Federation of American Women's Clubs

FAWCO meeting in Berlin

Early in November, Mary Stewart Burgher and Clarice Scott attended the meeting in Berlin of the FAWCO clubs in Region 5 (Benelux, Austria and Germany). See photo album online, including shots of Mary Stewart and Clarice (FAWCO Meeting Berlin).

Mumbai Conference

FAWCO President Monica Jubayli reminded us that FAWCO’s 43rd biennial conference would take place in Mumbai, India on 30 March–2 April 2017 (http://www.fawco.org/home/conferences/mumbai-2017). It’s not too late to sign up! One of its important activities will be to choose the next project to pursue the target program for 2017–2019. The program will focus on raising money for a project for the education of women and girls, which is the best investment anyone can make in both these people and their societies. Eighteen projects were proposed to FAWCO; 3–5 finalists will be announced in early January and all member clubs can vote on which project to choose in the first two weeks of February. Be sure you contribute to AWC Denmark’s vote! The winning project will be announced at the Mumbai Conference. See the FAWCO website for further details (https://www.fawco.org/global-issues/target-program/target-program-education).

Another task of the Conference is to elect a new FAWCO Board for 2017–2019. AWC Denmark’s own Mary Stewart Burgher will be nominated for the post of Secretary, and has already agreed to act as Secretary during the Conference, as the current holder of the office cannot attend. Wish her luck!

Berlin discussions and fundraising

As with any FAWCO event, the Region 5 meeting included:

  • fundraising for FAWCO’s efforts to fight human trafficking;
  • discussions of issues faced by member clubs: how to raise clubs’ profiles in social media (do we have a volunteer to coordinate AWC Denmark’s social-media presence?) and the aims and methods of increasing membership; and
  • discussions of topics of general interest: dealing with aging parents at long distance, and programs to integrate refugees into society.

Speaking of fundraising, Mary Stewart took her holiday earrings to Berlin, and sold €70-worth (close to 600 kr.) to benefit AWC Denmark’s charity work. In spare moments, meeting participants enjoyed Berlin’s cafés and went to dinner at an Egyptian restaurant. All FAWCO meetings are an irresistible combination of fun and work to help people. Do attend the next ones!

Did You Know That  ...

FAWCO offers AWC members’ children and grandchildren scholarships, as well as opportunities to explore the world with other young people. They do not need to hold USA passports to participate. See more about this on the FAWCO Foundation website.







Mary Stewart Burgher

Mary Stewart Burgher