Columbus Forum
Lodge 1492
Order Sons of Italy in America


The focus of the Columbus Forum Educator’ Lodge 1492 of the Sons of Italy in America is to encourage, assist and guide qualified Italian-American employees of the School District of Philadelphia in achieving their highest personal and professional potentials.

Our second objective is to focus on educational programs that provide substantial scholarship support to American students of Italian descent. To this end, the Columbus Forum offers a mentoring program and a scholarship program to children and grandchildren of its members.

Our third objective is to foster an increased awareness of and a supportive interest in the collective role of the Italian-American Community as a reflection of its cultural heritage and to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Americans of Italian descent.



January 2020 

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas holidays and are ready for the beginning of the new year.

I hope each of you will be able to join your friends in the Forum at some of the events coming up this year. The Executive Council will be meeting in January to plan events for the year.

Please go on the website or see emails for announcements of events. The Columbus Forum Lodge is a member of the East Region of the Sons of Italy in America with 12 other Lodges. The East Region Christmas Party was a success. One of our new members who attended met a family member who belongs to another lodge in the region. The profits from the event will fund the National charities and State Scholarships in the name of the East Region Members.

The Columbus Forum Dinner will be in March. Included in this mailing are the flyers for the dinner and for the Forum Scholarships. Two scholarships are for any child, member or non-member. One is for a senior in a Philadelphia School District High School and one is for a child presently in college. If you have children who are eligible for any of the scholarships or know of anyone eligible, please give them the form to complete and return.

I hope you can attend the dinner. The dinner profits fund the Forum Scholarships, so if you cannot make it to the dinner, I hope you can participate by getting an ad for the ad book or a basket for the auction.

If you have any shareable information on a member such as an accomplishment, award, or even the passing of another member, please share with Renee Novello (

Have a safe and Happy New Year.

Marylouise DeNicola, Ed. D.