Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Another year, another pasta dinner in the books.

Thank you to all who put in so much time and effort to make our 27th annual CIAO Italian Dinner such a success!  It was a great day and none of it would be possible without the many volunteers and countless hours of preparation over the past year. 

Special thanks to our co-chairs Bill Sarno and Joe Luchini and to John Venturella without whom we could not have pulled it off.  Thank you to the many "Pasta Heads" who chaired each of our committees. 

 Big thank you to the many non-CIAO members who worked with us, friends and relatives, the crew from Casa Lu Al, students from Apollo and LCC,  2013 CIAO Scholarship recipients
and our entertainment for the day, Frank & Dean who were a favorite with the crowd.

Thank you especially to the Lima community who bought tickets and spent the day with us. We're already thinking about next year!

To view many more photos of the day, please visit our Facebook page, CIAO of Lima, Ohio

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

It's Pasta Time!  This Sunday, April 13th from noon until 6 p.m!  Please come out and enjoy the great food, fantastic entertainment and know that your money is supporting college scholarships for area high school seniors and many worthy causes. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thank you to Frank Guagenti and the Milano Cafe for providing a wonderful meal for our March General Membership meeting last night!

Thank you also to Ray Bernacchi for the entertaining and educational talk about his adventures, risks and world travels for his job. From the sound of it, he's lucky to be alive and we're lucky to have him with us!

Gil Lentol was the name chosen for the cash drawing but was not present to win so the pot is up to $200 for our April meeting.

We've got CIAO T-shirts ordered for sale at our pasta dinner in colors of red and green.  Plan to get yours and wear it often, it's great advertising for us!   If you would like other apparel with our CIAO logo on it, please visit Cappie Sportswear at 3107 W. Elm St, Lima or see their website   http://www.cappiesportswear.com/ .  They have our logo and will do both screen printing and embroidery on anything you buy from their showroom, and they have everything imaginable including outerwear, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, shorts, pants, hats, accessories, promotional and gift items. For a reasonable charge, they will also embroider our logo on clothing you already have. Check them out!

Plans are on track for the pasta dinner. If you have not yet signed up to be a helper, let us know when you're available and we will happily find a spot for you.

BAKED GOODS NEEDED!!!!!  We need treats to sell at our bake sale table for the pasta dinner. Please drop off your donations on the day before the dinner, Saturday April 12, at the pasta dinner main entrance between 10a.m. and 2p.m..  Our bake sale ladies will handle pricing and can also package your items for purchase so you don't have to. Contact Judy Seifer or Susan Lucente  if you need someone to pick up your donations.  We will gladly accept anything that we can sell, does not need to be an Italian recipe, but that is bonus! Thank you!

Next pasta dinner committee meeting will be Wednesday April 2 at Tamarac, 6:30p.m.!!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Be sure to join us for our March General Membership meeting, Monday March 24! 

Our speaker will be CIAO member Ray “Raimondo” Bernacchi.  Ray will speak on his world travels for his job. He has had major manufacturing projects all over the world, including Iran, United Arab Emirates, South America, Mexico and the Far East. He has done extensive Industrial Espionage for a major manufacturer! He will share with us his exciting experiences both good and bad that he encountered during these times. This is the stuff best-selling novels and major motion pictures are made of, you won’t want to miss it!

This will be our last General Membership meeting before Pasta Dinner Day. We will again hold our monthly cash drawing. Must be present to win! 

Friday, March 14, 2014


In this month's issue of our newsletter, I announced our new Graduation "Gifts" for children of members who do not receive our Heritage Scholarship. In that announcement, I mistakenly said that Heritage Scholarships are for both member children and grandchildren. This is NOT accurate. The rules for Heritage Scholarships remain unchanged and are as they have been, only for children of members in good standing for at least two years. I apologize for the confusion and misinformation. A correction will run in the next newsletter along with complete details and applications for both the Graduation Gift and Heritage Scholarships. 

Susan Lucente