July 2012


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At our last meeting we approved the new slate of officers for 2012/2013:

  • President – Michael Mange
  • 1st Vice President – Mike Cucchiara Jr.
  • 2nd Vice President – Marc Enna
  • 3rd Vice President – Nic Merenda
  • Secretary – Tony Conforti
  • Treasurer – Melchior Cucchiara Sr
  • Health & Welfare – Charlie Malaponte
  • Scholarship Chairman – Dave Sullivan
  • Presidential Advisor/Membership Retention-Expansion – Frank Cherrito
  • Sergeant at Arms - Chuck Romano

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 11th at Zona Rosa from 3pm to 9pm. This will be a short event, but if history has taught us anything, it promises to be a great time! We will need many volunteers, mostly to pour beer. Joe Nastasi will have signup sheets at the meeting, and we encourage everyone to help as much as you can. The shifts will be split from 2:15pm to 6pm and 6pm to 9:45pm. If you have time to work both shifts, we can surely use the help. 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 remains $80. If you have become a member after January 1, 2012, no money is due. I’d like to mention that from August 2011 to July 2012 we signed 25 new members to our chapter. 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. Remember, our strength comes as a group - we ALL joined UNICO for a reason - together we can continue to make a difference!

Festa 2012 has been nominated by the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association as one of the four finalists for “Favorite Ethnic & Heritage Festival” 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.

I want to take this time to thank all of our members for the help and support that you have given me during my first year as President. The success of our Chapter depends on everyone! I would like to welcome our new incoming officers. 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 130 members will stand behind the decisions you will make, and that these are the same members that have chosen you for our Chapters future.

Look forward to breaking bread with you next Wednesday!

Molte grazie!
Michael Mange

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