Benvenuti a Vicenza

It’s spring and with that comes a lot of VCC activity!

We’re holding elections for the 2019-2020 board on April 17 and we need members to step forward into these leadership positions. If you have experience with non-profits, event planning, fundraising or community building, we are still accepting applications and hope you’ll consider joining next year’s team. Deadline to apply is April 15.

Scholarship applications are being accepted through midnight April 28, 2019.  We know time is short for submitting applications this year, so we are accepting “unofficial” transcripts with a specific caveat.  If an applicant with a unofficial transcript is selected, we MUST receive the applicant’s official transcript with no significant changes PRIOR to disbursement of the scholarship funds.

And last, but not least, we are planning a re-opening ceremony for the Thrift Store on April 17 at 1100 hours. I hope you’ll stop by and see what our volunteers have done with the store and to hear about the progress we are making. We’ll have cake and punch and the Garrison Commander will be there to lead our ribbon-cutting ceremony.

I hope you’re enjoying our new website. I look forward to meeting you before the end of this year. Thank you to all our members and the Vicenza Military Community at-large for your decades of support.

Arlene Baptiste,

President
Vicenza Community Club
president@vccitaly.org

2019-2020 Executive Board Nominations Slate

Election Takes Place April 17

Slate for 2019-2020 Elected Board Members

The following candidates have been put forward by the nominating committee for next year’s elected board positions. These individuals have been selected for their expertise and broad experience.

Executive Board, Elected Positions 

President – Bevin Landrum

1st Vice President – Dee Hawkins

2nd Vice President – Anni Grieve

Secretary – Stephanie Addleman

Treasurer – Dawn McNevin

The vote will occur at our April 17 meeting with an in-person, member-only ballot.  Members who cannot attend may submit an absentee ballot for a period of one week prior beginning April 7. Members voting absentee must vote from an email address that is associated with their VCC account. Write-in candidates are allowed but must be individuals who are eligible to serve to be considered.  Members may not vote by proxy and there will be no nominations from the floor.  To request an absentee ballot please email parliamentarian@vccitaly.org.

The VCC is still accepting applications for appointed positions on the general board. For more information, please click HERE.

Below you’ll find more details on the individuals slated for the Executive Board:

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President – Bevin Landrum

Bevin Landrum is a military brat and seasoned Army spouse. She grew up in Georgia, but has lived around the world over the last 28 years. Bevin wants to use over 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, event planning, community engagement, and marketing communications to help positively impact the VMC. Prior volunteer positions include serving at all levels of spouse club leadership, including serving as the 1st Vice President for VCC this year. She was instrumental in the reorganization and compliance review this year and has invested many hours to ensure that VCC is able to serve our community for years to come. Bevin has also helped rebuild other clubs from low to high attendance and create positive interaction and community engagement. She has spearheaded fundraisers earning $15-90K and managed 100s of volunteers in the execution of over 12,000 volunteer hours. Bevin has also served on the boards of numerous other non-profits as President, Secretary, Strategy & Vision Committee, Membership, Fundraising, Corporate Engagement Chair and Event Planner. For the last eight years she has owned her own marketing and communications firm helping non-profits and small businesses successfully manage their programs and market growth through website development, social media, print media, content writing, magazine editing, and other platforms. She most recently managed the development communications for a nonprofit with a $16M annual revenue stream. Since arriving in Vicenza, she has enthusiastically jumped into the Vicenza Military Community including participation with the USARAF FRG, CWOC, Book Club, Vicenza Vino Adventures and the Vicenza Welcome Brigade. Bevin thrives on activity and is committed to serving those around her. Bevin has a Master’s in Public Relations and earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee.

1st Vice President – Dee Hawkins

Dee Hawkins is the wife of a 25-year Air Force veteran. Although her family is from Texas, she grew up all over the world as a military Navy brat. No stranger to Italy, Dee went to 1st through 3rd grades in Catania, Sicily when her father was stationed at Sigonella in the late 60s. Her youngest brother was born in Naples. She has more than 30 years of experience in public affairs, media relations, marketing, communications and strategic planning with military, corporate and nonprofit companies maximizing opportunities. Her volunteer experience includes serving as a board member for organizations such as Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau, Benton-Franklin Humane Society, PIO for Wildland Fire and Hazmat Team; City of Richland WA economic development advisory board and has been an advisor to the Tri-Cities Fraternal Order of Police.  She has worked as a Senior Communications Specialist for Lockheed Martin for the Department of Energy’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation; Public Affairs/State Legislative Director for the Tri-City Economic Development Council;  Marketing & Communications Director for Benton Rural Electric Association; Public Affairs Specialist for HQ AAFES-Europe Munich and Nuernberg (1984-1994). Currently, she serves as a reservist Public Information Officer for a National Type 1 Incident Management Team responding to national disasters out of San Antonio. She and her husband recently moved to Vicenza from Kaiserslautern (USAG Rheinland-Pfalz), and together, they have 4 grown children — 3 boys and a daughter. They currently have two bulldogs and a cat who make up their home these days. Dee received her public affairs background and training with DINFOS.  Dee is looking forward to using her experience to help the VCC thrive and serving the VMC community. She and her husband have served overseas many times and love being back in Europe–especially Italy!

2nd Vice President – Anni Grieve

Anni is a military spouse of 16 years, with more than one overseas duty station under her belt. She is proud of her military family which includes two children: Ayden 13 and Victoria 10. Anni has spent most of her adult life as a military spouse; handling PCS moves, deployments, training exercises, and adapting to new homes every couple of years. Before marrying Justin, Anni enjoyed a wonderful career in the Technology and Customer Service industries. She is and always has been very family oriented and been blessed with a wonderful extended family and support system. To Anni, the military community is part of that family, and as such, she is determined to do everything she can to help it flourish.

Secretary – Stephanie Addleman

After receiving my MBA, I spent 10 years as a working professional in various industries. I spent four years as a retail buyer, three years in college admissions, and three years running my business. Through this work experience, I have acquired a unique business skill set that could be a benefit to the VCC. My strong communication skills and ability to work with a dynamic team are some examples.

Treasurer – Dawn McNevin

My life has been blessed with adventure after adventure. I have been married to a very patient man for over thirty years and we have three daughters (28, 25, 17) whom I adore. Moving around the world over twenty times has taught me patience and given me a zest for life at the same time. Living in different countries has taught me patience and respect for other cultures and has broadened my outlook on the world. I have always believed that we get back what we put into life – it is a priority of mine to be involved in the community in which we live. I am an outgoing and enthusiastic person by nature and enjoy collaborating with others as a team. My hobbies are bridge, tennis and I love to walk. Moving to Italy is yet another adventure in the road of life that I am looking forward to experiencing.

Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Application Deadline is April 28, 2019

We are thrilled to open our scholarship application season.  Here are some details to help you prepare and we encourage all potential applicants to visit our Scholarship Page for more information.  Because of the delay, the application window will only be from April 1-28.  All applications must be submitted in person, emailed or postmarked by midnight, April 28, 2019.  We understand this is a limited timeframe for receiving official transcripts from the mainland.  To mitigate this issue, we will accept uncertified transcripts with the application, but all award recipients must provide an official, certified transcript direct from their school(s) prior to the scholarship disbursement.


Eligibility Criteria for VCC Scholarships

Manetti Scholarship:

Applicant must be a high school senior, or a post-secondary student who has applied for admission to or enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational training school AND have a parent/sponsor who was an active member of the VCC on Dec 31, 2018. Manetti Scholarships Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university or technical school and be enrolled as a full-time student for the upcoming 2019/20 school year.

Fondi Scholarship:

Applicant must have been a current member of the Vicenza Community Club as of Dece 31, 2018, who has applied for admission or been accepted to an accredited college, university or vocational training school. Fondi Scholarship Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university or technical school and may attend school on a part-time basis.

For the purposes of defining accreditation the VCC follows the Veterans Administration WEAMS institution database.

In addition to scholarships, the VCC is helping to fund this year’s VHS Senior Class Graduation.

SAVE THE DATE – April 17, 2019 at 11 a.m.

Please join the VCC for an Open House and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at the Thrift Store at Camp Ederle.  We’ll have cake and punch. We are still in the process of getting the necessary paperwork filed and ready so we can officially reopen the Thrift Store in the near future.  While we won’t be having any sales at this event, we hope you’ll stop by to learn more about our progress and help us celebrate the fact that we WILL be reopening the Thrift Store very soon!  Donations are being accepted by appointment (between 10 .m. and 4 p.m.) at this time.  If you’d like to make an appointment, please message us on the VCC Thrift Store Facebook Page.

VCC Moves Forward With Reorganization

Motion to Incorporate Passes

As many of you know, the VCC has been undergoing a rigorous reorganization to fully comply with all regulations and laws that apply to us.  The good news is that the motion to incorporate passed at the recent all membership vote held March 21 at the Golden Lion.

Official Articles of Incorporation

The resulting votes allowed the Vicenza Community Club to file and receive its official Articles of Incorporation!

Tellers Report

The motion under consideration was whether to proceed with VCC incorporation as recommended by the VCCs privately retained legal counsel; to seek 501(c)3 federal tax exempt status; and to form a separate LLC for operating the Thrift Store that would be a wholly-owned subsidiary of the VCC 501(c)3 organization. The vote required a quorum of 40.

  • Votes Cast: 46
  • Votes Required for
    a Simple Majority: 26
  • Votes in Favor: 37
  • Votes Against: 9

Three tellers were present. Each performed a separate count and submitted separate reports with no discrepancies found.

Being incorporated, the VCC now can resume accepting membership applications and begin taking board member position applications for the 2019-2020 elections immediately.  The Articles of Incorporation also positioned the VCC to take the necessary steps to legally operate the Thrift Store, which will be opening in the near future.

Thank you for your support and vote of confidence.  The VCC looks forward to continuing to provide the Vicenza Military Community with outstanding programming, social connections, volunteer service, community enrichment grants and scholarships for many years to come.

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Mission

We support worthwhile community projects, needs and services by fairly and equitably distributing all Community Enrichment monies generated from our Thrift Store, and other USAG Italy approved fundraising events.

VCC sets an example for the USAG Italy community by always working together in an inclusive spirit of volunteerism, mentorship, and hospitality.

We also support and empower the Caserma Ederle and Del Din through service to others and community building.

Furthermore, the VCC has many programs that offer our members opportunities to become involved in educational, philanthropic, cultural, creative and social activities.

VCC is a private organization operating on post with USAG Italy approval, but not affiliated with the U.S. Army or Caserma Ederle.

Join

Our membership opportunities are inclusive and diverse.  We welcome spouses from all backgrounds and encourage community partnership. Many of our members bring a flair of international experience and cultural enrichment to our events. Membership is also open to Active Duty service members, retirees, DA civilian employees, and their spouses.  Host nation guests are eligible to join when sponsored by a member in good standing who holds SOFA status.

Because we also focus on social welfare, the VCC offers both social events and those intended to better our community on and off post. We encourage everyone to join and be a part of an organization that is committed to the ideal that we are better together.

Membership is $20 for an individual membership or $30 for a family membership and is available to all eligible participants. More information can be found on our 2019-2020 membership form.

Volunteer

Every board year promises a myriad of fabulous volunteer opportunities. Volunteering is at the heart of our organization and is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in our community and show our commitment to our values all while enjoying new friendships and camaraderie.

This year we are forming a pool of volunteers.  When you sign up for the pool, you will receive an email invite to participate in various activities.  Opportunities will also be included in our monthly newsletters, on social media and here on our website.

Community members, even those who are not VCC members, will periodically receive emails from the USAG AVC about opportunities to serve on VCC planning committees or help with our events.

Volunteering is always more fun with a friend. We encourage you to look left and right and bring a friend to the meeting–all are welcome. The choice is yours, whether to sign-up or not.  We hope you do!