Enza Raineri is the president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, having previously served as second and third vice president of the JCCIA. She is the associate clerk of the Criminal/Juvenile Bureau for the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and has spearheaded the Clerk’s office annual Italian-American Heritage Month Celebration for more than a decade. She is a board member of the Italian American Political Coalition and is active in the Justinian Society of Lawyers, serving as a liaison with the Clerk’s Office. She has been honored by the Order of Sons of Italy in America and the JCCIA Women’s Division.

Re-inventing our organizations

Organizational growth, whether it be in a corporate setting or a volunteer, ethnically based one such as the JCCIA, can be challenging as we face competing interests, time constraints and the need to balance our work and family responsibilities. Somewhere in there, we want to stay in touch with our roots, but often cannot find the niche in which to do so. As the JCCIA has grown since its inception, it has seen the world change through the lens of new generations of Italian Americans who have taken the success they have found in this country and parlayed them into …

Read More »

A new beginning at the JCCIA

As I sat to write this article about being elected president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, I was struck by how life has come full circle. As a child of immigrants from Sicily, I have marveled at how far our family has come since arriving in the United States in the mid-1950s. Like others before them, they were seeking good jobs so they can take care of their families. Not much has changed as immigrants still seek out America as the beacon of hope as a free society allowing for free speech, religious freedom and ability to …

Read More »

Want More?

Subscribe to our print magazine
or give it as a gift.

Click here for details