ABOUT US

The WA Italian Club is iconic. In the 1930s, our Club was the first to be entirely owned by Italian immigrants and their families. Our mission is to deliver benefits to our Members, foster goodwill in our community and continue to be “Inspired By Tradition”.

The Club’s journey began in 1934. A group of Italian migrants established the Casa d’Italia to meet the social needs of the existing community. It was first Italian cultural community centre in Perth. Members came together to play billiards, cards, darts, bridge, bingo and to drink Australian beer. The Club was an important social and cultural venue – it was a place for meeting with friends, for attending balls and dances.

On 28 October 1937, the Casa d’Italia official building opened on Fitzgerald Street, Perth. It remains the home of the Club today. With the start of the Second World War, the Casa d’Italia was closed and its future was uncertain. With the cessation of international hostilities, the Casa d’Italia promptly resumed its activities. In 1947, the Club changed its registered name to the “WA Italian Club Incorporated”.

In 1950, the Club was registered as a licensed premise. It expanded in leaps and bounds. Our Founders were visionaries and embarked upon extensions that allowed the Club to cater for a growing membership base.By 1969, the Club had seven thousand members and threw its strong support behind migration policy and migrant legislation. By opening its doors to all Australians, the Club fostered the mutual respect, friendship and co-operation that are integral parts of multiculturalism.

OUR COMMITTEES

Our Committee benefits from the involvement of people with various backgrounds and experiences. Their commitment to the Club ensures all our Members continue to have a home away from home at our premises.

Management Committee

Joe Radici
President
Joe Radici graduated from Curtin University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs, having been a member for over 40 years. His practice, J L Radici & Associates has been in existence since 1991 operating from Newcastle Street Leederville offering accounting, taxation and business advisory services. The client base of the practice includes businesses in retail, hospitality, professional services, building and construction as well as salary and wage earners and investors. Joe has been on the WAIC Board of Management since 2004, the first two years as Vice President and since 2006 in his current role as President of the Club.
Nunzio Nici
Vice President
Nunzio commenced his career as an architectural designer working with some Perth's leading builders in various roles from estimating, scheduling, and supervision and managing construction on sites. Furthering his experience, Nunzio spent some 20 years with an array of Perth's and Australia's major building product suppliers focusing in product development, innovation, sales and quality control. In the last 10 years Nunzio has returned to his first true love and passion, taking building projects from inception to design and completion.
Christine Madaschi
Board Member
Christine Madaschi has been a member of the Club for many years serving on the Ladies Committee and then on the WAIC Committee. A former teacher and staff trainer in government departments, she is passionate about the Club and its importance as a leader within the Italian community.
Pat Luca
Board Member
Pat Luca has been a Builder / Developer for some 40 years, recently passing over the day to day of the family business to his sons. For 30 years, Pat has been heavily involved community work, helping young people, charities and organising various functions. Pat was a foundation member at Perth Soccer Club and President of Balcatta Soccer Club for 12 years where he was later made a life member. He also received a National Volunteer Award signed by the Prime Minister. Pat organises the very popular Annual Rotto Trip which has raised over $150,000 for charity.
Salvatore Vallelonga
Board Member
Sal is a Chartered Accountant of some 18 years’ standing and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a founding Director of Plexus Global Consultants, a Chartered Accounting and business advisory firm, which specialises in providing corporate advisory, taxation and accounting and wealth creation solutions to its SME and emerging growth clients. Sal is a non-executive director of many businesses, and has served and continues to serve on many community based committees. Sal is also a registered builder and has been involved in numerous property projects either directly through investment and development or indirectly through clients’ projects.
Morena Strano
Board Member
Morena Strano joined the Board in 2014.  Morena has worked in office management and administrative roles for the past 29 years.  Morena was the WA Italian Club Secretary from 2011 to 2013 and worked as the club administrator from 2003 to 2014.  Morena has had a long standing relationship with the WA Italian Club either by direct employment or sitting on its Board and is extremely dedicated to seeing the club remain strong for many years to come.
Nick Agostino
Board Member
Nic Agostino has owned and actively operated Il Panino Bakery for 21 years. Nic has been very active within the Italian Community and is well known around the WA Italian Club for his work as a singer, his work as DJ13 and his business Ago Productions. Nic has hosted many social events and functions at the Club and continues to be an active member of the club in arranging fun nights for our members and guests such as family dinner dance nights and regular karaoke nights at the club.

Ladies Committee

President: Mrs Chiara Scaffidi
Treasurer: Mrs Carla Bertelli
Secretary: Mrs Sue Marocchi

Mrs. Luciana Cavazzi, Mrs Christine Madaschi
Mrs Ines Miotti, Mrs Tana Pasqualotto
Ms M Tagliaferri