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Cavaliere Anthonly Lascio

Cav. Anthony Lascio Chapter - PIP 1
Meeting Notes: July 19, 2000

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By  Cav. Anthony Lascio (#1051)

On the beautiful cool Summer evening of Wednesday, July 19, 2000, forty-seven (47) Chicagoland Italian genealogists gathered at Suparossa Ristorante Italiano in suburban Woodridge, IL for the 31st time to enjoy a traditional family style Italian dinner and an exchange of their genealogical experiences.

Cav. Anthony Lascio #1051 began the meeting by extending a warm Italian welcome to all the attendees.  Three (3) first timers were requested to introduce themselves.  They were: Aurelio Abbatiello from Bloomingdale, Peggy Burns from Oak Lawn and Virginia Louise from Willowbrook.  Each was given a resounding round of applause. 

Lascio spoke about the upcoming 2nd POINT Conference in Austin, Texas.  Five (5) attendees indicated they had made reservations and several others were still considering attending.  Anthony referred the group to the library table which contained a copy of the 1st POINT Conference syllabus.

A survey form was distributed to the group which took ten (10) minutes to complete.  The survey was intended to provide valuable feed back to the PIP Chapter Leader regarding the format of future Chapter #1's meetings; how the group wishes to be seated for dinner and the meetings; topics of interest to the membership; and suggested future speakers.  The survey results will be tabulated and reported at the Fall meeting.

Absent member Lisa Perkins requested that anyone with knowledge of the now closed St. Columbkille Catholic Church pass along their information to her via email.

Leader Lascio took on a serious tone of voice to remind the group of the importance to RSVP for the PIP meetings by the Sunday deadline prior to the Wednesday meetings.  He explained how the deviations from this policy causes havoc with the restaurant and himself when the final head count keeps changing from Monday to the Wednesday meeting date.  Included are: concerns about PIPsters who come to the dinner meeting and did not RSVP; those who do not attend after reserving; bringing an unexpected guest; reserving for a guest who doesn’t show up; and finally, some who do not RSVP until Monday, Tuesday or even the Wednesday meeting date.  Anthony explained how he must provide Suparossa with a final attendance count by Monday. Everyone was asked to please adhere to the RSVP policy by exercising common courtesy, good judgement and positive understanding.  When Lascio’s “speech” was concluded he was given rigorous applause.

The next subject on the program agenda was “Questions, Problems, Reports and Announcements”.  Numerous attendees responded, as follows:

Adeline Becia #2912 related a story of searching years for her father’s U.S. arrival as an Italian emigrant and how unsuccessful and frustrating the results were. Finally, her sister discovered a “journal” kept by their father which contained all the data she had been seeking.  But much to her shock, he had been a true “Bird of Paradise” by traversing the Atlantic back and forth nine (9) times with each trip fully detailed and documented. She was overjoyed at this valuable find.

Alex DeVolpi #4160, reported on recent trips to Los Angeles where he visited the Pompeii exhibit, the Los Angeles Italian Cutlural Center and New York City where he visited Ellis Island. Alex plans to travel to Central Italy in August to research his maternal roots.

The Allens #1772, Bob and Audrey, offered an extensive review of their recent teaching experience where they taught 11 to 14 year old Italian children English at a grammar school in Italy.   The program was offered by Elderhostel and was on a volunteer basis. It was an exciting and rewarding experience.

Next Linda Fortunato #3769, explained how she received an email from Uruguay by someone who saw her surname list posted on an Internet site.

Hilda Rohmann #2352 received a German email from a researching inquirer about an ancestor on the South side of Chicago.

Jenny Khalaf #3902 stressed the importance of all local POINTers, placing their surnames on the Chapter #1 web site. She noted that many of our group have not bothered to list the names they are researching thus, missing contact opportunities worldwide. The same is true with other genealogy sites which provide for the listing of one’s surnames.  The PIP Leader fully concurred.

Elizabeth Marrone Esterly #3952 obtained an Italian Military document providing a wealth of genealogical data including her father’s service in the Italo-Turkish war.

Dan Niemiec #2304 asked the group how much money to send to Italian civil archivists who provide record documents.  The consensus was no more than $10 each.

Linda Messina Holda #2055 reported that Chicago’s Newberry Library has many out of town telephone directories. Linda also provided a half dozen copies of the syllabus for the PIP Chapter #1 Conference which was held in May of 1995 at the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park.

Sara Jacobs #2887 referred the attendees to the Google Internet site which has a great deal of information available.

The final twenty minutes of the meeting was devoted to a discussion and interchange by the attendees who were seated by the major Italian geographic areas; North, Central, South and Sicily.  Some chose to share research tips and others browsed the library table.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:00P.M. with the announcement of Chapter #1's next gathering on Wednesday, October 18h same time, same location.  It will be the 8th anniversary of the first PIP Chapter in America.    


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