July 2011

UNICO NATIONAL - Kansas City Chapter, Inc

Dear UNICO member,

For starters, our next meeting is at Staley Farms Club House. We are inviting your significant other as a guest of UNICO. This means you pay the regular $20 and UNICO will pay for your spouse. However, I need for you to RSVP by JULY 25rd. You can email me or call me at 816-985-3192 to let me know if you’ll be attending. I’ve asked each of our Vice Presidents to make a call to all members to get a head count. We need to pre-pay for the meals, and this is why we need for you to RSVP for this month. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

At our last meeting we approved the slate of officers for 2011/2012:

  • President – Mike Mange
  • 1st Vice President – Mike Cucchiara Jr.
  • 2nd Vice President – Joe Cherrito
  • 3rd Vice President – Marc Enna
  • Secretary – Joe Cygan
  • Treasurer – Mike Cucchiara/Tom Rago
  • Health & Welfare – Charlie Malaponte
  • Scholarship Chairman – Dave Sullivan
  • Presidential Advisor/Membership Retention-Expansion – Frank Cherrito

All officers will be sworn in at our dinner meeting. We will also swear in any new member that has not yet been sworn in. New members please try to attend and everyone can be sworn in at once.

Our annual Microbrew Festival is quickly approaching. It will be held on August 13th at Zona Rosa from 3pm to 9pm. This will be a short event, but promises to be a fun time. We will need many volunteers, mostly to pour beer. I’ll have signup sheets at the meeting, and encourage everyone to help as much as you can. The shifts will be split from 2pm to 6pm and 6pm to 10pm. If you have time to work both shifts, we can surely use the help. We are up to approximately 24 breweries, which are up from 16 last year. Tickets are still $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.

Everyone should have received their annual dues notice. Please send your payment to Mike Cucchiara or bring the payment to our meeting. The annual membership fee is $80. If you have recently become a member within the previous few months, no money is due. I’d like to mention that from August 2010 to July 2011 we have signed 34 new members to our chapter, compared to 39 last year. I feel this is something to be proud of, and I encourage all members to continue to bring a guest as often as possible. Membership is the foundation to our future success and growth. With additional manpower, we can continue in the uphill direction that we are heading towards.

Festa 2011 has been nominated by the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association as one of the four finalists for “Favorite Family Festival/Event” in Kansas City. I encourage everyone to go online and place your vote; however you must live outside the Kansas City area for your vote to count.

Please keep the family of Mike and Tim Sullivan in your prayers. Their mother passed away this week. Charlie Malaponte has made contact with the family, and they have requested the UNICO donation be made out to the Sister Servants of Mary.

I want to take this time to thank all of our members for the help and support that you have given me over the past two years. We have made some major strides and have overcome many obstacles. Most importantly we have done this together. Each person has contributed in his own way. Being President of UNICO Kansas City has been both rewarding and challenging, however I would not have wanted it any other way. The people I have met and the friendships I have made will last a lifetime. But it’s the help that we have given to so many, together, that I’ll never forget.

I welcome our new President and the slate of incoming offers. You will have my trust and my support during the challenges you will face. As a group, we have had many accomplishments, but there is much more left to do. Our members will provide needed support, but in times of disagreements; you’ll need to listen the most. We are in need of new ideas and new energy that you will bring to UNICO. Have trust in knowing that over 120 men will stand behind the decisions you will make, and that these are the same men that have chosen you to be our leader. Should anything go wrong, just blame me. That’s what Mike Cucchiara told me to do!

I still believe that Unicans that eat together will stay together!

Frank J. Cherrito

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