"ST. LOUIS CHAPTER OF UNICO HISTORY"
UNICO National began in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1922. The organizer's
formed an organization that would foster the spirit of Americanism, while remembering the
Italian culture and traditions their ancestors brought to this country. The motto of UNICO
is "Service Above Self" and this befits an organization that raises and distributes more than
$2 million every year.
Currently, there are over 150 chapters in the USA. These chapters strive to make a personal
responsibility toward the betterment of their community and to obey the generous impulse to help
victims of poverty and misfortune. These chapters help raise money for scholarships, cancer,
Cooley's Anemia, mental health, food pantries, and other charitable causes.
The St. Louis Chapter Of UNICO was organized in 1954 and is one of the strongest links in the UNICO
chain. In addition to participating at most national conventions and functions, St. Louis hosted
the UNICO National Convention in 1958, 1989 and 2001.
The St. Louis Chapter Of UNICO helps raise and distribute money for charity, most of which remains in the
metropolitan St. Louis area -- over $1 million to such charities as St. Mary's Special School and
others over the years.
The St. Louis Chapter Of UNICO is renowned for the Italian of the Year Banquet held each year. Our chapter
has recognized many remarkable Italian Americans and the St. Louis area benefits by their contributions
to our community.