We Celebrate and Honor Our Italian Heritage
If you'd like more information about the Modenese, feel free to call President Carl Carani at 847-432-1155
The Modenese Society (Societa Modenese di Mutuo Soccorso) was founded in 1906 at a house on McDaniels Avenue in Highland Park , Illinois. The founders were a small group of 27 laborers from the Village of Pievepelago and its surrounding area. This area is located in the Alpine Mountain Range in the province of Modena in the Region of Emilia Romagna. The Society was incorporated under the laws of Illinois in 1907.
The principal purposes were originally to aid the members in case of sickness, to help a member’s family in case of his death, and to be united against all calamities of misfortune. We are one of the oldest Mutual Aid Societies in the United States.
Today, the Modenese Society engages in many social activities and has been a sponsor of many civic causes. We strongly support our Italian culture and heritage in our new homeland of America.
We boast 280 members, mostly located in the affluent area of southeast Lake County, Illinois. Our club is open to all men and women of Italian descent. For those not interested in mutual aid benefits, we now offer social memberships.
We are proud to say that Luciano Pavarotti was an Honorary Member of our Society for the past 20 years.
History update since May 2006
In March of 2007, a number of by-laws changes were submitted to the members for a vote. The members voted overwhelmingly in favor of the changes. These changes were needed to keep up with the reality of the current times. This is a summary of some major by-laws changes.
OFFICERS TITLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
The number of officers was reduced from 21 to 11. Each one of the 11 officers has specific responsibilities.
Originally, as was common at the time, the Modenese Society was for men only. In the early 2000s, the bylaws were changed so women could join the Modenese on equal terms with the men. All restrictions were removed. The language now reads: The Society is open to all Italians descendants, regardless of gender.
The sick benefits were removed in the early 2000s. The mortuary payout was kept and increased. The main purpose of the Modenese is to keep the Italian culture and traditions alive. The sick benefits,valuable as it was in the past, did not fit into today's needs.
Since the last by-laws rules were printed a number of other by-laws were changed over the years. A new booklet is being prepared with all the changes included.
PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE MODENESE SOCIETY
Carlo Carani 1906 to 1919
Carlo Panerali 1919 to 1920
Egido Mocogni 1920 to 1921
Carlo Carani 1922 to 1922
Anthony Vanoni 1923 to 1924
Egido Mocogni 1925 to 1927
Edward Casettari 1928 to 1929
Gabriele Doretti 1929 to 1931
Frank Parenti 1931 to 1933
Valerio Zagnioli 1933 to 1938 (Partial 1938)
Cesare Zagnioli 1933 to 1938 (Partial 1938)
Valerio Zagnioli 1940 to 1942
Amerigo Ladurini 1943 to 1945
Nello Ori 1945 to 1947
Secondo Natta 1947 to 1948
Marco Carani 1949 to 1951
Anthony Biagi 1951 to 1958
Steve Mocogni 1958 to 1961
John Ori 1961 to 1964
Carlo Vanoni 1964 to 1969
Alberto Biondi 1969 to 1970 (Partial 1970)
Marco Carani 1970 to 1971
George Pieracci 1972 to 1974
Riccardo Pattarozzi 1974 to 1979
Carl A. Carani 1979 to 1980
Settimio Milani 1980 to 2002 (Mr. Milani served 22 years)
Laurence Pasquesi 2003 to 2005
Carl A. Carani 2006 to current
2006 to present