What we're about

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.


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Founded in 1905 as a mutual aid society for the early Italian immigrants, today OSDIA has hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty 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.


Its 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.


The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) has given more than $105,000,000 to scholarships, medical research, disaster relief, cultural preservation and other special projects.

These include the Alzheimer's Association, Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Hurricane Andrew relief, Assisi earthquake relief and the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial

Women have always shared equal rights with men in OSDIA, and women make up about 50% of OSIA membership.

Women have held leadership positions at all levels, including state president, national trustee, national vice president and national president.


OSDIA is for people of any gender, age, religion and profession. You don't even have to be Italian to join.

Whether you are of Italian heritage or simply have a love for things Italian, OSDIA welcomes you as a member.

Membership Advantages are on the below webpage

https://www.osia.org/membership/membership-advantages/

Please email me at Mike1970@aol.com your mailing address if you would like to join as a new member so I can mail you a membership form.

You may become a Full member if you're Italian or married to an Italian. Full members are eligible to become Officers and vote

If you're not Italian or not married to an Italian then you may become an Associate Member.

Associate members can't become officers and vote.

The membership year is from January 1 to December 31.

The 2021 Sons and Daughters of Italy membership dues for a new single member is $60 ($20 initiation fee, $5 for one copy of the IL Giornale quarterly magazine, and $35 dues).

You’ll also receive the quarterly Italian America magazine

If a new single member joins after June 30 then the dues are $37.50 ($20 initiation fee and $17.50 dues)

The 2021 membership dues for a new couple is $115 ($20 initiation fee per person, $5 for one copy of the IL Giornale quarterly magazine, and $35 dues per person)

You’ll also receive the quarterly Italian America magazine

If a new couple joins after June 30 then the dues are $75 ($20 initiation fee per person and $17.50 dues per person)

2021 Renewal dues are $40 for singles (includes one copy of the IL Giornale quarterly magazine)

You’ll also receive the quarterly Italian America magazine

If a single member renews after June 30 then the dues are $20

2021 Renewal dues are $75 for couples (Includes one copy of the IL Giornale quarterly magazine)

You’ll also receive the quarterly Italian America magazine

If a couple renews after June 30 then the dues are $37.50

Please make your checks payable to

Montgomery County lodge #2288

Mail the checks & the membership form to our Treasurer below

Julia Ladds
17105 MacDuff Avenue
Olney, Maryland 20832

Thank you.

Membership forms will be at the events.

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Upcoming events (1)

Dr. Niotta talks about The Plan That Never Came Together

The Sunday, November 14 Montgomery County, Maryland Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) lodge ZOOM event with Guest speaker Writer, Artist, and Historian Dr. J. Michael Niotta is below.

He will talk about The Plan That Never Came Together: How America’s Italians Narrowly Escaped Mass Internment during WWII

Date & Time:

5 pm to 7:15 pm Sunday, November 14

Guest speaker:

Dr. Niotta will talk about The Plan That Never Came Together: How America’s Italians Narrowly Escaped Mass Internment during WWII.

Niotta’s great grandfather co-founded the Italo-American Welfare League in Los Angeles during the mid-1920s.

His grandmother helped establish the women’s auxiliary of the Italian-American Civic Association (I-ACA) in San Diego, during the late 1950’s.

J. Michael’s Great Grandfather Jack Dragna; however, served as the Godfather in Los Angeles from 1931 till 1956.

Another of his blood relatives stood in opposition of the mafia.

Dr. Niotta’s non-fiction book The Fight Abroad & the Fear Back Home, sheds light on the little known Italian enemy alien situation stateside during World War II.

In October 2021, he represented the Italian perspective at the San Diego Central Library as part of the Rebellious Miss Breed program on Japanese-American incarceration.

He will also answer questions after his presentation from the audience.

Sons and Daughters of Italy news will be discussed before Dr. Niotta’s presentation.

I’ll post the ZOOM log in instructions in early November.

Thank you.

Michael R. Bertocchi
Rockville, Maryland[masked] (mobile) &[masked] (home)
President, Montgomery County, Maryland Sons and Daughters of Italy lodge #2288

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