The Order Sons of Italy, L'Ordine Figli d'Italia, was formed in New York City in 1905 by Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and a small group of Italian citizens devoted to caring for the Italian immigrants in the early days of the twentieth century.


Your Membership Helps Achieve the Mission of the Order of the Sons of Italy

The Mission of the Order of Sons of Italy in America is to promote and preserve the History, the Traditions, the Culture and the Language of Italy for the benefit of all humanity.

  • Service and Charity – To assist our veterans, the needy, the ill, and disabled. 

  • Community Involvement – To encourage the active participation of our members in the social and economic life of our community, to participate in programs combating discrimination, racism, and social injustice.

  • Heritage – To promote and preserve the Italian language, culture, and traditions in our country.

  • To support the purposes of national OSIA.

  • To promote enrollment and active participation of persons of Italian birth or descent and others as prescribed in our by-laws.

  • To initiate and promote activities, events and educational programs that preserve Italian culture, heritage and legacy.

  • To serve as a voice of support for Federal, state and local legislation that benefits the membership and the Italian American community, by encouraging active participation in the political, social, and civic life of our communities.

  • To provide Lodge members with a gathering locale to share Italian heritage, customs, culture, and stories;  a sanctuary in which mutual respect, camaraderie and goodwill are fostered and sanctioned; a place in which opportunities for learning, self-growth and pursuit of interests and ideas exchange are actively encouraged and supported.

  • Our Lodge Charity program covers donations to Autism, Alzheimer's, Cooley's Anemia, Cancer Fund and Veterans and community outreach .

  • Our Lodge also awards annual Scholarships to the Grandchildren & Children of our members, High School and College students.

  • The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in  America owns and operates the Garabaldi-Meucci Museum  located in  Staten Island, N.Y. The  Museum  preserves  the past for  the future. The Museum operates solely on fundraisers and donations from the many Lodges throughout the Country. The Sgt. Bonanno Lodge is a proud donor to the Museum.


  • Promote Italian language and culture in U.S. schools and colleges.

  • Educate the general public about the historical achievements and contributions of Italians and Italian Americans.

  • Fight the stereotyping of Italian Americans by the U.S. entertainment, advertising and news media.

  • Advocate for Italian Americans pursuing federal and state appointments, and for important legislation affecting the Italian American community.

  • Assist Italian American students and young professionals with their career plans through internships, mentoring, and youth programs.

  • Award scholarships to young Italian Americans at leading universities