CHAPTER #1 CHICAGO
On the crisp Fall
evening of Wednesday, October 17, 2001, at 7 PM, a total of 42 Chicago area
PIPsters attended the 37tTH gathering of Chapter #1 Chicago at
Suparossa Ristorante Italiano in suburban Woodridge, IL.
It was also Chapter #1's Ninth anniversary.
meeting began with everyone rising for the stirring “Inno di Mameli”, the
anthem of the Republic of Italy as the group stood at attention before the
Italian flag. This is a tradition
once a year on the anniversary of the founding of the first PIP chapter in
America. This time, due to the
events concerning our nation, the group also joined together in reciting the
Pledge of Allegiance. Jenny Floro Khalaf #3902 acted as recording secretary
and Debbie Peters #3842 was Dinner Collection Captain.
Cavaliere Anthony Lascio #1051 welcomed everyone and asked the first timers to
introduce themselves. They were,
Jim Tolone of Chicago, Virginia Barberi Collins of Naperville and Patti
Pallohusky visiting from Plano, Texas.
portion of the meeting consisted of seeking volunteers to make a presentation
at PIP meetings in 2002; a big plug for POINT membership; and an inquiry
regarding who is planning traveling to Italy and who is expecting to attend
the 3RD PIP Conference in Salt Lake City next October. Only a few
hands were raised in response to both inquiries.
the group he made a genealogy presentation before 132 members of St. Elizabeth
Seton parish senior citizens club in suburban Orland Hills on October 2ND.
Before the formal
program began, the attendees played a genealogy game naming relationships as,
“Who is your father’s mother’s uncle”? The evening’s program was
announced with the introduction of Chapter #1's own Deanna Spingola #2393, a
member of the Mormon Church, who gave a one hour lecture and slide
presentation entitled “Research at the Family History Center”.
Deanna is a long time Chapter #1 participant and the Director of the
Family History Center in Naperville, Illinois. She has traced her own roots
back to the.....900's. Her
content, knowledge and presentation were excellent.
Many questions were asked. Some
of Deanna’s points were: the importance of good record keeping and resource
recording; the LDS on line site has 8 million hits per day; the Mormon Church
expects to have filmed all of Italy’s civil records within the next 3 to 5
years; Southern Italy is already complete;
and refine your search in more specific terms rather than a broad base
search. Deanna also provided the
attendees with two hand outs.
meeting adjourned at 10 PM Jenny Floro Khalaf urged the group to consider
joining the Italian Genealogical Group (New York) and the benefits of their
gathering of Chapter #1 is Wednesday, February 20, 2002, same time, same
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