Sons and Daughters of Italy plenary

State OSDIA President Robert Ferrito (center) presents appreciation plaques to Palma Fratto-Evans (right), president of Geneva Lodge 2397, and Vince Giananntonio, president of Vincent Lombardi Lodge, for hosting the Grand Lodge July Plenary.

GENEVA — The New York State Grand Lodge of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America held its quarterly plenary session in Geneva on July 28.

Officers from across New York state, led by state President Robert Ferrito, met at the Geneva lodge home. The meeting was co-hosted by the Geneva Lodge 2397 and the Vincent Lombardi Lodge 2270 from Rochester, which together comprise District 8.

The OSDIA officials were guests at a meet and greet at the lodge on July 27, and they also had free time to enjoy the Geneva lakefront and attend Cruisin’ Night in downtown. They held an all-day meeting on July 28 and were then guests at an outdoor barbecue held at the lodge.

Guests were in attendance from Long Island, Binghamton, Syracuse, Cortland and Rochester. After the barbecue, a scholarship presentation ceremony was held in the lodge lounge for the four 2018 Geneva Lodge 2397 scholarship recipients. The Eddie DeWitt Band with Steve Venuti provided musical entertainment.

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America is a fraternal organization consisting of men and women in both the United States and Canada founded in 1905 in New York City. The Geneva Lodge, established in 1977, is at 31 Prospect Ave. For more information about OSDIA and lodge membership call the Geneva Lodge at (315) 781-2242 or visit

Mike Cutillo is the Times executive editor. He can be reached at (315) 789-3333 Ext 264 or

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