The Luigi Pirandello Lodge is a Lodge of the Order Sons of Italy in America.
Interested in joining our Lodge? Please read about the Order Sons of Italy in America below and then complete the form below and click "Submit".
Our Membeship Chairman will contact you as soon as possible.
Founded in 1905, OSIA is considered by many to be the premier community grassroots organization of Americans of Italian heritage. Now, almost 110 years later, OSIA finds itself with generations of Americans of Italian descent, the grandchildren and great grandchildren of immigrants, many of whom want to hold membership in an organization firm in family values and cultural heritage.
OSIA is for people of any gender, age, religion and profession. Whether you are of Italian heritage or simply have a love for things Italian, OSIA welcomes you as a member. Membership in OSIA can be a personally rewarding experience, for it allows the exploration of one’s leadership abilities and ethnic enhancement. Regardless of your choice of membership (regular, social or at-large), be assured that OSIA is one in purpose, goal and direction. Each type of membership provides the personal satisfaction of participating in one multi-faceted and, oftentimes, complex society in a social and fraternal manner. OSIA has proven it is an organization of the times from generation to generation since 1905. The Grand Lodge of New York has over 70 lodges located in various communities throughout the state.
Your Membership Helps OSIA:
- Promote Italian language and culture nationally, statewide and locally. The Order was instrumental in having the College Board establish an Advanced Placement Test in Italian.
- Fight the stereotyping of Americans of Italian heritage by entertainment, advertising, and news media through the efforts of OSIA’s Commission for Social Justice.
- Educate the general public about the U.S. historical achievements and contributions of Americans of Italian heritage.
- Award scholarships to students at the national, state and local levels. Award scholarships to young Italian Americans at leading universities. [More than $36 million nationally awarded to date.]
- Donate funds to medical research, disaster relief efforts, education, cultural preservation and other important projects. [Nationally more than $80 million to date.]
- Support the Italian government’s efforts on a wide range of cultural, educational, and humanitarian activities.
- Assist Italian American students and young professionals with their career plans through internships, mentoring, and youth programs.
- Advocate for Italian Americans pursuing federal and state appointments, and for important legislation affecting the Italian American community.
Benefits of OSIA Membership:
- Free subscription to Italian America, the most widely read cultural magazine in the U.S. for people of Italian heritage.
- Free subscription to the online publication Questo Mese.
- Free subscription to the Golden Lion, the publication of the NY Grand Lodge.
- Italian America magazine advertising discounts.
- Eligibility for scholarships locally and nationally.
- Discounts on Italian items and services such as genealogy research, travel, Italian language instruction and more.
- Access to OSIA.org, the National web site, which provides information about issues, programs, reports and research important to Italian Americans, and other benefits available only online.
- A host of discounts on Italian specialty items and services of interest to Italian Americans, including genealogy research, travel, Italian language instruction, and more available from the National web site.
- Access to NYSOSIA.org, the New York State web site.
- Participation in Italian and Italian American cultural events through lectures, films, book discussion groups, Italian language courses, issue summits and folk-life programs.
- An outlet for volunteer energies and professional expertise to assist the Italian-American community in your area.
Types of OSIA Membership:
Individuals may hold regular or social membership in one of the many lodges located in NY State.
- Regular Membership*: A person of Italian descent, the spouse or the adopted child of a person of Italian descent, or the widow or widower or divorced spouse of a current or former member.
- Social Membership*: A person not of Italian descent. Although unable to hold office, a social member enjoys all other privileges and benefits of membership, including the right to vote in all matters.
- At-Large Membership**: A person, who is qualified for membership, however, due to personal or professional commitments, does not wish to be affiliated with a local lodge.
* Annual dues are set by individual local lodges.
**Annual dues are set at $20 for student At-Large members, $50 for regular At-Large members and $100 for a Golden Lion member ($50 of a Golden Lion member’s dues is donated to the state scholarship program and is tax deductible).