In April 2015 we have festively celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Benvenuto International Club of Varese in a solemn way. The first Board meeting of Benvenuto Varese was held in 1985, and some of the Founding Members are still active in the club! The Benvenuto was the brain-child of Ilby Dyboski, an Englishwoman married to a Pole who had been a member of the Milan Benvenuto Club. The mission was to offer a warm welcome to all English-speaking women in the area.

Today this has been extended to providing the opportunity for local women to meet and exchange ideas with the foreigners. The English-language library was set up in Bodio Lomnago in 1994, open to the general public. There are external and internal websites, to provide information not only about the club but also about what is going on in the area. Through its fund-raising activities the club has supported many local charities through the years.