Club News

A Message From Our President

Our Third Installation Ceremony of the Board of Directors and the General Meeting was held on January 28th. Thank you to Mona Nicholas, Tony Spiteri and Louis Vella for their roles in the Ceremony. Thank you to those of you who came and who also stayed for the reception following the General Meeting.

At the Installation Ceremony, we were able to use for the first time the beautiful podium that Charlie Chetcuti built and donated. We are extremely grateful for his generosity.

The Grievance Committee members for 2024 were approved by the members present at the January General Meeting. The committee incudes Mary Anne Fassler (chair), Charlie Catania, Barbara Fenech, Paula Ebejer Moffitt and Peter Abela. Thank you for volunteering to serve on the committee again this year.

The Entertainment Committee has been formed and Rita Borg and Karen Borg are the co-chairs. The hard-working committee includes Ninfa Pace, Carmen Micallef, Brian Ciappara, Pauline Henderson, Emma Magarrell, Sina Borg, Maryann Milla, Lina Agius, Rose Agius, Bev Dennehy and Grace Lacey. The committee has planned many functions for this year and the Social Events Calendar is attached. Our St Patrick’s Day Dinner will be held on March 16th and that flyer is also attached. Please take a look and plan ahead to save the dates and attend. Please consider volunteering.

Brian Ciappara will continue to update us with any Safety information that is important for us to be aware of. Manuel Micallef, as always, will provide us with information regarding repairs or other issues in the building that need to be addressed. Ninfa Pace will continue to keep us informed of the Women’s Committee activities and Mary Smith, for Welcome and Well Being, will continue to make sure that acknowledgements are sent to those who have suffered a loss or are ill.

We have made some changes to the Hall Rental Contract regarding cost and also a more detailed explanation of do’s and don’ts. If you have any plans to rent the hall, please be sure to contact me in advance so we can lock down the date for you.

In 2023, we approved 34 new members and at our January Board Meeting, we approved the first new members of the year: Lana Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Jose Martinez, Darren Xerri and Michelle Galea Espinoza. We hope all of our members will be active by attending our meetings and supporting our events.

Thank You,

Message from the Honorary Consul General of Malta, Louis Vella

Greetings dear friends of the Maltese American Social Club and the Maltese Community in California. Welcome to the first club’s newsletter of the New Year which is already over 6 weeks old. With the new year comes new hope. We continue to hope and pray 2024 will bring lasting peace first and foremost in our hearts and in our families especially our Maltese-American family as well as peace and cooperation outside our homes, our State, our nation and throughout the world.

Embassy Official Visit: Plans have been underway for quite some time to facilitate a visit from an official from the Malta Embassy in Washington DC to the Maltese Consulate office in Millbrae. No date has been determined yet but there is a good chance that the visit will take place around April. Those who will be included on the list of invitees will need to have all their documents in order in advance.

Always remember that, it is not what we take but what we give that make us rich.