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 English woman 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 all local women to meet and exchange ideas. The English-language library was set up in Bodio Lomnago in 1994, open to the general public. Through its fund-raising activities the club has supported many local charities through the years.