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When and Who Organized UNICO?

UNICO was first organized in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1922 when a group of men headed by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola organized the first chapter.  He did a splendid job and won acceptance from his community.  The idea then spread slowly to several other cities in the East, but it was not until 1930 that the first convention was held in New York City.  A similar idea, unknown to the Eastern group, was started in Omaha, Nebraska in 1931 as the National Italian Civic League and spread to about 15 cities in the West.  Both groups continued their fine work during the ensuing years and in 1946, efforts were begun to effect a merger into one national organization.  This was completed (and note the significance of the date), July 4, 1947, at a convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when UNICO National was born.

 

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