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Past Events

Annual Luncheon Meeting

and Election of Officers

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Prestancia Country Club

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President Joe Morra welcomes everyone, reviews the season's successful events and describes next season's offerings that highlight Sicily.

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Mary Maresco, Secretary, successfully conducts the Election of SICE Officers for 2024-2026.

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One of SICE's Travel Abroad Stipend Recipients, Tom Riley a student at USF, waves gratefully to all.

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Anne Salamone, long-time SICE VP and Membership Chair, accepts a bouquet of roses from Joe and Brenda. Anne has retired from this elected office but will remain on the Executive Board. 

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Karyn Maviano, travel consultant, outlines the itinerary for SICE's trip to Sicily planned for May, 2025.  It will include a "Discover Your Sicilian Roots" component.

"Stromboli"

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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President Joe Morra introduces SICE filmgoers to the very controversial film, "Stromboli," starring Ingrid Bergman.

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Filmgoers enjoy a delicious lunch and have a lively discussion

               once again at Cassariano's in Lakewood Ranch. 

 "Stanno Tutti Bene"

Wednesday, February 24, 2024

SICE filmgoers gather outside Cassariano's Italian Eatery after viewing "Stanno Tutti Bene '' at Lakewood Ranch Cinema. 

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Film enthusiasts enjoy a fine Italian lunch in Cassarino's screen-enclosed patio while discussing "Stanno Tutti Bene."  President Joe Morra led the spirited discussion.

COSTUME DESIGN: BEHIND THE SCENES

SARASOTA OPERA - JANUARY 31, 2024

Howard Kaplan, Sarasota Opera's Costume Designer begins his presentation

Richard Russell gratefully accepts SICE's $3000 donation to the Sarasota Opera

Sarasota Opera singer serenades the group with "Cuore Ingrato."

SICE members gather to enjoy coffee, dessert and conversation prior to the Opera Event.  

 Maserati: Luxury Italian Car Design

 January 10, 2024

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Presenter: Nico Rondet    Event Director: Paolo Tricase

DINNER:  The Neapolitan Feast of the Seven Fishes
Thursday, December 7, 2023 
Cafe Amici - Sarasota

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LECTURE: LA LINEA ITALIANA
Dr. Rosanne Martorella
Monday, November 13, 2023

Rosanne traces the development of Italian design in architecture, fashion, automobiles, typewriters and other products.

Rosanne discusses SICE's theme for 2023-24: Iconic Italian Style

Evan Lemole, SICE scholarship winner, and Board member, Fran Plankey

Annual End-of-the Year Luncheon
April 19, 2023
Heritage Oaks Country Club

Members reminisce about this season's well-attended events and are treated to a sneak preview of the 2023-2024 season. 

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FILM EVENT
"The Sunflower"
March 22, 2023