[Order Sons of Italy in America]

Sons of Italy News Bureau
219 E Street, NE
Washington, D.C., 20002
202-547-2900 • www.osia.org

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.

  Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

Dear friends:
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!
Angelo Vivolo
President, Columbus Citizens Foundation

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.

Philip R. Piccigallo

(Executive Director - OSIA)

Sons of Italy Foundation Donates a Second $100,000 in Earthquake Relief to Rebuild School in Muccia, Marche

Washington, D.C., March 7, 2019 – The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), which is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), presented a second $100,000 donation in Central Italy earthquake relief to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. Like the first SIF donation made last October, this second donation will go toward the rebuilding of a kindergarten and elementary school in Muccia, a town located in the Marche region of Italy. A total of $200,000 has now been donated by the SIF to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation for this project.

The presentation took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Central Park in New York City by SIF President Joseph J. DiTrapani and OSDIA Grand Lodge of New York President Robert Ferrito. There to accept the donation was Maestro Andrea Bocelli.
“The progress that the Andrea Bocelli Foundation is making in completing this school is impressive,” said SIF President DiTrapani. “They broke ground just last September, and already the school is expected to be completed in June. We are looking forward to the day when its doors will be open and the children of Muccia will have a place to learn.” 

The school in Muccia was one of many destructions caused by the earthquake that struck Central Italy on August 24, 2016. The earthquake killed nearly 300 people, and left thousands without access to basic necessities. The Marche region was the hardest hit region, with the Lazio, Umbria, and Abruzzo regions also being affected.

“This is another proud moment in our organization’s longstanding history of charity,” said OSDIA President Vera Ferrara Girolami. “It’s through donations such as this one that we remember and honor where our ancestors came from.”

The Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) was established in 1905 and is the oldest and largest organization for individuals of Italian heritage in the United States. The Sons of Italy Foundation was established as OSDIA’s philanthropic arm in 1959 and has contributed more than $165 million to scholarships, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief, and other projects. This includes $235,000 to the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake; $3 million to the 1980 Irpinia earthquake; $217,000 to the 1976 Friuli earthquake; and $127,000 to the 1968 Sicily earthquake. 

If you would like to donate to the Sons of Italy Foundation, and assist with disaster relief, please consider donating now.

Make your contribution to the SIF fund called “Disaster Relief.”
(Donations made online will be acknowledged by email.)

Make checks payable to Sons of Italy Foundation, earmarked Earthquake Relief.
Send donation and this form to:

 The Sons of Italy Foundation
Attn: Earthquake Relief  219 E Street, NE
 Washington, DC 20002

You may also donate by credit card by phone:  The Sons of Italy Foundation Phone: 202-547-2900  

Contact: Miles Ryan Fisher
Phone: 202-547-2900
E-mail: mfisher@osia.org

Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., USN (ret) Named First Sons of Italy Foundation NELA GALA Honorary Chairman

Washington, D.C., February 27, 2019 – The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), which is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), namedAdmiral Ed Giambastiani as the first-ever Honorary Chairman of the National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala. The 31st Annual NELA Gala will be held on May 23, 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. 

In his final assignment on active duty, Admiral Giambastiani served as the Seventh Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the second ranking officer in the US military. While on active duty, Admiral Giambastiani held extensive operational and staff assignments including command at the submarine, submarine squadron, fleet, allied and joint service level. He commanded the following submarines and organizations in the Navy: Submarine NR-1, USS Richard B. Russell (SSN687), Submarine Development Squadron 12, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet and Anti-Submarine Reconnaissance Forces, Atlantic. He then served in multiple assignments as Senior Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during 9/11 and subsequent combat operations; as Commander, United States Joint Forces Command and as NATO’s first Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. Admiral Giambastiani was awarded 12 Distinguished Service medals. He most proud, however, of his 19 unit awards because they recognize the accomplishments of the entire team.

Admiral Giambastiani currently serves as a director on the board of The Boeing Company and THL Credit. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Oppenheimer Funds New York Board and the MITRE Corporation. He also served as the chairman of Monster Worldwide and Alenia North America.  

Since retirement from the Navy, he has served on a numerous US Government advisory boards, investigations and task forces for the Secretaries of Defense, State and Interior, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Director of National Intelligence. He recently completed serving as a federal commissioner on the highly successful 9-member Congressionally mandated Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission.

Admiral Giambastiani will serve as Honorary Chairman of the NELA Gala, a night that celebrates the accomplishments of Italian Americans, awards scholarships to the most promising students, and honors military veterans. Dozens of wounded servicemen and women, veterans, and their families attend the NELA Gala as special guests. 

At this year’s NELA Gala, a special presentation will be made in which the SIF will present a $20,000 donation to Help Our Military Heroes (HOMH), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fully equipped, adaptive minivans to our country’s most severely wounded, injured, and ill service men and women who sustained their injuries while on active duty since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

For more information about the NELA Gala and how you can donate a seat for a military veteran, email nela@osia.org or call 202-547-2900.