MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
As we commence our 95th year as the Società Isole Eolie, we are now at our highest level of membership in its history and this is undoubtedly due to renewed interest in the Società from when we celebrated our 90th anniversary in 2015 together with special events such as the “From Volcanoes we Sailed” exhibition at the Immigration Museum and the film screening of “Da l’Italia a l’Australia”. In 2019 we completed our 70th Anniversary of our Annual Picnic, at Keast Park, Seaford.
As a second-generation Aeolian, I am keen to keep our culture alive and relevant to current and future generations of Aeolians, their families and friends. I hope that as the committee reaches out to the broader Aeolian community over coming months, that you will consider us to be part of your extended family and that you will spend some time with us, at our events.
I am very honoured to be President since 2016 and look forward to working with the committee dedicated to meeting your needs over coming years.
THE FOUNDING OF THE SOCIETÀ ISOLE EOLIE
As an organisation serving and promoting Aeolian culture, the SIE is known to most people as the ‘Isole Eolie Club’ or the ‘Aeolian Club’. When founded in 1925, our charter was to be a social, cultural and welfare point of reference, aiming to help Aeolian migrants settle in Melbourne, offering them a place to meet, as well as providing moral and financial assistance in times of need.
Today as times change and a newer generation is stepping forward, we have a more general focus operating within the wider Italian community, to retain traditional links with the Aeolian Islands and their rich ties with the sea , while keeping alive, in an Australian social setting, customs and practices, such as our history, music, arts, Mediterranean cuisine and renowned pastries.
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As a not for profit society, we rely on the generosity of our members and the community to keep our club alive.
We encourage you to be part of the longstanding history of the Società Isole Eolie (SIE)– one of the oldest running Italian social club’s in Australia, by coming along to our vast variety of our events we host every year.
Being a member of the Societa Isole Eolie allows you to:
- Support the club and keep it alive
- Receive discount entry to many of our events
- Attend for FREE our Christmas Member’s BBQ in November
- Get a 20% discount for hall hire of Eolian Hall (A minimum of 12 months membership is required).
- Attend our Annual General Meeting (every year) and Elections (every second year) in September
We hold many various events throughout the year for all ages and for all interests.
The cost of membership is $30 per person and is valid for 12 months. You can become a member at any time of the year.
If you would like to become a sponsor or advertise your business, please go to our Sponsorship page HERE
From Volcanoes We Sailed:
Connecting Aeolian Generations
La Società Isole Eolie di Melbourne
Rai Italia – Aired 11 April 2017
A DVD is available to purchase
1955 Societa Isole Eolie Annual Picnic
Societa Isole Eolie Picnic
2019 La Famiglia Luncheon
Eolian Hall is located close to Melbourne’s CBD at 836 Lygon Street, Carlton North and available for hire for any event, occasion or activity. Just up the road from Melbourne’s “Little Italy”. Additionally to the hall space an optional commercial-grade kitchen, bar and audio-visual screen and projector can be added to your hall hire.
The main hall space is naturally lit, measuring 10m x 25m (250 m²) and can suit your function no matter what the occasion. The hall includes a 50 square meter dance floor and a stage. The hall can accommodate a maximum of 230 people for a sit-down dinner or a cocktail.