History

OSIA and the Milwaukee Chapter

Originally called “Figli d’Italia,” the Order Sons of Italy in America® was established in the Little Italy neighborhood of 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. citizens, provide health/death benefits and educational opportunities and offer assistance with assimilation in America. To date, OSIA members have given more than $164 million to educational programs, disaster relief, cultural advancement and medical research

Milwaukee Wisconsin Attorney Frank Joseph Schiro founded the Filippo Mazzei Lodge #2763, Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) in the year 2000. Schiro, a practicing lawyer in the Greater Milwaukee area and past president of the Wisconsin Justinian Society of Lawyers was inspired to start a lodge in the state of Wisconsin so as to invite the Italian American members in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area to become participants and join in the largest and oldest Italian American charitable and fraternal organization in North America.