A Message From Our President
Hello everyone. We got through that meeting and announced the names of the new Board of Directors. We also had 7 new
members join, the calendar of events is set for 2020 and we are on our way to set up the rest of the
committees. The names of the Board of Directors and the new members can be found in this Newsletter.
The entertainment committee, amongst other events, is already working on the 2020 Malta Day Celebration
which will be held on Sept 19, 2020.
Thoughts are that the club is moving to the 100th anniversary and we owe it to the founders and the
ones before us to honor their legacy. When they started the club, they had and tried new ideas. Some
worked and some did not. We please ask members to come up with different ideas, no matter how outlandish
one might think they are.
The idea is not to ponder on what we cannot do or what did not work in the past. Pulling together
we can overcome many of the challenges that come our way. The major thrust is going to be trying to
include the younger generation. I encourage all of you and especially those with younger kids to come
up with some new ideas. The best way to accomplish this, we think, is by talking and asking your kids
I would like to thank everyone for their support and participation. We trust that together we can
have fun and prosperous years ahead of us.
Sahha and grazzi
Message from the Honorary Consul General of Malta, Louis Vella
Hon Consul (HC) Vella greeted everyone present. This being the first meeting of the New Year, Hon
Consul Vella congratulated the newly installed Board of Directors and all those who were elected to
run the business of the club. He also took time to give kudos and appreciation to everyone who volunteers
to serve and those who take the initiative to continue to improve our organization and our community.
Congratulations, well wishes and applause are wonderful demonstrations of appreciation, but these are
not enough. Those who venture to serve need more, a lot more. We owe them our support, our encouragement
and our helping hand. All volunteers, members of our beautiful Maltese Community who are actively engaged
in promoting Maltese Culture, Heritage, Traditions, Customs, Cuisine, History, Language, and everything
that is Maltese deserve our gratitude, assistance and our admiration.
Hon Consul Vella made mention that as the New Year brought about the beginning of a new Board of
Directors at our Club, in Malta the year 2020 welcomed a new Prime Minister, The Honorable Dr. Robert
Abela from the city of Qormi. Prime Minister Abela is touring various localities in Malta and Gozo,
including the 3 inhabitants of the tiny island of Comino. We also welcome a new Minister of Foreign
Affairs, The Honorable Evarist Bartolo from the town of Mellieha. We hope that one day we will be able
to host them in our community, as we have hosted other dignitaries from Malta in the past.
Hon Consul Vella reminded everyone that a representative from the Embassy of Malta in Washington
DC is scheduled to visit his office in Millbrae to process applications for Maltese passports. The visit
will be on Thursday February 6th, Friday February 7th and Saturday February 8th. Anyone interested needs
to be a Maltese Citizen and needs to have all documents in order before being approved for a Maltese
passport. An appointment is necessary. Please contact the office of the Hon Consul of Malta if interested.
Appointments slots are filling up fast.
Hon Consul Vella ended his presentation by focusing on the various ethnic language schools we have
in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. If there are schools that teach the German language and Hungarian
and French and Japanese and Korean and others, why can’t we have language classes that teach the Maltese
Always remember that, it is not what we take but what we give that make us rich.