My Visits in Italy - March 2022

Workshop with the District South-East, FIDAPA, at the University in Bari on March 25, 2022

Maria Nuccio, the President of the District South-East of BPW Italy, invited the President to a workshop at the University of Bari where also the National President, Fiammetta Perrone, was present. BPW International President Catherine spoke about New Actions for Cooperation, the bpw.directory, the Projects of Clubs and Federations and supporting the Ukrainian Refugees. The Executive Finance Officer Eufemia Ippolito introduced and coordinated the meeting. The day ended with a dinner with the Presidents and members of the District. The International President received a very warm welcome.
1) University of Bari: (from left) Fiammetta Perrone, President FIDAPA BPW Italy, Dr. Catherine Bosshart, BPW International President 2021-2024, Maria Nuccio, President of the District South-East, Eufemia Ippolito, BPW International EFO 2021-2024

2) Galadinner
3) (from left) Fiammetta Perrone, President FIDAPA BPW Italy, Dr. Catherine Bosshart, BPW International President 2021-2024

Visit of FIDAPA Matera, Lecce and Gallipoli, March 26 - 27, 2022

The next day, the District President introduced International President Catherine to the beautiful cities of Matera and Lecce. The day ended with another festive dinner in Lecce and a presentation of a “Pizzica” dance which is typical of the region of Salento in Puglia. The visit continued with a guided tour of the baroque pearl of Lecce the next day and the quaint city of Gallipoli where the participants were given an introduction into religious traditions of the region. Thanks to the whole District for their warm welcome and their hospitality.
Fotos: Matera - Lecce Santa Croce and Galadinner - Gallipoli Oratorio

Preparing the Leaders' Summit in Orvieto on 30 April 2022

On 30 March 2022, the International President met with the Past National President Pia Petrucci, the President of the District Centro Anna Maria Turchetti and her secretary for coffee and discussed the programme.

Visit with the Club Presidents of the Roma & Roma Campidoglio Clubs, Rome

On 30 March 2022, the President of BPW International met with the President of the Rome Club and the  Rome Campidoglio Club, Dr. Annamaria Nassisi and Maria Antonelli. The International President was invited to the event on April 22, 2022, and to the Candle Lighting Ceremony on the same day.

Candle lighting ceremonies in Sicily (Bagheria) and District Assembly of Sicily (Santo Stefano), March 31 – April 3, 2022

On 31 March 2022, International President Catherine was invited to a Candle Lighting Ceremony of the seven Clubs Altavilla Milicia, Bagheria, Caccamo, Casteldaccia, Palermo Felicissima, Palermo Mondello and Villabate in the gorgeous villa Ramacca in Bagheria. On April 1 the Candle Lighting Ceremony followed for the Club Termini Imerese in Palazzo Villarosa in Bagheria. On April 2-3 the District Assembly of Sicily followed in Santo Stefano where the International President presented the new initiatives of BPW International, the directory, the projects and the help for the Ukrainian refugees. The VP Membership Dr. Giuseppina Seidita introduced and coordinated the meeting. It was a wonderful experience to connect again with our Sicilian members. As always, the Clubs excelled in hospitality and the warmth of their welcome.