A new lodge of OSIA may be formed with minimum of 25 new Regular members. Each Lodge is composed of a President, Vice President, Orator, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, at least five (5) Trustees. Masters/Mistresses of Ceremony and the Guard. The local lodge determines the dues for its members.
The Order Sons of Italy in America is the oldest and largest organization of Italian American men and women in the United States! OSIA found its birthplace on June 22, 1905 at 203 Grand Street in Manhattan, New York. The Illinois Grand Lodge was chartered on September 25, 1924 and the Grand Lodge of IL & WI was chartered on February 26, 2010.
Options of Membership
If you can trace your or spouse’s Italian lineage, you can become a regular member. This also includes those who have been 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 are 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 Grand Lodge of Illinois and Wisconsin office to obtain information of the types of lodges/chapters in your area and to obtain an application form.
To Join the Grand Lodge of Illinois & Wisconsin
To find a local lodge/chapter in your area
Age 18 and older of Italian lineage, be a spouse of an Italian or an adopted child of Italian lineage
Members Age 0-17
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.
This membership is for some professional persons, doctors, executive, etc., who do not have the time to attend meetings, hold any kind of elected office or belong to local lodge/chapter. For information, contact