Lumbarda Club 100-Year Anniversary
1917 – 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Noon – 5 PM in Alameda, CA
This year marks 100 years of the Lumbarda Club and, in a bitter-sweet way, our last official gathering for the traditional, annual celebration of Sveti Roko (Saint Roy) the patron saint of Lumbarda. Please come and bring your extended families, if you can, so we can reconnect with our heritage one last time.
- 12 – 1 = Arrive and mingle with appetizers and beverages
- 1 PM = Meal is served
- 2:30 – 3:30 (roughly) = Program with Cultural and Historical presentations
- 3:30 – 5 PM = visit with friends and family
- Cost: $30/adult, $10/child (12 & under)
If you did not receive an invitation in the mail, please click the images below to print your own invitation and directions.
Attendance Update: As of August 10th, we have about 85 paid RSVPs. August 5th was the cut-off date to RSVP, but you can still attend… if you call in your RSVP to Ned (707-787-7939) by the evening of Sunday, August 13th.
A Bit of History
In the early decades of the Lumbarda Club, the Sveti Roko banquets were highly organized and well attended gatherings. The photo here, from the 1931 banquet, illustrates that very well.
In recent years, so many of our members have passed on and other member families have moved far from the Bay Area. We have very few members left who were born in Lumbarda, most of us are descendants. Our gatherings have been smaller and far less formal, but no less full of heart for the heritage that connects us all through the Lumbarda Club.
Teri Huntington has prepared a program going back to the first Lumbarda Club meeting 100 years ago, with excerpts from the minutes of that first meeting. She has collected stories from the early years, “the West Oakland days,” stories on how the Lumbarda Club became the Lumbarda Social Club, with a change of purpose about 50 years ago (back from the time when Teri was the club treasurer). Jane Tabor and Kathy Kriletich Urban have been assisting Teri in collecting material for this presentation.
You can also contribute to this historical sharing by bringing old photo albums, scrapbooks, programs and other memorabilia to this year’s gathering.
Garry Tabor has generously donated 100 drinking glasses etched with the words “Lumbarda Club 100-Year Anniversary, 1917-2017.” The first 100 attendees will each receive this commemorative gift.
Catered Luncheon Buffet
Sveti Roko (Saint Roy) is the patron saint of Lumbarda. Every year the Lumbarda Club honored Sveti Roko Dan (St. Roy’s day) in mid-August with a gathering and a feast. The feast was prepared by the members themselves up until about ten years ago, when Ned Buratovich became president. Previous president, MaryAnn Kriletech had a well-organized team of family members, neighbors and friends who worked all through the day (and the night before) to treat us to a “home cooked” barbecue feast. Ned had no such team, nor the energy, nor the culinary skill to continue with that tradition, so he made the switch to having our annual Sveti Roko gathering catered.
For our 100th Sveti Roko commemoration, our committee (after some discussion) agreed to use the same caterers who have supplied us with hearty, healthy and tasty meals for the last six years, Pacific Fine Food Catering.
Appetizers, Zucchini Cakes with Lemon Aioli
Baskets of Artisan Bread & Caramelized Onion Twists
Seasonal Garden Salad with Peaches, Blueberries & Bleu Cheese with
Grilled Summer Veggies with sea salts & cracked pepper
Ravioli in Sage Butter
Grilled Chicken – Hula Chicken Style
Sheet Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd & Raspberry & Whip Cream
Fruit infused water, diet coke & 7up
Selection of beers, red and white wine
Our Venue in Alameda
We will meet this year in Alameda again, at the Naval Air Museum. Yes, it is not a very picturesque building (as the photo clearly shows) but we do get the entire second floor banquet facilities to ourselves, there is plenty of free parking and wheelchair access via elevator. Also, we have negotiated a very favorable rental arrangement with the management, so this will be our meeting place for our 100th Sveti Roko Dan.
Directions to the Naval Air Museum at
2151 Ferry Point Road, Alameda, CA 94501
News & Announcements
Printed invitations have been mailed out to the membership at the start of June. Our committee has decided to have this year, our 100th year, be the last year with the traditional, annual Sveti Roki gathering. Therefore, we have not charged any per-family dues this year. The cost is for the meal only, so please join us for this one last time.
Our Treasurer, Claudia Weichert, who managed Lumbarda Club finances for near 30 years, fell critically ill and has been hospitalized for several months. Ned Buratovich will step in as acting treasurer for the remainder of 2017 as we work out the financial logistics for our 100th year.
Please keep Claudia in your prayers.
For any questions or comments, contact Ned Buratovich.