Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tribute to Jeanette Mancini Mitchell

Tribute to Jeanette Mancini Mitchell

At the Carnivale dinner on February 16, 2014, NBICF paid a special tribute to Jeanette Mancini Mitchell for her 30 years of service to the Foundation. Jeanette, Co-Founder and President of NBICF since 1985, retired from the Presidency of the Board of Directors on February 5.

Jeannette Mitchell Tribute

Sharie Sbrazza, Jeanette Mancini Mitchell, Virginia Mennucci Wilburn, George Golfieri

New Board President George Golfieri presented Jeanette with a special certificate from the Italian Consul of San Francisco commemorating her leadership and guidance of the Foundation. Susan Gorin, 1st District Sonoma County Supervisor, paid tribute to Jeanette’s contribution to Sonoma County. The NBICF Board presented Jeanette with 14K gold earrings of Etruscan Design as a token of appreciation for her dedication to NBICF and all 160 guests at Carnevale concluded the celebration with a prosecco toast.   



New NBICF Web Site

NBICF Web Site Development

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Election of New Officers

Election of New Officers

At the February Board of Directors meeting , new officers were elected:

  • President – George Golfieri
  • 1st Vice President – Maggie Brothers
  • 2nd Vice President – Susan Terracina Adler
  • Treasurer – Linda Apel
  • Secretary – Virginia Mennucci Wilburn

Monthly Dinners – February

Monthly Dinners

Sunday, February 16, 5:00 pm – Carnevale di Venezia
Come to the annual Carnevale celebration. This is a special event with entertainment by the Norquist Dancers and Steve Albini Dance Music. Come in costume or black & white attire. Doors open at 4:30 pm. 


Dinner Menu: spinach frittata, bay laurel roasted chicken, risotto with peas & asparagus, salad, garlic bread with tiramisu for dessert. Seating limited to 160. Prepaid reservations only must be received by February 12, 2014.

$14 for members, $16 guests, $8 teens 13-17, $5 for children 5-12, under 5 free

See the current newsletter, Mosaico Culturale, for dinner reservation forms.

Sundays at the Center

Sundays at the Center – Movies, Opera, Lectures

Activities at the Center continue providing interesting Italian movies, operas and lectures. The doors open at 2:00pm and the program begins at 2:30pm. Refreshments will be provided. Please call to reserve your seat at no charge. See the current newsletter for descriptions of these programs:

February 23 – Movie – Golden Door 

Desperate and poor Southern Italian family seeks a way out, and, having heard reports of rivers running in milk and coins falling off of trees, leave their stony rural cottage and buy passage to America. The trip to the boat, aboard the boat, and at Ellis Island is one of wonder and hope and usually very little dialogue. A magical movie that succeeds in illustrating the other, humble, ordinary and tough passage to the new world without mafia dons or violence. The huge disadvantage of illiteracy is beautifully illustrated here, and the risks associated with leaving behind everything. Amazing, touching, real. The customs and rules of early 20th century already seem archaic, even though it was less than 100 years ago.