All’ICCC (At the ICCC) – January/February 2023 – Letter from Claudia Sims

Cari Amici,


I am honored to step into the role of the Italian Cultural and Community Center (ICCC) president following in the footsteps of Monica Ercolani and the extraordinary men and women who have served the ICCC in this
capacity over the past 40 years.

As we move into a new year, we owe a huge thank you to our stellar staff led by executive director, Erika Myers, for their dedication and service over the past year, as well as, to the leadership of our 2022 board of directors and
generosity of our members for giving their time and talents to make the year a success. Our success is a testament to the resilience and fortitude of the remarkable people who make up ICCC. Despite the uncertainties and obstacles that arose during the pandemic, ICCC carried on with excellent programming and events, continued to award scholarships, adapted to virtual language classes and kept our mission alive and well throughout.

As I look ahead to the upcoming year and the challenges we will face, I would like to share one of my favorite adages: “Many hands make light work” or as they say in Italy, “un po’ per uno non fa male a nessuno.” There is tremendous power in the size of our membership and the many talents our members bring to this organization. Through our collective action, I am confident we can fulfill our mission to advance, celebrate and preserve Italian culture for all Houstonians and achieve our overarching goal of becoming the Houston destination for all things Italian. I am thrilled to be working with our exceptional board, staff and members in the months ahead.

Thank you for allowing me to serve this year. I truly appreciate your support and encourage you to share with me any feedback and ideas you may have as we work together in the upcoming year.


Don’t forget to download the latest issue of La Voce Italiana Magazine to be updated on all the ICCC activities and to enrich your knowledge of Italian Culture.

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Claudia Gentile Sims



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