UNICO Highland
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The Largest Italian American Service Organization in the United States

"Service Above Self"

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What is UNICO?

UNICO was founded on October 10, 1922 in Waterbury, Connecticut. A group of 15 men, led by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola, came together to create what has become a very special and very proud organization. It was Dr. Vastola's dream to create an Italian American service organization to engage in charitable works, support higher education, and perform patriotic deeds... click here to read more...

U - Unity

N - Neighborliness

I - Integrity

C - Charity

O - Opportunity


President message

Message from our President

"It is my honor to be named Unico President for the 2021-2022 season. As a daughter of Italian immigrants, I have always had pride for our heritage. My family was privileged enough to be able to summer in Italy every year, with our relatives. It is while traveling throughout the country, that we truly learned the culture and lifestyle of our Italian people. As I grew, I realized just how special being Italian is. During college at FAU, I changed my major to Italian Studies so that I could gain better knowledge of our past. Afterwards, I taught Italian at St. John Paul II academy. I have always been excited to share my knowledge of language and culture, and to promote a good example of Italians. 'To promote and enhance the image of Italian Americans' is exactly what Unico does. It is for this reason, that I am excited to serve as your President this year."
Con affetto,
Giulia Gismondi-Merklein

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Board Members

Giulia Merklein

Lisa Marie Browne
1st Vice President

Cleve Guy

Patricia Savides
Sargent at Arms

Frank LoRe
District Governor and PCP

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335 East Linton Blvd.
Suite B-14 / PO Box 2058
Delray Beach, FL 33483

We are a Registered 501 (c) 3 organization.