Letter from the President – December 2014
Buon Natale! The executive board and I wish you all of the wonder, blessings and miracles that can occur during the Christmas season. May you and your families share in the joys of the birth of our Lord.
As 2014 rapidly comes to its end, I am reminded once again that all does not always go as planned. I was on my computer putting the final touches on my letter, when all of the sudden my laptop decided that it should update windows. The screen blanked out, and after a few expletives, my letter was in cyber space never to be found again. But it did not end there! The laptop was not going to triumph over me! I decided to show the laptop who was boss. I got up from my desk picked the laptop up and smashed it to the floor. Well now I have no letter and no computer, but I feel better!
So, now you are reading my revised version as I am trying to remember all that I wrote!
Looking back on 2014 we see the tremendous changes that came to the club. We have new Bocce Courts, and a new patio area, that are worthy of being included in a magazine spread. If you have not visited the club in a while, you will be surprised at the transformation.
Our newest shake-a-day winner was Ray Giraldi who shook his way to a $2,300.00 payday. CONGRATULATIONS Ray!
Our 2nd annual Italian Heritage Month, “Dinner at Nona’s House” was a huge success. We had 52 people who started eating at 2pm and finished at 6pm. All present enjoyed this totally home cooked meal. Thanks to Mike Graziose for all his hard work and delicious creations. Our annual Men’s Christmas party is Friday December 12th at 7pm (in lieu of our monthly meeting). The annual family Christmas party is Sunday December 21st. This event starts at 12 noon and runs until 3pm. Remember to bring a wrapped gift for your child, which will be given out during a visit from Santa.
We will conclude the year with our New Year’s Eve dessert social that starts at 10pm until Midnight. The club will provide Italian pastries and cookies as well as coffee and espresso. We will have party favors and champagne toast at midnight. This event is free to members. We will have a cash bar for all else. Let’s usher in a happy and healthy New Year together.
If you are having trouble deciding what to buy for that special person on your Christmas shopping list remember our Italian American Apparel. We offer shirts, hats, and other various club items that are for sale at the club. If you have a cigar smoker on your list, stop by the club and pick up some “sticks” for your cigar enthusiast!
I would like to close with a Christmas story that I read and would like to share with you. It is titled, “The Gold Wrapping Paper”.
“There was a man who worked very hard to keep food on the table for his family. This particular year a few days before Christmas, he punished his 5-year-old daughter after learning that she had used the family’s only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. As money was tight, he became more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all the Gold Wrapping Paper to decorate one shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He was also concerned about where she had gotten money to buy what was in the shoebox. Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, “this is for you daddy”! As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting that he had punished her. But when he opened the shoebox, he found that it was empty and again his anger filled. “Don’t you know young lady”, he said angrily, “when you give someone a present there is supposed to be something inside the package”. The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered, “Daddy, its not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full”. The father was crushed. He fell onto his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger. An accident took the life of this child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this Gold shoebox by his bed for the rest of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of his child who had put it in there.
Remember Christmas is not about how much we spend on our friends and family and loved ones but how much of ourselves we share. In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible gold box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. When you realize this you are truly a rich person!
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!