Vittoria Lodge July 2017 Newsletter

Next Men’s Meeting September 17th, 2PM 

JUNE DINNER:  We had over 200 people at our annual dinner.  Thank you to our members Roger Fiori, Grimes, & Rob Fiori, Polk City, for preparing the meal.  A big thank you to the Women’s Auxiliary for providing the meal, table decorations and to everyone who helped set up the hall for the dinner.

ANNUAL CORN & FAMILY PICNIC:  The Lodge will host the annual sweat corn /family picnic on Sunday August 27th at noon providing sweat corn & brats/hot dogs.   All you need to bring is a side dish (salad, casserole or dessert) for everyone to sample.  

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.

COAL MINER EXHIBIT AT FESTIVAL:  The Lodge needs volunteers to host the coal miner’s exhibit inside Heritage Hall (Pappajohn Center has air conditioning) during the Festival.  Contact Jim Tazzioli at 515-249-8299 to reserve a time slot.

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 JULY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR MEMBERS: Monsignor Frank Chiodo, Jim Blasco, John Rossi, Charles Van Houten, Frank Forneris, Randy Stefani, Justin Stefani, Steven Righi, Richard Stefani, Mike Van Houten, Eugenio Fugaccia, Edward Palandri, Phillip Pezzetti, Michael Lucente, Jeffrey Jennings, Orlando Vivone, Larry Lassiter, Jay Joens, Angelo Vignaroli, James Hamm, Roscoe Vacco Jr., and Neal Prati.  Buon Compleanno! 


July 28th & 29th – Italian American Heritage Festival Western Gateway Park   Downtown Des Moines

August 27th – Annual Family Picnic/Corn Feed at the Lodge Shelter Noon

September 17th – Men & Auxiliary Meetings & Polenta Party

October 15th – Men & Auxiliary Meetings

Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary July 2017 Newsletter

Our next meeting will be September 17th at 2:00pm followed by the Polenta Party. 


We had a great turn out for the June dinner!  Roger and Rob Fiori catered the event along with the help of their families and the food was wonderful!

Thank you to the Auxiliary and Men for a wonderful event and for the members that helped with set up and tear down! The decorations were outstanding, thank you to Joy Thompson for providing those – we hope the lucky winners are enjoying the geraniums!

14 scholarships were awarded, 10 from the men and 4 from the Auxiliary!


Our annual corn feed/picnic will be held August 27th 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.  

SYMPATHY to the family of Rachelina Mazzoli who had been an auxiliary member since 1971.


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


August 27th – Corn Feed noon

October 8th – Columbus Day Dinner

November 4th – Craft Fair

November 5th – Memorial Mass

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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