Our 2015 theme has been “Discovering the REAL Italian Americans” as suggested by America’s favorite Italian Mother, Doris Roberts, who has shown gracious support by attending our meetings.
Following the installation Ball on a warm, January, moonlit night at the California Club’s veranda, at our February meeting our speaker was Ned Colletti, Vice President of the Los Angeles Dodgers. In March we had the Downtown California Los Angeles Superior Court research attorneys speak to us about motion practice. Next, we had the honor of hosting Janet Napolitano, former Homeland Security Secretary and Governor of Arizona and current President of the University of California, who spoke to 250 dinner guests at our April meeting.
In May, the Hon. Antonio Verde Consul General of Italy recognized Sir Bruno Serato, a prominent local chef who provides food to over a thousand homeless kids a day. Our members raised $5000 for his efforts to feed under privileged children.
In June we had Italian history lessons featuring Joe Sena, Nationally Known Immigration Attorney and current President of the National Italian-American Bar Association together with Marianne Gatto, Executive Director of the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles.
July was a fun filled night of song and friendly rivalry between the Irish Bar and the Italian Bar, with Irish tenors dueling with Italian opera singer. It was an exciting evening that we call “Gaelic and Garlic Night.” August was a mixer with a fabulous buffet dinner.
In September, we held our annual Marco Polo Night, featuring Councilman Ryu along with the Chinese bar, the Japanese bar and the Korean bar.
In December we will hold our famous California Supreme Court event, and we look forward to seeing you there.
David R. DiJulio, President