Newsletter: AMICI D' ITALIA VOCE June vol. 4, issue 6 Brothers and Sisters, Summer is here in full force with our hot sultry days a Florida summer is well known for. Time for the beach, picnics, baseball and all outdoor events. Please be careful while outside. The heat can be dangerous and can catch you unprepared. This month also marks the beginning of hurricane season so please watch the weather. If you are unsure on how to prepare for a storm, information is available from the city. Also, many of our members are hurricane veterans and are happy to help. Our general meeting is on Friday June 18th, 6:30P.M. at our regular meeting hall, Shepherd of the Woods Lutheran Church, 7860 Southside Blvd. Jacksonville 32256. This is our Scholarship Award Dinner and the menu will be ham and side dishes provided by our membership. Guests are $12 and members without a dish are $8. This is also our last meeting before our summer sabbatical. We do not meet as a lodge during the month of July. Happy Birthday Because we do not meet in the month of July, we have a tradition of celebrating both the June and July birthdays this month. For the Month of June we are celebrating the birthdays of Ann Barni (June 6th) and Mo Cooper (June 6th). Yes, both were born on the same day but I don't believe they were born in the same hospital. The July's birthday list includes Joan Pickett (July 8th) and one of our newest members, Dominic Addeo (July 23rd) . Happy birthday Ann, Mo, Joannie and Dominic . Have the best birthday ever! Old Business/New Business This month's restaurant night will be on Thursday June 24h 6:30pm at Southern Coast Seafood, 1301-1 Monument Road, Jacksonville 32225. We met there before and the food is delicious! The long awaited meeting of the Sons/Daughters of Italy Book Club will be on Monday June 14th at 7 P.M. at Margie Rimmer's home, 7410 Buckskin Trail North Jacksonville 32277. The book under discussion is The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen. This month's meeting is our Scholarship Dinner. I believe that everyone knows what “pot luck” dish they are to bring. Along with our Scholarship recipient's family and friends, Deacon George Barletta of Christ The King Catholic Church and his wife will attend. Deacon George will give the blessing. Deacon George's father was a member of the Sons of Italy in Massachusetts. Let's try to have a big turnout to honor this young man and his accomplishments. The brothers and sisters that embarked on the gambling and sea cruise on Thursday June 10th had a wonderful time. Many of us tested our luck on the slot machines and some of us just enjoyed the fine weather, cool sea breeze and beautiful scenery cruising the Gulf Stream off of Cape Canaveral. Joe Pecorella was the big winner cashing in at better than one hundred dollars. 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) . Also say a little prayer for the special intentions of each of our members.