2016 State Convention
“Pride in Heritage”

Delegates began arriving early in the day on Thursday, June 2nd to attend our 110th New York OSIA State Convention.  It was so good to see so many brothers and sisters from around our great state of New York … some who we have not seen since last year.
State President Carolyn Reres opened the session on Thursday afternoon and dedicated the weekend to all OSIA brothers and sisters who passed away during the previous year.  Unfortunately, Fr. Forno had some allergy issues and could not deliver the invocation – so our own Past President Salvatore Lanzilotta delivered it for him.  Brother Sal is always so reverent and calming that he set the mood for the next few hours while we did the “beginning” work of the Order.  State President Carolyn reviewed all of the committee appointments and workshops that would be held during the weekend.  We approved the 2015 State Convention Minutes, Standing Rules and many of the state officers’ reports. 
Thursday evening our Annual Homemade Wine Tasting Contest was held by Chairperson Vincent Illuzzi.  Congratulations to the following winners:
·      1st prize was a White Wine by Rocco and Steve Loccisano from the Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Lodge #2319
·      2nd Prize was a Red Wine from the Duca Degli Abruzzi Lodge #443
·      3rd Prize was a Red Wine by Italo Recine from the Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Lodge #2319
Friday was a very busy business day …
Our State 1st VP and Membership Chairperson Robert Ferrito presented the following membership awards along with a $250 check for the lodge:
·      Greatest net increase in number of members – Constantino Brumidi Lodge #2211
·      Greatest net percentage increase in number of members – Rocky Marciano Lodge #2226
·      Net Increase of 50 or more members – Constantino Brumidi Lodge #2211
Membership jackets will be awarded to Daniel Calise of the Constantino Brumidi Lodge #2211 and Luigi DiFilippo of the Vincent Lombardi Lodge #2270 – both have sponsored 10+ new members.
State 2nd Vice President Anthony Naccarato and Fund Raising Chairperson reported that he and his committee have met and exceeded the $40,000 budget number for the year.  The calendars profited $14,878.00; State Golf Outing profited $25,323.00 with 100 golfers and 170 attending the dinner; Walk for a Cure profited approximately $18,000; Winter Charity Ball had 300 guests in attendance and profited $18,345.00 and the 2016 Golden Lion Dinner profited $47,540.00 with the assistance of three wonderful honorees!  All the Chairpersons and members of the Fund Raising Committee were applauded for their outstanding work on the various committees that fall under the auspices of Fund Raising for the New York Grand Lodge!
State CSJ Chairperson Louis Gallo addressed the delegates and spoke about the new Hall of Fame posters that were recently printed and could be obtained for the lodges.  He also spoke about how important it is for all of us to join the fight to “Save Columbus Day.”  The CSJ is now selling “Save Columbus Day” T shirts for $10.  Contact Joseph Vallone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to purchase one.  Finally, be on the lookout for a publication (red booklet) by the name of “What Italy Has Given the World” … and purchase a few for your lodge.  They can be given to new lodge members – or used as a raffle prize at meetings.
State President Carolyn delivered a very comprehensive State President’s Report and thanked all the State Officers for a job well done.  She also thanked the lodges for their hospitality during the past year and looks forward to continuing visiting the filial lodges.
Chairperson of the Website Committee reported that the Cellini Lodge #2206 has won the award for the best lodge website (he specifically stated that he did not vote).  Congratulations Cellini! 
Garibaldi Meucci Museum Chairperson Madeline Matteucci gave a comprehensive report on the museum along with the financial reports and proposed budget (which was approved).  She spoke about the successful brick program, the Italian language classes being held at the GMM and various school programs such as the very popular “Mommy and Me” program.  The next GMM fundraising luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the Staaten in Staten Island.
State President Carolyn asked that Family of the Year Chairperson Alfonso Squillante present the 2016 Family of the Year Award to the Capicotto Family.  Antonio and Franca Capicotto were born, raised and married in Calabria, Italy and immigrated to the US in 1956.  They joined the Antonio Meucci Lodge in 1974 and immediately became active members.  Both Antonio and Franca have served as delegates from their lodge to the New York State Convention for 41 consecutive years and the entire family is involved in our beloved Order.
Chairpersons Santina Aspromonte Haemmerle and Nicholas Mauro then presented the two Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Awards.  The first went to Jean Vallone Gagliardo … a long time member of the Cellini Lodge #2206      in New Hyde Park.  She served as President of the lodge and there was no end to the creative and theatrical ideas Jean organized for the lodge.
The second Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Award was presented to Louis J. Mazzacone, Jr. … a charter member of the St. Francis of Assisi Lodge #2629 in Beacon … since 1989.  He has served in various lodge positions, including President and is currently serving again as the lodge President.  He was Chairman of the $100 raffle and a members of the NYS Raffle Committee for seven years.
State President Carolyn announced the new Student Summit Program that will be held from September 23 to 25th.  A trip to the New York State Capital has been planned along with other activities.  The cost is $150 sponsorship per student and she is asking all lodges to consider sponsoring a student.  The summit will be limited to the first 35 eligible students (high school seniors, college freshman or sophomores).
State Nominations Chairperson Nancy DiFiore Quinn, proceeded to deliver the Nominations Committee Report as follows – and all were elected unanimously:
State Arbitration Commissioners
Eleanor Jobbagy  (elected as Chairperson)
Grace Ferrara
Angelo Grande
Joseph Vallone
Anthony Vasaturo
Alternate Arbitration Commissioners
Adele Balsamo
Anthony Capriola
Anthony Grimaldi
Genevieve Lembo
GMM Commissioners
Ciro Capano
Anthony Conetta
Theresa Corey
Robert Graham
Pasquale Greco
Joseph Fratta
State Trustees (by District)
Joanne Spera – District I
Geraldine Graham – District I
John Maura – District II
Keith Wilson – District II
Luigi Squillante – District II and Principal Trustee
Ernest Magliato – District III
Mildred Mancusi – District III
Joanne Alfonso – District IV
Remo Carriero – District IV
Thomas LiPuma – District V
Anthony Geddes – District VI
Patrick Iandoli – District VII
Dr. Joseph Rubé – District VIII
Gift of Sight Report was given by Gift of Sight Chairperson Marianne Principe O’Neil.
State Historian Report was given by Lucy Codella.
State President Carolyn spoke about the Bella Lingua Award and the fact that each district will be receiving $500 to present to a student excelling in Italian.  She also spoke about the Lecture in Resident program where 15 lectures are available to lodges for a cost of $50.00.  The New York Grand Lodge Foundation will be picking up the balance of the cost for each.  Dr. Salvatore Primeggia, is a professor from Adelphi University and a wonderful lecturer.
A video on Autism was shown by Chairperson Rae Lanzilotta and Co-Chairperson Barbara Lupo. They asked all delegates not to forget Autism during their charitable giving.
National 2nd Vice President Nancy DiFiore Quinn spoke briefly about National OSIA and explained the National $50 raffle and the OSIA Credit Card program.  National
SIF President Joseph DiTrapani also spoke about the great success of the 2016 NELA Dinner.
State IPP Joseph Rondinelli was presented with the very prestigious Bene Emeritus Award on Friday evening.  Bene Emeritus Chairperson Joseph Sciame delivered a wonderful introduction and State IPP Joseph was also honored for the two years he served as State President.
A “Meet the Candidates” Night was held on Friday evening, chaired by Gina Ferrara and Gloria Maffettone.  All the nominees spoke to the delegates and were given the opportunity to distribute their giveaways.
Saturday was another busy day for the delegates …
The Credential Reports was given by Chairperson Anita and she reported the following:
We have 66 lodges with 424 delegates eligible to attend
There are 54 lodges in attendance with 320 eligible delegates
Scholarship Chairperson Michele Ment reported that 68 students would be receiving State Scholarships at the scholarship event on June 11th.  Also, 4 New York students out of 12 received National OSIA scholarships at the NELA Dinner.
The Alzheimer’s report was given by Chairperson Anna Magliato and Co-Chairperson Genevieve Lembo.  They also asked that all delegates not forget Alzheimer’s during their fraternal giving.
Chairperson Joseph Tursi presented the Literary Award to Marianna Randazzo, a member of the Fr. Capodanno Lodge #212.  Marianna received her Master of Science Degree in Education and Reading from Brooklyn College and is presently the Director of School Programs at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum.  She has authored two outstanding books – “Given Away, A Sicilian Upbringing” and “Brooklyn’s Best – The Michael Behette Story.”
The Elena Cornaro Award was presented to Mary Ann Trasciatti, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Rhetoric Women’s Studies and Labor Studies at Hofstra University and President of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, Inc.
Chairperson Keith Wilson reported on the meeting of the General Laws & By-Laws Committee.  He asked that all lodges (if you haven’t already done so) send their house rules to the Grand Lodge office for review.  House rules should in no way conflict with the general laws.  Also, the following by-law was unanimously passed by the delegates:
Article 50 – B.L.5 – Garibaldi Meucci Museum
c. The commission shall consist of no more than eleven (11), all of whom shall be members in good standing of the New York Grand Lodge OSIA, and the State President shall be automatically named President/CEO and he/she shall appoint the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to serve at the pleasure of the State President.  The remaining 6 members of the Commission shall be elected by the State Delegates at the State Convention during the even numbered calendar year in which the State Convention is held.  In addition, the Museum’s Immediate Past Chairperson shall also be a member of the Commission.  The (10) ten members of the Board of Commissioners shall elect a Treasurer who is a member in good standing with the New York State Grand Lodge.  The Treasurer shall be a duly voting member of the Commission.
Chairperson Eleanor Jobbagy and Co-Chairperson Ernest Magliato reported on the social and financial success of the Walk for a Cure Walkathon.  Over $18,000 was profited with the funds being split between Alzheimer’s, Autism and Cancer Research.  Children from the Parkway Elementary School sang both the Italian and National anthems.  Brother Lou Gallo ran a great Bocce Tournament with first place being taken by Tony Lovecchio and Salvatore Papleo.
Chairperson Dr. Joseph Rubé reported on the Newsletter Award Competition and here are the winners:
1)    Best Layout for Photography
           Lt. John Petrosino Lodge – “GIORNALE DI PETROSINO”
2)    Most Informative
      Vincenzo Sellaro Lodge – “ILFONDATORE”
3)    Most Promising
      Gabriele D’Annunzio Lodge – “IL GIORNAL GABRIELE
4)    Best Layout for Print and Composition – Fr.
      Vincent Capodanno Lodge –“L’ISOLA BELLA”
5)    Best Editor – John Michael Marino Lodge- “LE NOTIZIE”
6)    Best Newsletter – Vincent Lombardi Lodge – “THE ROAR OF THE LION”  
Chairperson of the Budget Committee Carlo Matteucci delivered the budgets for the New York Grand Lodge and they were unanimously approved by the convention delegates.
Chairperson of Cooley’s Anemia Mary Naccarato and Co-Chairperson Mildred Mancusi reported on the success of the Cooley’s Anemia Dine Around.  Over $38,000 was raised during that one particular event.  Anthony Viola, President of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation and Craig Butler, Executive Director both addressed the delegates to update the newest information on searching for a cure of this dreaded disease.  At this point of the program, the delegates donated a total of almost $19,000 on behalf of the lodges and also personal donations were presented.
The Charitable Giving portion of the convention then took place and the following amounts were received for our primary charities (all totals are unaudited):
Alzheimer’s - $13,075
Autism - $8,445
Cancer Research - $5,295
CSJ - $5,135
GMM - $8,870
Gift of Sight - $10,260
Veterans Assistance - $2,865
Hope for the Warriors - $1,825
State President Carolyn Reres presented an Italian Fashion Show – highlighting seven of the costumes that have been made from “scratch” to represent regions of Italy.  There eventually will be 20 costumes to represent all of the regions.  The New York Grand Lodge Foundation is funding this program and the costumes will be worn at parades, during Italian Culture Month, etc.  The beautiful and colorful costumes were from Calabria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Sicily and Veneto – and modeled by our own OSIA brothers and sisters.
The $100 Raffle was skyped from the Grand Lodge office in Bellmore.  Raffle Chairperson Luigi Squillante reported that 820 tickets had been sold.  The winning numbers were:
$25,000 - #149; $5,000 - $396; $2,000 - #950; $2,000 - #886; $1,000 – #783; $1,000 - #366; $1,000 - #460; $500 – #057; $500 - #909; $500 - #716; $500  #221; $500 - #675
Saturday evening was the installation of the new State Trustees, Museum Commissioners & Arbitration Commissioners.
Sunday morning brought about New Business when a suggestion to set up a Strategic Planning for the Future Committee was requested.
The Convention Site Report was given and we will be returning to the Villa Roma Resort and Conference Center in 2017 from May 31st – June 4, 2017.  State President Carolyn thanked Convention Chairperson Carol DiTrapani and the entire Convention Committee for all their hard work before and during the convention.
Finally, a short Good and Welfare session was held with the following announcements:  August 24-August 28th, Cellini Lodge Feast; August 29th, State Golf Outing and November 5th, the Garibaldi Meucci Museum Luncheon.
The convention was adjourned on a high note with everyone holding hands and singing God Bless America!

109th Annual State Convention

 By Nancy DiFiore Quinn
The 109th Annual State Convention of the Grand Lodge of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America was held at Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center on Thursday, May 27th through Sunday, May 31st.  Kudos to State Convention Chairperson Carol DiTrapani, Co-Chairpersons Carmine Rosato, Annette Lankewish, Ernest Magliato and Rae Lanzilotta … and the entire Convention Committee for a spectacular event!
State President Joseph Rondinelli presided over the convention and it was obvious to all that he was well prepared and enjoyed the “coming together” of the Brothers and Sisters of the Grand Lodge of New York.
Our State Historian Lucy Codella presented a film (which we viewed in segments all during the convention) of all the State Past Presidents.  It certainly will remain as a video journal of the accomplishments of the Past Presidents beginning with Grand Venerable (State President) Joseph E. Fay.
During this State Convention the delegates of the New York Grand Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America elected a new State President by acclamation … Sister Carolyn Reres of the America Lodge #2245, Franklin Square.  She has been in the order for over twenty years and has served in various key positions on the Executive Board of the Grand Council.  We look forward to her knowledgeable leadership!
The following Executive Board Officers were also elected by acclamation:  1st Vice President Robert Ferrito of the John D. Calandra Lodge #2600, Yonkers; 2nd Vice President Anthony Naccarato of the Giuseppe Verdi Lodge #2163 of Syosset; State Orator Michele Ment of the Fr. Donald B. Licata Lodge #2435 of Carmel; State Recording Secretary Biagio Isgro of the Roma Intangible Lodge of Albany; State Financial Secretary John Fratta of the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285, Manhattan; State Corresponding Secretary James Spatafora of the Duca Degli Abruzzi Lodge #443 of Endicott and State Treasurer Arthur Spera of the Constantino Brumidi Lodge #2211 of Deer Park.  Luigi Squillante of the Cellini Lodge #2206 of New Hyde Park was appointed by President Reres as the State Principal Trustee.  Of course, our Past State President Joseph Rondinelli now serves as the Immediate Past President and a member of the Executive Board.  In addition, President Carolyn re-appointed Fr. Adam Forno as chaplain of the New York Grand Lodge and Anthony D’Angelis of the Galileo Galilei Lodge #2253 of Hicksville as the New York State Deputy.   
The following brothers and sisters were also elected to serve as National Delegates from the Grand Lodge of New York at the upcoming 54th Biennial National Convention to be held in Bonita Springs, Florida:  Michele Ment, Biagio Isgro, John Fratta, Arthur Spera, Luigi Squillante, Joan Rondinelli, Eleanor Jobbagy, Keith Wilson and Lucy Codella. Brother Joseph Fratta was elected as the first alternate delegate.  We will be electing a new National President and National Officers at this convention.
On Friday afternoon, Sister Mildred Mancusi of the Per Sempre Ladies Lodge #2344A, Lynbrook was awarded the prestigious Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Award together with Brother Joseph Fratta of the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285, Little Italy. The purpose of the award is to recognize and acknowledge OSIA members who have distinguished themselves in the ideals and principles exemplified by its founder, Dr. Sellaro.  Both surely deserved this award!
Ernest & Anna Magliato and family were presented with the 2015 Family of the Year Award.  The Magliato Family hails from the Lt. Joseph Petrosino Lodge #285 in Little Italy.  They were honored for their outstanding involvement within the Sons of Italy as well as their civic and community service.
The Bene Emeritus Award, the State’s highest award was presented to Brother Carmine Federico at a special Awards Banquet on Friday, May 29th.  The award is given for outstanding and distinguished service in accordance with our motto … liberty, equality and fraternity.  Brother Carmine is a Past President of the Progresso Lodge #1047 in Syracuse and is currently serving as the National Arbitration Committee Chairperson of the Supreme Lodge of OSIA.
Also on Friday evening, more than 350 delegates and guests were delighted to welcome New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli as the keynote speaker.  NYOSIA is proud to acknowledge the great achievements of this Cellini Lodge brother Tom DiNapoli … and we could not be prouder to share his Italian heritage.
On Saturday, we were advised by Chairperson Emelise Aleandri that the Cornaro Award will be presented to Dr. Anna Maria Monaco at the June 13th Scholarship Awards Presentation.  The Italian American Literary Award was presented to Philip Cioffari. 
Filial lodges and individual brothers and sister from all over the state donated $83,000.00 to various worthwhile charities including: Cooley’s Anemia, Alzheimer’s, Cancer Research, the Commission for Social Justice (CSJ), New York OSIA’s own Garibaldi Meucci Museum, and the Gift of Sight.
The theme of this convention was “Celebrating the past … Shaping the future!”  We certainly did a lot of celebrating as well as discussed new innovative ideas to shape the future.  Thank you State IPP Joseph Rondinelli for a memorable two years … and welcome State President Carolyn Reres who will now shape the future!

21st Anniversary Winter Charity Ball 

The New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Order Sons of Italy in America was proud and privileged to honor the following outstanding individuals at the 2014 Winter Charity Ball … our own National OSIA President Anthony Baratta; Antoinette Biordi of News 12 Long Island; Joseph, Pat and John Iavarone (The Iavarone Brothers) and Cpl. Manuel Ocia Jimenez, USMC from the Hope for the Warriors Foundation.
The Winter Charity Ball has become one of OSIA’s premier events.  This year’s honorees were wonderful and we have added each of their names to our long list of past Charity Ball honorees. The room was filled with over 250 guests who enjoyed a heartwarming program, delicious food and great music.  We really did have lots of fun while putting together a financially successful event.
During the evening, a donation of $2,500 was presented to the Hope for the Warriors Foundation by our Foundation President Joseph Rondinelli.  Also, a donation of $95,000 was presented by National OSIA President Anthony J. Baratta and SIF Foundation President Joseph DiTrapani to Anthony Viola, National Executive Director of the CAF and Gina Cioffi, Esq., National Executive Director.  This large donation was the result of various fund raising activities from OSIA lodges all over the country during a two year period.  In addition, a donation of $2,500 was also made to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation to sponsor a patient and their family to attend the upcoming 2014 Annual Patient-Family Conference in Philadelphia.
We must take this opportunity to thank Charity Ball Chairlady First Lady Joan Rondinelli and Co-Chairs Annette Lankewish and Madeline Matteucci … along with the entire Winter Charity Ball and Journal committee.  The commemorative journal was spectacular and the entire affair will “long be remembered” as one of the best!
The objective of the NYSOSIA Winter Charity Ball is to help provide funds for various charitable endeavors.  Support of this annual event enables the Foundation to continue its philanthropic mission in supporting charitable causes as in past years.
Many thanks again to our honorees and for everyone who attended this event.  Each of you helped to make this an unforgettable and elegant occasion.
By Nancy DiFiore Quinn

New York State Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc.

Order Sons of Italy in America

2101 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore, NY  11710
Tel: 516.785.4623 ~ 1.800.322.6742

For Immediate Release ……………………………………….. December 2013
New York State Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc.
Order Sons of Italy in America

Announces the 2014 winter charity ball


Bellmore, New York – Foundation President Joseph F. Rondinelli and the Board of Directors of the New York State Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Order Sons of Italy in America, are delighted to announce the upcoming “Twenty-First Anniversary Winter Charity Ball.”  This event will be chaired by Joan Rondinelli, NYSOSIA First Lady and Past President of the Per Sempre Ladies Lodge No. 2344A, Lynbrook, and Co-Chaired by Annette Lankewish, Past President of the Donatello Lodge No. 2559, Westbury, and Madeline Matteucci, NYSOSIA Past First Lady and Past President of the Sgt. John Basilone Lodge No. 2442, Patchogue.

This gala affair will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, New York.  The cocktail hour will begin at 7:30pm followed by dinner and dancing.  The donation for our Winter Charity Ball will be $90 per person.  To commemorate this special event, a Souvenir Journal will be published.  With over 250 guests expected to be in attendance, the evening promises to be a social and financial success. 
Anthony J. Baratta of Chicago, Illinois, the 34th National President of the Order Sons of Italy in America, will be lauded for his outstanding leadership and commitment to OSIA’s charitable endeavors.
Our Special Recognition Award will be presented to Antoinette Biordi, News 12 Long Island reporter.  Mrs. Biordi is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who has been in the news business since 1997.  She has proven herself as an extraordinary journalist and a role model for all Italian Americans to admire.
We will also be recognizing Joseph Iavarone, Pat Iavarone, and John Iavarone (The Iavarone Brothers) by presenting each of them with our Special Humanitarian Award.  Iavarone Bros. is one of the largest and most highly regarded specialty food companies in the New York area.  They have received numerous accolades for their philanthropy on behalf of community schools, libraries, scholarship programs, and charitable organizations.
In addition, Cpl. Manuel Ocia Jimenez, USMC will be receiving a Special Courage & Patriotism Award.  While serving our country in Afghanistan in June 2010, he was severely injured and has been working with “Team Hope for the Warriors” since shortly after receiving his injuries.  This group enhances the quality of life for post- 9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen, who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.  Cpl. Jimenez is just one of the many heroes who has sacrificed his future for our country.
The objective of the NYSOSIA Winter Charity Ball is to help provide funds for various charitable endeavors.  Support of this annual event enables the Foundation to continue its philanthropic mission in supporting charitable causes as in past years.
For further information, please contact Winter Charity Ball Chairperson Joan Rondinelli at the office of the New York Grand Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America at 1-800-322-6742 or 516-799-0044.
This year, the 53rd Biennial National Convention took the New York OSIA National Delegates to the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The delegates were anxious to get the convention underway because this would be the last convention chaired by our own National President Joseph DiTrapani.

In the traditional New York OSIA manner, many of the New York Delegates - with a few invited guests - gathered on Monday evening – to kick the week off with a group dinner at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant in Philadelphia.  The food was plentiful and all enjoyed some relaxing conversation with their fellow delegates.

The Supreme Council met in Plenary Session on Monday afternoon and all of the New York delegates were in attendance to view the national officers at work.  State President Joseph Rondinelli represented New York OSIA proudly and proved himself to be a true asset of New York OSIA.

Tuesday morning arrived quickly and we were ready to roll up our sleeves and begin working.  The session opening promptly at 9:00 am by National President DiTrapani and various Executive Council reports were reviewed and approved.  After the Presidents/Spouses Luncheon, the breakout sessions took place and all our NY delegates served on different committees such as, Future Good & Welfare of the Order, Resolutions & Messages, By-Law Committee Membership, Fundraising and Education & Culture.  The Presidents Cabinet also met to discuss various issues facing the grand lodges around the country - concentrating on Fundraising and the IRS filing of Form 990 (expertly delivered by Brother Biagio Isgro).  Wednesday the convention convened and the Budget Report, By-Law Committee report, National Executive Director's report and reports from the breakout meetings.  After the Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro Award Luncheon, the meeting continued and we viewed a wonderful new DVD from the 2013 NELA dinner.  All State Presidents will be given a copy of this DVD to make available to their local lodges.

At Wednesday's luncheon we honored the 2013 National Sellaro Award Recipient Brother Angelo R. Bianchi.  He was both proud and emotionally moved during his acceptance of this award.  Brother Bianchi is a long time member of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey and has always been a staunch supporter of his Grand Lodge and of National OSIA.  This was certainly a well deserved award!

State Past President and National Past President Joseph Sciame addressed the delegates with regard to the Garibaldi Meucci Museum.  He explained that OSIA has taken care of the museum for over 100 years and since 1985, they have had a professional staff there.  State grants have dried up and the newest fundraiser for the GMM is the Brick Walkway Program.  Delegates were encouraged to purchase a brick in tribute to their family name.

National Scholarship Chairperson Michele Ment delivered a detailed report regarding the 2013 Scholarships that were presented at the NELA dinner this year.

A new National CSJ Chairperson was appointed - Brother Carlo Carlozzi of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut.  Our own Sister Santina Haemmerle was given much deserved kudos on her past service as National CSJ Chairperson.

Thursday was a much-needed day off from business. Many of us toured the city of Philadelphia on an open-air tour bus.  The New York Delegates had a great time viewing the Betsy Ross House, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall - and of course, the famous "Rocky" statue and "Rocky" steps!

On Friday, business continued and nominations were made for the positions of National Officers on the Grand Council.  Elected from the New York Grand Lodge were: Nancy DiFiore Quinn, National 5th Vice President; Thom Lupo, National Financial Secretary; National Trustees Carlo Matteucci and Nicholas Mauro; National Foundation Trustees, Marianne Principe O'Neil, Bruce Lankewish and Salvatore Lanzilotta, National Arbitration Commissioners Carmine Federico (elected chairman of the committee) and Salvatore Lanzilotta.  Newly elected National President Anthony Baratta also re-appointed Rev. Adam Forno to serve as the National Chaplain of the Supreme Lodge OSIA.  Fr. Forno will continue to also serve as the State Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of New York OSIA.  Immediate Past National President Joseph DiTrapani was also elected as the new President of the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF).

Regarding the charitable giving - On behalf of all the members of the New York Grand Lodge OSIA - our State President Joseph Rondinelli proudly announced the following donations: $70.000 to Cooley's Anemia, $30,000 to the Alzheimer's Foundation and $40,000 to the Doug Flute Jr. Foundation for Autism.  New York OSIA was by far the largest donor during charitable giving.  It is because of YOUR generosity that we were able to make these very substantial donations on behalf of New York OSIA.  More than $300,000 was donated to charities on behalf of all the OSIA Grand lodges.

The Friday Sports Award Luncheon was a huge success and a very enjoyable event.  National OSIA honored Jennifer Rizzotti, head coach for 14 years for the University of Hartford Women's Basketball team.  She is a three time America East Coach of the Year Award winner and led the Hawks to four regular season championships, five tournament championships and six trips to the NCAA Tournament.  Ms. Rizzotti was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2013.

Saturday was a day of culmination for this convention.  All of the National Officers were installed - and everyone listened attentively while National President Anthony Baratta addressed the delegates with his plans for the next two years of his administration.  All of the New York delegates were so proud of our humble National outgoing National President Joseph DiTrapani and delighted to have him "back home in New York where he belongs."

On Saturday evening, a prestigious Guglielmo Marconi Award gala was held honoring United States Congressman Tom Marino.  A member of OSIA for nearly ten years, Congressman Marino works diligently to promote the Italian culture and tradition, working with the Italian American community throughout Pennsylvania and exemplifying the philanthropic and humanitarian mission of OSIA.

It was a week packed full of meetings and break-out sessions where many OSIA concerns were addressed. State President Joseph and First Lady Joan hosted the New York delegates and many brothers and sisters from across the country with warmth and gracious hospitality.  Sincere kudos to New York Hospitality Chairpersons John Quinn and John O'Neil for their care and concern of all the delegates that passed through the State President's Hospitality Suite.  As a matter of fact - we must thank all the New York delegates and their spouses for helping out whenever needed.  You were the best!

The 54th National Biennial Convention in August 2015 will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Just a few notable issues that all our New York OSIA members should be aware of:
  • A by-law was passed that all Social Members of our filial lodges have now been given the right to vote.
  • National member initiation fee has been raised from $3.00 to $8.00.
  • All National officers are now responsible for their own travel expense.
  • The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania has voted by an overwhelming majority to resign from OSIA effective June 30, 2013.  By passing the abovementioned changes, the National OSIA budget was passed without an increase in per-capita tax to the grand lodges.

Lastly I would like to introduce a program to all our members that would help to assist our National Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) meet its charitable goal for charitable giving.  The program is called "OSIA's Sustaining Patrons Circle."  Your donation every month from your credit card will help our National Charities, General Charity Fund, Scholarship, Disaster Relief and the Garibaldi Meucci Museum.  Here is how monthly giving is made easy for everyone to participate:

Sign up for monthly giving online or mail a printable form.  (log on to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A minimum monthly donation of $10.00 for at least 3 consecutive months is required to be a member of the Sustaining Patrons Circle.

Note the amount you would like to donate every month.

You may change the amount of your gift at any time by contacting the SIF National Office.

Designate the program(s) to which you would like your gift applied.

You may change the gift designation at any time by contacting the SIF National Office.

On the same day of every month, the amount you designate will be automatically charged to the credit card that you designate.

You may suspend your monthly donations at any time by contacting the SIF National Office.

When you complete 3 consecutive monthly donations of $10 or more to the SIF, you will be installed as a member of the Sustaining Patrons Circle and recognized on the Honor Roll.
Each January, as long as you have participated in monthly giving for any part of the previous calendar year, you will receive a tax letter noting your full donation amount for the previous calendar year.

This is really a simple way to exhibit pride in your Italian Heritage without breaking your personal budget.  You can donate as little as $10 a month - up to whatever you can afford.  Take pride in knowing that you are helping to uphold the important work of the SIF!  For additional information, contact the National Office at 202.547.2900 or log on to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Let me take this opportunity to thank all of my Brothers and Sisters for supporting my goals on a National OSIA level.  As National 5th Vice President, I look forward to representing New York with dignity and pride.

Nancy DiFiore Quinn

National Fifth Vice President
At the 107th Annual State Convention of the Grand Lodge of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America, held at the Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center, Callicoon, New York, Joseph F. Rondinelli, was elected by acclamation as the 31st State President of the New York Grand Lodge. Totally committed to the Order Sons of Italy in America, President Rondinelli brings love of his Italian heritage as well as leadership ability to the office of State President.  Joseph Rondinelli and his wife Joan reside in Massapequa, New York.

The following State Officers were elected as well: Carolyn Reres, State 1st Vice President; Robert Ferrito, State 2nd Vice President; Anthony Naccarato, State Orator; Michele Ment, State Recording Secretary; Biagio Isgro, Jr., State Financial Secretary; James Spatafora, State Corresponding Secretary and John Fratta, State Treasurer.  Angela DeCosimo of the Judge Frank Gulotta Lodge #2180 of East Rockaway was appointed to the office of Principal Trustee.  Eleanor Jobbagy of the Per Sempre Ladies Lodge #2344A of Lynbrook was appointed as the New York State Deputy.  Also elected were ten delegates to represent New York State at the National OSIA 53rd Biennial Convention to be held in August 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia in Penn’s Landing, PA.


In celebration of the 31st Golden Lion Awards Dinner, the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Order Sons of Italy in America held its annual event at the Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, April 26, 2013.  With over 300 guests in attendance, this venerated event and commemorative journal was a social and financial success due to the overwhelming commitment by the prestigious honorees ... Dr. Raymond Mascolo, a renowned doctor of dental surgery; Carl Mattone, President, The Mattone Group, LLC; Michael Mattone, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of The Mattone Group, LLC; Joseph M. Mattone, Jr., Vice President of The Mattone Group, LLC and Nicholas J. Montesano, President of DTM Drafting and Consulting Services, Inc.  Also, the Honorable Natalia Quintavalle, Consul General of Italy in New York, was extolled by receiving the 2013 Special Golden Lion Recognition Award.

Vice President of the Foundation, Carolyn Reres served as the General Dinner Chairperson and together with Foundation President Thomas Lupo, they lauded the accomplishments of the 2013 award recipients.


On Friday, February 1st, the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Order Sons of Italy in America honored four wonderful Italian American role models at the 20th Annual Winter Charity Ball.

The program opened with the National and Italian Anthems beautifully sung by Italian born singer and songwriter Giada Valenti.  Over 325 guests were also entertained during the evening by Giada, whose special voice and great stage presence filled the room with love and emotion.  Foundation President Thomas Lupo lauded the wonderful attributes of the honorees and the Charity Ball committee.

The 2013 Special Recognition Award was presented to Julia Bastiani, President of the Italian-American Labor Council.  She began her career during the Labor Movement and the fight for women’s rights … working for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.  She is the first woman to be elected President of the Italian American Labor Council and is now in her second term of office.  Julia has worked tirelessly for recognition of Italians in labor.  Mrs. Bastiani has proven herself as an extraordinary leader and a role model for all Italian-Americans to emulate.


Dear Brothers and Sister of OSIA:

In anticipation of your generosity to our recently activated Disaster Relief Fund, the New York Grand Lodge Foundation OSIA has sent a check to the American Red Cross for $5,000 on behalf of the Brothers and Sisters of the New York Grand Lodge.  As of today, we have received $1,000 in donations toward our $5,000 donation.

Now is the time to open your heart and send a check to the New York Grand Lodge Foundation for your donation and help us meet our $5,000 goal!


Urgent Request – Please Respond

November 6, 2012

Dear National Officers, State Officers, Lodge Presidents, Brothers and Sisters one and all:

The New York Grand Lodge, announced today, in light of the recent devastation from Hurricane Sandy, the Order Sons of Italy in America has activated the New York Grand Lodge Emergency Relief Program.  Fund raising efforts from local lodges, members, and citizens who want to help are encouraged.  This campaign will be chaired by Clifford Miller, Immediate Past President of the Sgt. John Basilone Lodge #2442 and co-chaired by NYSOSIA First Lady Barbara Lupo of the Andrea Doria Lodge #2201.