UNICO - St Joseph High School Chapter


St Joe's HS Montvale UNICO Chapter

Service Above Self

UNICO was founded on October 10, 1922 in Waterbury, Connecticut. A group of 15 men, led by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola, came together to create what has become a very special and very proud organization. It was Dr. Vastola's dream to create an Italian American service organization to engage in charitable works, support higher education, and perform patriotic deeds.

The name UNICO was selected as best representing the nature and the character of this fledgling organization. The name is the Italian word for unique, one of a kind. The founders believed that UNICO would be the only one of its kind because it placed service to the community before and above fraternity. At the same time they hoped that the rest of society would come to know and understand the real contributions of Italian Americans to our way of life. Its sole purpose was to unite all Italian Americans and motivate them to become more civic minded. In order to accomplish this, members would have to understand that they would have to make sacrifices, not for personal gain, but for service to others. In the ensuing years UNICO became an acronym that stood for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, and Opportunity.

The St. Joe's HS Montvale Chapter of UNICO was chartered on October 5, 2013 at a gala celebration held at the school. This marked the first time in UNICO history that a school based chapter had been chartered. This was made possible by a change to the UNICO constitution earlier in the year.

Charter presentation

Our chapter is part of New Jersey District IX. The other chapters in our district include Cresskill, Greater Ramsey, Paramus, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake

We currently have the largest group of ACES of any chapter of UNICO!

If you are interested in joining our organization, please download a membership application from our JOIN page! While we are a school based chapter, there is no need to have a previous relationship of any kind with the school itself. You simply must be of Italian descent by direct ancestry or marriage and be willing to put service above self!

2018-2019 Chapter Officers

Chapter President
Frank Masella

1st Vice President
Salvatore Castronovo

2nd Vice President

Recording Secretary
Ann Turi Connelly

Donna Brennan

Past Chapter President
Deacon Joseph Sisco

Corresponding Secretary

Frank Masella,, Chapter President with chartering past chapter president Robert Kievit.

 Robert Kievit, chartering past president with newly installed board members (L to R): Rich DelPonte – 1st VP, Salvatore Castronovo (not pictured) – 2nd VP   (open), Ann Turi-Connelly – recording secretary, Donna Brennan – Treasurer, Virginia Flatley – immediate past president                               

2018-2019 ACES Officers

Eric Stoeckel

1st Vice President
James Gilhooley

2nd Vice President
Rory Finn

Joseph Lombardo

Dean Tobin 

(L to R) Joseph Lombardo, Rory Finn, James Gilhooley, Eric Stoeckel, Mr. Robert Kievit