What is OSIA?
OSIA stands for the Order Sons of Italy in America®, the largest and oldest organization in the United States for men and women of Italian heritage.
Why is the official name the Order Sons of Italy in America®?
The name Order Sons of Italy in America® is a translation of the original name, L'Ordine Figli d'Italia. In Italian, figli means both children and sons. We keep this name today for historic reasons and for name recognition.
Can women join OSIA?
Yes. In fact more than 50% of OSIA's members are women. Since its founding, women have shared equal status with men in OSIA. Women also hold offices at the local, state and national levels in OSIA, and we've had numerous women state presidents and a woman National President.
What are lodges?
Lodge is the term used to describe an organized OSIA local or state chapter. The term lodge came into use when OSIA was founded in 1905 and it reflected the structure of other fraternal organizations popular at that time.
What is the difference between lodge membership and at-large membership?
OSIA lodge members can vote and hold office in OSIA. They are entitled to all the benefits offered on OSIA.org, as well as benefits offered by their lodges.
At-large members cannot vote or run for office in OSIA, but are entitled to all other benefits.
How do I become a member?
To become a member, please reach out to us via our Contact Us page and we can arrange for you to become a member. Additionally, you can come to our monthly meeting. To find out when our next monthly meeting is, please go to our Events Page.