September 2020

Ciao Club Paesano Members and Friends,

September 2020

Two Events scheduled for September:

  1. The September Monthly Meeting is a GO!

The monthly meeting scheduled for September 2nd is limited to 25 (our usual) There will be Pizza served. Food Safety protocols will be in place.

            Mask are encouraged

            Social distancing will be in effect

  1. Members Appreciation BBQ is a GO!

We are scaling down our members appreciation BBQ this year. Several factors went into this decision starting with, we initially planned to have the appreciation dinner at a restaurant this year but due to Covid-19, large groups at a restaurant are out.  Secondly, we (the BOD) felt with high cost of our traditional BBQ of Steak and Salmon and the lack of participation last year we needed to keep the cost down. Lastly with no dances and fund-raising events we need to watch our spending. This year we will have a traditional BBQ with Burgers and Hot Dogs and side salads.

La Carota question: Congrats to Dominic Giusto for correctly answering who was 1993 member of the year and winning bottle of Vino! (correct answer was Joe Castellano)

September La Carota question:

Most of the Italian Immigrants to the United States from 1890 – 1930 took their first steps on US soil on Ellis Island which was the largest point of entry for many Italians.  What was the second largest point of entry for Italian Immigrants? (No multi-choice this month)

Want to win some wine? E-mail me with your answer. Must be present at September’s meeting to win.


The Paesano Bocce News

The Bocce season is will finish up this week. We will have the Championships on Monday night 8/31, and Tuesday night 9/1, starting at 6:00 PM. Come out and watch the games.  Who will have bragging rights for Monday night and Tuesday night for the next year? Who knows?

The tourney is over and Rick is our 2020 champion winning the first game of the final 21-15 in from of a standing room only crowd of 8. Ok, Larry sat down for awhile. The first part of game was back and forth with the lead exchanging hands with Rick holding lead at 11-10. Rick slowly extended lead to 17-11 , but back came Tony to close to 17-15. Rick scored doubles in the last two frames to win 21-15. 2020 Singles Double Elimination Final results, 1st Place Rick Cervi, 2nd Place Tony Aiello, 3rd Place Joachim Certen,

Remember, we still need funds so we can complete two additional courts. Buy a Paver to help support Paesano Bocce is the easiest way to help. You can take it home with you or have us installed it around the courts.

If you are interested you can purchase a paver to be installed around the Bocce Courts. Go to click on Buy A Paver tab.  Get your family, business or club engraved on a paver and cement your legacy for everyone to see. Only $100 will help bring two new courts to our fantastic Cedarville Park.

The Bocce Courts are also available for rent for large functions. If interested see me, Larry, or Rick.



Members needing a little cheer and a prayer: Let Don Filippi know if you have someone that needs a pray or a little cheering up.  503-936-3532 or

Prayers for:

Don Filippi ~ Back and neck surgery is schedule for August 31st.

Marc Battilega ~ Marc’s father in law Larry Calcagno (Kathy’s dad) Passed away.

Rick Cervi ~ Father in Law Jim Sells

Mario Pompei ~ Mother, 93 just released from the Hospital. Doing well but needs prayers

All Club Paesano Members and their Families!


Important 2019 Date to Remember:

9/2, General Membership Meeting

9/20: Members Appreciation Summer BBQ)

10/24, Halloween Dance, 5 Guys Named Moe is Officially Cancelled

12/9. Members Christmas Party


Membership Dues

REMINDER: Membership Dues were due the first of June. If you haven’t paid yet bring a check to the July meeting! Giovanni Kern will have his “high” pockets open for business! He does take credit cards. Dues this year is $105.


Club Paesano Fun Committee:

No Activities schedule due to current Governor Brown’s restriction

They will be starting a small fund raiser. They will be selling hand-made wooden flags, both American and Italian, with multiple logos, i.e., Club Paesano, Bocce, Military, College etc. They will bring samples to the next meeting for members can check them out, and hopefully order. Proceeds will go to the “Fun Committee”, to raise money for future activities.  We may have something in the works in combination with Rossi farms, or just the Fun Committee, in the not so distant future, depending on Governor Brown’s restriction.

2020 Membership Drive: Know anybody that would like to join Club Paesano? Know any positive, energetic fun-loving Italians?

Members are the lifeblood of our organization and help us fulfill our mission. Every member or event holds a chance to expose our Social Club to new people. I would like to set a goal for Club Paesano to increase our membership in 2020. Are you ready to help? Don’t wait. I challenge all members to make the effort to find and sponsor energetic, participative, potential members that want to be part of a special organization. Let’s strive for a successful membership drive this year!

On a positive note we already have several new candidates to review so keep up the good work!


Cedarville Park:

Cedarville Shares are still available for purchase. Shares are for Club Paesano Members only. You must be a member of Club Paesano to purchase shares. See Steve Petruzzelli if Interested.

If you are thinking of booking an event at Cedarville in 2021 do it now. Many of the events for 2020 have been cancelled and rescheduled for next year and are taking up all the good dates.  Contact Hanna Vrieling at 503-666-7636 or e-mail


Other Italian Club News: (Let’s bring all clubs together and support each other)

Portland Bologna Sister City

October 18th, Sagra Fundraiser (virtual 2020) Sagra returns for the 16th year and is going Virtual They have terrific auction packages, raffle items and great food and wine partners. They are also looking for people or companies that would be able to match donations to their scholarship fund. Please contact Phil Potestio if you or your company can match at

For more information on this event go to their website


Tune in every other Sunday to KBOO Radio 90.7FM at 9 am PT in the Portland area or stream from for an hour of Italian contemporary music and some local Italian news.  Let’s support Andrea Scasso in his efforts to bring Italian music to the community. 

Festa Italiana

Dates are set for 2021, June, 25, 26, 27 at Oaks Amusement Park. This will be the 30th Anniversary.

There is a fund raiser going on right now. Festa Italiana is selling Olive Oil from Liguria, Italy.  Order your Award-Winning Olive Oil from Northern Italian Coop FRANTOIO OLEARIO. 

For information go here: Or contact Frank Cook


Festa Italiana is planning a monthly fundraising event. Each event will have a featured presentation from an expert in the field discussed. Additionally, each presentation will be accompanied by:

  1. A take out meal by a local restaurant
  2. Auction on featured baskets
  3. Raffle of various items
  4. Auction of wall of wine
  5. Opportunity to ask the presenter questions
  6. And more

As of the date of The Presidents Message, Their first event is an interview from Italy with Mario Dodici, President of Co-op that makes olive oil and a variety of other items from reclaimed groves in Northern Italy on September 19 at 10:00 AM. Brunch is being offered by Marco’s Café, 7910 SW 35th Avenue, Portland OR, 97219, 503.245.0199n (their featured wine is Mitchell Vineyard.)


Club Paesano has always been a great supporter of The Festa. Let’s do our part to help out! More information to follow and links to Eventbright coming. Stay tuned.



Sons and Daughters of Italy (Vancouver)

Grand Lodge of the North West Fund Raisers: Drive-Up Dinner, Calendar Raffle and Christmas Ornaments Due to the current pandemic, the Grand Lodge of the Northwest has not been able to have their usual fund raisers. They will use the Internet to bring some events and hope you will choose to partake in one or all of these opportunities. The Drive-up Dinners and Christmas Ornaments are available for purchase now at the following link where you can safely pay with most credit cards. Drive up Dinner, Calendar Raffle, and Christmas Ornaments Fundraiser. Drive up dinner is located in Auburn Washington however if you are interested in any Christmas Ornament contact Barbara Blair at 360-253-7984.


West Side Italian Culture Group is now Italian Portland

Their new Mission Statement: Italian Portland is a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon celebrating, promoting, and preserving the beautiful Italian culture with our family traditions, foods, and history, and melding it with modern life. Our goal is to bring Italian events, activities, news, and happenings to our Italian community and to be a source of support and connectedness. 

Their next event is on September 1st, 7:00 PM Via Zoom “Celebrating Naples – A journey Though History” with Anita Sanseverino

Here is my message on behalf of Club Paesano,

Hello Christina and Tonya,

Congratulations and best of luck on your new name, web site, and non-profit status! 

Please add to your distribution list. As an Italian-American Social Club we will do all we can to help promote and support Italian Portland. At Club Paesano we meet monthly and also have a “Presidents Message” published on our web site. I usually take the opportunity to promote Italian activities around Portland If I know about them.  I will certainly include Italian Portland in my messages.

Viva la cultura Italiana,

Buona Fortuna,

Mario Pompei

President, Club Paesano


Italian Clubs Conference:

The primary purpose of the Italian Clubs Conference is to get not only the Italian Club presidents but key figures in the Italian community together to get to know each other better, learn about the mission and goals of each club, exchange ideas and support each other’s events.


The next Italian Club conference will be 7PM, September 14 via Zoom Meeting.



“Life is short and there is no time for fussing and fighting my friend.”  ~ The Beatles

 Stay Safe and have a “FANTASTIC” Day




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