Message from the Grand Master of the Savoy Orders, H.R.H. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the official web site of the American Delegation of the Dynastic Orders of the House of Savoy. I trust that all who avail themselves of this site will find its contents informative and useful.
In addition to this being the first official English language resource for information about the Savoy Orders, it will also contain communications issued by the Royal Institute of the House of Savoy and by other Delegations of the Savoy Orders around the world. I encourage you to visit the site often, and I hope that you will enjoy it.
As Grand Master of the Savoy Orders it is particularly important to me that through this medium you will be able to learn about the history of my family, the Savoy Orders, and the activities being undertaken by the American Delegation. It is by understanding our common heritage and traditions that we are able to best serve our fellow citizens of the world through humanitarian works and public service.
The American Delegation of Savoy Orders is one among 35 delegations of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy located throughout Europe, Japan, and the Americas.
The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy are among the oldest orders of chivalry in the world. Their origins and their principles, traditions and humanitarian goals, like those of Royal House of Savoy that has the hereditary right to confer them, date back a thousand years.
The Head of the House of Savoy and current Grand Master is H.R.H. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, Prince of Naples, who succeeded his father, the last king of Italy, Umberto II (1904-1983), who had succeeded his father King Victor Emmanuel III of Savoy (1869-1947). The hereditary crown prince is H.R.H. Prince Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy, Prince of Venice (1972). The Grand Chancellery of the Savoy Orders is in Geneva, Switzerland. Cav. Gr. Cr. Johannes Niederhauser, Grand Chancellor of the Savoy Orders; and Cav. Gr. Cr. Avv. Carl J. Morelli, American Delegate of the Savoy Orders.
This web site is designed to provide information about the Savoy Dynasty, the Savoy Orders, its members, activities, news and recent events, as well as links to related sites on the Internet. Inaugurated in 2003, it is the first web site in English to gather in one place the history of Savoy, the Savoy family, and the Savoy Orders of chivalry; as well as information about the activities and members of the Savoy Orders (please note, however, that the Members Page is password protected).
ABOUT THE AMERICAN DELEGATION OF SAVOY ORDERS
The American Delegation of Savoy Orders is part of the International Association of Dames and Knights of the Royal House of Savoy. The Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy are historically dedicated to works of charity. While deeply rooted in the past, the Savoy Orders are actively engaged in the challenges of modern society. Activities of the American Delegation include financial support of the fundraising charitable, humanitarian, cultural and education events of the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated, a 501(c) 3 registered charity. The American Delegation also organizes and participates in social activities and events nationally and internationally throughout the year.
On a national level, each year the Savoy Orders sponsor a number of social activities, anniversary observances and religious services. Activities of the American Delegation include financial support of the fundraising charitable, humanitarian, cultural and educational events of the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, Incorporated. The Delegation also arranges for the Knights and Dames of the Savoy Orders to attend the celebration of Masses during the year: a commemorative Mass and dinner for St. Lazarus Day in February or March and an Investiture Ceremony and Mass in December in conjunction with the Savoy Foundation's annual winter reception and gala dinner dance, Ballo di Savoia.
On an international level, the American Delegate, with members, candidates and friends of the American Delegation of Savoy Orders, attends the annual Capitolo Generale (Chapter General) of the Savoy Orders, usually held each year in Geneva, Switzerland or in Rome, Italy. Preceding the formal investiture ceremonies, the American Delegate welcomes the American members, candidates and their families and friends at a private welcome dinner at a local restaurant or private club. The next day, a formal installation ceremony is presided over by H.R.H. Prince Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, the Grand Master, together with the Grand Chancellor of the Savoy Orders and members of the Royal Family. On this occasion, diplomas and insignia are presented to the new members and newly promoted members of the Savoy Orders. The same evening, a formal benefit gala dinner raises funds for the international charitable works of the Savoy Orders. The following day there is a solemn Mass and procession of Knights and Dames in their church robes, followed by a benefit luncheon.
SERGIO FRANCHI MEMORIAL CONCERT
August 24, 2019
STONINGTON, (CONNECTICUT) - On Saturday, August 24, 2019, members and friends of the American Delegation of Savoy Orders enjoyed a special social occasion, an outdoor picnic lunch, good company and the final annual Sergio Franchi Memorial Concert. The annual concert has been a staple of the cultural and musical life of New England and organized by consoeur Dama Eva Franchi, in memory of her late husband. Event expenses for members of the Savoy Orders were graciously underwritten by the generosity of Comm. George C. White and Dama Elizabeth White.
FESTA della PRIMAVERA SPRING RECEPTION
AND CHIVALRY AWARD PRESENTATION
New York City
June 11, 2019
NEW YORK (NEW YORK) - The American Foundation of Savoy Orders' annual Festa della Primavera Spring Reception was held in New York City at the Columbus Citizens Foundation townhouse on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. During the event, the Savoy Foundation's Seventh Chivalry Award was presented to The New York Foundling in recognition of its 150th anniversary founding and dedication to children's welfare. This evening also commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the complete unification of Italy with the addition of Trentino, South Tyrol and Trieste under the peace treaties of the First World War in 1919. The event benefited the Savoy Orders inaugural campaign - Chivalry for Children's Causes. Press Release
JAPANESE DELEGATION OF SAVOY ORDERS
May 26, 2019
TOKYO (JAPAN) - The American Delegate of Savoy Orders Knight Grand Cross Carl J. Morelli (far right) with Grand Officer Theodore H. Jacobsen (far left) attend the Japanese Delegation of Savoy Orders Gala Charity in Tokyo, Japan on May 26, 2019. HRH Prince Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy (center) was the guest of honor. The Japanese Delegate Knight Grand Cross Doctor Hideto Tomabechi organized the splendid event. More than 400 guests attended. Read More
GALA REALE DI SAVOIA-ROYAL GALA OF SAVOY
The Canadian Delegation of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy
June 14, 2019
OTTAWA (CANADA) - The American Delegate of Savoy Orders, Knight Grand Cross Carl J. Morelli (far right), along with a dozen members American Delegation of Savoy Orders attended the Inaugural Gala Reale di Savoia Charity Event in Ottawa, Canada on June 14, 2019 which was organized by the Canadian Delegation of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House of Savoy. HRH Prince Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy was the guest of honor. Funds were raised for Canadian Veterans. The event was organized by the Canadian Delegate Cav. Joseph Ruffolo. Read More
Savoy Foundation Launches-Chivalry For Children's Causes Campaign With Grant to Caterina's Club of Southern California
New York City
June 11, 2019
NEW YORK (NEW YORK) - The Savoy Foundation launched a new campaign initiative - Chivalry for Children’s Causes - with the presentation of a substantial grant to the Southern California-based charity, Caterina’s Club, for its work providing meals, housing and job training for disadvantaged children and families. The grant was presented to founder Cavaliere Bruno Serato during the Festa della Primavera Annual Spring Event on June 11, 2019 in New York City.
NEW YORK (NEW YORK) - The American Delegation of Savoy Orders organized its annual table at the Path To Peace Foundation Gala. The 2019 recipient of the Path to Peace Award was Church in Need, honored for its humanitarian and pastoral work in support of persecuted Christians around the world. His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations is the president of the Path to Peace Foundation.