October/November 2016 NEWSLETTER
Thursday, November 3,
2016, 7:00 pm
Mama Vittoria (BYOB)
Thank you to the many members who attended the Columbus Day
Parade ceremony in the Nutley Town Hall, and braved some
inclement weather to march in the parade. Thanks to Tom
Sposato, Charlie Kuzinski, Pasquale Pisani, Sergio Marricone,
Debbie Bellucci, Casrmen D’Aloia, Don Russonello and Anthony
Our guest speaker
at the October meeting was Jim Muzychko who spoke of
creative creations of Fig Trees.
The Chapter is committed to pay its per capita tax by the
end of November. Therefore, it is important for all members
to have paid their dues by then!
Nov. 3, 2016
- (Dinner Meeting - Veterans’ Celebration)
– District VII meeting hosted by Nutley Unico at Diamond
- Christmas Party. We would like to have a clearer
idea of a head count, so if you are planning to attend
please let Debbie Bellucci or Sal Ferraro know at our
Dec. 17 (Saturday)
– We will be holding our first Breakfast with Santa for
Unico members and friends. Children wil have the
opportunity to meet Mr. & Mrs. Clause and receive a
gift. It will be held at the Nutley Franklin Steakhouse
from 9 – 11:00 am.
Jan. 5, March 2, May 4 and June 1, 2017
– Dinner Meetings at Mama Vittoria.
Feb. 2, 2017 – Raffle Drawing (Nanina’s in the
April 6, 2017
– Dinner Meeting at Franklin Steakhouse, Franklin Ave.
(Outstanding Achievement, Unican of Year and three major
Unico Scholarships to be presented.
Members who are
veterans of U.S. military service will be recognized at this
meeting. A list was sent out to all members several weeks
ago to confirm their military history. If you saw a mistake
or omission please let me know. Our guest speaker will be
Michael Oubre from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Members of the
Nutley Fire Dept. and Nutley Police have also been invited
Good & Welfare
...Our condolences to Anthony Malfitano and his family on
the loss of his father, Enrico Malfitano, a veteran of US
…..Debbie Belucci’s, son, Joe, and his wife Paige are
expecting their first child in April.
In recognition of Veterans’ Day I am including an essay from
Nick Palmisciano, co-founder and co-owner of Ranger Up,
printed on August 5, 2012. (This essay has been
incorrectly characterized as having been written by
General David Petraeus, West Point Class of 1974, and even
General Schwartzkof in prior years.)
“I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My
mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and
waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes
out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission
letter. She wasn’t crying because She knew how hard I’d
worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend and how much I
wanted to be an infantry officer. I was going to get that
opportunity. That same day two of my teachers took me aside
and essentially told me the following:
‘Nick, you’re a smart guy. You don’t have to join the
military. You should go to college instead.”
I could easily write a theme defending West Point and the
military as I did that day, explaining that United States
Military Academy is an elite institution, that separate from
that, it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in
the military than it is to get admitted to college, that
serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men
should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I
What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told
that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future
then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and
entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of
burdens our military is bearing.
In WW II 11.2% of the nation’s population served for four
During the Viet Nam era, 4.3% of the nation’s population
served in twelve (12) years.
Since 2001, only .45% of our population has served in the
Global War on Terror.
These are unbelievable statistics. Over time, fewer and
fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and
it is only getting worse.
Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting
of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the
military. Taxes did not increase to pay for the war. War
bonds were not sold. Gas was not regulated. In fact, the
average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has
sacrificed nothing unless they have chosen to out of the
goodness of their hearts.
The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and
their families. The volunteers. The people who swore an
oath to defend this nation. You stand there, deployment
after deployment and fight on. You’ve lost relationships,
spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart
from kids you’ll never get back, and beaten your body in a
way that even professional athletes don’t understand.
Then you come home to a nation that doesn’t understand.
They don’t understand suffering. They don’t understand
sacrifice. They don’t understand why we fight for them.
They don’t understand that bad people exist. They look at
you like you’re a machine. Like something is wrong with
you. You are the misguided one – not them.
When you get out you sit in the college classrooms with
political science teachers that discount your opinions on
Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can’t
understand the macro issues they gathered from books because
of your bias.
You watch TV where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain
at that. Your Congress is debating your benefits, your
retirement and your pay, while they ask you to do more.
But, the amazing thing about you is that you all know this.
You know your country will never pay back what you’ve given
up. You know that the populace at large will never truly
understand or appreciate what you have done for them. Hell,
you know that in some circles you will be thought as less
than normal for having work the uniform. But you do it
You do what the greatest men and women of the country have
done since 1775 – YOU SERVED. Just that decision alone
makes you part of an elite group.
‘Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed
by so many to so few’ – Winston Churchill.
Thank you to the .45% who continue to serve our
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