Scranton Chapter, Unico National installs new chapter president Jim Brogna

Scranton Chapter, UNICO National, held its 61st Annual Past President’s and Installation Dinner at Genetti Manor in Dickson City on June 11.  The Chapter is proud to announce the installation of Jim Brogna, President, Scranton Chapter, UNICO National.  “For over 60 years, the Scranton Chapter of UNICO has been a leading service organization in the community.  It’s the largest UNICO Chapter in the country and is constantly planning activities and promoting Italian heritage “ says Chris DiMattio, Past National President. 

The dinner also recognized Melanie Naro who just completed her term as Chapter President.    “I’m honored to have been chosen as President of this prestigious Chapter of UNICO National, with a rich tradition of heritage, and membership enrollment on the rise, we are poised for an exceptional year.  I want to celebrate the many worthy service opportunities as well as significant charitable impact on community that our Scranton Chapter embraces every year” says Jim Brogna.  Jim was installed as President with his family alongside him, from left are:  Gianna Brogna; Mariana Brogna; Talia Brogna;  Laura Brogna; Jim Brogna, Scranton Chapter President; and Chris DiMattio, Past National President.  For more information please visit the website www.unicoscranton.org or call 570-499-1534.

8th Annual Cpt. James R. Minicozzi Memorial Race scheduled:

The Cpt. James R. Minicozzi Race Committee Members through the UNICO National Scranton Chapter have started planning the 8th Annual Cpt. James R. Minicozzi  Memorial Race (5K Run/1 Mile Walk) taking place over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, August 31st @ 10am in downtown Scranton; during LaFesta Italiana. Pre-registration is available at runsignup.com/Minicozzi. Donation is $20 & the first 100 participants are guaranteed a sports package of tote, race t-shirt & sport bottle. Mail-in forms could be printed from lafestaitaliana.org. Proceeds benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of NEPA for their children’s annual Christmas Party & College Scholarships, at his alma mater, West Scranton High School. (Photo) Sitting (L to R): Sue Marullo, Jake Sweeney, Theresa Mary Minicozzi Sweeney, Leslie Minicozzi Galacci (Chairperson) & Saige Sweeney. Standing: Linda Stefursky, Thom Welby, Mary Marrara, Gail Cicerini & John Trapani (Co-Chair).

Scranton Chapter, UNICO National, recently volunteered at the annual MDA Black & Blue Ball.

From left are: Lynda Cooke, Joanne Quattrone, Roseann Giordano, Melanie Naro, Chapter President; Bill Ginello, Nancy Ginello, Ginny Rescigno, Mike Rescigno, Mary Ann Rubin.

Unico Scranton Volunteer at Boys & Girls Club of NEPA

Scranton Chapter UNICO volunteers planted some beautiful new items in front of the Boys & Girls Club of NEPA as one of the Service Projects for the Year. Trees were planted in Memory of Capt. Jim Minicozzi and Past President Joe Preate.
 
Photo, left to right: Chris DiMattio, Past National President; Jim Sagona, Steve Andrichak, Dr. Douglas Sheldon, Joe Brogna, Jim Baress

Unico Scranton Plant Flags at Cathedral Cemetery

The Scranton Chapter UNICO National and Girl Scout from Troops 50162 and 50062 assisted Koch-Conley Post officials in placing flags on the graves of Veterans in Cathedral Cemetery.

Photo, seated left to right: Girl Scout Leader Jennifer Thomas, Girls Scouts Madison Romero, Grace Thomas, Zoey Sollers Fagan, Zelenka Barnes and Brownie Bella Gross

Standing left to right: Matt Fedor, Koch Conley Post adjutant; Melanie Naro, President of the Scranton Chapter UNICO National; Angelo Naro, Ann Genett, all with UNICO; Jennifer Thomas, Asst. Girl Scout Leader Troop 50162; LTC (ret.) Joe Albert, Commander Koch Conley Post; Katie Gross, Girl Scout Leader 50062; C.J. Langan, Girl Scout Leader, Lacy Forkal and Charlie Spano, Scranton UNICO.

Congratulations to Unicans of the Year Bob and Patty Montalbano

The 60th Annual Scranton Chapter Charity Ball was held on February 23 at Genetti Manor in Dickson City.  This year the Chapter honored Patricia and Bob Montalbano as UNICANs of the Year.  The committee includes Palma Yanni, Honorary Chairperson; Mary Marrara, Chairperson; Karen Clifford; Gail Cicerini; Jo Ann Verduce; Charlie and Mary Rose Spano; Joyce Lomma; Bill and Marie Waerhouse; Pat Yanni; Melanie Naro, Scranton Chapter President; Cindy Farino; Lisa and Dave Bieri; Ann Genett; Diane Alberigi; Ed Staback; Linda Stefursky; Tony Nicosia; Jim Brogna; Rose and Frank Blasi, Sr.; Frank Blasi, Esq.; Chris DiMattio; Joanne Quattrone; Bill Buckley; Dr. Jeff and Patti Rieder; Jim Baress; John Disanferdinand; Lynda Cook.

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