Members Only, . . .  Don’t miss this Monday Night: College Football National Championships: Ohio State (7-0) vs Alabama (12-0) Doors open 4:30, Game starts 5PM.

The Paesano Club Member’s, “Monday Night Social”. Brought to you by the Paesano Club’s “Fun Committee”!

Every Monday night, at 5:00pm, we open up the club doors, to Paesano Club members, for a night of socializing, eating, watching various sporting events or movies, playing cards, or just relaxing with a cold beverage, and visiting with fellow members. We plan to continue the “Monday Night Social”, every Monday night through out the up coming year. Should the club be rented out on a Monday, an email  will be sent out to all members cancelling that Monday’s social gathering.

The “MNS” (for short), will be run by the “Fun Committee” (Dino, Jim, Geno, Rick, with Mario Behind the bar andn his cocktail of the week), and any other members who would like to lend a hand. We will provide snacks at the bar. Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase, to cover expenses.

Although we don’t have a member’s lounge (Yet,,,,??)  This will definitely be a way of utilizing the “Club” to gather, visit, and relax with fellow members, outside of our monthly meetings, and our 4 major events. This is not obligatory, but in talking with a lot of you, the interest to have a “Social Night”, was very popular, and needed. I hope that we see many members come out, and take advantage of this “Social Gathering”

“MNS” is a “Members only” event.





January 2021

Greetings Club Paesano Members

Happy 2021!

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My Name is Riccardo (Rick) Cervi and I have been honored to be elected as your new incoming Club Paesano President.

I would like to thank our outgoing President Mario Pompei for his leadership as our President for these past 4 years. He has done a fantastic job and deserves a huge round of applause for his dedication and continued hard work with Club Paesano. We appreciate all of his efforts and service to our club.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself and my Italian heritage.

I am a first generation Italian, as both of my parents were born and raised in central Italy and then immigrated to Ontario Canada in 1951. I was born in Canada along with my 2 sisters. I grew up in a large Italian neighborhood, and a strong Italian community. My parents were founding members of our Italian club named the Ciociaro Club back home in Canada.

I was President of our Ciociaro Club youth group, I speak Italian and spent many years involved in our Italian club, and our Italian Bocce club.  I have relatives in Italy and travel back there to visit regularly.

I have been married to my wife Diane for 24 years and we have a 16 year old daughter named Adriana.

I have been very involved with Club Paesano for the last 4 years, serving on the Board of Directors for the past 3 years. I help organize social events for the Fun Committee and am Treasurer of our Paesano Bocce Club.

Thank you for electing me as your new President. I look forward to serving you in the years ahead.  I have enjoyed being involved in Club Paesano from the very first day I joined and am excited to expand upon our success.


President:  Rick Cervi

Vice President:  Jim Calcagno

Secretary:  Jim Siri

Treasurer:  John Kern

Sergeant at Arms:  Dominic Giusto

Board Members:

Geno Benagni

John Benagni

Jim Burch

Joe Castellano

Dino Gavazza

Chelle Ordway

Mario Pompei

Special Thanks to our outgoing Officers and Board Members:

Mario Pompei, Don Filippi, and Marc Battilega

Thank you for all of your service and hard work!

“New Members”: Club Paesano is happy to have 3 new members, and one returning member this year.

Our newest members are: Antonio Mitittero, Matt Dindia, Mirella Rizzatti, and our returning member, Benidetto Mitittero.

“We welcome you all with open arms, and look forward to you all being active members in Club Paesano! Thank you for your interest, and becoming part of our Famiglia”


It is with a heavy heart we share the sad passing of one of Club Paesano’s dearest friends Bob Larson. Bob was a steadfast volunteer throughout the years and organized and ran our Club Paesano bar for all of our events and meetings. He volunteered his own time and involved his family to help support us. He will be truly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


Virtual Wine Tasting:

The Fun Committee organized a virtual wine tasting event on December 6, 2020. We sampled 2 different red wines and a prosecco from various Italian regions.

We all met on the virtual platform Zoom and were guided by Joel the owner of Alluvia beverage company in Oregon City, OR. It was a great time and wonderful to visit and socialize virtually with other members.

Flag Fundraiser:

The Fun Committee is still selling vintage wooden flags to raise money for upcoming events. You can customize your flag to your specifications, logos, etc. Please contact Rick Cervi or Geno Benagni for more information or to purchase a flag.

Please visit  for future Fun Committee updates, events and suggestions.


Summer Bocce Leagues-

Paesano Bocce Club will be starting league play on Monday and Tuesday nights in June 2021. If you are interested in playing, please contact Mario Pompei or Rick Cervi for more information or visit our website at

Raise the Roof-

Paesano Bocce Club is raising money to install 2 additional Bocce courts and a roof to cover the courts. We are selling personalized cement pavers to be installed around the new courts or you can order a paver for your home.

Please visit to purchase.


The Festa is currently scheduled for June 25, 26, and 27, 2021 at Oaks Park 7805 SE Oaks Park way, Portland, OR, 97202. To volunteer and receive updated news and information see the Festa website at


If you still have not paid your 2020 membership dues, please contact John Kern or bring your payment to the next membership meeting.  Please bring your payment  to the next members meeting! Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.  Dues this year are $105.00.


Cedarville Shares are still available for purchase. Shares are for Club Paesano Members only.  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 dates are filling up fast. Please contact Hanna Vrieling at 503-666-7636 or e-mail

Please visit our websites and Facebook page for up to date information: All the member’s news, updates, events and schedules can be found on these links.

Club Paesano: Web Site:

F a c e b o o k : ClubPaesano Facebook Groups: groups/60472843229

Paesano Bocce Club: Web Site: F a c e b o o k : PaesanoBocceClub

Other Italian Club News:

(Let’s bring all clubs together and support each other)

KBOO Tune in every other Sunday to KBOO Radio 90.7FM at 9:00 am PST 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.

Portland Bologna Sister City Association:

The Portland Bologna Sister City Association is appreciative for the support it received during its Sagra in October. They are actively planning their next Youth Exchange cycle, hopefully hosting Bologna’s contingent in the summer and are pursuing ways to share Italian-based activities in Portland and on the West Coast, by participating, publicizing and supporting all initiatives. For more info go to:

Sons and Daughters of Italy (Vancouver) Grand Lodge of the North West Fund Raisers: Christmas Ornaments, if you are interested in any Christmas Ornament contact Barbara Blair at 360-253-7984.

West Side Italian Culture Group is now Italian Portland Here are their links: website: F a c e b o o k : ItalianPortland


In keeping with this fun tradition, here is this month’s La Corota question:

How many soccer world cups has the Italian National team won?

You’ll have a better chance to win as I cannot participate! Ha Ha!

All correct answers will be entered to win a bottle of wine at our next members meeting. Must be present to win. Please email me your answer at

2021 Public Event Dates

Everyone Welcome!


February 13 – Carnavale Dance, featuring Ben Jones Gold Experience CANCELLED

May 8 – Spring Dance, featuring The Hit Machine

June 2 – La Polenta Dinner, All Italian clubs welcome to participate in this free dinner.

August 7 – Concert in the Park, outdoor Dinner/Dance featuring The Beatniks

October 23 – Halloween Dance, featuring 5 Guys Named Moe (costumes optional but encouraged)

Final Thoughts:

As your new Club Paesano President I look forward to creating new opportunities for our Club and its future. I will work hard at promoting our club, expanding our membership and increasing our social activities. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or suggestions. I am available by email or phone.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful year ahead!


Rick Cervi


Rick Cervi

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