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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.


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.

The Sons and Daughters of Italy membership if you'd like to join is $77 for singles & $152 for couples for the first year of membership.

Subsequent years are $35 for singles & $68 for couples.

The membership year is from January 1 to December 31.

Membership forms will be at the events.


Upcoming events (4)

Belair Road Bus Trip Fisherman’s Inn & Delaware Park Casino

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Belair Road Bus Trip to Fisherman’s Inn and Delaware Park Casino Date: June 27, 2019 Place: Fisherman’s Inn Crab Deck and Delaware Park Casino Cost: $82.00 per Person Belair Road Lodge BUS TRIP Fisherman’s Inn Crab Deck (AYCE) & Delaware Park Casino ($30 back to gamble) Call Verna Dietrich (443)[masked] for exact times and other information

Italian Heritage Night @ Ripken Stadium July 28


Italian Heritage Night @ Ripken Stadium on July 28 during the Aberdeen Ironbirds vs. Hudson Valley baseball game. Ticket prices are $15.00 All are welcome to attend. Game time is 4:05 pm but prior to the game all Italian scholarship recipients will take the field to be named. All locals are invited to participate with their scholarship recipients, as well. Ripken Stadium 873 Long Drive Aberdeen, Maryland 21001 For more information call Francis Cipriotti[masked] or Rosalie Ranieri 410 - 866 -8494.

Grand Lodge of Maryland Crab Feast

8037 Philadelphia Rd

Sunday, August 25, 2019 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Rosedale Gardens 8037 Philadelphia Road Rosedale, MD 21237 $48.00 Per Person Music by The Monaldi’s For more information and tickets call Vince Zaccaria –[masked] /[masked] © – [masked]

Grand Lodge of Maryland Memorial Mass & Luncheon


Grand Lodge of Maryland Memorial Mass & Luncheon Sunday, September 15, 2019 Time: 11:30 AM The Grand Lodge of Maryland recognizes our deceased members at a special Mass held at St. Leo’s the Great Church 227 S. Exeter St Baltimore, MD 21202 The Mass will end around 12:30 pm A luncheon is planned following the Memorial Mass at Chiapparelli’s Restaurant 237 S High St Baltimore, MD 21202 Cost of the luncheon will be forthcoming.

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