POINTers IN PERSON Minutes
Chapter # 10 Central Texas/Austin
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653)
Lin ONOFRIO Brinkman (# 1388) opened the monthly POINTers In Person
meeting at 6:30 pm on September 26, 2001 at the Round Rock Library with
18 members attending. Don Villoni won the door prize donated by Maria TONTI
Bill Brinkman passed out the POINT Pins and Stickers ordered last month. Joyce TIANELLO Snodgrass donated a video tape to the PIP Library, ""Survival of a Small City"" about Norwalk, Ct. Lin added to the PIP Library, ""A Genealogist''s Guide to Discovering Your Italian Ancestors"" and ""My Silent Partner"" by Ben A Savelli. She reminded everyone about Austin''s first Festa Italiana, sponsored by the ICAA on Sunday, Oct 21 from noon--9 pm.
Laurie GUGINO Riester (# 3878) recounted her exciting trip to Italy,
alone. She was stranded for four days in Rome when the terrorists
attacked the U.S. She took flowers to the American Embassy and the
other Americans she encountered during this time looked out for each other.
The earlier part of her trip was wonderful as she blended in with the Italians
Bill Brinkman reported that he ordered more microfilm.
Jeanie MARSALIA (#4251) is attending a MARSALIA family reunion this weekend near Eagle Lake, TX.
Virginia MACRI Gerick (#2730) passed around her mother''s wedding picture. She talked about some of her experiences of growing up in a first generation Italian American neighborhood. Everyone encouraged Virginia to write down or record her stories.
Ursula PASSAFUMA Rader mentioned that the NY City''s fire chief''s name GANCI is one of her family names. She talked about the various national obituary sites she found on the web.
Don VILLONI (#3985) announced a new great grandson born near Dallas,
Joshua Wallace. Don attended the Villoni Reunion in Modina, near Cleveland
and 53 family members attended. He has a transcription of the CIMORELLI
buried at St Joseph Cemetery in Ashtabula, Ohio.
Dorothy MANGO Lippincott and Lin traveled to Connecticut for a wedding and a meeting of cousins, most of whom never moved from Orange. Lin and Dorothy were stranded in Conn on their trip after Sept 11, and rented a car to drive home.
Eugenia ASSAIBENE Luken and her daughter found Eugenia''s aunt''s 1916 ship record on the Ellis Island web site. Her parents arrived in 1921 and 1922.
Gloria GAMBACCINI SILVA received the 1915 ship manifest for her GAMBACCINI'S
who sailed from Le Harve to NY. Ernie SILVA talked about growing up in
Oakland, CA in a diverse neighborhood of Italians and Chinese, especially
relating to the cooking smells. They are trying to decide if they should still take their cruise on Oct 20 out of Barcelona to France and Italy with the current world situation.
Joyce TIANELLO Snodgrass has a glass with the writing, The Original Big Train, New Orleans, Nick G. Castrogiovanni"" that she would pass on to anyone wanting it. She showed her grandfather''s death certificate of May 1, 1915 in Geneva, Ohio and a list of every person buried in Wycliff, Ohio.
Marilyn MANISCALCO Henley (# 1653) encouraged all members to submit any new surnames to POINT before the November 1 deadline. The MANISCALCO, WEIDO (GUIDA), MONTALBANO (MESSINA sister''s) family reunion is Sunday, Oct 14 in Houston. She showed her new family tree broach presented to her at the Austin Genealogical Society meeting for her 3 years as Seminar Co-chair.
Next meeting is a pot-luck luncheon on Saturday, October 20, 1:30 -- 4:30 at the Round Rock Library.