UNICO was founded in 1922 in Waterbury, CT by a group of professional Italian-Americans who were denied membership into a local service organization. They created UNICO to raise promote and preserve the Italian-American culture while doing charitable works in their community. The motto of UNICO is "Service Above Self". Since then, UNICO has developed into the largest Italian-American Service Organization in the United States of America. Currently, there are 5,792 members in 131 chapters in 16 states.
Waterbury is the "Birthplace of UNICO" and is the largest of the 6 Chapters in Connecticut District I. There are 3 Districts in CT and 131 in the USA. Each Chapter has a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and other officers. Each District has a District Governor to oversee the Chapters. The District Governors report to a Regional District Governor who in turn report to the National Officers. CT-I consists of Ansonia/Derby, Bridgeport, Darien, Oakville/Watertown, Stamford and Waterbury.
2013 - 2014 Officers
Eastern Regional District Gov.
Francine J. Nido
National Membership/Retention Director
CT-I District Governor
Dr. Joanne D'Angelo - President
Frank Travisano - Vice Pres.
Linda Lanza - Secretary
Joan Pesce-Veneziano - Treasurer
Dianne Minardo - Financial Secretary
Rev. Ronald Ferraro - Chaplain
Tim Clark - Sargeant At Arms
Board of Directors
Peter Ciullo [PDG], Francine Nido [PDG],
Dr. Carmine Paolino, Bob Rinaldi,
Don Mancuso, Bianca Daniels,
Dr. Martin DeSomma, Lou Gelada,
Toni Beccia, Frank DePaola