Benvenuti a Vicenza

Welcome to our returning members and a special welcome to our newest and potential  members! Our board has worked tirelessly this year to accomplish some very high level organization and compliance goals.  Unfortunately, this meant we had to postpone some fabulous activities we had in store for you. The great news is that we will soon hold elections for the 2019-2020 board and we need members to step forward into these leadership positions.  If you have experience with non-profits, event planning, fundraising or community building, please consider joining next year’s team.

I hope you enjoy our newly designed 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 decades of support.

Arlene Baptiste,

President
Vicenza Community Club
president@vccitaly.org

Scholarship Application Window–April 1-25

Check back soon to download our 2019 scholarship application.

We are thrilled to be this close to opening 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 1-25.  All applications must be submitted in person, emailed or postmarked by midnight April 25.  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

For the 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 is an active member of the Vicenza Community Club. 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 2019-2020 school year.

For the Fondi Scholarship, applicant must be a current member of the Vicenza Community Club 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.

Membership Meeting Scheduled

March 20, 2019 at 10 a.m.

As you may have heard, the VCC is undergoing some serious reorganization in order to fully comply with all regulations and laws that apply to us.  All members are encouraged to join us at the Golden Lion for a meeting in which the General Board will present for a vote their unanimous recommendation on incorporation, non-profit status filing and other actions required.

The detailed plan we will present to our membership at the meeting ensures we comply with every legal requirement and that we will be able to continue providing programming, social connections, volunteer service, community enrichment grants and scholarships to the VMC for many years to come.

If you are a member, come be part of positive change for the VCC. We trust your shared commitment to service and philanthropy will help us do the only right and necessary thing.

Board Elections Slated

April 17, 2019 at 10 a.m.

On April 17, 2019, the VCC will elect their next Executive Board.  In just a few days, after the vote to reorganize, we will post the board application form via Google Forms. This application should be used to apply for both elected and appointed positions. You may apply for multiple positions using this one simple, electronic form.

  • To be considered for an elected position (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer), an applicant must be a current Active Member of the Vicenza Community Club and must intend to hold office for the 2019-2020 board year from 1 June 2019 until 31 May 2020. Remember, while we do have a temporary hold on memberships, we fully expect to accept member applications again once we have received our official confirmation of incorporation.   It’s not too late to join and to run for elected office next year.
  • To be considered for an appointed position, an applicant must be eligible to be an Active Member of the Vicenza Community Club and must intend to hold office for the 2019-2020 board year from 1 June 2019 until 31 May 2020.
  • The nominations committee is seeking all qualified applicants and will review potential nominees for the best skill fit, experience and commitment to the values of VCC.

The vote will occur at our April meeting with an in person member-only ballot.  Members who cannot attend, may submit an absentee ballot from a verified email for one week prior to the elections.  Members may not vote by proxy and there will be no nominations from the floor.

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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 2018-2019 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!