August 2020

Ciao Club Paesano Members and Friends,

Not a lot to report since our activities have been zero since March. How are your summer plans coming together?  

The August Monthly Meeting is a GO:

The monthly meeting scheduled for August 5th limited to 25 (our usual) There will be No dinner served. So please plan accordingly and eat something before the meeting if you need to.

            Mask are encouraged

            Social distancing will be in effect

Concert in the Park: CANCELLED

Chinook Winds Casino Bus Tour: POSTPONED

La Carota question: (The Great July La Carota wine giveaway) Congrats to all the winners! If you want a chance to win a great bottle of Italian wine simply read the La Carota question, email me with your answer and badda bing, you’re in!

August La Carota Question: Who was “1993’s Member of the Year”?

  1. Joe Castllano
  2. Mauro Potestio
  3. Marc Battilega
  4. Pete Rebagliati
  5. Pope John Paul II
  6. Ron Dove
  7. John Kern
  8. Jim Merrel
  9. John Travolta

Italian Clubs Conference:

On Monday June 15th I participated in an Italian Club Video Conference via zoom put on by Pasquale Madeddu from The Associazione Culturale di Portland (ACIP) and The Portland Bologna Sister City Association (PBSCA) our own Phil Potestio. The primary purpose of this meeting was 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.

Direct communication between all the Italian Clubs in Oregon would strengthen the Italian community in the area and help support Italian Business in the Portland area during the current Pandemic.

The response from this first meeting was very positive and we will be continuing to meet quarterly to exchange ideas, help each other with marketing events and support each other. We will make the Italian community much more united and stronger.

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

The Paesano Bocce Club News

The Bocce season is already half completed. It is great to be back outdoors playing the game we love with friends.

We are continuing to try to raise funds so we can complete two additional courts. Buy a Paver to help support Paesano Bocce. You can take it home with you or have us installed it around the courts. Also, we have hats and towels for sale. I know we have some golfers that would love a nice hat or golf towel to support Paesano Bocce. Rick Cervi will bring some at the next Club meeting

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 problems.

Rick Cervi ~ Rick’s father in law Jim Sells

Jim Calcagno ~ Mother Dorothy passed away

Jim Merrill Jr ~ Tiple bypass heart surgery

Bob Larson ~ Continued problems with breathing

Don Dindia & Family ~ Don Passed and we received a very nice Thank You from Joanne & family.

All Club Paesano Members and their Families!

Important 2019 Date to Remember:

8/5 General Membership meeting

9/? Members appreciation Luncheon (this is in the works for a possible late summer BBQ)

10/24, Halloween Dance, 5 Guys Named Moe, (fingers crossed this is a go)

12/9. Members Christmas Party

Membership Dues

REMINDER: Membership Dues are 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. (One time $5 increase for donation to Festa Italiana voted on by the general membership)

 Club Paesano Fun Committee:

Due to current Governor Browns restriction, no current events scheduled but they are looking closely at possible events in the third and fourth quarters of this year.

 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

2020 Membership Drive: Members are the lifeblood of our organization and help us fulfill our mission. Every member or event holds a chance to recruit new members. 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!

Portland Bologna Sister City: PBSCA is have two great events. First one is a film discussion on Saturday August 8th. This event is a post screening panel discussion. The film Inside Buffalo by Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, is available for rent for $2.99.  Participants are highly encouraged to watch the film.

Second event is their Sagra Fundraiser (virtual 2020) For more information on these events 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, 24, 25, 26 at Oaks Amusement Park . This will be the 30th Anniversary.

Columbus Dinner Cancelled for 2020.

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:



With all that is going on in Portland, the State and our Country,

Il remedio e peggio del male.

The remedy is often worst then the disease. Burn not your house to rid the mouse.

Stay Safe and have a “FANTASTIC” Day


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