Join Our Lodge - Membership Information

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Types of Membership

 

Individuals may hold regular or social membership in one of the many lodges located in NY State.

  • Regular Membership*: A person of Italian descent, the spouse or the adopted child of a person of Italian descent, or the widow or widower or divorced spouse of a current or former member.

  • Social Membership*: A person not of Italian descent. Although unable to hold office, a social member enjoys all other privileges and benefits of membership, including the right to vote in all matters.

  • At-Large Membership**: A person, who is qualified for membership, however, due to personal or professional commitments, does not wish to be affiliated with a local lodge.

* Annual dues are set by individual local lodges.

**Annual dues are set at $20 for student At-Large members, $50 for regular At-Large members and $100 for a Golden Lion member ($50 of a Golden Lion member’s dues is donated to the state scholarship program and is tax deductible)

Lodge/Chapter Membership

 

If you can trace your or your spouse’s Italian lineage, you can become a regular member. This also includes those who have been adopted by a person or persons of Italian lineage; spouses of such adopted persons; widows, widowers and divorced spouses of current or former members.

 

You may join a local lodge/chapter if you wish to become active and participate in its activities.

Some lodges/chapters are all male, others all female and many are co-ed. Each lodge/chapter has its own initiation fee and annual dues structure.

Social Membership

 

If you cannot trace you or your spouse’s Italian lineage, you can become a social member and join a local lodge/chapter. Guidelines for regular members are applicable for social members, except that social members do not have the right to hold office, however they are eligible to vote at lodge meetings and elections

At-Large Membership

 

This membership is for some professional persons, doctors, executives, etc., who do not have the time to attend meetings, hold any kind of elected office or belong to a local lodge/chapter. An At-Large Membership form is provided for your use.

 

Annual dues are $20 for students, $50 for regular At-Large members and $100 for a Golden Lion member ($50 from a Golden Lion member’s dues are donated to the state scholarship program and is tax deductible).

National OSIA Online Membership

 

You do not have to be of Italian lineage to join the national organization.  Annual dues are $35. Log on to www.osia.org and simply follow the instructions for Online Membership.