By Giorgio Moretti
Confratellanza Italo-Canadese had their Annual Members of Directors Banquet on Saturday December 7. 2019 at La Trattoria Italian Cultural Centre. The highlight for the children was the appearance of Santa Claus and his helpers who doled out scores of gifts to the excited but well-behaved children.
Benvenuti a tutti e Buon Natale.
I’d like to welcome everyone to our annual member’s Christmas party. We are grateful and to be here with friends and family to celebrate this blessed holiday. I want to take a moment to recognize our executive and directors who were instrumental to our successful events this year including the picnic (John Cimino and his Festa Committee), boxing event (Pat Holmes) and the Columbus Banquet (Justin De Genova and his committee). Special Thanks goes out to Santa’s little helper, Dale Deluca for organizing the children’s gifts.
We will again be having a great dinner tonight, thanks to Fabio and his staff here at the Italian Centre. I’d like to thank John Cimino and his festa committee, Lui DeLuca, Gary Chalmers, Tony Cirillo and Rob Aiello for organizing tonight’s event.
Later this evening we will be having music and dancing and I understand a special guest is flying in from the North pole to help the kids celebrate.
Wishing you all a joyous and Merry Christmas surrounded by your friends and family. May you all have peace, love and good health.
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo a tutti. We have several special guests here tonight who I would like to acknowledge and ask to say a few words.
Please welcome the new Consul General of Italy Fabio Messenio, his wife Silvia and sons Marcello and Michele. We look forward to working with and supporting Signoro Messenio during his tenure in Vancouver. Signoro Messenio , we welcome you and your family this evening to the Italian community in our city and wish you much success during your stay. At this time I would like to thank, acknowledge and honour one of long time members for his support and dedication to both our club and our community.
Mr. Rudy Bonora,
Rudy it’s a pleasure to see you and your lovely wife Elsa here tonight.
Rudy was recruited as one of the inaugural members of the Confratellanza in 1966 by Judge Angelo Branca. Over his time with the club he has held every executive position including Director, Vice President and President. He has been a guiding light and leader and made a tremendous contribution to the success of our club over the years that he has been a member.
He has been a volunteer and leader in the Italian community for almost 60 years. He has been an active member and volunteer for many groups and societies including:
the Italian Cultural Center since 1995 serving as director for many years and vice President for 4 years. He was honoured by the Centre as Italian immigrant of the year in 2004.
The Brotherhood Interfaith Society director and chair for 14 years
Casa Serena – on the board for 18 years including 7 years as President
Founded the Italian Canadian Bocce Club of Vancouver in 1985 and was its President for 12 years
Active member of The Trevisani Del Mondo Society since 1978
Rudy, on behalf of all our the members thank you for your 60 years of dedication, generosity and years of service that you have contributed to our community, declared in his speech the president Bruno Tassone.