Congratulations to all New York delegates who hold important positions in the Supreme Lodge … Joseph DiTrapani, National First Vice President; Louis C. Ambrosio, National Treasurer; Joseph Sciame, National Past President; Peter R. Zuzolo, National Past President; Dan Colantone and John Dabbene, National Trustees; Edward Innella, National Foundation Trustee; Santina Haemmerle, National Arbitration Commissioner and Sylvia Summa National Alternate Arbitration Commissioner.

It was a week packed full of meetings and break-out sessions and former National President Vincent Sarno conducted informative sessions where many OSIA concerns were addressed.  Kudos to Convention Chairperson National Past President Robert A. Messa (of Pennsylvania) for all his hard work in coordinating this convention and making sure that everything ran smoothly.  State President Nancy DiFiore Quinn and First Gent John Quinn hosted the New York delegates and many brothers and sisters from across the country with warmth and gracious hospitality.
During the week, OSIA honored Mike Eruzione, team captain of the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team.   Eruzione scored the winning goal against the Soviets in the famous “Miracle on Ice” game helping the Americans win the gold medal against Finland in Lake Placid.

During the charity donation portion of the convention, New York OSIA donated $85,000 to Cooley’s Anemia, $13,000 to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, $10,000 to Coaches vs. Cancer and $1,000 to the National CSJ.  It was also reported that due to the generosity of OSIA members all over New York state, the Grand Lodge of New York donated $21,000 to the Garibaldi Meucci Museum which is located in Staten Island.  The New York delegation was quite proud of its contributions to National OSIA.  Almost half a million dollars was donated to these combined charities from all the grand lodges around the country.
On Saturday evening, a prestigious gala was held at the Breakers where National Past President Paul S. Polo (of Connecticut) received National OSIA’s Marconi award in honor of the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi.  Brother Paul was lauded for his outstanding commitment and generosity to the Order Sons of Italy in America.