April 2020

Ciao Club Paesano Members,

I hope you are all well and staying safe. I have two important announcements.

  1. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) the April 1st Meeting

Our Hearts go out to everyone affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Club Paesano is committed to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our community, including all our dinner/dance attendees as well as our members and their families.

  1. After consulting with the Board of Directors we made the difficult decision to cancel Club Paesano’s Spring Dance scheduled for May 9th.

We are already starting to put plans together for our Concert in the Park schedule for August 1st.

I want to thank the Board of Directors for their support and leadership through these unprecedented times and our membership for your understanding.




Apologies for missing last months meeting. I returned from Las Vegas Bocce tournament with the flu. Went to the Hospital to get checked out. I did not have the COVID-19. Just a very serious case of Influenza A. Both Jayne and I are doing much better!

I want to thank the board for stepping up. Also, special thanks to Phil Potestio for running the meeting.

It sounds like I missed one of the best meals of the year. Giant thanks to Jimmy Calcagno for putting it together. The club is lucky to have you Jimmy! Thanks!


May 4th, Monthly Meeting

June 3rd, La Polenta Dinner

August 1st, Concert in the Park

August? Members appreciation Luncheon

October 24th, Halloween Dinner/Dance

December 6th, Members Christmas Party



Chinook Winds Beach Trip: Saturday March 21st. CANCELLED


The 2020 Portland Festa Italiana will be held at Oaks Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland Or. 97202. The Date for this year’s Festa will be June 26, 27 & 28

Club Paesano will have a booth promoting the Club as well as items to purchase.  We will be putting together a volunteer list of people watching the booth and a list of potential sponsors for those individuals interested in becoming members of Club Paesano.

Chelle Ordway is in charge of volunteers for Festa Italiana! Volunteers are needed to be actively involved during the Festa. Volunteer sign up for the festival is now open on the festival website. 


As I mentioned last month. Would you be willing to sponsor potential members? We need members willing to sponsor in other Italians. Very often we get people very interested in becoming a member of Club Paesano but do not know any current members.  Our by-laws state that in order to become a member; “Section 2. Applications: A member of Club Paesano, in good standing who desires to sponsor an applicant for membership shall file with the Board of Directors.” So that means anybody interested in joining must first find a sponsor. We need members willing to sponsor someone in. That means talking to them about the club, encouraging them to come to our events to see if they like the club. Let them know we are all volunteers when it comes to putting on the events. They need to commit to participating. And it gives the sponsor a chance to see if the person will fit into our club. Please let me know if you are at all interested.


Approved by Club membership at the March Meeting


Section 1. Officers: The officers of Club Paesano shall be as follows, to-wit: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms; and said officers, during their term of office, shall also serve on the Board of Directors having all the rights and privileges accorded as a Director. All officers of Club Paesano shall be elected for a term of two years. The Treasurer shall be bonded, said premium to be paid by the Club. The terms of all elected officers will commence on January 1 of each year. No officer, with the exception of the bonded Treasurer, shall serve in the same office for a period of more than two consecutive terms.


Congrats to Mike Farley for winning the bottle of wine for March’s drawing.

OK, would you like a chance to win a bottle of wine? (Or two rolls of Toilet Paper) Answer the La Carota question below correctly. e-mail me:,  You must be present at the meeting to be eligible.

April Question: (will be awarded at the May meeting)

Which of these Iconic Italian Foods was first introduced and became popular in Italy? (oldest dish)

  1. Baccala
  2. Risotto
  3. Pizza
  4. Ribollita
  5. Ossobuco
  6. Polenta


Don Filippi is taking over the sick report i. e. Members needing a little cheer and a prayer: Let Don know if you have someone that needs a pray or a little cheering up.  503-936-3532 or

Prayers for:

Don Filippi ~ Problems walking due to a Pinched nerve in his back. 


Here are some important dates for the upcoming 2020 Season:

May 24th, 9:00AM, Pre-Season Meet & Greet Tournament, this will be a free tournament.

June 1st, 6:30PM, Monday Night League Starts

June 2nd, 6:30PM, Tuesday Night League Starts

July 11th, 8:30AM, Oregon vs Washington Invitational Tournament.

July 12th, 8:30AM, The Aldo Rossi 4-person Open Team Tournament.

August 23rd, 8:30AM, Festa Italiana 4-person Open Team Tournament.

August Date TBD, Gresham Ford 2 – Person Mixed Doubles.


Wear your name tag!  Members are reminded that name tags must be worn to all Club Paesano meetings or you will be fined $1.00.


These final thoughts took me a little while to get down because I know we live in unprecedented times. These days it’s not business as usual. We now live in a new “confusing” world. Stay home! Don’t go out! Close the bars! Prepare for the long haul and don’t hoard more toilet paper than you can use! Close the restaurants but support drive by food service! Jeeze, as President of Club Paesano what “words of wisdom” can I share? I thought and thought and thought and then I remembered a favorite quote, . . .  “Today me will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant, in which case I will eat a cookie.” ~ Cookie Monster

God Bless and Stay safe!

Have a “FANTASTIC” Day,



2019 Past President’s Messages:

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19-11 la Carota

19-12 la Carota

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20-03 la Carota