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February 2013 Waterbury UNICO PO Box 933 Waterbury, CT 06721


February 26th—Dinner Meeting

March 12th—Board of Directors Meeting

To me, the word opportunity, when talking about UNICO, is usually followed by “to serve” which then translates to the fact that we should use whatever gifts we have received from God to serve others as faithful stewards. As UNICANS we are a called to “Service Above Self” which conveys our humanitarian efforts to help others while perpetuating the vision of Dr. Vastola of spreading the positive imagery of ItalianAmericans in the United States. It is our duty as UNICANS to take advantage of the opportunities presented to us to get involved, make a


March 26th—District Meeting [Bridgeport]

March 27th—Dinner Meeting


Note from Your President O-Opportunity: a favorable juncture of circumstances or a good chance for advance or progress. These definitions summarize the entire purpose of UNICO. The “opportunity” for Italian-Americans to join together and work as one unit and the “opportunity” for Italian-Americans to advance through humanitarian efforts.


difference and help others. UNICO provides us the opportunity to grow in our love of service and our love of our heritage.

CT District 1 Meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 26th in Trumbull and will be hosted by the Bridgeport Chapter. All members are invited to attend.

Now is the time to put our motto in action by getting involved in and completely supporting our upcoming fundraisers. The Italian Corned Beef Dinner, Duck Day Raffle and Golf Tournament are coming quick and need your help to be successful. As you know, our ability to grant scholarships or donations to local/national charities is contingent on the financial success of our fundraisers. So help, sell tickets, volunteer, spread the word and join the fun!! Your time & talents are needed! I hope to see you all at our next Dinner Meeting! Come celebrate UNICO!!! Yours in UNICO!! ~Dr. Joanne D’Angelo










DATE CHANGE: March Dinner Meeting















Fundraiser in May. More details to follow!

In this issue: Presidents Notes


Chapter News




“Charlie Lanza Memorial”

Italian Corned Beef Dinner

When: Wednesday, March 6th Doors Open at 5pm—Last Serving at 7:30pm Menu: Corned Beef; Cabbage, Potatoes & Carrots; Italian Bread; and Pasta e Fagioli. Soda & Coffee. Cash Bar & Zeppole for sale. Location: La BellaVista—The Pontelandolfo Club 380 Farmwood Road -Waterbury Price: $15.00 Adults * $10.00 Children Under 12 (Dine In Only) You should have already received your 2 tickets to sell but it is hoped that everyone will sell as many tickets as possible. If you need additional tickets contact Don at 203.910.3437. Volunteers are also needed to help serve. Contact Francine at 203.510.0276 for more information!! Mid-Year Board Meeting

Roomful of Blues: A Night of Dinner & Music

91st National Convention

March 8th—10th

Hosted by the Oakville/Watertown Chapter

July 31st—August 4th

Embassy Suites Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Room Rates $129/night + Taxes

Registration and Meal Plan information to follow

Saturday, March 23rd 6:00pm The Grand Oak Villa $55.00 per Person Dinner & Dancing—Cash Bar For tickets & info contact: Bob Ruscitto – 203.592.6820

Harbor Beach Marriott Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Registration & Meal Plan $375.00

Room Rates and Other Info to Follow

90 Years of “ Service Above Self ”




Tim Clark, Realtor Cell-203-592-5201 Proud to be a member of Waterbury UNICO SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS

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Monthly Meeting Schedule (Sept-June) Board of Directors – 2nd Tuesday 6:30 pm - Our Lady of Lourdes Church Hall Regular Dinner Meeting– 4th Tuesday - 6:30pm - Juniper’s Restaurant Questions or comments about the newsletter? Want information included in the next newsletter? Care to receive the newsletter electronically? Contact Don Mancuso at or 203.910.3437 UNICO NATIONAL The Largest Italian-American Service Organization “Service Above Self ”

Newsletter Ads It’s time to renew your newsletter ad or consider placing an ad for the upcoming year. For just $50, your ad will be distributed to over 100 UNICANS monthly and featured on our website for 1 year starting in February. Contact Don Mancuso at 203.910.3437 by February 12th. Please note that funds from ads are used to defray costs for producing/copying/mailing the newsletter & chapter information.

Dinner Meeting: Tuesday—February 26th 6:30pm—Juniper’s Restaurant $25.00 per Person Guest Speaker: James Frey Walker Road Vineyards— Woodbury Subject: Wine Making Walker Road Red Table Wine is a dry full-bodied red wine, fermented from St Croix grapes (70%) grown in Woodbury and at a local vineyard in Watertown. This allows us to crush and process these grapes within hours of harvesting. The balance of the wine (30%) is from purchased grapes, which allows us to balance critical properties and taste. Blending is an important part of wine making with an honored tradition in all significant winemaking regions. This wine is completely dry, but softened by slow cool fermentation and oak barrel storage. In 2008, Walker Road Red Table Wine was awarded a Silver Medal at a major competition including hundreds of wines submitted by commercial wineries throughout New York and the 5 New England states. The competition was judged by Amenti Del Vino, national and international wine judging organization. www.

Great Meeting to Bring a Potential New Member!!

WANTED Chairperson for the Naugatuck Chamber’s Annual Duck Day Race Raffle Sales Commitment involves coordinating ticket distribution with our members; arranging for location sales and publicity. If interested, contact President Joanne D’Angelo for more information!! Ticket sales start mid-April and continue to the end of May. UNICO will receive $2.50 from every ticket we sell. Each ticket has a chance to win one of 50++prizes!!

Scholarship Opportunities Scholarship Applications have been distributed to all Waterbury High Schools. If you know a graduating high-school senior of Italian descent…...encourage them to apply! !! For more info, contact Scholarship Chair Bob Gerace at

CALLING ALL NAUGATUCK SAVINGS BANK CUSTOMERS……... UNICO NEEDS YOUR VOTE!! The Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation is giving local charities $50,000 through their 4th Annual Community Awards Program! NSBF invites customers to cast a vote for a local charity or non-profit they feel is deserving of grant money from their Foundation. Each vote helps decide which charities are most deserving. Existing Naugatuck Savings Bank customers are eligible to vote, so tell your family and friends to “Vote UNICO”!! Ballots may be cast by mail, online at, or in person at any of their branches until March 31st. One vote per customer. In addition to providing your name & last 3 digits

of your account #, you will need the following information: UNICO of Waterbury—PO Box 933—Waterbury

Once again, a Bill has been introduced in the CT State Legislature to name October “Italian and Italian-American Heritage” Month. This Bill was introduced by State Representative Anthony D’Amelio [R-71st District] and is currently in the Government & Elections Committee. Our Anti-Bias Chair, Frank Travisano, testified at the hearing on February 22nd. This non-partisan Bill, which is endorsed by UNICO National, needs your support. Please contact your State Representative and State Senator to make them aware of this Bill and ask them to sign on as cosponsors. The official title of the Bill is: Bill #5151: An

Act Recognizing October as Italian and ItalianAmerican Heritage Month.

Waterbury Chapter of UNICO National PO Box 933 Waterbury, CT 06721

Service Above Self since 1922……….. Waterbury ~ Birthplace of UNICO National

Upcoming Chapter Events March 6th: Italian Corned Beef Dinner– La Bella Vista Catering at the Ponte Club April: National Day of Community Service– Date and Location TBD April—May: Duck Day Raffle Ticket Sale May 28th: Scholarship Dinner– La Bella Vista Catering at the Ponte Club June: Golf Tournament—Date & Location TBD

Waterbury Unico Newsletter February 2013  

Waterbury CT Chapter of Unico National's monthly newsletter. Unico National is the largest Italian American Service Organization. Waterbury...

Waterbury Unico Newsletter February 2013  

Waterbury CT Chapter of Unico National's monthly newsletter. Unico National is the largest Italian American Service Organization. Waterbury...