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! 


2010 Annual Dinner

The Vittoria Lodge held its annual dinner on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at the lodge hall.  Before a delicious meal of pasta and chicken was served, lodge president Jim Forneris completed the hall remodeling project by attaching the last piece of trim.  The meal was followed by a program which included a review of the successful year by Jim  and auxiliary president Julie Jennings.  Outgoing auxiliary president Mary Ladurini was also presented with a bouquet of flowers in honor of her many years of service to the group.

Photos of this year’s event can be viewed in the Vittoria Lodge Photo Albums.

Here are a few previews:

Auxiliary President Mary Ladurini Honored for 26 Years of Service

Vittoria Lodge Auxiliary President Mary Ladurini was honored at the group’s May meeting for her 26 years of service as president of the auxiliary.  Julie Jennings will be replacing Mary as president.

Other officers and trustees elected at the May meeting include: Vice-President – Kathy Lickteig,  Secretary – Judy Grant,  Treasurer – Kim Magnani, Sgt. of Arms – Norma Fousak, and Interpreter – Della Stefani.

Trustees elected include: Tina Battani, Betty Bimbvi, Mary Ladurini, Sarah Mahnani, and Freda Prati.  Alternate trustees elected were:  Darlene Cross, Della Stefani, and Mary Tonini.

Vittoria Lodge Members Complete Hall Renovation

Over the past two months, members of the Vittoria Lodge have been hard at work remodelling the main hall of the lodge building.  New walls, ceiling and lighting are the highlight of the project.  The panoramic photos below are courtesy of member Rick Hutcheson.  If you are interested in using the hall for your event, please see our Lodge Building Usage page for more information.

Main Hall view from the kitchen.
Main Hall view from the kitchen.


Main Hall view from the front door.
Main Hall view from the front door.

Santa Visits the Vittoria Lodge

Santa stopped to pay a visit to the Vittoria Lodge on Sunday, December 13th, where coincidentally lodge members and their children/grandchildren were enjoying a potluck dinner.   After a hearty meal and some quality time with Santa, members headed to the Italian American Cultural Center to participate in the Santa Lucia activities.  Here are some photos of Santa updating his list with some good boys and girls.

Longtime Vittoria Lodge Member Joe Romitti Passes Away

Joe Romitti
Joe Romitti

The Vittoria Lodge extends its sympathy to the family of longtime member Joe Romitti.  Joseph John “Joe” Romitti, 88, passed from this life on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at the Madrid Home.

Joe was born on September 9, 1921 in Zook Spur, Iowa to Virginio and Assunta Milani Romitti. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the United States Army from 1942 until he was honorably discharged in 1946. During this time, he was an interpreter for the Italian Prisoners of War who were sent to various camps throughout the Midwest. On February 7, 1953, Joe married Dora Theresa Pagliai in Madrid, Iowa, and to this union three children were born, John, Mary and Paul.

Joe was employed as a production scheduler with John Deere Co. for nearly 35 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Ankeny Knights of Columbus Council 5038; Vittoria Lodge, Boy Scouts of America, Madrid VFW Post 5060, Madrid Garden Club and the Madrid Historical Society.

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Dora Romitti of Madrid, three children, John S. (Kathy) Romitti and Mary C. Romitti both of Madrid and Dr. Paul A. (Roberta) Romitti of Marion, Iowa; and three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Andrew and Lily. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, where a parish scripture service will begin at 7 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 2, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, in Madrid, of which he was a member. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, south of Madrid.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. Malachy’s Catholic Church or the Madrid Public Library.