Representing Americans of Italian descent residing in:
California • Nevada • Southern Oregon

Message From The President

State President John Costa

As we turn the corner and enter into fall, we are once again reminded about the danger of fires. Again Northern California has been fighting wildfires. Next time you see a firefighter, thank them as they are putting their lives on the line to protect us. Pray for our members in Northern California (Redding, Shasta areas). Every year it seems the fire season grows. Be careful out there.

August has been a busy month, from picnics, to scholarship lunches, then back east, time with family and now it’s September already. We need to slow the train down.

just returned from our National plenary session in Crystal City, Virginia. I will give you a few highlights, but also see Immediate Past President, now National Trustee Lynn’s report for more detail. National President Vera ran a very efficient meeting, keeping everyone on time. National, along with the Sons of Italy Foundation and CSJ are all running in the black. A legacy donation came to National last year in the amount of $300,000, quite a surprise. This enabled them to pay down the mortgage on the Washington, DC office to be paid off in 2025. After a phone call from the lawyer of the estate the amount was increased by $210,000, a portion of this was used to pay down the mortgage so the office will now be paid off in end of 2019. Besides this a van that has been modified for our wounded warriors will be bought and donated. Sons of Italy Foundation will be purchasing van number 100. The Foundation is also investing a portion of the monies. The fundraiser for National (calendars) is doing well, California is leading the way by selling 177 calendars to date, they are still available, let’s try and hit 200 sold in California. We still have till the end of September.

 

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