Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary February 2018 Newsletter

Next Meeting:  February 18th at 2:00pm


We will meet at 2:00 on February 18th – discussion will include Cavatelli Dinner Bake Sale, wanda making, and June Dinner menu.  Tami Johnson and Kim Ohm will supply refreshments


Auxiliary dues for 2018 are now due – $15.00.  Checks can be made payable to the Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary.  Pay them at the upcoming January meeting or mail them to Julie Jennings at 620 NW 67th Place, Des Moines, IA 50313

Please include any change of address/phone number, your email address and full birth date including year (helps us to keep track of those turning 85).  Members over 85 may be eligible for lifetime membership.  If you have just turned 85 please get in touch with Julie Jennings at 270-6526 to see if you qualify.

****We will no longer send out the membership cards and receipts unless you specifically ask to receive one.  In addition, if you want a copy of our portion or the newsletter or meeting minutes sent to you please note this with your payment.****


Our annual bake sale will be March 11th.  Please plan to donate baked goods, cookies, pies, cakes, etc to sell – all the money earned goes to support our Scholarship Fund.  Items can be dropped off Saturday March 10th between 1:00 and 3:00pm or the morning of the Cavatelli Dinner.

We will be meeting at 1:00pm on March 4th at the lodge to make Wanda’s to sell at the Bake Sale.  All are welcome to join us.

We are also looking for people to man the Bake Sale table on the 11th.  Shifts are from 10:30 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 4:00.  If you can help, please get in touch with Mary Steele at 201-1680.


Everyone had a great time whether they had played Bunco before or were new to the game.  A huge thank you to Toni Dickey, Tami Johnson and Kim Ohm for setting up the tables and picking up the prizes – the place looked amazing.  You ladies rock!

WELCOME to our newest member Kenzie Hawxby


Marian Tazzioli (5th), Charlene Lamberti (6th), Gloria Stefani (14th), Kelley Dickey (15th),

Wendy Farrell (22th), Angie Woodard (29th) 


February 18th – Meeting – 2:00 pm

March 4th – Wanda Making 1:00 pm

March 11th – Cavatelli Dinner

March 18th – Meeting – 2:00 pm


Vittoria Lodge February 2018 Newsletter

Next Men’s Meeting February 18th, 2PM 

CAVATELLI DINNER:  Don’t forget to mark on your calendar the Lodge’s Annual Cavatelli Dinner held at the Lodge Hall on March 11th from 11AM until 4PM.  Tickets were mailed to the membership in January.  Contact AJ Forneris at 515-971-6711 to volunteer in the kitchen or help with serving the dinner.   Also, the Auxiliary will hold their annual bake sale during the dinner serving up some yummy treats!   All the proceeds earned will go towards the Lodge’s Scholarship Fund.  So come out that day and support a great cause!


Dues notices were mailed out in December and are now due.  You can mail your check to Squire Hutcheson at 109 NE Ewing Street, Grimes, Iowa 50111.  Squire can be reached at 515-577-4283 if you have any questions.  Dues not paid by April 1 will be considered past due and suspended from benefits until dues are current.

FESTIVAL:  Anyone interested in volunteering for the festival this year, please contact Jim Blasco, 515-252-8705.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

SHELTER:  The shelter area is available to Lodge & Auxiliary Members and their families for picnics and other social gatherings.   Remember to contact AJ Forneris at 515-971-6711 to reserve the shelter area.  Also, the bocce ball court is available for play and there is a fire pit for your enjoyment.  

ORDERING LODGE APPAREL:  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 FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR MEMBERS: Matthew Stefani, Randy Prati, Richard Giofreddi, Val Ladurini, Angelo Stefani, Biagio Sicilia, Joe Tumea Jr., Victor Zanona, Frank Morano Jr., Rick Gentosi, Roger Sledge, Timothy Savona Jr. and Louis Foggia.  Buon Compleanno! 


February 18h – February Meeting
March 11th – Cavatelli Dinner starting at 11AM
March 18th – March Meeting

2017 Vittoria Lodge Scholarship Application

Click here for the 2017 Vittoria Lodge Scholarship application.


Pictures from 2016 Vittoria Lodge June Dinner

50-Year Vittoria Lodge Members: (L-R) Joseph Ballantini, Donald Lamberti,  Bruno Lenzini

50-Year Vittoria Lodge Members: (L-R) Joseph Ballantini, Donald Lamberti, Bruno Lenzini

2016 Vittoria Lodge Board of Trustees/Officers

2016 Vittoria Lodge Board of Trustees/Officers


Vittoria Lodge and Auxiliary Members Participate in Annual Italian Festival

Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary members take time off from their busy booth to pose for a photo with the Five Gumbas musical group. (Click on image for larger view.)


Lodge and Auxiliary Members Make Noodles for Italian Festival

Several Vittoria Lodge and auxiliary members gathered on July 10, 2011 to create noodles to be sold at the second annual Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa.

Here are some photos of the noodle-making:

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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:

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