By JEN CARDINES
Town Council member Rev. Victoria Triano holds a new title in Southington: UNICO President. Her title is especially noteworthy because it is the first time in the club’s history that a female was appointed the position.
The UNICO Club of Southington is a service organization that annually distributes more than $30,000 to local and national charities and initiatives. Currently, the club is served by more than 80 members all of whom subscribe to the motto of “Service above Self.”
UNICO is an acronym for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity and Opportunity and embraces and promotes Italian heritage and culture within the Southington community. Triano has been with UNICO just over five years and feels “a tremendous honor” to be named club president.
Triano said that she wants to bring honor to the club and that it is humbling to be a part of it. The Southington chapter of the nationwide service organization is one of three major Italian groups in town that promote the heavily populated Italian heritage.
“I would like us to maintain a strong presence in town,” she said. “ I encourage Italian folks to join.”
Becoming the first female president in club history isn’t the only remarkable component to Triano’s story. Two out of three huge Italian organizations in town are being led by siblings, a truly unique feature, and Triano is one of a pair of siblings in key positions.
“I am President of UNICO and my brother Bob Triano is president of Sons of Italy,” she said with a laugh. “How many times do you see that happen?”
Born and raised in Southington, Triano has an impressive history with town organizations, including 19 years on the Town Council and six years on the Board of Ethics. She was the former president of United Way of Southington and the Southington Community Theatre. She is also a member of the Southington Clergy Association, S.T.E.P.S, Southington Cares, and various other groups that benefit the town.
Past President Antonio Cusano, who will now serve as Chairman of the Board, presented Triano with the club’s gavel during the June 15 meeting. Other officers for the 2016-2017 year include, vice president Ron Ingriselli, secretary William Kowalewski, treasurer Ralph Ciaburri, and Sergeant of Arms Thomas Del Santo Jr.
For more information, visit SouthingtonUNICO. com and the Southington UNICO Facebook page.
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