Dear Members of the Italian Club, we hope that you find this Bulletin a valuable source of information. As the media have been gearing toward faster, instantaneous information, we decided to shorten its format. Those of you who are interested in more extensive readings may click on the URLs provided under each article.
THE EDITORIAL CORNER: ITALY’S SMALL RENANISSANCE Last month, some kind of a nationalistic ball came to me from the left field. I confess, I was at a Starbucks. It’s not what you think, though to read my brief report, you need to click here.
LA PRESENZA DI CIANCIA Per coloro i quali desiderino parlare italiano, esercitare l’uso della lingua, imparare cose nuove, entrare in contatto con nativi italiani, rilassarsi con un bicchiere di vino in mano e chiaccherare con gente intelligente e interessante, Ciancia e’ il luogo ideale, ed e’ qui ad Atlanta.
IN THIS BULLETIN Our articles and Editorials A brand new Italian Portal A Petition for Giulio Romani – Please, help! A job opportunity Our Next Meeting Language, Food and Door Policy Hosting Ciancia Questions, Ideas, suggestions, articles?
ARTICLES AND EDITORIALS We write on a continuous basis. Our articles and editorials are published on the cultural and traveling section of our website at www.ciancia.org Look for: Italian Idioms, by Alexandra Salivia; La Canzone Italiana, and Italy’s Small Renaissance, by AGP.
A NEW ITALIAN PORTAL “We the Italians”, is an Italian startup, a website where everybody can share, promote, be informed and keep in touch with anything regarding Italy happening in the US. We would like to share every kind of content that speaks about Italy in the US: news, meetings and resources, cultural or business events, opportunities and charity activities, festivals and associations telling all is needed to know about what's Italian in every one of the US. Visit their webpage and subscribe to their newsletter, here.
A PETITION FOR GIULIO ROMANI
An act of great injustice has rained upon one of our conational. To put it simply, Giulio Romani received a life-sentence for being accused by his wife of molesting their 3-year old-daughter, allegedly, by improperly handling her. In all this, Giulio missed a plead-bargain for a 5-year sentence, out of which he could have walked on parole. I read about it and feel strongly about the fact that an inflated punishment has been given to a case that remains dubious. According to attorney Tito Mazzetta, Giulio’s trial was rigged with imprecision, incompetence and lack of evidence. He is in prison in North Georgia without parole. To read the detailed story and click here. If you can see, as I believe, through the imprecision of an imperfect justice system and through the fabrication of Giulio’s accuser (who, by the way, fled back to Morocco with his money), you may consider signing the petition organized by his son and daughter. A JOB OPPORTUNITY A new Italian restaurant, opening in mid December in Midtown, is looking for personnel for pizza/oven assistant, pastry chef, bus, runners, waiters, cashier, receptionist and wine-bar tender. Italian natives, first generation, or Italian looking preferred. Requirements are: basic Italian (or an accent), over 18 years of age, affability of character (sociable) and good physical presence, moderate food knowledge, neat appearance, must own transportation and a social security number. Possible long-term employment. Hours of operation are 5:00 p.m through 2:00 a.m. Tuesdays, through Sundays. Salary scaled to individual skills. No phone soliciting. Please, send all applications to
, together with a cover letter, a brief CV and two pictures.
Ciancia has been evolving into a large group where people come for the unique, convivial atmosphere of our gathering, in order to meet people who are interested in the rich culture and heritage of Italy, and improve their use and knowledge of the Italian language. Our original mission, which is to cultivate the use of the language, has been slightly altered in the process, or perhaps set aside by the more emergent need to get together, relax, and not worry much about not speaking perfect Italian, perhaps wanting to get some tips about a summer tour of Tuscany. It’s all good folks, as long as you bear in mind that the reason why we founded our club in the first place is to practice and cultivate the Italian language. We hope that our appeal strikes a chord in you and invites you to make an effort to speak Italian at our meetings.
FOOD POLICY We would like to inform our guests and dear members that Ciancia is not able to provide for dinner for everyone in attendance, so we suggest eating a light meal before you head to our events. Because the food is often donated by the host or hostess, and by some of our cooking members (who randomly decide to cook for an event), the amount of food is unpredictable. So, please remember that whatever edibles we provide are meant as a pairing to the wine and the conversation, not as a full meal. Please, be considerate of other members by helping yourself to small portions, and by keeping your focus on the conversation. Grazie!
DOOR POLICY Our door policy is simple: you either pay $10 at the door or bring a bottle of Italian wine of equivalent value. This is not just a matter of sustaining the quality of what we drink, as it is a matter of class. We do not have the energy or the desire to patrol this aspect at the door. However, we expect adherence to our policies. When empty-handed or in doubt about which wine to get, a $10 door contribution is preferred and much appreciated. Want to save big? Buy a 2013 door pass for $20 – it will get you in free for the remainder of the year.
HOSTING CIANCIA If you would like to host Ciancia but are not sure if you have what it takes to be a host, you may want to visit our website page <http://www.ciancia.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=42&Itemid=66> where we have assembled a checklist of things you need to check before you make a decision. Thank you for considering to supporting us!
WHO MAKES CIANCIA POSSIBLE? Ciancia is brought to you by an outstanding Steering Committee of accomplished professionals, each one bringing to the table amazing expertise in communication and event production. This is entirely a team of volunteers, all strong believers in the great rewards of social interaction, intellectual curiosity, diversity and cultural engagement. We admit new committee members on a regular basis. If you think that you have the drive and the time to take over one of the numerous responsibilities, which make Ciancia possible, please step forward.
Here is our current roster: Arturo Giancarlo Pirrone, President Tony Pelliccia, Door-reception coordinator Francesco Scordato, Facebook and Internet interface Alexandra Salivia, writer, Editor in Chief Nelson Salivia, IT technical services Daniele Goffredo Gonzales, website design Stefania Cappelli, Event coordinator Roberto Napoli, IT technical services Alessio Medda – Special Events Leigh Ann Williams – Door and Special Events Gigi D’Arienzo – Chef, Event Catering Nadia La Mantia, Reporter Saskia Isabella Handschin, Music and Opera
QUESTIONS, IDEAS, SUGGESTIONS, ARTICLES?
Most questions regarding the format of our meetings are answered at our website at www.ciancia.org <http://www.ciancia.org> If you have other questions, or if you are trying to contact anyone in our organization for ideas, forthcoming cultural events, for hosting an event, advertising or, for publishing relevant material or articles which are related to the Italian culture you may contact us at
We look forward to hearing from you!