South San Francisco, CA June 28, 2016 Submitted by IACC Committee
A Centennial is being celebrated! Founded in 1916, and currently with a membership of over 400 members, the South San Francisco Italian American Citizens club will be 100 years old on December 7th.
During the latter part of the 1880s and through the early 1900s, immigration from Italy had begun to establish itself in major American cities. California, due to the similarities of the Italian climate, Italians immigrated throughout the state. In San Francisco, North Beach was the center of small Italian businesses, and became known as the “Little Italy”. South San Francisco, known for its industries that were held mostly by non-Italians, hired Italians because they were known for their “hard working” ethics.
Beginning a new life in an English speaking country, the Italian immigrants of the city first formed English classes in their homes. Next was the realization that voting was a very important asset in bettering their future. Thus, the first Italians, as an incentive for those to become citizens, formed a club only for Italians that became American Citizens. One hundred years have gone by, but the organization has always continued to be active. No longer is it just for Italians, but it has open membership to all ethnic groups.
Current President Bill Green has formed a committee, chaired by Ms. Barbara Baxter, to begin planning the various events to celebrate the Centennial. The culmination of all events will be held on Sunday, December 4th, with a Dinner Dance at the Green Hills Country Club.
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