Salve e buona giornata a tutti,
I hope this finds you all well and, though we are not completely finished with this terrible virus, we are getting back to some level of normality as evidenced by our May 16 Car Barn event. Please check back for other gatherings we are planning for this year and next.
In the meantime, kindly go to the scholarship section of this website to meet the three just announced 2021 IBC Foundation scholarship recipients. A letter from the parents of one of the recipients is below.
Hello Mr. Bonfiglio,
I am Alex Gray’s Mom and daughter of Lucia Galizia. I just wanted to send a note to thank you and the IBC for the opportunity to apply for the college scholarship. I am so happy Alex went through the process and was given an award. It was so nice to see a scholarship for the Italian community. There are many scholarships out there that we, as a middle-class family, do not qualify for. Yet, we do not have the means to cover a four-year college. So, it was great for him to not only receive money towards his education, but to have it come from a group of people he feels a connection to. We are proud to be Italians, and it was special to have Alex write that essay to express how he appreciates the Italian culture. Please let the rest of the group know we so appreciated this opportunity and award.
Sandra and Doug Gray
2019 Club Officers
President: Tony Leonetti
VP: Stefano Longhi-Call
Treasurer: Deb Wilson
Secretary: "Chelle" Ordway
Sgt. at Arms: Anthony Pomante
Board Chair: Claude Bonfiglio
For 68 years, the IBC has been a proud and important part of Portland's Italian community. Established by Portland businessmen of Italian heritage, the organization was formed with this mission:
Of course, many changes have occurred over the years, as well as changing the original name, Italian Businessmen's Club to the Italian Benvenuti Club, keeping the acronym IBC.
Today's IBC consists of men and women of Italian heritage and others who love Italian culture, believe in our mission and 'la Dolce Vita', an Italian phrase which was first used in a film of that name to mean crass or shocking, though modern usage means simply but positively ‘the good life
We are a social club with a common interest: celebrating and promoting Italian culture. Most of our gatherings are social with some open to all as fundraisers for our IBC Foundation scholarships; others for club members and families. We hold a few more business dinner meetings during the year to set club goals, vote, and we frequently have guest speakers on topics of interest.
Most club business is accomplished during monthly board meetings, which are communicated with members electronically or , if necessary, during social events. When scheduled, all-member meetings occur during the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Board meetings are scheduled on the first Tuesday of each month and are dinner meetings, held at Nicoletta's Restaurant in Lake Oswego at 6:30 unless members are notified of a change.
All members are invited to attend board meeting, however, due to Nicoletta's private meeting room seating, members are asked to let Tony Leonetti know if you plan to attend.
Should you wish more information about the IBC, feel free to contact Tony, see any member or scroll down to the application below.
The IBC has remained committed to the ideals of cultural awareness and civic service upon which it was founded. Of course, being of Italian heritage, we also have a good time together.
Each year the IBC Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, provides scholarships for students of Italian heritage. More information can be found on the scholarhip section of this website. We also assist the Scuola Italiana di Portland, financially and by serving on their board and participate and work with other organizations.
Over the years, we have helped local charities and, in Italy, we have supported organizations that assist in the recovery from floods and earthquakes.
Some of our social functions are fund raisers to support the foundation. Members and friends also contribute, and direct contributions to the foundation can also be made on the shopping portion of this website.
Thank you for checking out our website. We welcome your comments and questions. If you would like to apply for membership, the PDF application is below or if you wish more information, contact Tony at the button below. Please do not send a check until approved.