Dear Cenacolisti,

Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving and are ready for the approaching Holiday Season.

First, our thanks to Peter Sherwood for his excellent November luncheon programs. Dr. Winslow’s Field Adventures were captivating as were the presentation about rural Tuscany and Sicily by Peter and Susi (our dear “Den Mother”). Laura Ackley again reminded us about San Francisco’s historic 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition—great book by the way! Finally, Chuck Stagliano wrapped up the month of programs with another fascinating (and timely) presentation about how commercial airlines get us all safely and expeditiously “from here to there.” All wonderful and interesting Thursday luncheons with our fellow Cenacolisti.

Second, I am sure that you do not want to miss our December 7th Holiday Galamarking Il Cenacolo’s 90th Anniversary! If you stop to think about it….it really is a momentous occasion!  Since 1928 our Club has ridden the waves of history, from a World War, to Elvis Presley, to men landing on the moon, and to the advent of the internet! How many organizations do you know that have lasted this long with this amount of consistent support and enthusiasm? We are proud of the contributions and participation of all our members who have helped our mission of preserving Italian Culture throughout all these years.

Well, our well-deserved party promises to be a great time for all—not only another five-star-worthy banquet arranged by Ron Derenzi and his committee, but also special presentations and a few surprises! (One clue: we will be taking a group photo of all those members attending, the old-timers and the new-timers!)

We have only two luncheons this month due to the holidays, and of course I hope to see you there. I am especially looking forward to celebrating with you at our Gala on December 7. (Don’t forget: RSVP* before it is too late!)

Ciao, David