About Us

About us

The American Women's Club of Luxembourg was founded in 1959. Its mission is to foster and encourage social, educational, cultural and philanthropic activities among its members in Luxembourg and to assist in furthering American-Luxembourg relations.

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FAWCO

The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg is a member of FAWCO.

FAWCO is a valuable resource for members: everything from US citizenship issues, tax and banking to voting overseas. You can register on the FAWCO website for free and subscribe to their newsletters.

FAWCO offers a series of free information web seminars to inform Americans overseas how to be tax compliant. All you need to do is register through their Club Workshops page. There is also information about voting with FAWCO-OVF (Overseas Vote Foundation).


Are you a quilter?

Every year since 1995, FAWCO members throughout the world have contributed their creativity and sewing talents to the FAWCO Friendship Quilt.

This international collaboration has resulted in a unique collection of stunning handmade quilts. The greatly coveted finished product is raffled each year at the FAWCO annual conference in order to raise money for The Foundation's programs and charitable causes.

If you have any queries about FAWCO projects, please contact Paula Stewart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

What is FAWCO?

FAWCO is an international federation of independent organizations whose mission is

  • to build strong support networks for its American and international membership;

  • to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide;

  • to advocate for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas; and

  • to mobilize the skills of its membership in support of global initiatives for education, the environment, health and human rights.

Founded in 1931, FAWCO is a global women’s NGO (Non-Governmental Organization), an international network of independent volunteer clubs and associations comprising 65 member clubs in 35 countries worldwide, with a total membership of around 12,000. FAWCO serves as a resource and a voice for its members; seeks to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, especially in the areas of human rights, health, education and the environment; advocates for the rights of U.S. citizens overseas;  contributes to the global community through its Task Forces and The FAWCO Foundation, which provides development grants and education awards. Since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council.

 

The FAWCO Foundation

Founded in 1967, The FAWCO Foundation's mission is to put into action the interests of FAWCO in the global community by specifically aiding charitable, scientific and educational programs, and by supporting the rights of women and children throughout the world. FAWCO’s philanthropic "heart" is supported by the generous and caring spirit of our members.

The Foundation has restructured the Development Grants (DGs) to align them with FAWCO’s four areas of focus: Health, Education, Human Rights and Environment. There are currently Development Grants under each area of focus.

The FAWCO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO. Each spring, this amazing organization awards eight education awards plus six development Grants.

About Us

The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg (AWCL) is a non-profit, volunteer-run group serving women in Luxembourg and the surrounding region. It’s a registered Social Club as required by A.S.B.L laws (Associations Sans But Lucrative: non-profit organizations).

The AWCL formed in 1959 as a small, informal gathering. Today, we are proud to say that we number nearly 400 members from all around the world, including newcomers to ladies who have called Luxembourg home for many years now.

Members of the AWCL support each other as expats as they make their way through living in the Grand Duchy. All sorts of activities are offered and organized, for all ages and contexts. For all this and more, the AWCL has its own Clubhouse: a place where we meet, socialize and even take language classes.

As a club, we also work to help the less fortunate in our own community and around the world, so many philanthropic activities and events are part of our annual program.

The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg is a member of FAWCO, the Federation of Women’s Clubs Overseas.

History

In 1947, two young American women living in Luxembourg met and became friends. Mary Elvinger and Kappy Dupong were both married to Luxembourgers. Years later, Mary heard a woman speaking English in a store and introduced herself. The woman had been in Luxembourg for six weeks, and Mary was the first person who talked to her. Mary realized something must be done to welcome and help newcomers to Luxembourg.

Mary and Kappy joined forces with Marie Taylor, who was married to the First Secretary of the American Embassy. Marie contacted various club leaders in Europe and received advice and help from many, especially FAWCO.

After several discussions (many in Luxembourg, one in Paris) and a visit from a former FAWCO president, a small group took a formal vote to form the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg.

Highlights of our History:

  • March 3, 1959: 16 members attended the first meeting of the AWCL. They approved a draft constitution, by-laws and the first slate of officers. Only Americans were admitted as members.
     
  • 1959: First mimeographed edition of “Hints for Living in Luxembourg” was published. The 51 copies cost 50 francs to produce.
     
  • November 1961: Members approved the admission of Associate Members and voted to join FAWCO.
     
  • 1962: The AWCL joined FAWCO.
     
  • 1968: The AWCL starts the American Stand at the International Bazaar.
     
  • 1969: The AWCL votes to leave FAWCO
     
  • 1979: The AWCL raises funds and helps establish the first autistic center for children in Europe.
     
  • 1985: The AWCL rejoins FAWCO.
     
  • 1992: The AWCL establishes an office in Kopstal
     
  • 1994: The office moves to its current location
     
  • 1996: The U.S. Marines leave Luxembourg, and the U.S. Embassy asks the AWCL to coordinate the Toys for Tots campaign
     
  • 2002: The AWCL purchased its office, “The Clubhouse.”
     
  • 2009: Members celebrated the club’s 50th anniversary at Restaurant Namur in Kirchberg.
     
  • 2013: The Club adopts a new logo

  • 2014-2016: Renovated Clubhouse including the kitchen and work area.
     

Mission Statement

The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg was founded in 1959. Its mission is to foster and encourage social, educational, cultural and philanthropic activities among its members in Luxembourg and to assist in furthering American-Luxembourg relations.

AWCL Constitution

To learn more, download the AWCL Constitution Download

President's Welcome

Dear Prospective and Current Members,

On behalf of the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg (AWCL), I wish to welcome you to the Grand Duchy! If you have recently relocated to Luxembourg, or are researching for a potential relocation, the AWCL has a lot to offer you. Our organization is a unique and diverse group of women with more than 300 members from over 40 countries. Although English is our common language, we welcome any woman who is looking to integrate into her new expat life abroad and interested in participating in some of our wonderful activities and events.

Our strength as an organization is derived from our vast diversity and interests. We have many established members who offer classes and activities to help you familiarize yourself to your new surroundings. Our many social events and weekly activities, including hiking, French lessons, English Conversation, scrapbooking and travel club, provide you with many opportunities to develop new friendships and perhaps learn a new skill or uncover a hidden talent. We are a volunteer-driven organization, so we encourage our members to be involved. Whether you are interested in starting a new activity, help out a local charity or welcome new members at our Welcome Desk, there is always an opportunity to meet new people and stay involved with the community.

Our monthly newsletter, the E-vine, provides you with all of the details you need to know about our upcoming events and activities. We also have a closed Facebook page that provides members an active communication exchange. Need a doctor or electrician? Relatives coming for a visit and looking for things to do? A quick post on our Facebook page and you will have a plethora of suggestions in no time.

Unlike many organizations, the AWCL has its own Clubhouse, centrally located near Parc Merl. Our volunteers and elected Board of Directors work to keep the Clubhouse available to our members for activity meetings, classes and social events. We offer a monthly Welcome Coffee for women interested in learning more about our organization. Children are welcome to attend, so please drop by for a cup and a chat! We would love to meet you and introduce you to all that our wonderful organization has to offer!

Welcome to Luxembourg! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kind Regards,

Cara Davila
AWCL President 2017-18

Board of Directors

Board members serve one-year terms. Here are your 2017-2018 officers:

President: Cara Davila

Cara is the chief representative of the Club and oversees the running of the Club. She represents the AWCL in the community.

Vice President: Susan Farrell

Susan is responsible for Clubhouse maintenance and the renter. She also keeps the Clubhouse calendar for all activities requiring reserved time and space at the Clubhouse.


Events Directors
: Mary-Rose de Vries,

Mary-Rose oversees programming, including the monthly meetings. She also organizes our TGIF and Ladies’ Night Out activities.

 

 

 

Communications Director: Natalie Bachiri

Natalie oversees internal Club communications, which include the E-vine (our electronic newsletter), the members only AWCL Facebook, the website and advertising.

 

 

 

Membership Director: Meryl Kearns

Meryl keeps an accurate record of members. She processes application forms for new and renewing members. She also oversees the Welcome Committee.

 

 

 

Treasurer: Marion Weyer

Marion prepares our budget and maintains financial records and accounts. She provides financial management data to the Board throughout the Club year.


 

Secretary: Chessy Felix Vargas

Chessy maintains the Club’s records, including meeting minutes. She also handles all official Club correspondence.

 

 


 

FAWCO Representative: Paula Stewart

Paula coordinates all business connected with the Club’s membership in the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO), including FAWCO and an exchange of ideas between AWCL and other FAWCO clubs.

 

 

 

Parliamentarian: Karen Sheppard

Our Parliamentarian Karen will advise the Club on Parliamentary matters, conduct the election of officers and handle any amendments to the Constitution and Standing Rules.

Clubhouse Manager: Vanessa Perez

Vanessa is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Clubhouse. She trains and schedules volunteers for the Welcome Desk.

 

 


 

 

 

Contact Us

Telephone: +352 44 84 77
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AWCL Board Members


Where to Find Us

The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg
51, rue Marie-Adélaïde
L-2128 Luxembourg


Our Clubhouse is in a building in the Hollerich section of Luxembourg city, near the International School of Luxembourg and Merl Parc. You need to press the bell, and someone will buzz you in. We are on the second floor of the building.



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To get here by bus:

Bus 12: You can catch it from stops in Kirchberg or the Hamilius bus stop in the city center, take bus 12 in the direction of Hollerich, P&R Bouillon. Get off at the Athénée stop in Merl. Walk south on Boulevard Pierre Dupong, turn left onto Rue Marie-Adélaïde. The building is on the right.

Bus 15: From Avenue Monterery in the City Center, take this bus in the direction of Merl/Celtes. Get off at the third stop, which will be on Rue Marie-Adélaïde. Walk southwest on this street. The building is on your left. This bus stop is closer to the Cluhouse than the one from Bus 12.


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Need help finding us?

Call the clubhouse and leave your name and number. We will pick you up for your first time visit, depending on availability.

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