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
May Northwest Italian News
(Members Only Area for On-Line
Alta Monte - Eugene, OR
American Italian Club, Spokane, WA
Amerigo Vespucci, Aberdeen, WA
Salvatore Cascone the new "Ciscoe Morris"
of Auburn demonstrates the methods for planting fig trees and rosemary
plants to the Auburn Lodge membership. Later those plants were offered
up at the raffle. Salvatore’s gardening will be featured in future
meetings. Also there will be a planting at the Mary Olson Farm in
memorial of the Italian Pioneers of Auburn.
Grand Lodge of the Northwest 'The Soul of Italy" Cookbooks are available
re available through your Lodges or from Jackie Haberstock
(360-373-4341) or Mary DeSantis (360-620-2003). Cookbooks are
$15.00 for one or $25.00 for two.
Above is an historical time capsule from 1961. The Grand Lodge of the
Northwest submitted this to the writers of the "Purple Astor, A History
of the Sons of Italy in America." The Grand Venerable at the time was
Frank V. Orrico. His connection to the Stella family in Auburn was that
he cooked for the weddings. He was a cook for the Seattle Lodge for many
years and was the uncle to State Vice President Doug Chiechi.
NW Italian Radio Show (West Coast
Italian Radio Network) was thrilled to spend the evening with Tony
Orlando. We interviewed him last month on our show and this month, on
April 9th, we did a LIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW with him backstage at the Hard
Rock Casino in Vancouver, BC, where he was performing. After attending
his great concert performed for the Vancouver Italian Community, we all
went to the Producer’s restaurant (Federico’s Supper Club) in the
Italian District of Vancouver and had a wonderful dinner with Tony
Orlando; compliments of Federico Fuoco.