The Vittoria Lodge – A club of Italian-American men and women based in Ankeny IA
The history of the lodge is closely related to the history of the migration of Italians from Italy to the mining camps of Polk, Dallas, Boone, Marion and Lucas Counties in Iowa. Legally incorporated as Societa’ Vittoria Italiana Di Mutuo Soccorso in 1913, the Lodge had its’ principal purpose “to unite fraternally men of Italian extraction, of good moral character”. Besides serving as a health benefit organization, it also became a vital instrument in the social life of the new immigrants and their families. 100+ years later, the Vittoria Lodge and its’ Auxiliary are still very active and growing.
A club of Italian-American men and women based in Des Moines IA
The roots of the Society of Italian Americans goes back to 1898, when a group of Italian men gathered to discuss the possibility of organizing an Italian organization to serve as an outlet for their charitable impulse and at the same time create for them a social atmosphere.
Today, the Society of Italian-Americans and their Auxiliary have over 240 members – some original Italian immigrants, others 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th-generation Italian-Americans. They still band together in a social atmosphere to support each other, improve their community, and preserve their precious Italian heritage. Through strong leadership and the continued activism of its members, they plan on being around for another 116 years.
A club of Italian-American women based in Des Moines IA
Their group gives 90% of the money they raise back to the community and every other month they do something in the community, either helping out at a place or collecting items that a charity needs.