February 2014

Dear Friends -

I hope everyone has been enjoying the warmth of their homes the last few cold, wintery weeks. It looks like we may have a break in the weather coming up, if only for a few days, where we might experience a few temperatures in the 50’s! If we are blessed with those temperatures, I wish everyone the opportunity to step outside and enjoy some of the much needed warmth.

On Saturday March 1st, the Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission is holding their Annual Diplomatic Ball. We still have 2 seats available at our table for anyone who would be interested in joining up. Cost will be $70 per person, and should you wish to attend and bring a guest, UNICO will cover the cost of your spouse/significant other. However, guest or not, the cost for the UNICAN in attendance will be $70. All UNICAN’s are invited to join us as we celebrate our heritage with the Kansas City Commission. Please respond as soon as possible directly to Mr. Frank Cherrito at frankc07000@gmail.com and he will submit for our entire group. Checks can be collect-ed at the event and should be made out to UNICO.

“UNICAN’s who eat together, stay together.” - Frank Cherrito

Our next membership meeting will be held at Cascone’s North on Wednesday February 26th. We invite all who can attend to join us for dinner and drinks. I still have Italian American Heritage Calendars from UNICO National, and I will be sure to bring them to pass out to anyone who needs copies to take home or share.

To be a good UNICAN, you have to be a giver, not a taker.” - Phil Balano, Sr.

The Annual St. Andrews Fish Fry is scheduled for Friday March 7th, so please mark your calendars. We can always use support with volunteers and ticket sales, so thank you in advance for your participation.

In addition, Fr. Ariel Durian is in need of support at the Holy Rosary Shrimp Dinner on Friday March 28th. Please mark you calendars, and contact me if you are able to sup-port.

Festa Italiana 2014 is scheduled for May 30th, 31st, and June 1st at Zona Rosa. Please highlight these days on your calendars at home and put them in your business calendars. With this event we are always in need of volunteers starting on Thursday all the way thru Sunday night. There will be more details to come, but this is our biggest fund rais-ing event of the year, and most critical to the continued growth and success of the organ-ization. In addition to volunteer support, we are always looking for sponsor support, so if you know of a company or organization for referral, please let us know.

“We all joined UNICO for a reason, what’s yours?!” - Michael Mange
Membership participation and retention is vital for the success of our organization. If you are able to make our next meeting, please reach out to at least one other member and ask them to join you. Mem-bership growth is also important, as the more people we have invested in our organization, the more influence and support we can gain from our community. If you have a friend or family member you be-lieve would be a good addition to the organization, we encourage you to make a phone call and invite them to attend a meeting. Remember, we buy dinner for all of our first time guests, so bring someone new to the next meeting!

And in closing, I want to remind everyone that it is once again “scholarship season.” New Applications are online at UNICOKC.ORG. The deadline for UNICO KC Chapter Scholarships to be submitted March 3rd. All candidates must be graduating high school seniors of Italian American Heritage to participate for KC Chapter Scholarships. Our scholarship committee will meet in March to make final selection of the winners from all applicants.


In addition to the KC Chapter scholarships, there are a number of national scholarships that are availa-ble. UNICO National offers a variety of scholarships for high school seniors, undergraduates and post graduate studies, including specialized scholarships based on specific fields of study. There are also vari-ous eligibility requirements based on the scholarship applied for, so you would need to review each scholarship individually. The UNICO National Scholarship deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2014. We highly encourage any applicants that submit for our KC Chapter Scholarships to also submit for Na-tional consideration as well.


Thank you for your continued support of the Kansas City Chapter of UNICO, and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Distinti Saluti,

Michael Cucchiara

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