TSDOI Lodge 2817

We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American

TSDOI             Lodge  2817 - We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American



Congratulations to our 2021 scholarship winners, Jack Connor, Talia DeStasio and Nathan Stinnett.

Jack, son of Sam and Caroline Connor and grandson of members Bob and Fran Giannuzzi, graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School where he excelled academically. He engaged in several extracurricular activities including soccer, baseball, and ultimate frisbee. He also co-founded the school’s Investment Club, was inducted in the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society, and was an AP Scholar with Distinction. While a senior, Jack achieved Eagle Scout. He had an extensive record of community service and as a TSDOI Youth Member helped at movie nights, breakfasts and the bocce tournaments.

Jack has been accepted at The University of South Carolina Honors Program where he will major in International Business.

Talia, daughter of Joe and Shawn DeStasio, also a TSDOI youth member, graduated from Raleigh Charter High School with high honors. While in high school, Talia was on the honor committee all four years. In Talia’s junior year, she placed second at State Competition in the Poetry Out Loud event. Also in her junior year, Talia was a finalist for her original short story, “Terra Novus.” She was a peer mentor in her sophomore and junior years. Talia is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, contemporary/modern/lyrical dance. She was also Co-President of the Young Feminists, a member of the Young Democrats Club, and on the suicide prevention day organization team.

Talia will be attending The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Nathan, son of Brian and Becky Stinnett, graduated from Middle Creek High School with high honors. Nathan was a member of his HS marching band and awarded the drummer of the year in 2017 and marcher of the year in 2019. He also helped with band fund-raising. He played in the Colonial Baptist Soccer League. Nathan did extensive community service particularly at homeless shelters and blood drives.

Nathan will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he will pursue a degree in Biochemistry.

The Lodge congratulates all of these fine students and wishes them well in their academic pursuits.

These scholarships are supported by Lodge fundraisers as well as donations from our members and friends.

Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) Merit Scholarships:

Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA) also awards merit scholarships. For more information please click on this link: http://www.osia.org/programs/scholarships


Consider making a memorial contribution in the memory of a loved one.

If a donation of $750 or more is received as a memorial, the awarded scholarship will be named after your loved one.

Send your donation (any amount is welcome) in the form of a check, payable to TSOI -2817 to:

Treasurer: Mary Muth
115 Beasley Court
Cary, NC 27513

Please indicate if it is regular donation or a memorial donation.

Donations are not tax deductible.