AILO Florence

AILO Florence

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I have been in a Florence now for 21 months.  The first year was about getting familiar to my new country, my neighborhood, new lifestyle and new friends.  When you have worked most of your life it does take sometime to get adjusted to not working on a regular basis.  I love it here and I know I made the right decision for Zoe and I. 

About 9 months ago I decided I wanted to Find products for my retail clients in California. I love the hunt and this is the perfect place.  It went very well so I intend to do more of it this year and I will be posting about that at a later date.

I also decided I wanted to get involved In some charity work. I have a nice life and am very grateful for being able to do what I want.  I don’t want to become self-centered and selfish.

After talking to some friends and acquaintances I found AILO. The American International League of Florence is a charitable organization, based in Florence.  It was founded in 1975 and its members come from all parts of the world.

AILO’s mission is to contribute to community well-being through programs of social assistance and fundraising for charity within the city of Florence. It was exactly what I was looking for.

Funds are mainly raised through the annual Christmas Bazaar held on the first weekend In December.

At the time of the Bazaar I had just joined so I cannot take any credit for the hard work that these ladies did in the part year.

But what I could do is go and do some shopping.  This table is all about our four legged friends, which I am happy to say are very much loved in Italy.

All the baked good were homemade by various members. One of the members, Begga, made 750 cookies.  I can confirm first hand they were delicious. I bought several packs to take as hostess gifts but they never left my house.

 

 

 

 

This is Judi Roselle-Cecconi the president of AILO and santa is her husband .  I am so impressed by all of the board members who work very hard but also want everyone to have a good time.  

 

 

The clothes are the big hit of the bazaar thanks to Roberta Magni who does an unbelievable job throughout the yearsorting and storing them in her apartment.

This cute guy makes beautiful things out of olive wood and I bought a beautiful piece.

 

Before Christmas AILO has a dinner at the American Consulate that I was excited to go to. 

The security to get in was long and thorough but it was worth it.  

 

 

 

BJ is a member of AILO also from California and Victor is my buddy who moved here last September.

Always ready for a persecco.  Love his green coat.

They look so elegant.

Always look up for a nice treat.

Two wonderful ladies that I am so happy to know, both board members who inspire me in so many ways .Begga Leifsdottir on the left takes care of community service and through her I have gotten involved with Caritas. It’is a Catholic charity that feeds the needy everyday of the year.  Go once a month and I am so happy to be there.

Roberta I mentioned earlier as the women who takes care of the clothes at the bazaar. She also host a fun event every month called Night Owl.

 

 

Begga with her beautiful daughter and handsome husband. 

 

Consul General Benjamin Wohlauser who is the Honorary a President Of AILO gave a nice speech welcoming us to the evening event as well as praising AILO for all their good work. Maria Terese Medri is our Vice President and past President. 

LIFE IS GOOD,

19 Responses

  1. Terry
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    Good to hear from you and read your post! This seems to be a worthy case. Giving back is very important. When one is given much, one owes much.
    David and I are returning to Florence 1 September for the month. Anxious to see you again!

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you. I look forward to it.

  2. Lu
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    Lovely to see the new life you have made for yourself, Sally. Thank you for sharing!

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you that means a lot to me.

  3. Catherine
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    Good to hear from you…
    I just moved the candle production to NJ and I am no longer pouring!!!! What a relieve – I can now focus on more important thinks!…
    I also decide to develop a wearable side – accessories for now – wyou will see as I will keep posting on Instagram – sending you and Zoe lots of kisses and hugs
    Catherine.

    • sally carrocino
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      Nice to hear from you. I am sure i will want some of Your things. My throws are some of my favorite things in my apartment

  4. gabriella guerci
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    Very well done, Sally.
    Good experiences at the service of less lucky people make life more valuable.
    Gabriella

    • sally carrocino
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      You are so right.

  5. Efrat
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    So glad to be reading your blog again, Sally!

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you for the encouragement.

  6. Colleen
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    Welcome back with the blog!

    Wonderful story, and so nice to read about the charity.

  7. Richard Greenwood
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    Where have you been? It’s been too long since you posted. Good to have you back.

    Dick Greenwood

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you I really appreciate that. Just had a little hiatus

  8. Darlene
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    Oh how I would love to shop at the Bazaar. An how kind to share and be part of the community and give back. Thank you for sharing your adventures.

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you Darlene your words of encouragement are very much appreciated. I took a little break from the blog and now I’m back.

  9. Billie Vrtiak
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    Hi Sally. So great to hear from you. It’s easy to see you and Zoe have a happy life and I’m happy for you. Things are slowly improving here. Our little Montecito community is really pulling together…it’s great to see. Hugs to you both, Billie

    • sally carrocino
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      Thank you Billie so good to hear from you.

  10. Begga Leifsdottir
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    Dear Sally, thanks for this wonderful blog and I’m so glad that you became a member of AILO and that I have you and Zoe now in my life

  11. Jaclyn
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    Life is good! Love this post. I’m so happy for you. Skype date soon. Xx

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