March 2011

UNICO NATIONAL- Kansas City Chapter, Inc

Dear UNICO member,

Big News for UNICO Kansas City! I am told for the first time, in the history of UNICO Kansas City, we will have the honor of our UNICO National President and UNICO Past National President, join us for dinner at our monthly meeting. Chris and I have been going over some details for the National meeting and I thought it would be nice to extend the invite. Chris had said he would be happy to join us and that he would also bring about 8 guys with him. The other guests will include some of the UNICO National Officers.

Needless to say, I’m honored to have the opportunity to host our friends from National. I’m asking everyone to try your best to join us for dinner this month. We all know there is strength in numbers and I can’t think of a better time to show our strength to National. TOGETHER we’ve come a long way! It wasn’t too long ago; Mike Cucchiara was holding these monthly meetings in a station wagon at Sonic. No more plastic silverware Mike. This month we use the real stuff.

I want to thank everyone that came out and helped volunteer at our annual fish dinner. Also, thanks to all the guys who sold tickets for us. We hit a record in sales; just a little over $6,000!! Great work by all. A special thank you goes out to the ladies who have worked the front line year after year. You can always count on them and I appreciate their commitment and what they do. I also want to thank Father Rogers for jumping in and helping us out. Father also helped our walk up sales by moving the start time of the Stations of the Cross. What we do is a group effort and I’m honored to be part this group. We may not be the largest group in UNICO, but we are a close knit group that knows how to get things done. You guys define “Service above Self,” and I know St. Andrew’s has expressed their appreciation for what we have done.

I’ve beat this horse to death and this will be the last month you hear this reminder: The UNICO National Board of Directors Mid-Western & Western Regional Meetings for 2011 will be held in Kansas City. The Intercontinental Kansas City, on the Country Club Plaza, will host the events that will take place March 23-27, 2011. Saturday evening will feature the Marconi Award Dinner Gala. Your spouse is invited to attend.

We still have space for two more couples at the Ethnic Enrichment Commissions Annual Diplomatic Ball. The Ball will be held on April 2, 2011 at the Downtown Marriott. The fee to attend is $60 per UNICO member. UNICO will cover the cost for your spouse. Last year we had 10 couples, from UNICO represent the country of ITALY, and had a very enjoyable evening. If you would like to attend this year’s event, please let me know ASAP!

The Festa committee is in full force with planning of this year’s 2011 event. It is our belief that we need to continue to add new features year after year. We need to keep attendance up and the event fresh. The Festa will have some new features this year, such as: An official festa picture booth, cannoli eating contest, VIP tables, 2nd edition Italian Tribune book, dinner with Deana Martin, Memorial booth for our deceased UNICO members, Italian celebrity posters, Facebook page, and possibly a grape stomping booth. Jerry Viviano is working his magic and has many new acts that will grace our stage. Sponsorships are coming in and the Festa publication promises to be the best yet. You’ll see many fascinating articles by Jim Murray and Joe Cherrito. Chuck Romano is working on a deal for UNICO to hang a large Festa banner on the Parisi building by mid April. The building faces I-35 and has several thousand cars that will pass by it daily!

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

Frank J. Cherrito

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