Italian Civic League - Founded 1932 Rochester, NY

Italian Women’s Civic Club (IWCC)


Founding Date: 1919
Number of Members: 293
Purpose: The Italian Women's Civic Club (IWCC) was, organized in 1919 by 20 civic-minded women who joined efforts to educate women voters in citizenship, study civic concerns, and work for the beautification of Rochester. They soon discovered that education played a key role in fulfilling these goals.
The Dante Scholarship Fund was created in 1921 to assist young men and women of italian Heritage in pursuing a college education. The scholarship was named after the great Italian poet, Dante Aligheri, giving recognition to the first native to write in the italian language. To raise money for this fund, the IWCC joined with the Dante Aligheri Society and help their first scholarship dance. The Aligheri Society disbanded shortly thereafter and full responsibility of continuing this event waas assumed by the IWCC.
Mission - "Service to others rather than self"
Officers: Joyce Venniro - President
Filomena Sarat - 1st Vice President
Rose Swiskey - 2nd Vice President
Angela Farina-Cerame - Corresponding Secretary
Judy DiCesare - Recording Secretary
Grace Petrone - Treasurer
Carm Buchiere - Budget & Audit
Josie Manuse - Co-Treasurer
Website: http://www.iwccinc.org
Phone: 585-671-5864
Membership Information: Membership is open to Italian American women who are interested in serving the Rochester community. New members are sponsored by any IWCC member who has be active for two or more years. Currently, membership averages 293 women. The IWCC officers
consist of the President, first and Second Vice Presidents, Corresponding and Recording Secretaries, Treasurer and six members of the Board of Directors. Past Presidents also serve on the IWCC Board as advisory personnel. To assist offcers with the many functions, selected members chair standing and special events committee. Members meet on the second Tuesday of each month with the exception of January and July for a general meeting and dinner.
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