Recent & Upcoming Activities

  • Donate to the Veneto Relief Fund! In July, 2015, Veneto Region, Italy was hit by a surprise and violent tornado. There was one death, many were injured, and the loss of historical property was high. The Regional Government was still dealing with the clean up from the tornado when the Region was hit with heavy rain which caused flash flooding and landslides. Besides injuries and loss of property, there were 3 deaths. The Governor of Veneto Region-Governor Luca Zaia declared a state of emergency in the area where the deaths occurred. The citizens of Iowa are all too familiar with the damage, both physically and mentally, that tornados and flash flooding inflict. Our sister state relationship with Veneto is not only an avenue for exchange in the best of times, but also looked to as a source of strength in challenging times.   

    ​The funds raised will be sent directly to the Veneto Regional government via ISS. Donations are still being accepted, please click the form below to make a contribution to the Veneto Relief Fund. 



The Veneto Region of Italy entered into a sister state relationship with the state of Iowa through an official agreement signed by Governor Terry Branstad and Assessore Pierluigi Bolla in December of 1997. The Veneto Region is located in northeast Italy and extends from the Adriatic Sea to the Dolomites. This relationship has resulted in a variety of exchanges over the years. Team Veneto has participated in RAGBRAI regularly for nearly two decades!


Meet the Leadership

Paolo Bartesaghi, Co-Chair

Paolo joined ISS in 1998. In addition to co-chairing the Veneto Committee, he is also the current Board President.

Paolo was born in Lecco, Italy and worked in the fashion industry in Milan for many years. He moved to Des Moines in 1997 and owns Accenti, a retail store East Village, Des Moines. Paolo serves on numerous boards and committees, including Drake Fine Arts and the Italian-American Cultural Center.

Michael LaValle, Co-Chair

Coming soon!

Veneto Region, Italy