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“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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(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!)

2021 is heading out and 2022 is almost here. It looks like the dreaded Covid-19 virus and its variants may be in control. Many if not all our members have been vaccinated and have received their booster shots. That’s a good thing.

We have received the go ahead from the Colombo Club and our FOI Executive Board to have our long awaited “THAT’S ITALIAN” Dinner Show on Saturday March 19, 2022.

To date we have 150 people that have purchased tickets with 100% of those ticket holders holding on to their tickets. That is awesome because we have a great evening of wonderful food, entertainment, raffle prizes, and a couple of surprises.

Our menu will be as follows; Colombo Club antipasto, meat ravioli, Colombo Club famous Italian salad, Italian Pot Roast, vegetables, vino on the table, coffee and a wonderful dessert. Registration door will be open at 4:30 and the no host bar will be open for you.

As you may or may not know we did have a drawing on our fund raiser Mexico Vacation at Costa Sur Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta including airfare. Thanks to the owner and member of FOI Ken Molinaro. I understand Ken will again offer a fabulous vacation for two to his world class Mexico resort. More details to follow.

And the 2021 Puerto Vallarta trip winner was Gabe Palomino-ticket sold by Vincenzo Ferrante. Congratulations!

So please plan to attend this great and long-awaited event and bring guests. See attached flyer for more details.

If the county of Alameda and the Colombo Club doesn’t change their protocol regarding the virus we WILL HAVE THIS CULTURAL SICILIAN-ITALIAN-AMERICAN EVENT.

We will see you all there. DON’T MISS IT!

Your Executive Board
Friends of Isola delle Femmine, Inc.


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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.

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

Chapter Member Directors

Wolfgang Croskey
Pittsburg Chapter Director

Vincent M. Malfitano D.M.D.
Monterey Chapter Director

Mike Inzerillo
Martinez Chapter Director

Isola delle Femmine Committee
Pittsburg-Isola Friends Forever Committee
(In Isola)
Antonino Scala

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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”