Italian American Society -  Kenosha

About Us

Our Board of Directors

  • Steven R.¬†Torcaso
    President
  • Joseph S. Torcaso
  • First Vice President
  • Michael Principe
    Second Vice President
  • John Bonaretti
    Recording Secretary
  • Frederick R. Storz
  • Treasurer
  • Mary Storz
    Financial Secretary
  • William Brydges
  • Gabriel Cappozzo
  • David Filippello
  • Benjamin Gentile
  • Todd Hagen
  • Frank Marano
  • Brad Kemen
  • Samuel P. Martin
  • Anthony Zarletti

 

When the first Italian immigrants settled in Kenosha at the end of the last century, their first concerted action was to organize. Thus in 1903 the G. Garibaldi Society was founded. Four years later in 1907 another society for the mutual aid of Kenosha Italians was established under the name of S. Francesco Society. Later in 1910 the S. Michele society came into being, and finally in 1911 the Maria SS Della Schiava.

Quite often during the meetings of the societies, consideration was given to the advantages of combining into one large organization. On the 19th of August, 1923, a number of members from each society met together, and after numerous thought proovoking discussional meetings, laid the basic foundation for the large Italian-American Society of Kenosha.

The Italian-American Society came into being in September of 1923. The succcess of the new organization was soon very evident, as the membership doubled itself in one short month and continued to grow.

With so many worthwhile activities going on within the framework of the lodge, the leader and head of this great organization could not be less than an Italian pioneer of proven ability, an intelligent well known and respected man, an untiring and inspired leader, and such was the case. These were the qualities that made Leonnard Montemurro the first president of the Italian-American Society. His great work not only earned him the love and respect of the Italians in Kenosha, but also helped bring about a better understanding and respect for the Italians among the other groups in our community.

The greatest job of all was the fulfillment of the urgent desire of all Italians to have a club house of their own where they could meet freely for entertainment and educational opportunities. The Italian-American Home can truly be called a Monuument to the Italian Colony of Kenosha.

It took great faith and many sacrifices for a group with only $8,000.00 in the treasury to undertake a construction that would cost $100,000.00, but Leonard Monntemurro, the tireless and intelligent leader, had great faith in the membership, and because of this, urged the group on with these words, "Let us go on, let us build the home, the Italians will never permit it to be taken away."