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Cavaliere Anthonly Lascio

Cav. Anthony Lascio Chapter - PIP 1
July 2002

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 PIP Chapter #1 Chicago Meeting Minutes

by  Cav. Anthony Lascio #1051

On the warm Summer evening of Wednesday July 17TH, PIP Chapter #1 Chicago met for the 39TH time at the Suparossa Ristorante Italiano in Woodridge, IL.  Attendance for this gathering was 32.

After a brief welcome by PIP Leader and Founder  Anthony Lascio #1051, the business portion of the meeting was conducted.  Lisa Perkins prepared and distributed a survey requesting input from the attendees concerning improvement on the PIP Web Site.  Jerry Farenga #1763 handed out two beautiful booklets on tourism and a food/wine guide to the Basilicata region where he visited in May.  These publications were provided by the Basilicata Tourist Board Office in Italy.  Lascio talked about the International Roots Conference scheduled later in July at Dearborn, Michigan which was canceled due to lack of registration.  Four PIPsters indicated they were attending the POINT Conference in Salt Lake City.  Alex DeVolpi #4160 volunteered to represent Chapter #1's leader Anthony Lascio at the POINT conference. Lascio will not be able to attend. Three attendees volunteered to post chapter #1 flyers at local LDS Family History Centers. Jerry Farenga highlighted his trip to Italy explaining the use of a digital camera to take 300 photos of church records in Basilicata.

The group shared their experiences with the 1930 census.  Cathie Jackson #38 explained the difficulties researching the census by enumeration district since this census is not indexed for Illinois.  Paul Carenen #1683 and Deanna Spingola #2393 also joined in the discussion relating their personal experiences.  It was reported that Ancestry is indexing the census and is scheduled to complete this project next Spring.

Lascio gave a “state of the Chapter” review emphasizing the future of Chapter #1.  In particular, he asked the group to consider who will take over Chapter #1 if and when he decides to step aside. Considerable time was devoted reviewing the various possibilities and alternatives in order to continue Chapter #1 as a viable and ongoing organization into the future. Chapter #1 members will ponder and consider all of the options. 

The final phase of the evening’s agenda consisted of sharing experiences since the last gathering three months ago; asking questions with the group responding; and problem solving.  Lisa Perkins stated she joined a Calabria group (Calabresi in America Organization), which is not a genealogy club, but an opportunity to learn more of the history and culture of the Calabria region of Italy where her roots originate.  Patti Tolone #2610 shared her experiences in finding long sought after relatives in the State of Colorado.  Leah Reed #4416 inquired about anyone’s experience with researching property deeds in Chicago.  Debbie Peters #3842 asked if anyone has encountered dual surnames...names hyphenated.  Connie Piazza #3322 wondered if anyone knew the Italian equivalent to the English given name ROGER.  Paul Carenen recently discovered one of his branches originated in Sardegna (Sardinia) and wondered if any members present have any Sardegnian roots and if so have encountered the surname Sardegna.  Lascio spoke about the difficulty in obtaining cooperation from cousins whose input is vital when constructing a descendant chart. Cathie Jackson said she has begun providing a family newsletter again which she had stopped previously.  Alex DeVolpi offered to do simple research in Salt Lake City, time permitting, while attending the POINT conference, for anyone of the group who would ask. What a generous offer.

The evening was concluded with group photos taken by Lisa Perkins. A photo will appear on our web site.

Chapter #1 will next meet on Wednesday, October 16TH same time and same location.


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