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BROWARD COUNTY COUNCIL OF ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUBS

 

Meeting is the 2nd Wednesday

President:  Shirley Poponi Casey

 

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PEMBROKE PINES

AMERICAN ITALIAN ASSOCIATION

 

Board Meeting on the 2nd Tuesday

General Meeting on the 4th Monday

President:  Barbara Giannettino

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB

OF ORMOND BEACH

 

Board Meetings – 1st Monday

Club Meetings – 3rd Monday

04/27/14 – Annual Picnic

05/03/14 – Dine Around Sinatra Ristorante

05/19/14 – Luau & Meeting

06/06/14 – Dine Around River Cruise

Website:  www.ormondbeachitalianclub.webs.com

President:  Kathleen D’Ambra

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN WAR

VETERANS POST #4 -- ORLANDO

 

Meetings – 3rd Wednesday of the month

Wednesday Night Buffets

Friday Night Dinner & Dance

Website:  www.post4flitam.org

Commander:  Anthony DiMarino

 

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ITALIAN CLUB OF TAMPA

 

Happy Hour every Friday Night

President:  Sal Guagliardo

Website:  www.italian-club.org

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB

OF JACKSONVILLE

 

04/25/14 – Pasta & Bingo

05/01 – 05/04/14 – World of Nations

05/09/14 --  Pizza & Game Night

05/18/14 – Sunday Dinner & Meeting

05/31/14 – Victory Casino Cruise

06/27/14 – Club Anniversary Dinner Dance

07/04/14 – 4th of July BBQ & Dessert Contest

Website:  www.iacofjacksonville.com

President:  John Koch

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB

OF SOUTH BREVARD

 

Board Meeting – 1st Wed. of the month

General Meeting – 2nd Wed. of the month

Bocce – Monday

Bingo – Tuesday

Cards – Monday & Thursday

Lunch - Every Thursday

Wednesday is Pasta Nights

Website:  www.iacsb.com

E-Mail:  iacsb@att.net

President:  Armand Cassone

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE

OF FT. LAUDERDALE

 

Pasta Night – 1st Thursday of the month

Dinner Dance – 3rd Saturday of the month

04/26/14 – Installation Gala

05/17/14 – Arrivederci Dinner Dance

President:  Nella Mangiafico

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB OF BROWARD COUNTY

 

Dinner Meetings  -- 3rd Tuesday of the month

President:  Shirley Casey

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB OF

GREATER CLEARWATER

 

Social Night – Every Monday

Pasta Dinner – Every Tuesday

Bocce  --  Every Sunday

05/10/14 – Mother’s Day Dance

05/24/14 – Memorial Day Dance

06/07/14 – Father’s Day Dance

06/21/14 – Independence Day Dance

Club’s webpage:  www.iacgc.org

President:  Mary Balestrieri

 

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PASCO ITALIAN AMERICAN

 CIVIC CLUB

 

Bingo – Every Thursday

Social Night – Every Monday

Ladies Social – Every Wednesday

Meetings – 1st & 3rd Wednesday

President:  Joseph Giuliani

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN SOCIAL CLUB

AT PALM COAST

 

Bingo every Mon. Night and Tue. afternoon

Every Tuesday & Friday Night Dinners

Game Day every Wednesday

Website:  www.iascpc.com

President:  Peter DiGuilio

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CIVIC LEAGUE

OF BROWARD - HOLLYWOOD

 

General Meeting – 1st Tuesday of the month

Board Meeting – 3rd Tuesday of the month

07/04/14 – Annual 4th of July Picnic

Club’s webpage:  www.iaclofbroward.com

President:  Joe Sardo

 

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CAPE CORAL ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB OF LEE COUNTY

 

Every Wednesday Spaghetti & Sandwich Night

Every Friday Dinner & Dance

Website:  www.capecoralitalianamericanclub.com

President:  Cathy Raso Sangiovanni

 

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN SOCIETY

OF ST. PETERSBURG

 

September thru May the following:

Board Meeting – 1st Tuesday of the month

General Meeting – 3rd Thursday of the month

Italian Language & Dance Instruction on Thursday evenings

Website:  www.iasosp.org

President:  Frank Purrelli

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CIVIC ASSOCIATION OF VERO BEACH

 

Dinner Dances – Every Friday

Pasta Dinners – 1st & 3rd Sunday every month

Fish Fry Dinners – 1st & 3rd Wed. every month

Lunches – every Tues., Wed. & Thurs.

Men’s Meeting – every Monday evening

Men’s Dinner Meeting – every 4th Monday

Women’s Auxiliary Meeting – every 1st & 3rd Tuesday evenings

Cookies for Soldiers – every 3rd Thursday morning

Website:  www.iacavb.com

President:  Robert Gelsimino

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN WAR

VETERANS DEPT. OF FLORIDA

 

05/02 – 05/04/14 – Dept. Meeting in Vero

Website:  www.post4flitam.org

Commander:  Michael Dippolito

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB

OF VENICE

 

Bocce – Monday

Weekly Italian Classes

Pasta Dinners – Every Friday Night

Social Night – Every Wednesday

Video Night – Tuesday & Thursday

Club’s webpage:  www.italianamericanclubofvenice.com

President:  Richard Cattelona

 

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ITALIAN AMERICAN

SOCIAL CLUB OF ORLANDO

 

Board Meetings – 1st Wednesday of the month

General Meetings – 2nd Wednesday of the month

Thursday night Dinner – 3rd Thursday

04/26/14 – Dinner Dance

Website:  www.iascorlando.org

President:  Lou Tomeo

 

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GRIEVANCE

 

If anyone has a grievance to report to the Florida Federation, please contact Henry Porter (386) 788-5476. 

 

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ANTI-DEFAMATION

 

If anyone has any anti-defamation to report to the Florida Federation, please contact Bernie Petreccia at (954) 772-2361.

 

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AREA DELEGATES

 

Chairperson, Rita Petreccia (954) 772-2361

Southeast –Rusty Vets (954) 234-5615

Northeast – Henry Porter (386) 788-5476

Southwest – Pending

Northwest - Pending

Central – Marie DeCarlo (321) 259-8086

 

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MAY 2014

 MINI CONVENTION

 

It will be on May 2 -4, 2014 at the Embassy Suites in Kissimmee.  There will be a Pajama Party, Card Bingo, Horse Races, and Dancing.  The hotel provides a bus to Disney World for a fee.  The hotel is only 3.5 miles from Disney World.  Officers Meeting will be Friday morning.  Please call Shirley or Sherry at (954) 472-1245 for information. 

 

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ANNUAL 2014 CONVENTION

 

The 2014 Annual Convention will be held at the Hilton Inn in Daytona Beach on September 26 – 28, 2014.  The reservation package form will be coming out.  Please call Shirley or Sherry at (954) 472-1245 for information or visit the webpage:  www.ffiac.com/coming_events.htm

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N MEMORY OF

 FRANK CONA – 1ST Vice President

(1925-2014)

 

Frank Cona passed away on March 3, 2014.  Frank has been a member and officer of the FFIAC’s for many years.  He has been chairman for several committees, and he was willing to help in any way he could.  Frank has been affiliated with Italian American Club of South Brevard, VFW-Fleet Reserve, Elks & Moose organizations.  He served in WWII and the Korean War, and he retired from the Navy.  Frank Cona also was aboard the Costa Riviera in August 1987 when the Statue of Christopher Columbus was being brought to the Fort Lauderdale Port.

 

The Italian American Club of South Brevard will be having a Celebration of his life on Saturday, April 26th at 11:00 A.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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www.ffiac.com

 

 

 

 

Check it out

 

Filled with information such as Local Clubs and addresses, Coming Events, Clubs News & FFIAC’s Newsletter, History, Fun & Facts, Recipes, Photos from the Convention, Comment Page plus more.

 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

 

 

PLEASE SEND US YOUR NEWS.  WE CAN’T PRINT IT, IF YOU DON’T SEND IT!!!

 

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If you find mistakes in this publication, PLEASE consider that they are there for a purpose.  We publish something for everyone, and some people ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MISTEAKS!

 

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HURRICANE RELIEF

 

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.myflorida.com

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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FYI

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?”


“Well”, said the man, “I don’t wake up until nine o’clock.”

 

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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YEARBOOK

 

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.

 

The Solider


Close your eyes and picture in your mind the soldier at Valley Forge, as he holds his musket in his bloddy hands. He stands barefoot in the snow, starved from lack of food, wounded from months of battle and emotionally scarred from the eternity away from his family surrounded by nothing but death and carnage of war. He stands tough, with fire in his eyes and victory on his breath. He looks at us now with anger and disgust and tells us this - - -

He gave you a birthright of freedom born in the Constitution and now your children graduate too illiterate to read it --- He fought in the snow barefoot to give you the freedom to vote and you stay at home because it rains --- He left his family destitute to give you the freedom of speech and you remain on critical issues because it might be bad for business --- He orphaned his children to give you a government to serve you and it has stolen democracy from the people.

It's the soldier, not the reporter, who gives you freedom of the press --- It's the soldier, not the poet who gives you freedom of speech --- It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who allows you to demonstrate --- It's the solider who salutes the flag, serves the flag, who's coffin is draped with the flag, that allows the protester to burn the flag!!! --- Lord hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.

Please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our U.S. troops in Afgahanistan and Iraq. --- And all over the world.


Submitted by ITAM-VETS Newsletter, Post #4, Orlando

 

 

 

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.

 

ROBERT MARINO

 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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