American First Italian Always
Our hearts and prays go out to the victims from Hurricane Charley and Tropical Storm Bonnie. We hope to find everyone healthy and safe, and we hope for a speedy recovery and normalcy. If anyone wants to make a donation or volunteer, the following are website and/or telephone numbers I find:
Florida official websites:
www.floridadisaster.org or 1-800-FL-HELP1
Salvation Army: www.salvationarymflorida.org
FEMA: www.fema.gov or 1-800-621-3362
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org or 1-800-435-7669
Local Red Cross Chapters:
Collier County (Naples): www.colliercountyredcross.org or 239-596-6868
Charlotte County (Punta Gorda): 941-629-4345
Central FL (Orlando): www.centralfl-redcross.org or 407-894-4141
Southwest FL (Sarasota): www.southwestflorida.redcross.org or 941-379-9300
Northeast FL (Jacksonville): www.nefloridarecross.org or 904-358-8091
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The following info. was provided by the IA Civic Assoc. of Vero Beach’s newsletter.
The Justice Dept. has a 243 page report on the treatment of Italian Americans during WWII. For a free copy, ask for A Review of Restrictions on Persons of Italian Ancestry During WWII. Call 1-202-514-4224 or visit their website at www.house.gov/judiciary/news112701.htm
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A LITTLE HUMOR
Last Sunday morning, the Priest noticed little Alex, a 6-year-old boy, was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church. It was covered with names and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.
Alex had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the Priest walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, “Good morning, Alex.” “Good morning, Father”, replied Alex, still focused on the plaque. “Father, what is this?” asked Alex. The Priest replied, “Well, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service”.
Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque. Suddenly, the little boy in a voice barely audible, trembling with fear, asked, “Father, which service, the 8:30 or the 10:30?”.
Provided by the IA Civic League of Ft. Lauderdale’s Newsletter.
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ANOTHER LITTLE HUMOR
During my last visit at Century Village, I heard 3 old men talking about their aches, pains and bodily functions.
One seventy five year old man said, “I have a problem. I wake up every morning at seven o’clock, and it takes me 20 minutes to pee.”
An eighty-year-old man said: “My case is even worse. I get up at eight and sit in the bathroom for half an hour grunting and moaning before I finally have a bowel movement.”
The third old man said: “I do not have the problem you guys have. At seven I pee like a horse, at eight I crap like a cow.”
The other two gentlemen asked: “Then what is your problem?”
Provided by Italian American Civic League of Ft. Lauderdale’s newsletter
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ONLY ITALIANS UNDERSTAND BY ZUPPA
* You grew up thinking what you ate for lunch was a “sangwich”.
* Your dog understood Italian.
* Every Sunday afternoon you visited your grandparents.
* You witnessed 150 people fitting into 50 sq. ft. of yard for a cookout.
* You were as tall as your grandmother at age 7
* You never ate meat on Christmas Eve.
* You were hit at least once with a wooden spoon.
* You called the bathroom the baccausa.
* You had at least one relative who came over on the “boat”.
* All your widowed aunts wore black until they died.
Provided by Italian American Club of Jacksonville’s newsletter
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COOKING WITH PASTA
Lucy Cortese from the IAC of Jacksonville explains the meaning of different shaped pastas and what sauces go with them.
For Soups and Stews: Stelline(stars), Acine de Pepe (peppercorns), Orzo (barley, Ditalini (little thimbles), Conchiglie (conch shells), Cravate (bow ties) or Pastina (baby pasta).
Marinara or Seafood Sauce: Capellini (angel hair), Linguine (little tongues), Vermicelli (little worms).
Thicker Sauce or Alfredo Sauce: Fettucine (ribbons), Orecchiette (little ears), Gnocci (dumplings), Penne (pen quills), Rotini (twists), Tortelli (little cakes), Radiatore (radiators), Fusilli (helix), Farfalle (butterflies).
Stuff with Meat or Cheeses: Cannelloni (reeds), Tubetini (tubes), Manicotti (small muffs), Bucatini (hollow reeds) or Perciatelli (tiny holes).
For pasta recipes visit her website at:www.jacksonville.com/community/cc/cortese/stories
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WE THE FLORIDA FEDERATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUBS, INC. ARE HAVING OUR 29TH ANNUAL CONVENTION IN DEERFIELD BEACH AT THE EMBASSY SUITES ON SEPTEMBER 16, 17, & 18, 2005. THE PUBLICATION OF OUR AD BOOK IS VERY INSTRUMENTAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR CONVENTION AND PRESERVING OUR ITALIAN HERITAGE. WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE ADS IN THIS YEARS BOOK.
THE COSTS OF ADS ARE AS FOLLOWING:
FULL PAGE FOR CLUBS . . $100.00
FULL PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . $125.00
HALF-PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 75.00
QUARTER PAGE . . . . . . . . $ 50.00
EIGHT PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . $ 30.00
BACK PAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . $175.00
INSIDE FRONT PAGE . . . . $175.00
PLEASE MAIL ADS TO RITA PETRECCIA AT 2107 N.E. 56th Place, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308. MAKE CHECK PAYABLE TO FFIAC.
FORMAT FOR HOSTING MINI-MEETINGS/CONVENTIONS
1. Host club will have a greeting table in lobby of hotel/motel at least one hour prior to check-in.
2. Host club will have a list of FFIAC members and guest attending the convention by club and room number, copies should be made available to FFIAC representative. A list with mailing addresses should be made available for the chairpersons of the annual and mini Conventions. Table assignments should be made available for all guest staying at the mini meetings and annual convention. When arranging tables, have members of individual clubs sitting together.
3. List of all attractions in the area or events to be held at the annual and mini convention.
4. If there is a head table, the president of the Federation should be included with any other dignitaries.
5. Introduce all the FFIAC clubs and their presidents or if there is no president present, than introduce a delegate.
6. Introduce all Federation officers that are present.
7. Host club to give the Federation’s President and guest, the package weekend at no cost, a suite if possible.
8. Host club to pay to the Federation the sum of at least $500.00 or percentage determined by the board for hosting the mini-meeting.
9. Give the option to the weekend package of staying one day early or a day later.
10. The host club will have a written contract from the hotel/motel outlining what is being offered for the weekend package.
11. The proposal will be submitted for mini-meetings subject for approval. January/February mini-meeting must present proposal at the prior April/May mini-meeting, and April/May mini-meeting must present proposal at the prior Annual Convention.
12. The Annual Convention will be submitted the year prior.
13. All officers shall be housed in same hotel/motel.
14. Buffet dinners at mini-meetings/conventions must be approved by FFIAC’s Board. Buffet dinners must be served by an attendant, and one night only.
15. The 50/50 raffle is to be run by the Federation on Saturday night dance.
16. The host club can use their clubhouse for dinner dances for the events, if the hotel/motel is within reasonable distance.
17. In the event of illness or emergencies, the host club will reimburse the person or persons that was supposed to attend the mini-meeting/convention for the full amount of the package. All refunds subject to the hotel/motel contract. Restrictions must be listed on all flyers.
18. Host club will not offer separate dinner package to their club members and guest until after all reservation are submitted, and there would be ample room for hotel/motel guests. Annual convention will follow with no dinners only, unless ample room.
Carl Messina, Past President of the FFIAC, passed away on April 22, 2004, and his wife Ann Messina passed away four days before. Ann Messina died Sunday, April 18th from stroke complications. On Thursday April 22nd, Carl Messina died from heart and lung disease. Ann and Carl would have been married 59 years on June 24th. In 1945, they were married in Brooklyn, New York. Then four years later (1949) they moved to the country (Long Island). In 1981, they moved to Jacksonville to be closer to two of their 3 children. Soon after, their circle of friends grew when they joined the local Italian American Club. Ann enjoyed the cooking and encourage Carl to become president of the club. The Italian American Club was a second home to them. They enjoyed the cooking, dancing, traveling and most of all, the good friends they met at the club. Carl later became president of the FFIAC, again with Ann's help and devotion. Their wonderful traveled to functions at the various local clubs located throughout the state. Health problems for both Ann and Carl had curtailed their traveling the last several years but the friends that they made at the Italian American Clubs continued.
1926 - 2001
IN MEMORY OF PAUL RENALDO
It is with deep regret that we have lost a dear friend and officer of the Florida Federation of Italian American Clubs. Paul recently retired as Treasurer of FFIAC, an office he held for fifteen years. He most recently held the position of Trustee.
Paul had been married to Carol Sickle Renaldo for 54 years. Together they had six children, a son, five daughters and 15 grandchildren.
Paul was a former resident of Manville, New Jersey, living later in Branchburg before moving to Miramar, Florida. While in New Jersey, Paul was Commander of the V.F.W. Post #2290 for four years. In Florida he was the President for three terms for the Italian American Civic League of Broward County. After retiring from his business at Air Flow Filters in Hialeah, he purchased a motor home. He and his wife have traveled extensively throughout the United States.
The Officers and friends of the Florida Federation of Italian American Clubs will greatly miss Paul and our prayers are with him and his family.
On April 2, 2009, we lost a long standing member of the FFIAC, and friend to everyone. Bob Marino was a loving family man. His wife Gladys is the Parliamentarian for the Federation. Our sympathy goes out to his wife and family. Thank you for being a part of our family.
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