NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER 2019

Updated: Oct 25, 2019


PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Elections will be held on November 19th. Positions on the Board for Vice Presi- dent, Finance Secretary, Recording Secretary, and two (2) board members are open. Come to the dinner and cast your vote.


2020 Dues are due by 12/31/2019 and are $75.00. GET THEM IN!

There is plenty of time to get tickets for the Dec. 14th Bob Grazzini crab feed. This one is open to all to attend. We can use help with the set up and take down. If you would like to help contact Chair Bernie Remoaldo at 510 657-2223. On the 15th of December we will be holding the Children’s Christmas Party. This is always a fun event with lots of food, gifts, fun and Santa. Rick Martens is again chair for the Sports Night Crab Feed coming Jan 31 2020. This stag event is a big one and Rick will need help putting it on. He too is look- ing for volunteers and both he and Bernie will be putting out sign up sheets at the upcoming dinners. Sign up and help.

Please do not bring ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE OTHER THAN WINE to a dinner. Remember there’s a corkage fee and, BY LAW the bottle MUST be tagged. Bernie Remoaldo, President


Rest in Peace Brother Al

Benigno Albert "Al" Cusortelli passed away on September 10. During his 86 years of life, he touched many lives with his gentle and generous spirit. Al was born to the late Amato and Albertina Sevieri Cusortelli in Alameda, CA. After graduating from Alameda High School in 1950, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea; he was honorably discharged in 1955. Al was a plumber by trade; at the time of his retirement in 1993, he was a maintenance supervisor at the Naval Supply Center in Oakland. Al was also an active member of many clubs and organizations in the East Bay, including the Ligure, Fratelllanza, and Buon Tempo clubs, the Moose, and the Elks. An active bocce player, he was a member of several leagues in the area. Al also enjoyed good food and loved to cook.


In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by his sister, Elsa Pratali, and brothers-in-law, Bernard Bolla and Frank Pratali; sisters-in-law, Anna Alberti and Lorraine Bolla, and nephew, James Pratali. His survi- vors include his loving wife of 63 years, Beverly; a son, Michael; brother-in-law Louis Alberti Jr., and several nieces and nephews, Susan Bolla (Mike McGowan), Sharon Lavagetto (Don), Lisa Johnston (Greg), Linda Misek (Jerry), Anne Alberti, Stephen Alberti, and several grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass was held at St. Paschal Baylon Church, in Oakland, on Tuesday, October 8. Al was a regular at the Club and a fixture at any table with the Tandi’s. He will be missed by all that knew him. Rest in peace until we meet again.


A TIME OF GIVING

Christmas is just around the corner it's time to start thinking of those in need. It was my privilege to serve as a firefighter in Fremont and doing so I came to realize the fire service got behind many wonderful causes. One of my favorite was the Marine Corps ‘Toys for Tots’. Started around the time of WWII with the help of private concerns like Walt Disney, the Marines collect and distribute toys to needy children nation wide. And while I (and the Fire Department of Fremont) supported this effort, it was realized, due to logistics, that the toys collect one year would not go out to the children until the following year. Further more, the toys collect in Fremont, wouldn’t stay local, but could end up any where in the rest of the nation. This fact dawned on many agencies that wanted to give not just to children , but to the children of their area. So we began split- ting the toys between the Marines and local charities we knew would give to the kids in our local. To this day I continue to support and participate in Christmas toy drives and I’m encouraging you to do the same. Give not only to the great ‘Toys for Tots’, but to the Salvation Army, Local wom- en’s and homeless shelters, church groups and ‘soup’ kitchens. Give not only toys and moneys, but, if possible, some time.

The last few years, our little club, via bocce tournaments and crab feeds, has had the honor of supporting the GEORGE MARK CHILDRENS HOUSE and the great work they do. Last year Al ‘Santa’ Bronzini and his ’Elf’ collected donations for the GEORGE MARK CHILDRENS HOUSE Christmas party and with your help will be doing so again this year. In the months to come, Al will be collecting new unwrapped toys and donations for the GEORGE MARK CHILDRENS HOUSE Christ- mas party. PLEASE GIVE!!!

We’ve been blessed, let us share those blessings with those who can use them....


Bob Grazzini Crab Feed - Saturday December 14th - See the event details here

THE MAN THAT ENGRAVES THE STONES


No one is truly dead as long as they live in another’s heart and memory.

The Buon Tempo has been running fund raisers for the George Mark Chil- dren House for sometime now. With thanks to the efforts of men like Al Bronzini and the late Ken Martin, we’ve given , and will continue to give, thousands of dollars to help chil- dren who’s lives have been cut short do to cancers and other diseases and illnesses.


I first learned of the George Mark House in passing on the bocce court in Toyon Park, as part of an overheard side line conversation (one of many that take place while play goes on), about memory stones . And while the details of the conversation have blurred with time, the over all memory of the event and lasting impression it made is quite clear in my mind .

In my career as a firefighter, I dealt with death on a regular basis and while always difficult, the calls involv- ing the death of a child where particu- larly devastating. It is because of those interactions that I’ve come to admire those who voluntarily give their time to children who are cheated out of a full life.


On the grounds of the George Mark House there is a chapel and by the chapel there is a memorial fountain and at the fountain a stone is laid in memory of each of the children who have passed through the house. And while stones as a memorial seems a small thing, what each embodies is nothing less than the life of a child, and the remembrance and acknowledge- ment of that child. Jim Pineo is part of the acknowledgement...


Jim engraves stones

Jim told me he been engraving stones for the George Mark House for three to five years now. I asked him how he got involve doing the stones and he tells me it was his wife, Gloria’s fault. Gloria has a long history of volun- teerism. She’s been a volunteer at San Leandro Hospital for the better part of forty years and she had been a volunteer at the George Mark House in the past. It was while she was there that Jim learn the house planned to do a memorial to the chil- dren, but were having trouble making it look right. They wanted to engrave stones for the fountain with the names of the children, but the names didn’t show up due to a lack of contrast, and everything they tried to increase the contrast either wash away in thefountain or faded in the sun light.



Jim started to work on the problem and eventually found a solution.

I asked what all is engraved on the stone? And he tells me it’s the child’s first name on the top of the stone and on the back the year of their passing. Knowing what those stones repre- sent I ask Jim , ‘How do you do it ?’ And Jim quickly goes into detail about the process. How he writes out the child’s name on paper, then uses the paper as a templet to en- grave the name onto the stone with a dremel tool. He then uses a black sharpie to fill in the engraving before sealing the stone with tilt sealer. Not being the world’s best interviewer and Jim being an engineer by trade, I understand his answer and rephrase the question:

‘How do you work on a stone, carving the name of someone so young? I’m having trouble just thinking about it.’ Jim tells me something I didn’t ex- pect but should have, ”You know, these kids have a bright outlook. They’re so positive. You just honor that.”

That, and the man that engraves the stones.






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