Southwestern Ontario's largest and oldest Italian club, the Giovanni Caboto Club is also the premier facility for special events, celebrations and corporate functions in the Windsor-Essex County region. Since its beginnings in 1925, the Giovanni Caboto Club has continuously committed to a level of excellence that remains unsurpassed by others.
A commitment to excellence, a passion for perfection
Each year, the facility welcomes more than 2,000 events, from intimate gatherings to breathtaking galas, which is made possible by the service, dedication and support of the club's strong membership and professional staff. Now the region's finest Italian Club, the Caboto Club's early history is one of humble beginnings. The inception of the Club began in late 1924 by a small group of Italian immigrants looking to create a place where they could celebrate their native culture and language, sharing a common thread as they began to explore their new Canadian home and establish their place in their new country.
An Important Event in Caboto Club History
Our earliest records show that a group of ten men decided to organize a New Year's Eve dance in 1924, in the gymnasium of the former St. Joseph's Separate School and encouraged by the success of this first event, they decided to formalize their group as the Border Cities Italian Club in January of 1925. By the end of that first year, the Club had enrolled a Membership of 109 and enjoyed a financial reserve of $1,154.22
Promoting the best of Italian culture
It was not long before the Club became a vital part of the community, not only through social events, but also by supporting local charities. Our archives reflect that the very first charity supported was the Goodfellows Club of Windsor, with a donation of $47.12. Since that time, the Caboto Club has supported countless charities in our area and has donated millions of dollars to deserving local organizations. Incorporated in 1927 with the ideals of promoting and encouraging our culture through educational, recreational, fraternal and charitable endeavours, these very early days set the tone for what the Caboto Club would become.