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 !!


Christmas Lunch 2013 – Pictures are here

2013, New members:

Matteo Baceda and Family
Matteo Baceda also attended the picnic along with his wife Jennifer, nearly 7-year-old daughter Stella and 18-month-old twins Oliver and Camilla. They brought along their homemade strudel. Yum! Matteo is from Trento, but he has lived in the Bay Area since 2001. He founded Modernus, a company born “out of a love for what Italy does best, manufacture and design products that are in
our daily lives.” They mainly work on commercial projects. Recently they entered the demountable wall market, with a product inspired by feedback they received from architects and designers around the country. His small, self-financed company is always looking for new talent to bring onboard.
Matteo studied at the University of Trento and then worked in London. After that, he attained an MBA at Dartmouth College in New
Hampshire. Then he landed a job in credit derivatives at JP Morgan Chase in New York. It was there that he met his wife Jenn. In 2001 the
Gap offered to relocate Jenn to San Francisco. They gladly accepted the move. Matteo, Jenn e famiglia, benvenuti al Circolo Trentino di San Francisco!

Mary Elmstrom
Mary Elmstrom recently found out about our club through the Trentini nel Mondo website. She says her grandmother was a regular subscriber of the Trentini nel Mondo magazine. Her maternal grandfather, August Boni, was born in 1897 in Pennsylvania. His parents were Fioravante Boni and Paola Gallazzini from Villa Rendena. Her maternal grandmother, Lena Schivalocchi, was born in Alliance, Ohio. Her parents were Francesco Giuseppe Schivalocchi from Darzo and Maria Stenico from Trento. Mary travelled to Val Rendena twice about 10-12 years ago and met cousins from the Gallazzini family. Since then she has been studying Italian and improving “piano, piano”.
Mary grew up in Berkeley. She met her husband Gary while attending UC Davis. They raised 3 children in Leesburg, Florida, where Gary was a research Professor of Horticulture for 26 years. They transferred to Woodland, California in 1995 and to San Rafael 3 years ago. They are delighted to be back in the Bay Area. Their daughter Kris, son-in-law Aaron and grandson Jax live nearby, and Mary is enjoying her role as “nonna.”
The Val Rendena is well known for its knife sharpeners. We have other club members with origins in the Val Rendena: Ben Maganzini, Maria Mortati (Polli) and Bruce Cozzini. Mary
looks forward to meeting them and the rest of us.

Frank Giunta
Some new members attended the picnic in Alameda. The first was Frank (Franco) Giunta. Frank is originally from Western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. He has lived in the Berkeley/Oakland hills for the past 40 plus years, but he had no idea there was a Trentino club. He found out about our club from Debbie Corradi, President of the club in Minnesota. He descends from the Serafini family of Bleggio in the Valli Giudicarie, about
20 miles west of Trento. Frank’s first visit to the area was in 1969, and he has been back
many times since. He knows other Trentini that are not part of our club, and he plans to recruit them. Benvenuto Franco!!

Federico Menapace
Federico Menapace has been in the MBA program at Stanford University for the past few years. He also has various degrees in civil engineering from the Universities of Trento, Michigan and Trieste. He is working on several projects, including one with Luca Cattoi, a developer and entrepreneur from Arco, Trentino. Luca has visited the Bay Area on several occasions and has become friends with several of our club members. Luca, Federico and others have created a travel reservation program, They are currently testing the program out at a hotel operated in Santa Cruz by club members, Dan and Elena Aspromonte. The Aspromontes have been delighted with the results.

Carmella Weintraub
Carmella Weintraub lives in Santa Cruz. Her Trentino ancestors, Zanoni, Bergamo, etc., came from Campodenno and Denno in the Val di Non. Carmella studied child psychology at San Jose State, married and had children before embarking on a career in art and fashion. She learned to sew at a young age from her grandmother. She runs sewing and design classes for youngsters in the Santa Cruz area.



Passages 2013, Remembering those we lost.

Giacinto, aka Gino, Galliani
Gino Galliani, a founding member of our club in 1980, passed away on July 17th in San Jose. He was born in Lardaro in the Valle del Chiese, which is part of the Valli
Giudicarie. july_17_2013He was the first in his family to receive an education beyond high school. He had a promising career in the Italian forestry service, but his mother encouraged him to seek a life of greater opportunity with his 2 brothers in Canada. On the trip to
New York, he met Paula who was headed to LA. They stayed in touch and married in 1958. Soon later they had son Richard and daughter Aurelia, both residents of
the South Bay. At the young age of  37, Gino became a widower and had to raise the children on his own. Gino worked for Italian Swiss Colony, where he put to use training he received in Italy as an enologist. In the 1960s the winery was the second most visited tourist spot in California next to Disneyland. As we all recall, Gino was a talented speaker and loved to socialize.
So, he became a tour guide at the winery. In his off-time he worked fixing up
his real estate investments. Gino lived in Cloverdale for 50 years. He spent the last couple of years in Lardaro where he remodeled the house he inherited from his parents. Gino always brought cheerfulness and humor to our club events. His presence will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences go out to Richard and Aurelia and their respective families.

Passing of Nadia Holober, Vice-Mayor of Millbrae
Nadia Holober passed away on May 8th at the age of 54 from a private battle with cancer.
Her parents, Antonio Vitlacil and Laura Floriani Vitlacil, immigrated from the Valsugana
to Canada, where Nadia was born. May_8_2013When Nadia was 4, the family moved to the Bay
Area. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley and the Hastings School
of Law. She was a firm believer in social justice and worked tirelessly for her local
community. In 1982 she met her husband, Richard Holober, while working on a political
campaign. They had two boys, Reuben, 25, and Evan, 21. In 1991 the family settled in Millbrae where Nadia volunteered to put on the city’s 50th anniversary.
She served on the city council from 1999 till her passing except for a 2-year gap
caused by term limits. From 2003- 04 she served as mayor. Accomplishments included Millbrae’s landmark new library, sister-city relationships with
Malta, Chile and China, the town’s acclaimed grease cogeneration plant and a balanced budget. Nadia was also a Eucharist minister at her church and an avid gardener. We send our heartfelt condolences to Nadia’s friends and relatives, and in particular to Antonio, Laura, Richard, Reuben, Evan and her siblings.

Kelly Kielar Sessi
Kelly Kielar Sessi passed away on May 3rd from a long battle with cancer. She was
delighted to witness her 2 oldest daughters get married last year. She also celebrated her
only grandchild’s first birthday and took her on a trip to Disneyland. Our club sends
profound condolences to her husband Martin Sessi, to their 4 children, Nicole, Kaitlin,
Kyler and Isabella, to their granddaughter Adrienna, and to all other family members.



Fabio Bertolissi and Family

Visitors from Rovereto
In October Dan Aspromonte hosted from Rovereto Sara Bozzi and her father Claudio and Fabio Bertolissi and his father Massimo. They traveled through California, Arizona and Nevada visiting several national parks and other sites along the way. claudioNoteworthy to us members of the Trentino diaspora is Fabio’s research on Trentino emigration. In 2009 he published a thesis at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice on Trentino immigration to Bosnia, and then from Bosina to Agro Pontino, the former marshland south of Rome. The Trentino History Museum Foundation awarded him the year’s best thesis on Trentino
emigration. Vincenzo Mancuso from the same Foundation interviewed many of our club members last year, and snippets of those interviews will soon appear on television in Trentino. Most of emigration to Bosnia occurred 130 years ago from Aldeno, about 6 miles southwest of Trento, to Mahovljani. Why Bosnia? In part it was an effort by the Austro-Hungarian Empire to stem the rush of immigrants to the Americas. Fabio cites several reasons for Trentino immigration in that period of time: the international financial crisis; changes in political borders; flood disasters; diseases that devastated vines and mulberries (silk). The town of Aldeno, on the banks of the Adige River, was affected by all the above, but in particular by a calamitous flood in 1882. Most of those who settled in the Muslim-dominated Bosnia were poor farm laborers. They were given land to cultivate. They grew grapes and established a flourishing wine industry. On the cover of the July issue of the Trentini nel Mondo magazine, there is a photo of the monument that was recently erected in Mahovljani in honor of these immigrants. The story does not end here. In 1818, after WWI, Trentino was no longer part of the Austro- Hungarian Empire. Bosnia became part of Yugoslavia, and the Yugoslav government wanted these Trentini to serve in the military. Only a few had become citizens. They appealed for help, and in 1928 the Italian government granted them passports. In 1940 nearly the entire Trentino population of Mahovljani, about 100 families, sold their land and transferred to the marshlands of Agro Pontino, south of Rome. Mussolini had embarked on what he referred to as “the battle of the swamps.” With an army of workers he had these swamps drained, stripped of malaria and made into arable land. The Trentini, with origins in Aldeno, remained united, and many established noteworthy vineyards and wineries.
Some Trentini remained in Bosnia. The Province of Trentino is now providing them assistance in establishing productive vineyards and quality wines. In the future Fabio would like to trace Trentino involvement in the grape and wine industries of Brazil. In the meanwhile he is working on a project for the Trentino History Museum Foundation. He is researching the archives of Vallagarina to document migratory trends towards the end of the 19th century, mostly destined for Brazil. Rovereto and 16 other municipalities comprise the district of Vallagarina. Fabio offers his generous assistance to any of our members who are researching their ancestry in Vallagarina.

Trentino Visitor from Mexico City

Oscar_ZueckOscar Zueck, former president of the Trentino club of Mexico City, paid us another visit in September. Now that he is retired, he is finally finding time to complete a thesis and book on Trentino immigration to Mexico. He is also trying to establish an online business in Mexico, selling vintage LPs and CDs. He has been collecting music for years, and now he wants to turn his hobby into a business. He bought boxes and boxes of LPs and CDs on this trip to California. While on a short stopover in Santa Cruz, he celebrated his 60th birthday with Dan Aspromonte. They had lunch and tiramisu for desert. Tiramisu literally means “pick-me-upper”, appropriate for someone reaching a milestone like 60.

Picnic at the Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda

A big thank you to Roger and Judy Ecker for organizing the September picnic at the Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda, with gorgeous views of the San Francisco skyline.

The kids had a blast swimming in the Bay, kiting, etc. Thanks to all who participated and shared a delicacy. We will certainly return to this venue in the future.

Second Visit for Trentino High-Tech Entrepreneurs

Last June Jari Ognibeni, Alberto Gasperi and Giorgio Casoni of Spinnvest in Rovereto organized a visit to the Bay Area for several high tech entrepreneurs. At the time the officers of our club joined them for dinner at Donato’s Enoteca. Rinaldo Cis, Tarcisio Pedrotti and Luca Dorigatti from our club also lent their assistance to the group.trentini
Alberto Tafner, President of the Trentini nel Mondo Association, followed up with a letter praising us for welcoming this group with open arms.
Spinnvest brought another group to the area in December. Some visited Tarcisio’s company, Distinct Corporation, and we met up with a contingent of the group in Palo Alto one evening. Spinnvest plans on organizing ongoing trips to the Bay Area. The goal is to create partnerships and new opportunities for businesses in Trentino and beyond. We look forward to meeting up with them in the future.