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February 1st the official visit of the International President Phyllis Charter to District 211 took place. She was accompanied by her husband Paul Charter and by the Italian National Representative Cinzia Tomatis Fermani. The President of the Italian National Council Lina de Gioia-Carabellese was there too.
District 211Chairman Cristina La Grassa, Treasurer Giusy Curcuruto and Internet Manager Giovanna Grippi welcomed them at the airport.
After the initial greeting, the group headed to the Hotel Politeama where the guests were greeted by the National Vice President Angela Farina, the National Internet Manager Maria Rita Pillitteri and several members of District 211.
In the afternoon the meeting with the District members took place at Villa Chiaramonte Bordonaro, a villa immersed in a seductive and prestigious setting, typical of Ernesto Basile's art nouveau; the District Chairman presented the district programs and services.
The International President delivered an interesting and engaging speech; with her motto "together we can", she invited all IW members to cement friendship, reaffirm their identity and make their dreams come true.
Another exciting moment has been the delivery to the International President of the club banners by all the Club District Presidents who attended the meeting.
The evening was enlivened by the performance of the soprano Irina Pererva (member of IW) and by a dance company.
The evening was also attended by the National Vice President Angela Farina, the National Internet Manager Maria Rita Pillitteri, the Past National President Nuccia Adragna and the members of the District 211 Committee.
On the morning of February 2nd, the District Chairman Cristina La Grassa and members of the District 211 Committee, led by the Rotarian husband of an IW member, accompanied the guests to visit the Cathedral and the beautiful sight from its roofs, the Palatine Chapel (defined by Guy de Maupassant as the most beautiful church in the world), the Royal Apartments and the Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. The visit ended with a quick lunch in the foyer of Teatro Massimo.
Giovanna Grippi Gianquinto