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					                            ROMA LODGE NEWSLETTER




                 7130 Spring Street – Racine, Wisconsin 53406 – (262) 886-3610 – Fax (262) 886-6286
                                                www.romalodge.org

             July 2008 Issue                      FESTIVAL EDITION                                 June 23, 2008
                                               MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Another A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Italian Workmen’s Club annual festival in Madison,
Wisconsin. That festival is run much like ours, featuring sausage, meatball and beef bombers. My wife and I tried all three
and found everything very tasty. The whole grounds had the scent of roasted peppers and grilled sausage that made me
think I was in little Italy. There is also a women’s group that helps with baking and selling cookies. It was good to see our
friends President Tony Bruno and Frank Alfano, who play a big part in the organization. The festival closes at 6 pm on
Sunday and they have the awesome task of finishing off all the open bottles of wine. Sorry we couldn’t stay for that.
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This year we will celebrate our 30 annual festival at Racine’s lake front. Selling your raffle tickets is critical to its success.
Roma Lodge will donate to provide an Auto Pulse vest that helps heart patients by circulating blood through up to 90% the
body.
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Our Festival Kick off Dinner is July 22 . This is a $10,000 raffle that takes place on Tuesday right here at Roma Lodge
before the fest. Zuddy DeRose is the originator of this raffle, which has been very successful since he started it years ago.
See Zuddy for tickets. This raffle helps set the tone to a great week end. This is a good time to get involved, see the booth
captains list to volunteer.
                Thank you,
                                 Don Cicero
                                                        JULY EVENTS

                 Tuesday, July 1, 2008                               Board of Directors Meeting - 6:30 pm

                 Friday, July 4, 2008                                Independence Day

                 Friday, July 11, 2008                               Membership Meeting - 7:00 pm

                 Sunday, July 13, 2008                               Couples Golf Tournament

                 Tuesday, July 22, 2008                              Festival Kickoff Dinner & $10,000 Raffle -
                                                                             5:00 pm - Roma Lodge

                 Friday, Sunday, July 25 - 27, 2008                  Roma Lodge Italian Festival - Festival Park

                 Tuesday, July 29, 2008                              Board of Directors Meeting - 6:30 pm


Applications for Member - Eligible for a vote at the July Membership Meeting:
Grant A. DeCheck - age 46, Caledonia - Proponent: Jason Evitts
Michael C. Peratt - Age 61, Kenosha - Proponent: Dr. Tom Woods

Condolences are sent to Joe Buscemi whose wife died in June and to the family of Vannio Salerno, who also passed
away in June. Deepest sympathy is also extended to Jim Angelici, whose sister also died in May.



        Bingo Captains for July 2008
Mark you calendars, and plan to volunteer for a July Bingo session. Bingo Captain for July is Gene Silvani. Contact him
at 886-2691 to volunteer.

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Change in RIWA Management
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Shelly Mico has been appointed as Interim Manager of the RIWA effective June 5 . Gordy Badrosian has accepted the
position of bar manager. Members are urged to give them their cooperation



                Members Dining Room and Lounge - Hours for July
The Members Dining Room will be CLOSED Friday and Saturday, July 4 and 5 (Holiday), Friday, July 11 (Membership
Meeting), and Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26 (Roma Lodge Festival).




          One Check for Pizza Buffet Night
Our Wednesday Night Pizza Buffet has been experiencing record attendance. In order to assist our wait staff to
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accommodate this increase and to help speed service and table turnover, effective Wednesday June 18 , only one check
per table will be written by the wait staff. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and we expect you will continue to
enjoy the Pizza Buffet.
Thank you,
Don Cicero



                                      Letters from Roma Lodge Scholarship Recipients
Dear Roma Lodge Scholarship Committee:
I have just finished my sophomore year at UW-Madison. I thought it was a very successful year. I played my saxophone
in the Wind Ensemble and the UW-Big Band. I had the chance to help younger students with their musical skills when the
Big Band visited different Wisconsin high schools. For my music education major, I learned how to play a few new
instruments this semester such as trumpet, French horn, violin and viola. This semester, I have realized how much I love
being music major and how much I enjoy my classes. It is nice to know I am studying something that I am so passionate
about. Thank you so much for helping me through school and allowing me to be in the position to appreciate everything I
am experiencing at UW-Madison.
Sincerely,
Alyssa Kroes

To the Roma Lodge Scholarship Committee
You can imagine my joy upon getting home and seeing that I’d received the Tony and Mary Jane Clementi Scholarship! I
feel both deeply honored and validated to know that my volunteer work is being recognized by people working for such a
prestigious and respected cause. I have only been home from school for a week, but already I miss the Haley House
Soup Kitchen. I can’t wait until September when I can go back. Shortly before finishing my year at Boston College, I
decided on a whim to declare a film studies major. I will pursue this degree with passion and devotion for the next three
years, as well as minoring in international studies while at B.C.
Thank you again for your continued support. I feel encouraged and humbled and very, very proud to be associated with
Roma Lodge in this way.
Sincerely, Brianna LeRose



              Teen Bocce Night - A Great Success!!
Thanks to the TEEN BOCCE FUN NIGHT committee and volunteers our first Teen Bocce Night proved to be a very
successful evening. Vittoria Colonna and Roma Lodge members worked together on this event. The teens played bocce,
used their musical talents with Playstation2 (Rock Band) on a big screen, played electronic games in the Venetian Room,
and some traditional card and board games. For the creative drawers, they enjoyed doodling and drawing on paper
covered tables. The evening was topped off with pizza, cookies, soda and popcorn. Thanks again to all who participated,
members and teens alike! We look forward to sponsoring more of these events in the near future.
Sincerely,
Joan Domanico


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         Roma Lodge in Racine 4 Fest Parade
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Rome Lodge will be represented in Racine’s annual 4 of July Parade by Miss Bella Ball, Sami Sinclair along with her
Court which includes Krystina Andreoli and Kim Hotchkiss. Little Miss Bella Ball Amelia Ruffolo, along with Emma Silvani,
and Madeline Cicero will also be in the line-up The parade begins at 9:00 am at the corner of Goold and Main Streets and
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proceeds south on Main Street to 14 and Wisconsin.




                                         26th ANNUAL BOCCE INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
                                                       AUGUST 17, 2008

                     Grounds open at 8:00 a.m. Tournament begins at 9:00 a.m. Sharp!

                    The Tournament will be limited to the first 32 teams with paid entries.
                                                        SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009
              Open Division will consist of teams of five (5) players. Alternates may be used.
                                   Women may enter the Open Division.
                           Based upon 20 teams cash prizes will be awarded:
                           1st Place $1000.00    2nd Place $500.00 3rd Place $250.00

         The Women’s Only division will consist of teams of 5 players. Alternates may be used.
                        Based upon 10 teams cash prizes will be awarded:
                       1st Place $500.00      2nd Place $250.00     3rd Place $125.00

                      Entry Fee is $35.00 per person or $175.00 for each 5 person team.
                           Entry Fee includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Buffet

                             For Entry Forms and more information, contact
                      Jim Oswald – (262) 634-5653 (home) or (262) 632-1830 (Business)
                                         Email joswald5@wi.rr.com

Entry forms will be mailed by July 4, 2008 and must be returned with full payment by Friday, August 8,
2008. No exceptions to the above without prior approval of the Roma Lodge Invitational Bocce
Tournament Committee.



                                    FESTIVAL KICKOFF DINNER AND $10,000 RAFFLE
                                           TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008
                                                ROMA LODGE




                                              PRIZES INCLUDE:
                 ONE $4,000 CASH PRIZE, ONE $1,500 PRIZE, THREE $500 PRIZES, FIVE $200 PRIZES
                                         AND TWENTY $100.00 PRIZES
                        WINE, APPLIANCE AND 50/50 RAFFLES WILL ALSO BE FEATURED
                     TICKETS ARE $100.00 EACH, WHICH INCLUDES TWO DINNER TICKETS
                 CASH BAR BEGINS AT 5:00 P.M. WITH DINNER SERVED BETWEEN 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
                                       TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM
                              ZUDDY De ROSE 681-3576, TOM BRAUN at 598-9851

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                           Early Birds That Caught the Worm
Congratulations to these winners of the June 1 Early Bird Raffle Drawing:
       Emil Ruffalo                             Julie Ruffalo                       Emil Passarelli
       Jerry Perona                             Russ Missureli                      Paul Ferraro
       Jerry Sackman                            Randy Evitts                        Rick Crivello
       Steve Fredricksson                       Jim Finnigan                        Ray Stevens
       Joe Caminiti                             Jim Oswald                          Sam Pillizzi
       David Donaldson                          Sam Graceffa                        Paul Perry
       Armando Covelli




            2008 Directory of Italian Festivals in The United States
A free directory of nearly 450 annual Italian American festivals in the United States is now available through the Order
Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the biggest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the
United States. The Sons of Italy 2008 Italian Festival Directory lists 448 festivals in 35 states and the District of Columbia
that are held between February and December annually. The directory supplies each festival’s name, month it is held,
city, state and contact information.

The early Italian immigrants brought the custom of honoring saints with outdoor ceremonies to America more than 100
years ago. The festivals vary in size and character. Some consist of only the saint’s statue, a band and a procession,
while others are colossal celebrations that last several days and include symphonic bands, entertainers, food stands,
rides and fireworks. A familiar sight at most festivals is the saint’s statue covered with money or jewelry, which is later
donated to the local church or saint’s society.

Italian festivals are held coast to coast, including Maine, Alabama, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, Colorado, Nevada,
Washington State and Texas. The five states with the most festivals are: New York (91); New Jersey (70); Pennsylvania
(66); Illinois (33); and Massachusetts (32). Other states with significant numbers of festivals include California (30), Ohio
(22), Connecticut (22) and Rhode Island (13).

The oldest festival is believed to be the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Hammonton, N.J., which this year
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celebrates its 133 anniversary in July. The biggest festival is the Feast of San Gennaro held every September in New
York City, which attracts about one million people. Other large festivals are in Milwaukee (“Festa Italiana” in July) and
Clarksburg, W.V. (the Italian Heritage Festival in August).

Some festivals include such traditional events as the Flight of the Angels (the Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso di
Sciacca in Boston, in August; the Feast of Our Lady of Laurentana in Berwyn, Ill., in September), the Greased Pole
Contest (the Feast of St. Peter in Gloucester, Mass., in June; the Feast of Saint Rocco in Malden, Mass., in August), and
the Dance of the Lily, in which about 100 men carry a five-ton platform through the streets for hours (in Brooklyn, East
Harlem and Massapequa, N.Y., in June and July).

The Sons of Italy directory is free. To download a copy of the report, go to
http://www.osia.org/public/pdf/2008_festival_directory.pdf. For a printed copy, send a large (9” x 12”), self-addressed
envelope with $2.05 in stamps on it to: Sons of Italy Festival Directory, 219 E Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.




                    Get Your Summer Reading at Roma Lodge
The Racine Public Library Mobile Library (bookmobile) makes a weekly stop every Tuesday, from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm in
the Roma Lodge parking lot. Stop in and pick out those books for your beach or patio summer reading. Residents of
Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties are eligible to borrow materials with library cards from their local public libraries.
For more information on the web, visit http://www.racinelib.lib.wi.us/MobileLibrary.htm.


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                                     A GREAT DAY FOR A GREAT PICNIC
Special thanks to Bill Pucci, Joe Mandala, Zuddy DeRose, and all the members of Roma Lodge who volunteered
to make the Member’s Picnic a wonderful day. And thanks also to the members who brought their families to
enjoy the day.




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Certificate of Membership in Roma Lodge
Members can purchase a Certificate of Membership suitable for framing for a cost of $5.00. The certificate is printed on
heavy weight card stock parchment style paper. The Certificate reads: “This is to certify that [name] having agreed to
abide by the rules and by-laws of Roma Lodge is a member in good standing of Roma Lodge of Racine, Wisconsin, and
as such is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Italian and Italian-American history and culture”.
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To order your certificate, complete the order form:
                                    CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP ORDER FORM
Name as you want it to appear on Certificate (Please Print)

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First Membership Year (as it appears on your Membership Card)
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Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________
Return with a check to Roma Lodge for $5.00 to: Roma Lodge Membership Certificate, Att’n: Jerry Perona, Recording
Secretary, 7130 Spring Street, Racine, WI 53406
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                Funeral Service Calling Tree Schedule July 2008
The Calling Tree Committee has released the schedule for funeral visitations. If you are notified of a funeral during your
scheduled month you are expected to attend to represent the Lodge. Other members are also encouraged to attend.
There will also be a special Roma Lodge sign in book at the service for members who attend to sign in, verifying that they
are fulfilling their obligation. The Calling Tree schedule is as follow
July 2008           Chirico, Francesco - DeFurio, Richard             August 2008  DeMatthew, Dan - Ferraro, Louis
Sept 2008           Ferraro, Matthew - Haas, Brian                    October 2008 Haase, James - Kosterman, Al
Nov 2008            Krause, Gary - McClure, Dwight                    Dec 2008     McDougal, James - Perona, Jerry
Jan 2009            Perona, Greg - Presta, Eugene                     Feb 2009     Presta, Larry - Ruffalo, Troy
March 2009          Ruffalo, William - Stolfi, Thomas                 April 2009   Stolfi, Jr., Don - Zupfer, Charles

For more information about the Calling Tree Committee contact any of the following committee members: Jim Angelici,
Tony Clementi, John Anzalone, Tris Ruffalo, Dick Sarto, or Russ Missureli.

                                            OTHER EVENTS IN THE AREA



          ICC Courtyard Real Jazz Series – Monday July 7, 14, 21, 28 2008 – Milwaukee
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
Each Monday night, the ICC hosts a lineup of many of the area’s best know jazz musicians and vocalists. July 7 is Frank
DeMiles Quartet, July 14 is Sandra Mandella with Tom Sorce Trip, July 21 is Adekola Jazz Band, and on July 28, it’s Jeff
Stoll Trip with Marge Vollrath. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 414-223-
2180.



            ICC Variety Night - Tuesday, July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2008 - Milwaukee
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
If you like the blues, smooth jazz, the 50’s doo-wop sound, or Las Vegas-style shows, the Tuesday night series will have
programs right up your alley. The July schedule includes July 8, Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets, July 15, July 22, Manuel
Guerra and George Stancell Blues Band, and July 29 Las Vegas Nights with Kim Marie. All performances begin at 6:30
p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 414-223-2180.



            ICC Opera Classics – Wednesday July 9, 16, 23, 30, 2008 – Milwaukee
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St
Each Wednesday night, the ICC hosts its opera series that will feature familiar arias, duets and ensemble works from the
world’s great operas: July 9 - Master Singers of Milwaukee. July 16 – Kay Sparling Theatrical Productions perform, July
23 – South Shore Youth Opera Ensemble and July 30 – Master Singers of Milwaukee. All performances begin at 6:30
p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 414-223-2180.



            ICC Rock and Roll Series – Thursday July 10, 24, 31 2008– Milwaukee
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St
This season’s Rock and Roll Series will feature three local groups. July 10 – Four Guys in Dinner Jackets perform. July
24 – Oldies but Goodies Spectacular will be featured, followed on July 31 by Those Good Intentions.. The Thursday night
performances begin at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, telephone 414-223-2180



           Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Festival – July 12-13, 2008 – Kenosha
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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 1919-54 Street
This is the 61st year of the Mt. Carmel Festival, one of the oldest continuous Italian festivals in the area. This year’s
festival celebrates the church’s 76th anniversary. Includes home made spaghetti dinner in the church hall and games and
food in Columbus Park. The festival Mass is celebrated on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. A procession through the streets of the
neighborhood will be held Sunday afternoon.                 For more information, telephone 652-7660 or email
mtcarmelparish@wi.rr.com.
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                       Festa Italiana, sponsored by the Milwaukee Italian Community Center – July 17 – 20, 2008 –
Milwaukee
Milwaukee Summerfest Grounds
The Festa includes 10 stages of music and entertainment, nightly fireworks, Catholic Mass and procession, historical
displays, cooking demonstrations, opera and great food. Highlighted at this year’s Festa is Calabria, the unspoiled region
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in the “toe of Italy”. View samples of products from Calabria and read about famous Calabrians of the 20 century.
Festa hours: Thurs. -11:00 a.m. – midnight; Friday – Sunday – 11:30 a.m. – midnight; Sunday Mass – 11:00 a.m.
Gate admission is $12.00; free admission on Sunday for those attending Mass.                 For more information see
http://www.festaitaliana.com/.

Bus Trip to Milwaukee Festa Italiana
 A bus trip for Roma Lodge and Vittoria Colonna members to attend Festa Italiana in Milwaukee is planned for Thursday,
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July 17 on the Summerfest Grounds. A bus is scheduled to depart from Roma Lodge at 2:00 pm. The members are
responsible for the own entry into the park. Admission is $12. On that date, free admission is available to those who are
US Cellular customer (showing a current billing statement or the actual cell phone itself) or providing a Fire Keepers Club
Card from Potawatomi Bingo Casino. The bus is scheduled to leave the Summerfest grounds at 9:00 p.m. and return to
Roma at 10:00 pm. The cost will be $14 per person. If the bus does not get filled, ticket cost will be slightly higher. To
reserve a seat, or for more information, contact Bill or Cindy Greer at 884-0416 or email bcegreer@hotmail.com.

                                         ITALIAN AMERICANS BORN IN JULY




 Versace Stallone D’Agostino Petrucci Cabrini               Obici        Ghiorso      Genzale DiCristino Gallico
July 2, 1937  Captain Humbert “Rocky” Versace - first U.S. Army Medal of Honor winner in WWII in S.E. Asia
July 6, 1946  Sylvester Stallone - Academy Award nominated actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
July 7, 1976  James “DJ Green Lantern” D’Agostino - American DJ and hip hop musician
July 12, 1967 John Peter Petrucci - founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater
July 15, 1850 St. Francis Xavier “Mother” Cabrini - first American citizen to be canonized
July 15, 1925 Amedeo Obici - founder of the Planters Peanut Company
July 15, 1915 Albert Ghiorso - nuclear scientist to discover numerous elements of the Periodic Table
July 15, 1952 Johnny Thunders - born John Anthony Genzale, Jr - rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter
July 26, 1980 Dia Josette Isidore DiCristino - jazz singer and recording artist
July 26, 1897 Paul William Gallico - novelist and short story writer

                                          NOTABLE ITALIANS BORN IN JULY




 Soavi       Golgi     Respighi      Armani       Modigliani Petrassi        Bartali    Cilea     Carducci del Monaco
July 3, 1957   Michele Soavi, motion picture actor, director, and writer, born in Milan
July 7, 1843   Camillo Golgi, physician and scientist and recipient of a Nobel Prize in 1906, born in Corteno
July 9, 1879   Composer, musicologist, pianist, and violinist, born in Bologna
July 11, 1934 Giorgio Armani, fashion designer, noted for his menswear, born in Piacenza
July 12, 1884 Amedeo Clemente Modigliani, painter and sculpture, born in Livorno
July 16, 1904 Goffredo Petrassi, composer of modern classical music, born in Zagarolo
July 18, 1914 Gino Bartali, professional cyclist and winner of several Tour de France races, born in Ponte a Ema
July 26, 1866 Francesco Cilea, opera composer, born in Calabria
July 27, 1835 Giosue Carducci, poet and winner of the 1906 Nobel Prize in Literature, born in Val di Castello
July 27, 1915 Mario del Monaco, operatic tenor regarded as the epitome of the tenore di forza, born in Mestre

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          Change of Address and/or Phone number
Please remember to notify Doug Goebel, Membership Secretary, 554-7316 dggoebel@yahoo.com of changes of address
and/or phone numbers. This will help insure an up-to-date membership list so that you will continue to receive Lodge
mailings.




             Roma Lodge Reservations
For Members Dining Room reservations, the member’s telephone number 886-8850. When making reservations for
the Member’s Dining Room, please telephone the Member’s number only. Leave your name, day and date you want the
reservation, your phone number, number of people in your party, and estimated time of arrival. You will only receive a call
back if there is a problem or a question about your reservation. NOTE: The Member’s Dining Room is always closed on
Member’s Meeting nights which is usually the first Friday of the month and Wednesday and weekend nights when events
for members or members and guests are scheduled. For the Members Card Room telephone 886-2557




              Advertising Available in the Roma Lodge Newsletter
The Board of Directors has approved offering advertising space in the Roma Lodge Newsletter and web site beginning
with the July issue. The 1” x 2” ads will appear in the printed version of the Newsletter in black and white but can be in
color on the web page. Cost for ads is $20 / month for a six month contract with an introductory offer of $15 / month for
six months.
The hope is that these ads will provide a new and profitable outlet for our members who own or operate businesses as
well as a source of services available to our members.
Contact Dennis Porcaro 639-1001 apprlservices@netscape.net, Jim Oswald, 634-5653 joswald5@wi.rr.com, or Jim
Faraone 657-1244 jfaraone@wi.rr.com for more information or to purchase an ad.




Deadline for information for the August Newsletter is Monday, July 23, 2008. Comments and suggestions
and news items are welcome at gperona@wi.rr.com.
Jerry Perona,
Jerry Perona, Recording Secretary

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                                     Roma Lodge Festival XXX - July 25 - 27, 2008
                                               Racine Festival Park

Greetings from the Festival Executive Committee
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Final plans and supporting programs from the 30 Annual Roma Lodge Italian Festival are progressing. Now, we must
focus our attention on the following important issues that must be successfully completed before the festival gates open:

Charitable Donation – All Saints Healthcare Foundation
   The theme of this year’s July 25 - 27, 2008 Festival Raffle is “Please Show Us Your Heart” by helping to purchase an
   AUTO PULSE vest. Roma Lodge has agreed to partner with Wheaton Franciscan Health Care to provide an AUTO
   PULSE vest, which is a noninvasive CPR pump used to treat cardiac arrest. It increases the pressure on the blood
   circulating through the heart and body. The AUTO PULSE vest has been shown to increase the survival rate of
   patients treated in this manner.
   For more information about the raffle or to obtain more tickets, contact Rick Tringali at 634-5649.

“Top Gun” Incentive Cash Awards Program
   As in previous years, cash prizes will be awarded to the Top Gun raffle book sellers. The rules are simple –
       All persons allocated raffle tickets are eligible to participate
       There will be separate Top Gun Award Programs for Roma Lodge and for Vittoria Colonna Lodge
       To be eligible for a potential award, a Roma Lodge member must sell a minimum of 15 full books.
       To be eligible for a potential award, a Vittoria Colonna member must sell a minimum of 6 full books.
       Final award standings will be based on the total number of books charged to and sold by the participant
       In the case of a tie, award monies designated for the tied positions will be shared equally.
       The cash awards will be presented at the final festival report meeting.

“6-Pack Member Admission Plan
    All Roma Lodge and Vittoria Colonna Lodge members will be given the opportunity to purchase 6-packs of admission
    tickets – six tickets for $6.00. There is a limit of one 6-pack per member. There are no restrictions on Vittoria
    Colonna members whose spouse is a Roma Lodge member. These tickets will be available for purchase at the June
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    social meeting, and also at the July members meetings of both Lodges. No 6-packs tickets will be sold after July 21 .
    These tickets must be picked up and paid for in person.

Festival $10,000 Raffle and Kick-off Dinner
Also, mark your calendars for the Festival Kick off Dinner and $10,000 Raffle on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. The Kick-off will
be held at the Roma Lodge. 50/50 and other raffles will also be held during the evening. There will be 225 tickets priced
at $100.00 each, which includes two buffet-style dinner meals. There will also be some dinner only tickets available for
$20.00 each. Please contact Zuddy DeRose, 681-3576 or Tom Braun, 598-985 for tickets.

Festival Bingo
Three Bingo Sessions are scheduled in conjunction with the Festival. All sessions will be held at Roma Lodge, beginning
on Thursday, July 17, Sunday, July 20, and Thursday, July 24. Watch the Racine Journal Times newspaper for more
details.

Entertainment and Events
Once again, the Festival will feature your favorite bands and entertainers for both adults and children. The Racine Journal
Times tabloid and advertisements in Racine and Kenosha newspapers will highlight the events. The Bartolotta fireworks
will again provide a big show on both Friday and Saturday. The fireworks displays will begin approximately 9:15 p.m. And
remember to eat a light breakfast on Sunday, so that you can eat a lot of spaghetti when you participate in the Spaghetti
Eating contest, held Sunday at 5:00 pm in Festival Hall. Men, women, boys, and girls events are scheduled.

Festival Mass
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This year also marks the 30 year of the Festival Mass. Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Festival Hall, Father John Aiello, pastor
of St. Joseph’s Church, along with our own Deacon Russell Missureli will celebrate the Festival Mass. Music will be
provided by the Sacred Heart Choir, under the direction of George Baumgardt. Each year, attendance at the Festival
Mass has increased. Please, let’s continue this Italian tradition. It’s a wonderful opportunity to express our thanks no
matter what our Christian tradition may be.

Pepper Cutting
On Monday, July 21 volunteers are needed in the Roma Lodge kitchen to help cut and prepare the peppers that are used
at the Festival. The action begins at 8:00 am. Please bring your own sharp knife. A light lunch will be served at noon.
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Set-up and Tear Down
The set-up for the Festival will take place on Thursday, July 24 beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. Please come at
that time or at any time that day that is convenient for you. Tear down will begin immediately following the close of the
festival on Sunday night, around 9:30 pm. Contact Kevin Elrod for more information at 551-7565.

Beer/Beverage Bars
Volunteers are assigned to one of the three bars; the Promenade Bar between the colonnades, the Main Stage Bar, or the
Tent Bar. Four shifts run Friday, July 25 - 5pm - 9 pm and 9pm - 1am; Saturday, July 26, 1pm - 5pm, 5pm - 9pm, and
9 pm - 1 am; Sunday, July 27, 12 pm - 4pm and 4pm - 8:30pm. Contact Buddy Alfano, 639-4733 or Art Rozzoni, 637-
6312.

Food and Beverage Tickets Sales
Volunteers are still needed to staff the Food and Beverage ticket sales booths, especially from ten until close on Friday
and Saturday nights. Contact Jeff DeMatthew, 633-7530 (business), to offer your services.

Tabloid
Each year, a Tabloid is printed by the Racine Journal Times highlighting the Festival events, food, and entertainment.
To offset the cost of this tabloid, we solicit advertisements to be included in this insert. If you are interested in placing an
ad in this year’s tabloid, contact Patrick Diem 414-530-2988 or Doug Goebel, 554-7316. Time is running out.

VIP Sponsorship
Special VIP seating, refreshments, and banner advertising for your business is a great way to support and enjoy the
Festival. It also serves as a wonderful way to reward your employees and thank your clients.
Contact Jim DeMatthew or Joe DeMatthew, 898-1694 (daytime), 498-5901 (evenings), or email jimd@tds.net.

Finally, the Festival can only be successful through the work of many volunteers. Below are the Directors and Captains for
this year’s festival. Please call and volunteer to help!
Roma Lodge - Booth Captains
Festival Chairmen: Patrick Diem               414-530-2988        Corn: Frank Bisotti                     554-6140
Executive Director: Tom Garbo                       639-1437      Product distribution: Rick Heck         681-1279
Financial Director: Gary Lipor                      898-1350      VIP Area: Jim or Joe DeMatthew          898-1694
Entertainment Director: Joe Buscemi                 634-7623      Soda: Pam Bisotti                       554-6140
Advanced Admissions: Jim DeMatthew                  498-5901      Beer Director: Buddy Alfano             639-4733
Tickets – Food & Beverage: Jeff DeMatthew           633-7530      Beer Director: Art Rozzoni              637-6312
Operations: Tom Garbo                               639-1437      Sausage: John Ruffalo                   994-0368
$10,000 Raffle: Zuddy DeRose                        681-3576      Meatballs: Joe Porcaro                  639-2623
                  Tom Braun                         598-9851      Hot beef: Don Cicero                    884-8941
PR/Publicity Director: Jim DeMatthew                498-5901      Café Roma: Dennis Porcaro               639-1001
Fireworks: Gary Krause                              639-9321      Café Roma: Chuck Domanico               886-3790
Set-up/Teardown/Signage: Kevin Elrod                551-7565      Events Coordinator: Sam Pulice          632-5468
$25,000 Cash Raffle: Rick Tringali                  634-5649      Tabloid: Doug Goebel                    554-7316
Bingo/Pull tabs: Russ Missureli                     633-6582      Volunteers: John Grycowski              637-5424
Pizza: Joe Jardina                                  637-0499      Sunday Mass: Russ Missureli             633-6582
Outside Vendors: Doug Goebel                        554-7316      Six Pack Tickets: Art Rozzoni           637-6312
Spaghetti Eating Contest: Sam Pillizzi              657-3749
Vittoria Colonna Lodge – North Colonnade
Chair: Joan Domanico                                554-4620      Popcorn /Pretzels/ Soda
Tasty Taters: Jim & Linda Finnigan                  636-9891        Friday - Sunday 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Bakery                                                                    Bill & Delores Pinnow           633-1594
          Friday     - Vicki Christensen            552-1331        Friday 4:30 pm - close
          Saturday - Mary Ann & Jenna Perrelli 884-8125                   Francesca Scalia                694-1980
          Sunday - Mary Manley                      886-6468        Saturday 4:30 pm - close
Ice Cream: Jerry & Ruth Miller                      639-1081              Tina Gatzke                     554-6644
Cannoli & Cream Puffs: Rose Bagdasarian             681-1460        Sunday 4:30 pm - close
Fried Bread Dough: Ann Eckert                       639-8579               Lisa Graceffa                  884-7678

A Special Note
Each and every member of Roma Lodge and Vittoria Colonna Lodge and spouses work very hard for the success
of this and past years’ Festivals and it shows. Why else is the Roma Lodge Italian Festival named the number
one Festival in Racine and Racine County?
Respectfully,
Festival Executive Committee and Festival Planning Council
                                                           -10-
                           Roma Lodge Festival XXX - July 25-27, 2008
                                          Festival Park - Racine, WI
                                         Entertainment Schedule
                                    Admission Adults Advanced $4.00 - Gate $5.00
                                          FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008
      TENT STAGE                     7:00 pm – 11:00 pm       The BriTins
      MAIN STAGE                     6:00 pm – 8:30 pm        Mellencougar
                                     9:30 pm – 12:00 pm             Dot Dot Dot
      FESTIVAL HALL            5:00 pm – 9:00 pm        Nite Wing
      FIRE WORKS                     9:15 pm




           The BriTins                Mellencougar                            Dot Dot Dot
                                     SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2008
      TENT STAGE               12:00 pm-1:00 pm      RUSD Summer Show Band
                               2:00 pm. – 6:00 pm    Jimmy Nightclub
                               7:00 pm – 11:00 pm    Rockin’ Fenderskirts
      MAIN STAGE               3:00 pm – 7:00 pm     Positive Feedback
                               8:00 pm – 12:00 am           The Crisis
      FESTVAL HALL             4:00 pm – 8:00 pm     Nite Wing
      FIRE WORKS               9:15 pm




        Rockin’ Fenderskirts                                          Root River Band
                            SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2008
  TENT STAGE 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm       Academy of Dance
                 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm           Tradizione Vivente
                 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm           New Image Band w/ Stella Raimondi
  MAIN STAGE 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm        All the Kings Men
                 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm           Root River Band




The New Image Band                                                    Tradizione Vivente
                                         SUNDAY
      FESTIVAL MASS             FESTIVAL HALL                     10:30 am
For More Festival Information, visit http://www.romalodge.org
                                                       -11-
           UPCOMING EVENTS



AUGUST 1   MEMBERSHIP MEETING

AUGUST 17 INVITATIONAL BOCCE
           TOURNAMENT               ROMA LODGE ITALIAN FESTIVAL
                                        JULY 25, 26, 27, 2008
SEPT 2 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
                                      CELEBRATING XXX YEARS

				
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