Grand Lodge of Virginia OSDIA

Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America

Frequently Asked Questions

What is OSIA?

OSIA stands for the Order Sons of Italy in America, the largest and longest-established organization in the United States for men and women of Italian heritage.

Why is the official name the Order Sons of Italy in America?

The name Order Sons of Italy in America is a translation of the original name, L'Ordine Figli d'Italia. In Italian, figli means both children and sons. We keep this name today for historic reasons and for name recognition.

At the 2017 National Convention the name was officially changed to Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) for business purposes however the original logo will remain the same. 

 Can women join OSDIA?

Yes. In fact more than 50% of OSDIA's members are women. Since its founding, women have shared equal status with men in OSDIA. Women also hold offices at the local, state and national levels in OSDIA.

What is the difference between chapter membership and at-large membership?

OSIA chapter (lodge) members can vote and hold office in OSIA. They are entitled to all the benefits offered on, as well as benefits offered by their lodges. At-large members cannot vote or run for office in OSIA, but are entitled to all other benefits

Where is my nearest OSDIA chapter?

There are more than 700 local chapters (lodges) throughout the United States and Canada. To find the one nearest you, click here.

Where is OSDIA's headquarters?

The OSDIA National Office is located near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., at 219 E St. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

 Does OSDIA lobby?

OSDIA and its subsidiaries do not lobby. OSDIA and the CSJ do advocate on issues of significance to OSDIA's membership and all the nation's Italian Americans.