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Membership in OSIA can be a personally rewarding experience, for it allows the exploration of one’s leadership abilities and ethnic enhancement. Founded in 1905, the OSIA is considered by many to be the premier community grassroots organization. Local lodges sponsor activities, which relate to the communities in which they are located. Now, nearly 100 years later, OSIA finds itself with generations of Americans of Italian descent, the grandchildren and great grandchildren of immigrants, many of whom want to hold membership in an organization firm in family values and cultural heritage.

The OSIA offers membership in a variety of ways, that is, by joining at the local community level, as an At-Large Member, Social Member, or yes, even On-Line membership. Regardless of your choice of membership, be assured that OSIA is one, one in purpose, goal and direction, all of which provides personal satisfaction in participating in a social and fraternal way in one multi-faceted and, oftentimes, complex society. OSIA has proven it is an organization of the times from generation to generation for almost 100 years.


Options of Membership


Lodge/Chapter Membership
If you can trace your or your spouse’s Italian lineage, you can become a regular member. This also includes those who have been adopted by a person or persons of Italian lineage; spouses of such adopted persons; widows, widowers and divorced spouses of current or former members.

 

  • You may join a local lodge/chapter if you wish to become active and participate in its activities.
  • Some lodges/chapters are all male, others all female and many are co-ed. Each lodge/chapter has its own initiation fee and annual dues structure.
  • A listing of the lodges/chapters throughout the state is provided. However, you must contact the New York Grand Lodge office to obtain information of the types of lodges/chapters in your area and to obtain an application form.

To find a lodge in your area, click here.

At-Large Membership
This membership is for some professional persons, doctors, executives, etc., who do not have the time to attend meetings, hold any kind of elected office or belong to a local lodge/chapter. An At-Large Membership form is provided for your use.

Annual dues are $20 for students, $50 for regular At-Large members and $100 for a Golden Lion member ($50 from a Golden Lion member’s dues are donated to the state scholarship program and is tax deductible).

To download an At-Large Membership application as a pdf file click here. You will need Adobe Acrobat (Download Adobe Acrobat Reader here) to read this file.

Social Membership
If you cannot trace you or your spouse’s Italian lineage, you can become a social member and join a local lodge/chapter. Guidelines for regular members are applicable for social members, except that social members do not have the right to hold office.

National OSIA Online Membership
You do not have to be of Italian lineage to join the national organization. Annual dues are $35. Log on to www.osia.org and simply follow the instructions for Online Membership