Testimonials

The appreciation of President de Lama

Dearest Pino and Alberto, Antonio, Maurizio, Camilla, Isabella, Cristina and Giuseppe,

Let me please echo Diane and extend to all of you and your Italian EF colleagues my profound gratitude for the spectacular social weekend you organized in Rome. Carrie and I were deeply moved by your extraordinary hospitality and by the warm embrace you offered us during an unforgettable few days in your beautiful Eternal City.

Your generous welcome into your elegant homes and into the EF Family will remain with us forever. So will our memories of Cristina’s extraordinary tour d’horizon of Michelangelo and his tumultuous times, bringing to life the enduring work of the Great Master and his rivals at the height of the Italian Renaissance that did so much to shape our world.

Carrie and I left Rome feeling blessed that we were able to be a part of all this, and to be able to spend these days getting to know you better. Truth is, we barely needed an airplane to fly home.

Thanks to your efforts, we were privileged to see up close the magic of Eisenhower Fellowships and of the exceptional Fellows who cherish the organization and carry forth its flame. You illuminate the way for all of us, and you sent me home inspired by your leadership and your example.

Mil gracias, de todo corazon, a thousand thanks, with all my heart. Please extend our heartfelt thank-you to all of the other EF Italian Fellows and to Elizabeth and Paola and all the other spouses and invited guests we met during our amazing visit.

Thank you, too, for the handsome coffee table book of Roman art that you presented to me at the dinner Saturday night and please also thank Mario Morcone for the beautiful book of Rome’s cultural treasures that he gave me our first night. These thoughtful and meaningful gifts are taking up a place of honor in the EF House in Philadelphia.

I look forward to greeting you next weekend in Philadelphia, Pino, and to seeing all the rest of you again soon.

Warmest regards,

George George de Lama
President, Eisenhower Fellowships

The answer of Giuseppe Cassano

Dear President, dear George,
your words, for us, are strongly moving: we have organized a Social weekend, we were thinking "normal": your words describe it as "exceptional". I believe, if this has happened, it has been due not only to our dedication and commitment, but also to the participants' mood and their sense of belonging. The stay together of the EF Fellows produces joy, cheer, friedship, team spirit, the basic elements of any successful undertaking.
We are very happy you and your charming wife have been some days with us and with a very exceptional group of Italian and foreign EF Fellows: the only recrimination is in its too short duration...
I hope you'll visit our marvelous town many other times: we'll be pleased to be your guides and mentors.
Thank you again, and... see you next week, George, in Philadelphia
Pino

Giuseppe Cassano
President, Italian Association of Eisenhower Fellows


Cari membri del Comitato organizzatore,
a conclusione del Social Weekend di Roma, possiamo affermare di aver vinto la sfida che avevamo accettato di affrontare giusto un anno fa, al mio ritorno da L'Aja, dove avevo partecipato al II EF Weekend. A questo proposito mi piace ricordare che già nella primissima nostra riunione il programma proposto era in maniera impressionante vicinissimo a quello che si è rivelato il programma effettivamnete svolto e dimostratosi vincente.
Tutti abbiamo dato il nostro contributo e che qui desidero ricordare: Giuseppe Noia, inserito in un secondo tempo, e che ci ha assicurato a prezzo favorevole, l'utilizzo di un autobus a due piani; Isabella (via Cristian) che ha seguito l'iter degli inviti, delle dediche, delle cartelline e dei biglietti per i badge; Camilla, che oltre ad avere avuto una visione generale sugli sviluppi dell'iniziativa, ha ereditato da Cristian quanto era stato dallo stesso approntato, oltre che procedere ad una serie di visite ai fini della scelta dell'albergo adatto e fornire al nostro nuovo sito web parte della documentazione; Maurizio, con il quale più volte abbiamo contattato Zetema, facilitando la fase di visita ai Musei Capitolini e quanto ad essa seguito con il passaggio alla Terrazza Caffarelli; Antonio con Elisabetta assumendo il coordinamento delle hostess e curando la non facile presentazione della documentazione via via approntata; Alberto che ha seguito tutti i numerosi sviluppi contrattuali (Autolinea De Tommasi; ATAC, Relais Le jardin, Zetema, ecc), dopo avere superato le numerose difficoltà connesse con la "ufficializzazione" della nostra Associazione (nuovo Statuto con gli adempimenti notarili e fiscali,ecc), rapporti bancari con l'apertura, e successiva pesante gestione, del nostro nuovo conto corrente, particolarmente vis-à-vis i Fellow che procedevano alla registrazione, aggiornando di volta in volta gli elenchi, a loro volta diversificati a seconda l'utilizzo, e nella fase finale, grazie anche a Paola, l'attenta preparazione della cena di gala fino all'approntamento dei tavoli.
Tutti poi hanno contribuito - nelle riunioni plenarie - a contribuire alla regia dell'intero evento.
A tutti va il mio ringraziamento più vivo.
Ho pregato Carlo Marzano che ha realizzato il nostro bellissimo sito web di apportare le opportune modifiche in modo da rendere il sito interessante anche "dopo" lo svolgimento del Weekend: in particolare appariranno sul sito non solo quanto approntato e consegnato ai fellow, ma anche le foto dei tre giorni di lavoro e, perché no?, le lettere che già ci stanno arrivando, di apprezzamento e ringraziamento.
Un grazie a parte va anche alle tre hostess, direi efficienti e cortesi e Carlo Marzano che non solo ha creato il nostro bel sito web ma lo ha seguito e aggiornato con grande immediatezza.
Se non sono stato esaustivo, perdonatemi.
Un affettuoso saluto a tutti
Pino
(Giuseppe Cassano)


è stata messa a punto una macchina da guerra "mostruosa": Pino il grande GENERALE!
Camilla non da meno!
Alberto tiene in ordine i pezzi (non solo contabili!) mentre la macchina corre!
Antonio merita un posto sul podio (insieme a Elizabeth!)! Cristina e Maurizio assolutamente!
non fermiamola!!
grazie per il coinvolgimento e ...... viva efitaly.org!
Giuseppe Noia
Comunicazione e Relazioni Istituzionali
Atac SpA


Thank you dear Giuseppe
My big congratulations to the organizing committee for a wonderful and memorable event in such a marvelous "eternal" city.. all was just perfect!
With kind regards to all,
Pablo
(Pablo Bereciartua)


Bonjour Giuseppe
Many thanks for your invitation dans la Ville éternelle
And all our congratulations for the perfect organization of this EF Social week-endIt was a great success
Thanks too for the photos
See you soon, we hope, in another place in the world
Amitiés de Paris
Bernard & Brigitte Brizay


Dear Giuseppe, Alberto, Antonio, Maurizio, Camila, Isabella, Giuseppe, and Cristina,
What a magnificent weekend you organized for EF! I don’t believe that there are enough superlatives to adequately express how truly wonderful the event was from beginning to end.
Your extraordinary hospitality, so graciously expressed gave no hint of a burden in organizing every detail to perfection.
The program was excellent. It was such a treat to have Cristina presenting on Michaelangelo and to learn so much that will allow us a much greater appreciation of his works. It was especially interesting to observe how captivated the audience was for the whole duration of Cristina’s presentation despite the competition from the loud and long street protest just outside the window. (I knew Cristina was talented, but this was quite remarkable.)
The receptions, dinners and tours were feasts for all of the senses and so beautifully arranged.
I felt that I was treated as a member of a royal family as well being treated like a member of each your own families. I suppose that is the epitome of the EF family.
Mille Grazie for all.
Warmest regards,
Diane
(Diane Shoemaker)


Dear Giuseppe,
We are so very pleased that you will join us in Philadelphia next week. I wish we could return the same level of hospitality you showed us in Rome. However, I think you are the masters and we are the novices.
We do await you with much joy and open hearts.
Ciao.
Diane
(Diane Shoemaker)


Giuseppe,
Unfortunately today I could not see you when I get out of the breakfast but I would like to thank you for all the reception and congratulate all the Italian fellows and you for the friendship. All of you made us confortable and in the middle of good friends, letting enjoy the Roman atmosphere.
I am coming back to Brazil taking with me a very samall piece of the Italian friendship.
All the best.
Eduardo
EF 96'SNP
(Antonio Eduardo Fernandes D´Aguiar)


Dear Giuseppe
Thank you so much for so many things - the hospitality of your home, the organisation of the conference, the opportunity to visit Rome for the first time and the excellence of the programme. Joe and I had a wonderful time - we learned much, we laughed much and we look forward to continued interaction with the EF network.
Regards
Mary Walsh


Cher Giuseppe
Quel weekend end mémorable!
Je savais que tu étais un organisateur mais tu t'es surpassé et je suis ravie d'avoir été parmi vous.
Tant les échanges avec les fellows que les visites, les réceptions et la conference de Cristina ont été passionnants.
Je rentre motivée.
Un immense merci à toi et à ceux qui t'ont entouré.
Avec toute mon amitié
Hedwige
(Hedwige Pasquet)
Envoyé de mon iPhone


Dear Giuseppe and the EF committee,
The whole weekend was wonderful and David and I wish to thank you all very much. The dinner at your home Giuseppe was a great privilege and the activities, the bus trips and the camaraderie was what EF is all about.
You are so rightly proud of your city and heritage and it was really great that you were able to share it with us.
I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia Giuseppe and hope that the other fellows be in contact with us anytime they come to the Netherlands. You are all welcome!
With our grateful thanks and fondest memories of an outstanding EF weekend together
Susan MN NZ '94
(Susan Baragwanath)


Caro Pino,
Di ritorno a Bruxelles e sistemato le mie cose, ti volevo ringraziare per il bellisimo social week-end che hai organizato con tutti i Fellows italiani. Hai saputo cogliere il vero spirito dell'evento come l'avevamo ideato quattro anni fa assieme a Susan.
Non ho voluto parlarne publicamente, perche non ho nessuna voglia di esserci dentro, ma penso che il nostro prossimo muovimento dovrebbe essere di creare un board europeo. Ne abbiamo parlato a lungo con Joyce O Connor e Susan e siamo tutti d'accordo.
Un forte abbraccio amico mio. Sei fantastico e spero che verrai a trovarmi a Bruxelles uno di questi giorni. Ricordati che sei ospite permanente.
Frédéric
(Frederic Mauro)


Dear Italian EF Organising Committee,
Elizabeth (Betty) and I enjoyed so much the wonderful weekend of cultural surprises and fellowship. It was a perfect way to celebrate Ike’s Birthday. From the moment we arrived at the Mediterraneo hotel to our departure on Sunday afternoon we were overwhelmed by your kindness and hospitality, and we salute you for your collective organisation.
Thank you all for making our visit a truly memorable one. We shall be back again to further explore the treasures of Rome. It was a great pleasure to see you all.
Best wishes,
Chris
(Christofer Flint)
MN ‘90


Grazie a tutti davvero e soprattutto grazie a Pino… solo lui poteva trascinarci e riuscire in questa impresa!!!
Camilla
(Camilla Sebastiani)


Siamo sempre più efficienti e, insieme, sempre più amici.
Un duplice, importantissimo risultato!
Grazie a Pino e a tutti.
Maurizio.
(Maurizio Meschino)


Pino, grazie a te, a tutto il comitato organizzatore ed a tutti coloro che hanno contribuito al successo dell'evento, anche da parte mia
Pia
(Pia Marconi)


Pino! E chi ringrazia te? Noi tutti, per essere stato il motore di tutto. Grazie per averci fatto fare una splendida figura! Un abbraccio.
A
(Antonio Colombo)


Caro Pino, un applauso ammirato e grato!
Benedetta
(Benedetta Craveri)


Dear Giuseppe,
I hope you are keeping well. Thank you and your team so much for a most memorable Social EF weekend. Please convey my best wishes and congratulations to all, a special thank you.
Our time with you was exceptional, your welcome, your attention to detail and of course your wonderful program. You helped create an ambience of warmth, energy and friendship which played no small part in making our event such a success. Pat and I send you our warmest wishes and look forward to keeping in touch and to seeing you next year.
Fondest regards,
Joyce
(Joyce O'Connor)


Dear Fellows of Italy,
I am sorry I didn’t reply and Sorry I was not able to attend this weekend. Thank you for inviting me. I hope it was wonderful.
I have never been to Italy so I hope one day my dream can come true.
Best regards,
Esther Baldwin
孟木兰
Director of Innovation – Intel Dalian
Eisenhower Fellow


Dear Giuseppe,Thank you very much for sharing with us the rich documents on the memorable Social Weekend so well organized by your group.
I am sure all the participants will share my grateful thanks to the contributors to the conference.
The warm hospitality extended to us by our Italian fellows and in Particular by Colombo and Elizabeth was certainly memorable.
We hope we can reciprocate in 2015 in Istanbul.
All the best and kind regards.
Hasan Fetullah Ozelci


Dear Giuseppe,
Just a few lines to express my gratitude for your hospitality and to congratulate you and your colleagues from EF Italy for a memorable weekend in Rome.
The organization was impeccable and you were able to facilitate enormously the networking with a variety of cultural experiences in the unrivaled city of Rome.
Thank you again, Giussepe and I look forward to keeping in contact.
Un abbraccio,
Pedro
(Pedro Laín)

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