Vittoria Lodge September 2017 Newsletter

Next Men’s Meeting September 17th, 2PM

Next Trustees Meeting September 17th 1PM 

THANK YOU:  At the Men’s annual meeting in June, Jim Forneris stepped down from the President position of the Lodge.  Jim served over fourteen years as the Lodge’s President and the Lodge is forever grateful for his service.  Thank you Jim for your dedicated commitment and best wishes.  BRAVO! 

CORN FEED/FAMILY PICNIC:  The Lodge hosted a corn feed/family picnic on August 27 on the grounds behind the lodge building.   Brats, hot dogs and sweet corn were provided by the lodge.  The weather was ideal and we had over 50 attend the event that shared in the fellowship.

SEPTEMBER MEETING/POLENTA PARTY:  After our September meeting we will host a polenta party.   The Lodge will provide polenta; All you need to bring is your favorite polenta topping to share.  

BOCCE LEAGUE:  We will start playing bocce again at our September meeting date.  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 SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR MEMBERS: Robert Fiori, Mark Campbell, Dominic Berardi, David Steele, Jeremy Brooks, Michael Brooks, Alex Battani, Steven Walker, Frank Stefani, Mark Gibbons, Brian Rodenkirk, Mario Medici, Ken Magnani, John Romitti and James Romanco.  Buon Compleanno! 


September 17th – Men & Auxiliary Meetings followed by Polenta Party

October 8th – Columbus Day Dinner at Vittoria Lodge Doors open at 5PM Dinner at       5:30PM

October 15th – Men & Auxiliary Meetings

November 5th – Memorial Mass at 9AM

November 19th – Men & Auxiliary Meetings


Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary September 2017 Newsletter


Please plan to attend our September meeting and catch up with all that has happened over the summer.  Another reason to attend would be to enjoy Polenta and the various “go withs” and desserts.  Polenta will be served immediately after the men’s and women’s meetings. Hope to see you all on September 17th at 2pm. 


Save the Date – November 4th – plan to join us for our annual Craft, Vendor and Bake Sale.  No charge to attend 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.

Auxiliary members are asked to donate items for the Bake Sale – look for details regarding drop-off in an upcoming newsletter

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


The lodge will be hosting this event on October 8th.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased from Randy Prati.

CONGRATULATIONS to Louise and Bob Johnson who recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary! 


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


September 17th – Meeting at 2:00

October 8th – Columbus Day Dinner

October 15th – Meeting at 2:00

November 4th – Craft Fair

November 5th – Memorial Mass

November 19th – Meeting at 2:00

December 10th – Christmas Party


Vittoria Lodge Makes Large Donation to Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa

At the annual Columbus Day Dinner presented by the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa, President Jim Forneris of the Vittoria Lodge presented a $7,500 donation to the Cultural Center to be used as a payment on the principal of the Cultural Center’s mortgage.

The donation came from the proceeds earned by the Vittoria Lodge’s efforts at this year’s Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa.

In appreciation for their donation, the Cultural Center sent a cake and a letter of thanks to the Vittoria Lodge at their October meeting.

Vittoria Lodge Participates in Viva L’Italia Festival

Members of the Vittoria Lodge contributed many hours of volunteer work in the planning and execution of this year’s Italian American Heritage Festival of Iowa.  The women of the auxilliary also worked in the  Vittoria Lodge food booth selling biscotti, guanti, and Blue Bunny ice cream.  Proceeds from the festival food booth went towards the Vittoria Lodge Scholarship fund.  Below is a slideshow of photos from the food booth.  Thanks to all who volunteered! 

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