Salve a Tutti!

I hope you all enjoyed the summer the best you could under the current circumstances. We are all getting a little impatient with our isolation; the wildfire smoke in the Bay area has not helped the situation. Please be careful when mingling with younger relatives who can unintentionally endanger us following exposure to their friends and classmates. For those few members who have not yet renewed their membership, I recommend even greater precaution! And thanks to all who have taken the time to get their renewal to Treasurer Ron Derenzi.

Our website is undergoing a major redesign and rejiggering under the eyes of members Chuck Stagliano and Peter Sherwood, and our bulletin editor Susi Segal. This team is working with two outside website designers to increase the site’s appeal and usefulness in engaging both members and visitors checking to see what Il Cenacolo is all about. The new site is expected to be up and running by the end of this October or early November.

Our Thursday noon speaker series facilitated by Zoom is set to resume Thursday, September 17 with a “4-in-1” presentation by encore speakers from the San Francisco Opera. Kip Cranna will interview Greg Henkel, Managing Director: Artistic; Sheri Greenawald, Director of San Francisco Opera Center and Artistic Director of Merola Opera Program; and Jean Kellogg, Executive Director the Merola Opera Program. Our only other presentation, as September is a short month for us, will be by Board member and Past President Ron Fenolio who will tell us about his illustrious entrepreneurial family—you may recognize the name: “Jacuzzi”! Ron has also contributed a mouth-watering recipe for La Cucina Cenacolista, along with excellent pointers on how to properly pair wine with food. Jim Boitano continues his series of essays featuring Opera houses, this one on Il Teatro Massimo, the largest in Italy. Finally, this month we welcome three new members, and, sadly, say farewell to one of our oldest, John Robert Lauricella.

We will resume the Thursday speakers’ lunches in person when it is safe to do so in accordance with state and city guidelines; we hope later this fall. Initially awkward for most of us, the Zoom meetings have turned out to be easy to join and are fun, especially as they allow members to join who are seldom-seen for reasons of geography, transportation, or schedules. So, please remain patient, wear your mask, and read or write a lot. We will get through this together.

A presto,
David Cobb, President