2018 Board of Directors


Paula Guerrieri

Vice President

Rocco Maniaci


Alex Papai

Financial Secretary

Arlene Barbieri

Recording Secretary

Robert Calabrese


Leo Saladino

Dolores D'Angelo

Fred Cassese

​Anthony Siravo

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Italian American Civic League of Broward County

700 South Dixie Highway Hollywood, Florida 33020 1-954-920-4013

Flash News

​Ciao a Tutti,

We hope everyone is happy and healthy! As spring is upon us all of our northern friends and members will be headed home. We wish everyone a trip and look forward to seeing everyone next winter. 

We would like to thank everyone who came out for our Saint Joseph's March Dinner Dance.

In Sicily, where Saint Joseph is regarded by many as their Patron saint, and in many Italian-American communities, thanks are given to Saint Joseph (San Giuseppe in Italian) for preventing a famine in Sicily during the Middle Ages. According to legend, there was a severe drought at the time, and the people prayed for their patron saint to bring them rain. They promised that if God answered their prayers through Joseph's intercession, they would prepare a large feast to honor him. The rain did come, and the people of Sicily prepared a large banquet for their patron saint. The fava bean was the crop which saved the population from starvation and is a traditional part of Saint Joseph's Day altars and traditions. Giving food to the needy is a Saint Joseph's Day custom. In some communities it is traditional to wear red clothing and eat a Neapolitan pastry known as a zeppola (created in 1840 by Don Pasquale Pinatauro in Napoli) on Saint Joseph's Day.

Upon a typical Saint Joseph's Day altar, people place flowers, limes, candles, wine, fava beans, specially prepared cakes, breads, and cookies (as well as other meatless dishes), and zeppole. Foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs to represent saw dust since Joseph was a carpenter. Because the feast occurs during Lent, traditionally no meat was allowed on the celebration table. The altar usually has three tiers, to represent the trinity.

Everyone had a fantastic evening of food, music, & dancing. Due to a scheduling conflict out April Dinner dance will be held on April 14th so please note this change in your calendars. 

Also in March the Florida Federation of Italian Clubs held their annual 7 day cruise aboard the Holland America EuroDam. Our club was well represented and had a great time. Thank you to all our members who participated and look forward to the next cruise in March of 2019. 


2018 Boosters

Aquino, Georgette

Bagiotti, Aldo & Angela

Barbieri, Carl & Arlene

Batchie, Albert

Bobinchuck, Adriana

Cassese, Fred & Katherine

D'Angelo Joe & Dolores

DeVito, John & Amelia

Gallo, Michael

German, MaryAnn

German, Michael

Guerrieri, Daniel Esq.

Guerrieri, Daniel & Paula

Guerrieri, Thomas Jr.

Iovino, Anthony

Julian, William

McCarthy, Raymond

Melon, Edo

Mooney, Timmy & Heidi


Papai, Alex & Carmela

Peters, Amy

Pistone, Frank & Irene

Reading, Joan

Rella, Yvonne

Serrone, Robert & MaryAnn

Siravo, Anthony & JoAnn

Siravo, Stephen & Hilda

Strever, Maria

Tipa, Ronald & Dorothy

Trachtenberg, Michael

​Turner, Leonora