OSIA West End Pocono's Lodge #2725
Designed & Hosted by:
Jim Spinola, Webmaster
To enroll Americans of Italian descent under one banner.
A fraternal, charitable, nonprofit organization. Order Sons of Italy in America was conceived by its founders to enroll Americans of Italian descent under one banner so that the rich cultural heritage of Italy could be preserved and shared with all Americans. OSIA seeks to do this with a deep involvement and commitment to community, charitable, educational, cultural, patriotic, social, youth and civic activities.
Monthly meetings are usually held on the first Sunday of the month (check calendar) at the Chestnuthill Township Senior Citizen Building on Rte. 715, Brodheadsville, PA
Meetings start at 2:00 PM promptly.
Late arrivals please respect the Officers Table - enter quietly.
|A MESSAGE FROM OSIA NATIONAL PRESIDENT |
ROBERT A. MESSA FOR COLUMBUS DAY
More than five hundred years ago, a strong man with an unmistakably Italian name took a world divided in half and made it whole.
When Cristoforo Colombo crossed a huge, dark ocean, he joined the Old World of Europe to the New World of what was to become America. His voyage changed the world forever.
The accomplishments of this legendary navigator are significant but not surprising considering his origins. Columbus came from a land that has given western civilization its laws, architecture, music, and art as well as a host of other geniuses besides this gifted sea captain from Genoa.
Italy also has given America many of its own children in the millions and millions of immigrants who, like Columbus, braved the unknown and crossed a dark ocean to come here.
Perhaps that is why we Italian Americans are so proud of Columbus and pleased that the country joins us every year in October to honor his memory. We also identify with Columbus because he was the first Italian to come to the New World. Many Italians followed him, including our own ancestors. They and their descendants have helped make the United States what it is today.
Some came with wealth and education, but most brought only a richness of values, a commitment to hard work, and the desire to make their children's lives better than their own.
Like Columbus, they had a dream. And, like Columbus, they made that dream come true despite formidable odds. So let us celebrate Columbus Day, OSIA's special holiday, by wearing purple. Please join me in saluting Christopher Columbus, admiral of the Ocean Sea.
Viva Cristoforo Colombo! Viva l'America! Evviva I Figli d'Italia!