History of Columbus Lodge #2143

Order Sons of Italy in America

In 1963, A small Group of men, led by Angelo Roncallo started talking about forming an organization of Italian Americans in Massapequa.


On Febuary 16, 1964, the idea became a reality for these three men, Angelo Roncallo, Dominick Baranello and Pat Vincent Landi: The Columbus Lodge was duly constituted in the Order Sons of Italy in America.


Since that day, The Columbus Lodge has achieved success in financial, social and fraternal goals. The Lodge, headquartered in Farmingdale, has
membership primarily but not restricted to the areas of Massapequa, Farmingdale, Bethpage, Plainedge and Plainview. Presently, under the leadership of President Anthony Ventiera and supported by the Past President's and Immediate Past President Frank Gatto.


Through its highly successfull Scholarship Awards program, funds are raised annually to provide monetary awards to the children and grand children of Lodge members and to students in the community who attend Farmingdale, Massapequa, Bethpage and Plainedge High Schools. In addition, membership in Columbus Lodge entitles their children and grand children to compete in state & national OSIA scholarships.


Over the years, Columbus Lodge, has participated in National/State OSIA Fund Raising projects for charities, such as Cooley's Anemia, Arthritis Foundation, Disaster Relief Funds, The Gift of Sight and St. Francis Hospital Heart Program as well as donated $10,000 perpetual scholarship to the Grand Lodge Foundation.


In recent years, the Lodge, in cooperation with the Town of Oyster Bay, has sponsored an Annual Italian Feast & Festival where several thousand people attend every year. The Feast & Festival provides additional funds to support the Lodge's many charitable and community donations.


In the realm of Social, Fraternal activities, the Lodge has or had programs involving golf, bowling, softball, picnics, fashion shows, holiday parties, Atlantic city and Broadway show trips. The Columbus Lodge Ladies Auxillary has contributed greatly to the Lodge and its goals.


Lastly, we are proud that the Lodge presents a real picture of the Italian-American suburbanite who has achieved a respected and reputable position in the community.  Among its members have been two Congressman, two NYS Senators, two Supreme Court Judges, two NYS Assemblymen, a County Legislator, two Town Supervisors, several town Councilmen, one Nassau County Executive, professional and many prestigous individuals who help to create a positive and fraternal spirit. Some of our members have also been honored to achieve the position of President and State Officers in the Grand Lodge of N.Y. OSIA. In June 1999, Nicholas Viglietta followed in the foot steps of Brother P. Vincent Landi and Brother Angelo Roncallo in receiving the "Bene Emeritus Award" from the Grand Lodge of New York OSIA for outstanding and distinguished service in the Order. The "Bene Emeritus Award" is the highest award NYS can bestow on a member. In addition, several of our members have received other state awards such as Lifetime membership, Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro and Family of the Year.

The Columbus Lodge looks to the future to pursue its goals in membership, financial growth and in developing charitable, social and fraternal programs that benefit its members and the community.

Lodge Meetings:
The 2nd Wednesday & 4th Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm
2143 Boundary Avenue, Farmingdale, NY
(516) 293-8545
Order Sons of Italy in America
History of Columbus Lodge #2143

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