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Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

Francesco DeSanctis Lodge #1411

Natick, Massachusetts

Membership

Who we are

The heart of who we are originates from our Italian heritage, the choice we made is to live in America. Therefore we hope to honor our roots in everything we do and support our country at all times. We welcome Italian members and non-Italian members alike, as we desire to be a welcoming community to all people.

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Benefits of being a Lodge member

We are a fraternal organization that seeks to promote our heritage and support our community, within and without. We are always trying to find ways to connect our members, encourage participation and provide a welcoming space for everyone.

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Scholarships

The Natick Sons and Daughters of Italy has been awarding educational scholarships for over 50 years. As Italian Americans our members chose America as their home because they knew the promise of an education would yield a greater life for themselves and their families. We are happy to boast that Italians have made incredible contributions as explorers, architects, musicians, painters and more, all over the world. Likewise, our members and patrons believe everyone has a dream to be realized, donating hundreds of hours to hold events in support of our scholarship fund. As a modest lodge, in 2018 we were proud to award $8500 in scholarship awards, in 2019 we awarded $10000 to local students and in 2020 we awarded $8500. Since 2014, we have awarded approximately $41000 in scholarships. We believe in education, perseverance and opportunity.

Our History

How we started

In April 1926, three men, an idea, and a passion to see social justice and equality extended to a minority ethnic group were the ingredients that created the Loggia Francesco DeSanctis # 1411 of the Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. These three men were Edward Canzano, Pasquale Corbosiero, and Paul Arminio, members of Natick's St. Rocco Society, and they became the founders of the Francesco DeSanctis Lodge #1411.

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