Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thank you to all who attended our General Membership meeting at Milano Cafe this evening, what a fantastic turnout!  Thank you to Frank and his crew for the delicious meal.  Thank you also to Tom Lucente for the informative and entertaining talk about dual citizenship between America and Italy. This generated much interest.   Congratulations to Sheila Deitsch, winner of tonight's cash drawing of $200! Next month, the pot is back to $100, it could be yours!

Our 27th annual Pasta Dinner is fast approaching.  We cannot stress deeply enough how important it is for every able-bodied member to help us on April 13th. If you have children or grandchildren, next door neighbors, friends, students, we would love to have them involved and need all the help we can get. Please help us fill all of our open spots. We are in need of people from as early as 8am all through the day until the last pot is washed, last table is folded up and the truck is packed up and ready to go. It is especially important that we have a commitment from enough people to help with the cleanup at the end of the day.  Included in our March newsletter will be a list of all areas still needing help and the "Pasta Head" for each area.  If you have a particular area you would like to help with, contact either of our Pasta Dinner co-chairmen,  Bill Sarno or Joe Luchini, or any Pasta Head, officer or board member. We will also be happy to put you where you are most needed if you show up Pasta day.  

Baked goods needed!!!! Our bake sale table at the Pasta Dinner is very popular and contributes a great deal to our fundraising; that means more scholarships and more help for worthy causes.  We rely on donations of homemade goodies of all kinds to make this a success. If you would like to get busy baking now, Judy Seifer, head of the bakesale, has deep freezer space to store contributions ahead of time. We will also be at the Civic Center on Saturday, the day before the dinner, for bake goods drop-off.

Coming up next on the calendar:

Monday, March 3rd, Board Meeting at Casa Lu Al. Dinner at 6pm, meeting at 7pm. Any member of CIAO is welcome to attend Board meetings with prior notification to the president or other officers. 

Thursday, March 6th,  Pasta Dinner Committee meeting at Tamarac, 6:30pm. 

Thursday, March 13th, Membership Committee meeting at Tamarac, 6pm.

Wednesday, March 19th, Pasta Dinner Committee meeting at Tamarac, 6:30pm.

Monday, March 24th, General Membership meeting at Milano Cafe, appetizers 5:45, dinner 6:15, meeting 7pm.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

February General Membership Meeting!

Please join us this coming Monday, February 24 for our next General Membership Meeting at Milano Cafe.  Appetizers will begin at 5:45, dinner at 6:15 and the meeting will start at 7.  We will have our monthly cash drawing, winner must be present to win!  Our 27th annual Pasta Dinner is coming up FAST and our Pasta Dinner committee has been meeting regularly and working hard for months to prepare,  we will be talking a little bit about plans that are in the works. You will have an opportunity to choose an area you'd like to help out with for the Pasta Dinner and sign up at the meeting. There are several areas that still need to be filled,  we need your help!  Our speaker for this month's meeting will be our own CIAO member, local attorney and night editor/columnist from the Lima News, Tom Lucente. Tom is a dual Italian and American citizen and will share with us the process he and his father completed to obtain their dual citizenship. Many of our members are eligible for dual citizenship so this will be very informative for everyone.  We hope to see you there!