Orlando, Fla., Aug. 13, 2011 — The Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA), the oldest and largest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage, re-elected Joseph DiTrapani of New York to serve a second 2-year term as National President, during its 52nd Biennial National Convention in Orlando, August 7-14, 2011.
Mr. DiTrapani, president of insurance brokerage agency Professional Group Marketing, Inc., was elected by acclamation and re-installed as OSIA’s National President on August 13.
Vincent Sarno of New Jersey, who served as OSIA National President from 2005-2007, was elected to lead the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), OSIA’s philanthropic branch, for a second term. Established in 1959, the SIF has raised more than $117 million for educational scholarships, medical research, disaster relief, cultural preservation and other special projects.
Santina Haemmerle of New York was also chosen for a second term as president of the Commission for Social Justice (CSJ), OSIA’s anti-defamation branch. The CSJ fights the stereotyping of Italian Americans by the U.S. entertainment, advertising, and media industries. It also collaborates with other groups to ensure that people of all races, religions and cultures are treated with dignity and respect.