Club Projects

March 29th, 2016
Theresa Mudge, ARCH Executive Director and Lee Rendell, Manager Fund Development

Members were provided with an update of the pilot pediatric palliative care program which received approval last year. Theresa and Lee spoke about the other services offered at the facility for those who are in palliative care and the programs that are there to support family members. For more information please go to their website at

January 26th, 2016
Boots for Kids, Centre for Social Justice and Good Works

The call went out and our members responded in their usual generous fashion. Colette Gray, Supervisor of the Brighter Beginnings Children’s Programs said “ So wonderful to have received all of the wonderful items your club has donated, I was amazed at the quantity! Once again, thank you so very much. Your ongoing assistance in helping out those in our community that are in need is so very appreciated.” Colette explained that the program provides snacks and a safe place for them to go to after school. Thank you everyone. You represent what our Club is all about—generosity, inclusiveness, responsive, and helping those who need a little support.

The Centre for Social Justice and Good Works, located behind Precious Blood Cathedral, is non-denominational, and has two main themes–a mentorship program for people that want to start businesses and a leadership skills development series for young people. The entrepreneur project will see volunteers from the business community hook up with Ontario Works recipients. The Centre is partnering with various groups and educational institutions in the city which will provide training and assistance with business plans. There are other plans in the works which will see the Centre involved with various youth groups in Sault Ste. Marie but these two are already underway. Thanks to Dr. Sarlo and Ms. Coutu for your presentation and Club Calabrese wishes you great success.

May 29th, 2015
Anne Perlini – ITALUIL, Italian Fallen Workers Memorial (Mr. Marino Toppan)

The guest speaker at the May 29th meeting was Anne Perlini, the new Director of ITALUIL. Anne replaces Bianca Paradiso who worked tirelessly for the Italian population in Sault Ste. Marie. The Club wishes her well in her retirement. Anne reviewed the services of her office and what is required to keep the office open. If anyone is turning 60 within the next year and is eligible to receive Canada Pension, please apply through her as opposed to the internet. Her office is given credits which, in turn, supports the office financially. The Club wishes Anne all the best in her new position.

At the May 29th meeting, Rose Caicco informed the members about a project that is being headed by Mr. Marino Toppan. With the blessing of Gianni Bardini, Consul-general of Italy, Mr. Toppan has set out to obtain as many names as possible of Italians who have lost their lives due to industrial disease or fatalities. He wants to honour these people for the ultimate sacrifice they made in Canada. This is not restricted to workers in industry but includes any worker of Italian descent. Names will be placed on a monument to be erected at Villa Charities at its Villa Colombo home in Vaughan, Ontario. For a more complete explanation and history about this project, please click on the link below.

If you know of anyone who falls into this unfortunate category, please forward his/her name to

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May 27th, 2014
Dinner Meeting, Mega Shoe Drive, Guest Speakers

Club Calabrese of Sault Ste. Marie and Easter Seals joined forces to help people clean out their closets. Club Calabrese members were asked to donate gently used shoes, boots and flip flops to help Easter Seals reach their goal of collecting 25,000 pair of new or used shoes. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners through Funds2Orgs and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families. Easter Seals is paid for their donation, and people in developing nations receive assistance. Seen in the photo are Carolyn O’Connor, Development Officer for Easter Seals and Vincent D’Agostino, a volunteer. Donations from the Club filled a half-ton truck plus another vehicle! If you haven’t already done so, make your way to the Rotary Club office at 364 Queen Street East to drop off your bags of shoes and help them reach their goal.

At the May 27th dinner meeting, the guest speakers were Anthony Nanne, one of the principals of Northwood Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre and Peter Berlingieri, a partner in the Pascuzzi, Berlingieri Law Firm. Topics covered included preplanning and/or prepaying for funerals as well as the importance of having an updated will, power of attorney, and what to expect if you are an executor of an estate. A question and answer period followed.

January 28th, 2014
Calabria International Tours

Fortunato Febbraro and Domenic Frasca, owner/operators of Calabria International Tours visited Sault Ste. Marie to meet members of Club Calabrese over a couple of days. They were guest speakers at the General Membership meeting on January 28th and met many very happy Club Calabrese members who travelled with them to Calabria over the past several years. If enthusiasm for our much loved Calabria could be bottled, these two gentlemen would be very, very wealthy! While in the Sault, they met with Joe Fratesi, Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Sault Ste. Marie and with John Febbraro, Director of Industrial Marketing with the Economic Development Corporation. Thank you gentlemen for visiting our fair city and visiting with Club Calabrese members. Visit their Facebook page, Calabria International Tours, for tour information and don’t forget to “like” them.

November 27th, 2012

Our Christmas Social/Meeting and Canned Food Drive took place on November 27th, 2012 which was attended by over 200 members. We added a little fun this year and had a game of toss using chips to see who could throw closest to the target (an empty bottle). As you can see, we had some serious contenders. Members were also asked to bring some non-perishable food items for the Soup Kitchen. Calna McGoldrick, Administrator of the Soup Kitchen in Sault Ste. Marie was quite surprised at the generosity of our members!