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HISTORY 

One evening is 1958, a small group of Italian-American men met at one of their homes and agreed to start the Buon Tempo Club in the city of San Leandro. Membership was open to San Leandro, Hayward, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley and the nearby outlaying areas since there were no major Italian-American clubs in these communities. Included in this small group of men were Peter Spinardi, George Gianelli, Tony Giuliano, Monte Parenti and Roy Pucci.


And so it began, Roy Pucci, an attorney, obtained all the necessary papers for the incorporation of the new Buon Tempo Club. The plan was to strive for a membership of 200 members. However, the membership went beyond their expectation. In 10 years, the membership totaled close to 400 members. A piece of property was purchased in San Leandro years ago to build our Club home but before construction could begin, the city of San Leandro decided to purchased the majority of the property to extend San Leandro Blvd. The remaining property was inadequate to house our facility and finally sold. After a few location changes, the Buon Tempo Club members now met at tTransfiguration Church in Castro Valley.


Every year for over 40 years, we have had an annual Prep of the year award night where we honored high school scholar athletes with scholarships; one (1) male and one (1) female award worth $1,000 to each. The Buon Tempo Club now has our Scholarship Night each June, where we award deserving high school seniors in the areas of Academic, Athletic and Vocational, scholarships ranging from $1,000 each to “Bob Grazzini Memorial” Scholarship worth $1,500 for the top academic student, male or female. Since our inception, we have awarded over $150, 000 dollars to hundreds of graduates. Moneys for these scholarships come from our member’s participation in the dinner raffle drawing and our annual Crab Feed held in late January.

Some of the Club’s other activities include two dinners each month, charity and   community bocce tournaments fundraisers, an annual club picnic & bocce, a float in the Rowell Ranch Rodeo parade and two annual crab feeds.  In additional to these activities The Buon Tempo Club holds an annual open bocce tournament and a separate dinner fund raiser to support the George Mark House.  


Approximately 300 – 400 men typically attend this very famous function. Years ago, when there were no sports agents, we had the honor of the presence of many Oakland Raider and Athletic players coming to this function. “Appearance” fees now make that impossible for our club to afford. Member Ed Soares is credited for originated the Crab Feed. Baseball greats Joe DiMaggio and Lefty O’Doul, as well as former heavy-weight boxing champion, Rocky Marciano were at one time, a distinguished guest at this event. All three of these men were inducted into the Buon Tempo Club as honorary members. Other honorees include Jim Otto, Daryl Lamonica, Joe Montana and Leo Nomellini.


Buon Tempo Club is continually supporting the community. We constructed a bocce court at Toyon Park, in San Leandro., aided the “Friends of the Library” with remodeling at the Main Branch, and have been a major sponsor of the “Relay for Life” Cancer walk. The members of the Buon Tempo Club recently raised funds for the 2009 earthquake victims in Italy with a donation of $3,000 presented to Massimo Cialente, the mayor of hard-hit city of L’Aquila.


The Buon Tempo Club History

(An Italian Club located in The East Bay)