Wow! Thank you Vicenza Military Community.
After reorganizing the VCC and getting all of the legal ducks in a row, the VCC happily reopened the Vicenza Thrift Store on May 7. Sales for the day reached more than $2,500…that means more dollars for community engagement, philanthropy, education and programs. We earmark 80% of store profit after salaries and overhead for philanthropy efforts and use 20% for programs and community events. We rely on high quality donations from the Vicenza Military Community to drive the life-cycle of our operations. We truly appreciate everyone’s ongoing support through donations and volunteering. We are successful because of you.
VOLUNTEERS
The Thrift Store welcomes any VCC active-duty member or family member from age 12 on up. Volunteers must meet all ACS requirements for volunteering and register in VMIS via MyArmyOnceSource. Additionally, we encourage community groups, FRGs, teens and other job-seekers looking to get experience for college applications and resumes to consider applying on a selection basis.
For more information about the VCC Thrift Store, please visit the Thrift Shop websiteor the Facebook page
We are so lucky to be in beautiful Italy! It would be a shame to not take advantage of all Vicenza has to offer! We’d love to have you as part of our active community. When you join, you get to:
  • Meet others who have similar interests.
  • Join in on fun events while giving back to the Vicenza Military Community.
  • Get involved and stay active with a great group of people.
  • Enjoy member benefits, shopping perks and discounts at local stores.
  • Ensure eligibility for college scholarships.
  • Qualify for special “member only” events and prizes.
Join or renew your membership today! Download Membership Application
Our successes are something we don’t take for granted. In order to be successful and serve the community in the best manner, the Vicenza Community Club needs talented and dedicated folks who want to have fun and be part of a great organization that works hard to give back to the VMC community.
Volunteer work also is a great way to build your experience on your resume.
Currently we have a few appointed board positions still unfilled. They are:
  • Decorations Chair
  • Ways & Means Chair
  • Property Manager
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Webmaster Chair
If you are interested, please view the job descriptions on the link below. We would love to have you!
You can find all of the job descriptions at
There is still time to get your Spring Carnival Wristbands!
Anyone purchasing a combination Spring Carnival Wristband and a 2019-2020 PTSA Membership will be entered to win a VCC Membership!
We will be giving away 4 Memberships!
Spring Carnival
VES/VMS MPR
May 10th – 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

On  April 17, 2019 at 10 a.m., the VCC will elect its next Executive Board. For those interested in applying for a board position, please note the deadlines below.   You can use this application to apply for multiple positions using one simple, electronic form.  BOARD ONLINE APPLICATION

  • ELECTED Positions (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) — You must be an Active Member of the Vicenza Community Club and intend to hold office for the 2019-2020 board year from 1 June 2019 until 31 May 2020.  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27
  • APPOINTED Positions — You must be eligible to become an Active Member of the Vicenza Community Club and intend to hold office for the 2019-2020 board year from 1 June 2019 until 31 May 2020. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, APRIL 15.

The VCC Nominations Committee seeks 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 17 meeting with an in-person, member-only ballot.  Members who cannot attend may submit an absentee ballot from a verified email for a period of one week prior to the elections.  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.

Information about all positions comprising the VCC Executive and General Board can be found HERE.

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 20 at the Golden Lion.  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.

“Grazie!” to everyone who participated in the November vote on the revised 2018-2020 VCC Constitution, and to the General Board for their careful review and vote on the revised 2018-202 By-laws. The revised constitution passed by an overwhelming majority, with 91% of the participating members voting “yes,” and a quorum having been established. The revised by-laws were approved unanimously by the General Board on December 4th. Both documents can be accessed on our VCC website. http://vccitaly.org/about/

The VCC board was thrilled to present the revised constitution in person to the fifty-six VCC members present at the November general membership meeting and luncheon at Villa delle Rose in Vicenza. VCC Members who were not able to attend the luncheon engaged in discussion about the revised constitution through email questions, and reviewing the proposed constitution on the website. Whether members learned about the proposed revisions online or in person, all votes were cast electronically so that each member’s voice was heard equally. We appreciate everyone’s participation in the process.

After the VCC Membership voted to approve the revised constitution, additional work began to similarly update and approve revised by-laws that reflect the content and language of the constitutional revisions. The By-laws Review Committee worked on a demanding schedule, and were able to complete their updates in time to present to the Executive and General boards for their approval at the December board meeting. The updated VCC By-laws were approved for adoption by the General Board, and went into effect, on December 4th, 2018.

“Grazie Mille!” to all the committee members who invested their time and energy to read, listen, research, and collaborate on these durable revisions that clarify and confirm the VCC is operating in accordance with current Army, USAREUR, and DoD regulations, and that we are mirroring the best practices of similar community clubs operating under SOFA guidelines.

The VCC’s revised constitution and by-laws ensure our compliance with our approving authority and the laws and regulations under which we operate; establish checks and balances that ensure the smooth operation of the club; and facilitate better understanding of the basic social and financial obligations of the club and each of its member categories.

Hearty thanks to each of you who gave your time and attention to being part of this process. Our members truly are the best!


VCC Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Bring your best decorating tips, and be prepared for some fast and furious decorating at the first annual VCC holiday gingerbread house decorating contest.  Gingerbread house kits, extra icing and candy for decorating will be provided on the tables. Each kit will be provided a foil wrapped base for their house. Only what is on the base at the end of the competition will be judged.
Rules

  • Members seated at a table are in charge of working together to decorate the kit(s) provided at their table.  
  • If a table is large there may be two kits and members should agree upon which members work together on each kit.
  • Entries may include other structures such as train stations, barns, birdhouses, lighthouses, bridges, ships, or other imaginative dwellings.
  • The gingerbread house itself must be constructed mainly of the gingerbread and icing provided. Styrofoam and other support materials are not permitted.
  • All components of the display, except for the base, must be made of edible materials. Edible materials include candy, nuts, cereal, cookies, crackers, pasta, and other food items that do not include wrappers or sticks. Wrappers should be removed from candy and other decorations.
  • Luncheon attendees may bring icing tips, extra candy, cookies or other items from home to help their table.

Timeline

  • Guests may begin decorating as soon as they have checked in and selected a table and at least half the table is full.
  • Guests may not decorate during the guest presentation.
  • Guests may resume decorating during and after luncheon before the deadline.
  • The contest will stop at or about 1 PM.

Judging

  • Entries will be judged on: Overall appearance (30 pts), Originality/Creativity (30 pts), Workmanship/Technique (30 pts), Difficulty (10 pts). J
  • Judging will be at the end of the luncheon on December 12, 2018.
  • The Executive Board and a Guest Judge from the venue will judge the winners.
  • Members of the winning team will receive $10 off their January luncheon fee.

 

This year’s Sub-club Chairman is Lynnette Pfaff who can be reached at subclubs@vccitaly.org.  Please note that a few of the Sub-club groups  listed below are still in need of leadership.  We can’t get things going without a someone to plan the fun.  Groups in need of a volunteer are noted with an asterisk. If one of these groups piques your curiosity, then please contact Lynnette to volunteer.  She is currently planning a meeting for sub-club leaders to plan out events for the rest of the board year.  Also, if you have a great hobby and you think others would be interested in joining, please bring it to our attention.

VCC Sub-clubs include:

  • Wonderful Wednesday
  • Cooking*
  • Antiquing
  • Bowling*
  • Exploring with Littles*
  • Scotch & Cigars*
  • Hiking Club*
  • Wine Liaison
  • Couples Dinner Club
  • Photography
  • Crafting Club
  • Lunch Bunch  
  • Book Club Liaison*
  • International Group*