Executive Forum

John Lo

President’s Message for May

I am very proud to report that The Italian American was awarded a substantial grant by the Italian government for our 2015 publications.    The grant is available to newspapers with Italian content published outside of Italy that meet certain criteria.   The Italian American is the only newspaper in the five state jurisdiction of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit that met the requirements for submission.   We are grateful to Dr. Simona Barresi for her expert guidance throughout the submission process, and to Dr. Maria Luisa Lapresa for her support.   In addition to the financial award, we are gratified by the validation of the Italian content of our newspaper by the Italian government.  On March 31 we submitted the request for our 2016 publications with the hope of achieving the same result. 

Bocce registration for the Seniors League will take place on May 10, teams will be organized on May 17, and the action will begin on May 23!   On May 11 we are happy to present our first dinner dance featuring the music of Pino Marelli.  We have had many requests for this, so please attend if you like to dance.   

Our Easter brunch was a huge success, with 800 guests in attendance.  Mother’s Day Brunch promises to be no less spectacular, so please think about joining us so your mom or grandma doesn’t have to cook! 

On May 22, we are happy to host the Bellini Opera Theatre for a spring concert entitled “Era de Maggio”.   Featured performers will be singers Aaron Caruso, Eva Evola, Rosella LoDuca, and Dino Valle, and musicians Francesco Cavallini, Martin Mandelbaum, and David Passalacqua.  I encourage all of you to attend and support these wonderful performers and I promise that you will thoroughly enjoy the evening.

In closing, I want to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and grandmas out there.  If you are still lucky enough to have them with you, treasure every moment!  I miss my mom every day but I am happy for the wonderful memories of the special love we shared.


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