History of the IWCE

International Women's Club Eindhoven

History of the IWCE

 

The IWCE began as the How-Do-You-Do? Club in 1967/1968, thanks to Margaret van Mourik (USA). Margaret invited international ladies to her home for coffee and piano concerts. Below you can find Margaret's letter with her personal memories about how it began, some of the first Newsletters, as well as a newspaper article on the Club's 40th birthday in 2007.

 

As member numbers grew, a more formal Club organisation developed. Longstanding member Audrey remembers: "The biggest change I experienced was the change of venue for our meetings. From the homes of members to a room in a restaurant meant that there was less of a family atmosphere." Audrey recalls that day trips were organised as they are now, but also longer trips such as skiing in Salzburg and going to the Loire Valley. "There was an American member who was very good at organising it. American ladies formed the majority of members then, followed by women from the UK, Germany and Spain."

 

Thanks to Arianna Luciani-Patti, we now know how a few ladies meeting at a hairdressers’ in Eindhoven grew the How-Do-You-Do? Club into the International Women’s Club Eindhoven. Arianna pieced together the many stories of the women who donated their time to help enhance friendship between international newcomers to the Eindhoven region. As a Handbook and Newsletter editor from 2013 until 2015, she added the History chapter to the IWCE Handbook. This chapter serves as an important and useful reminder of the IWCE’s growth, accomplishments, and relevance within both Eindhoven’s and the expatriate communities.

Thank you Arianna for all your hard work!

IWCE Presidents

2016-2018

Sharda Weistra

Netherlands

2015-2016

Aniela Marschner-Sturm

Austria

2013-2015

Ruxandra Darie

Romania

2012-2013

Uschi Drude

Germany

2010-2012

Uschi Drude

Germany

2008-2010

Tonnie Wintermans

Netherlands

2006-2008

Tonnie Wintermans

Netherlands

2006

Andrea van de Vijver

Australia

2004-2006

Zane Janson

Canada

2002-2004

Elly de Haast

Netherlands

2000-2002

Judy Deverill

UK

2000

Piroska Mihalka

Canada

1998-2000

Kathie Pine

USA

1996-1998

Margaret Nagelkerke

UK

1994-1996

Lindy van Ekeren

USA

1992-1994

Judith Champness

UK

1991-1992

Jenny Bertenshaw

UK

1989-1991

Helen Mashour

New Zealand

1987-1989

Nelly Otten

Netherlands

1985-1987

Lidy Wijn

Belgium

1983-1985

Brigitte Proeme

Germany

1981-1983

Françoise Decker

Belgium

1979-1981

Monique Lentz

France

1977-1979

Helga Larsen

Denmark

1967-1977

Mimi Blankenberg

Netherlands

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