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The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation’s estimated 26 million men and women of Italian descent. Additionally, OSIA is the largest and longest established Italian-American organization in the United States, having headquarters in Washington, D.C. near Capitol Hill, and hundreds of local lodges throughout the United States.
OSIA’s missions include encouraging the study of Italian language and culture in American schools and universities, preserving Italian traditions, culture, history, heritage, and promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy.
The original name was in Italian, L’Ordine Figli d’Italia. In Italian “figli” means both sons and children. When the name was translated into English, “sons” was chosen because OSIA was an organization for adults 18 and older.
Our local Sons of Italy Pikes Peak Lodge #2870 was established in May 2011 as a fraternal organization with 51 members. The founders of the Pikes Peak Chapter of OSIA are Tony Rodasta, Fred J. Darpino and Carlo Montera.
The Pikes Peak Lodge is committed to preserving and celebrating Italian culture, language, heritage, and traditions. To meet these goals, we host potluck dinners and have various group outings which celebrate our culture, such as playing the Italian game of Bocce Ball. In order to promote the Italian language, we offer classes through our lodge to our members and, more importantly, we encourage local school districts to offer Italian language classes to their students. In addition, we offer college scholarships to students of Italian descent, and raise funds for national and local charities (Alzheimer’s, Cooley’s Anemia, autism and cancer research, Home Front Cares and others.). We meet the first Tuesday of each month at the VFW Post #101, 702 S. Tejon in Colorado Springs.