Thursday, December 1, 2022

OSIA membership in Eaststchester/Tuckahoe rising; a positive outlook on Italian organizations in USA

The most important association to which Italians can belong in USA is the Order of the Sons of Italy (OSIA). Its aim is to retain Italian culture while helping their community with scholarships, donations, etc.

2017 winners of the various OSIA Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge Scholarships
2017 winners of the various OSIA Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge Scholarships

the association, individual lodges tend to also create the proper environment for socialization by throwing parties on special dates, such as Carnevale or Natale, organizing bus trips to cultural centers or casinos, and why not?, also organizing Mother’s day lunches and tombola events.  OSIA is then a fruitful environment for any Italian or Italian American who want to be part of the action.

Officers of the Lodge during the ceremony of initiation
Some of the officers of the Lodge during the ceremony of initiation

For example, Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge # 2583 of the Order of the Sons of Italy successfully initiated twenty-two new members on April, proving its steadfast determination to expand evermore into its community of Tuckahoe/Eastchester (Westchester, New York)

OSIA's Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge new members with the Lodge officers.
OSIA’s Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge new members with the Lodge officers.

The meeting was festive and solemn at the same time, celebrating the newcomers’ official acceptance while showing them the procedures connected to OSIA’s meetings. The new members were instructed on the various activities and possibilities to volunteer.
The initiation is a ceremony which therefore takes a particular relevance because it’s the first step toward a productive and spiritually rewarding membership in one of the most interesting and fun associations of America.

The new members of Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge after receiving their certificates
The new members of Giuseppe Garibaldi Lodge after receiving their certificates

Photos by Rob Farella

Tiziano Thomas Dossena
Tiziano Thomas Dossenahttp://tizianodossena.info
Tiziano Thomas Dossena is the Editorial Director of L’Idea Magazine. He is the author of “Caro Fantozzi” (2008), “Dona Flor, An Opera by van Westerhout” (2010), "Sunny Days and Sleepless Nights" (2016), "The World as an Impression: The Landscapes of Emilio Giuseppe Dossena" (2020), and "Federico Tosti, Poeta Antiregime" (2021). Dossena is the editor of A Feast of Narrative anthology series and co-editor of Rediscovered Operas Series books on librettos.

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