History of the Vincent Lombardi Lodge #2270, Inc.
The Sons of Italy Vincent Lombardi Lodge #2270 was chartered in 1972 as a fraternal organization of Italian American men and women in Rochester New York. The lodge was formed as a local branch of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) which is the oldest and largest fraternal organization of the Italian Americans in the North American continent.
The lodge was built on the original OSIA principles of:
- Liberty: We want freedom of assembly, of speech, of opportunity and above all, economic freedom. We want individual freedom of thought, of conscience and of religion. Liberty is the most essential and precious prerogative.
- Equality: We believe that all people were created equal without distinction as to race, color, creed, caste or class.
- Fraternity: We affectionately offer a hand to all and keep alive the traditions of our ancestors.
The mission of our lodge today is to seek to unite Italian Americans in preserving and disseminating the cultural history of Italy. We seek to promote and advance positive images of Italian Americans in our society through philanthropic, cultural, educational, social, civic and community activities.