About the IWCE
The IWCE currently has about 170 members from over 40 countries.
Monthly meetings for all members are once per month (except in July and August) in Son en Breugel. Usually the meetings are in the morning and centre around a theme and a guest speaker.
Although the official language of the club is English, with such a diverse group you are sure to hear many different languages at any one gathering. And, as many of our members experience, new friendships are one of the best things the IWCE has to offer!
The IWCE is run by a Board of eight members — officially it should consist of at least three members — who have been
elected from the membership at the General Assembly. The term of office for a Board member is two years; officers can be re-elected to a consecutive term.
The additional non-Board position of Open-Door Coordinator serves the purpose of staying in touch with sister clubs in the Netherlands as well as abroad. Because the IWCE aims to offer a community where its members can feel at home, we also have Area Representatives spread over Eindhoven's region. The eleven Area Reps welcome new members and facilitate contacts between members living in the same neighbourhood.
History of the Club
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.
As member numbers grew, a more formal Club organisation developed. As 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!
To promote networking among English-speaking women from all over the world who live in the Eindhoven area. Our monthly meetings and group activities provide members with an opportunity to connect and socialise, to obtain information, and to pursue a variety of interests.
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