What's up with WTI: Editorial # 82

Aug 19, 2016 617

WTI Magazine #82    2016 August 19
Author : Umberto Mucci      Translation by:


Ciao from Rome! Welcome to the 82nd issue of our online magazine. It is August, but we don't stop! At the end of July, We the Italians has organized part of the Italian mission of the Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and Commerce Secretary Antonio J. Soave, a proud and successful Italian American who perfectly speaks Italian, a truly wonderful person! We are working to be instrumental in an institutional agreement in the aerospace sector between Kansas and Lombardy.

At the end of July we also had the opportunity of meeting the newly appointed Italian Consul General in San Francisco, H.E. Lorenzo Ortona. The United States run in the blood of Ortona's family: his grandfather H.E. Egidio Ortona has been Italian Ambassador to the UN in New York from 1958 to 1961 and to the United States in Washington DC from 1967 to 1975. I am very happy to tell all our friends in San Francisco that once again Italy is choosing our best diplomats to represent us in the US: Lorenzo Ortona is a competent and dynamic Italian who I am sure will do a wonderful job. His predecessor, our friend Mauro Battocchi, who just came back in Italy, is now Diplomatic Counsellor to Carlo Calenda, the newly appointed Minister for Economic Development (both of them have been interviewed by We the Italians, by the way). So good luck to Lorenzo Ortona and, in a few days, welcome to San Francisco! We are preparing something for March 2017 in California, stay tuned ...

In August I had the great pleasure to present the Italian version of my book, with 50 interviews to Italian and Italian American leaders, in two events organized by the Accademia dello Scoltenna, the major Cultural Institution of the place where my roots are, in the Appennino Tosco Emiliano, where Emilia Romagna meets Tuscany. My father came from there, and I was blessed by the possibility of telling Italian American stories to several people who have Italian Americans in their family, all of them emigrated to Illinois, where Highland Park and Highwood welcomed many many people from these places. The first presentation was held in the Church in Groppo di Riolunato, built thanks to money left by Cristoforo Ennio Migliori, an Italian born in Groppo and emigrated to California who chose to dedicate the church to all Italian immigrants and to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

There's a beautiful video about Sicily we'd like to advertise to our readers, all of them and specifically the Sicilians. We're sure you'll find it very interesting, you can watch it here https://youtu.be/98xU6wzUj2o

Last but not least, we want to thank all those who purchased the book, because we just passed the 3,000 copies sold, which is a lot, considering that it is a self-published book which is not available (at least not for now ...) in the book stores.

Please join us on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter. Plus, as already told, we opened our own store, with gadgets, branded We the Italians! We're having a big success! We're so glad that so many of our friends already decided to buy one or more of our gadgets. You can do it, too! Don't lose this occasion, show your gadget with two flags and one heart to your fellow Italians, they'll want to know how to buy such a cool thing! Here's the link: http://wetheitalians.spreadshirt.com/

Please: take a look at which areas you subscribed too. We changed our newsletter, now we have one for each area: those of you who subscribed for all the 9 areas will receive 9 newsletters. If you don't want that, please take a look at your subscription and change it however you want, or email us and tell us which area(s) you prefer.

That's all for now. So stay tuned, fasten your seat belt and enjoy the ride. The future's so bright, we gotta wear shades!

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