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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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Ciao Amici! My name is Gianna Marchese, I am 24 and grew up in Seattle, Washington as a member of the Seattle Fedele Lodge #1390. I went to Willamette University, where I played collegiate softball, received a Bachelor’s Degree, and graduated with a Master of Business Administration this past May. I now live in Los Angeles where I work in global film publicity at Warner Bros.

What does being Italian mean to you?:
Being Italian to me, means holding traditions close and sharing those with your loved ones. Traditions encompass family, friends, and they may vary by city or region. I love listening to stories and learning from other Italians that I meet, of all ages. There’s a special connection that runs between us - our passion, our sense of community, and our love for being Italian. #FOTOFriday
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DID YOU KNOW that the Sons of Italy Foundation Scholarship Winners get invited to our flagship event, the NELA Gala in Washington, DC?
Visit our YouTube channel to hear from 8 of 21 winners from last year`s program about what receiving the scholarship meant to them and how it supports their goals.
👉 We are excited to support more talented youth to achieve their dreams. See here for this year`s scholarship application - submissions due by March 7, 2024: www.osdia.org/scholarships/
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Italy has cycling deeply embedded in its history. Did you know that Valdostan-born Maurice Garin became the first winner of the Tour de France in 1903? One year later, he became the second winner of the Tour de France and the first to lose his title amid accusations of cheating. 🚲

The Tour de France was created by journalist Geo Lefevre, who wanted to feature the race in his sports newspaper. Lefevre hoped the news surrounding the unconventional race, along with the incredible prize of 3,000 francs (3x the average annual salary then) would increase his subscriptions and save the struggling publication. The first race took place in 1903 where cyclists rode on unpaved roads, without helmets, and with no assistance from support cars or for bicycle repairs. Maurice Garin won the first race, after cycling for a little over 10 years. After retiring, he opened his own bicycle shop where he sold custom-built bikes.
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The Saussurea Alpine Botanical Garden is the highest elevated in Europe, at 2,173 meters above sea level. It is located in Courmayeur, and features easy-to-navigate trails where hikers can view the beautiful varieties of alpine flowers. 🌼 If you`re visiting during June - September, you`ve gotta add this one to your must-do list in Aosta Valley! 🗻 ...

Fontina PDO is a Protected Designation of Origin cheese with a milky aroma, a sweet taste & a soft texture that is exclusively produced in Aosta Valley. An ingredient of tradition, it is the basis of many Aosta Valley recipes, but it finds its maximum expression in Fondue. #FontinaPDO #AostaValley #Fondue ...

Ciao a tutti! My name is Raquel Hewitt, and I hail from the Pittsburgh, PA area. I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Middle Level Math Education, and I am currently an 8th Grade Pre-Algebra teacher at a cyber school.

I have been a member of the Nicola Misasi Lodge 1277 in Sewickley, PA for 7 years. I am a member of the Ladies Only Night Committee, a Pennsylvania State Convention Delegate for the past two conventions, and I am currently on the committee for our lodge’s cent’anni anniversary gala!

Both of my Nonni emigrated from a small town in Calabria and made their way to Pittsburgh. Last fall, I traveled to Italy to visit my Nonna’s sister and her family. It feels amazing to still have solid roots in Italy!

What does being Italian mean to you?
Being Italian is the part of my heritage that truly identifies me. It means feeling proud of where my family has come from, and understanding the strength my grandparents had to leave their homeland behind and bring their traditions with them. It’s about spending time with family, taking part in the culture, and making sure that I carry on the story of my family. After moving back to Pittsburgh, where my Italian side of the family lives, I was able to learn even more about our family history, and grow closer to my Nonna. One day I’ll perfect her sauce recipe, but until then, I’ll just keep trying!
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