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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
 
 
President Mary Jo (Zanoni) Schaffer and former president Mariagrazia Pedri with the club banner
  Trentino-Alto Adige is the most northerly region in Italy. This mountainous area borders with Switzerland to the northwest, with Austria to the north and with the Italian regions of Lombardy to the southwest and Venezia to the east and southeast. It is comprised of two provinces - Trento and Bolzano.

President Mary Jo (Zanoni) Schaffer and former president Mariagrazia Pedri with the club banner
 
Trentino immigrants came to Windsor in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. In 1986,
under the leadership of Mariagrazia Pedri, the Circolo Trentini of Windsor club was founded.
 
Ezio Pedri and Osvaldo Zanoni prepare polenta at the annual summer picnic
  In 1989, it came to the Circolo’s attention that there were people of Trentino heritage in Detroit, Michigan. Membership was extended across the river to the Trentini of Detroit.

The club’s mission is to keep alive the Italian-Trentino traditions of the region and to promote Italian-Trentino heritage in the community through social activities, educational and cultural growth of the members, support of sports activities, contributions to charitable organizations, member participation in special events and conventions through our affiliation with ITTONA
Ezio Pedri and Osvaldo Zanoni prepare polenta at the annual summer picnic
  (International Tyrolean Trentino Organization of North America), Associazione Trentini nel Mondo and Ufficio Trentino Emigrazione.
 
Ezio Pedri and Osvaldo Zanoni prepare polenta at the annual summer picnic
  Club members gather together approximately six times per year to hold general assembly meetings and to participate in social events. The location of club activities alternates between Windsor and Detroit.

The club’s annual summer picnic, held at Caboto Park in Colchester, is a popular event in the Windsor Italian community. In addition to more general picnic fare, over 200 guests are served Trentino favorites such as polenta, spezzatino and crauti.

Carlo Negri presented with a gift from Vice President, Joseph Damolin and President, Mary Jo (Zanoni) Schaffer
  Club members also attend the bi-annual ITTONA convention. Trentini from across the USA and Canada join together every two years at the convention hosted by a Trentino club. Windsor hosted the event in 1992 and over 800 Trentini from across the continent attended.

In 2003, the Italian Community of Windsor selected Carlo Negri as Italian of the year. Fellow Trentini club members attended the event and were deeply honoured that one of their own had received this distinguished recognition.
 
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