About osdia

Help, Dedication, Generosity, and Gratitude

Help, Dedication, Generosity, and Gratitude

Help, Dedication, Generosity, and Gratitude

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Founded in 1905 to help early Italian Immigrants, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is today's leading voice of the nation's 26 million Italian Americans. We are dedicated to promoting our culture, traditions, language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our contributions to the United States and the world. We are sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers. We are philanthropists and we are model global citizens with purpose beyond ourselves. we are grateful for those who came before us and for the struggle they endured to give us better opportunity. We are proud and patriotic Americans who exemplify the very best of what it means to be Italian American.

 

OSIA Founder - Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro

Help, Dedication, Generosity, and Gratitude

Help, Dedication, Generosity, and Gratitude

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Vincenzo Sellaro was born April 24, 1868, in Polizzi Generosa in the  province of Palermo, Sicily. He received his medical degree in 1895 from  the University of Naples and immigrated to the United States in 1897  where he settled in New York City. The following year, he completed  post-graduate courses at the Cornell Medical School and obtained a  license to practice medicine in New York State. He became a naturalized  U.S. citizen in 1904. 

Italian America Magazine

Help, Dedication, Generosity, and Gratitude

Italian America Magazine

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Italian America® magazine is the most widely read quarterly for people of Italian heritage in the United States.  Articles include feature stories, profiles, recipes, book reviews,stories written Italian,and much more.

The Creed of the Order Sons of Italy in America®

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We Believe in the Government of the United States of America as the  Government of the people, by the people, and for the people and promise  to obey and uphold its Constitution and Laws.

We Believe in the Government by orderly process and reject any  doctrine that tends to subvert constituted government and authority.

We Believe in filial affection and respect for the Land of our  Forefathers whose heritage is our highest contribution to America’s  progress.

We Believe in the brotherhood of man and promise to assist our fellow  members, to care for the orphans, to extend our helping hand to the  widows and to comfort those in distress.

We Believe in equal rights and duties for all; in equality of  opportunity in the enjoyment of the benefits of human association  extended to all without discrimination.

We Believe in freedom of thought, conscience and education and stand  for individual liberty in the performance of duties and in the exercise  of rights under the Constitution and laws of our Country and State.

We Believe in the future progress and expansion of the Order Sons of  Italy in America® as the beneficial agent of all Americans of Italian  birth or descent for their recognition and welfare, and promise to  contribute to the moral, intellectual and material progress of our  fellow members, and to support the program of the Order and all its  activities for the welfare of our Country, our Order and the Community  in which we live.

What does osdia do?

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TRAVEL BUREAU

Affordable and exclusive tours to Italy and beyond, designed with members in mind.

NEWS BUREAU

Informs media and public about Italian American issues, history and achievements.

ARCHIVES

OSDIA supports historical records on our Order and on Italian immigration history through a grant to the University of Minnesota as well as a partnership with Ancestry.com

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The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum

 The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum was the home of Antonio Meucci, the true inventor of the telephone, and a refuge to Giuseppe Garibaldi,  the legendary hero who championed the unification of Italy. For over 50  years the museum has fulfilled its mission to preserve the legacies of  these great men, and to promote understanding of the Italian-American  heritage through cultural, artistic and educational programs and  classes.  The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is owned and administered by the  Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. 

Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America®

Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America®

Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America®

Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America®

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 The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) is the largest and oldest  national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the  United States.  

Originally called “Figli d’Italia,” the Order Sons of Italy in  America® was established in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York  City on June 22, 1905, by Vincenzo Sellaro, M.D., and five other Italian  immigrants who came to the United States during the great Italian  migration (1880-1923). Their aim was to create a support system for all  Italian immigrants that would assist them with becoming U.S. citizens,  provide health/death benefits and educational opportunities and offer  assistance with assimilation in America.

Sons of Italy Foundation®

Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America®

Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America®

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 The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of the  Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), the oldest and largest  organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United  States. The SIF is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  View IRS charitable designation

Commission for Social Justice®

Order Sons And Daughters Of Italy In America®

Commission for Social Justice®

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 The Commission for Social Justice® (CSJ) is the anti-defamation arm of  the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), the biggest and oldest  national organization for men and women of Italian descent in the United  States.  The CSJ was founded in 1979 to fight the stereotyping of Italian  Americans by the entertainment, advertising and media industries. It  also collaborates with other groups to ensure that people of all races,  religions and cultures are treated with dignity and respect. 

Grand Lodge officers

Executive Board

STATE PRISIDENT

Neil A. Velleca Jr.


STATE FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Daniel Onofrio


STATE SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

John Sargent


STATE ORATOR

Nathan Vestal


STATE RECORDING SECRETARY

Cynthis Velleca- Fernandez


STATE FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Ann E. St. Amand


STATE TREASURER

James Pepe 


 IMMEDIATE PAST STATE PRESIDENT  

Marc J. Garofalo



Trustees

STATE TRUSTEES:

Marilyn Giglio,  

Patrica Velleca,  

Richard Pawlich-Pagliccio, 

Lauri DeRiu, 

Cheryl Vestal

STATE TRUSTEE ENERITUS

Marie A. Buonocore

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NATIONAL DELEGATES

Patrica Velleca

Lori DeRiu

Paul DeRiu

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STATE CHAPLAIN 

Rev. Frederick Aniello

STATE CHAPLAIN EMERITUS

Rev. Joseph Castaldi

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STATE CHARTIES EMERITUS

Terry Gabucci

STATE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY EMERITUS

Elizabeth Licata

STATE TREASURER EMERITUS

Frances Lovallo

STATE ARBITRATION BOARD


STATE ALT. ARBITRATION


STATE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Neil A Velleca Jr.


National Officers

NATIONAL PAST PRESIDENT

Paul S. Polo, Sr.


NATIONAL 4TH VICE PRESIDENT

Michael G. Polo


NATIONAL TRUSTEE

Neil A. Velleca Sr. 


past state presidents

STATE PRESIDENTS 1914 - 2015

 * Enrico Piccarelli 1914-1915
* Dr. Nicolo Mariani 1915-1923
* Dr. J Castanzo 1923-1928
* Joseph Cubelli 1928-1931
* Michelangelo Russo 1931-1939
* Gino Santella 1939-1945
* Anthony M. Tapogna, Esq. 1945-1951
* Hon. John Ottaviano, Jr. 1951-1954
* Domenic Cocco 1954-1959
* Edwim C. Chariott 1959-1963
Hon. Angelo Santaniello 1963-1967
Anthony De Lallo 1967-1971
John A. Vigilante, Esq. 1971-1975
* Edmond N. Tino 1975-1977
*Angela Gionfriddo 1977-1979
*Joseph Mazzola 1979-1985
*Sebastian M. Polo 1985-1989
*Robert J. Della Donna 1989-1993
Jo-Anne Gauger 1993-1997
Frank M. Grazioso Esq. 1997-1999
John W. Troy 1999-2001
Michael S. Polo 2001-2003
Neal A. Velleca Sr. 2003-2007
Carlo Carlozzi Jr. 2007-2009
Marc J. Garofalo 2009-2011
Michael S. Polo 2011-2015
*= deceased