Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) is the oldest and largest association of American Men and Women of Italian descent in the United States. (National Site)
The Grand Lodge of the Northwest (GLNW) is one of the 21 State Charters throughout the U.S. with 20 Local Lodges currently in Oregon and Washington. It is the goal of the GLNW to develop discussion groups, Italian language classes, and cultural programs.
Women constitute more than 50 percent (50%) of OSIA's membership, and the number is growing. Why, then, is our name "Sons of Italy" rather than "Sons and Daughters of Italy?" Because of our history.
OSIA was founded in 1905 as "L'Ordine Figli d'Italia," which is Italian for "The Order Children of Italy." The name was translated into English in the masculine form (Figli also means sons), and has been preserved as such for name recognition and legacy purposes.
Over four million Italians immigrated to the United States of America between the 1880s and 1920s. It is estimated now that 26 million Americans of Italian heritage live in the USA. Our organization is dedicated to promoting our culture, our traditions, our language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our contributions to the U.S. and the world. View our Personal Stories page!
Bella Vita Lodge is the local Olympia area lodge of the OSIA.
We meet on the first Thursday of the month excluding July and August.
American Legion Hall
2602 Marvin RD SE
Social Hour at 5:30pm-6:30pm
Dinner at 6:30pm
Raffle at 7:15pm
Business Meeting at 7:30pm-8:30pm (includes Italian cultural presentation)
Hall Clean-up at 8:30pm-9:00pm
During the business meeting we discuss the direction of the lodge, which charities to donate to and how we plan on fundraising. We have some fundraisers throughout each year that benefit the local foodbank, several national charities and our scholarship fund. We also have a presentation of Italian history and culture.
The group has been in Olympia for over 40 years. We started this website to attract new people that are interested in the Italian heritage and culture.
People of Italian descent whole or partial, spouses of people of Italian descent or anyone interested in the Italian culture and heritage can join as a social member.
Membership offers the opportunity to promote, preserve, and cherish a lasting appreciation of Italian heritage, culture and customs.
We welcome you to visit us. (FREE)
If after attending our meetings, you would like to become an official member, yearly dues are currently $37.00 a year. They include the monthly meals, a monthly newsletter subscription to the Northwest Italian News and a quarterly magazine subcription of Italian America, a magazine full of fantastic photos and interesting articles.