A message from the President, Dan Dell'Isola





June 2018

Summer weather seems like it is finally here!
It looks like the warm weather has finally arrived and things at the Club have shifted into summer mode. Thanks to all the members and volunteers for making all our winter activities and events a huge success. 

We are now asking for volunteers to step up and help the Club with summer activities. The biggest event is the Canal Fest. This year’s event runs from July 15 through the 22nd. We will need volunteers to man the sausage stand. Volunteers will be needed to sell food and drink, cook sausage and run the cash register. There is a sign-up board at the Club, so sign up soon! Each day is broken down into 3 or 4 hour shifts. Individuals or groups can sign up to work. It’s actually a lot of fun and a great opportunity to hang out with friends and listen to music. And it doesn’t even feel like work! 

We could also use some help keeping our building and grounds maintained. We do not have a lawn cutting service, so we are relying on volunteers to help out. We have a lawnmower and weed trimmer and we have the gas for the mower as well. If you have an hour to spare, please consider stopping by the Club and cut some grass. A bartender or board member can help you access the equipment. Just let us know. Your fellow members would appreciate it and we want to be a good neighbor and keep the yard looking sharp! 

Dan Dell’Isola





May 2018

May is finally here and we're shifting gears into summer. At the Club, the spaghetti dinners have concluded for the season and our focus is shifting toward our participation in this year’s Canal Fest. 

Our sausage stand is one of the primary fundraisers for the Club and it takes a large effort to make it work. Our co-chairmen are getting things started, but we will need all our members (over 500 strong!) to make it the success that it has been for years. Perhaps you would like to volunteer to help out at our booth? Where else can you go to hear music, see friends, and enjoy the best sausage sandwich on the midway? Shortly, we will be setting up the sign-up board at the Club on the bulletin board. It will list dates and times where help is needed. The job of setting up the tent, grills, and counters is so much easier when there are extra hands helping out. You will be guaranteed a great time while helping out. I'm sure the public will be yearning for our delicious sausage sandwiches since missing out on them last year! So please set aside some time during Canal Fest week to work at least one shift.

Thank You,

Dan 





April 2018

Happy Easter (Buona Pasqua) to all our 
members and their families. And Happy Dyngus 
Day too! 
Spring has arrived and we're shifting gears
towards springtime activities at the Club. Spaghetti 
dinners will be concluding at the end of the 
month. I would like to thank all the spaghetti night 
teams for all their hard work. It takes many people 
to make this event possible. Our cooks, set-up 
crew, bakers, dishwashers and waitresses all put 
in a lot of time and effort to make these dinners 
successful. Thank you to all the people, members 
and non-members, who supported these dinners 
throughout the season. We hope to continue to 
have your support as we move forward next 
season.

The indoor volleyball leagues are wrapping up 
next month as well. These leagues are an 
important part of the club, both socially and
financially. We look forward to their continued 
growth and success. 
Stay tuned for information on upcoming events 
such as our Spring Meat Raffle and Our Chowder S
ale, and of course, our return to this year's Canal 
Fest!

Volunteers will be needed and are always 
welcome and essential to making our Club, 
and activities like the ones listed above, a huge
success!

Thank You,
Dan Dell'Isola




March 2018

The calendar says we're in the last few weeks of winter. Let's hope that we start seeing warmer temperatures and sunshine so we can start to enjoy the outdoors a bit more. We are certainly looking ahead at some plans for the spring and summer. 

We are still trying to firm up our plans for Canal Fest. While July seems a ways off, the planning for this event is starting to ramp up. We plan on making a return to this festival this year after taking a hiatus last year. The good news was that before deciding to not participate last year, we had plenty of volunteers signed up to work the various shifts at our sausage stand. We hope and expect that to happen again. So plan on setting aside a day to help out your Club and have a great time doing it. We hope to see you all there!

Spaghetti dinners care continuing through March and April every Thursday night. Thanks to our great staff of cooks, servers and runners for their time and efforts. Please come on down on Thursday nights to enjoy some great Italian food specialties! 

Just a reminder that the new Lotto calendar year started on March 1st. If you haven't already purchased one, please consider it soon, and membership dues are due on March 1. If you haven't renewed yet, please do it soon...don't let your membership lapse. 

We continue to have fun activities for all members. We had a tap takeover with the New York Beer Project, Trivia Night, a shuffleboard tournament and other raffles and drawings. We are always looking for new ideas and activities. Let us know about them and we can work together on making them a reality. Volunteers are always welcome and essential in keeping our Club successful.

Thank you,

Dan Dell’Isola





February 2018

Now that the hustle and bustle from the holidays has ended, we are starting to look forward to wrapping up the winter months with an eye toward spring. We are always looking at activities and events to keep our members involved, entertained and offer opportunities to come together to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow members. If you have an idea for a fun event or activity to hold, please feel welcome to contact a Club officer to help you get the event in motion. We recently had a shuffleboard tournament and are having a Super Bowl party. A tap takeover by the New York Beer Project is coming in February as well! Keep posted for details.

I am now a few months into my term as the president of the Club. It has been quite a learning experience for me. I am leaning on many members for advice and assistance in my mission to keep the Club on its successful path. I am asking for your patience with me as I am still learning many of the policies and procedures of the position. I realize that I still have a lot to learn and I hope that I can count on your help as we go forward because I truly want to see this club thrive. I am only an officer that helps coordinate the processes of running the Club. All of you are needed to help things run smoothly and effectively. Thank you,

Dan Dell’Isola




January 2018

Once again, the Christmas and New Year holidays have come and gone in a flash. I certainly hope that you all enjoyed the time you spent with friends and family. Hopefully you didn't eat too much of all that delicious food. I would like to wish you all the best in the new year. Winter is here in full force, so please be careful driving and walking on icy surfaces! To all the snowbirds out there, have some warm thoughts for us up here! The new Lotto calendar books for the building improvement fund are now available. Please consider purchasing one. Cost is $30 for the year, with opportunities to win hundreds of dollars. They make great gifts! We have some fun events in the works to help break up the winter doldrums, we'll keep you posted on those. In addition, I would like to thank all the people that helped prepare and serve the spaghetti at our last dinner of the year on December 21. Due to holiday travel and illness, we had to scramble to find help and get everything done, but fortunately the evening was a success once again. Of course, our regular crews do a great job staging our dinners every week. The next spaghetti night will be January 11. Come out and enjoy! Thank to all that helped make Breakfast with Santa so successful. Santa and his elves did a great job with the gifts and decorations! The Renaissance Club, a place where you and your family will always feel welcome.....and Go Bills! 
-Dan Dell’Isola, President




December 2017

I would like to begin my first note to you by thanking you for your confidence in electing me as the new president of the Renaissance Club. I appreciate your trust in me and I will do my best to continue the success and growth that we have experienced in recent years. I would also like to thank everyone who ran for the open officer's positions that were voted on in our last election. It's great to see that people are willing to step up and donate their time and energy to help the Club succeed. Special recognition and thanks are due to Mack for his hard work and dedication over the last four years as president of the Club. With all of your help, I hope that we will continue on the course that Mack has lead us on.

The holiday season is upon us and our lives get busy and hectic. Remember to try and slow down, remember the reason for the season and enjoy the time you spend with friends and family. May you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The Spaghetti dinners are back after the Thanksgiving hiatus. The all volunteer kitchen staff and servers are doing a great job. Please come by and have some delicious, hot
and freshly prepared Italian specialty dinners. This is one of the primary fundraisers for the Club. Your support would be greatly appreciated.
The Club is always looking for ideas for fun activities that can be held at our Club. Whether it's just to gather and socialize or to raise funds for a particular organization, we are always open to suggestions. Send us your ideas or bring it up to a board member.

Thank You,
Dan