Italian American Club of Venice

Location: 1375 Ringling Dr. Venice, FL 34285

        A Breaf History

The Florida Federation of Italian American Clubs, Inc. was an idea started by a group of dedicated men. They shared a dream to enhance the italian heritage and culture throughout the State of Florida. They held their first meeting in "Hank's Coffee Break Restaurant" in Vero Beach, Florida, in November of 1976. They contacted the Florida Chamber of Commerce for a list of known Italian clubs throughout the State. In turn, each club on the list was contacted and asked to join in this great dream.

The response was overwhelming and a meeting was held in Vero Beach, Florida, to discuss ideas and purpose with a future convention as the target. Through these efforts the first annual convention was held in Vero Beach. By the time the second convention was held, the organization boasted a membership of over twenty-one clubs, almost ten thousand individuals.

Governor Askew and the Mayor of Orlando, proclaimed Italian-American Week at this convention. Meetings were to be held quarterly, with locations alternating among the membership clubs.

To date there are fifty-six Italian-American Clubs that hold a membership in the Federation and it is still growing.

The above text and more information can be found on the   Florida Federation of Italian American Clubs Website

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