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UNICO Chapter Information

How many members are needed to form a chapter?
Fifteen members are needed to form a chapter.  UNICO is not necessarily concerned about large numbers, but is zealous about the quality of its members - individuals who will devote time, energy and money to its activities.  It wants the best of our men and women, individuals who will sincerely practice the motto of UNICO:  "Service Above Self".

Who screens charter members of a new chapter?
Charter members screen themselves since each is selected by the other.  You know that only good members are wanted in UNICO and you are careful in your selection, to ensure that each member meets the qualifications of UNICO National.  After the charter is closed, you will have a Membership Committee screen these applicants and all members must approve them.

How does a chapter function?

Each chapter is governed by local officers and a Board of Directors, and all actions must be approved by majority vote of the general membership in accordance with its Constitution and the National Constitution.  All such actions are under the chapters exclusive control, so long as they conform to the Constitution of UNICO National.

Will a UNICO chapter compete with other groups of Italian heritage in our community?
No, there is no reason to.  We want to work together with these groups and by good example in our accomplishments, join in increasing the prestige of our people in the community.  There is, and should be, no conflict of interest.

What can we expect to develop through a UNICO chapter in our community?
You will develop better understanding and respect for each other, and for Italian-Americans as a whole.  You will develop a desire to do things for others, giving of your time and support, in the pursuit of that most rewarding virtue - charity.  You will also develop better citizenship through community service, reinforcing the well-deserved recognition of the innumerable contributions made by Italian-Americans to the American way of life.

What does a chapter gain by being a part of UNICO National?
By joining this great UNICO movement, you become a part of a National effort to improve the prestige of our people.  By its increased membership and by national cooperative achievement, UNICO is stronger in combating discrimination and defamation, in assisting our youth through scholarships, and in general, improving the status of our people throughout the country.  You become a part of a National group in which you can make many lasting friendships with members in various parts of the country, giving you a broader view and an understanding our country and its people.  UNICO National also provides:  (1) ComUNICO magazine, a fine publication reporting UNICO activities and featuring articles to all members;  (2) participation in the National Scholarship Program;  (3) various Chapter forms and standard items without charge or at a minimum cost; and  (4) Chapter assistance from the National office.

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