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Posted by Chris Caravella on 16 MAY 2012 12:49:7

This is the 2nd president's message for 2012. There have been no board meetings since the last message, however, one will be scheduled in late June to discuss the feast day celebration to be held in late August. members are Rouge, LA next version of myCSBA at Ustica.org written but not fully tested yet. As I mentioned in my previous address, I will attempt to do a webcast when I release the new version to the membership so we can review new features. I'm hoping we can set up some regular webcasts to make the member experience more interactive and to help everyone get the most out of the website. You can track the progress of new data to Ustica.org at www.ustica.org/genealogy in the Change Reports section. New data includes research by me and CSBA Membership Chair, Larie Tedesco. Larie is researching CSBA member families and I have been doing general research by surname. All new obituaries of Usticesi descendants appearing in the NO Times Picayune are also included. who have mentioned they are travelling to Ustica this year. CSBA Outreach Chair, Loella Barrileau, and member Marlene Robershaw, please let us know how it goes! Marlene has arranged to play the organ at the church in Ustica. Those of you who attended her party in honor of Pietro and Pina Bertucci in San Diego (February 2011), will remember what a wonderful pianist she is. Loella brought back some Usticesi Lentils on her last visit and we'll raffle those off at the feast day celebration in August. I have several bags, so I'll make sure they are split between those in attendance and other members who can't make it. The Centro Studi will host an exhibition on immigration this summer. Each year during the high tourist season, this cultural society based in Ustica displays an exhibition at their office/museum just off the main piazza in Ustica. Obviously, the American community of Usticesi descendants will feature prominently in the exhibit and they will have a computer workstation available where visitors can explore Ustica.org. Plans are to make the exhibition mobile so hopefully it can make the rounds here in the US too. a statement from the American Italian Federation of the Southeast for annual dues May 1, 2011 thru April 30, 2012. A little late to be asking for annual dues but in their defense, no one from CSBA has been attending the AIFSE quarterly meetings either. The CSBA joined in 2010 because we felt that we should interact with other Italian-American organizations and AIFSE is a sort of "umbrella" group representing the interests of all I-A groups in Louisiana and Mississippi. I still believe we should participate at this minimum level but the whole dynamic of the regional I-A community continues to elude me. We'll take this up at the next board meeting. or report news at the Message Board at Ustica.org. Everyone's input is welcome and truly helps steer the agenda of the CSBA.

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