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La Gazzetta.aprile 2009

La Gazzetta.aprile 2009

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Italian American Club of Tallahassee April, 2009 newsletter.
Italian American Club of Tallahassee April, 2009 newsletter.

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Although we have a new President,Maurizio Bertoldi, I am pleased to com-municate one last time with you, and letyou know what a privilege and a pleasureit has been to serve the IAMC of Talla-hassee as President. The help given to me by the wonderful members of the boardand of the various committees made mytask quite easy. I am very grateful tothem, as well as many members of theclub, for their commitment and support,for their hard work with a smile, but, mostimportantly, for their friendship.We have accomplished a lot in the lasttwo years. We started new activities andreinstated some from the past. The
 social dinners
are only two exam- ples of our undertakings. The enrollmentof many new members is the best evi-dence of our success.The responses to the survey sent out by Sharon Johnson, the past-secretary,were very positive and informative. Byfollowing the suggestions of the memberswe will be able to enjoy a better club year after year. But we need your involve-ment. If you are talented in fundraising,have organizational capabilities, are ex- perienced cooks, or new ideas, please joinour committees. It is great fun.We know that the day, the time, the place of our functions may not be con-venient for everybody every time. Butwe listen to you, try our best, and hopeyou find eventsto enjoy. Wewill try some of the things thatyou suggested.
, for example, wasour first ap- proach to start anItalian festival inTallahassee. Tothe member who
suggested “ to
move forward to
do so,” I say: if you have any kind of 
experience in doing that, please, do nothide; come into the open and help us tomake a
 special Italian day
in Tallahas-see. We must start now for next year.And, for such a task, every member needs to be a volunteer.Thank you to all for the two very en- joyable years. I hope to see you at thenext social dinner.
 Arrivederci a presto
.Ariella Monti-GraziadeiImmediate Past-President
Volume 18, Issue 2
The Newsletter of the Italian-American Club of Tallahassee
President’s farewell message
Aprile-Giugno 2009
 Announcements& upcoming events
Social Dinners(all begin at 7:30 p.m.)Mom & Dads, June 5
Anthony’s, July 10
 Bella Bella, August 7Pot Luck Dinner andItalian Movie, July tbaGelato Party, Sept. tbaColumbus Day Event& Bocce Party, Oct. 10
Christmas Party, Dec. 6
 Please patronize our advertisers; they sup- port this newsletter.
Officers and Board  Members elected 2 Member Profile:Elizabeth McKinnon3Pictures fromCarnevale4Pictures fromThe Pig Roast 5
New President’s
  Message to the Club6CalendimaggioFestival In Assisi  Membership form 8
Inside thisissue:
La Gazzetta
 wants to hear from club members
We have feature this edition of brief items,
 It’s About You
, on accomplish-ments by IAMC members. If you or afamily member or friend have engagedin a special activity, earned an honor,graduated from college, gotten married,had a child, please share the happy newswith us and let us offer congratulationson behalf of the club.We would also like to have membersvolunteer or nominate others for Member Profiles, or write about their Italian heri-tage or recent trip to Italy. Our emailand post address is on the back page.
 Ariella Monti-Graziadei 
Ricci, Rambana representlawyer association in D.C.
Members Elizabeth Ricci and Neil Rambana lobbied Florida pol-icy makers in Washington, D.C. inMarch on behalf of the AmericanImmigration Lawyers Association.The two practice immigration lawin Tallahassee at Rambana & Ricci,P.A. Ricci concentrates on admin-istrative immigration for familiesand businesses and Rambana con-centrates on deportation defense.
Italian-American of the Year 
Another way to recognize theaccomplishments of members is to
nominate them for the IAMC’s Ital-
ian-American of the Year award.Contact Maurizio Bertoldi(mbertoldim@yahoo.com).
Advertise in
 La Gazzetta
If you have a business of serviceyou would like to advertise in LaGazzetta, please contact Frank Baglione (fmbaglione@aol.com;386-8933).
Italian Classes at TCC
Beginners Italian classes will beoffered at TCC in the fall semester.The class meets Tuesday evenings.Contact the college for details(www.tallahassee.fl.edu).Maurizio Bertoldi was elected president of the Italian-American
Club of Tallahassee at the group’s
annual meeting on May 3.This is the second time Mauriziohas held the office. He was the
club’s founding president in 1991.
 Maurizio succeeds Ariella Monti-Graziadei who recently completed atwo year term as president. Theelection and annual meeting was heldat the IAMC May Pig Roast hosted by Ariella.Other officers elected were Frank Baglione, vice president, ElizabethRicci, secretary, and GiovannaFechter, treasurer.Board of Directors elected at themeeting were Donna Allocco, MariaBertoldi, Sharon Johnson, Beth LaCivita, Elizabeth McKinnon, PattiSanzone, and Mary Beth Zini.The Annual Meeting of the IAMC
is traditionally held at the club’s May
Pig Roast, the biggest event of theyear. This year the event set an at-tendance record with 85 guests whoenjoyed the offerings of roast pork,chicken, and a variety of side dishesand desserts provided by members.Roasters were Stan Chapman,Joseph Peloso, and Ben Johnson.
Officers elected while pig roasts
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Tel.: 850-386-3646Fax: 850-386-1646
Email: MasterGranite10@hotmail.com
Outgoing president Ariella Monti-Graziadei and VP Frank BaglionePresident-elect Maurizio BertoldiA special tribute was paid to out-going IAMC president Ariella Monti-Graziadei for her tireless efforts in planning, introducing, and hosting avariety of new events, and for her outstanding leadership over the pasttwo years.Music bythe Nea- politan Nights, allclub mem- bers, played popular Italiantunes.
 It’s about you …
Elizabeth Sarno McKinnon’s grandparents came to
the United Stated in 1892 from Chiusano Di SanDomenico, province of Avellino, in the Campania Re-gion near Naples. In 2007, over one hundred yearslater, Elizabeth and her husband, David, were able to
make the pilgrimage back to her family’s Italian roots.
Elizabeth’s grand-
father, Antonio Sarno,was born in 1875,her grandmother Giuseppa Rizzo, was born in 1880. Likemany from the smalltown with a popula-tion of 2,500, theycame to America near the turn of the cen-tury, arriving in Bos-ton, Massachusetts.The family lived in
the “North End” Ital-
ian section of Boston,an area that has main-tained a strong Italianculture up to the pre-sent day.Elizabeth remem- bers that her grandfa-ther had a grapevinein his backyard and like many Italian immigrants madehis own wine. She also recalls that she and her siblingswould sneak into the cellar with some Italian bread, pour wine into a cup that was hanging on a nail, andthen dip the bread into the wine for a sweet treat. Thewine press is still in the family house today.When Elizabeth and David visited Chiusano, they
went to the town hall for a copy of her grandfather’s
 birth certificate. Both were impressed with the town,
 built on the hills of the Campania region. “I thought itwas beautiful,” shesaid, “and I thought
of how it must havelooked to my grand- parents. Several gen-erations later, itwould be wonderfuland easy to live in
such a town.”
 Member Profile: Elizabeth Sarno McKinnon
Chiusano is one of the best wine producing regionsin the Campania region, and is also known for its oliveoil, cheeses, chestnuts, and pasta. Its most famouslandmark is the castle on the peak of Monte SanDomenico, overlooking the Avellino valley.Elizabeth was born and raised in Boston. For 30years she worked for the Hartford InsuranceCompany there beforecoming to Tallahasseeeight years ago. Her husband David wasalso a claims adjuster for the same company.They were broughttogether by a powerfulforce of nature, Hurri-cane Andrew, whichdrew their services tosouth Florida in 1992.The McKinnonsenjoy taking road tripsexploring the region.They both cook, withDavid as grill master,and are avid readers.David follows FSUSeminole sports, beinga proud season ticketholder for both footballand basketball.They have been members of the IAMC for threeyears, with Elizabeth being elected to the Board of Di-rectors in May. Their favorite events are the wine tast-ing,
, and the social dinners that allow them tomeet and enjoy the company of other club members.Elizabeth recently researched and wrote a book onher family history, including information on one of her cousins, a Jesuit priest who taught at the Gregorian Col-lege in Rome.
Elizabeth and David McKinnon in front of the Santa Maria degli AngeliChurch in Chiusano Di San Domenico near Naples.

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