OUR HISTORY

The Port St. Lucie Sons of Italy Lodge #2594

The Port St. Lucie Sons of Italy Lodge #2594 was founded on March 15, 1987 by Joseph Brann, Florence Martino and Vincent Delizia with a total of 42 members. Since that time we have continued to grow and prosper. Our dedicated members have selflessly contributed their time, hard work and money throughout the years to make this Lodge a success.

For them it was truly a labor of love for the Order. Charter Members include: Regina Ambrogi, Helen Brann, Joseph Brann, Danny DiMauro, Genevieve DiMauro and William Martino.

Today we have a membership of more than 100 members and still growing.

Our mission is to mirror what the National and The Grand Lodge of Florida are doing and also contribute to many worthy causes like Alzheimer Association, American Cancer Society, Cooley Anemia Foundation and several local groups. 

We also grant various scholarships for local worthy students of Italian descent.

The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA)

Originally called ‘L’ordine Figli d’Italia’ the Order Sons of Italy in America was established in the Little Italy neighborhood in New York City on June 22, 1905 by Vincenzo Sellaro, M.D. and five other Italian immigrants who came to the United States during the great Italian migration (1880-1923).

Their aim was to create a support system for all Italian immigrants that would assist them with becoming U.S. citizen, provide health/death benefits, educational opportunities and offer assistance with assimilation in America.

Today OSIA is the largest and longest-established organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States of America and has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 Chapters coast to coast, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation’s estimated 26 million people of Italian descent.

Its missions includes:

  • Encouraging the study of Italian language and culture in American schools and Universities
  • Preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage
  • Promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy

The Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF)

Is a private, philanthropic institution, established by OSIA in 1959. To date, the SIF has given more than $93 million to scholarships, medical research, cultural preservation, disaster relief, and other projects. · The SIF owns the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island, N.Y. The museum is housed in the historic home of inventor Antonio Meucci and chronicles his life as well as that of his one-time house guest, Italian unifier Giuseppe Garibaldi.

The Commission for Social Justice (CSJ)

Is the anti-defamation arm of OSIA. The CSJ is committed to fighting racism, prejudice, and the stereotyping of all races, religions and cultures.

Highlights in OSIA History

In its early years, OSIA established free schools to teach immigrants English and centers to help them become U.S. citizens.

  • The first OSIA Lodges established orphanages and homes for the elderly, life insurance and mortuary funds, credit unions, welfare societies and scholarship funds to aid members in need.

  • During World Wars I and II, OSIA members bought war bonds and war stamps to support the war effort, and Lodges competed with each other to contribute the most money to the Red Cross. * In World War II, the OSIA Supreme Council (national officers issued a resolution urging members to donate one day’s salary to the national defense).

OSIA’s national headquarters is in Washington, D.C., near Capitol Hill.