What we're about
Ciao e benvenuti a tutti!
The Contemporary Italian Cultural Society (CICS) Meetup group celebrates all things contemporary Italian – a place where people can explore and recapture their roots and flourish in their Italian selves. Our friends include people of different nationalities, Italian language levels, and interests. We are always happy to meet "amici nuovi" (new friends), and our weekly Colazione e Conversazione (Breakfast and Conversation) is open to everyone who would like to join us and get to know us.
CICS is more than just a Meetup group; it is an actual organization with a functional Board of Directors, bylaws, and non-for-profit status in the state of Illinois. The organization’s Mission Statement is "To honor, promote, and steward the Italian culture through members' social gatherings, language classes, philanthropic/charitable activities, and other events that celebrate and share the beauty of Italian heritage." By a decision of the Board of Directors, effective January 15, 2018, CICS recognizes as contributing members all those who pay an annual membership fee. Such payment is made directly to a CICS Board member (the Meetup Organizers).
Benefits of being a CICS contributing member:
• CICS contributing members are welcome to participate in all announced events (Saturday mornings at the Corner Bakery is the only event open to everyone – other events require contributing membership; this includes Italian language classes, Bocce outings, Book Club, Cena and Cinema, etc.)
• CICS contributing members are welcome to bring guests to members-only events (event cost for guests is $5 higher than event cost for CICS contributing member)
• CICS contributing members get special treats and other surprises at selected events
• CICS contributing members experience safer events, as Meetup announcements do not disclose location; details are provided to contributing members only who have signed up for the event
The Board of Directors believes a fantastic group of people currently makes up the CICS membership and is excited to continue to plan events in accordance with the Mission Statement.
We are looking forward to welcoming new contributing members once the “amore” for CICS spreads!