Newsletter: AMICI D' ITALIA VOCE November/December, vol. 4 issue 10 Brothers and Sisters, The holiday season is almost upon us as we prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas and reunite with friends and family to celebrate the holidays. This will be the final edition of the Voce for this year while we take our holiday hiatus. Based on our current situation with the supply chain, you may want to get your Christmas shopping completed as soon as possible. Our Thanksgiving meeting of Friday November 19th will be our final meeting of the year at our regular meeting hall, Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church, 7860 Southside Blvd. Jacksonville 32256. Our December 5 Christmas Luncheon will be our final event for this calendar year. There is no general meeting in December. Veterans Day 'We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm'. Attributed to George Orwell by Richard Grenier. It is also important to remember our veterans on Veterans Day November 11, both living and deceased, who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedom. You may not be aware that our lodge has several veterans. Please take the time to thank a veteran. Thanksgiving For the last month, our members have been involved in preparing for our Thanksgiving meeting. I will send each member a copy of the entree/dessert list to make sure that every member knows what will be on the menu. There is no fee for members but guests will be required to pay $12 to attend. Guests will not be allowed to substitute a pot luck dish for the attendance fee. Happy Birthday As we have done in previous years, we are combining our birthday wishes for both November and December. Our birthday celebrant for November is Christine Braddock (Nov 15th). In December we have three birthdays to celebrate. Tim Wright (Dec 9th), Dominick Sorrentino (Dec 16th) and our special “Christmas birthday” girl, Marie Meltzer (Dec 25th). Let's wish each and every one of our birthday celebrants the best birthday ever! Happy Birthday Christine, Tim, Dominick and Marie. Old Business/New Business There is no official OSDIA Restaurant Night for November because of Thanksgiving, but this month we are celebrating the life of a special OSDIA member and World War II veteran Frank Pupura. Please join us Friday evening November 12th 6:30pm at St. Mary’s Seafood & More, 8129 Point Meadows Rd, Jacksonville, Fl 32256 (Baymeadows). Please come and help us pay tribute to Frank. Marie Meltzer will be having a bunco party at her house this coming Sunday (Nov. 14) at 12:30 PM. and will benefit the OSDIA scholarship fund. It would be great if some of our members could attend. Marie can accommodate 20 people. There are already 10 people signed up. The cost is $12 and includes lunch and prizes as well. Please RSVP by November 12th, (904-320-0025). The next book under discussion for the Sons/Daughters of Italy Book Club is the Pulitzer Prize winning “A Bell For Adano” by John Hersey. This one is an “oldie but a goodie”. The book is readily available at your local library, online and you might come across a copy in a thrift shop. As of yet, there is no date or meeting place set for the book club discussion. Last chance for Sons and Daughters of Italy annual calendars. They are now only $25 for the remainder of the year. You can win $50 or more if your calendar number matches the Florida Lottery evening Pick-3. The December 5th OSDIA Christmas Luncheon is sold out. We have 52 paid attendees. As previously stated, the entrees for this years luncheon buffet will be London broil steak and salmon. We will also participate have a “Chinese Christmas gift exchange” which is always entertaining. The maximum price limit on gifts is $15. The Good of the Order Please pray for the repose of the souls of our deceased members especially Silvana Patterson, Patty Cooper, Bob Santare, Henry ”Hank” Pelz, Nino Struzzi and our other deceased members. Please continue to remember in your prayers Kay Winter, and Tom DiFiglio (Christine Braddock's brother) and Margie Rimmer. Also say a little prayer for the special intentions of each of our members.