In the fall of 1967, discussion began on the possibility of founding a club in Detroit of people either born in Pacentro, Italy or descendants of Pacentro. Other cities in the United States much smaller in size than Detroit and with fewer Pacentrani families, have founded such organizations. The concept and intent of the club was to foster a renewed awareness of our heritage and to establish a monument to our Pacentrani immigrants, who came to Detroit to begin a new life; certainly the pioneers of the Italian community in the United States.
Preliminary organization meetings were held in private homes beginning early in 1968. The first formal meeting was held in May, 1968 at the home of our first President, Ron D'Alesandro. Interested individuals were contacted by phone, personal contact and by letter; 150 invitations were sent out. Many long hours of work and dedication went into this task of contacting as many families as possible, all this being done by a handful of dedicated individuals.
The first invitation was a full page letter written in Italian to assure that everyone understood what we wanted to do, the letter began as follows: