A Message from the Italian Consulate in Vancouver:
Dear Members of the Consular Network,
As COVID-19 continues its devastating spread across Italy, a heartbreaking reality is setting in. The human and economic impact of this pandemic is being felt across the country, and the needs are great – especially for the most vulnerable.
We are fighting hard against this pandemic, but we also need your help!
This is why the Embassy of Italy in Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, has launched a fundraising campaign to support the Italian Red Cross's COVID-19 preparedness and response activities.
The Italian Red Cross, together with the Italian Civil Protection Department, is at the forefront of the response in Italy. Its vital role includes activities such as ambulance services, the delivery of medical equipment and protective gear for health professionals, food and medicine supply, providing information on the emergency, and support to the Ministry of Health in getting health professionals on the ground.
Your donation will help the most vulnerable in Italy make it through these uncertain times.
We count on your support, if you would like to contribute please visit: http://www.redcross.ca/ItalyCovidAppeal/HelpItaly
KCIC was one of the 13 groups that organized and participated in the 2020 Heritage Week kick off event at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Heritage dressed members (our own Don and Jane Rampone) wandered around the Stuart Park skating rink and boardwalk area passing out tickets for a free hot chocolate or apple cider. While in the theatre lobby, they were encouraged to wander among the displays put on by the participating groups. The heritage groups displayed the projects they are conducting, made contacts and answered questions.
Groups contributing to this event were the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club, Kelowna and District Genealogical Society, Kelowna Museums, Lake Country Museum, Central Okanagan Heritage Society, Kelowna South-Central Association of Neighbourhoods, Okanagan Regional Library, Westbank Museum, Okanagan Historical Society Kelowna Branch, Kelowna Tree Protectors, Rutland Residents Association, Friends of Fintry Provincial Park Society and the Friends and Residents of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area Society.
Many thanks to Carol Millar of the COHS for spearheading this event.
Thanks to the many local businesses and individuals who donated raffle prizes to KCIC's New Year's Eve Gala, we were able to donate $1,500 to JoeAnna's House. Thanks also to our guests who purchased tickets. We're proud to support this very important community resource.
JoeAnna's House is now open and welcomes out-of-town families with loved ones receiving care at Kelowna General Hospital.
For more information about JoeAnna's House, visit their website at https://www.joeannashouse.com/
We were faced with inclement weather, less than ideal road conditions and an unfortunate upswing in seasonal bugs hitting our members, but - being Italian - the meal must go on! Our member's potluck was a great opportunity to share fabulous food and warm companionship as we invited members "a tavola"! Thanks to all who were able to join us and for those who couldn't - there will be plenty more opportunities to dine together in 2020!
.Looking for something to do for Valentine's weekend? Catch the Road to the Lemon Grove at the Creekside Theatre in Lake Country:
"A traditional Sicilian father tries to negotiate his way into heaven by plotting one last outrageous mission for his reluctant son - spread his ashes in the lemon groves of Sicily, reunite his feuding family and discover the heart and soul of who he really is."
The film is produced, directed and co-written by Dale Hildebrand
The movie is playing one night only - Sat. Feb. 15, 7:15p.m. At Creekside Theatre in Lake Country
Tickets $7.50 at the door or from Kelownatickets.com
The Kelowna Canadian Italian Club hosted their 53rd New Years Eve Gala...and what a party it was! The group of 40+ organizers and volunteers worked hard to bring Kelowna one of the best parties of the year! THANK YOU to Committee Chair, Rosann Nanci-Carl and her team of volunteers for a great evening. Chefs Ricardo Scebba and Josie Guerini cooked for a sold out crowd of 250 guests. Italian buffet started the evening off and then raffle draws to benefit JoeAnna's House house. The guests danced to Easy Fix - Kelowna until the clock struck 12!
Thank you to the generous donors of our community who supported us by their raffle prize donations.
Thank you to those KCIC members and non-members who came out to join us.
Last month the La Bella Tavola Cooking Class volunteers were excited to make a donation of a Kitchen Aid Mixer to the KCIC Clubhouse kitchen. The group consists of approximately 15 volunteers who plan and host 6 sold out classes per year (Spring and Fall).
La Bella Tavola will be advertising the SPRING SESSION dates soon so watch our social media feed and this website for registration dates.