PIP Chapter #1 Chicago Meeting Report
The 26th gathering of Chicagoland's Italian genealogists took place on the mild Spring evening of Wednesday, April 21st, 1999 at Suparossa Ristorante Italiano in West suburban Woodridge, Il.
For some unexplained reason, this dinner meeting drew a record setting attendance of 60, including 19 first timers. The newcomers were: PAUL CIANCANELLI of New Lenox, MARIA SCASNECCHIA of Chicago, LEAH REED of Glen Ellyn, JERRY & JEAN PIGATTI of Aurora, DOLORES DESIDERI of Winfield, ELIZABETH & LEO MERTKA of Naperville, MARY & FRANK CAPRIGLIONE of Naperville, KEITH GRANDOLPH of Chicago, Alex DeVOLPE of Plainfield, LISA PERKINS of Palatine, VIRGINIA CSOLKOVITS of Arlington Heights, FLORENCE & MEL PROVENCHER of Frankfort, TERESA STINNETT of Frankfort, SANDRA TRAPP of Hinsdale, and CHARLES JACOBS of Bolingbrook.
Following an abundant family style Italian dinner, the meeting was called to order at 8:30 PM. Leader Anthony Lascio #1051 requested all rise and face Italy. It was pandemonium as everyone faced a different direction, not knowing which direction was Italy. Finally, the group stood at attention to the East as the dramatic Inno di Mameli, the anthem of the Republic of Italy, filled the room.
The meeting began with the self introduction of each first timer. Everyone applauded as each one indicated their name, residence, surnames researching and location in Italy.
Several announcements were made including the pronouncement that LDS will begin making available some of it's resources on the internet.
An inquiry about the reason the Mormon Church gathers records and makes them available to everyone resulted in a brief explanation by Dick Jacobs #2827, a Mormon.
Anthony, with a follow up by Catherine Jackson #38, presented a short status report regarding the Luigi Mendola #1798 situation, a growing dissatisfaction with his genealogical services. Some members of the group also inquired if the same is true with Trafford Cole #1176. No one knew for certain.
Linda Messina Holda #2055 reported on a Chicago Tribune article; Sara Jacobs presented a beautiful picture of Termini, Sicily; Susan Lehmann talked about discovering a family tree dating to the 1600's researched by another genealogist; Paul Carenan #1683 brought up genetic genealogy which opened a general discussion.
James Scarnegie reported on the group's E-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org and asked for additional members to join. There are 40 as of this report.
Laura DeBartolo Heidekrueger #67, presented a preliminary overview on a Web site she is planning on Chicago Italians. Jennifer Flora-Khalaf, author of Jenny's Web Sites, distributed an updated list on Italian genealogy on the Web.
Karen Bucaro #3774 expressed jubilation over POINT and PIP crediting her introduction to these resources as a major breakthrough in her genealogy pursuit, particularly the POINT surname data base and the contacts which resulted.
About 4 attendees are scheduled to travel to Italy this year and inquired about the concerns they should have with the situation across the sea from Italy in Kosovo. Several PIPsters responded.
Frank Capriglione introduced his party of 8 which he brought to the gathering, all family members, 6 of which were among our "newbies".
A discussion regarding establishing a PIP Chapter 1 Chicago Web page ensued. A number of PIPsters took part in the discussion and it was agreed to proceed with several members providing input into the project. Rose Ducato #1812, Lisa Perkins, Laura Heidekrueger, Jenny Khalaf and Arlene Gould, among others, all presented their views on this future effort.
This was an extremely lively meeting covering a variety of subjects. We all learned the answer to the question presented at the beginning of the meeting, "What happens when you put 60 Italians together, at the same time and at the same place?" Everyone answered that question themselves.
The next gathering of Chapter #1 will be our Summer dinner meeting once again at Suparossa on Wednesday, July 21st at 7 p.m.
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