President’s Message

January 1, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters.

I hope this Newsletter finds everyone in good health and in high hopes for the year 2022.

Our Christmas party was a huge success. We were entertained by the Platinum Premier Band and our food was catered by Carrabba’s. Everyone had on their dancing shoes and really enjoyed the band. Thanks to Frank Patti we were able to afford the band instead of only the duo. The food was delicious and we appreciate Carrabba’s for all they do for our lodge.

Buona Fortuna will begin this year electing new officers. At our next General Meeting on January 13, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hall, 140 W Government Street, we will be accepting nominations. The actual election will be at our February General meeting on February 10, 2022. In order to be eligible to vote your dues must be up to date.

Please try to have your dues paid by the January general meeting. Dues are $45 per person. Those
members that became members from October 8 to the end of 2021 are considered paid through Dec. 31, 2022.

Our Council meeting will be Calvert‘s in the Heights on January 6 at 6pm. Any members wishing to attend is welcome.

Our next dining out will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at O’Brien’s Bistro at 6pm. The address is 4350 Bayou Blvd, Suite 8, Pensacola, Fl . Mark your calendar and Please RSVP no later than January 10 to Tom Cacciatore at cacciatore51@msn.com or Shirley Cotita at Shirley.cotita@yahoo.com.

Thank you to everyone that brought an unwrapped toy for Caring and Sharing to our Christmas party. I know the children really appreciated their gifts.

Spero che tutti abbiano un anno nuovo sicuro e felice (Hope everyone has a safe and happy new year).

Buon Anno
President Patricia Russo

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Buona Fortuna Lodge Calendar

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Membership Information

Buona Fortuna members meet for a monthly social hour and dinner on the second Thursday of each month. Guests are welcome!

Join us at

St. Joseph’s Parish Hall
140 W. Government St. 
Pensacola, Florida

Dinner begins at 6pm with a membership meeting to follow at 7pm.

Please bring a potluck dish to share for dinner.

Zoom video conferencing will be available. The Zoom link will be emailed to the membership the day before the meeting.

We hope to see you there!


2022 Lodge Dues 

Lodge dues are $45 per member for a year.
If you pay by check, please make the check payable to Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835.

Mail a check to
Sons & Daughters of Italy in America – Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835.
P.O. Box 12351, Pensacola, FL 32591.

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Council Meetings

The first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm. For location, please see our regularly updated calendar

Grand Lodge

Be sure to visit our Florida Grand Lodge website and read The Floridian, the Grand Lodge’s quarterly newsletter.  


Beginning in 2022, we will be awarding funding to charities twice a year, in the spring and in the fall.

Stay Abreast of our Activities on Social Media

Our updated Facebook and Instagram pages have lots of interesting cultural content, as well as updates on current happenings in Buona Fortuna. Follow us!

Lodge Committees

The current list of committees is located on the Buona Fortuna Officers page.

Buona Fortuna needs your participation. If you would like to join a committee, please contact President Russo.

Dates For Upcoming Events

You can visit our website calendar for all the year’s events at https://soibuonafortuna.org/home/buona-fortuna-calendar/

Festa Planning Meeting

To be announced soon!

Seafood Festival

Buona Fortuna will be cooking and serving our famous Shrimp Scampi at this year’s Seafood Festival. Dates to be announced soon!

Festa Italiana

Dates to be announced soon!

Lodge News

Buona Fortuna Delegates Patricia Russo, Dan Kaestle, Shayla Kaestle, Ginny Barberi and Vincent Tucei attended the 2021 Convention. Pictured is President Russo addressing the delegates.




Lodge Contact Information

Sons & Daughters of Italy in America – Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835. P.O. Box 12351, Pensacola, FL 32591.

Email us! 



Remember Those Who Are Ill

  • Vera Fricano
  • Joyce Russo Bollenbacher
  • Marsha Mirra
  • Giovanni Mirra

January Birthdays

Elaine Ciardello – Jan 19
John Coughlin – Jan 25
Marianne Cufone – Jan 23
Barbara Ferg – Jan 19
Vera Fricano – Jan 13
Margaret Manetta-Lawson – Jan 23
Frank Patti Jr – Jan 23
Wayne Schumm – Jan 19

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