Fifty-Three Octogenarians Celebrate Classe 1936 Eightieth Anniversary

For any organization, committee or Classe Reunion to succeed, it is essential to have dedicated individuals leading the way. It is for this reason that the Classe ’36 has been so successful over the past three decades. This year – and for several years in the past – the steering committee for the Classe 1936 has comprised three outstanding personalities; Rudy Bonora, Artura Cusinato and Berta Fontana. The enthusiastic and accommodating trio greeted guests individually and presented each octogenarian member among them with a special long stemmed red rose as they arrived at the Italian Cultural Centre Saturday, May 14th.
The Classe members** – 53 individuals plus spouses and guests for a total of 114 attendees – each turning eighty years of age this year, attended a superbly prepared dinner served by the CIC’s efficient staff in the Main Hall. To commence proceedings, a rousing toast was offered to mark the special occasion. In so doing, copious amounts of Prosecco and red wine were made available. Following a joyful beginning to the evening, quests were treated to a delicious antipasto, pasta al dente, risotto and a choice between prime rib roast with prawns and salmon steak plus dessert items including coffee, espresso, cappuccino, delicious gelato and a slice of the huge “Classe 1936” anniversary cake.
Bonora, Cusinato and Fontana offered brief statements of good cheer while Lena Pastega spoke eloquently of the Classe and its members. However, it was Rudy’s remarks that made a number of party-goers chuckle rather loudly. In reviewing the 50th and 80th highlight-year celebrations, Rudy is quoted as saying that we should all be looking forward to another huge celebration on our 100th anniversary. With that remark a skeptic shouted, “I wouldn’t count on it as I’m not sure how many of us will be here in 2036! Picking up on the comment, Giorgio Pinoni, whose wife Gabriella is a member of the Classe ’36 responded, “If Rudy says there’ll be a 100th Anniversary dinner, there will be one!” More laughter followed by another generous sip of Prosecco! Viva Classe ’36.
** OLIVO ALBRINO, EVELINA ANDREOLA, ANNA BALLIANA, ARNALDO BASSO, NINO BARICHELLO, RINO BERTOIA, OLIVO BORTOLAZZO, RUDY BONORA, VALERIA BOTTER, LINO BRAGAGNOLO, NATALINO CANDERLE, MARIA CAMAZZOLA, ITALO CAVAGGION, GRAZIANO CECCON, ARTURA CUSINATO, CARMELA CASTELLANI, RAY CULOS, TINA DENTICO, RINO DEGIUSTI, MILENA DE MEDA, BERTA FONTANA, MARIO FOLADOR, CESARE GIANNA, SERGIO GAGNO, ROCCO GIOVINAZZO, FRANCESCO GHILARDUCCI, GRAZIELLA GIACOMETTI, BEPPI GUGLIELMINI, LORIS GUERRA, ANGELO LIPUCCI, VITTORIA MARCHESE, VIOLA MORTES, MARIO MONDIN, LUCIANO MONTAGLIANI, ROBERTO NARDUZZI, FRANCO OLIVIERO, PIERINA PAROLIN, DOMENICO PATTINI, GIANNI PANDOLFO, FRANCO PIN, LENA PASTEGA, BRUNO PICCINI, LILLIANA PASIN, GABRIELLA PINONI, LUIGINA R IZZO, FLORIO SCRIMIN, GIANNI SAVIO, DOMENICO TORESAN, MARIO TUAN, ARGIA ZECCHEL, OTTO ZANATTA, ANNA ZILLIO, LUISA ZUCHETTO.
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