Totally committed to the Order Sons of Italy in America … Nancy DiFiore Quinn brings enormous passion, energy and leadership to the New York Grand Lodge.  She now proudly can boast of being the first woman elected in 101 years to the high office of President of NYSOSIA.  It is quite obvious from all her successes that Nancy has chosen the path of public service as a part time career.
Nancy was born in Brooklyn, New York to Salvatore and Ann DiFiore on November 19, 1946.  Her family moved to Rosedale, Queens in 1951 and she received her elementary education in the public school system.  She went on to attend Delehanty High School and graduated with honors in June 1964.  After graduation, Nancy was employed by the very prominent Harper & Row Publishing Company in Manhattan as the Administrative Assistant to the Treasurer/Director of Credit & Collections.  She married John Quinn in October 1968 and gave birth to the “pride of her life” … Regina in April 1971.  Regina met and married Robert Coppola in 1995 at Manhattan College and they now reside in Congers, New York.  They have given Nancy “the greatest gifts of all” … two handsome grandsons, Patrick Robert and Nicholas Quinn Coppola.

Being very active in the Rosedale Community, she served on the local P.T.A. Executive Board for six years … three of those years in the position of its President. The Council of Supervisors and Administrators of the City of New York presented her with their Parent Leadership Award both in June 1981 and June 1982.  For many years, she was actively involved in the local Civic Association, Soccer League and the Memorial Day Parade Committee.

Nancy is a charter member and served as President of the prestigious Per Sempre Ladies Lodge No. 2344A, Lynbrook, New York, from March 1983 to March 1987.  During her tenure as President, the lodge flourished in active membership and realized sound financial success.

On a state level she served as State Trustee, State Principal Trustee, New York State Deputy (the highest ranking appointed position in NYSOSIA), State Recording Secretary, State 2nd Vice President/State Fund Raising Chairperson and State First Vice President/State Membership Chairperson.  She has served as a National Delegate for the past ten Biennial National Conventions and has served on numerous national committees.  She served two years as the State Cooley’s Anemia Chairperson and is proud of the fact that over $200,000 was raised by NYSOSIA during her tenure.

Nancy has always been willing to assist in any way possible … serving on an extensive list of lodge, state and national committees.  Her expert touch, mostly in typesetting, has been a part of almost every OSIA happening during the past fourteen years.  Nancy’s coverage of OSIA events in NYSOSIA’s newspaper – The Golden Lion - has led to people all over the country expressing sentimentssuch as “your writing is so detailed that I actually felt I had been there”.  This is a true compliment to her writing skills and knowledge of OSIA.

One of her proudest OSIA accomplishments was serving as the Co-Chairperson of OSIA’s 90th Anniversary Cookbook, “Cucina Classica” which is now in its eighth printing.  Over 12,000 copies of this publication have been sold all over the country and the book was highlighted in the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, “Hometown Cooking”.  This project was so successful that then State President Joseph J. DiTrapani asked her to chair a second publication to celebrate OSIA’s 100th Anniversary … and “Cucina Classica II … The Legacy Continues” was published in June 2005.  This book promises to be as successful as the first publication and the New York Grand Lodge Foundation looks forward to high profit sales.  Both these publications combined have resulted in approximately $150,000 in profit … thus assisting the Foundation in funding their many worthwhile benevolent undertakings.

She also prepared and typeset a second edition of “Tesoro D’Amore”, a book of prayers and reflections by the late State/National Chaplain, Fr. Donald B. Licata.  Nancy is directly responsible for preparing numerous Grand Lodge brochures and booklets used for reference guides and public relations efforts.  Most recently she spearheaded the quest to put NYSOSIA on the web and www.nysosia.org is currently up and running and reflects visions of OSIA for the future.

To further her commitment to the Italian American community, she serves on the Executive Committee of the ACIM (American Committee on Italian Migration) and is an integral part of their annual breakfast held each year to raise funds for this esteemed organization.

Nancy currently resides in Lynbrook, Long Island with her husband John, and her father Salvatore and her brother Matthew DiFiore.  She is employed as the Executive Assistant to the Fund Administrator of Road Carriers Local 707’s Welfare and Pension Funds in Hempstead, Long Island.  Along with assisting in many aspects of the administration of Health, Welfare and Pension Funds of over 5,500 members, Nancy performs skilled legal clerical work of above average difficulty and coordinates high power conferences for the trustees and the professionals of the Fund.

Someone once said, “Do not follow where the path leads, rather go where there is no path and leave a trail.”  These words describe the life of Nancy DiFiore Quinn … a true role model for all Italian Americans!
For further information regarding the NYSOSIA Grand Lodge and membership, please call 1.800.322.OSIA  or log onto our website at www.nysosia.org.