Scholarship Awards of $72,000 to 59 Deserving Students
 
The New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Order Sons of Italy in America awarded $72,000 in scholarship and grant money to 59 students on Saturday, June 13th.  At a special awards ceremony held at Rockland Community College, 43 students and their families were present to receive the awards.  Also in attendance were Foundation President Salvatore Lanzilotta, College President Dr. Cliff Wood and Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef.  The keynote speaker was the Town Clerk of Clarkstown, David Carlucci … a young public servant who spoke to the scholarship recipients about following their dreams because all things are possible in this great country of the USA.

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103rd State Convention - June 4-7, 2009
GRAND LODGE OF NEW YORK
ORDER SONS OF ITALY IN AMERICA
ELECTS NEW STATE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
 
During the 103rd Annual State Convention of the Grand Lodge of New York, Order Sons of Italy in America … held at The Desmond Hotel and Convention Center in Albany, New York … Salvatore Lanzilotta, was elected by acclamation as the 29th State President of the New York Grand Lodge.   President Lanzilotta resides in Westbury with his wife Rae … New York OSIA’s new First Lady.

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Garibaldi-Meucci Museum Launches
Capital Restoration Campaign to
Restore Historic Structure

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum has launched a Capital Restoration Campaign to raise funds to refurbish the exterior of the historic structure that houses the museum. The museum is the recipient of a matching grant from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for half the cost of the restoration, up to $50,000. The total cost of the restoration is estimated at $100,000.

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The New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Order Sons of Italy in America held its 27th Golden Lion Dinner at the world-renowned Garden City Hotel on Friday evening, April 24, 2009.  The event was not only a financial success … but a wonderful social success!  With a crowd of 200 guests, everyone enjoyed the delicious food, great music and was especially proud to be in attendance for their particular honoree.

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As I am sure you are aware by now, over 235 people have lost their lives and tens of thousands have become homeless due to a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that shook the town of L’Aquila, Italy on Monday morning.   In addition to human losses, many historic buildings were seriously damaged in the medieval hill towns of Abruzzo Region east of Rome.

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16th Winter Charity Ball

Mother Teresa once said “It is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving!” If we take this quote and apply it to the warm and loving feeling that graced the ballroom during our 16th Winter Charity Ball on January 30th at the Chateau Briand in Westbury … we of OSIA certainly know how to give.

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The Order Sons of Italy in America ... more specifically, the Grand Lodge of New York, had reached out to all members asking them to donate money to the Italian Language Foundation, Inc., to assist them in saving the Italian Language and Culture Program in our schools.  We sincerely thank all our members who complied and unfortunately we must announce the outcome of this campaign.

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Gift of Sight Donation

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50 years of age.  It is caused by the breakdown of the central portion of the retina (the highly sensitive part of your eye that works like the film in a camera to pick up the picture) called the macula.  The macula is responsible for the fine central vision in the eye that is needed for driving a car, reading fine print, recognizing faces, etc. There are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet.  In the “wet” form of AMD, abnormal blood vessels grow in the back of the eye.  Sometimes these vessels leak blood or fluid that causes blurred or distorted vision.  Without treatment, vision loss may be quick and severe.

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The New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc., Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), together with the Commission for Social Justice (CSJ) of the Grand Lodge of New York OSIA … is proud to announce that they have entered into an agreement with award winning writer-director Marino Amoruso of Mymar Entertainment to produce the film “Garibaldi & Meucci: Men of Vision”.

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This is a plea to all those who sincerely care about our shared Italian heritage.  The future of Italian language study is being threatened and we must take a stand NOW or we will find that Italian language courses will virtually disappear in high school and colleges.

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