Vittoria Lodge November 2018 Newsletter

Next Men’s Meetings November 18th @ 2pm

SOCIAL CALENDAR: The lodge has put together a social calendar for the next year.  Please mark your calendars with the dates.  Please note some of the new exciting gatherings planned! 

THOUGHTS & PRAYERS: Please keep your fellow members and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Please let us know if there are members or family of members that need our prayers.

MONTHLY MEETING: We would love to see your faces!  Haven’t been to monthly lodge meeting in a while? Please mark your calendars and join us!

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

NEWSLETTER:  The lodge would like to hear from you!  We are blessed with a monthly newsletter that keeps us informed with current events as well as recipes, history and other entertaining content.  We want to know if you would like to continue receiving the newsletter(we hope you do!) and if so, would you prefer to have it mailed or emailed to you.  Please contact Rob Fiori, either at or mail him at 1717 Falcon Dr. Polk City, IA 50226.  If you email him, use “Newsletter” in the subject line.  We want to have all responses in by November 17th.

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAY WISHES TO OUR MEMBERS: Chad Johnson, Robert Battani Jr, Daniel DeCarlo, Michael Marcketti, Brian Patton, Joseph Tollari, Roger Fiori, Randy Palandri, Richard Cervetti, Donald Lamberti, Bob Fontana, Paul Manning, Dominick Forneris, Sante Medici and Joseph Ballantini.

Buon Compleanno!



November 18th – Lodge Meeting

November 29th – Lodge Social

December 9th –  Vittoria Lodge Christmas Party.

December 16th – Lodge Meeting

December 20th – Lodge Social


Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary November 2018 Newsletter

Next Meeting:  November 18th at 2:00 pm


Our last meeting for 2018 will be on November 18th at 2:00 pm.  Marie Hutchison and Vicki Hutchison Cook will provide refreshments.


Plan to join us for our annual Craft, Vendor and Bake Sale.  No charge to attend and all the proceeds from the Cavatelli and Bake Sale go directly to the auxiliary to fund our annual scholarships.  We have some amazing vendors lined up this year so please get out and support them!! “Cavatelli-To-Go” will be served from 11:00 to 1:00 so come hungry.

Auxiliary members are asked to donate items for the Bake Sale – drop off Friday Nov 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 or the morning of the event.

Any questions please contact Lisa at 515-240-5346 or


The Memorial Mass will be held Sunday November 4th at 9:00 am.  Those being honored by the auxiliary include Wanda Turchi and Mary Ladurini.  Donuts and coffee will be served following the mass.


This year’s party will be held on December 9th at 1:00pm.  This event is open to lodge and auxiliary members, widows, and their families.  Santa will have gifts for children ages 0 – 10.  Please bring along donations of cookies, cakes, etc.… for the cake walk so we have enough for each child to win at least once.  As always we will be collecting items for the local food pantry so please bring what you can spare.


We had so much fun last year we are doing it again.  Bunco Night – January 12th at 5:00 pm.  We will hold our January meeting at 3:00 pm.  We will supply pizza – please bring and appetizer, dip, sweet, etc. to share and something for you to drink. Your friends are welcome to join us.  Contact Toni Dickey to sign up at: or 515-360-7966

GET WELL WISHES  go out to Terri Righi Ryner


Shelley Prati (2nd), Gina Schaffer (4th), Amy Copley (6th), Diana Houge (8th), Chris Sledge (12th), Debra Roberts (13th), Karla Fiori (13th), Delores Giofreddi (16th), Rose Russo (17th), Teresa Russo Dyer (17th), Jenny Stefani (17th), Valeria Mason (19th), Madison Pardekooper (22nd), Ashley Dickey (23rd), Lori Vivone (25th), Julie Jennings (28th), Jeanne Tazzioli (29th), Sandy Forneris 


November 3rd – Craft Fair – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

November 4th – Memorial Mass

November 18th – Regular Meeting – 2:00 pm

December 9th – Christmas Party – 1:00 pm

January 12th – Regular Meeting – 3:00 pm

January 12th – Bunco Night – 5:00 pm (everyone is welcome)

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:


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.

Vittoria Lodge Members Attend Dinner with Culture

On Sunday, November 7, 2010, several members of the Vittoria Lodge and auxiliary attended a “Dinner with Culture” event at the Italian American Cultural Center of Iowa.  A presentation on Christmas in Italy was presented by the cultural center, folowed by a  delicious dinner prepared by Tony Lemmo of Cafe di Scala.  Below are photos from the event.