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Rediscover Your Italian Heritage & Win a Cruise From OSIA

Press Contact: Kylie Cafiero, (202) 547-2900 kcafiero@osia.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 6, 2005 - The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the nation's oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage, has launched a nation-wide membership campaign inviting prospective members to rediscover their Italian heritage through joining OSIA.

The names of the first 200 new members to join as OSIA At-Large members by January 20, 2006 will be entered in a drawing to win a European Riverboat Cruise for two.

Current OSIA lodge and at-large members are also eligible if they purchase one or more gift at-large memberships for family and friends.

OSIA has a grassroots network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. People of all ages who cannot attend meetings or do not live near a lodge can still join OSIA as an At-Large member. At-Large members receive all OSIA member benefits, but do not vote or hold office.

All members enjoy a free subscription to Italian America® Magazine, access to the OSIA "members only" web site, and the discounts and services in the OSIA Benefit Package.

Click here to become an At-Large member.

To give an OSIA At-Large membership as a gift Click Here.

The European Riverboat Cruise for two is sponsored by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. For more information about cruises by Vantage please visit www.vantagetravel.com.

OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast. OSIA works at the community, national and international levels to promote the heritage and culture of an estimated 26 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. See www.osia.org.