The VCC is looking for energetic individuals to volunteer in the following areas listed below. For more information about these positions please reach out to one of our Executive Board members at any time for details about the job description and duties.  We are a super fun group working to improve the community in which we live while making friends and having a great time in bella Italia.  We have monthly board meetings, plan the luncheons and other annual events like the Gala and CIAO Conference and help connect those around us to opportunities for social interaction and community enrichment.

  • Hospitality
  • Historian
  • Publicity
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Property Manager
  • Social Media Manager

During November’s luncheon, VCC club members competed against one another in six “Price is Right,” prize showcases and it was “Game-On!”  The roof was definitely raised at the Villa delle Rose with our loud enthusiasm for the game. There were lots of winners throughout the luncheon and the grand prize winner walked away with an adorable pink Barbie car!  That’s how the last showcase of the game ends on TV, right? Yes, a car was won!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Angel Tree, as the monthly philanthropy. VCC members donated toys and €23 and $32 in cash which was delivered to Army Community Services. The lucky “Price is Right” showcase winner even donated their new, pink, Barbie car to ACS. The board will be presenting the toys and cash to ACS in early December.  

A bit of business was taken care of at the luncheon with the membership voting on an updated version of the VCC Constitution as well as the 2018-2019 VCC Budget.

Nothing defines life in Italy more than a stroll through ancient family olive orchards.  VCC members recently enjoyed a tour of Frantoio Salvagno in Verona where they learned how olives are harvested, and participated in the process. The highlight of the trip was experiencing a coveted taste of the freshly harvested olive oil.
Two groups attended the tour maximizing how many members could attend.  Both enjoyed lunch afterward at a local restaurant.
During the tour, members observed how olives are harvested and the process of pressing the oil and bottling it from start to finish.  The Salvagno family farm has both an old school cold pressing system and newer, automated systems that reduce the time from tree to bottle to as low as 15 minutes.  Members watched the delicious golden green oil flow freely and tasted it fresh from the press, unfiltered.

Monthly luncheon will be December 12 at Villa delle Rose, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Are you as obsessed with all the gorgeous glass demijohns as we are? But, maybe you aren’t sure how to use it in your home or how to dress it for fancy or low-key decor spaces. Perhaps you have a few demijohns but want to grow your collection based on knowledge, history, types and value. Then come to the VCC December luncheon to enjoy a private class on “All Things Demijohn.”

Given by our Vicenza Military Community neighbor Harold Estabrook, you’ll be surprised at how many beautiful options await the collector in you. Harold and his wife have spent years scouring Italy and beyond for the best and most unique demijohns. Come and learn from their experience.
Already have a demijohn or two or five? Sign up to bring your demijohn for display at the luncheon. There will be a prize for the people’s choice best dressed demijohn. Because of space requirements, only 20 people can participate. Please email and let Bevin know you want to bring your demijohn to the luncheon.

There is ample parking on site in the restaurant lot, but carpooling is recommended.  Our event is upstairs in a private space. The €23 price includes one trip to the extensive buffet, coffee, tea, water and dessert. Prosecco and red wine will be available on the honor system.
The deadline for luncheon RSVPs is Monday Dec 10 by 5 pm. Cancellations after that time and no-shows will be invoiced for their luncheon cost.
Nursing infants and lap babies are welcome, otherwise we encourage you to make hourly care arrangements with the CDC.  
There are two ticket purchasing options.  Pay online via PayPal or credit card, or pay cash at the door. RSVP and get your ticket below. 

The VCC Holiday Dough Bowl auction is Dec. 6 from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Golden Lion conference center.  
Let’s begin by answering the question, “what is a dough bowl?”  Dough bowls were used daily throughout history for making bread. The dough was rolled out, left to rise, and later bread or biscuits were baked.  A good cook always left a handful of starter dough for the next day in the bowl and it was stored there overnight. The bowls the VCC will have up for auction on Dec 6 can indeed still be used in traditional ways – but are also beautiful as decorative tabletop displays or for storage to hold magazines, rolled towels, washcloths, or odds and ends.  

The dough bowl auction date, Dec 6 was chosen because it coincides with the USAG Italy tree lighting ceremony which also begins at 4 p.m. and will be held in front of the installation theater.  The Vicenza community is invited to attend both activities. When the need comes to warm up from the outdoor festivities and ceremony, please come to the Golden Lion and place your auction bid for a lovely, festively decorated dough bowl while enjoying hot cocoa and cookies provided by the USO.  Besides making bids on your favorite bowl, you will also be able to increase your odds of becoming a winner by buying tickets for a chance to win one of the fabulous donated gift bowls.