Celebrate National Law Enforcement Day and Adopt-A-Cop Month

January is Adopt-A-Cop month. Club Paesano is member of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Proud to be participating in this month long Gresham Area Wide Celebration.

More information to come! If you see Officer Brian Thank him for his Service and let him know you are a Club Paesano Member!

La Carota

Jan. 2022

Ciao fellow Club Paesano Members,

As always, I hope that this edition of LaCarota finds you all feeling happy, healthy and safe! Hope that you are all getting ready for Christmas that is just a few days away. We may even get a white Christmas this year. Families are busy getting trees, lights and decorations up as we await the day that Jesus Christ was born. It’s also hard to believe that I’m writing my 12th edition of “LaCarota”. Feels like I just sat down yesterday to write my very 1st one.

Christmas Dinner

I was so happy that we were able to have our Annual Members Christmas Dinner this year, after having to cancel last year. We had a fantastic turnout. About 180 members and families. It was so nice to see everyone there and beautiful to watch everyone having a great time and celebrating the occasion. We were able to follow tradition, by saying good bye and hello to outgoing and new board members. We welcomed in our newest Club Paesano members, from this year and last year. We awarded our latest “Member of the Year”, (Thank you) and we were able to sing our list of favorite Christmas carols, including “The 12 Days of Christmas and the always popular “Domenic the Christmas Donkey”. Members come to the dinner, just to sing about good Ol “Domenic”. LoL! The evening was topped off by a visit from Santa Clause coming all the way from the North Pole to give us an early visit.

Dinner was terrific and had everyone full. Can’t wait to get them back again.

Special thanks to all the members that came out that Saturday to help set up, decorate and then tear down and put things away at the end of the evening. Much appreciated. I’d also like to give a special shout out to Mike Farley & Chelle Ordway, for spending the evening behind the bar, serving us drinks all night. Very much appreciated, and saved us from having to hire someone. Thank You!

Superbowl 2022

As of now, I’m sad to say that Superbowl 2022 will not be taking place at the club.

There was a double booking of the hall, and unfortunately the clients that booked can’t change their date. If this client happens to cancel and the hall becomes available again, we will re-schedule the Superbowl and I will get an email out as soon as I hear something. Sorry to all of you that were planning on coming.

Carnevale Dance

Our “Carnevale Dance” is still set to take place on Saturday February 26th 2022

You can now go to our website at to purchase tickets. Looking for a great Christmas present or stocking stuffer? Why not get them a couple of tickets to the dance. Well worth the price and a very entertaining evening. You’ll be a hit by giving these as a gift! It’s never too early to start buying tickets, inviting guests and getting the word out. Start hanging fliers and post to your Social Media accounts. Let’s try to make our 1st event of the year a “Sell Out”! (Flier Attached) As always, we will be following all of the “Covid” rules and regulations that are in place. Masks, Social distancing and hand sanitizer are strongly recommended.

Fun Committee

The “Fun Committee” got together for a fun night this past Saturday. We all met at the “Christmas Bazar” in Vancouver.  It was an enjoyable event with about 90 vendors, music, dancing, food and drink. Many of us got to do some Christmas shopping for our last-minute gifts as well as having some Christmas cheer. We then left the Bazar, and went to a Mexican restaurant down the street. A Fun, enjoyable evening for those that came. If you haven’t made it out to one of our events yet, do yourself a favor and try to make it. A great way to get to talk to and know your fellow members outside of the club and Cedarville Lodge. We will be planning more events in the upcoming year, so stay tuned. We are always looking for new ideas, so if you have one and would like to see it take place, then please let us know. We can take the lead on it, or help you to make it happen.

We are still gathering for our “Monday Night Social” at the club. This is open to all members, so if you are in the area and feel like stopping in for a bite to eat and a drink, please do so. It’s a great time. Remember that the 1st Monday of the month is a chance for members to bring in a “non-member” guest. Maybe a potential member to be? A good way to show your family and friends the club and to meet some of your fellow members. Don’t be a stranger.

Paesano Bocce Club

I’m very happy to announce, that the Bocce Club started construction on our two newest courts. We’ve laid the concrete down. In a few months we will place the carpeting and boards and will be ready to open them up for our upcoming 2022 Season. I personally can’t wait. The Bocce Club Board of Directors has been working hard to make this happen and it’s finally coming to reality.  If you are interested in joining our leagues or starting a team, please go to our website at or talk to one of our board members. Mario Pompei, Dino Gavazza, Doug Burchak, or myself. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have. As you know, in building these new courts, we are draining our savings to get them done. That being said, we are always looking to raise money. Not only through our leagues, but through selling personalized pavers, tee shirts, hats and signs (family or business advertising). Again, all great Christmas gifts too. We also except monetary donations. We are looking for sponsors for tournaments and advertising. If you work for a company or run your own business and would like to sponsor one of our bocce events or tournaments please let Mario, or one of us know. We would love to hear from you.

Cedarville Lodge/Park Shares

If anyone is interested in purchasing Cedarville shares please contact Steve Petruzelli at 503-620-3447 or  New members are eligible to purchase.

Membership Dues or Payments

If you owe any monies to the club, please contact John Kern to make arrangements for payment. Please don’t allow yourself to be suspended or have your membership cancelled for this reason. Please contact John at  503-519-5560 or

LaCarota Question

Last month we had another upset of the former champ. Congratulations to the new champ, Geno “BOOM BOOM” Benagni. Geno came in swinging, and was able to take home the “Holy Grail”. I’ve noticed that more and more of you are trying to open up the playing field, and be in the running. If you want a chance at winning then you have to play.

We’ll keep it in the Italian Christmas spirit of course. As we all know, “Panettone” is a very popular bread that is consumed by many Italians, especially around the Christmas season.

So, my question is: In what year was the “Panettone” 1st created and how did it get its name?

All correct answers that are emailed to me before the next meeting, will be entered to win the coveted bottle of Vino. You can’t win if you don’t play!

Final Thoughts

As we get through this next week and have the chance to celebrate Christmas Day with our family, friends and loved ones, let us try to keep in mind why we celebrate this day. The birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Let’s try and remember to cherish your families and the time that you get to spend with them. Having dinner and enjoying each other’s company. Remember the people who are out there that aren’t as lucky as most of us. Let’s hope and pray that they can also celebrate this season. Also remember that you have the gift of this awesome club that we all belong to with your fellow “Club Paesano” family! I’m looking forward to this new year, some new things to come at the club and working with all of you to make our Club Paesano even better. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo



La Carota

La Carota December 2021

President’s message:

Dear Paesano Club Members,

As always, I hope that this month’s LaCarota newsletter finds you all doing well. Happy, healthy and safe! I hope that everyone has been able to prep their homes and belongings for the winter, and are getting ready for the holidays that await us. Thanksgiving, is less than a week away, and Christmas a month out. I always say it, and find that with age, I say it so much more, but I’ll say it again, “Where does the time go?” Felt like yesterday was a beautiful pleasant day in August, enjoying the warmth and the sun. Oh well, now we have the pleasure of spending our joyous holidays with our families and friends.

Gresham Chamber of Commerce news:

On Wednesday November 10th, The Gresham Chamber of Commerce hosted their Fall Expo. All new and current Chamber members were able to sign up and attend. By signing up, you were given the opportunity to set up a booth, and promote your business. You were also given the opportunity to mingle and meet other businesses and their owners who belong to the Chamber as well. I took advantage of this Expo, for obvious reasons, as it gave us another chance to meet potential new members, promote the Cedarville Lodge and Park for rentals, and also to promote and sign up new Paesano Bocce members. The night was a complete success. I thank Dino Gavazza, and Mario Pompei, for coming out and helping me with the set up and the promotion of our club. We got to meet a lot of people and business owners that could help us, in numerous ways. We met potential partners, renters, bocce members, and a few Italians, that were highly interested in joining what we have and be proud of. Our Club! The 3 of us worked the room, and had a lot of people stopping by and wanting to know what we were all about. We wrote down plenty of information, and received a lot of compliments on what we do. The fact that there are plenty of people out there that don’t know who we are, or what we do, always amazes me. You would think that for as long as the Club has been around, the public would know of us, but

unfortunately a lot don’t. Whether they are new to the area, or just thought that we were some private club in the woods. Some of the people said, “You’re that place off the Springwater trail,” or “I went to an event their 20yrs ago”. Many didn’t know that we have our 4 main events that are open to the public. Many didn’t know that we have bocce leagues that are open to the public. Many didn’t know that anyone can rent the facilities. That is why I think that it’s so important to promote as much as we can, outside of the club and to be involved with other groups, such as the Chamber, other Italian social clubs, charities, the Farmers Market and the like. It gets our name out there and people will remember us. We’ve had people come to our Concert in the Park, and some of our dances because of it. We all need to keep promoting, and letting the public know who we are, and what we do!

Christmas Dinner:

If you haven’t heard yet, our annual Members Christmas Dinner is back on, and will be held, Sunday December 5th. Doors open at 3pm, with dinner to be served at 5pm. We will have the installment of our new board of Directors, our newest crop of members, and our “Person of the Year” for 2021. Of course, this will be followed by our traditional singing of Christmas carols, including the fan favorite, “Domenic the Christmas Donkey”! What would a CP Christmas dinner be without the singing of good Ol “Domenic”? I know that there will be some members that will be over joyed! Ol Saint Nick himself will also pay us a visit. That should make the kids, and the “kids at heart” very happy.

You should be receiving a call from either Marc Battilega or myself, to find out whether you, your family and guests, will be attending. We need to have a head count no later than Sunday November 28th, to give to our caterer. We will also need a head count for the children too, so we can tell Santa how many gifts he needs his elves to make. If you received your call, and didn’t have a chance to respond, either call back or email me at If we don’t hear back from you by the 28th, then we’ll assume that you will not be attending. The Christmas party has always been one of my favorites. A great way of welcoming in the holiday, and enjoying the company of our great members, both new and old.

All members attending must be in good standing. This means if you owe any monies to the Club, then it must be paid before attending, or at the door that day. Please see John Kern if you plan on paying at the door.

We will also be following Covid-19 Guidelines. Masks, Social Distancing, and hand sanitizer is highly recommended. We will provide masks and hand sanitizer if you don’t have your own. I want to make sure that we all have a great time, and feel comfortable being at the party!

Election of New Board & Members:

At the Christmas party, we install the newest members to the Board of Directors. We also welcome our newest members, and we introduce our latest, “Person of the Year”. If you would like to be a part of this process, then it is very important to attend our next General Membership meeting on Wednesday December 1st. You’ll be given the opportunity to vote on people who you feel can help the club move forward, work hard and bring in some new energy, also voting in some new members that can do the same. You can vote on a person that you appreciate, and feel deserves the “Person of the Year Award” as well. You will need to be present to vote, or arrange a way to vote by proxy if you cannot be present.

We will be replacing 3 board members this year:

Outgoing Board Members; Mario Pompei, Jim Burch, Joe Castellano

Nominations for New Board Members; Mario Pompei, Doug Burchak, Chris Siri, Pete Rebagliati, Ken Gemma

New Member Nominees: Greg DeMaestri, Anna Salanti, Frank Cook, Daniela Sordo, Dedra Ceglie, Debbie Calcagno Guthrie.

Person of the Year Nominees: Mario Pompei, Marc Battilega, Rick Cervi, John Kern, Jim Calcagno, Doug Burchak, Geno Benagni, Don Fillipi.

I just want to thank the outgoing board members for their hard work and dedication to the club and our members. It’s very much appreciated.

I am also looking forward to working with the new nominees that are voted to the board and also hearing and working with our newest members that are voted in. All of your ideas, energy, and hard work will be appreciated by all of our members, and will help to promote our club even more. Everyone counts!

Thank you.

Carnevale Dance:

Our annual “Carnevale Dance” is set to take place, Saturday February 26th/2022

Tickets on our website will go on sale soon. No time like the present to start advertising, and making plans to come to this great party! Tell your family and friends. A great way to kick off our 2022 Club Paesano events.

Paesano Bocce Club:

I’m sad to say that our Fall league finally came to a close a few weeks ago, which brought an end to the 2021 Season. The rains and cold finally took hold, and made it impossible to play without doing a lot of clean up and the hope that it could stay dry. Another reason that we need the courts covered! More to follow.

I’m very happy to say that we had a very successful 2021 season. Not only did we have our Monday & Tuesday night leagues, but we also were able to add a Wednesday night league. The popularity of the sport is growing, and so many people came out to play. Wednesday night was focused on “Rookies” and “Novice” players. It was nice to see a new batch of people that were excited to be out there and to learn the sport. Some already look like they are ready to advance to our Tuesday or Monday night leagues. It was great to see our new members learning, and having a fun, yet competitive time on the courts. Many are already itching to sign up for next year. Another 1st for our Club, was starting a Fall League, which just ended. There was so much interest. We had about 20 members come out to play every Sunday morning. We played an “Il Sacco” style, which meant that we picked names out of a hat and everyone got a chance to

play with everyone else. Experienced players with rookies and novice players all mixed every week. Great opportunity for our new members to play and get to know different members. We had terrific feedback from everyone and definitely will bring it back next year.

On another happy note, Paesano Bocce Club was well represented and did very good at the annual “Peppermill Bocce Tournament” in Reno, Nevada this month. All 3 of our teams that entered, finished in the top 20 spots out of a field of 60 strong teams from California, a few from Washington and a couple of the teams came from the mid-west too.

Our very own Club Paesano members, Mario Pompei and Doug Burchak’s team (“I Prescelti”) finished in 7th place. My team (“Pallino or Bust”) finished in 15th place. Benedeto and Antonio Mititiero’s team (“Stugatz”) took 19th place. Congratulations!!! The top 20 places paid out money, so that was an added bonus. It was a memorable time and am looking forward to next year.

We have started construction of our two newest courts. They should be finished and ready to go by the start of the 2022 season. These will be “World Class” bocce courts, and we are hoping to attract new members, and continue to grow the sport.

If you are interested in playing next year, please go to our Paesano Bocce Club website, or please speak to Mario Pompei, Doug Burchak, Dino Gavazza or myself. We’d be happy to get you involved and signed up.

We are still raising funds for our courts and roof. We are selling signs, (Family, Business), personalized pavers, t-shirts, hats and golf towels. What great gifts to give loved ones for Christmas. We will also except monetary donations.

Fun Committee News:

The “Fun Committee” is still hosting our “Monday Night Social”. It’s been a lot of fun, and a great way to relax and get to know some of your fellow CP Members. If you haven’t been to one, you’re missing out! Please make it a point to do so. We are always looking for fun things to do and some new ideas. If you would like to

see a certain event done or have any ideas for our Monday nights or a “FC Night Out” please let me know, and we will try to make it happen.

We are currently working on a couple of things and will keep you all informed when we are ready to make them happy, so stay tuned.

Cedarville Shares:

If you are interested in purchasing Cedarville Shares, please contact Steve Petruzelli at 503-620-3447 or What a great way to own a piece of Cedarville Lodge/Park. The Home of Club Paesano!

LaCarota Question:

Last month we had 2 chances to win, and we had 2 separate winners. My question last month had to do with our beloved Don Filippi. Congratulations to our 2 winners. Jim “Bam-Bam” Burch, and the “Come Back Kid” Mario Pompei. Mario won’t be denied! Every now and then, he throws out a carrot, to give you all a chance at a sip, but then takes it all back! He just proves month after month, that you can’t win if you don’t play. If you’d like to win, then take a shot at the question!

So, this month’s question will be a “Thanksgiving” question. Pretty simple. We’ll see who wants to take that wine bottle away from the Champ!

This month’s question is 2 parts.

1st Question: How many pounds of Turkey are consumed in U.S. on Thanksgiving Day? (Closest to the actual number wins)

2nd Question: Which State consumes the most Turkey per person?

There you have it. 2 “Butterball” questions. Let’s see who has the guts to go up against King Mario, and steal his crown!

All correct answers will be entered and you must be present to win. Good Luck!

Final Thoughts:

With Thanksgiving, being a couple days away, my thoughts are obviously on giving thanks and praise to all that is good in my life, as I’m sure that you are doing as well.

First off, I’m thankful for everything that I have. A fantastic family, and friends, full of love and caring. People that would give you the shirt off their backs, and do anything for you. A good career, with the ability to take care of my family. A roof over my head and food in the cupboards. A great Club with a great group of members that I’m proud to belong to and am happy to call friends! Thankful to live in a country that is free, and allows you the right to be who you are, with no issues. I am very thankful! As we enter this season of giving and Christmas, let us all be thankful, but also remember those that are without, and aren’t as fortunate as a lot of us. Let’s help out where we can, and lend a hand to our fellow man. Please enjoy the day with your families and friends. Be good, and be safe.



La Carota

Presidents Message

LaCarota                    November 2021


Presidents Message:

Hello fellow Club Paesano Members,

As always, I hope this issue of La Carota, finds you all healthy, happy and safe. The hustle and bustle of summer is now over, and now we work on closing things down, weatherizing, and winterizing. Leaves are falling, and the colors of fall are definitely underway. Reminds me of back home. Going to the Cider mills, drinking hot apple cider, fresh cake doughnuts, and horse drawn buggy rides. Perhaps a “Fun Committee” event in the future?

Member News:

As most of you know, we received the unfortunate news of the passing of our near and dear friend and member, Don Filippi. The news was not only unexpected, and surprising, but hit so many of us very hard.  We all knew that Don was experiencing some health issues, but no one expected that he would be gone so soon! The only news that we have received, is that his passing was due to an infection, during his recovery from open heart surgery. We don’t know anything else at this point. As of now, there hasn’t been a date set for his Memorial Service yet. I will keep you all informed as soon as we find out. Don is survived by his wife Erica and daughter, Katie Mannan.

I received a lot of calls and emails, about it, and what happened. Obviously, Don meant so much to so many. I received so many beautiful emails, about Don, and how great a person he was. “A big man with a bigger heart”. “So, funny”. “Heart of Gold”. “Always had a smile”. “So, caring”. These were just some of the quotes, I received in the messages. I didn’t know Don as long as a lot of you did, but in the short time that I did, it felt like a life time. He was always funny, had a new joke, but would always ask how my family and myself were doing, making sure that we were all well.  Don will be missed by so many, and heaven has gained a new Angel!  If you’d like to say a few words about Don, or share a story about him, please join us at next month’s meeting. We will have a chance to share comments and stories, with our fellow members. “Rest in Peace” Don Filippi.

Members Appreciation BBQ:

The member’s appreciation BBQ, was a great day. The weather cooperated, and we were able to have it outside under our pavilion.  The sun came out, and it ended up getting warm. We had a very good turnout, about 35 members and guests. We had hamburgers, Italian sausage with peppers and onions, salad, and beverages. Some of us played bocce, and cornhole, or just enjoyed each other’s company. I have to say, sometimes I enjoy these smaller more intimate events, more than our bigger ones, as they give us a chance to visit with several different members, and we are able to hear each other talk. I also love our dances, and enjoy sharing the love of music and fellowship at those events as well.  By the feedback I receive, a lot of you feel the same way. Thanks to all of you that came out. Your presence was felt, and appreciated. Thanks also to all of you that volunteer and help out at our events!  We are a social club and that’s what this club is all about. Without volunteering members, and all the help that you provide, we’d be nothing! Once again, I appreciate it, and the Club thanks you!!

Halloween Dance:

We had our Halloween Dance on Oct 23rd. I thought we had a good turnout for our 1st public indoor event, despite the Covid circumstances. As usual, the dinner was fabulous, and everyone raved over it. Thanks to Marc and his family for doing what they do to make it happen. “5 Guys Named Moe” had the place jumping, and people dancing. Can’t wait to see them again at out “Concert in the Park” next August 2022. What a great band! Toys and Joy Charity was there and very happy with all of the donations and can’t wait to be invited back. A terrific charity that gives out toys to kids and families in need. Thanks to all of you that attended, brought your guests and donated toys to support. The Club really needed your support, and I too appreciate your support.

Let’s get ready for our next Paesano Club dance event in February. Our “Carnevale Dance”  is Saturday February 26, 2022. Plan on being there and spreading the word. Let’s, try to fill the lodge up! I will let you know when our tickets go on sale.

Christmas Dinner:

Our annual Christmas Dinner will be held this year on Sunday December 5th, doors open at 3 pm. Dinner to be served around 5pm. Our Christmas dinner is held for our members, and their spouses, significant other, or partner. We also allow you to bring any child, who is 21yrs and younger, and are still living at home with you. Prices for guests will be announced in the near future. Please email me with an “RSVP”, with the amount of people your family will bring. This dinner will be catered, and has been very good. We’ll need a definite “Head count”, so that we can order the right amount of food. As most of you know, this has been a great way to bring in a “Club Paesano Christmas”. Besides the wonderful dinner, we’ll be introducing our new board members, and our new members. This year, we will potentially be introducing 4 new members to our wonderful core. I would call that a pretty good year.  We’ll be singing our traditional Christmas carols, including “Domenic, the Christmas Donkey”, have children’s activities, and be visited by good Ol Santa Clause himself. Always a fan favorite. In my opinion, another great “Club Paesano” tradition, that brings us all together! Once again, please email me with the number of people in your party at: or call 503-257-7374 and leave a message.  Thank you!

New Member Update:

As I stated earlier, we have a new crop of “Bright eyed”, “Bushy tailed”, member candidates. Each one of these potential members has come to us, very interested and eager to become a member. Some have already participated in some of our events, and joined “Paesano Bocce Club” as well. That’s a good sign, and a GREAT start. It always helps when the interest is there to be involved right off the start!

Our candidates had a chance to introduce themselves at our past meeting, so some of you got a chance to meet them already. They are eager to jump in and start helping anyway they can.

Their names are: Greg DeMaestri, Debra Ceglie, Anna Salanti, and Frank Cook (Anna & Frank are married). Each one of these people have been involved in one way or another, with promoting all of our Italian culture in some way. Frank & Anna have been heavily involved with the “Festa Italiana” for many years. Greg was involved in his Italian Club and grew up around it, down in San Francisco. Debra has Italian family, wants to be more involved with her Italian heritage.  This is what we are looking for as a club. “Involvement, volunteers, and energy. A desire to promote, and push our Club up, ANOTHER NOTCH!!! Not only that, but having the desire to be involved and have fun! We work hard, but we can play hard too! Nothing wrong with enjoying some of the fruits of our labor too. Be there at December’s meeting to cast a vote on our future membership!

Fun Committee News:

We have been enjoying our “Monday Night Social” as usual. The group has been kind of “slim” the last few weeks, but it’s all good. We understand that not everyone can make it every Monday night. It’s there for you to enjoy when you can make it. Those of us that have been going pretty regular, really enjoy the comradery of each other, and the relaxed nature of being able to kick back, enjoy some good food, and some really good laughs and stories. It’s another great way to get to know each other better. Feel free to get out there whenever you  can make it. Remember that the 1st Monday of the month, is “Bring a guest” Monday. Hopefully a potential member, but it can be whoever you think that would enjoy us and the club.

We are still working on our next “Night out”. There are a couple of venues that we are looking into, with dinner and music. I’ll let you know when the next one is solidified. It would be nice to get out with a group of our fellow members, to bring in the holidays that unbelievably, are just around the corner. Where did our summer go?

 Let us know if you have any ideas, or want to “Champion” an event, via the “Fun Committee”. We will do whatever we can to help set it up and make it happen. Let us know!

Paesano Bocce Club News:

As we’ve stated, our summer bocce leagues have come to an end, back in late August.  We started a new “Fall league” that is still going on. A group of us show up on Sunday mornings to play. We play with whoever makes it, mixing up the players, so we make the teams as equal as possible. It’s been great fun and nice getting to meet our new members, and helping them out with the game. With our beautiful courts and park like setting, I know why it’s so easy to enjoy. We are winding the league down to an end for the year, but if you are interested in bocce, and maybe joining one of our leagues next year, please go to or talk to us directly. Mario Pompei, Dino Gavazza, Doug Burchak, or Rick Cervi.  We’ll all be available and ready to help you out. It’s a great sport and very addicting. Come on out to our “Open House” next May 2022 to give it a try, or get a hold of one of us and we can meet you at the courts, to give you a lesson and help you roll.

We just began the building of our two new courts. The last two were done 3 yrs ago. Three weeks ago, we tore out the last two, and are now getting ready to pour the concrete for the base of the courts. It’s very exciting for the league and all of us that play and are heavily involved. We will now have 4 world class bocce courts! This is fantastic and we now have the potential to hold some “Big Money” tournaments, inviting teams from all over the nation!  A great way to put the “Paesano Bocce Club” on the map, and to put us in the same conversations as California, the east coast, and parts in between. Our next goal will be to build a cover to extend our play, even possibly playing all year long. That would really put some of our players and teams right up there with all the Big Fish, that play all year, throughout the country. The most important part is that we can extend our seasons, interest new players, and gain a whole new crop of players, that will enjoy a day or night out on the courts. It’s a great sport that anyone can play, no matter age, gender, or athletic ability. Anyone can come out and be successful, or just come out to have a ton of fun! We are still selling shirts, hats, towels and brick pavers to raise money for our new roof. What a beautiful way of immortalizing you, your family a business, by having a paver locked in around these 4 beautiful courts for everyone to see. Christmas is around the corner, and anyone or all of these would make great stocking stuffers, and help us raise money for a great cause.

We accept monetary donations as well. If you work for a big company that donates to such causes, please put our name out there for a company donation. We have different donation levels that give different things, i.e., Business banners with logos and names, dinners, bocce events, etc. I have a break down with the different monetary donations. Let me know and I can send you a copy. It’s a great cause, so let’s keep it “Rolling”!

Member Appreciation:

I’d like to give a quick “Shout out” to a couple of our members that go out of their way to help us out, when we need it. Most of the “doings” are behind the scenes, and you probably don’t ever see.

First off is Bill Mallon. He is always at the ready to help us out with all of our Liquor License and planning needs. He always takes the paper work in and draws up any plans we need to keep the “OLCC” happy. He quietly does it, taking a lot of pressure off the rest of us to get it done.

Next is, Joe Castellano. I’d like to thank Joe for always going out and getting us FREE beer, for our events. That is huge for bringing in revenue and a profit for the club. Joe has been doing this for quite a few years now, and it’s very much appreciated!

Marc Battilega. Everything food is all because of Marc and his family. Marc is the “General” of the kitchen, and responsible for all of our great “Spaghetti & Meatball Dinners. So much work done without any complaints and all simultaneously while running his own business. Thank you Marc for the hundreds of hours given for the sake of our club.

I’d also like to thank Mario Pompei for stepping in and help take over the bar this year. After the passing of our dear friend Bob Larson, who single handedly handled everything concerning the bar and alcohol. Mario stepped in and is now running and keeping our inventory up to date. Not a small task, considering all that Bob did for the Club.

Last but not least, Mike Farley. Mike has graciously stepped in and help run the bar when we have been shorthanded at a couple of events. He has spent time fixing beer taps, and other mechanical things that needed mending, behind the bar. He’s also quick to help out when it comes to security detail. All things that we need done and are greatly appreciated.


Cedarville Lodge & Park Shares:

If you are interested in purchasing shares, and owning a piece of this great Lodge, Park and Club, please contact Steve Petruzelli at 503-620-3447 or

Thoughts & Prayers:

Let’s keep Don Filippi and his family in our thought and prayers, along with our other members, John Benagni who just underwent valve replacement surgery on his heart, and  Nick Rossi who underwent partial knee replacement surgery. Both are recovering and doing well. I’d also like you to pray for Jim Siri who is getting ready for a hip replacement, and my mother-in-law, Gerry Sells, who is getting ready to have eye surgery.

If you would like anyone else included in our prayer chain, please contact me at  or call me at 503-257-7374.

La Carota Question:

This month, I’d like to dedicate “La Carota” question, to our beloved friend Don Filipi. I’ll make it a two-part question, and commentary, giving you two chances to win a bottle of wine. Don’s spirit and heart were so big that he deserves a couple of bottles given in his honor!

As you know, last month our “Comeback Kid”, Mario Pompei, was once again derailed by the up and comer Chris “Superfly” Siri. He took the crowd by surprise and took the bottle of wine to a new home. Can he repeat? Or will there be a new victor, or will the Wiley one, Mario, get back to his winning ways? We will soon find out.

So, here is this month’s question:

Not sure how many of you knew it, but Don was an accomplished musician, playing two instruments? Can you name both of the instruments that he mastered??

The 2nd part, is not a question, but some commentary. I’d like to hear back from you, about Don. In a word or a very short sentence, I’d love to hear how Don was involved in your life, or how he made a positive impact on you.

There you go, 2 chances to win. Don would have said, “You don’t need it”, but this is for him.

The right answer for the question, and a comment, can get you 2 bottles of wine, this time. Please email me at for your chance to win.

Final Thoughts:

With the passing of our friend Don Filippi, and earlier this year, Bob Larson, it makes me stop to think of how precious life really is. I know that we have all heard it a million times, and we think about it really quick, but most of us, get back on the fast-moving train of life, to just keep chugging along, and forgetting about how valuable our lives really are, not only to ourselves, but our loved ones around us. What would we do without them, and they without us. Makes you stop and put things into perspective when you think about it, when the tragedy of someone near and dear passes. This isn’t to depress you, but only to make us all stop and smell the roses sometimes. Make sure that we communicate with our loved ones and friends, always say “I love you” and give them a hug, and never go to bed angry. Let’s always cherish life, and our loved ones, enjoy your families, and never take them for granted.

Take care,



Club Paesano at Gresham’s Farmers Market

Gresham Farmers Market

Hello All. Saturday morning July 31st, Club Paesano, was able to set up an informational booth, at the “Gresham Farmer’s Market”. We had a canopy and table set up, to advertise, and answer any questions, about “Club Paesano”, Paesano Bocce”, and “Cedarville Lodge & Park”. We were also able to advertise and sell tickets to our upcoming “Concert in the Park”, Saturday, August 7th. As most of you know, the “Farmer’s Markets” are very popular in the Portland area. A lot of people visit them, so our booth was visible to a great amount of people walking by. We had so many people stop to ask us about our clubs, both “Club Paesano” & “Paesano Bocce Club”. We had some inquiries about the Lodge and Park rentals too. The day was a total success! We were able to sell tickets, advertise our upcoming events, and sign up some new players that were very interested in playing Bocce. This was a new experience for us, and one that we will definitely be taking more advantage of. Best of all, it was free for us to do! Special thanks, to Bocce Club President, Mario Pompei, and Shannon Chissom, for coming out and helping to promote our wonderful clubs, and facilities! Another huge step in the right direction!