December 2017

President’s Message


My Buona Fortuna Family,

I find myself reflecting on the Buona Fortuna events of the past year, as the New Year approaches.

Welcome to all the New Members who signed up at our Festa Italiana 2017. I do hope you all will attend our Christmas Party. Chairperson, Sister Nancy, has sent out the invitations. So check your emails and please RSVP.

Our Festa Italiana’s net was $15,000.00 this year. This success is due to you, the members and our Chairpersons, Brothers Mark and Tod who volunteered their time and creative talents. This successful fundraising allows the lodge the opportunity to contribute to many more local charities and to give scholarships to students of our Italian heritage.

We will be electing council members for the years 2018-2020 in February. It has been my profound pleasure to serve you as President for the past four years. My devotion to the Lodge just keeps growing and I am proud of our accomplishments.

I encourage all members to run for an office or volunteer for a committee. You will find great satisfaction in helping the lodge to run successfully. Check the bottom of this newsletter for a list of all committees. Please take time to look it over and volunteer for the one you wish to serve on.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to celebrating with you at our Christmas Party.

Buona Natale,
Joyce Russo Bollenbacher
President Buona Fortuna Lodge

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Membership Information

General Membership Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, 140 W. Government St. Pensacola.

Our next General Membership Meeting is:

Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center. A business meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m. Please bring a potluck dish to share and a non-perishable food donation for the Manna Pantry to the meeting.

Council Meetings

First Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m at Franco’s Italian Restaurant.

Grand Lodge Quarterly Meetings

January 26, 27, 2018 Radisson Beach Resort,  2900 Parkway Blvd, Kissimmee, Florida

Meeting Set Up/Clean Up Committee:

We need all the members attending a meeting to help clean up after the meeting. 


If you have a charity that you would like supported by Buona Fortuna, please contact Bob Bowman for the procedures.

Lodge Committees

The current list of committees are located in this newsletter, just under the council, state & national list of officers. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, please contact President Joyce Bollenbacher at osiajoyce@gmail.com

Dates For Upcoming Events:

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

Dining Out With Giovanni 

No dine outs will be scheduled until January, 2018 due to the number of activities for this month.


WHEN: DECEMBER 16, 2017, 6:00 P.M. to 10 P.M.






R.S.V.P.: NANCY AT 944-4350 OR pncolalillo@yahoo.com


Lodge News

Visit our website’s membership page to view our new members (22 plus one reinstatement) who joined Buona Fortuna at the 2017 Festa Italiana.
Use this link:  https://soibuonafortuna.org/home/membership-information/

By Barbara Ferg, Sponsor Committee Chairperson

It is due to the tremendous support from so many people in the Pensacola community and surrounding areas that this year’s Festa Italiana was the best it has ever been since the first Festa Italiana in 2010. On behalf of the President of the Sons & Daughters of Italy’s Buona Fortuna Lodge, Joyce Russo Bollenbacher, we want to express our heartfelt thanks for the gracious support from so many caring and generous community members. It is because of your many and varied contributions that Buona Fortuna Lodge continues to make good things happen for others. Only through the money we raise at the Festa Italiana are we able to provide the much-needed assistance required by so many. Together we are making a difference.

Our sincerest appreciation and heartfelt thanks go to all those who gave so much of themselves toward the success of this year’s Festa, but we want to especially acknowledge the following sponsors:

Bonelli’s Café Italia
Breeze Cinema
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Emerald Coast Med Spa & Wellness
The Fishing Hole Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep
Italy’s Finest
New Yorker Deli & Pizzeria
Nick’s Boat House
O’Brien’s Bistro
Joe Patti’s Seafood
Renfroe Pecan Company
Salon Chardonnay
Seville Quarter
Martic Smith
South Paw Grill
The Tuscan Oven
Gail Walsh Massage & Skin Care
Woerner’s Nursery & Landscaping


Despite assimilation, Italian Americans continue to follow some of the traditions of their cultural heritage, especially the Christmas season traditions.

Christmas Eve

The most significant Christmas tradition in Italian-American homes is the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. This ancient tradition stems from the Roman Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on the eve of certain holidays. The number seven is also rooted in Catholicism; there are 7 sacraments, 7 days of Creation and 7 deadly sins. However, there are no hard-and-fast rules about what fish should be included or how they should be prepared. In fact, some families are ambitious and choose to make twelve dishes instead, in deference to the 12 apostles. Regardless of the historical number of dishes, you can choose to select one or two types of fish. Everyone who celebrates in this dinner can agree that seafood on the 24th is a must.

Christmas Day

Typically, Italian-Americans munch on cheese with a glass of wine or Prosecco while Sunday dinner is being prepared, but on Christmas appetizers get a chance to shine. Olives, stuffed mushrooms, prosciutto, arancini (rice balls) and savory tortes are popular.

Just as in Italy, dinners vary from house to house. Generally, it’s served as a late lunch or early dinner and most family dinners start with a salad. Naturally, there’s pasta, lasagna, gnocchi or ravioli, and chicken, alla parmigiana, alla milanese or alla marsala. Other meats make their way to the table also, such as meatballs, lamb or pork chops. Common side dishes include artichoke hearts and broccoli rabe.

No Italian holiday is complete without dessert. Depending on your Italian origins, pandoro, which originates in Verona, or panettone, first created in Milan, are a must. Both of the sweet cakes can be easily found in any Italian grocery store or bakery and pair perfectly with whipped cream, fresh fruit and a sweet wine. And with cake comes cookies. Most Italian Americans serve rainbow cookies, pignoli cookies and cantucci or biscotti. But you may also find Milanese hazelnut almond meringues, known as brutti ma buoni, which translates to ugly but good and pizzelle, thin and crisp waffle cookies from Abruzzo. Two last essential sweets to have on this festive holiday are struffoli, a Neapolitan sweet made of deep-fried balls of dough coated in honey and cannolis, a Sicilian pastry filled with a creamy ricotta filling.

Here is a family favorite in my house for Christmas Eve.

Sautéed Calamari


For the bread crumb topping:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small garlic clove, minced
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

For the calamari:

1/2 pound cleaned squid cut into rings, dried on paper towels
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil plus 1 tablespoon butter
1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste


Make the bread crumb topping:

Heat the 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet and add the garlic and Italian seasoning. Saute for a minute. Add the breadcrumbs and stir until lightly brown. Set aside.

For the calamari:

Heat a medium skillet and add the olive oil. Then garlic, butter and chili flakes. Add calamari, salt and pepper and parsley and cook 1-2 minutes Squeeze lemon over the fish and sprinkle lightly with the toasted bread crumbs. Serve immediately.

Note: It is important not to overcook calamari or it will become tough. A minute or two is all it needs to cook.

Merry Christmas
Jovina Coughlin/Editor

Buona Fortuna 2835 Lodge Officers

President Joyce Russo Bollenbacher

Vice President Brooke Hardy

Immediate Past President Pete Resedean

Orator Eric Frulla

Recording Secretary Barbara Ferg-Carter

Corresponding Secretary  Jovina Coughlin

Financial Secretary Ginny Barberi

Treasurer Patricia Bowman

Trustee Phyllis Alles

Trustee Bob Bowman

Trustee Nancy Colalillo

Trustee Joe Del Signore

Trustee Heather Frulla

Trustee Mary Resedean

Trustee Patricia Russo

Guard Andy Fricano

Acting Mistress of Ceremonies Rita Somma

Master of Ceremonies  John Arleo

Past President Mark De Nunzio

Past President Gene Valentino

Herald  Tod Wilson

Public Relations/Webmaster/Newsletter Editor: Jovina Coughlin

Lodge Chaplain  Giovanni Mirra

Arbitration Commissioners
 Mark De Nunzio-President, David D’Amore, Linda D’Amore, Michele Ledoux, Tod Wilson
Alternate Commissioners – Dawn Wilson, Thomas Bollenbacher, Nancy Colalillo, Patricia Russo, Al Lombardi
Committee Chairpersons
Budget: Joyce Russo Bollenbacher
Bocce Tournaments: Thomas Bollenbacher/Tod Wilson
ByLaws: Eric Frulla
Charities: Michele Ledoux
Health/Welfare/Bereavement: Nancy Colalillo
Historian: Vacant
Hospitality: Nancy Colalillo
Italian Culture: Vicki Dvorak
Membership: Ginny Barberi
Merchandise Sales: Phyllis Alles
Nominations/Elections: Jovina Coughlin
Scholarship: Brooke Hardy
Telephone: Shirley Cotita
Lodge Photographers: Al Lombardi/Shirley Cotita
Fundraising Chairpersons
Festa Italiana: Mark DeNunzio/Tod Wilson
Seafood Festival: Mark De Nunzio

State & National Officers

State Trustee-Region 1 Thomas Bollenbacher
State Deputy Bill Smith
National Foundation Trustee Mark DeNunzio 

Contact Information:

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

President – Joyce Russo Bollenbacher  (850) 995-7487 or  Webmaster/Editor – Jovina Coughlin  (248) 318-5815

Website Address: https://soibuonafortuna.org/

The first page (Home) has all the pages on the website listed across the top. Some of the pages have a drop down menu. If you hold the cursor over the page name, you will see the other pages that are in that menu. 

Buona Fortuna Email System

Our email address is buona-fortuna@googlegroups.com

Please check your spam filter and make sure Buona Fortuna sent emails are not going there. Add us to your address book and that will not happen.

Visit Us on Facebook and Twitter!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sonsofitalybuonafortuna Twitter:   https://twitter.com/BuonaFortunaSon


Remember Those Who Are Ill

  • Lucy Smith
  • Patricia Bowman

 December Birthdays

Emily Altazan
Kathryn Blake
Shirley Cotita
Mark DeNunzio
Sal DiBella
William Dvorak
Anna Gentile
Anne Hargis
Giovanni Mirra
Frank Pesce
James Scaminaci
Lucy Smith
Joseph Tangusso
Dawn Wilson

 Italian Cookbook For Sale

Preserving Our Italian Heritage. Cost per book $15.00. Great gift for Birthdays, Weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas. 

 Grand Lodge 2017 Calendar For Sale

Calendars are available to purchase and cost $25 for the rest of the year. The calendar program is part of the Cash Three Evening Florida Lottery Program. Prizes range from $100.00 to Special Holiday prizes for up to $1000.00. The calendars make great gifts for relatives and friends.

How Does The Calendar Work?

It is an 11 x 17 annual calendar with a three digit number in the lower left hand corner. That number, if you own it, and when it is the same as the evening cash three Florida Lottery number makes you a winner. What do you win? Each day of the month and for all 12 months (Feb to the following Jan) there is printed a dollar value which is the amount you would receive if you owned the calendar with the winning three digit number. You do not have to monitor the daily number because the Grand Lodge does. They have a list of all the lodges and the members’ names and numbers and a check is sent to the lucky winners.

The local Lodge members win, when they buy a calendar, having a three digit number for 365 days of the year and have a chance of winning more than once during the year. Your local Lodge wins because when you buy a calendar your local Lodge gets credit for the sale and at the end of the year the money left over after expenses is divided among the Lodges that participated in the program via the number of calendars bought by it members and friends.

See Patricia Bowman at the General Membership meeting to purchase a calendar. Checks should be made out to the Grand Lodge of Florida.

Newsletter Article Deadline

The newsletter is published quarterly:  Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. The deadline to submit information for the Fall quarterly is August 30, 2017.

Submit all information to Editor:  jovinacoughlin@gmail.com

Newsletter Ads

Members’ Personal Ads for Selling Consumer Goods cost $3.00 per month. Business Ads cost $36.00 for 12 months and are payable each January. Email a copy of your business card information or your personal ad information and a photo of the item you are selling to jovinacoughlin@gmail.com. Please make the check payable to Buona Fortuna Lodge and mail it to Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835. P.O. Box 12351, Pensacola, FL 32591.

Community Business Ads




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Buona Fortuna another great Italian- American Success”                                                                                          

 “Compliments Bill and Chieko Zuppa”

Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
Mark S. DeNunzio, D.D.S
Carpenter’s Creek Professional Offices 611 N Davis Highway, Building B Pensacola,
Florida 32504 (850) 474-0565 Email: denunziodds@yahoo.com



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