 2013 Speaker: Andrew M. Canepa Title: Historian, Cenacolista, and General Ne’er Do Well Title: “The Italian Community in Peru: Pochi ma Buoni”
This month’s programs arranged by Nickolas Marinelli.
Thursday, April 4, 2013 Speaker: Ron Derenzi Title: Cenacolista and Retired Banker Topic: “The Big Four: Builders of the Central Pacific Railroad (Plus One)”
Thursday, April 11, 2013
RENZO TURCO SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Honoree: Petra Ferreti, San Francisco State University
Presenter: Professor Elisabetta Nelsen, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, San Francisco State University
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Speaker: Nickolas Marinelli
Title: Cenacolista and Editor of L’Italo-Americano
Topic: San Francisco’s First Italian Celebrity
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Speaker: Anna Maria Pierini
Title: Executive Director, Italian Community Services, San Francisco Topic: “The Agency’s Information and Referral Service”
This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.
"Italian Culture in all its Facets"
Thursday, March 7 2013
Speaker: Karen Antonelli
Title: Scholar of Italian Literature and Culture
Topic: “The Significance of the Great Sicilian Novel,
Il Gattopardo, by Giuseppe di Lampedusa”
Thursday, March 14 2013
Speaker: Francesca Kautz
Title: Dante Scholar and Etruscan Archeologist
Topic: “Michele Cascella: 20th Century Abruzzese Artist of Italian Landscapes”
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Speaker: Suzanne Cowan
Title: Scholar of Italian Literature and Art History
Topic: “The World in Three Dimensions Pioneered by Italian Renaissance Painting”
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Speaker: Karen Antonelli
Title: Student and Scholar of Italian Cinema
Topic: “The Birth of Neorealism in Italian Cinema:
a Radically Innovative Movement”
This month’s programs arranged by Alessandro Kugushev.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 Speaker:Scot Levitt Title: Director, Fine Arts, Bonham & Butterfield Topic: “The Market for Early California Paintings”
as seen from the perspective of an appraiser that witnessed its inception
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Title:Originator of Marin County’s “Italian Film Festival” and Professor of Italian language at College of Marin
Topic:“Italian Film, Friends and Fun”
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Speaker:Mike Maloney Title:Operations Manager for DROBO, Inc., and speaker on many subjects of Catholic world history Topic:“The Battle of Lepanto—The Last Crusade”
Thursday, February 28, 2013 Speaker:George Sakellariou Title:Classical Guitarist Topic:“Music, from Paganini to Take Five” (including a performance of two Spanish masterpieces)
Thursday, May 3, 2012 Speaker: Andrew Canepa Title: Cenacolista and Historian Topic: Frederic F. Campagnoli, Sixth President of Il Cenacolo
Thursday, May 10, 2012 Speaker: Nickolas Marinelli Title: Cenacolista, Writer and Historian Topic: The Lost Cemeteries of San Francisco
Thursday, May 17, 2012 Speaker: Philip Gioia Title: Cenacolista and Military Historian Topic: Guardian of the Golden Gate--the History of the Presidio of San Francisco
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Note new venue above! Speaker: John F. Holzrickter, PhD Title: Cenacolista and Senior Scientist, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Topic: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Note new venue above!
Speaker: Fr. Charles Puthota, PhD
Title: Pastor, St. Veronica Parish and Writer Topic: Mahatma Gandhi: His Message and Meaning for Today
May programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.
Thursday, April 5, 2012 Speaker: George L. Marchand Title: Cenacolista and Retired Attorney Topic: "The Pleasures of Collecting Early California Art"
Thursday, April 12, 2012: Renzo Turco Award Presenters: James J. Boitano, President, Il Cenacolo Victor B. Vari, Toso Professor of Italian Studies, Santa Clara University Awardee: Elisa Phillips, Senior, Santa Clara University
Thursday, April 19, 2012 Speaker: Maureen O'Brien Title: Docent, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Art History Instructor Topic: "The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant Garde 1860-1900"
Thursday, April 26, 2012 Speaker: Angelo Capozzi, MD Title: Plastic Surgeon; Co-founder and Medical Director, Rotaplast International Inc. Topic: "Rotaplast International and 36 Years of International Service in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery"
April programs arranged by George Marchand and Virgil Caselli.
Thursday, March 1, 2012 Speaker: Robert M. Durling, PhD Title: Dante Scholar and Professor of English and Italian Literature Topic: "Challenges in the Translation of Dante’s Paradiso"
Thursday, March 8, 2012 Speaker: Jonathan Khuner Title: Prompter and Assistant Director, San Francisco Opera Topic: "The Life and World of an Opera Prompter"
Thursday, March 15, 2012 Speaker: Alexandra Amati-Camperi, PhD Title: Department Chair and Music Professor at University of San Francisco Topic: "The Birth of Opera"
Thursday, March 22, 2012 Speaker: Dick Wahlberg Title: Fellow Cenacolista and Music Historian Topic: "The Music of Roberto Murolo: More of Bill Barnsdale’s Favorites"
Thursday, March 29, 2012 Speaker: Greg Weber Title: Director of Production, San Francisco Opera Topic: "The Journey of a New Opera from Concept to Stage"
March programs arranged by Chuck Stagliano.
Thursday, January 5, 2012 Speaker: Richard Wahlberg Title: Cenacolista and Music Master Topic: The Music Loved by the late William Barnsdale, Cenacolista
Thursday, January 12, 2012 Speaker: Sebastian Fichera Title: Author, Italy on the Pacific: San Francisco’s Italian Americans
Topic: Recent History of San Francisco's North Beach
Thursday, January 19, 2012 Speaker: Ian W. Toll Title: Historian, Author, Pacific Crucible: The War at Sea in the Pacific
Topic: “The Fortunes of War”
Thursday, January 26, 2012 Speaker: Ruth Nott Title: Director of Education at the San Francisco Opera Speaker: Caroline Altman Title: Director of Education at the San Francisco Opera Guild and
Founder of the San Francisco Opera Guild Youth Conservatory
Topic: “Opera for Everyone”
January programs arranged by David T. Giannini.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
No meeting in deference to the Holiday Dinner.
Saturday, December 3, 2011 il Cenacolo holiday Dinner and Person of the Year Presentation
St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco
Thursday, December 8, 2011 Speaker: Dr. Lynn Federle orr Title: Curator, European Art; Legion of honor Topic: "Masters of Venice: renaissance painters of passion and power"
(Exhibition at the de Young Museum, October 29-February 12)
Thursday, December 15, 2011 speaker: John pitcairn Title: Cenacolista, Cpa and expert Witness Topic: “My 37 Years of Remarkable Interface with the Legal System”
Thursday, October 15, 2009 Speaker: Lido Cantarutti Title: Founder and Manager, Marin Italian Film Festival Topic: "History and Present Tense" Meeting Place: Fior d'Italia, 2237 Mason Street, San Francisco
June programs (and quote) arranged by Doug Von Qualen.
Thursday, June 4, 2009 Frank J. Macchiarola has been an educator, lawyer and public servant with a lifetime of outstanding achievements and contributions.
He is President of St. Francis College, New York City, and has served as: -Dean of Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law -Chancellor of Schools - New York City -President and CEO of the New York City Partnership -Deputy Director of the New York State Emergency Financial Control Board for New York City -Law School Site Visitation Team, American Bar Association, University of San Francisco Law School -Chairman for San Gennaro Festival, New York City -Mediator of the strike by Radio City Music Hall's musicians
Thursday, June 11, 2009 As State Director with United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Jim Molinari oversees Senate operations in the San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco offices in California. Prior to joining the Senator's staff, he served as Executive Director for the San Francisco Bay Area High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
He was appointed United States Marshal by President William J. Clinton for the Northern District of California. As the United States Marshal, he was responsible for the administration of federal law enforcement and business operations for the judicial district. The district serves the fifteen northern counties of California with a population of approximately twelve million people. During his tenure, he was responsible for the creation of the Fugitive Apprehension Strike Task Force in Northern California. Under his command, the Task Force has grown to thirty-nine law enforcement agencies from six bay area counties, making it the largest fugitive task force in the Nation.
Prior to his appointment the United States Marshal Services, he served 27 years with the San Francisco Police Department. He was assigned to a succession of specialized assignments that included the anti-terrorist unit, the narcotics unit and the security unit for the Office of the Mayor. He assumed ever-increasing positions of command and executive responsibilities resulting in his elevation to the rank of Captain.
He served as Commanding Officer of the Narcotics and Planning Divisions. While assigned to the Narcotics Division, he formed the Department's first Major Violators team and established the Asset Forfeiture program ensuring the control and use of confiscated property from drug dealers. While assigned to the Planning Division, his duties included responsibility for Management Information Services, Strategic Planning, and Telecommunications. He led a comprehensive effort to modernize San Francisco's emergency communication systems.
Jim Molinari is a San Francisco native who received a BA from the San Francisco State University, and completed graduate studies in Public Administration at California State University, Hayward. He attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University.
Thursday, June 25, 2009 Gary Kurutz has served as Director of the Special Collections Branch of the California State Library in Sacramento since 1980. Previously, he held positions as Head Librarian, Sutro Library; Library Director, California Historical Society; and Bibliographer of Western Americana at the Henry E. Huntington Library.
Kurutz has written extensively on the California Gold Rush including The California Gold Rush: A Descriptive Bibliography of Books and Pamphlets Covering the Years 1848-1853 (San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1997); "You Have Mail: Readings and Writing During the Golden Era,"The Book Club of California Quarterly News-Letter (Summer 1999); "Rooted in Barbarous Soil: Popular Culture on the Golden Shore," in a Sesquicentennial Issue of California History (Summer 2006).
A native of La Canada, California, Kurutz received an M.A. in history from the University of San Diego and a master's degree in Library Science from the University of Southern California. Currently, he serves as Executive Director of the California State Library Foundation and has been in charge of the publication program of the Book Club of California since 1987.
Gary's talk will center on the incredible descriptions written by the gold seekers. Many of the Argonauts were highly educated, literate men and they penned some unbelievable accounts of life in the mines and the roaring, rambunctious town of San Francisco. Gary has spoken at Il Cenacolo luncheons in the past and is on our list of favorite speakers.
Thursday, May 7, 2009 Gene Mullin has been a friend of our member Ron Derenzi for some 35 years. Gene is a 1960 graduate of the University of San Francisco, and spent 32 years as a high school teacher. Gene's political career started out as South San Francisco Planning Commissioner, to South San Francisco City Council, then to Mayor of South San Francisco, and finally elected to the State of California Assembly in 2002 and 2006.Gene has been selected for many public and private committees and recently appointed to a task force by U. S. Representative Jackie Speier. Gene will explain the State Budget process and the reason for the May 19 Special Election.
Thursday, May 14, 2009 Christine Tarver, the daughter of our Member Ron Derenzi, holds a BSN and MSN from San Jose State University. She also is a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Christine has been a registered nurse at El Camino Hospital for nearly 20 years and will inform us how hospitals and health care teams are being utilized to help improve the quality of care for stroke and heart attack patients. Her insight will be helpful in informing the Club how we can survive a stroke or heart attack.
Thursday, May 21, 2009 Chuck Stagliano, a member of Il Cenacolo, is a native of Tarrytown, New York. He graduated from Roanoke College in Virginia and joined the U. S. Navy as a Naval Aviator, and served aboard two aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, Chuck joined Pan Am and then Atlas Air; he flew commercial aircraft including 707, 727, A-300 and 747. Chuck retired as a 747 Captain and instructor. Chuck will tell the story of the Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper flight on December 7, 1941 and its round-the-world flight to safety.
Thursday, May 28, 2009 Introduced by Dr. John Lavorgna, Anita Weissberg and Susan Wheeler will give us a complete history of the dogs and cats of Roma. Friends of Roman Cats was founded in 2001 and is based in San Francisco. Their primary goal is to raise money to help these cats get spayed and neutered. Italy has been a No-Kill nation for companion animals. We will be informed of the Volponis purebred dogs from outside Siena. A guest, Luciano Moroni, will give us a brief history of the Volponi in Italy.
Thursday, April 2, 2009 This year's recipient of the Renzo Turco Scholarship Award is Ismini Ioannou, a San Francisco State University graduate student in the Italian Master of Arts Program. Ms. Ioannou has been nominated by Professor Elisabetta Nelsen, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Ms. Ioannou completed her B.A. at San Francisco State with a Major in Italian in the Fall of 2007 and was admitted to the Master's Program in the Spring of 2008. She is extremely motivated to complete her Master's degree in Italian. With her Greek background, she is fluent in modern Greek, Italian and, of course, English. She is very active in the Michelangelo Club and organizes many events to promote the study of Italian language to students on campus. She is also one of the Graduate Teaching Assistants and has taught both the First and Second Semesters of undergraduate Italian. Our recipient excels in her courses, maintaining a high grade point average. By this spring she will have completed half of the courses necessary for the written and oral Master's exam, leading to the Master's Degree. Therefore, Il Cenacolo's scholarship will be extremely helpful for her as well as truly deserved. Ms. Ioannou has also expressed her intent to apply for a Ph.D Program in Italian Studies.
Thursday, April 9, 2009 Our member, Richard L. Wahlberg, is a native San Franciscan and graduate of USF. From a childhood hobby of collecting records of classical and jazz music, Richard has become the principal owner of the best recording studio in San Francisco. With his collection of over 30,000 recordings, Richard has selected recordings of "the other Italian Tenors." Rather than focusing on either Caruso or Pavarotti, we will be listening to historic recordings by Italian tenors who have been guests of Il Cenacolo in the past, namely: Beniamino Gigli, Giovanni Martinelli, Mario Del Monaco, Tito Schipa and Giuseppe di Stefano.
Thursday, April 16, 2009 Aaron Bastian is the senior specialist in Californian and American Paintings at Bonham and Butterfield's in San Francisco. Aaron has over 10 years experience in the auction business. Previously, as head of the Fine American Paintings sale at Christie's, Aaron was responsible for the two annual mid-season sales. Before becoming a specialist, Aaron was trained as a cataloguer in both American Paintings and European Paintings, and also worked at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. Aaron also has interests and experience in painting restoration. The auction market continues to demonstrate the discerning eye of the collecting public. Rarity, subject matter and the condition of each individual work are reflected in their respective results, sometimes with surprising outcomes. Aaron's presentation (with slides) will focus on three prominent early California artists of Northern California: William Keith (1838-1911), William Alexander Coulter (1849-1936), and William Franklin Jackson (1850-1936).
Thursday, April 23 2009 John Urquhart's 52-year working career spans physiology, bioengineering, biopharmaceutics, and pharmaco-epidemiology, in each of which he attained full professorships and honors. He holds an MD (Harvard, 1959), a BA (Rice University, 1951), and was a surgical house officer at Massachusetts General Hospital (1959-61). His core scientific interests are the nonlinear dynamics of hormonal and drug actions. As Professor of Physiology at University of Pittsburgh (1963-70), he studied the nonlinear dynamics of ACTH action on adrenocortical steroid secretion, recognized in his 1969 Bowditch Lecture of the American Physiological Society. From 1970-86, he applied these principles to pharmaceutical product development at ALZA Corp, which pioneered rate-controlled drug delivery systems. As research director during ALZA's formative years, he had a central role in developing such well-known products as TRANSDERM-SCOP, the first transdermal patch; PROCARDIA-XL, the largest-ever cardiovascular product until 1995; and the ALZET osmotic minipumps, which made rate-controlled drug delivery practical in experimental pharmacology and endocrinology, used in more than 10,000 published studies. Since 1986, he has worked on the clinical and economic consequences of variable patient adherence to prescribed drug dosing regimens, pioneering the development of electronic means to compile drug dosing histories in ambulatory patients. He co-founded APREX Corp. in the U.S., and AARDEX Ltd. in Switzerland, the two leading developers and producers of electronic monitoring products. The two firms merged in 1999. Dr. Urquhart has many other accomplishments too numerous to mention. In this presentation he will continue the discussion he began in December about the pioneering work of Andreas Vesalius (the 16th century physician often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy), with the further enlightening work of William Harvey, whose treatise proving that blood circulated overturned the theory of Galen who posited that blood ebbed and flowed. Dr. Urqhart will be introduced by Cenacolista Dr. Mel Britton.
Thursday, April 30, 2009 William Hogan is Chief Ranger for the Marin Municipal Water District. Bill began his career with the district as a seasonal ranger in 1977 while attending San Jose State University. He was a field ranger and later Ranger Supervisor during the 1980s and 90s when popular growth in outdoor recreation transformed the Mount Tamalpais Watershed from the quiet backyard of Marin County to a major destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Bill was directly involved in the advancement of park ranger emergency services including law enforcement, wildland firefighting, search and rescue and emergency medical services. Today, as Chief Ranger, Bill manages the Watershed Protection Services for the district's 20,000-acre watershed lands. He is also actively engaged in implementing state and federal professional standards for local agency park rangers. Bill's talk will be about protecting the Mount Tamalpais Watershed, a Marin County legacy.