SOUTHINGTON – Southington UNICO has sworn in former town councilor Dawn Miceli as vice president, who says she is looking forward to continuing to support the town through the club’s efforts.
The motto of Southington UNICO is “Service Above Self.” The non-profit club is dedicated to providing service to the community, fostering and promoting Italian heritage and supporting charitable education projects.
“We’re happy to do charitable work in the community, including scholarships, and to preserve Italian heritage and culture,” said Southington UNICO President William Lombardi.
Miceli was sworn in this week. She will become president of the club next year after Lombardi’s term ends in July 2023.
“We’re happy to have Dawn as vice president,” said Lombardi. “She is one of the pillars of the community.”
Miceli, who has been a longtime member of the club, said she is “excited” to take on a leadership role.
“I had always been a bystander in UNICO – just a member who enjoyed club meetings and participating in fundraiser,” said Miceli. “A number of people have asked me to take up a position, but I had a lot of sticks in the fire. I felt that now was right the right time to step up.”
One of Miceli’s goals for the club is to “encourage retention of current members and growing membership.”
“I want to bring more young people on-board and teach them why ‘service above self’ is important,” she said. “Our club does a lot of great things for the community. We provide funding for Bread for Life, the SoCCA (Southington Community Cultural Arts) center, the robotics program at Southington High School and trips for the Italian Club at Southington High School.”
Miceli added that Southington UNICO also funds the Unified Sports and Unified Theater programs, which allow students with and without intellectual disabilities to participate together. When students age out of these programs, SoCCA offers an All Access program where they can create art and sell it at the center.
“Those sorts of community engagements are so important and beneficial,” said Miceli. “Southington UNICO will continue to raise funds for different programs, think outside the box and look for new opportunities to help Southington citizens.”
For more information on Southington UNICO, visit southingtonunico.org.
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