Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is the oldest and largest association of American Men and Women of Italian descent in the United States. (National Site)
The Grand Lodge of the Northwest (GLNW) is one of the 21 State Charters throughout the U.S. with 20 Local Lodges (Directory link) currently in Oregon and Washington. It is the goal of the GLNW to develop discussion groups, Italian language classes, and cultural programs.
Women constitute more than 50 percent (50%) of OSIA's membership, and the number is growing. Why, then, is our name "Sons of Italy" rather than "Sons and Daughters of Italy?" Because of our history.
OSIA was founded in 1905 as "L'Ordine Figli d'Italia," which is Italian for "The Order Children of Italy." The name was translated into English in the masculine form (Figli also means sons), and has been preserved as such for name recognition and legacy purposes.
Bella Vita Lodge is the local Olympia area lodge of the OSIA. www.BellaVitaLodge.org We meet on the first thursday of the month excluding July and August.
Bella Vita Lodge, #2285 Meets at Lacey American Legion Hall 2602 Marvin RD SE Lacey, WA
Social Hour at 5:30-6:30pm Dinner at 6:30pm Raffle at 7:15pm Business Meeting at 7:30-8:30pm (includes Italian cultural lesson)
During the business meeting we discuss the direction of the lodge. Which charities to donate to and how we plan on fundraising. We had several fundraisers throughout the year that benefit the local foodbank,several national charities and our scholarship fund. We also have a presentation of Italian history and culture.
The group has been in Olympia for over 40 years. We started this webpage to attract new people that are interested in the Italian heritage and culture.
People of Italian descent whole or partial,spouses of people of Italian descent or anyone interested in the Italian culture and heritage can join as a social member.
Membership offers the opportunity to promote, preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of Italian heritage, culture and customs.
We encourage you to join this site and to attend an event. (FREE) If after attending our meetings and would like to become an official member yearly dues are currently $37.00 a year.