Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary July 2018 Newsletter

No Meetings July or August – Next Meeting:  September 16th  


Our annual dinner was a big hit, we had a good turn out and Roger and Rob Fiori along with their families did a wonderful job and the food was awesome! A big Thank You to the Boy Scouts – they did such a great job with helping, refilling waters and clean up!

The following individuals received scholarships:  Jordan Magnani, Nicholas Signor, Giorgio Rossi, Arianna Medici, Nicholas Hall, Jackson Hawxby, Alexandra Eckstrom, Molly Meade, Hailey Haller, Luke Matney, Rose Marie Feeley, Harlee Palmitier, Elise Blatt, Chloe Freund, and Emily Battani.  We wish them success!


Our annual corn feed/picnic will be held August 26th at 12:00p.m.  The lodge will provide brats, hot dogs, and corn.  Please bring a dish to share with others.  Mark your calendars to come out and enjoy good food, good company and check out the new shelter area.


If you will be using the Lodge for a wedding or special occasion don’t forget that the auxiliary has table linens and centerpieces available.  The centerpieces will be on display at the June Dinner.  We make these available for use on premises in return for a donation to the auxiliary 


Toni Dickey (6th), Jean Miner (7th), Sheri Partington (23th) Gloria Reese (23th), Mary Elwell-Steele (25th), Josephine Lenzini (25th), Mary Ann Medici (28th), Patricia Richardson (28th), LeNora Coe (29th), Mary Auerbach, Marie Blatt, Melissa Joens 


August 26th – Corn Feed

September 16th – Meeting 2:00 pm with Polenta Party

November 3rd – Craft Fair

November 4th – Memorial Mass

December 9th – Christmas Party


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.

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Giuseppe “Joe” Milani, Oldest Vittoria Lodge Member Passes Away

Joe Milani

Giuseppe "Joe" Milani

Giuseppe “Joe ” Milani was born October 16, 1915, in Cargedolo, Italy. He was one of seven children born to Amerigo and Clotilde Milani. He married Domenica Balducchi on September 19, 1945. Eleven years later he left his homeland for America, to provide greater opportunities for his family. He settled in Madrid, Iowa.

Joe became a U. S. citizen on September 3, 1968. He was a faithful member of St. Malachys Catholic Church. He was a WW ll Veteran and the oldest member of the Societa Vittoria Italiana of Des Moines, Iowa.  He was a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather and lived for his family. A bricklayer by trade he loved making and building things. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and telling stories. Even though he was physically in the United States, his mind, spirit, and soul were always revisiting his beloved Italian countryside of his homeland. Giuseppe “Nonno” died at The Sanctuary At The Shore in Grand Haven, Michigan on January 29, 2011.

He is survived by his children, Clotilde “Tilda” Thompson and husband Chuck of Ames, Ia. , Rico Milani and wife Julie of Commerce Township, Michigan, and Rose Perrier and husband Brent of Grand Haven, Michigan; 12 grandchildren, Rita, Rebecca, Michelle, Michael, Nic, Maggie, Tina, Elizabeth, Alexandra, Anthony, Anna Rose, and Olivia; 2 greatgrandchildren Ethan and Lucy. Two sisters Diva Cervetti of Italy, and Sophia Battani of Waukee, Ia. and many nieces and nephews.

Giuseppe was preceded into eternal life by his wife of 60 years Domenica, his parents, and daughter Rena Krug, his brothers Armando and Sivio, his sisters Oliva and Rosa.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday , February 5, 2011, at 10:30 am at St. Malachys Catholic Church in Madrid, Iowa, with burial following at Mt. Hope Cemetery south of Madrid.