The Visit of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella

On Friday October 19th, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, met with the Italian Community. A few Board members of the Leonardo da Vinci Society proudly attended the event. It was an honor and a memorable moment for all the Italian and Italian-American communities of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

“…sono lietissimo di potervi salutare, di manifestare cosi a tuuti voi l’apprezzamento piu grande di tutta l’Italia per la vostra presenza cosi operosa in questa straordinaria citta e in questo stato cosi bello e importante della California…” (I’m delighted to be able to greet you, to express to you all the deepest appreciation on behalf of all of Italy, for your active involvement in this extraordinary city and in this state so beautiful and important as California)

The event started with the children of La Scuola Internazionale di San Francisco playing the Italian and American national anthems. After that, the President of Italy, the Consul General of Italy Lorenzo Ortona, the Mayor of San Francisco London Breed, and the Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio, addressed the attendees, leaving them full of enthusiasm, pride and happiness.

Quirinale did a wonderful video of the entire event, and also you can see the beautiful pictures taken by our Board Member, Enrica Cavalli.

Please watch the event and take take a look at the beautiful pictures taken by our Board Member, Enrica Cavalli.

A Personal Welcome

Dear All,

As new President of The Leonardo da Vinci Society, I want to personally welcome you to a new chapter for our organization. It is with honor and enthusiasm that I take this role after four wonderful years on the Board helping our past president, Amelia Antonucci,  accomplish so many important programs.

As always happens, a change in leadership brings some excitement and news and I want to share with you my goals and dreams. 
First of all, I want to maintain our mission and our values to promote appreciation of the Italian contribution to art, literature, science, and culture. We continue to offer wonderful cultural programs and networking opportunities.

I want to increase membership and see our society become a vibrant vehicle for creating new relationships and alliances among our San Francisco Bay Area communities.
Last, but most important, I want to Be Present and Go Beyond! I want to focus on you, get to know you better and work with you in shaping the future for the next generations of Italo enthusiasts. 
I’m confident that this year we can all Be Present and Go Beyond. I will take the liberty to call you soon to chat about your expectations, interests and ideas.

Our fall programs are ready to go. Download our Fall Newsletter here and visit our website to register for our events.

I look forward to talking to you soon.

All my best,

Sabrina Longega Wilson, President
Leonardo da Vinci Society