Amici - we are very excited to announce the inaugural Festa Italiana Hawaii slated for Saturday, October 7 in Kaka'ako.
We are in the midst of planning the festa and are open to your suggestions and recommendations for sponsors, vendors, volunteers and partners. You can refer sponsors, vendors or volunteers to www.festaitalianahawaii.com where they can complete the appropriate forms.
Stay tuned for more!
Please note: if you're registering a non-member, you can simply select ADD GUEST in the registration process. You do not need to follow these steps.
The following is a copy of the email sent out to our contact list on February 13, 2017 regarding upcoming events and important changes to Membership Dues.
This year, the FOISOH Board is striving to revitalize the organization in spirit and activity. We have identified several areas where the club needs to be both modernized and better organized. Some of our primary focuses, to name a few, have been:
We have spoken with many of you who expressed that you wish to see more events and of better quality. We're on it. Here is a list of already confirmed events for 2017:
The Board is looking to finalize dates for the following events:
Current Dues Schedule Is Outdated and Not Properly Tiered
The current membership dues prices have not been changed for many years, yet the cost of putting on quality events has increased over time (dang that inflation!). Further, the current dues structure doesn't provide a logical tiered system. For example, "Household" memberships are $50. "Individual" memberships are $30, but so are "Senior" and "College" memberships. Clearly, we want our Senior Members to be paying the least amount given considerations such as fixed-income; the same goes for college students.
Over 100 Of Our Contacts Are Not Currently Paid Members
After reviewing our Membership rolls, we learned that 100 people on our contact list are not current members because they have not paid dues. Importantly, most events in the future will feature a "Member" and "Non-Member" rate. This could mean a $10 to $50 price differential, depending on the event. The idea here is to offer a subsidized rates to Members, while having Non-Members pay full-price for an event. It is only fair to our dues-paying Members. Thus, we encourage you to renew your Membership ASAP so you can pay the "Members' Rate" for the upcoming events.
New Dues Schedule Effective March 1, 2017
In determining the new membership dues schedule, the Board considered the anticipated increase in quality events, dues schedule of other similarly-situated cultural non-profits, and inflation.
Effective March 1, 2017, the following will be the new one-year membership dues schedule for each category:
You can renew your membership under the current membership dues schedule through February 28th by visiting http://friendsofitalyhawaii.org/Join-us.
Members Can Pay Dues On Rolling Basis
Our new website allows Members to pay their membership dues on a rolling basis. For example, if Franco pays his membership dues on March 5, 2017, he will not have to renew his membership until March 5, 2018. Similarly, if Angela pays her membership dues on July 12, 2017, she will not have to renew her dues until July 12, 2018. Everyone will have different renewal dates and our website will automatically send out reminders to you when your membership is up for renewal.
We're Open To Your Feedback and Suggestions!
Given that the Board is a purely voluntary duty, we hope you can appreciate our efforts to enhance the organization for the benefit of the Membership. With that said, we always welcome your feedback and thoughts on how to improve processes, ideas for new events, contacts who we can partner with, etc.
Please email us at friendsofitalyhawaii.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call us on our hotline at (415) 484-CIAO, leave a voicemail, and we'll promptly return your call. Thank you again for taking the time to read through this exhaustive email. We hope it provides better insight on the "big things" that FOISOH is doing in 2017.
We are excited to share our new website with all of you and we want to make sure you get the most out of the new offerings such as member profiles and member-only content. In order to access both of these features, you'll need to create your login and update your profile. Below are some easy steps to follow to ensure you're off to a great start!
Not only did owners Inthira Marks and Matthew Resich commission their oven in Naples, they also studied under famed Pizzaiolo Enzo Coccia — one of the founding members of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, an international nonprofit organization seeking to cultivate the culinary art of preparing Neapolitan pizza — as well as his master dough maker, Davide Bruno. While in Italy, Matt and Inthira also stage'd (interned) at Pizzaria La Notizia 94, one of Enzo Coccia's restaurants showcasing modern flavors and creations using traditional cooking techniques.
Brick Fire Tavern is a must-try, especially for anyone who loves pizza. And let's be honest - who doesn't love pizza?
Brick Fire Tavern is open Monday-Saturday from 11am-2pm & 5pm-10pm.
You can find them at 16 North Hotel Street in Chinatown.
The 2016-2017 board is pleased to announce the launch of our new Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii website! The new site will provide members with a variety of information a member-only features including:
Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization | P.O. Box 1376, Honolulu, HI 96807