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The International Womens Club of Moscow General Meeting
John Harrison

On September 22nd, the International Womens Club of Moscow (IWC) held its first General Meeting. The event, which incorporated the groups 28th annual sign-up meeting was held at Spaso house by kind permission of the Ambassador of the United States.

The hostess of this First General Meeting, Mrs. Lisa Carty, welcomed all IWC members to her Residence and took deep interest in the manifold activities and the charitable work done by volunteers of the IWC.

Mrs. Birgit von Canisius, the IWC President, thanked Mrs. Carty very cordially for her kind and generous hospitality, welcomed all members for the new Club season and introduced the various interest groups as well as the two constitutional objectives of the Club: to promote friendship and to further cultural activities among women of all nationalities as well as to raise funds to be donated to charitable activities.

Khush Kapadia, the IWCs public relations officer explained: The IWC has members from many different countries. We are here to help new members adapt to their new environment, to meet other people, to make friends and to encourage them to join one or more of our about 70 interest groups, which cover a wide range of subjects from architecture to cooking classes. There are also excursions and special visits to museums or historic sites.

Beate Dafeldecker, Co-Chair of the IWC Charities Group informed: One of the main activities of the IWC is charity work, in Moscow and beyond. All this is done on a volunteer basis. We all feel that we want to contribute something valuable to our host country which offers us so much in terms of culture and history. We usually run about 70 individual projects a year, the number of the projects has risen since the Charities Group was founded in 1996.

Our IWC-members, all volunteers, for instance, visit Baby Houses (orphanages for children from birth up to age 4 or 5) and Internats (orphanages for children from age 5 up to age 18), bring donations, smiles, human contact and help the often overworked staff. Other projects are: helping disabled people, care for children at risk/street children, we support soup kitchens and poor students with food, we help some hospitals and sick or old individuals as well as single parent families and foster families, especially with education.

The demand is manifold and so is the support given by our many and dedicated volunteers.

In order to support these charity activities and to raise the necessary funds the IWC has two committees which are organizing two main events. The first one is the IWC Winter Bazaar which will take place this year on December 3rd at the Slavyanskaya Hotel with the generous participation of a great number of Embassies. We welcome sponsors and are grateful for all donations which will be made available to us. Our members and friends will have the opportunity to buy many interesting items come from all over the world. The proceeds are graciously donated and thus help our charity projects.

The other IWC big fundraising event will be the Embassies Dinner and Dance in the beginning of February which also contributes considerably to our charitable activities.

In this way, the IWC helps its members to get to know each other, to make friends, to cultivate intercultural relationships and to enjoy Moscow- and at the same time to get engaged in charitable works for the benefit of the need in If you would like to find out more about the IWC, please contact: Olga Ashour, Tel. 8- 916 849 68 60 or Email: or check the IWC-Website:

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