Executive Forum

John Lo

President’s Message for December

Since the publication of our November issue, the IACS family has endured a devastating loss.   Curtis W. Smith, beloved husband of our longtime employee Barbara Smith, passed away suddenly on November 2 on what was to be her last day of work before retirement.   Barbara and her family remain in our hearts and prayers as they cope with the loss of a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. 

2017 has been another incredible year at the IACS.  We will once again see record profits in our banquet operations under the leadership of Executive Chef and General Manager Alex Lozovoj.   For the second consecutive year, our venue was awarded “Best of Weddings “status by theknot.com, an important bridal website.  We continued to make much-needed improvements to our facility, upgrading the restrooms and painting the Club Room.  More improvements are planned for 2018. 

We hosted and participated in many events focused on promoting our Italian culture and introducing people to the IACS and our facility.   Our popular annual events included Ladies Night Out, the Feast of San Giuseppe, Festa della Repubblica, Detroit Tigers Italian Heritage Day, Summertime Tea Party, Sportsmen’s Dinner, and Fall Craft Show.  The Festa Italiana in July was one of the most successful in recent history, breaking attendance records.  Our bocce leagues were in full swing during the summer, and members gathered to play cards during the fall and winter months.  Members were invited to four General Membership meetings at which they received complimentary meals and received updates about the state of the IACS.  In addition, we introduced monthly dinner dances. 

We participated in the Sterling Heights Cultural Exchange and Troy Family Daze International Day, and proudly hosted the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Bellini Opera, and the Italian Film Festival USA.  We supported events to commemorate the Week of Italian Language and the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World.  Our Italian Education program was very successful, and our children’s choir made their singing debut, performing at the Festa della Repubblica, Festa Italiana, and Troy Daze.   

Our members will soon be receiving ballots to vote for seven Board of Director positions.  This issue contains biographies submitted by many of the candidates.  I urge you to read and consider the information carefully and vote for candidates who will bring their talents and enthusiasm to the Board so that we can keep the IACS moving forward. 

On behalf of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and IACS staff, I wish all of our members and friends a happy and healthy holiday season. 

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