Executive Forum

John Lo

President’s Message for August

I am pleased to report that our Festa Italiana on July 14, 15 and 16 was a huge success because God blessed us with beautiful weather all three days! Thanks to Entertainment Chairman Mr. Joe Vicari, the line-up of performers was a great mix of past favorites and new entertainers performing at our event for the first time. A wonderful female singing trio from New York called Tre Bella made their debut this year and delighted the audiences on Friday and Sunday. The talented and engaging Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti wowed the large crowds on Friday and Sunday evenings, singing and telling stories.

The Family Fun Zone provided entertainment for kids of all ages. The Monster Truck ride was a big hit, and I can personally attest to the fact that it was a wild ride. There was a variety of delicious food and snacks offered by all the many vendors, and the beverage tents offered every kind of thirst quencher.

Joe Ventimiglia and his volunteers did an outstanding job of coordinating the event on behalf of the IACS. Thank you to everyone who assisted with the set-up, teardown, and everything in between. Our secretary Barbara Smith worked very hard getting everything organized for us as always. I am grateful to Board members Esther Beaudette, Aaron Caruso, Mark Garagiola, Karen Mack, Enzo Paglia, and Clarice Squillace who volunteered their time during the weekend. Thank you to Past President Ron DiBartolomeo, who was on hand to manage a beverage tent, and Judge Peter Maceroni, who rounded up the judges for our Meatball Contest and participated in the tasting. Mrs. Jennifer Del Greco successfully managed our Beautiful Baby Contest for the third year. We had many helpers during the weekend for which we are extremely grateful. Special thanks to my daughter Samantha Tornberg, who was on hand to do whatever was needed. And finally, we are so appreciative of our numerous sponsors who helped make the event a success.

In August we will be hosting our dinner dance on August 10, featuring the music of Pino Marelli. Our Summertime Tea is on Saturday, August 12. Ladies of all ages are invited. This year we will have a fashion show of hats by Lady Kimberly’s Tea Party. There will be hats and accessories available for purchase, in case you don’t have a hat to wear.

Enjoy the beautiful summer days of August!


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