Cultural Italian American Organization 144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240 Auburn, New York 13021
Cultural Italian American Organization144 Genesee Street, Suite 102-240Auburn, New York 13021

Member presentations at monthly meetings

November 2019 presentation on "Bean Pickers" by author Karen Hempson
At our November 4 meeting, we had a presentation by Karen Hempson, a retired college professor of social studies education. Ms. Hempson spoke about her book Bean Pickers, American Immigrant Portraits. The book focuses on first and second-generation Italian American immigrants in upstate New York, and their journeys from hamlets in Italy to the hard times of the Great Depression and World War II. The lives of eight family members are portrayed in the book. For more information on the book visit Ms. Hempson’s website at

September 2019 presentation by

John DiPasquale, WSYR-TV meteorologist


John DiPasquale, who is the meteorologist at WSYR-TV in Syracuse, gave an informative presentation after a delicious dinner at our September 17 meeting. John spoke about his Italian background, and shared his experiences as a meteorologist at WSYR-TV and other TV stations. John was made an Honorary CIAO member at the conclusion of his presentation. He was extremely grateful for the warm reception and friendship he experienced at the meeting. As promised, he thanked CIAO on the Sunday, September 22 evening news and shared this group picture which was taken after his presentation. Grazie John, you are always welcome at CIAO events!


Toni Colella

Member Toni Colella gave a wonderful presentation on "Theodore Case - Now We're Talking" at our June meeting. 


For more information, visit Toni and her son Luke's website at

Member Tom Grasso presenting on the Erie Canal Heritage Park located in Port Byron at our May meeting.





Member Frank Netti gives a presentation on "The Fabulous Fibonacci" at our April 2016 meeting.

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