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Buon Giorno Cugini,

Well, we are in our 8th month of 2021 and it seems our country is opening up for business and getting back to normal. It’s great to get our lives back on track. Your Friends of Isola delle Femmine, Inc. (FOI) board members have been busy getting ready for our biggest event ever, “That’s Italian” Dinner Show. More on that later.

We have established representation for all the sister cities with Isola delle Femmine in the form of FOI Chapters which includes Pittsburg, Monterey, and Martinez. The FOI Chapters will act as our liaison between FOI, each sister cities officials, and in turn FOI will interact with the city of Isola delle Femmine. The Chapter Directors of each Chapter and their committees are vital to the success of FOI’s goals and objectives. We want to thank those FOI members that have stepped up to assist in this important addition to our organization.

For the Pittsburg Chapter Director, we have asked Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce President Wolfgang Crosky. He accepted and he is willing to change his last name to Croskini, just kidding. We are thankful for his interest, expertise, and experience with Pittsburg city officials and businesses which are important to getting things done.

For the FOI Monterey Chapter Directorship Salvatore Ferrante of Ferrante Construction has agreed to take the helm. Salvatore is a well-known advocate of Italian Sicilian Heritage in the Monterey area. He is involved in most of Monterey’s festivals including the Santa Rosalia Festival and the Italian Heritage Society. We are grateful to have him aboard.

With Martinez we have a whole group of members that have agreed to assist in the Chapter. For the Martinez Chapter Directorship Mike Inzerillo agreed to take the lead. He has many talented and influential Martinez citizens to assist him; Daniel Pellegrini, Mary Goodman, Michael J. DiMaggio, and Cindi Collins Erickson make up the committee.

In the beginning of this year the new mayor of Isola, Orazio Nevoloso along with a few city officials announced they may be attending our October 2 event. Now the placement of the Sister City FOI Chapters has become more vital than ever. We thank the members who are taking on these important roles that will help FOI achieve our goals.

On July 10th we will be having an Old Fashion Sicilian American Family Pic Nic at the Martinez bocce court area. We wanted a venue to showcase and present our first FOI college scholarships to the 6 recipients that were awarded $1,000 each to help with college costs. Those students are Antonia Cardinale, Giovanni Ferrante, Anna Lucido, Francisco Cardinale, Annamarie Cardinale-Crone, Angelina Shipe.

Now we are getting ready for our BIG event of the year, “That’s Italian” Dinner Show on October 2, to be held at the Colombo Club in Oakland. It is developing into a spectacular event. Tickets are on sale now and they’re going fast. We are limited in the number of people we can have attend so get your tickets before we reach the limit. Go to the events section and buy your tickets on line NOW!

It is going to be a spectacular event. Family, great food, memorable Italian entertainment, great memories made. Don’t miss it.

See you all there.

Your Executive Board



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

Salvatore Ferrante
Monterey Chapter Director

Mike Inzerillo
Martinez Chapter Director

Antonino Scala
Isola delle Femmine Chapter Director

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That’s Italian! Dinner & Show

Date: October 2, 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

Mexican Trip

Drawing Date: October 2, 2021
Where: Italian Dinner Show
Ticket/Donations: $50

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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”