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8/21: Boncore Named OSIA National President

Boston Attorney Philip R. Boncore Named OSIA's 27th National President

Contact: Diane E. Crespy, (202) 547-2900

Long Beach, Calif., August 21, 1999 - Boston attorney Philip R. Boncore was elected by acclamation national president of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the largest, longest-established, and most demographically diverse organization of Italian-American men and women, by OSIA officers and delegates on Aug. 20, 1999, at the organizations 46th Biennial Convention in Long Beach, Calif.

"I am truly overwhelmed with a sense of honor, pride, and most importantly responsibility by you giving me the opportunity to serve you as the 27th national president of the Order Sons of Italy in America®," Boncore told the OSIA delegation at the installation ceremony on Aug. 21. "But at the same time I'm starkly humbled. When I look at the foresight and substantial achievements of our Order during the past 94 years under the direction of the national past presidents, living and deceased, I'm left in awe."

Boncore said he would strive to "fulfill the purposes of the Order well into the 21st century." As national president, he plans to focus on increasing membership and has formed the Young Lion National Membership Committee, which he hopes will significantly increase membership between the ages of 18 and 25. He also promised to enhance the financial stability and increase the national visibility of the Order.

Boncore has a long history with OSIA. He was recording secretary and assistant venerable of the Winthrop (Mass.) Junior Mixed Lodge; assistant venerable, venerable, and Real Estate Trust chairman of the Winthrop Mens Lodge #2057; and served as president of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057. He is currently a member of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge and serves as the permanent chairman of the Charitable and Educational Trust.

In the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Boncore has served as a trustee, grand treasurer, the chair of multiple committees, and state president. His accolades include restarting the Junior Division of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, installing nine new lodges during his tenure, and instituting the Order's first state-level at-large membership program.

He worked his way up to become very influential at the national level, in time serving as second and first vice president. He served as overseer of the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum Committee, the chair of the Douhet-Mitchell Award Committee, and most recently the chair of the Membership Commission. He has been a voting member of the Commission for Social Justice® and a member of the Fundraising Committee. He is a Golden Lion Perpetual Scholarship donor and served as vice president of the Sons of Italy Foundation® for the 1997-1999 term.

Boncore received a bachelor of science from Norwich University and his juris doctorate from Suffolk Law School. He practices law at a firm he founded in 1972. He is a member of many professional societies including the Justinian Law Society, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the National Italian American Bar Association, of which he is regional vice president. He is also president of the Tintertontam Realty Corporation.

Boncore is active in his community as a member of more than a dozen civic associations. He is past president of the Winthrop Jaycees, past town chairman of the United Way, and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Jaycees-Legal Counsel, Dollars for Scholars, Casa Monte Casino, and Pop Warner. He is currently on the Board of Directors pf the Don Orione Home & Madonna Queen Shrine. Boncore also coached little league in East Boston and Winthrop for 15 years.

Boncore is married to Goldie Leonis-Boncore, and has eight children -- Tina Gilson, Teri, Robert, Toni, Tami, Joey, Chrissy, and Corina -- all OSIA members.