Lincoln Hills Italian Club May 2011
our annual BBQ & Bocce Tournament at the
President’s Message Sports Pavilion. It was well attended as the
sun was finally out, the food was great, the
President Dan Verona competition was fierce, and the raffle prizes
were outstanding. Many thanks go to Nadine
Ciao Amici E Connazionali, Miller and her committee.
Past President Carl Grondona See you at our next event! Dan Verona
asked me to serve as President
until we have elections and a
new Board is installed. We are
fortunate to have members who
came forward to join the Board. We need new
Past President’s Message
Board members who give some of their time to Carl Grondona
the Club and keep our events going. Tom
Freschi, Joe Rancatore, and Norm Cherubino Buon Giorno Miei Amici,
will join the new Board in July.
It hardly seems possible that
Our new members have put us almost to the another Club year has almost
300 mark! At the rate we are growing, we’ll gone by. You’ll be electing new
probably be even higher by summer. It’s no officers soon for several Board
mystery ─ our Club has great events every of Director positions. I have
month. taken early retirement, and Dan Verona is
serving as your President for these next few
Last February we added something new ─ a months. Dan has appointed Board member
1950’s Sock-Hop. We wore our high school Norm Cherubino as Vice-President through this
poodle skirts and letter sweaters, danced the June.
Stroll, and listened to our old favorites as the
DJ played our special requests. Skye Winters It’s been both a challenging and a fun year for
added flavor with his Harley-Davidson on the your Board as we strove to bring new activities
dance floor which quickly became a photo-op and programs to you. Please be sure to
for members riding a Harley. Thanks go to mention to your Board Officers those events
Lilly LaPira who chaired this event. and activities that you particularly liked, or
perhaps that you would like to have take
In March we had a Wine Tasting event place.
featuring seven local vintners at Turkey Creek
Golf Course. We enjoyed sampling red and During the past 10+ months, your Club has
white wines and hors d’oeuvres while listening achieved the following:
to accordion music played by our own Vic
Albertazzi and Steve Pizzo. Thanks to Joe 1. We initiated the first Past Presidents
Rancatore and Carl Grondona for co-chairing recognition event last August.
2. We initiated the first New Member Welcome
In April we had a Golf Tournament with many series.
non-golfers attending just for the lunch and
camaraderie. Tony Dipaola did an outstanding 3. We’ve had excellent membership growth,
job chairing this event. Our May event was now at a record high of 299.
4. We’ve purchased a new sound system, a our members. So it’s important for us to keep
new American flag, and a new Italian flag with our members’ email addresses current. If you
stands for display at our events, reflecting the have a new email, please let me know at
pride, stability, and maturity of our Club. firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 434-
5. We’ve introduced the first Culture and
Language class into the Club. Its success is
encouraging us to do more of these.
6. We’ve produced the first quarterly
newsletter “Il Bollettino” for the Club three
months ago and whose second edition you are
It has come to the Board’s
attention that some members
have requested financial data.
7. We’ve provided some new and exciting
monthly events for our members, thanks in
Are you aware that our dues will
large part to Lilly LaPira. Turnout this year to
increase to $20 in the new
Turkey Bingo, the Christmas Dinner Dance,
renewal period beginning July 1? The Board
and the January Crab Feed have broken
felt this was necessary in order to sustain
previous attendance records.
adequate operating funds. As of this writing
our Club has $4,740 on deposit. We must
8. We’ve established a sound financial base for
maintain a minimum of $3,500 for
the Club, thanks in large part to Mario Tantillo,
our Treasurer. The recent modest dues
increase will further ensure the financial
The Board strives to keep all event costs
viability of the Club into the foreseeable
reasonable and as low as possible. In spite of
this and in spite of the 50/50 money retained
by the Club, we often need to subsidize
I’m very proud of our Board and all of you who
events to cover items such as prizes,
have worked on various committees and
supplies, and decorations. In some cases, we
events. You have made the Lincoln Hills
are required to pay weeks in advance for
Italian Club a thriving and enviable
facility rentals and insurance in order to
reserve venues for future events. This is
before we collect any money from event
Ciao, Carl Grondona
Our most recent Inaugural and Christmas
Membership Dinner Dances, two of the more popular
events, incurred losses of $693 and $890,
Rose Cesarz respectively. The cumulative results of all
events from July 2010 to April 2011 show a
It’s important for us to know loss of $788. We use surplus funds to
about our Club members. With subsidize those activities that incur a
such a large group, we don’t negative result.
always hear about our members
who are ill, in the hospital, Please know that any member at any time
facing difficulties, or in need of caring may request financial information.
thoughts. If you know of a member in a
similar situation, please let me know so that
we can send them a sunshine note.
We use email (which saves us lots of money
on postage) to communicate news,
information, activities, and monthly events to
• More dinner/dances
• Bus trip to North Beach in San
Activities Director Francisco for lunch and shopping
• 50's Rock 'n Roll dinner/dance
A few other statistics from the survey were
Several months ago we sent out
that the majority of you are willing to travel to
a survey to ask which events
Roseville and even Auburn for an event, and
you enjoyed most, what events
that you like having an event every month.
you would like to have in the
You are willing to spend $20 for lunch and $40
future, and what activities you
for a dinner and you don't care if the event is
might like to suggest for the
at night or during the daytime. You're willing
Club. We sincerely thank those
to go on an overnight bus trip as well as on a
of you who responded for your feedback and
one-day bus trip.
suggestions. We'd like to share the results of
the survey with you.
In February we combined the Spaghetti Dinner
with our Sock Hop, and we are currently
exploring the Riverboat Cruise for our
Which events did you enjoy the most?
September event. For next year, we will have
a dinner and dance in March. It won't be a
BBQ and Bocce Tournament Sock Hop but something much more Italian.
The events we plan, as you probably know,
Crab Feed involve a lot a work, effort, and planning by
our chairpersons. We depend on you, our
Inaugural Dinner & Dance members, to participate in the events in order
to keep our Club active and interesting and,
above all, to give you the opportunity to meet
Christmas Dinner and Dance In some cases, signups for some of the events
have been poor and so we have had to "open"
Dinner and a Play the events to folks outside of the Club. We do
this in order to meet the "guaranteed" number
we have provided to the bus company,
restaurant, Orchard Creek, or other venue. If
What events did you indicate you would we don't meet our guaranteed number, our
like to attend in the future? Club stands responsible for making up the
difference ─ something we try very hard to
• Sacramento Riverboat Cruise (12%) avoid!
• Lunch at an Italian Restaurant (11%)
• Spaghetti Dinner (10%) We will try to provide the dates of our
• Beach Blanket Babylon Theater Show in upcoming events far enough in advance for
San Francisco (9%) you to plan, and if you are a single member,
• Mystery Bus Trip (9%) we encourage you to bring a guest to any
What suggestions did you have for future As always, we welcome your feedback and
events? suggestions. Please email me at any time with
comments: email@example.com or give me a call.
• Fun train to Reno
• Hoedown with an Italian Twist
• Community Theater/Mondavi Theater in
Upcoming Club Events
July 10 Inaugural Dinner & Dance
Orchard Creek Ballroom
August 11 "How Italian Are You?" Luncheon
Sept. 11 Sacramento Riverboat Cruise
October 8 Reno Italian Festival
November 6 Annual Turkey Bingo My wife, Dolores, and I have been married for
McBean Pavilion 51 years. We moved to Sun City in January of
2006 after 37 years in Rhode Island, and a
December 4 Christmas Dinner/Dance year and a half in Connecticut. We have a
Orchard Creek Ballroom daughter in the Bay Area, another in Denver,
and a son in New York City.
January 20 Annual Crab Feed
In 1966, I was honorably discharged from the
US Marine Corps Reserve Critical Skills
I have been involved in volunteer work,
New Board Members including academic, engineering, religious,
social, trade associations, and youth programs
for 2011 – 2012 for almost 60 years, serving as a director
and/or officer for many of them. I have
served as a Director and currently am the Vice
On May 21st at a short general meeting held at President of the Lincoln Hills Italian Club.
the annual BBQ & Bocce Tournament event, a
motion was made and seconded to accept As a Board member, I can draw upon my
three exceptional candidates for Board experience to continue the great tradition of
positions for 2011-2012. Norm Cherubino, Joe our Club and work for the enjoyment of our
Rancatore, and Tom Freschi have provided members.
brief biographies to introduce themselves.
My name is Joe Rancatore. I was born in
Vice-President Huntington Park and grew up in South Gate,
which were two small towns in Southern
My name is Norm Cherubino. I was born and California. My father, Joe Sr. was born in
raised in New Jersey. Both of my parents, Palermo, Sicily and my mother, Carmella
Vincenzo and Christina, were born in Fondi, DiGiovanni, was born in Chiatti in the region of
Italy but did not meet until after they had Abruzzo near the Adriatic Sea. Their
migrated to the USA. I earned a BS and an respective families settled in San Francisco
MS from Newark College of Engineering, now and San Jose where they met and married
called the New Jersey Institute of Technology. before relocating to Southern California.
I am a graduate of Long Beach State My grandparents on my father's side were
University where I earned a B.S degree with a from Sicily and Porto San Giorgio. My
major in Physical Education. I did post grandparents on my mother's side were from
graduate work at Fresno State University and Piedmont Italy.
earned a Secondary Teaching Credential. I
taught classes, coached football, track, and I was employed in the appliance repair
wrestling at the high school level for over 25 industry for eight years. In 1965 we moved to
years. During this period, I earned a Concord, California and I was employed in the
Kindergarten through 12th grade HVAC/Refrigeration industry. In 1966 I
Administrative Credential and served as founded “The Ideal Service Company”,
Principal in the Mt. Diablo and San Ramon heating/air conditioning, refrigeration, and
School Unified School Districts. I retired in mechanical services. I sold the company and
1998 and began a ten-year post retirement retired in 1998.
career as interim Principal at several school
districts in El Dorado County. I was active in my industry associations
(RSES/ACCA), Concord Rotary, and Contra
My wife, Betty, and I have been married for 54 Costa Executives Association. Also, I helped
years. We moved to Lincoln Hills Sun City in with coaching Little League Baseball.
2004. We have three daughters, three
grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. My wife, Nancy and I have been married for 53
years. We have two daughters, Deanna who
We have been members of the Italian Club for resides in Roseville and Paula, her husband
about one year. During that year I was Ralph and our two grandson's Austin and
Chairman of the September 2010 BBQ/Bocce Casey who reside in Newcastle.
tournament as well as the Chairman of the
Club’s first wine tasting event last March. I In 1993 Nancy and I moved to Loomis/Granite
am honored to serve on the LHIC Board of Bay to be closer to our grandsons. We moved
Directors. to Sun City Lincoln Hills in 2000. I volunteer
for Neighbors In Deed/Handy Helpers here in
Tom Freschi As a Board member, I will continue the
tradition of guiding our Club forward in a
My name is Thomas (Tom) Freschi. I was born positive direction.
in Albany, California in 1938. I was raised in
San Pablo/Richmond and attended local
schools. I went to Contra Costa Community
College and Laney College in Oakland.
An ad was placed in the Compass for people of
Historian Italian heritage to join the Club. On July 29,
2003 the first meeting was a potluck held at
Vic Albertazzi the Sports Pavilion in Sun City attended by
about 30 Italians. At that event, the purpose
Creation of the of the Club was discussed and officers were
Italian Club President Vince Catalano
1st VP Vic Albertazzi
2nd VP/Membership Nadine Miller
It was late Spring in 2003
Secretary Stella Catalano
when Nadine Miller and
Treasurer Fay Carrasco
Vic Albertazzi first met at
Activity Chairman Mary Albertazzi
a party. Mary Albertazzi overheard Nadine
Publicity Chairman Lynn Miller
and Vic talking about having the same
Photographer Manny Carrasco
heritage (Genovese) from Italy and
Communication Manny Carrasco
approached them with the question, “Why
Computer Specialist Manny Carrasco
don’t we start an Italian Club in Lincoln Hills?”
Well, that’s all the encouragement Nadine On September 7, 2003, our first official
needed to start the ball rolling. Within one meeting and event was a picnic held at
week a meeting was held at the home of McBean Park in Lincoln for members and
Nadine and Lynn Miller with Faye and Manny prospective members to sign up for various
Carrasco and Stella and Vince Catalano. Mary functions for the coming months. The only
and Vic Albertazzi were not able to attend advertisement for that event was word of
because of a previous commitment, but gave mouth. More than 60 Italians showed up!
their full support to the group in whatever Seeing that this Club was apparently really
was decided. going to take off, we worked in earnest to sign
up people to agree to host a monthly event.
It was determined by the Board consisting of Again, surprisingly, the next 12 months were
these four couples that the name of the Club covered by separate individuals or couples to
would be “Little Italy of Lincoln Hills” and its form committees and plans for each event.
purpose was “To promote the Italian culture,
acquaint its members with other Italians, and In those early days our “newsletter” was the
live life to the fullest.” The Slogan would be Compass and the Sun Senior News, and
“You’re either Italian or wish you were.” publicity was handled by Lynn Miller. The
members were told, “If you want to get
information, read the Compass and Sun Senior
Board meetings were held in the homes of
individual board members on a rotation basis
and refreshments were provided by the host.
Vince Catalano, our first president, was
instrumental in getting a Tax ID number (77-
060-5735) for the Club whose name was
eventually changed to the Lincoln Hills Italian
Club. He was also responsible for getting a
program in place where waivers were filled out
by each member and guest. Club dues were
set at $15 per individual. Membership
Nadine and Lynn Miller meetings were held monthly at the particular
event for that month. A big deal was made of
introducing new members at each meeting and
allowing each to give a short personal Photo Ops on Skye’s Harley.
background; they were not, however, allowed
to hold the microphone. Activities were open
to members only unless space permitted after
reservation deadlines (which seldom
The first out of town event was a trip to Reno
to the Italian Festival on October 11, 2003 and
was a huge success.
The first inaugural event held at the Veteran’s
Hall in Lincoln was a resounding success.
Some people even wore their football jerseys!
50’s Sock Hop in February
Out came the poodle skirts and block letter
sweaters. These happy people are dancing to
old favorite songs from the 50’s as they
requested from the DJ spinning records.
Wine Tasting in March
It was chilly outside but warm inside at Turkey
Creek as we sampled wines from seven local
vintners and munched on appetizers. Our own
Steve Pizzo and Vic Albertazzi entertained us
with wonderful Italian accordion music.
Prizes were awarded to the best costume and
Sharing a bottle or two with friends!
This is the talented guy who
attends all our events as our
resident photographer. He
took all the great photos in
If you want to see more of
the pictures he has taken of
our members having a good time at our
monthly events, go to our website
www.lhitalianclub.com where they are posted
This is our talented
webmaster who designed,
created and maintains our
Club’s fantastic website:
Our website is a valuable
resource for Club information.
It contains a list of our elected officers and
appointed chairmen along with their pictures,
Bylaws, Board Meeting Minutes, the current
Golf Tournament in April Bollettino newsletter, the flyer for the current
month’s event, and pictures of past monthly
Windy and cold, but golfers are tough! events. Check it out!
Il padrone di casa sono io, ma chi
comanda e mia moglie. (I own the house,
but my wife is the boss.)
Italian Club Governing Board
President: Dan Verona 543-8608
Vice President: Norm Cherubino
The Italian Tomato Garden
Secretary: Lilly LaPira 434-8843
An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey. He
Treasurer: Mario Tantillo 543-8442 wanted to plant his annual tomato garden but
firstname.lastname@example.org couldn't do it because the ground was very
hard. The old man's only son, Vincent, who
Membership: Rose Cesarz 434-5301 used to help him, was in prison. So the old
email@example.com man wrote Vincent a letter to tell him of his
Appointed Board Members It looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato
garden this year. I’m just getting too old to
be digging up a garden plot. I know if you
were here my troubles would be over. You
would be happy to dig the plot for me, just like
Activities: Lilly LaPira 434-8843 in the old days.
firstname.lastname@example.org Love, Papa”
Photographer: Tony Dipaola 253-3903 A few days later he received a letter from his
Publications/Editor: Chris Sartor “Dear Pop,
email@example.com 543-8695 Don’t dig in the garden. That’s where the
bodies are buried.
Webmaster: Len Carniato Love, Vinnie”
At 4:00 a.m. the next morning, the local police
Past President: Carl Grondona and FBI arrived and dug up the entire garden,
Jr9909@sbcglobal.net 434-5589 but did not find any bodies. They apologized
to the old man and left.
The same day the old man received another
letter from his son.
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. It’s
the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you, Vinnie”