Thursday, July 13, 2017: Next Il Cenacolo Board Meeting
Just a reminder that you are invited to attend and observe a Board meeting. If you are interested, all you need to do is email me (email@example.com) and let me know your preferred date. (We meet at 9:30am on the second Thursday of each month right before the weekly luncheon meeting).
Sunday, August 27, 2017: The Sal Reina Opera Outing
Note that the Opera Outing is early this year. Still at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. The Chairman of the event, Chuck Stagliano, and his team are putting together plans that will include live entertainment and more! This has always been a fun event at a wonderful venue—with good food, wine and fun entertainment! We look forward to seeing you, your family and friends. Watch for your snail-mail invitation coming soon!
Saturday, September 23, 2017:Night at the Italian Film Festival
Ken Sproul has arranged a fabulous evening of entertainment with our fellow Cenacolista, Lido Cantarutti. Lido has organized this event for many years. They have arranged for us to attend the opening night at the Showcase Theater in the Marin County Civic Center. After the performance, dinner will be organized at a nearby Italian restaurant. More detail is forthcoming, but I wanted to ensure that this got on your calendar now. For more information about the Marin Italian Film Festival, click here.
Friday, December 1, 2017: Christmas Gala
At the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. Ron Derenzi, the gala’s Chairman, and his team have already nailed down some of the details of this event. This will be a real Italian-style holiday party—with great food and lots of fun. This year’s gala is a change from prior years and promises to not only be different in style, but in substance as well. Please mark it on your calendars now.
ON BEING PROGRAM CHAIRMAN
During recent recruiting of new Board members, we found that some members expressed reluctance to join the Board out of concern for their duty to be monthly chairman and line up speakers. This is to alleviate some concerns.
As Program Chairman, I maintain a list of potential speakers at all times—anywhere between fifteen and twenty of them. I make it a point to interview them, to assess how well they may be of interest to our membership. These names are available to monthly chairmen who may choose to use them.
On a personal note, I find that the greatest pleasure in serving on the Board is the opportunity to be the monthly chairman once a year. It allows me to plan a set of talks that focus on themes that interest me and that I hope will interest the membership. I prefer topics on Italian culture. I get to select speakers and interact with them, suggesting effective ways to present their ideas. In the process, I expand my knowledge and learn things I often knew nothing about.
—Alex Kugushev, Program Chairman
A TALENT CALL
Before joining Il Cenacolo, I attended several lunches. On each occasion, I found myself talking with someone interesting and substantial. I was impressed by the members and so I joined. My admiration of Italian civilization, of course, also determined the decision.
Five years on, I have not changed my impression. We have a vast reservoir of knowledge, experience and intellectual curiosity among our members. Life and work experiences, profound personal interests, hobbies and travel. Consider that in recent times a number of us have spoken, some repeatedly : Jim Boitano, Bill Nuerge, Dick Wahlberg, Adolph Capurro, Ron Fenolio, Chris Danesi, Nickolas Marinelli, Alessandro Baccari, Igor Bertolucci, Chris Gulli, Andy Canepa, Dave Litwin, Jorge Escobar, Michael Muscardini, Dom Paino, our President, Chuck Stagliano, and yours truly--among others.
And in the near future, Mel Britton and Tony Rossman will contribute to our bank of knowledge and entertainment.
So, this is a call for members who have something energizing to say to come forward and send me a proposal for an uplifting talk. How about it, Fellows? If not you, perhaps your fascinating spouse, or equally fascinating significant other, friend or relation?