Amici di Il Circolo,
Too much time has passed since we celebrated our annual anniversary gala at The Breakers on March 8th and this communication.
The Corona virus and its impact on our lives, work, recreation and communication has been real. While all of us, by now, know friends and families affected with infections and regrettable deaths, we must look forward with “speranza” (hope). With the future in mind, your Il Circolo board and officers, combined with the volunteers and program chairs, have created a new format to maintain our loving connectivity and social glue.
Until we can unite safely, we will use Zoom meetings open to all members and friends. Like NIAF and many organizations, your board has been meeting in this manner since March and believes this format of technology seems easiest to adopt for our members. Additionally, as the digital world gives and takes, we look forward to being able to record for posterity as well as show digital media that will rivet the attention of our viewers. While we won’t be in each other’s physical presence, we will have the ability to include many more as you will be able invite your friends around the world to click and view and be a part of our Il Circolo mission. This is a great plus in the face of the virus restriction.
We are also creating a constant connection with digital short notes via email blasts in the place of our quarterly newsletter. This publication will feature insights on our members, history, board and mission. We will feature your recipes, anecdotes, photos and videos as well as profiles of members lost and their contributions to our mission. You will see these digital publications and the links in them regularly as we go forward this fall and into 2021.
At this point, we pray and hope that all Il Circolo members and their friends and famiglia stay safe and healthy and enthused about the future we will build. We always ask that all members consider how you can be a greater part of our mission. If you can help us fundraise, create an online event, send your stories, recipes, write a column of interest, provide a video, podcast, website link or anything that advances Il Circolo’s mission, we invite you to do so and say “grazie mille” in advance.
Please send any notices of interest or suggestions for publication to Sally Valenti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am humbled to continue to serve Il Circolo and its mission and love you all as part of our extended famiglia. Saluti! Avanti! Abbracci!