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MISSION STATEMENT     
AMICI Naperville Area Italian American Club is a
non-profit social organization for those who
wish to enhance their appreciation of
Italian heritage and culture

Benvenuti Amici! ~ Welcome Friends!!


2016 SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT


 
Amici Club offers a scholarship of $1,000 to one student of Italian descent who wishes to continue his/her education in an accredited higher learning institution or qualified vocational school.
It is open to high school seniors in the Class of 2016 who live in the greater Naperville area or seniors related to Amici Club members outside the area who will be entering college for the 2016 academic year.
 This merit-based award will be judged based on personal initiative, demonstrated character, and academic and extra-curricular achievement. An essay is required to show how these qualities are complemented by the applicant’s Italian heritage.

The full program and an application can be downloaded Click here.

 Decision to award a scholarship will be made by the Scholarship Committee.  All decisions are final.  The application, essay and supporting materials must be hand delivered or postmarked by April 15, 2016.  Designated recipient with his/her immediate family will be awarded the scholarship at the club’s general meeting in May, 2016.

FEATURING
AMICI’S CORPORATE
MEMBER OF THE MONTH



EXECUTIVE BOARD


PRESIDENT
Wayne A Piccin

VICE PRESIDENT
Mary Piccin

TREASURER
Agnes Dolan

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
Fran Morgan

SERGEANT AT ARMS
Donna Bonk

SECRETARY
Open

CO-EVENTS CHAIRMEN
Ralph Bertolacini
Armando Serafini


EVENTS COMMITTEE
Dina Giordano
Len Morgan
Luciano Sestito
Bob Bonk  
Dorothy Bertolacini

WEBSITE LIAISON
Armando Serafini
Ralph Bertolancini


E-MAIL US AT:
friends@amiciclub.org



"UN MOMENTO"

"Italian Singers"



History of Cucina Italiana

And an introduction to Amici Club
 
In the fall of 2003, Maria Mastrolanardo, who had moved with her family to Naperville from an Italian neighborhood in Chicago, was disappointed that she couldn’t find stores that sold Italian food and other items like there was in her old neighborhood.  She posted a note in a local restaurant asking others with the same problem to meet for lunch on a certain Thursday.
She was surprised that a number of people responded and soon there were 12 people meeting once a month at the restaurant.  After several meetings  a few of the attendees wrote the mission statement and the by-laws for a non-profit club to be called Amici Naperville Area Italian American Club.  To join the club you need not be of Italian descent but, if you were 18 or older and passionately interested in Italian culture and traditions, you were a prospect.

After incorporation as a non-profit organization early in 2004, it grew to approximately 100 members including corporate members.  From the beginning the club sponsored events that involve food and wine.  On the First Friday of each month “La Cucina di Luisa” was started in the home of Luisa Mercato.  She and her husband moved to Chicagoland when her husband was transferred by his employer. 

Ladies met and brought wine to see how a particular Italian delicacy was prepared and samples were served.  
After Luisa’s husband was transferred back to Italy, the tradition continued as “Cucina Italiana” and is open for all Amici Club members (men and women) and others to demonstrate culinary specialties and offer samples for taste.  Recently a cucina at the home of Amici Club members Len and Fran Morgan was the site where Len demonstrated homemade cheese ravioli and marinara sauce.  It was featured in the Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun by free-lance writer Judy Buchenot.  You can read it from the link below:
 Love of Italian culture, food, brings Amici Club together.  The tradition continues on most First Fridays of the month.  click here for article.
 
Wayne Piccin, President
Amici Naperville Area Italian American Club
 
 
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