Executive Forum

John Lo

President’s Message for June

On June 2 and 3, 1948, following the fall of Fascism and the end of World War II, the Italian people voted on a referendum to choose whether the country would be governed as a monarchy or a republic.  12,717,923 Italians voted in favor of a republic, and 10,719,284 voted for the monarchy, and the monarchs of the House of Savoy were sent into exile.  In 1949, June 2 was declared a national holiday and we have celebrated the Festa della Repubblica ever since.

 The IACS will host the Festa della Repubblica celebration on Sunday, June 4.  This year we are proud to welcome our special guest speaker Commendatore Maestro Dr. David DiChiera, founder and Artistic Director of the Michigan Opera Theatre.  Dr. DiChiera retired in May after an incredible 46 years with the MOT.  His contributions to the world of opera and the city of Detroit are legendary, and we are honored to welcome him back to the IACS.

 On June 8 we will be having our second Dinner Dance, with Pino Marelli providing the music of the 1960’s.  June 17 is Italian Heritage Day at Comerica Park and we are hoping for a great turnout.  Please call the IACS office at 586-228-3030 if you are interested in attending.

 Best wishes to all the dads and grandpas for a Happy Father’s Day!


IACS Elects New Board Members, President, and Executive Committee

Thank you to all of the members who took time to vote in our Board of Directors election in January. 671 ballots were mailed out and 279 were returned. The results were announced at our General Membership Meeting on January 22, 2017. There were nine members nominated to fill seven board positions. Incumbent board members Alfonso Chirco, Karen Mack, Rosanna Maniaci, Giovanni Maniaci, and Sandra Tornberg were reelected to three-year terms, along with new members Aaron Caruso and Sebastiano “Sam” Previti.

On January 24, 2017 the new Board of Directors convened for its first meeting to elect a new president and executive committee for 2017. Sandra Tornberg was elected president for a second year. Her recommendations for executive committee were accepted as follows: First vice-president Mark Garagiola, Second Vice-president Clarice Squillace, Third Vice-president Antonio DiGiorgio, Fourth Vice-president Sam Previti, Treasurer Enzo Paglia and Recording Secretary Karen Mack. Giovanni LoIacono remains on the executive committee as immediate past president.

Our goals for 2017 are to continue to focus on profitability and continuous improvement in our banquet operations. We will continue to make necessary improvements to our facility. In addition, we will focus on increasing our membership and offering more activities for our members. We will continue to emphasize cultural activities at the center, such as concerts, lectures, movies, etc. Our Italian Education program remains a top priority. Finally, we will encourage and support the IACS Seniors Committee and the IACS Gioventù.

Board members elected for terms beginning in January 2017.
Board members elected for terms beginning in January 2016

L to R: Giovanni Maniaci, Rosanna Maniaci, Sandra Tornberg, Aaron Caruso, Sebastiano Previti being sworn in by Judge Peter Maceroni. Not pictured: Karen Mack and Alfonso Chirco

Executive Committee Sworn In
Executive Committee Sworn In

L to R: Enzo Paglia, Clarice Squillace, Sandra Tornberg, Antonio DiGiorgio. Mark Garagiola. Sebastiano Previti, being sworn in by Judge Peter Paperoni. Not pictured: Karen Mack