The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America was established in 1905 as Ordine Figli d'Italia in America. ("Figli" in Italian can mean either "sons" or "sons and daughters.") Originally, it was a mutual aid society for the early Italian immigrants. Today OSDIA 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 OSDIA, one of nine chapters in the Grand Lodge of Virginia.
Our missions parallel those of the state and national OSDIA 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 OSDIA chapters we proudly raise considerable funds for charities like Autism, Alzheimer’s, and Cooley’s Anemia. We do so through such activities as walkathons, casino nights, and other fund raising activities.
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 very 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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