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     Order Sons of Italy in America

      

OSIA FOUNDER VINCENZO SELLARO M.D.

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ANTHONY BARATTA, O.S.I.A. National President

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Grand Lodge of Florida

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ANGELA HARRINGTON, State President

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THE FLORIDIAN

THE OFFICIAL QUARTERLY PUBLICATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA

CASSANDRA TOPPINO, Editor

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GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA

ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA

 THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA, ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA WAS INCORPORATED IN THE YEAR 1953.  CURRENTLY, THERE ARE 35 FILIAL LODGES UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA WITH A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF APPROXIMATELY 2,300 MEMBERS.  INCLUDED IN THIS MEMBERSHIP ARE 9 STATE OFFICERS, 4 PAST STATE PRESIDENTS AND 9 STATE TRUSTEES.  IN 1988 TRUST AGREEMENTS WERE FORMED BETWEEN THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA AND THE SONS OF ITALY FLORIDA FOUNDATION.  THE TRUST WAS FORMED TO CREATE AND BE OPERATED EXCLUSIVLY WITHIN THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 501 (C) (3) OF THE IRS FOR CHARITABLE, CULTURAL, LITERARY, EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC OR MEDICAL RESEARCH PURPOSES.  THE TRUST IS GOVERNED BY AN ELECTED BOARD OF DIRECTORS WHCH ARE REFERRED AS THE TRUSTEES OF THE TRUST AGREEMENT.  THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA IS A SUBORDINATE LODGE OF THE ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA. 

 DURING EVEN YEARS, THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA AND ITS FILIAL LODGES MEET IN SESSION FOUR TIMES A YEAR.  DURING ODD YEARS, MEETINGS ARE HELD THREE TIMES A YEAR AND A STATE CONVENTION IS ALSO HELD DURING THE ODD YEARS.  THE SONS OF ITALY SONS OF ITALY FOUNDATION ALSO CONVENES DURING GRAND LODGE SESSIONS.  THE FOUNDATION ISSUES 8 SCHOLARSHIPS ANNUALLY IN THE AMOUNT OF $1,000-.00 TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM.  LOCAL FILIAL LODGES ALSO ARE ACTIVE IN ISSUING SCHOLARSHIPS WITHIN THE BOUNDRIES OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL UNIT. 

THE FOUNDATION IS ALSO ASSOCIATED WITH CHARITABLE WORKS, SUCH AS DONATING FUNDS TO THE CANCER FUND, ALZHEIMER’S FUND AND COOLEY’S ANEMIA FUND AND ANNUAL DONATIONS AMOUNT TO $25,000.00 PER YEAR.  ALL FUNDS ARE RAISED BY THE FILIAL LODGES AND IN TURN TRANSFERRED TO THE FOUNDATION.  THE FOUNDATION HAS MADE DONATIONS IN OTHER AREAS SUCH AS THE RECENT EARTHQUAKE IN ITALY, THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SEPTEMBER 11TH FOUNDATION AND THE POLICE MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 

 THE CSJ COMMISSION, COMMISSION OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, IS AN ACTIVE COMMITTEE, NOT ONLY ON A STATE LEVEL, BUT ALSO WITHIN EACH FILIAL LODGE.  THE COMMITTEE STRIVES TO PROMOTE OUR ITALIAN HERITAGE AND CULTURE.  AND ALSO DEALS WITH ISSUES OF DEFAMATION, BIAS AND BIGOTRY AND STRIVES TO PROMOTE THE POSITIVE PROGRAM WITHIN EACH GRAND LODGE.

 THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA HAS ALSO BEEN MOST ACTIVE IN PRODUCING NATIONAL AND STATE LEGISLATION.  IN 2000, NATIONAL LEGISLATION KNOWN AS “WARTIME VIOLATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES ACT” WAS VIGOROUSLY PURSUED AND EVENTUALLY BECAME LAW.  IN 2002, THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA LED THE WAY IN THE ISSUANCE OF UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMP IN HONOR OF UNITED STATES MARINE CORP. GUNNERY SGT. JOHN BASALONE.  MOST RECENTLY IN 2008,  THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA MET WITH SUCCESS IN LEADING THE WAY IN THE PASSAGE OF FLORIDA STATE LEGISLATION WHICH PRODUCED CERTIFICATION TESTING FOR TEACHERS SEEKING TO TEACH THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE WITHIN THE FLORIDA STATE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. 

 THROUGH THE YEARS, SINCE ITS FORMATION, THE GRAND LODGE OF FLORIDA (OSIA), ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA, HAS REACHED OUT TO THOSE IN NEED, AS WELL AS SEEKING TO PROMOTE THE MANY GOOD DEEDS BROUGHT FORTH BY OUR MEMBERSHIP.  WE ACT AS ONE IN MEMORY OF OUR ANCESTORS WHO CAME TO THE SHORES OF AMERICA TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY THE GREATEST LAND IN THE WORLD. 

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            MISSION  STATEMENT

              WE ARE A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE PRESERVATION  

             OF OUR ITALIAN HERITAGE, LANGUAGE, AND CULTURE IN HONOR OF OUR ANCESTORS.  WE

             SEEK TO SUPPORT THOSE IN NEED THROUGH OUR CHARITABLE AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS.

The Grand Lodge of Florida is a member of a national organization of men and women who represent

the estimated 26 million Americans of Italian heritage, dedicated to promoting our culture, our traditions,

our language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our Charitable contributions to the U.S. and the World. 

We are sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers.  We are corporate executives, and we are

union members....young students and retirees....teachers and attorneys....doctors and firefighters....bakers

and wall street brokers....and everything in between.  We are philanthropists and we are model global

citizens with purpose beyond ourselves....and we are proud and patriotic Americans of Italian heritage. 

We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian-American.

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  2013-2015 STATE OFFICERS

PRESIDENT............................................ANGELA HARRINGTON

1ST VICE PRESIDENT.........................CAROLYN CIANCIOTTA

2ND VICE PRESIDENT...............................................BILL ZUPPA

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT.......EDWARD MOTTOLA JR.

ORATOR.........................................................................AL GRECO

RECORDING SECRETARY...............................ALICE RUSSELL

FINANCIAL SECRETARY.............................WILLIAM PEZZILO

TREASURER...................................................TONY CIANCIOTTA

GRAND LODGE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

MILDRED COOPER

                                                       

TRUSTEES

( CLICK ON A NAME TO VIEW REGIONAL INFORMATION)

Region l.................THOMAS BOLLENBACHER

Region ll............................................................TBA

Region lll....................... RICHARD SANVENERO

Region lV...................................TONI RUGGIERI

Region V...................................ROCCO CAFARO

Region Vl....................................JOSEPH DENTE

Region Vll........................................................TBA

Region Vlll........................................................TBA

Region lX......................MARLENE CAPDEVILA

 

PAST STATE PRESIDENTS

 * ROSEMARIE BONIELLO * FRANK CASTELLANO * CHARLES CAGNO * DAN COSITORE *

 * SAL D'ALESSANDRO * GRACE S. CAMPISI MAROCCIA * DENNIS PIASIO *

                                                                                  

 Arbitration 

 GREG ESPOSITO;   NATE RIVALDO;  GREG BIANCHINI;  KATHY FOSTER;  LUCY SMITH

Alternates

ANTOINETTE RUZZIER;  CASSANDRA TOPPINO; EARL GOTTSCHALK;  GIOVANNI MIRRA;  PATRICIA BOWMAN

National Trustee

EDWARD MOTTOLA JR.

National Delegates

ANGELA HARRINGTON, PRES .;  EDWARD MOTTOLA JR.; 

CAROLYN CIANCIOTTA;  ANTHONY CIANCIOTTA;  ROCCO CAFARO

Alternates

GUS GUADAGNINO:  JOYCE BOLLENBACHER;  GREG BIANCHINI; MARLENE CAPDEVILLA

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