Club News

A Message From Our President

Dear Members and Friends, at the last General Membership Meeting on December 30th, seventy-six (76) where present. A pretty good number indeed. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Joe Tanti’s sister, Michelina Bosso and long-time members George Attard and Albert Vella, who was the manager of the Bank of Valletta in Canada. Albert was a great benefactor to our Club. May they rest in Peace.

On December 14th, the Club held the Children's Party. Many thanks to Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause, a.k.a. George and Rita Borg, Joe Micallef for setting up the most beautiful Presepju (Nativity Village), the children that participated in costumes as the Drummer Boy, shepherds, angels, Joseph and Mary, the volunteers who helped the kids put on the costumes and guided them during the procession. Thanks also to Evelyn and Dennis Simmons who took a lot of pictures and posted them on the Club's web site, those who cooked the hot dogs and made the popcorn, those who went shopping for the gifts, all who set up and decorated the hall, wrapped the gifts, passed out the food and goodies to the children, and those who cleaned the Club after everyone went home.

As you can see, a lot of work is done by many volunteers at every function that is held at the Club. Most of the work is done by the same volunteers every time. If you are reading this and you have not offered to volunteer in the past, maybe it’s time to do so. This being the last meeting of 2019, an election for President and Vice-President needed to be done, so I yielded the floor to the Election Committee. The members of this Committee were Joe Tanti, Pauline Henderson and Maryann Milla. Running for President were Joe Debattista and Celina Gomes and for Vice President Bart Borg and Mary Borg Smith. All four candidates gave a short speech. After the voting was closed and the ballots counted, Joe Debattista was elected as President, whilst Mary Borg Smith was elected as Vice-President. I thanked the Election Committee for a job well done and dissolved the Election Committee. I also thanked Joe and Mary for stepping up to the plate and congratulated them. I also thanked Celina Gomes and Bart Borg for offering their services to the organization.

The members of the Board of Directors for the year 2020 are: President: Joe Debattista, Vice-President: Mary Borg Smith, Secretary: Mary Vella Gomes, Assistant Secretary: Carmen Micallef, Treasurer: Joe Vella, Assistant Treasurer: Ninfa Pace and Parliamentarian: Rose Borg. Sergeant-At-Arms: George Borg. Mona Nicholas and Louis Vella are the auditors. The assembly ratified the Board of Directors by acclamation.

This was the last meeting of 2019, and my last meeting as President of our Club. I served the Club for six consecutive years, from 2014 to 2019. No other President in the history of our Club has served six years in a row. Let's hope that the next President will break this record. In these six years, the Club has celebrated two Anniversaries, the 85th in 2014 and the 90th in 2019. In 2014 we welcomed Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta and in 2018 we welcomed H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta. In 2019, the Ambassador of Malta for the United States, Mr. Keith Azzopardi visited and Debbie Scerri, an accomplished Maltese singer, came from Malta to entertain us during the 90th Anniversary of our Club.

In these past six years a lot of improvements was done at the Club. A new roof, a new water heater, the dance floor was refinished, the kitchen was deep cleaned, and at the end of 2018 a refrigerator/freezer was bought to replace the old one which was beyond repair. A flagpole was also installed on the facade of the Club. Most of these things were accomplished by the skills of the volunteers and with the generous donations from the members.

These six years were not all clear sailing. In April of 2017, the Maltese Club and myself were sued in Court by a member who was expelled from the Club. He alleged that the Club and the President violated his rights. The Judge decided that his rights were not violated by the Club or by the President, and the case was dismissed with prejudice.

The Family Bowling Nights and The Second Harvest Food Collection Program were started during these six years thanks to Karen Borg.

I would like to thank the Board of Directors, the Sergeant-At-Arms, the Auditors as well as all the volunteers and the benefactors who helped me run the business of the Organization. Without their unwavering support, I would have never been able to do it by myself. Thank You.

The next General Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26th at 10:30 am.

Dear friends, it has been an honor for me to serve the Club as President for the last six years. Although the year has already started, on behalf of my wife Carmen, the Board of Directors, Sergeant-At-Arms, and the Auditors, I wish you and your loved ones, a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with Joy, Prosperity, and God's Blessings.

Saħħa lil kulħadd
(Good-Bye and Thanks to All)

Message from the Honorary Consul General of Malta, Louis Vella

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 have all documents in order before being approved for a Maltese passport. An appointment is needed. Please contact the office of the Hon Consul of Malta, if interested. Appointments slots are filling up fast.

Hon Consul Vella congratulated everyone present but in particular those members who are running for a position on the 2020 Board of Directors as well as those who are volunteering to step up to conduct the day to day business of the Maltese Club. It takes courage, patience and dedication to keep an organization such as our Club running for 2020 and beyond. The Maltese Club is an integral part of the Maltese Community in California and it is up to each and every one of us to make sure it keeps going strong and forward in the right direction. Good luck to all.

Mr. Vella on behalf of Mrs. Vella and the office of the Hon Consul of Malta in San Francisco took the wonderful opportunity to extend to every member of the Maltese Club, the Maltese Community, their families, friends and all those they hold dear a splendid New Year full of good health, peace, love and prosperity and the very best for the new decade which is just about to start on January 1st 2020.

Grazzi Hafna, Is-Sena T-Tajba

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