Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America?
The original name was in Italian, L’Ordine Figli d’Italia. In Italian, “figli” means both “sons” and “children.” When the name was translated into English, “sons” was the preferred choice because OSIA is an organization for adults 18 and older. The Former name – The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), is now officially named The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) is the oldest and largest national organization in the United States for Italian-American men and women. Founded in 1905 to help early Italian immigrants, today OSIA is the nation’s leading Italian-American service and advocacy organization.
Can Woman Join OSDIA?
Yes of course, in fact, women constitute 50 percent of our membership and hold office in all Local Lodges, State Lodges and National OSDIA.
Our Lodge has 22 officers: 13 Women and 9 Men
Why Join a Lodge?
- Have Fun
- Make Friends
- Raise Money for Charity
- Promote our Italian and Italian American Heritage
- Promote Italian Language and Culture in Schools and Colleges
- Educate our young Italian Americans
- Support other Italian American Groups
- Celebrate October as Italian American Heritage Month
How can I join this Lodge?
What Scholarships does OSDIA offer?
Our North Haven Lodge offers yearly scholarship opportunities to High School Seniors who are members and/or have Parents and or Grandparents who are members.
The Connecticut Grand Lodge Foundation offers scholarships to High School Seniors with a connection to each of the 10 Lodges in Connecticut.
National Order Sons of Italy Foundation awards 10 to 13 scholarships annually to High School Seniors , ranging from $4,000-$25,000. Applications are available in the fall. The deadlines vary from February to April.
Nationally including Local Lodges and Grands Lodges (state chapters) OSDIA gives scholarships totaling nearly $1,000,000 annually.
What Charities Does North Haven Lodge and OSDIA Support?
Our North Haven Lodge has given away over $173,000.00 dollars to charity since our inception in 2004. Learn More
Nationally The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), The SIF is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The SIF was founded in 1959 as a private, grant-making institution with the purpose of preserving Italian American culture, encouraging educational excellence among Italian Americans and improving lives in other areas. To date, the SIF has given more than $164 million to these efforts. Learn More
Following the footsteps of the National Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), the CT Foundation has been formed and initially funded to be the philanthropic arm of the CT Grand Lodge. The CT Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Learn More