The first Italians who came to the US during the mass migration age spent their first years basically without any right. Some of them because they considered themselves "birds of passage": they came to the US with the full intent of making money and then come back to Italy. Some of them because they weren't interested in losing their Italian citizenship to acquire the American one. Some of them because they were discriminated and maybe they didn't even know, working two or even three jobs, that they could have rights.
In 1905, after many local religious societies, a first national association was born, to defend them, to aggregate them, to let them know that together they could have had rights, and improve their conditions: it was the Order Sons of Italy, OSIA. One hundred and ten years after, OSIA is still alive and kicking, and Philip R. Piccigallo is OSIA the National Executive Director/CEO. We are honored to be able to talk to him.
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OSDIA Elects Second Woman President at55th Biennial Convention
August 14-20, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13, 2017 - In its 112th year, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) officers gathered in Sarasota, Florida, to elect the leaders who will forge the future of the oldest and largest national organization for people of Italian heritage. Vera Girolami of California was elected as OSDIA’s 36th National President and sworn in on August 19.
OSDIA’s New National Officers
Joining OSDIA National President Girolami are the following officers:
· Nancy Di Fiore Quinn of New York, National First Vice President
· Robert A. Bianchi, Esq. of New Jersey, National Second Vice President
· Joseph A. Boncore, Esq. of Massachusetts, National Third Vice President
· Michael G. Polo of Connecticut, National Fourth Vice President
· Richard R. Della Croce, Esq., National Fifth Vice President
· Michael P. Creedon, Esq., National Orator
· Philip J. Privitera, Esq. of Massachusetts, National Recording Secretary
· Tony Bisceglia Anderson of Northwest, National Financial Secretary
· Thom A. Lupo of New York, National Treasurer
· Carolyn Reres of New York, National Historian
· Rev. R. Adam Forno of New York, National Chaplain
National Past President Joseph J. DiTrapani of New York was appointed to serve a third straight term as President of the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), OSDIA’s philanthropic arm. Established in 1959, the SIF has contributed more than $165 million to scholarships, medical research, disaster relief efforts, cultural projects, veterans’ causes and other special projects.
I want to share some wonderful news with you and your membership. Professor Joseph Tusiani, internationally known literary icon, has been acknowledged for his incredible career by Governor Andrew Cuomo!
The Columbus Citizens Foundation takes great pride in initiating and supporting Governor Cuomo's appointment of Professor Tusiani as New York State Poet Laureate Emeritus. We have a strong voice in Governor Andrew Cuomo and are most appreciative of his efforts.
This recognition of Professor Tusiani brings to the forefront literary accomplishments which span decades and serve to educate, inspire and ensure the perpetuity of the richness of language, Italian-American literature and the humanities.
Our unity as Italian-American organizations embodying a wealth of inherited culture, necessitates that we continue to pursue excellence and further promote the acknowledgment of artistic perfection in our community.
The Columbus Citizens Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to Governor Cuomo for his insight in recognizing Professor Tusiani's achievements and major contributions to the "International Literary Community." With such a proclamation, the hopeful visibility of United States Poet Laureate could loom in the imminent future!
President, Columbus Citizens Foundation
Rhode Island Sons of Italy
Philip R. Piccigallo
(Executive Director - OSIA)