Christmas Gathering

Christmas Gathering in Richmond
A big thank you to Father Alberto Mengon for arranging our Christmas event at the Salesian High School in Richmond. We had nearly 100 attendees. Club President Giuseppina and VP Lino brought versions of their own crauti and Maria Mortati and her husband Mark served up their delectable salad. Lunch was followed by music, samples of Lino’s homemade grappas, and even a little dancing. Everyone was impressed with the venue, and if Father Alberto can work his wizardry, we will return to Richmond in the

Here some pics 🙂

ITTONA Convention in Utah

Maria Floretta, Mayor of Cloz, and Bob Zanoni
Maria Floretta, Mayor of
Cloz, and Bob Zanoni

Every two years ITTONA, the organization that represents the Trentini of the US and
Canada, puts on a convention. Our club hosted the convention 10 years ago, and this year it was held in Ogden, Utah, home to many Trentini immigrants. Max Cologna and Olga Degiorgio Disney from our club are originally from the Ogden area, and they were on
hand for the event. Our Stockton representative, Bob Zanoni, was also in attendance. Bob wrote a letter to the Ogden club praising them for organizing such a fabulous event.
Bob’s family is from Cloz in the Val di Non, as are many other members of our
club and the Ogden club. The Mayor of Cloz, Maria Floretta, travelled the
distance to attend the convention. Mayor Floretta has written a book in Italian on the Trentino immigrant experience entitled Nelle Viscere di Queste Miniere, which gathers letters and stories of Trentino immigrants. The mayor was certainly delighted to be surrounded by so many of her compatriots abroad.
Alberto Tafner, President of the Trentino nel Mondo Association, was present and delivered a formal address that chronicled the role of the association in assisting Trentini emigrants and their descendants over the years. He also highlighted two pivotal moments in recent
Trentino history, the first being Italian annexation in 1919 and the second the granting of special autonomy to Trentino-Alto Adige after WWII. The latter meant that the Italian speakers of Trentino and German speakers of Alto Adige (South Tyrol) had to learn to coexist in peace and harmony. As he pointed out, that was not easy at first.
Between 1956 and 1967 the area was rife with domestic terrorism, causing damage to bridges, railway tracks, utility lines, etc. and the loss of 21 lives.

Bob representing the Circolo Trentino di San Francisco with the club banner
Bob representing the Circolo
Trentino di San Francisco
with the club banner

In 1972 the Provinces of Bolzano, i.e., Alto Adige, and Trento received certain autonomy from each other and from the central government, and that has seemed to
bring peace to the area. With peace has come economic vitality.

Italian Citizenships

Jim Boin & Sons

Jim Boin with Italian passport in hand, Consul General Mauro Battocchi, Michael Job !
Jim Boin with Italian passport in hand, Consul General Mauro
Battocchi, Michael Job

Trentino belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire until it collapsed in 1918. If your grandparent or great-grandparent emigrated during that time period, they were Austro-Hungarian rather than Italian. You are not entitled to Italian citizenship unless you applied under a special open period that ended in 2010. Four of our members did so, and we are delighted to note that Jim Boin, plus his sons Chris in Alaska and Matt in Chicago, were granted their citizenship in January. Kate Disney, Michael Job, Beth Bonora and her son, Owen Laine, are still awaiting a response. Kate has waited over 10 years! Good news is that our club is in regular communication with both the Consulate and the Ministry of Interior in Rome, and we are optimistic Kate, Michael, Beth and Owen will soon have
Italian passports in hand. In the meantime: Congratulazioni Jim!


Grant & Kathy Rauzi
Grant & Kathy Rauzi live in Seattle and are members of the Seattle Trentino Club. Grant’s parents, Frank and Marilyn, are active members of our Circolo. Grant’s grandfather, Francesco Rauzi, was born in Cloz, Val di Non, in 1900. He immigrated to the US in 1921 with an Italian passport. Grant recently obtained his Italian citizenship via jure sanguinis, i.e., direct descendancy.
Kathy got her citizenship by virtue of the fact that she is married to an Italian. They celebrated the news with a bottle of spumante and are preparing for their trip to Italy with passports in hand.
Congratulazioni, Grant & Kathy!

September Gathering

We send a big shout out of appreciation to Ralph and Rosie Yob for organizing a super
event at their residence in Menlo Park in September. There were several delicacies on
hand to tempt the palate. As usual, Rosie’s exquisite canederli and Tarcisio Pedrotti’s
divine strudel were devoured quickly to the dismay of those who acted too slowly.
Matteo Baceda’s parents were visiting from Trento at the time, and Matteo’s mother
whipped up a gigantic pot of very tasty crauti, enough for many to take home.

Grazie Mille 🙂

Coro (Chorus) Brenta of Tione

Cari Trentini,
At the end of this month, the Coro (Chorus) Brenta of Tione di Trento will perform in San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Rosa.  This is a rare occasion not to be missed!

– Saturday, 4/26 – Mission Dolores Basilica – 6pm
3321 16th Street, San Francisco. Free event.

– Sunday, 4/27 – St. Mary’s Cathedral – 10:30am-11 concert
1111 Gough Street, San Francisco. The chorus will also sing during the 11am
mass celebrating the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul II.

– Sunday, 4/27 – San Jose – 5pm
Italian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF)
425 North Fourth Street, San Jose
4-5pm social hour; 5pm concert; 6:30 Trentino dinner
Cost: $20 adults; children 12 & under $10. Beverages extra.
See the attached flier OR go to the IAHF WEB PAGE:

Coro Brenta 2014

– Monday, 4/28 – Sonoma – 3pm
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma. Free public concert.

– Monday, 4/28 – Santa Rosa – 6pm
Oakmont Village Active Adult Retirement Community
Oakmont Recreational Facility, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Santa Rosa
5-6pm social hour; 6pm concert; 7 dinner
Donation: $20 and includes wine
to make a reservation write to:



ITTONA Convention 2014 – OGDEN UTAH

ITTONA Convention 2014 Information
JULY 17 – JULY 20, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Fly into the Salt Lake City International Airport, located at  the base of the Wasatch Mountains, home of the 2002  Winter Olympics. As you arrive, proceed to the baggage claim area to be met by our 2014 Convention Hosts. As you get your luggage, volunteers will be there to tag and load your luggage. Then they will transport it directly to your Hotel. Our hosts will then escort you to the Trax light rail system for a short 10 minute ride where you will connect with the Frontrunner for a quiet 40 minute train ride North to Ogden, Utah, site of the 2014 ITTONA Convention. Check in at the David Eccles Convention center for all of your Convention Information. We will then direct you to one of the 4 beautiful downtown Hotels. The Radisson Suites is connected to the Convention center, so for those of you that don’t want to walk much it is your best choice. The recently renovated Historic Ben Lomond Hotel, the new Hilton Garden Inn and The Summit Hotel are all a short half-block walk to the Convention Center. Check the link to the left for more hotel information. After you are checked in, you are free to enjoy the evening. Walking maps and Convention Hosts will be available to help direct you to different activities and any one of over 20 restaurants all with in a 2 block walk. Dinner and all activities Thursday evening are at your own expense.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A hot breakfast will be provided at your individual Hotel, then meet at the Convention Center to board the busses to Salt Lake City. There you will take a walking tour of  the Cathedral of the Madalene, Salt Lake City’s oldest Cathedral. A short walk will take you to the world-renowned LDS Church History center. Here we will have computers setup and volunteers to help you search your family history. Bring your parent’s birth dates and any other information that will help you start your search. At noon, we will guide you to the City Creek Mall just across the street for some free time for lunch at one of the 18 restaurants available. You can do some shopping or take a leisurely stroll through the outdoor mall, recently opened, it is home of some of the finest name brand stores. City Creek Mall is one of the largest open air malls built in the U.S. in the last ten years. For those desiring to go back for more work at the family history center, it will be open and available for the rest of the afternoon. Board busses back to the Convention Center for a few hours of leisure to prepare for our Traditional Tyrolean Dinner and dancing. Great food, conversation and dancing await. A cash bar will also be provided.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Again, a wonderful hot breakfast is provided at your Hotel. The morning will be spent in downtown Ogden with a variety of events available for you. Walk the outdoor farmers market on Historic 25th street also lined with all kinds of shops. Enjoy the Browning Arms historic museum and a classic car display, located in the Historic Union Pacific Train Station. For those who desire, there is an optional tour this morning to the Hill Air Force Bases Plane museum. This is an optional tour and is explained later. At 12:30 gather at the Convention Center for light lunch and a short presentation by Trentini nel Mondo. After lunch, relax and get ready for a great event. We will board busses for a short 15 minute ride to the base of Ogden Canyon. Located by a beautiful river, you will enjoy a western cookout and then enter one of the few historic outdoor Rodeo venues left in the West you, will enjoy a world class Rodeo, outdoors at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. After, board the bus back to the convention center to unwind and enjoy some great conversation and possibly some singing.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Breakfast again at your Hotel (we don’t want anyone to go hungry). Board the bus once more for a 30 minute ride up Ogden Canyon to Ogden Valley. Here we will celebrate an outdoor mass and then be treated to a traditional western Dutch oven meal, cooked in the old traditional Dutch ovens used by the early cowboys. Relax and enjoy the mountain air before we board the busses back to the Hotels. Following lunch, the convention will be concluded. Dinner and all other meals will be your responsibility. You can head back to the airport for a later flight out of SLC or enjoy the final evening in Ogden before we take you back to the Airport on Monday, or your depart for additional travel in the West. Information will be provided for many great extended trips. We will take care of all your transportation needs from the time you arrive at the airport until we drop you back at the airport. For those that desire, car rentals are available at the airport (we will provide driving instructions). Parking is available at all of the Hotels.

If you plan to go e-mail to:
we will send you the registration package.
Grazie !!