The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA—pronounced “oh SIGH’ ah”) was established in 1905 as a mutual aid society for the early Italian immigrants. Today OSIA has more than 600,000 members and a network of more than 700 chapters from coast to coast. Our lodge, founded in 1981, is a northern Virginia chapter of OSIA, one of nine chapters in the state-level Grand Lodge of Virginia.
Our missions parallel those of the state and national OSIA organizations. For example, we carry on our Italian and Italian-American traditions, we promote the preservation of the Italian culture by supporting Italian language training in our schools, and we even participate in optional language classes as a lodge activity.
Like other OSIA chapters we proudly raise considerable funds for charities like Alzheimer’sTM Disease and Cooley’sTM Anemia. We do so through such activities as participating in Italian festivals, hosting Casino nights, and even ushering at the annual Preakness horse race.
We convene for general membership meetings normally on the second Saturday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall behind St. Leo’s church at 3700 Old Lee Highway in Fairfax City.
At a typical meeting, we have pot luck Italian food, conduct a brief business meeting, then enjoy an interesting program. We also take field trips, enjoy banquets at other locations, meet informally for lunch, play sports together, and more.
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