MARCH 2007


Instead of the usual masthead, the March 2007 hard-copy edition
of ALPS News reached readers on the new letterheads that the
Association commissioned from Bonavia Printers of Tigné,
Sliema, who also proudly sponsored the overprinting. The letterheads,
designed by Ramon Micallef of Box Design of Ta’ Xbiex,
are part of a new set that also includes membership application
forms and envelopes overprinted with the ALPS logo and address.
It is sincerely hoped that Members and Friends of ALPS will
be proud of the modernised enhancement of the Association’s


It can safely be said that the fulcrum of ALPS activities
over the past several weeks has been the upcoming Lyceum Bicycle
Marathon 2007 – not just in the organisation of public
activities but also, and much more so, in the Council members’
discussions and almost-frenetic e-mailing and telephoning.
The end – helping the Marathon Organising Committee
to enhance the amount of funds to be eventually turned over
to the Dar tal-Providenza of Siggiewi – justifies all
the effort.

Following the highly-successful Cabaret Dinner at the Paradise
Bay Resort Hotel at Cirkewwa in January that has already been
adequately reported in the February issue of ALPS News, the
Council of Administration organised another very successful
dinner at the Topaz Aparthotel in Bugibba, which also featured
patrons spending not one night but two at the hotel because
the dinner was on a Friday. As in the previous event, all
proceeds from the dinner – as well as the very high-yielding
raffles – will go to the Marathon Fund. Add to that
the very good sales of tickets for the lottery organised by
The Lyceum, and you have the prospect of a princely sum that
ALPS President George Stagno Navarra should be officially
presenting on stage in the closing hours of the Lyceum Bicycle
Marathon 2007.

ALPS paid for advertising in The Times, and with the willing
help of Bishop Annetto Depasquale distributed eyecatching
fliers to all parishes for putting up in their notice boards
in the days leading up to the marathon, urging the faithful
to visit The Lyceum with their families, enjoy the activities
and, more importantly, help with their donations, even through
SMS. The Association also paid for adverts in the church leaflet
Jum il-Mulej on the weekends of 10/11th and 17/18th March.

Members and Friends of ALPS can make the Association’s
final contribution even greater by selling and/or buying more
lottery tickets (with proceeds exclusively to ALPS Secretary-General
Alex Borg at “Alson”, Naxxar Road, San Gwann)
and by donating top-quality items for sale at the Bazaar or
Plant Shop during the marathon. Please contact Membership
Commission Chairman Tony Aquilina on 21 373706 or 7937 3706
to arrange for pick-up of bulky donations.


During the busy run-up to the Lyceum Bicycle Marathon, part
of the ALPS Council of Administration has been working in
parallel on the organisation of a grand Foundation Day Concert
with a difference – one whose proceeds will be going
to another charity, in keeping with our social, civic and
philanthropic calling.

Cultural Activities Commission Chairman Joe Fenech has been
working for months to put up a Concert Version of Franz Lehàr’s
famous operetta La Danza delle Libellule. The show will be
held at the Salesians Hall in Sliema on 28th April with the
participation of soloists Karen Camilleri, Louiselle Pace
Gouder, Connie Frances Zerafa, Joseph Aquilina and Joe Huber,
all accompanied on the pianoforte by Cynthia Genovese. Also
taking part will be the Youth Orchestra of the Società
Filarmonica Sliema conducted by Mro James Bernard Agius, the
Choir of the University of the Third Age trained by Yolanda
Micallef, and CATS Dance Company with the choreography of
Mariosa Pavia. Monica Attard and John Dimech will be compères.

Free parking will be made available at St Patrick’s
Grounds. All proceeds from the show will go to the Salesian
Youth Centre, Sliema. Tickets at Lm2.50 can be booked from
Studiomoda at Naxxar Road, San Gwann (telephone 21 386812,
e-mail, Joe Fenech on telephone 21 410632,
or the Salesians Hall in Sliema.

With all the effort that is going into it, this year’s
ALPS Foundation Day Concert should be a night to remember!


With the help of ALPS Canada Branch President, former Maltese
Consul Milo Vassallo, the long-cherished dream of President
George Stagno Navarra – the much-awaited ALPS Tour of
Canada – has finally been put together and set for 28th
August to 18th September, 2007. It promises to be so good
that places are being snapped up.

The focal point of the tour will be a Grand Reunion between
Lyceum past students from Malta and Canada with a dinner at
the exclusive Toronto Club on 31st August: certainly a memorable
event for ALPS. The entire trip, painstakingly put together
through SMS Travel of Valletta, will include conducted tours
of Toronto, Lake Ontario, Niagara, Calgary, the Pacific Coast,
Vancouver, British Columbia, a five-day tour of the Rockies
and a seven-day cruise in Alaska on the m.v. Norwegian Sun.

“The touring itself and the cruise are breathtaking
enough, but the greatest joy will be to meet and socialise
with former students of the doyen school of Malta who have
kept the Lyceum torch alight in Canada,” said George
Stagno Navarra. “We are hoping that the publicity given
to the get-together will help to entice many more in Canada
to inject new blood into the branch.

“Milo Vassallo has been lovingly working on the details
of the trip almost ever since he retired, and he deserves
a lot of the credit for the whole trip coming to fruition.”

More details about the tour may be sought from ALPS Secretary-General
Alex Borg (you know how to get to him by now!).