An article from the June 6, 1994 issue of the Sun Sentinel
New Sicilian-American Club Takes A Bow
On display were U.S. and Italian flags and a map of Sicily. Plus an exhibit board showing the emblems of all the regions of Sicily, and the names of every one of its 573 towns and cities.
Anything you want to know about Sicily, ask Al Adams. This walking Sicilian encyclopedia knows so much, and he’s always learning more. He shares it all in a monthly bulletin that’s packed with interesting facts about the land of his ancestors. And if he has his way, South Floridians are going to learn a lot more about the real Sicily. He has heard enough about the Mafia, he said. “There’s so much more to Sicilian culture and history.”
Adams is the founder and president of the LaTrinacria di Florida, the new Sicilian-American Social Club that had it’s black-tie installation dinner-dance recently.About 110 members and friends showed up at the Crocker Center Marriott Hotel in Boca Raton to dine, dance, celebrate and swear in the officers – Adams, vice presidents Art DiStefano and Barney Giambalvo; secretaries Arlene DiStefano and Rosalie Adams, and treasurer Maria Cosentino.
Behind the head table, Adams had displayed the U.S. and Italian flags and a map of Sicily. Plus an exhibit board showing the emblems of all the regions of Sicily, and the names of every one of its 573 towns and cities.
Half the fun was comparing what parts of Sicily everyone’s families came from – Agrigento, Messina, Calabrese, Menfi. Said Vivian Raffa, “My family’s from Corleone.”
Hubby Andy said, “I’m not Sicilian. My family’s from Naples.”The Raffas chaired the party. The president of the local chapter of the Sons of Italy, William Santangelo and his wife Nina, attended, and the Rev. Patrick Sena led the grace before dinner.
Yes, the club already has a charity committee – Edward Saulino and Arthur Kohl. Their first project will be earning money for scholarships.