THE FRIENDS OF ISOLA DELLE FEMMINE, Inc.

Preserving Our Italian Heritage

For All of Us

“To preserve, protect, and promote the Italian-Sicilian cultural heritage among the descendants, immigrants, citizens and friends of Isola delle Femmine, Sicily and around the world.”

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HELLO
FRIENDS OF ISOLA DELLE FEMMINE

We WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THE FOI TRIVIA CONTEST
There will be 4 trivia questions on Sicily
The questions will be posted on our Facebook page and our website.
Tuesday, September 1st and will expire on Tuesday, September 8th

 To participate go to our website, www.friendsofisola.org.
Travel down the page to the very bottom to “communicate with FOI”.
Fill out the information and on the “comments/questions” area.
 Fill in your answers to all four questions, and send it off.

 The first participant to answer all 4 questions correctly will win a fabulous prize from FOI.
The first participant to answer all four questions and is recorded first will win.
Men will win a handsome FOI golf shirt and the women will win a red, white, and blue apron with the words “The Friends of Isola delle Femmine.”

When the winner is announced we would like the winner to take a photo of themselves with their Winner’s prize
 We would like to publish the photo on our website, newsletter, and Facebook pages.

We will post 4 new Sicily trivia questions each month.

 SO, LET’S HAVE A LITTLE FUN.

GOOD LUCK!

Only one winner per month for 2020
FOI will choose the winner on the first correct submission through our website only wins.

FRIENDS OF ISOLA DELLE FEMMINE, INC
FRIST SICILIAN TRIVIA CONTEST

Thank you!

We had an overwhelming response to our Sicilian Trivia Contest!     

THE FIRST FOUR PARTICIPANTS WITH THE CORRECT ANSWERS TO ALL 4 QUESTIONS, SUBMITTED TO OUR WEBSITE, WERE IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER;

Top 4 participants…

1ST       SANTO ENEA-PITTSBURG, CA.   WINNER!

2ND      TONY & MARIANNE COOPER-ROSEVILLE, CA.

3RD      STEPANIE SATTERWHITE-PITTSBURG, CA.

4TH      ROSARIA HERNANDEZ-PITTSBURG, CA.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SANTO ENEA FOR BEING THE FIRST TO RESPOND WITH ALL THE CORRECT ANSWERS.

IN FAIRNESS TO ALL FUTURE PARTICIPANTS, PAST WINNERS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN IN FUTURE SICILIAN TRIVIA CONTESTS.  ONE TIME ONLY!

THE FRIENDS OF ISOLA DELLE FEMMINE 2ND SICILIAN TRIVIA QUESTIONS WILL BE OUT SHORTLY.  GET READY!

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SICILIAN TRIVIA QUESTIONS

  1. In the 9th century, what invaders introduced cotton, sugar cane, and citrus fruits (oranges and lemons) to Europe by way of Sicily. Hint: They were expelled by the Normans in the 11th century. ARABS
  2. Fico d’India is a typical Sicilian product. After Mexico, Sicily is the world’s second largest producer of this plant that is both a fruit and vegetable. What is its English name? PRICKLY PEAR
  3. It is the unmistakable symbol of Sicily and is depicted on its civil and state flags. TRINACRIA
  4. Sicilian immigrants Vincent Taormina and his cousin, Giuseppe Uddo, merged their food importing companies in 1925. By 1927, both the New York and New Orleans operations were merged to form what well known company? PROGRESSO

The first to answer all four questions correctly will win a fabulous gift from the Friends of Isola delle Femmine organization. The participant will need to go to the FOI website at www.friendsofisola.org go to the bottom of the home page and fill out the information and your answers on the comments/questions section. The first with all the correct answers and is recorded first will be declared the winner.

September 1, 2020 ends September 8, 2020
GOOD LUCK!

BENVENUTI (Welcome!) to our new website and to our newly formed non-profit organization, The Friends of Isola delle Femmine, Inc.

Our purpose is to continue the legacy we started 28 years ago, the Sister City relationship with Isola delle Femmine, Sicily, Italy. If you have been to this enchanting, charming, little village where our ancestors came from your hearts have been touched.

Our new website is chock-full of wonderful areas of interest to explore and learn. For example, our own Alexander Grillo, PhD has done extensive research on the islands name origin. He puts the name origin in factual details with footnotes to back up his research. (Click on the History tab to view) Check out the photo albums section under the Events tab for historical photos of past trips and events.

Some tabs are still under construction. These tabs are Travel assistance, Mangia Bene Tutti, Ancestry, Sicilian Language, and more.

Monthly, we will be featuring individual members family history & BIO’s for all of us to get to know who our Cugini are. Because we are all Cugini, aren’t we?

Please explore our website and consider becoming a member of our organization, your membership and donations will allow us to help those college bound students of Italian descent receive scholarships & fund students and group cultural exchange programs. Your contributions are tax deductible as we are a 501 (C) 3 non-profit charitable organization.

From now until the end of this year our $75 per person per year membership will be reduced to $60 for the first year and your membership will be a Charter-Sustaining Member. This means your membership after the first year will be locked in at $75. Your membership will get you discounts at special selected events, dinners, merchandise, travel assistance, and firsthand information on upcoming opportunities and events via a Newsletter. Your membership will also be published in our website for all to see. You can join on the BECOME A MEMBER tab.

This year we will kick off our Friends of Isola delle Femmine, inc (FOI) with a “FUN” fundraiser on October 3rd at the historical and famous 100-year-old Colombo Club-Italian Social Club. The only way a non-member can visit this wonderful Club and facility is by member invitation. You are now invited! Please review our sponsorship packet, consider being a sponsor, bring your family, friends, employees and come celebrate with us at this event.

Due to the terrible pandemic we are working closely with the Colombo Club regarding having a big event at the club. We will keep you posted well in advance if we will have our event or postpone until early next year. But WE WILL HAVE OUR EVENT!

This is the event of the new decade. “THAT’S ITALIAN” Dinner & Show presented by Friends of Isola delle Femmine and directed by Mary Pappas Coniglio, event coordinator, (past Pittsburg Seafood Festival Director) so you know it’s going to be SPECTACULAR!

Explore our website, join our membership, donate to our causes, and sign up for our “That’s Italian” Dinner & Musical Show and be a part of history.

Come join the “FUN”, See you all at the Show,

Sincerely
Frank Bruno
President of “The Friends of Isola delle Femmine, Inc.”

Photos of Isola delle Femmine are provided with permission of photographer Orazio Sansonini from Isola

VISION STATEMENT:

Our non-profit organization will promote our American Italian-Sicilian culture through a cultural student exchange program, by advancing higher education to Italian-Americans college bound students via scholarships, developing a professional group study exchange program, and assisting the current California sister cities of Pittsburg, Monterey, and Martinez in cultivating their relationships with Isola delle Femmine, Sicily for the preservation of our cultural heritage.

Governing Board

Vincent S. DiMaggio
1992 Founder & Chairman

Frank B. Bruno
1992 Founder & President

Mary Pappas Coniglio
1992 Vice President & Secretary

Executive Board

Vincent M. Malfitano, D.M.D.
Treasurer

Salvatore N. Coniglio
Liaison to Isola delle Femmine

Albert D. Seeno Jr.
Advisor & Business Consultant

Vincent S. Ferrante
Historian & Liaison Pittsburg,
Martinez & Monterey

Alexander A. Grillo Ph.D.
Historian & Researcher

Cyril Bonanno
Membership Advisor

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That’s Italian! Dinner & Show

Date: May 8, 2021
Where: Columbo Club 5321 Claremont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
Cost: $75 per person
Parking: Free parking available at DMV across the street
Information: 5pm – No Host Cocktail

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Growing up in the areas of Pittsburg and Monterey in the mid to late 40’s and hanging around the water fronts and the wharfs where the Sicilian fishermen mending their nets and attending many Sicilian dinners and events I listened to their stories and the talk of the “old country “. This gave me the awareness of our connections to the “old country” and the people. I always knew that something would be done officially one day. Who knew that I would be involved!
- Vincent S Di Maggio

Co-Founder “Friends of Isola delle Femmine Committee”