Vittoria Lodge October 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Next Men’s Meeting October 16th, 2PM

Next Semi-Annual Joint Trustees Meeting October 16th 1PM 

COLUMBUS DAY DINNER: This year will mark the 41th anniversary of the renewed Columbus Day Dinner. The Vittoria Lodge and its Auxiliary will be hosting the Dinner at our Hall on Sunday, October 9, 2016. Doors open at 5:00 pm and dinner, catered by Tumea & Sons, will be served at 5:30 pm.  After the dinner, a program will be provided including the presentation of the Outstanding Citizen Awards.  Advanced reservations are required. The reservations can be made by calling Randy Prati at 515-321-8941 or the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa at 515-280-3719. Tickets are $35 per person and can be obtained at the Italian-American Cultural Center of Iowa.  

CLEAN UP DAY:  On Sunday October 16th we need volunteers to help with our Fall cleanup of the Lodge property.  We start at 8AM and lunch will be served at Noon. 

BOCCE LEAGUE:  We will start playing bocce again on our meeting dates.  Play begins at 1PM on meeting days and play resumes after our meetings.

SHELTER:  The shelter area is available to Lodge & Auxiliary Members and their families for picnics and other social gatherings.  Contact AJ Forneris at 515-971-6711 to reserve the shelter area. 


Squire Hutcheson has made arrangements with Adventure in Advertising offering Lodge & Auxiliary Members through a secure website to purchase apparel (polo, T-shirts) with the Lodge logo on it.  To obtain a user ID or for more information please contact Squire at 515-577-4283 or email him at

HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR MEMBERS: Dino Righi, Jeff Magnani, Ned P Chiodo, Jr., Bill Seamands, Jason Tassi, Joseph Ballantini, Marion Romitti, David Miller, Antonino Cosenza, Richard Fontana, Michael Ugolini & Gerard Dwyer.  Buon Compleanno!


October 9th – Columbus Day Dinner at Vittoria Lodge Doors open at 5PM Dinner at       5:30PM

October 16th – Men & Auxiliary Meetings; Clean Up Day

November 6th – Memorial Mass at 9AM

November 20th – Men & Auxiliary Meetings

December 11th – Christmas Party

December 18th – Men’s Meeting

Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary October 2016 Newsletter

Next Meeting:  October 16th:  Joint Trustee’s:  1:00pm, Regular: 2:00pm


We will hold our semi-annual joint trustee’s meeting at 1:00pm.  This will be followed by our regular meeting at 2:00pm.  Discussion will center around Vendor Fair, Memorial Mass, and Christmas Party.  Refreshments will be provided by Donna Bulgarelli and Deb Fleishman.


We had a great turn out at our meetings and for the polenta.  Thank you so much to Tina Battani and Jeff Caracci for putting the polenta together.


This year’s event will once again be held at the Lodge – October 9th at 5:00pm.  We will be helping with the table decorations and coffee table.  We will be setting up the decorations at 1:00pm.  If you can help out or have questions, please get in touch with Mary Steele (515-201-1680)


This is one of our largest fundraisers of the year.  We request that any auxiliary and/or lodge members, who can, donate items for the Bake Sale – cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, snack mix, you name it we will sell.  We are also going to hold drawings for bottles of wine to those who attend the event so we are also asking members to donate if they can.

There is no charge to attend the event and all the proceeds from the Bake Sale go directly to the auxiliary to fund our annual scholarships.  We will also be serving “Cavatelli To Go” so come hungry.  Please spread the word of this event to your friends and family – hoping to get lots of customers through the doors!

We are still looking for a few Vendors & Crafters – please contact Lisa at 515-240-5346 or if you are interested. 


The Memorial Mass will be held Sunday November 6th at 9:00am.  Those being honored by the auxiliary include Rose Medici, Anne Righi, Olga Nizzi and Sarah Magnani.  Donuts and coffee will be served following the mass. 


Please plan to join us Saturday January 14th at 5:00pm for a Ravioli class taught by Rose Russo.  She will provide all of the ingredients to make and take home 50 raviolis each.  Cost is $20 and includes appetizers.  Feel free to bring your own beverages, rolling pin and containers to carry home your ravioli.  If you want to take home more than 50, cost will be $10 for each additional 50.  Please get in touch with Rose Russo at 515-371-9260 to RSVP – she will need to know what type of filling you want to use, amount you want to make and will provide you with pre-payment details. (Snow date for this event will be January 28th)

JANUARY MEETING DATE has been changed to Saturday January 14th at 3:30pm

NEW MEMBERS – we are excited to announce two new members:  Dee Dee Underwood and Lisa Bowers.

SPEEDY RECOVERY wishes go out to Virginia Strauss and Kim Magnani

NEW BABIES William (Will) Emke was born September 3rd – he is the great grandson or Louise Johnson, grandson of Toni Dickey and son of Kelley Dickey Emke.  Grant Aanonson was born August 29th – he is the great grandson of Donna Bulgarelli and grandson of Deb Fleishman.

Diana Evans (Sep20th), Mary Tonini (Sep 20th), Maria Campbell (Sep 22th), Jennifer Field (Sep 27th), Donna Ballantini (Sep 28th), Rose  Chiodo


October 9th – Columbus Day Dinner

October 16th – Trustee’s Mtg 1:00pm/Regular Mtg 2:00pm

November 4th – Set up and Bake Sale drop off

November 5th – Christmas at the Lodge Craft Sale

November 6th – Memorial Mass at 9:00am

November 20th – Meeting at 2:00pm

December 11th – Christmas Party

January 14th – Meeting 3:30pm

January 14th – Ravioli Class 5:00pm

2011 Annual Dinner Photos

The Vittoria Lodge held its annual dinner on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at the lodge hall.  A delicious meal catered by The Radish in Grimes was served.  The meal was followed by a program which included a review of the successful year by lodge president Jim Forneris and auxiliary president Julie Jennings.

Photos of this year’s event can be viewed in the Vittoria Lodge Photo Albums.

Here is a slideshow preview:

This slideshow requires JavaScript.