Order Sons of Italy in America
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Order of the Sons of Italy in America (OSIA)
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History

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. 


Today OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 650 chapters coast to coast, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation's estimated 26 million people of Italian descent.

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


Highlights in OSIA's History:

 

In it's early years, OSIA established free schools to teach immigrants English and centers to help them become U.S. Citizens.

The first OSIA Lodges established orphanages and homes for the elderly, life insurance and mortuary funds, credit unions, welfare societies, and scholarship funds to aid members in need.

During Worls Wars I and II, OSIA members bought war bonds and war stamps to support the war effort, and Lodges competed with each other to see who could contribute the most money to the Red Cross.

In Worls War II, the OSIA Supreme Council (national officers) issued a resolution urging members to donate one day's salary to the national defense.

To date, OSIA members have given more than $125 million to educational programs, disaster releif, cultural advancement and medical research.


 
Giuseppe Verde Lodge # 2457 Wilmington, Delaware 19808
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