State President Tony Cianciotta’s Message
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On June 13th we held our Grand Lodge and Florida Foundation quarterly “Zoom” meeting. It lasted almost 3 ½ hours. We addressed a lot of business, we had the opportunity to see each other, share greetings and ask how everyone has been dealing with the self-imposed isolation.
Brother Nick Cantore held the presidents forum on June 3rd on the Zoom conference platform which was well done. Thank you to all the presidents who were able to take the time and participate.
I realize how difficult it has been for all of us to get together with family and friends, but we’re doing our part to weather this pandemic, hoping that it has in some way brought us closer together by calling each other and zooming our members to see how everyone is doing.
The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is celebrating the 115t a nniversary of the founding of “Figli D’Italia” by Dr. Vincenzo Salerno in New York City on June 19th 1905. The goal in mind was to help Italian immigrants, our parents and grandparents, to assimilate to their new life here in the U.S.A., and to keep their heritage alive.
Also we celebrated La Festa della Repubblica, when Italy officially became a republic on June 2nd, 1946.
Our investment committee has been very busy managing our dormant foundation funds, taking advantage of opportunities and doing very well building our Scholarship and operating reserves.
The mileage rate has been modified for officers conducting approved OSIA business requiring travel. The daily Per-Diem for National Delegates attending a Supreme convention has been changed to reflect in-State and Out-of-State allowances.
Our next quarterly meeting is still planned to be held on September 18 - 20, 2020, at the Embassy Suites, Lake Buena Vista South in Kissimmee. How nice it will be to see each other in person. This hotel is super nice, close to attractions and many restaurants. Bring family members and lodge members who may want to break away from being home bound for so long and get out and enjoy some activities.
The celebration of our Country’s Independence Day is here. Let’s keep up the flame of Liberty burning high and bright, let’s revel in the spirit of our Fraternity each day. Let peace be the one and only way to reach Equality. Wishing everyone a remarkable day with family and friends, and maybe, even enjoy some firework displays. God Bless the USA.
I wish that all fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers had a very Happy Father’s Day, Hoping your day was filled with the joy you so rightly deserve.
We continue to pray for those who have been directly or indirectly affected by CoVid-19.
Tony Cianciotta, Pres.
OSIA FL Grand Lodge