To serve as the leading organizational voice on behalf of the cultural, social, political and economic issues of importance to Americans of Italian descent in our community.
To share in a positive way our rich heritage and traditions with one another and with the future generations.
We will be a charitable organization and we will strive to have a strong identity in the community.
The Order Sons of Italy of America Marlton Lodge was founded in 1974 as a non-profit organization to be a social club with a charitable outreach and a community presence. Three gentlemen gathered together one evening on May 28, 1974 to formulate a way to share their love of their Italian culture and heritage in a positive way in the community and beyond. Tom DePaolo (deceased), Sam Pirollo (deceased) and Hank D'Andrea (Past President, Past State President and current member) proudly announced on June 7, 1974 that the OSIA Marlton Lodge was officially chartered!
Our lodge members have worked together over the years to raise and donate over $150,000 to the various charities that the National OSIA -The Sons of Italy Foundation contributes to as well as local scholarships and families in need. We have contributed nationally to the Alzheimer's Association, Cooley's Anemia Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation and the Alicia Rose Foundation. Our lodge participates in reaching out to local families to help make their holidays special.
The Marlton Lodge is especially proud of the movement we began to bring Italian Language Classes to Cherokee High School. Cherokee now has Italian available to all students from Level I-IV at the Accelerated or Honors Levels as well as AP Italian Language and Culture. Many of these classes also offer the students the ability to gain college credits at RCBC.
Culture, Community, Commitment
Developing a large Italian social network....Family Style!
Founded in 1974
Order Sons of Italy - Marlton Lodge #2315
Founder: Hank D'Andrea
President: Rich Maratea
1st Vice President: Tom Cantone
2nd Vice President: Ed Sadowski
Immediate Past President: Betty Donoflio
Recording Secretary: Lorraine Owsiak
Financial Secretary: Karen Maratea
Treasurer: Angela Venti
Orator: Merv Haber
Mistress of Ceremony: Florence Martin
Sgt. at Arms: Larry Donoflio
Dave Bongiovanni, Mary Cantone,
Sarah Silva, Carmela Haber,
Fiore Cullari, Marianne Cullari
NJ Grand Lodge State Trustee:
Marlton Sons of Italy