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OSDIA’s first officers, which included founder Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro.

Originally called Ordine Figli d’Italia, the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSDIA) 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. In 2017, the Order Sons of Italy in America was renamed the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA).

Highlights in OSDIA’s history:

  • In its early years, OSDIA established free schools to teach immigrants English and centers to help them become U.S. citizens.
  • The first OSDIA 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 World Wars I and II, OSDIA members bought war bonds and war stamps to support the war effort, and lodges competed with each other to contribute the most money to the Red Cross.
  • In World War II, the OSDIA Supreme Council (national officers) issued a resolution urging members to donate one day’s salary to the national defense.
  • To date, OSDIA members have given tens of millions of dollars to educational programs, disaster relief, cultural advancement and medical research.

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