Sicilian painter Sergio Potenzano becomes honorary member of the “Capitolo di Roma” of Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

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Capitolo di Roma of the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA), the oldest and most established organization supporting Americans of Italian descent, presented the Certificate of Honorary Membership to Sicilian artist Sergio Potenzano.

The Certificate was signed, on behalf of the organization, by the President of Capitolo di Roma, Claudio Frasca, as a sign of gratitude for the sensitivity and availability shown to the OSDIA and the Italian American community through the donation of the painting depicting Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro. Since January 2021, the painting has been on permanent display at the OSDIA national headquarters in Washington DC.

The ceremony, which was held online due to pandemic restrictions, also featured a presentation of the work by art critic Paolo Battaglia La Terra Borgese and concluded with a presentation of social activities planned for the coming 2021. 

"Dr. Vincenzo Sellaro, founder of the Order of the Sons of Italy in America - highlighted Carmelo Cutuli, founder and immediate past-president of OSDIA, Capitolo di Roma - represents a fundamental point of reference in the history of our compatriots who emigrated to the United States at the beginning of the last century. The donation of Potenzano's work, welcomed by the Italo-American community as a wonderful demonstration of friendship and gratitude on the part of Italy, received the highest appreciation by the OSDIA leadership, which arranged for the permanent exhibition of the portrait in the large entrance hall of the Washington headquarters". 

"A very special thanks - said the President of OSDIA Capitolo di Roma, Claudio Frasca - to Sergio Potenzano and art critic Paolo Battaglia La Terra Borgese for helping to strengthen the ties between Italy and the Italian American community. It is a gift to future generations to maintain and promote awareness of the vital importance of memory and to foster interconnections between populations of Italian culture, though separated by oceans, united by common history and values."

"It is a great joy for me to have contributed - added art critic Paolo Battaglia La Terra Borgese - to make possible this gesture of friendship between the Italian-American community and the Motherland. The founder of OSDIA, Sellaro, is remembered in New York with a statue placed in the neighborhood where he lived and worked. I felt the duty to bring from his land, Sicily, a corresponding tribute to such an important figure in the history of our compatriots on the other side of the Atlantic".

Vincenzo Sellaro, a Sicilian doctor originally from Polizzi Generosa, emigrated to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century where he was the founder of the first Italian Hospital in America and later worked to unite the numerous Mutual Aid Societies for Italians in America into a single large organization that was called the 'Order of the Sons and Daughters of Italy in America,' now known as the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, the oldest and most established organization supporting American citizens of Italian origin.

The OSDIA Capitolo di Roma, #3002 (https://osiaroma.altervista.org), the first territorial unit of the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America to be established outside of North America in the organization's 100-year history, received its Charter of Recognition from Washington Headquarters in February 2020. The Rome Chapter is made up of professionals and entrepreneurs, from various locations in Italy, with strong cultural and social interests in the United States.

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