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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. Founded in 1905 as a mutual aid society for early Italian immigrants, today OSDIA has thousands of family members located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation’s estimated 26 million people of Italian descent. Our missions include encouraging the study of Italian language and culture in American schools and universities; preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage; and promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy.

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A thin strip of land overlooking the Ligurian Sea, Liguria attracts tourists from all over the world every summer for its perfect mix of relaxing sea life & opportunities for adventure. Whether you`re going to see the capital of Genova, take in the beauty of Cinque Terre, or attend Italy`s famous music festival Sanremo - the charm of this region won`t be lost on you. #regionofthemonth #liguria ...

Sarah Welch was born in Lancaster, PA and is a member of the OSDIA Buona Fortuna Lodge #2835 in Pensacola, FL. She joined the US Navy in 2014 as a Tomahawk Technician and was stationed onboard the USS Ross out of Rota, Spain. She was then transferred to Naples, Italy where she met her husband, Vincenzo Donnarumma. She graduated from the University of Maryland Global Campus in 2021 with a Bachelor of Psychology and a minor in Biology. In December 2023, she graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Nursing. After graduation, she was commissioned as a Naval Nurse and will continue her service at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia.

What does being Italian mean to you?
To me, being Italian means much more than sharing a common nationality and ancestry. I had the pleasure of living in Italy for three years where I met my husband and became Italian by marriage. In Italy, I became part of the family not only through my marriage, but also through the way my time there transformed my cultural identity. I fell in love with the Italian traditions, customs, and values. I take pride in Italy’s traditional cuisine, rich history, art, and music as they have become part of my daily life. I feel a strong sense of community not only with the friends and family we have in Italy, but also with the members of OSDIA. When we moved back to the US from Italy, we didn’t know anyone in Pensacola and came upon Pensacola’s Festa Italiana. The Buona Fortuna Lodge welcomed us with open arms and the love they gave us made us feel as if we had been reunited with family. To me, being Italian is being part of an interconnected community with a shared love for Italian culture and a sense of community. #FOTOFriday

The deadline to apply for the SIF scholarships is one week from today! It`s not too late to apply, but make sure to get your applications in to our website by March 7th. Tag an Italian college student who should apply! ...

There are so many good ones out there, what should we watch for our next movie night? 🎥🍿 ...

Italian soups (zuppa) are often more like stews or purées, rather than the smooth liquids of American soups. The vapelenentse soup from Aosta Valley is a prime example, with layers of stale bread, cheese and cabbage simmered in beef stock. It`s a fantastic recipe when you need to use up stale bread (which was no doubt how it came about in the first place).

Check out the recipe by copying this link into your browser:

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