President’s Blog

JUNE 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019
“D-Day Through German Eyes:Experiences of ‘Landsers’ on the Westwall”
Philip Gioia, former Cenacolista

Thursday, June  13, 2019
“Sicily: A Heart’s Journey”
Maria Noyes, Author

Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Roman and British Empires:
the Greatest the World Has Ever Known”
Norman MacCleod, OBE

Thursday, June  27, 2019
Il Cenacolo Annual Membership General Meeting
SFIAC, at regular Thursday luncheon—members only please

This month’s programs arranged by Stewart Hume.

June 2019

Greetings again, Cenacolisti:

Have we had enough rain for the season?! As a San Francisco native I cannot remember such a wet one—seems more like November and December than May!     

By the time you read this, I will be in Washington, DC attending the High School graduation of one of my grandsons. After that, we will be in London for about a week, then on to Tuscany (Lucca’s Riviera) to see the relatives for the rest of June. Our Vice President David A. Cobb will be handling things in my absence—for which he is very qualified and capable!

Our May 2nd Emeritus Luncheon was such a success that the Board of Directors has decided to make this an annual event. Please make sure to attend next year—it is especially appreciated by our senior members and widows of past members.

A special thanks to Alex Rynecki for the entire slate of May Speakers—outstanding presentations all. The June Thursday Luncheon Speakers have been organized by Stewart Hume and  arrangements for our upcoming Il Cenacolo functions are also proceeding well. Please use this bulletin and our website www.ilcenacolosf.org for making plans to attend and participate in our activities. A special note that our May 24th Italian Symphony was a “sold out” success and the tickets for the June 20th Opera Carmen have also been sold out. Look for repeats of these cultural events in the future and, again, attend and enjoy!

Please note that our Treasurer, Ron Derenzi, is sending out our Annual Dues Notice via snail mail and it is also attached at the end of this bulletin. Please make his job easier and send in your dues as soon as you can.

Finally, our Annual Membership Meeting will take place at noon at our regular Thursday luncheon on June 27th at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. (Members only, please.) It is an opportunity to participate in the review of what we are all about—past, present and future—and to help elect the members of the Board of  Directors for the new fiscal year
beginning July 1st.

Stay dry & Arrivederci,

DTG   

May 2019

Greetings Cenacolisti:

Welcome to the month of May—finally warming up with the month named for Maia in Greek/Roman mythology, representing springtime, warmth, growth and nurturing. This month was, until the Gregorian Calendar, traditionally the last month of spring before the onset of summer heat. Do enjoy the rain-fed green fields soon to turn into California brown!

Again thanks to Ken Sproul for his outstanding presenters—including himself for another account of the 1906 great earthquake and fire. We all look forward to our four Thursday Luncheon speakers to be presented by Alex Rynecki, as described in this bulletin. In addition to that, on May 2nd Alex will be presenting those Cenacolisti who have been members for 40 years or more together with widows of our deceased members who participated for at least 40 years. These members and widows will be hosted by Il Cenacolo. Please make an effort to attend on May 2nd to celebrate them, and to demonstrate our appreciation for their membership.

Please note that our May 24th San Francisco Italian Symphony has been sold out—thanks to Alex Rynecki and Ron Derenzi.

Regarding the Il Cenacolo gathering for “Carmen” at the San Francisco Opera: the date has been changed from the original June 19 to Thursday, June 20. We are in the process of obtaining approximately twenty tickets at a price of $35 each for orchestra seats—a real deal!!  Please contact Bill Dito if you are interested—these seats are sure to go fast.

Our vice-president David Cobb is scheduling the evening of Friday, Nov 8th for our
annual “Italian Dinner & A Film” in San Rafael. This is always an enjoyable occasion for our members and their significant others. Mark your calendars and ask David to put you on his list.

Do enjoy Il Cenacolo during the month of May—bring your relatives and friends to enjoy lunch and an afternoon of Italian culture.

Ciao,

DTG   

April 2019

Cari Cenacolisti,

A warm welcome to Spring—love it! The drought is over—
hurrah  hurrah! Hope and pray that the sunshine lasts for a few more weeks at least.

Thanks to Ephraim Hirsch  for the March luncheon programs by outstanding speakers. Our April speakers to be presented by Ken Sproul should also keep all of us entertained and learned in Italian-American Culture intertwining with the history of our fair City.

Not to be hounding you all about this, but do make a point of inviting friends and relatives to the Thursday noon luncheons at the SFIAC—the food and wine are great, camaraderie is memorable and the speakers are always informative and rewarding.

Regrettably, we’ve lost a relative of two of our members: Papa Joe Monastiere, Marie Derenzi’s father and Ron Derenzi’s father-in-law. He was 100 years old  + 8 months. I had the honor of meeting Joe several times—he was quite the gentleman. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Derenzis.

Remember that our Annual Meeting will take place during the luncheon at noon, Thursday, June 27th at the SFIAC. (Members only, please.) During this important meeting, we will be electing four new members for our Board of Directors. Article IV, Paragraph 7 of our by-laws requiring a minimum of one year of membership for candidates has been waived for this year. If any of you are, or if you know of anyone who is, interested in serving a two-year term, please let the Board of Directors know. Email is preferred, or a simple telephone call to anyone on the Board will suffice.

Do carefully review the numerous future programs listed below, mark them in your calendars, invite your friends, and attend to make the best of what Il Cenacolo offers to all of you!

Ci vediamo ad Aprile, Davidé

March 2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019

“The Roman City of Aphrodisias:
the Marble Sculpture from the Council House”

Chris Hallett

Thursday, March  14, 2019

“Admiral Nimitz and His Bay Area Connections”
Rear Admiral John W. Bitoff, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Thursday, March  21, 2019
Running Political Campaigns in San Francisco: A Contact Sport”

Maggie Muir

Thursday, March  28, 2019

“An Egyptian Tomb, an Etruscan Inscription
and the Funerary Monument of an American Civil War Officer”

Lisa C. Pieraccini

This month’s programs arranged by Ephraim Hirsch.

March 2019

Dear Cenacolisti,

Hope you were all warm and well during February—seems especially cold and wet for this time of the year. March should be better, with a promise of Spring, if it ever gets here!

Our thanks to John Benson for wonderful luncheon programs by interesting speakers. Our March luncheon speakers to be presented by Ephraim Hirsch and listed at the top of this bulletin should also keep all of us culturally up to date.

Sadly I report that we have lost two more of our members since our last bulletin: George Lippi and Ross Hoffman (as noted later in this bulletin under In Memoriam). They were great friends and will be remembered as our loving companions in Italian Culture.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

1. The March 13th Italian, Irish & Israeli Club Luncheon at the SFIAC.
Ron Fenolio is putting a Cenacolo Table together—contact him if interested;   

2. The April 5th Leonardo da Vinci Club Gala honoring the 500th anniversary of the
demise of Leonardo—our vice president
David Cobb is putting a Cenacolo table
together—contact him if interested (see announcement page at end of bulletin);

3. May 24th San Francisco Italian Symphony. We have just over 20 tickets left @$25/seat.
Contact
Ron Derenzi or Alex Rynecki to purchase at this very reasonable price (see
announcement page at end of bulletin)
;

4. A June 2019 San Francisco Opera production of Carmen. Bill Dito will be reserving
tickets (details TBA)—call him if interested;

5. Our June 27th Annual Membership General Meeting will be held at the SFIAC—
members only please;

6. Our Sep 22nd Opera Outing will again be held at the Marin Art & Garden Center, Ross. Chuck Stagliano and Stewart Hume are putting this together—should be another enjoyable time;

7. A Sep 2019 Italian Movie by the Leonardo Da Vinci Club is being organized by David Cobb—more details to follow;

8. An October 2019 Italian Dinner & a Film (Italian Film Festival in San Rafael) is also being set up by David Cobb;

9. Our December 15th Holiday Gala will again be held at the St. Francis Yacht Club—
always a popular hit;

10. A Guided Tour of the San Francisco Opera House is being set up by Chuck Stagliano
details to follow.

As you can see, we have serveral interesting and exciting events planned for 2019, (a plethora, in fact!) as well as our usual weekly luncheons, which your Board of Directors strives to make inspiring and enjoyable.  Bring your guests— they won’t be disappointed!

Arrivederci,
Davidé 

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February 2019

Dear Cenacolisti,

Writing this from the Island of Kauaii, Hawaii—yes, Paradise is indeed beautiful! And what a beautiful season it has been in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last couple of weeks. Loving the crisp clear weather and possible false spring after the heavy downpour we experienced earlier in January, but we do need the rain and snow. Still hard to believe that it’s now 2019!

Congratulations to Professor Don Zingale and thank you for presenting your friends from San Francisco State during our Thursday Luncheons last month. Each one was interesting and informative, highlighting various studies and education processes—some of them rooted in Italian culture, such as the Montessori teaching methods which are the basis of pre-school learning throughout the world.

We all look forward to John Benson’s four February presentations outlined above. Please make sure that you all attend and bring friends and relatives to experience what we are all about and hopefully join Il Cenacolo.

Alex Rynecki of our Board of Directors has acquired 28 tickets to Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony on May 24th at 8pm performed by the San Francisco Symphony. This performance will also include Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor. Our cost for all of this will be a mere $25 per ticket—a bargain!!  Call our treasurer Ron Derenzi (650) 737-9484 to reserve.

Director Bill Dito is making progress with the San Francisco Opera for tickets to Carmen in June. Stay tuned for date, time and cost to be announced and plan to attend!

Chuck Stagliano is in the process of setting up the 2019 Opera Outing for Sunday, September 22, 2019, again at the Marin Art & Garden Center in Ross. Mark your calendars to attend this delightful annual event and plan on bringing guests—they are always welcome!  And while you are at it, mark your calendars for December 7, 2019 for our annual Holiday Gala! Finally, Ron Derenzi has set up photo albums from our 2018 Holiday Gala. Call him if you are interested in acquiring one.

Finally, on a sad note, our esteemed member Alex Kugushev’s wife Mimi is fighting cancer. Please keep her in your prayers.

Signing off from Kauaii,

Aloha, DTG

February 2019

February  2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019
“It Happened in Marin”
Jim Holden, Author

Thursday, February  14, 2019
Valentine’s Day Special:
Tasting the Wines of Piedmont
Gwendolyn & Michael Osborn

Thursday, February  21, 2019
Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise”:
The Famous Florentine Doors Gracing our Very Own Grace Cathedral
Gerry Opie, Cenacolista

Thursday, February  28, 2019
Italy’s Incredible Contribution to Urban Design: A Few Principles
William Adams

This month’s programs arranged by John Benson.

Thursday Speakers

​MARCH  2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020
“The Realm of the Lion of Judah: A Visit to Ethiopia”
Mike Prior

Thursday, March 12, 2020
“A Pearl Harbor Hero—and that was just the beginning!”
Mickey Ganitch

Thursday, March 19, 2020
“The Oldest Cave – Magnificent Art of our Stone-Age Forbears”
Alex Kugushev

Thursday, March 26, 2020

“The Leaning Tower of San Francisco”
Ron Hamburger

This month’s programs arranged by Eph Hirsch.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


​FEBRUARY  2020

Thursday, February 6, 2020
“Giovan Crisostimo Martino (John Martin): Custer’s Last Bugler”
Jim Boitano

Thursday, February 13, 2020
“The Scholarship Program of the Italian Heritage Foundation (IAHF)
and Possible Collaboration with Il Cenacolo”

Marie Daldorff

Thursday, February 20, 2020
“The Story Behind Krakow’s Umbrag​eous Attitude”
Keyvan Tabari

Thursday, February 27, 2020
“Behind the Mirror in Venetian Glass Making”
Kathleen Ann Gonzalez

This month’s programs arranged by David Cobb.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


JANUARY 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020
No luncheon in deference to New Year’s Day.

Thursday, January 9, 2020
“Slow Food”
Lorenzo Scarpone

Thursday, January 16, 2020
A Little Fellow: A Documentary about A.P. Giannini”
Davide Fiore

Thursday, January 23, 2020
“NEXT Village”
Janet Crane

Thursday, January 30, 2020
“The Reggio Emilia Educational Model”
Valentina Imbeni

This month’s programs arranged by Pietro Bonanno.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


DECEMBER  2019

 Thursday, December 5, 2019
Camilleri, Montalbano & Vigata:  A Special Trio
Peter Sherwood

Thursday, December 12, 2019
No luncheon in deference to the Christmas Gala.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
IL CENACOLO CHRISTMAS GALA
Chuck Stagliano, Man of the Year
St. Francis Yacht Club, 5:30 pm

Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers
Guests invited!

Thursday, December 26, 2019
No luncheon in deference to Christmas.

This month’s programs arranged by Peter Sherwood.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


NOVEMBER  2019

Thursday, November 7, 2019
“From Neglect to Honor: A Restoration Story”
Don Taylor, EdD

Thursday, November 14, 2019
“Not all those who wander are lost.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Don Zingale, PhD

Thursday, November  21, 2019
“Promoting Italian Language and Culture across Generations of Learners:
The Italian Program at San Francisco State University”

Olivia Albiero, PhD

Thursday, November 28, 2019
No luncheon in deference to Thanksgiving.

This month’s programs arranged by Don Zingale.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


OCTOBER 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019
“Meet Queen Isabella 2019”
Gina Marie Guglielmoni

Thursday, October  10, 2019
“The Next 100 Years of ICS”
Pietro Bonanno, Cenacolista

Thursday, October  17, 2019
“My Italian Sabbatical”
Fr. Charles Puthota, Pastor of St. Veronica Parish

Thursday, October 24, 2019
“Trivia Challenge Italian-Style”
Carla Gambescia, Author

Thursday, October 31, 2019
“Locating Your Family Land in Italy”
Anthony and Sonia Alioto

This month’s programs arranged by Ron Derenzi.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


SEPTEMBER 2019
“IL CENACOLO’S OPERA MONTH”

Thursdays, September 5 & 11, 2019
Summer Hiatus

Thursday, September 19, 2019


“Anecdotes, History, & the Inside Scoop 
of the 2019-2020 San Francisco Opera Season”
Kip Cranna, Dramaturg Emeritus of the San Francisco Opera

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Il Cenacolo’s 65th Annual Sal Reina Opera Outing !
“You won’t want to miss it!”

Thursday, September 26, 2019
“Life on the Crew Behind the San Francisco Opera”
John P Boatwright, House Head, War Memorial Opera House

This month’s programs arranged by Eugene Lanzone.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


JULY  2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019
No meeting in deference to the July 4 holiday.

Thursday, July 11, 2019
“The White Moth: The Story of Three Generations at a Tuscan Villa”
Camilla Calhoun, Author

Thursday, July 18, 2019
“Pan Am at War”
Mark Cotta Vaz, Co-Author

Thursday, July  25, 2019
“How the New Tech Boom is Good for Old San Francisco”
Carl Nolte

This month’s programs arranged by Bill Dito.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


JUNE 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019
“D-Day Through German Eyes: Experiences of ‘Landsers’ on the Westwall”
Philip Gioia, former Cenacolista

Thursday, June  13, 2019
“Sicily: A Heart’s Journey”
Maria Noyes, Author

Thursday, June 20, 2019
The Roman and British Empires:
the Greatest the World Has Ever Known”

Norman MacCleod, OBE

Thursday, June  27, 2019
Il Cenacolo Annual Membership General Meeting 
SFIAC, at regular Thursday luncheon—members only please

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


MAY 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019
Emeritus Luncheon

Thursday, May  9, 2019
“Tea, anyone?”
James Norwood Pratt, Author

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Falling in Love with Italy”

Dianne Hales, Author

Thursday, May  23, 2019
“Confessions of a ‘Venice Addict’”
Kathleen Ann Gonzales

Thursday, May  30, 2019
“A Dark Night at Guadalcanal”
David Cobb, Vice President, Il Cenacolo

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)


APRIL  2019

Thursday, April 4, 2019
“San Francisco—by the Maps!”
Jimmie Schein, Schein & Schein

Thursday, April  11, 2019
“Coffee, anyone?”
Luciano Repetto, Graffeo Coffee Roasting Company

Thursday, April 18, 2019
The 113th Anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire”

Ken Sproul

Thursday, April  25, 2019
The Western Neighborhoods Project
Woody LaBounty

This month’s programs arranged by Kenneth Sproul.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)

MARCH  2019

Thursday, March 7, 2019
“The Roman City of Aphrodisias:
the Marble Sculpture from the Council House”

Chris Hallett

Thursday, March  14, 2019
“Admiral Nimitz and His Bay Area Connections”
Rear Admiral John W. Bitoff, U.S. Navy (Retired)


Thursday, March  21, 2019
Running Political Campaigns in San Francisco: A Contact Sport”

Maggie Muir

Thursday, March  28, 2019
“An Egyptian Tomb, an Etruscan Inscription
and the Funerary Monument of an American Civil War Officer”

Lisa C. Pieraccini

This month’s programs arranged by Ephraim Hirsch.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)

FEBRUARY  2019

Thursday, February 7, 2019
“It Happened in Marin”
Jim Holden, Author

Thursday, February  14, 2019
Valentine’s Day Special:
Tasting the Wines of Piedmont
Gwendolyn & Michael Osborn

Thursday, February  21, 2019
Ghiberti’s “Gates of Paradise”:
The Famous Florentine Doors Gracing our Very Own Grace Cathedral
Gerry Opie, Cenacolista

Thursday, February  28, 2019
Italy’s Incredible Contribution to Urban Design: A Few Principles
William Adams

This month’s programs arranged by John Benson.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)

JANUARY  2019

Thursday, January  3, 2019
No meeting in deference to New Year’s.

Thursday, January  10, 2019
The New Exercise Regime: Active Virtual Reality Games and Health
Marialice Kern

Thursday, January  17, 2019
The Frank V. de Bellis Collection:
A Cultural Bridge between California and Italy for 55 Years
Meredith Eliassen

Thursday, January  24, 2019
The Pervasive Italian Influence on Early Education
in San Francisco and Beyond
David Anderson, PhD

Thursday, January  31, 2019
Future State 2035: San Francisco State University Campus Master Plan
Jill Anthes

This month’s programs arranged by Don Zingale.

(Click here for Bollettino with complete program descriptions.)

JANUARY 2019

Dear Cenacolisti,

Well, here we are at the end of 2018. Notwithstanding an annus horribilis of natural disasters here in northern California, our Il Cenacolo Cultural Club enjoyed a banner year of renewal.  Our (humble brag) “usual” interesting Thursday Luncheon Speakers, together with: a performance of Tosca by the San Francisco Opera, another successful “Dinner & Film” event at the Marin Italian Film Festival in San Rafael, an exuberant Opera Outing in Ross, and finally, our memorable Christmas Gala at the St. Francis Yacht Club, celebrating our 90 years (read on!). Thanks to Chuck Stagliano and his team, we have a completely revamped website with so much more to offer! To top it all off, we “went co-ed” during 2018: 13 of our 18 new members are women. We welcome all of our new members who have already contributed to making Il Cenacolo a better club.

The upcoming year looks even more promising. Along with our traditional Annual Meeting in June, Opera Outing in September, and Christmas Gala in December, your Board of Directors is planning new events for members, such as:

• A San Francisco Symphony with a meal (possibly in April or May);

• An evening at the San Francisco Opera with a meal (Carmen in June);

• An Italian movie at the Castro Theater (with the Leonardo da Vinci Society).

And of course we can look forward to our weekly Thursday Speaker Luncheons curated by your Board of Directors. We seek out stimulating presenters on an array of subjects, including Italian culture both here in the Bay Area and abroad. We all hope that you, the Il Cenacolo members, will avail yourselves of all of these cultural presentations.

Remember, you are welcome to invite your friends and relatives who might be interested in joining and participating in our club.

The year 2019 promises to a be full one! Looking forward to seeing each of you, soon!

Felice anno nuovo!

DTG