Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CIAO Members! 

This coming Monday, October 27th will be our next General Membership Meeting. Join us, same time same place for dinner and a very interesting speaker afterwards. Steve Smith has scheduled David S. Adams to come talk to us about gravestones and their meanings and how gravestone art has changed over the centuries.  Perfect for the week of Halloween! Many of us recognize David from his 30 years teaching Sociology at OSU-Lima, his segments on WLIO giving movie reviews, as a former 8th Ward Lima City Councilman and currently as cartoonist of  "The Bean Family" cartoon that appears in our utility bills. This meeting will also be the deadline for submission of nominations for our board of directors election in November. Our drawing is up to $500 this month, but you must be present to win!  The final Reverse Raffle planning meeting will immediately follow the General Membership meeting and anyone interested in sticking around for this is welcome.  See you there! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The October newsletter is posted.  Please see the rest of it in our Newsletters tab. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Attention CIAO members interested in our trip to Italy 2015!

We have compared the quotes and chosen a travel director and plan that we believe gives us the most for the money.  Itinerary details and cost quote for this trip scheduled July 2 - July 12, 2015 will be in your October newsletter coming out this week.  Our travel director, Brenda Dryer, will hold an informational meeting THIS Saturday, October 18th at the Bath Township Fire station on Rt.81 at 11 a.m.  They ask that everyone park behind the building and enter through the back door and take the stairs to the lower level meeting room.  You do not have to make any commitment at this time, HOWEVER, she will only take 48 people on this trip and once she has that number, no one else will be able to join in. She has a small group already signed up and we will combine with them which will provide us more opportunities for discounts. If you would like to make your reservation at the meeting, please have your passport with you and a $200 trip deposit + $100 deposit for the plane reservation.  If you have any questions or cannot make it to the meeting, contact Mike Diglia at or Brenda Dryer at 419-230-5098. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

We had a great turnout for our 1st Annual CIAO Grape Tour!  Thank you to all who came along and a special thank you to Steve Smith for planning this road trip.

Hillside Winery, Gilboa, Ohio
Chuck Sommers, Jazz Saxophonist


Sycamore Lake Wine Company, Columbus Grove

Monday, September 29, 2014

A rosary prayer service will be held at the grotto of Our Lady of Fatima outside the gym at LCC on Wed. October 1st at 6:30 p.m. for John Venturella and Pat Shanahan Black. All are welcome to attend and send up prayers for a successful transplant surgery and quick recovery for John and Pat.  It is suggested that everyone bring their own lawn chairs.