The Order Sons of Italy in America
(OSIA) is the oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian
heritage (National Site). The Grand Lodge of the Northwest (GLNW) is one of the 21 State Charters throughout the U.S. with
19 Local Lodges in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
It is the goal of the GLNW to develop discussion groups, Italian language classes, and cultural programs. Most lodges are in Washington State where the first local lodge, Tacoma Lodge No. 1175, was founded in 1923. Since that time, another 18 local lodges have been chartered. One of the smaller state lodges, the Grand Lodge
of the Northwest has grown from 479 members in 1957 to 1,370 in 2014. (History
of the Grand Lodge of the Northwest (1923 to Present.)
Women constitute more than 50 percent (50%) of OSIA's membership, and the number is growing. Why, then, is our name "Sons of Italy" rather than "Sons and Daughters of Italy?"Because
of our history. OSIA was founded in 1905 as "L'Ordine Figli d'Italia,"
which is Italian for "The Order Children of Italy." The name was translated into
English in the masculine form (Figli also means sons), and has been
preserved as such for name recognition and legacy purposes.
To the right are
pictures of our members and others who you will probaly meet at our various
lodge meeting, functions, galas and other events we hold throughout the year. To
see which lodge is closest to you, or what days/times the lodges meet, click the
"Directory" link above. If you want to see what's
happening throughout the year, click the "Events" link
at the top. For more information, click the "Join" link
at the top.
We hope to see
June/July 2016 Northwest Italian News
(Members Only Area for On-Line
2016 GLNW Scholarship Winners
(above) is a member of the Seattle Fedele Lodge #1390. Currently, Clarissa is
enrolled at California Lutheran University where she is working towards a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Production. She is also the president of Club
Italia at the university, where they enjoy the music, food and culture of Italy.
She is also an accomplished gymnast with over 10 years of experience. While
attending Green River Community College, Clarissa worked diligently to improve
her grades, becoming an honor student. One of her goals is to always set a good
example and be a role model for those around her throughout her life.
(above) is a graduate of Cashmere High School. Emma’s sponsor is Mike Giorgetti
of the Seattle Fedele Lodge #1390. At Cashmere, Emma was active in soccer, track
and field and the National Honor Society. She also plays the piano and enjoys
snowboarding. Emma was a student who worked hard in all classes, earning a 3.86
GPA. In college, she plans to enter the field of pediatric medicine, which would
allow her to work with children.
is a nursing student at Gonzaga University and is also a member of the Italian
American Club in Spokane. She wants to become a Registered Nurse so that she can
enrich the lives of others and wants to change the community to a just and
caring place. In the past year, she has volunteered at Providence Holy Family
Hospital. At the hospital, she enjoys talking to patients about their ethnic
heritage. Vanessa also has time to coach the hurdles at Gonzaga Prep.
American Italian Club, Spokane, WA
(L-R) Joe Chicano, Paula Zinicola, Maryjane Rogers, Connie Chicano and
Mark Percini at the Relay for Life -
Amerigo Vespucci, Aberdeen, WA
President Joe Chicano presenting a check to Scholarship winner Philip To
and his Mother Eva (Ficele) To
Amerigo Vespucci, Aberdeen, WA
Bella Vita Lodge
State President Tony Anderson and Marilisa Herndon - Cataldo Lodge
Richard Grillo, Lodge President Bill Haberstock and Steve Lebeda
- Cataldo Lodge
(Above) The Cle Elum Sons of Italy
was involved in the cleanup at two of the three Italian cemeteries in Roslyn,
WA: the Caccitore d’Africa and Druids cemeteries. The cleanup was part of a
larger effort by several groups in the Cle Elum/Roslyn area to prepare the
cemeteries for Memorial Day. The group includes Wes Jones (with wide
brimmed hat), Jim Guerrci, and Kathi & Mike Butorac. It was
organized by Rachel Rogalski.