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.
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 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.
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.
Affordable and exclusive tours to Italy and beyond, designed with members in mind.
Informs media and public about Italian American issues, history and achievements.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neil A. Velleca Jr.
STATE FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
STATE SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
STATE RECORDING SECRETARY
Cynthis Velleca- Fernandez
STATE FINANCIAL SECRETARY
Ann E. St. Amand
IMMEDIATE PAST STATE PRESIDENT
Marc J. Garofalo
STATE TRUSTEE ENERITUS
Marie A. Buonocore
Rev. Frederick Aniello
STATE CHAPLAIN EMERITUS
Rev. Joseph Castaldi
STATE CHARTIES EMERITUS
STATE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY EMERITUS
STATE TREASURER EMERITUS
STATE ARBITRATION BOARD
STATE ALT. ARBITRATION
STATE MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Neil A Velleca Jr.
NATIONAL PAST PRESIDENT
Paul S. Polo, Sr.
NATIONAL 4TH VICE PRESIDENT
Michael G. Polo
Neil A. Velleca Sr.
* 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