Brothers and Sisters,
We have had a very good summer. Thankfully, we dodged two major hurricanes.
Some of our brothers and sisters in Florida have not been as fortunate as those in Northwest Florida. The members of the Key West Lodge and the Key Largo Lodge suffered greatly from the hurricanes. The quarterly meeting scheduled there for October had to be canceled. The hotel that was booked for Grand Lodge members is damaged. President Carolyn is not sure if we will have a quarterly meeting this quarter.
President Carolyn and I spoke about the Grand Lodge having a disaster relief fund for helping members when needed. Each of the lodges in the state would contribute. Funds not used in a disaster would be kept in escrow for upcoming relief in other situations. This was and still is the reason Dr. Sellaro organized and formed our great order, The Son’s of Italy in America, to help our brothers and sister when needed.
We are entering our busy time of year. Our two major fundraisers are in October. The Seafood Festival and Festa Italiana. In November the membership meeting will be a Thanksgiving dinner with a 30 minute meeting to follow. Last year we had a great turnout for the dinner. The Lodge supplies the turkeys, dressing and drinks. Members bring sides and desserts. Sure hope you join us this year, we have a lot to be thankful for. Our lodge is growing and growing and we are very proud to be spreading our culture and heritage within the community.
Proud to serve you as your President.
Joyce Russo Bollenbacher
Buona Fortuna Lodge has a 501(c)(3) tax designation.
What does it mean to be a 501(c)(3) organization?
Being “501(c)(3)” means that a particular nonprofit organization has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. “Charitable” is broadly defined as being established for purposes that are religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering of national or international amateur sports, or prevention of cruelty to animals and children. In order for an organization to receive 501(c)(3) status, it must apply to the IRS for recognition by filing an Application for Recognition of Tax Exemption. The application is a thorough examination of the organization’s structure, governance and programs. This entire process was completed successfully by our President, Joyce Bollenbacher.
501(c)(3) organizations are highly regulated entities. Strict rules apply to both the activities and the governance of these organizations. No part of the activities or the net earnings can unfairly benefit any director, officer, or any private individual, and no officer or private individual can share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets in the event the organization shuts down. Having 501(c)(3) status comes with compliance requirements, the most obvious of which is operating the organization within the IRS regulations. In addition, most organizations must file with the IRS each year. Additional compliance requirements exist at the state level. Organizations with 501(c)(3) are prohibited from conducting political campaign activities to intervene in elections. Donor contributions to a 501(c)(3) organization are tax-deductible only if the contribution is for the use of the 501(c)(3) organization.
Incorporating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization provides an organization considerable tax benefits.
One major benefit is exemption from taxes. This means Buona Fortuna is exempt from federal taxes, sales taxes and property taxes. Being tax-exempt will save money over time, which is a plus to any nonprofit organization.
Recognition of Buona Fortuna’s status makes the organization seem more credible to the public and other entities. The Lodge can clearly state this on all written materials and applications.
Buona Fortuna is able to give donors tax deductions when they make charitable gifts to us.
Most funders state being a 501(c)(3) as a requirement to apply for a grant. They won’t even consider an organization that is not registered as a 501(c)(3) entity.
The United States Postal Service gives nonprofits the option to take advantage of special bulk mailing rates which can in turn save an organization a lot of money.
Many media outlets often give free or discounted rates for announcements and press releases from nonprofit organizations.
Since there are many regulations to abide by when being a 501(c)(3) organization, there are sure to be restrictions as well. There are strict rules that apply to activities conducted by nonprofits, as well as how they must report their assets.
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, October 12, 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.
Please don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food donation for the Manna Pantry to our meeting.
First Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m at Franco’s Italian Restaurant.
Grand Lodge Quarterly Meetings
Tentative New Date is: November 10th & 11th
Key Largo, Florida – Upper Keys Sons and Daughters Lodge #2843
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A sign-up sheet has been emailed to members. Please consider joining a committee.
September 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 scheduled throughout the next few months.
Festa Italiana 2017
A Festa Update will take place at the October General Membership Meeting. Members are asked to help set up for the Festa on the evening of Thursday, October 19 at St. Joseph’s. Festa Italiana 2017 takes place on Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21. A volunteer sign up sheet has been emailed to all the members by President Bollenbacher.
Pensacola Seafood Festival
Seville Square Park, September 29, 30 and October 1.
OUR ITALIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE
Italian American Festivals
The custom of honoring a favorite saint with outdoor ceremonies was brought to America more than 100 years ago by the early Italian immigrants. These festivals varied in size and character. Some consisted of only carrying the saint’s statue in a procession through the streets, while others were elaborate celebrations that lasted several days and included symphonic bands, entertainers, food stands, rides and fireworks. A familiar sight at most of the festivals was the saint’s statue covered with money or jewelry that was later donated to the local church or saint’s society.
The oldest festival is believed to be the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Hammonton, NJ. The biggest festival is the Feast of San Gennaro held every September in New York City, which attracts about one million people. Large festivals can also be found in West Virginia (Wheeling’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival in July and Clarksburg’s Italian Heritage Festival in September) and in Wisconsin (Milwaukee’s Festa Italiana in July).
According to the Sons of Italy research, the five states with the most festivals are: New York (61); New Jersey (50); California (34); Pennsylvania (35); and Illinois (26). Other states with significant numbers of festivals include Massachusetts (21), Ohio (20), Connecticut (14) and Florida (14).
For those who live in Italian American communities, festival time can be better than Christmas. Whether a festival for a patron saint or for ethnic pride, Italian American festivals bring out the best in the community and in many places are the highlight of the year. Everywhere the early Italian immigrants settled, they brought with them their traditions. Besides the major religious feasts celebrated widely, there were also many feasts dedicated to local saints and these traditions were reintroduced once immigrants from the same parts of Italy starting forming their own enclaves in places like New York and Boston. Some were small affairs held in the side streets, while others grew into huge celebrations complete with amusements and live performances all illuminated by multi-colored lights hanging above the streets.
Unfortunately, as the descendants of the first immigrants left the old neighborhoods, many festivals dwindled down until they ceased to be celebrated. The Italian ethnicity was assimilated into the larger American culture and with this change, many forgot these traditions and their ancestral language. However, on a positive note, resurgence in ethnic pride among Italian Americans has seen a rebirth of the Italian festival in the last twenty years, with new festivals springing up all across the country. Not only are these new festivals gaining momentum, but it seems that in many places the younger generations are carrying on the older festivals with renewed gusto – and this has been an asset to their respective city’s tourism economy.
These new festivals are often inspired by ethnic pride rather than religion, but they still bring out the same spirit and, of course, are a lot of fun. The old Heart of Italy neighborhood of Chicago is now home to an annual food and wine festival in honor of the Northern Italian roots of its first immigrants. Seattle may not seem like an “Italian” city, but the first Italian immigrants arrived over one hundred years ago. Today, Festa Seattle is a large event held in the heart of the city and includes everything from food and wine (including a grape stomp) to music, sports, film festivals and even an Italian auto show. One of the newest Italian American festivals is the six-year-old San Gennaro festival held in Los Angeles in honor of both the Neapolitan saint and the older festival held in New York. The feast and its nonprofit foundation (to benefit the city’s underprivileged children) was organized and supported by prominent LA residents of Italian heritage, such as comedian Jimmy Kimmel, producer Doug DeLuca and honorary members Tony Danza and Joe Mantegna.
And, of course, Pensacola, FL is home to Festa Italiana, a two-day celebration of Italian food, art, music and culture. Joyce Bollenbacher and some of our initial members thought that an Italian festival held in town would be one of the means by which we could become well-known in the community. So the first Pensacola Festa Italiana was held in November, 2010. The festival drew about 1000 people who feasted on shrimp scampi, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and Italian desserts. The lodge expanded the Festa activities the following year and added to the menu. The tradition grew and so did our ability to attract visitors to the Festa and add new members.
The 2017 Festa Italiana takes place on Friday, October 20 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, October 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bill Zuppa’s Acceptance Speech Following The Presentation of the Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Award To Him At The OSIA National Convention, August 2017.
THANKS FOR THE GREAT INTRO.
I’LL HAVE TO ENLARGE THE FRONT DOOR OPENING ON MY HOUSE“.
WORTHY NATIONAL PRESIDENT LONGO, NATIONAL OFFICERS, GRAND LODGE PRESIDENTS, DELEGATES, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS…THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR THIS GREAT HONOR YOU’VE BESTOWED UPON ME AND MY FAMILY, INCLUDING MY EXTENDED FLORIDA FAMILY. AFTER MORE THAN EIGHTY TWO YEARS ON THIS WONDERFUL PLANET, MY WIFE’S HUSBAND’S MEMORY CELLS ARE TIRED AND SLOW, THEREFORE, RECITING FROM THESE HEARTFELT WRITTEN REMARKS WILL HELP TO AVOID SENIOR MOMENTS.
I MUST BEGIN WITH A SHORT EXCERPT FROM DR SELLARO’S “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH.
Today is the 22nd of June 1905!
“It is because of this that today I have a dream, and hope that someday, even if it takes a hundred more years before we are fully accepted, our children and their children’s children, even if they carry a single drop of Italian blood will be able and proud to continue to carry on our traditions, our culture, and our language. It is up to us, and what we do today!”
THAT WAS IN NEW YORK CITY MORE THAN 112 YEARS AGO. A YOUNG PHYSICIAN NAMED VINCENZO SELLARO SAW A NEED AND A DREAM TO FULFILL THAT NEED. HIS DREAM WAS TO ASSIST THE INFLUX OF ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS ARRIVING ON THE SHORES OF THIS AMAZING EXPERIMENT WE CALL AMERICA.
DR. SELLARO’S DREAM RECOGNIZED A NEED FOR THE IMMIGRANTS THAT INCLUDED CITIZENSHIP CLASSES, LANGUAGE SCHOOLS, ORPHANAGES, AND HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY. IN ADDITION TO HIS LOVE AND PATRIOTISM FOR AMERICA, HE ALSO WISHED TO PRESERVE THE VALUES OF A PROUD ITALIAN HERITAGE. BEING A VERY WISE MAN AND UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING, HE RECRUITED MANY OF THE IMMIGRANTS AND FORMED THE “L’ORDINE FIGLI D’ITALIA”….YOUR PRESENCE HERE TODAY IS AN ONGOING TRIBUTE TO DR SELLARO’S NETWORKING SUCCESS. DR. VINCENZO SELLARO PASSED AWAY ON SEPT 18, 1932 AND IS BURIED AT WOODLAWN CEMETERY IN THE BRONX.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I GUESS THE TIME HAS ARRIVED TO NOW LET YOU KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME AND MY FAMILY. I WAS BORN GUGLIELMO ELTON ZUPPA IN THE BAY RIDGE BENSONHURST SECTION OF BROOKLYN ON AUG 27, 1935 TO ITALIAN IMMIGRANT PARENTS, MICHAEL ZUPPA & GIOVANINA MOLINO. I WAS #6 OF 7 CHILDREN (3 GIRLS & 4 BOYS). ALL FOUR OF THE ZUPPA BOYS WERE NAMED AFTER A FAMOUS ITALIAN….COINCIDENTLY, MY NAMESAKE WAS GUGLIELMO MARCONI. AND YES….WE WERE TRULY AN ITALIAN-AMERICAN IMMIGRANT FAMILY AND YES WE HAD A HUGE WINE CELLAR WITH A HOME BUILT MOTOR DRIVEN GRAPE PRESS BUILT BY MY FATHER AND OLDER BROTHERS. LIKE MANY ITALIAN-AMERICAN FAMILIES, TWO OF MY BROTHERS SERVED HONORABLY IN WW ll. ONE IN THE ARMY AT NORMANDY WHO KEPT WRITING HOME FOR NYLONS AND, THE OTHER, A MARINE WOUNDED AT GUADALCANAL.
BEING BORN PLATINUM BLONDE AND BLUE EYED, ONE OF MY OLDER BROTHERS, WE CALLED CHEECH, WAS SITTING ON THE STOOP WHEN THE MILKMAN ARRIVED WITH HIS DAILY DELIVERY. THE MILKMAN ASKED ABOUT THE NEW BABY, CHEECH SAID: “MILKMAN, THE NEW BABY IS BEAUTIFUL AND HE LOOKS JUST LIKE YOU”. I’M NOT CERTAIN IF THE MILKMAN EVER RETURNED.
I ATTENDED OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PAROCHIAL SCHOOL AND NEW UTRECHT HIGH SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN. AT AGE 17, I ENLISTED IN THE USAF AND RETIRED 20 YEARS LATER AT THE RIPE OLD AGE OF 37, AS A SENIOR MASTER FIRST SERGEANT. MY MILITARY TRAVELS BROUGHT ME AND MY FAMILY TO MANY WONDERFUL AND EXOTIC PLACES SUCH AS PARIS, VENICE, JAPAN, NORTH AFRICA…. AND JUST A COUPLE OF NOT SO FRIENDLY PLACES SUCH AS KOREA AND VIETNAM. DURING AN OVERSEAS TOUR ON OKINAWA IN 1954, I MET CHIYOKO, AKA CHIEKO, MY LIFETIME SOUL MATE AND MOTHER OF OUR THREE CHILDREN. MY ITALIAN IMMIGRANT MOTHER LIVED WITH US AND TAUGHT CHIEKO HOW TO CREATE AND PREPARE MANY NEAPOLITAN DISHES FROM SCRATCH. AN INTERESTING NOTE….MY MOTHER WITH HER ITALIAN ACCENT AND CHIEKO WITH HER OKINAWAN ACCENT CREATED A VERY UNIQUE LANGUAGE THAT ONLY THEY COULD UNDERSTAND. MY BROTHER ED MOTTOLA CALLS CHIEKO THE LEMON LADY BECAUSE ONE OF HER MANY CULINARY SKILLS IS MAKING LIMONCELLO.
AFTER MILITARY RETIREMENT, I TESTED AND QUALIFIED AS A STATE CERTIFIED GENERAL CONTRACTOR…. DESPITE CHIEKO’S WELL INTENTIONED PROTESTS, I AM STILL PARTIALLY ACTIVE IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA CONSTRUCTION………. WHEN SHE IS NOT LOOKING.
AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS IN OUR BELOVED ORDER, THE HONOR OF THE PRESTIGIOUS DR. SELLARO AWARD HAD TO BE A TEAM EFFORT AND MUST BE SHARED WITH MANY OF MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BEGINNING WITH DR MARK DENUNZIO, BROTHER ED MOTTOLA, STATE PRESIDENT CAROLYN CIANCIOTTA, INCLUDING THE FLORIDA DELEGATION AND ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND THE DEDICATED LEADERSHIP IN THE FOUR FANTASTIC LODGES WE HELPED TO CREATE. THEY ARE THE BUONA FORTUNA LODGE IN PENSACOLA, BILL ZUPPA LODGE IN PANAMA CITY, RICHARD CAPOZZOLA LODGE IN CRESTVIEW AND THE FRANZALIA LODGE IN FT. WALTON BEACH.
FINALLY AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST….ALL RECOGNITION WE HUMBLY RECEIVE TODAY BELONGS FIRST AND FOREMOST TO THE LADY IN THE BACKGROUND WHO ASSISTED AND ENCOURAGED ME AND OUR CHILDREN TO ALWAYS BE PROUD OF OUR ITALIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE. BROTHERS AND SISTERS THAT LADY IS MY WIFE, CHIYOKO WHO CONTINUES TO BE PROUD AND SUPPORTIVE OF OUR FAMILY’S ITALIAN HERITAGE. …WE HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND 9 GRANDKIDS: OUR 3 CHILDREN ARE DR. JIM ZUPPA, ATTY DONNA ANSELL, AND SECURITY CONSULTANT/ENTREPRENEUR JOE ZUPPA.
WATCHING THE GROWTH OF THE LODGES WE CREATED IS GRATIFICATION ENOUGH FOR US, HOWEVER, RECEIVING THE PRESTIGIOUS SELLARO AWARD IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE. ALL OF US HERE TODAY ARE THE VERY FORTUNATE BENEFICIARIES AND ADVOCATES OF DR. SELLARO’S DREAM. YOUR LEADERSHIP, DEDICATION, AND UNRELENTING ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IS TESTIMONY TO THE SUCCESS OF HIS COMPASSIONATE DREAM. IT IS NOW UP TO US TO CONTINUE WITH THIS DREAM AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE SLOGAN:…………… AVANTI ….SEMPRE AVANTI!
BEFORE CLOSING IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT I RECOGNIZE MY EXTENDED FAMILY FROM THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA. ALTHOUGH THEY WERE NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE CONVENTION, THEY DROVE MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS TO BE WITH US FOR THIS GREAT HONOR TODAY….THEY INCLUDE REGION l TRUSTEE, THOMAS BOLLENBACHER, BUONA FORTUNA LODGE PRESIDENT JOYCE BOLLENBACHER, AND PAST REGION 1 TRUSTEE, LUCY SMITH. ANOTHER WONDERFUL SUPPORTER WAS THE SURPRISE ARRIVAL OF BUONA FORTUNA FOUNDING PRESIDENT GENO VALENTINO WHO TOOK TIME FROM A BUSINESS MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA AND TOOK A SPECIAL FLIGHT TO BE WITH US TODAY. THEY CONTINUALLY EXEMPLIFY THE HIGHEST VALUES OF DR. SELLARO’S DREAM OF TRUE FRATERNALISM AND BROTHERLY LOVE! PLEASE JOIN ME TO RECOGNIZE THEM………..THANK YOU!
ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE ACCEPT MY HEARTFELT GRATITUDE FOR BESTOWING THIS GREAT HONOR ON ME, MY FAMILY AND MY MANY OSIA BROTHERS AND SISTERS ….MILLE GRAZIE E BUONA FORTUNA A TUTTI!
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
State & National Officers
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
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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. For more information and to purchase the cookbook, see Giovanni Mirra at the monthly membership meetings or phone at 850-748-3828. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make the check payable to Buona Fortuna Lodge and mail it to Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835. P.O. Box 12351, Pensacola, FL 32591.
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Buona Fortuna another great Italian- American Success”
“Compliments Bill and Chieko Zuppa”
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