April 17, 2014 Leave a comment
MERRY XMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR
FROM THE CALIFORNIA COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION
Consul General of Italy Lorenzo Ortona (center) addresses the group at the Columbia Association Christmas Dinner. CLECA Executive VP Steve Landi (L) and President Leo Pierini (R).
NOTE: OFFICER’S & BOARD ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY 2017
A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OFFICERS
WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE
ITALIAN HERITAGE PARADE 2016
CLECA ESTABLISHES ITALIAN-AMERICAN PUBLIC SAFETY SCHOLARSHIP
June 16, 2016 marked a historic day for the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association (CLECA) as President Leo Pierini signed the final agreement papers to establish the Italian-American Public Safety Scholarship with the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) of San Francisco State University. The initial scholarship will be awarded for the Spring 2017 semester and will be awarded to a junior or senior in SF State’s Criminal Justice Studies Department. More information regarding the criteria, term and eligibility will be posted through the university in the Fall.
In other breaking news from the Executive Board of Directors meeting in June, a discussion was initiated to create a sub-association of CLECA which would encompass all Public Safety and First Responders of Italian-American heritage.
ABOUT THE COLUMBIA ASSOCIATION
Membership in the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association (CLECA) is a way of showing your Italian-American pride. Membership also offers you a tremendous networking opportunity while enjoying a close fellowship bond with law enforcement professionals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Our social and planned events offer members a chance to enjoy themselves while serving a variety of great causes. For the low dues amount of $50 annually for voting members and $20 annually for other member categories you can begin expanding your cultural horizons. The California Law Enforcement Columbia Association is affiliated and sanctioned by the National Council of Columbia Associations in Civil Service, which dates back to 1975, and is the first Columbia Association on the West Coast.
The California Columbia Association consists of six entry level membership categories, which include: Italian Law Enforcement Sworn Members, Italian Law Enforcement Non-sworn Members, Public Safety Members, Associate Members, Affiliated Members and Student Members. Please visit our “MEMBERSHIP” Section for more details on these categories. You can also download a Membership Application and submit it by mail or email. If you have any questions, you can contact the Association at email@example.com.
The California Law Enforcement Columbia Association is registered as a Non-profit Association with the California Secretary of State’s Office, the State Tax Board and the IRS.
ST. FRANCES CABRINI MASS, 2015
A contingent of the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association took part in a special mass on Friday, November 13, 2015 at SS. Peter and Paul’s Church (666 Filbert Street, SF).
The mass honored the life of America’s first saint, Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917), who was designated by Pope Pius XII as the “Patroness of Immigrants” and her accomplishments throughout North, Central and South America. She was born on July 15, 1850 in Lodigiano, Lombardia, Italy and was a public school teacher before becoming a nun and founding the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.
Leading up to the mass was a procession flowing into the church that included representatives from various Italian-based societies, including the California Law Enforcement Columbia Association and the National Association of Carabinieri (San Francisco).
The Archbishop of San Francisco, the Most Reverent Salvatore Cordileone, was the celebrant of the mass and was joined by a variety of Archbishops Emeritus, Bishops and Auxiliary Bishops from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
The NYPD Columbia Association Standard Honored in San Francisco 2001
Columbus Day Parade 2001 in San Francisco. SFPD Officers carrying the NYPD Standard in honor of New York Officers after Columbus Day events in New York were suspended following the tragic attacks of that year. For more details and photos on the story and history behind the above photograph, click on the HISTORY Tab for the entire history of the California Columbia Association.