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!