It is an honor and a privilege to be your President for 2019, I am truly humbled. And what a special year it is as the Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan celebrates our 100 year anniversary. I would like to congratulate the Officers and Directors that will be serving the Chamber with me this year.
Our story begins in 1919 when the Italian Consulate and a group of Italian American men got together to form the Italian American Chamber-Detroit, known today as the Italian American Chamber of Commerce-Michigan. In 1919 Technology was evolving slowly, although the people of that era would likely say otherwise. The production of automobiles was over one million units, most of which were built right here in Detroit. In sports there was no Stanley Cup champion named because of a flu epidemic and 1919 was also the year of the Black Sox scandal. This is just a glimpse of the era when our group began. Over the next several decades the IACCM evolved with the times and became an organization that we can be very proud of today. The pride of our Italian heritage is the one thing that ties us to the founding members of this group. There are many reasons to join the IACCM, but our Italian pride has to be number one.
This year we will continue our traditions with the Festa Della Lira May 1st at the IACS and the John B. Agosta Memorial Golf Outing June 24th at Fern Hill. Our general membership meetings will continue to be a forum for networking and I will do my best to keep you informed of important happenings of interest. Increasing membership is always a focus of our organization and this year is no different. I would, however, like to see more women join the IACCM as their roles in the business and professional landscape is not something new, so why not join us.
The Past Presidents Council has been working/planning for the last several years on the celebration of our 100 year history. The Anniversary Extravaganza will be October 19th at the Detroit Athletic Club. This group’s dedication and leadership to the IACCM is the driving force to our continued success. I would like to thank them for their commitment and support. My goal for this year is simply to have a meaningful impact on our organization as we move forward into the next century.
Daniel Galli, President