Newly elected to chair the Circolo Artistico Tunnel, I find myself performing my first duty as, with just a few words, I introduce members, friends and guests to a new volume which authoritatively delves into all the historical and artistic aspects that have characterised the 130 years and more of the life of the Circle, and the 500 years and more of the Palace which is now its home.
I would like to say a few words regarding the future and not the past, as our Clubhouse is new, this publication is new and I am new, not in years, alas, but to this office that members have munificently entrusted to me. The future should be faced, today more than ever, with a good dose of faith and optimism given the difficult times we live in. Optimism comes to us from the prospect of these ancient walls and from the loyalty and enthusiasm of the members who in years that were far more perilous than these held firm and never showed signs of weakness.
I really do hope that our present and future members will remain true to their heritage as they patronise, live and love their Clubhouse, which, in its splendid new attire, will certainly reciprocate.
Gregorio Gavarone, May 2012.