Newsletter: AMICI D' ITALIA VOCE November, vol. 2 issue 10 Brothers and Sisters, Another year of our lives has past as we enter into the holiday season. For some of us it will be a season filled with holiday visits from friends and relatives. For others, it will be a visit back to places where we were born and raised. We never know what the future holds, so let us wish each other the happiest Thanksgiving and Christmas ever! The month of November also includes a day in which we celebrate and remember the sacrifices of all of our veterans. We salute the veterans that we know personally and those who reside in our living memories. We meet in a center that is dedicated to the service of veterans. Many of our lodge members are veterans, including Frank who is a decorated combat veteran of World War II. On behalf of our lodge members I want to say “Thank you” to all of you for the sacrifices you endured on behalf of the republic. Because of your sacrifices, large and small, we are able to live free. December is the end of our Sons and Daughters of Italy year with just one event and the November meeting is the our final general meeting of the year. It also is the final issue of the Voce for 2019. We all enjoyed the activities this past year and look forward a successful 2020. Included in our final issue of the year is our calendar, which we always include, but also our Lodge Membership List with the contact information of our members. Upcoming Events: November marks the month of our Thanksgiving meeting. This year, as in years past, we welcome friends and former lodge members to celebrate with us. There is never a meeting fee for our Thanksgiving meal. We ask our members and our friends attending the dinner to bring a side dish that will feed 6 to 8 people. If there are any questions concerning what side dish to bring, please consult Margie Rimmer or Mary Wright. Christmas party tickets are still available and we wish to make this year's party another huge success. We also want to offer our friends the opportunity to celebrate the Christmas season with us, so don't hesitate to ask your friends and relatives to purchase a ticket to the Christmas party. In lieu of selling raffle tickets, we are asking our members to bring one nice gift to the party. We will then draw the ticket numbers of the guests attending and award the door prizes accordingly. So please consider bringing a nice prize of moderate value so we may offer them as door prizes. We will also be selling 50/50 tickets. So winning the 50/50 prize could make Christmas very special for some lucky Christmas party guest. The year of 2019 is quickly coming to a close and soon it will be time to elect a new executive board. Nominations for board offices take place in January 2020 with elections in February 2020. Happy Birthday Since this is our final Voce issue for this year, we celebrate both the November and December birthdays of our lodge members and we have lots of them. Happy birthday Bob Santare ( Nov. 5th), Nancy Horton ( Nov. 12th), Christine Braddock ( Nov. 15th), Ed Chiarotti ( Nov. 15th), and Mario DiVasta (Nov. 20th). Our December birthdays are Tim Wright (Dec. 9th), Dominick Sorrentino (Dec. 16th), and our Christmas baby Marie Meltzer (Dec. 25th). May you have many more birthday celebrations to come! Restaurant Night There will be no OSDIA Restaurant night for either November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas). The Good of The Order Please remember in your prayers all of our brothers and sisters especially Bob Santare, Kay Winter and Linda Feedham. Also please remember in your prayers the brother of Christine Braddock. Christine is one of our newest members.