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AWCD President’s Message

Welcome to the American Women’s Club of Düsseldorf website.

The AWCD was founded in 1959 and has a strong reputation in Düsseldorf of supporting those in need – not only via our charitable work, but also in helping members either in need of assistance, or simply looking for a social network. In the early years the club played a critical role in connecting members to the English speaking world. With the onset of the internet the club has recreated itself due to the many other options available. Instead of being replaced by the internet, the club was able to use this tool to expand our range of offerings for members with varying interests and living in different parts of the city or surrounding areas.

Our club enjoys a very diverse membership that is bound together by the English language. There are many members who are here for a few short years and are grateful for an English-speaking group for both the support it brings and for the fun and friendship it provides. We also have a large group of women who have been living in Düsseldorf for a long time who enjoy the connection with things familiar, as well as members who do not speak English as a mother tongue but wish to be around people who do.

I have mentioned the social aspect of the club but would be remiss if I did not mention what I consider the equally important other critical aspects of the club – our charity work and our involvement with FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas).

Charity – the club supports numerous charity organizations with our main focus on women and children. Each year we work to support various local charities not only with monetary collections, but also, for example, by preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for a local women’s shelter, collecting items (sometimes new, sometime gently used) for donation or volunteering our time. Each member can give as little or as much as they feel comfortable with.

FAWCO - we have been a FAWCO member for many years and to be honest it was not until recently that I began to fully appreciate the work of this organization. I attended my first conference last year because we hosted it in Düsseldorf and I felt it was my obligation to attend. Since that experience I voluntarily attended the spring conference and have plans to continue with regular attendance. So what changed my mind? As a long term resident of Germany I am well aware of issues that face American’s overseas, and there are many of them. FAWCO not only focuses on global issues such as education, environment, health and human rights, but they represent Americans living overseas through their representation within the UN, as well as their active work in many areas including US voting, tax , banking and citizenship.

So whether you are interested in charity work, improving your English, meeting new people, learning more about American’s rights overseas, or joining just to have access to our many events and activities, the club would love to have you as a member!

Whether you are new to the Düsseldorf-Ruhr region or a long time resident looking for something unique, the AWCD offers an environment for internationally-minded individuals looking to make a difference. With over 200 women from many countries around the world, we are always happy to welcome new members into our group. I hope to meet you at one of our events soon!

Liebe Grüße aus Düsseldorf

Alisa Cook-Röhs

President, AWCD Board 2016-2017

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