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President's Message




A message from Dean Cannestra,

Italian Community Center President




A tutti auguro un santissimo Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo! (I wish everyone a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!). I hope you have a chance to celebrate with your family and carry on the holiday traditions of our parents and our grandparents.


I’d like to give credit to all of the members who participated in the Dec. 8 special meeting. Those who were able to attend, on a very cold winter night, showed the concern and passion that we share for our Community Center. We are very fortunate to have a strong core membership base, the ones who come to the meetings, functions and participate in fundraising events.


Regardless of your view on the voting outcome, we should be proud of the presentation of the information and the process.


The word transparency is used often to express openness. I would like to acknowledge the Board of Directors for making this the number one priority of this meeting.


As we all know, the Bartolotta Catering transition is in full swing. They have a management team in place to operate the catering and restaurant operations along with a full sales and marketing department. They are very excited to be partners in this organization and respectful to the mission of our Community Center. There has been some early success in booking some larger events, making them very optimistic about the future. We look forward to working with them in maintaining the organizational needs for our membership and those of our societies.


Upcoming events


There are four events scheduled in January and February to which I’d like to draw your attention. The first is our annual La Befana Children’s Party on Saturday, Jan. 7 at noon. Liz Ceraso and the Avanti Committee are preparing for a special day for the children with the gift-giving witch of Italian folklore.


The second event is Gallery Night and Day, Jan. 21. Art students from the Milwaukee High School of the Arts will display their works in our Board Room. Stop in and view the works of these talented teenagers and enjoy a meal at Cafe La Scala.


Next is the theater package deal we are offering for the showing of DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Ti- tans Experience at The Pabst on Saturday, Jan. 21. We have arranged for transportation to and from the theater. Join your fellow members for an awe-inspiring journey through the Renaissance as seen through the eyes of the monumental geniuses of DaVinci and Michelangelo.


On Saturday, Feb. 25, the ICC will host its 38th annual Il Grande Carnevale. Joanne Czubek and Rosemary DeRubertis and their committee have begun working in earnest to make this costume and mask pre-Lenten celebration an outstanding event.


Details on all of these events can be found on this website or in the current issue of The Italian Times.


Membership Renewal Time


As your President, I want everyone to take time to renew your membership in the ICC for 2017. It is because of your support, your dedication and your volunteerism that the ICC has prospered for almost 40 years and will continue to prosper in the years to come. We have revised our membership dues structure for 2017, making it easier to become a member or renew a membership. I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year!




– Dean Cannestra, ICC President