Executive Forum

John Lo

President’s Message for April


Happy Spring to everyone! March was another busy month for the IACS. We started out with a great Ladies Night Out on March 2. Those in attendance enjoyed a great evening of dining and shopping. We appreciate the participation of the vendors who had a wide variety of products for sale.

Our Lenten Friday Fish Feast started and will be available every Friday until Easter. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner to start the weekend. On Friday March 3, the IACS participated in the Sterling Heights Cultural Exchange, where many groups and cultures were represented. We had a display table with information about our culture and the IACS, and our event coordinator Casey Stadler was on hand to serve antipasto skewers to several hundred guests.  Angela and Luigi LaMarra and members of the Coro Italiano opened the musical portion of the event. The highlight was a musical performance by our Italian Education students under the direction of their teachers Maria Sugameli, Marta DeCarolis, and Dianna Guglielmetti.

On March 10, I had the pleasure of representing the IACS at a wonderful event at the Italian American Club of Livonia honoring Dr. David DiChiera, founder of the Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT). March 12 was the IACS’ turn to host the MOT and guests following the performance of “Little Women” at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. 

Our annual Feast of San Giuseppe was celebrated on March 16. Unfortunately I was not able to attend because I had tickets for the Il Volo concert that evening. However, the feedback that I received was that it was an enjoyable evening for all and the meal was authentic and delicious! Thank you to Mrs. Rosalia Garrisi and her committee for another great job, and to Fr. Enzo Addari and Fr. Pino Licciardi for celebrating Mass and for blessing all the Giuseppi.

The busy month culminated with the Festa del Bambini, a great family event organized by the IACS Gioventù. Because of our deadline, I am preparing this article on March 19, so the details will be in our next edition. 

In April the Italian Film Festival USA of Metro Detroit returns, and the IACS is a proud sponsor once again. On April 7 and 8, films will be shown at the Chippewa Valley High School Auditorium, and an afterglow will be held at the IACS after the April 8 film.

On April 16 we will open our doors to our members and the public for our Easter Brunch. Finally, on April 20 we welcome our membership to the second General Membership meeting of 2017. The details for all these events are in this edition.

Thank you for your support!


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