Luigi Natale and Andrew Battaglia presented the new North End Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America (OSIA) to council members and attendees at the Neighborhood Council September meeting.
The Order was originally started in the North End in 1905. It’s an Italian-American 501c3 charitable organization that preserves history and culture. Luigi and Andrew, along with several others, are bringing the chapter back to the North End.
The North End OSIA has 113 people signed up and 50 people have already paid their full membership. They are expecting their charter in the next few weeks. The national president is coming in October for the swearing in of new members.
Some of their short-term goals include:
- Raise money for scholarships for children of the North End.
- Supporting local sports organizations.
- Local events to bring the community together.
- A parade or block party for the neighborhood.
- An Italian monument dedicated to immigrants and our Italian ancestors who came to America for a better life.
- An Italian cultural center.
The North End OSIA has been approved to use the Nazarro Center temporarily. You do not have to be Italian to be part of the Sons & Daughters of Italy of the North End – you can be a “social member”.
First year dues are $75. The majority goes to the national level to become an official member of the Order. After that it’s $50 a year. Applications are available at the Nazarro Center and you can mail them in to 30 N. Bennet Street. Checks should be made out to North End – OSIA.