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  • 03 Apr 2023 19:26 | Anonymous member

    Have you recently returned to the United States - or are you planning to move back after living overseas? If yes then you should join FAUSA, which supports members who have repatriated and are experiencing the joys, challenges and changes involved in returning home.

    FAUSA is the social and philanthropic network which supports former FAWCO club members and others repatriating to the United States and Canada. Members maintain overseas friendships through participation in local and virtual groups, and annual meetings, while continuing to participate in FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation activities, teams and boards. 

    To learn more about FAUSA, and tips and guidance for returning home, register for the two-part webinar Homeward Bound.

    10 May 2023 - Homeward Bound

    September 2023 (date TBD) - I’ve moved back, now what?

    Find out more and register

  • 03 Apr 2023 19:24 | Anonymous member

    Congratulations to AWCB member Brooke Peterson, who was awarded the FAWCO Foundations Skills Enhancement Award at the FAWCO Conference.

    Brooke will attend the Master in International Association Management program at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management. The course is taught by renowned experts, with a focus on leadership for global non-profit organizations. This course includes modules on Leadership, Strategy & Change Management, Strategic Marketing & Communications, Project Management, Finance and Governance and Sustainability.

    We are very proud of Brooke and wish her the best of luck in her studies.

  • 03 Apr 2023 19:23 | Anonymous member

    AWCB members with US Citizenship are now eligible to join the State Department Federal Credit Union (SDFCU). FAWCO has gained approval for FAWCO members to join this credit union. All AWCB members are also FAWCO members. AWCB members' family members may also eligible to join the credit union.

    The SDFCU is an American credit union which enables its members to have worldwide accessible bank accounts, credit/debit cards, and lending services. Benefits include low fees, no requirement for permanent USA address or USA phone number.

    Our Treasurer, Kristen Crosson, is currently signing up for SDFCU membership and will keep our Club updated on this exciting new banking opportunity, including benefits for non-resident alien spouses and children both above/under age 17.

  • 03 Apr 2023 19:21 | Anonymous member

    Carl Mir, a short-term sponsor and member of the AWCB, is here to help our members prepare their expat tax returns. Carl is now based back in the USA, but he and his team of  tax advisors work hard to complete your expat tax returns, so you don’t have to. So take the hassle out of tax time and contact us today for a no-obligation, free assessment. 

    Carl provided an excellent tutorial to our members in 2022; and we can truly say he helps us living overseas ensure that we receive every tax benefit applicable to our situation.

    Now based back in the U.S., Carl and his team of tax advisors work hard to complete your expat tax returns, so you don’t have to. So take the hassle out of tax time and contact us today for a no-obligation, free assessment.

    You can contact Carl through his website

  • 03 Apr 2023 19:16 | Anonymous member

    AWCB Board Members Lorraine, Kristen and Michelle attended the FAWCO Conference held in Bratislava, Austria this March. At the biennial event, the team was able to strengthen ties with  fellow members around the globe, including many repatriated friends in FAUSA - FAWCO Alumnae USA. They returned to Belgium with many new ideas and innovations for our Club.

    Thank you to theAWA International Women's Club of Vienna and the IWCB - International Women's Club of Bratislava for hosting this wonderful event. And congratulations to The FAWCO Foundation for a successful fundraiser!


    Photo: Lorraine, Michelle and Kristen at Foundation Night 2023 in Bratislava. In keeping with FAWCO’s focus on the Environment , the theme for the evening was Old is New Again. Kristen wore a late 80’s dress that belonged to her mother, Michelle wore a vintage necklace that also belonged to her mother and Lorraine wore the uniform of Captain Lillian Kinkella Kiel who was a flight nurse and one of the most accomplished women in the Air Force during World War II and Korean War. Captain Kinkella is also one of the most decorated women in American military history.

  • 14 Feb 2023 11:00 | Anonymous member

    Clubs in Motion is a FAWCO initiative to encourage members to stay physically fit so let’s get moving! Our first activity is a Casual Cycling Ride on 12 February 2023. Keep an eye on the AWCB Events page for future upcoming activities.

    The Target Program 2023-2025

    The Target Project Environment Selection Committee is proud to announce the three shortlisted proposals (in alphabetical order) for the FAWCO Target Project Environment 2023–2025:

    Awesome Blossoms: Edible Fresh Fields for Sustainable Life in the Slums, a project of Safe Spaces Organization, submitted by Leslie Janoe, AWC Amsterdam;

    Love for the Sea, a project of Caribbean Coral Restoration Center, submitted by Robin Goldsby, AIWC Cologne;

    Wing Woman, a project of Stand for Women, submitted by Monica Jubayli, AWC Lebanon.

    Please visit The Three Shortlisted Target Project Proposals to read the project summaries and to learn more about the selection process. During the first two weeks of February, the AWCB will have the opportunity to vote for the project they would most want to support. Send a message to if you wish to show your support for one of the projects.

    Upcoming FAWCO Events

    The 2023 FAWCO Biennial Conference will be hosted by AWA Vienna in Bratislava, Slovakia on March 23-26, 2023. AWCB/FAWCO Members can find out more details about the conference on the FAWCO website.

    February 16, Thursday at 19:00 - Global Issues Book Discussion Series (on zoom)

    In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is a fictionalized account of the lives of the three Mirabalsisters, Patria, Maria Teresa and Minerva, who were murdered on orders from dictator Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic on November 25, 1960 – and of a fourth sister, Dedé, who survived.

    The United Nations and human rights activists around the world now mark November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

    This book will give us an opportunity to reflect on the origins of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence against women and girls and to UNITE our efforts to “mobilize all society to become activists for the prevention of violence against women.”

    Please register online in advance for this meeting.

  • 14 Feb 2023 10:44 | Anonymous member

    On February 9th, we held our first Pasta Luncheon Fundraiser for FAWCO which was a success! We’d like to thank Sue Frick, Director of Philanthropy at FAUSA and past AWCB President for being our guest speaker as well as members who attended and also provided tremendous support throughout the day. A special thank you to those who could not attend but made a donation.

    The meal was cooked and donated by AWCB President Lorraine De Bock and raised 400 euros for FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas). Together we make wonderful things happen!

  • 14 Feb 2023 10:15 | Anonymous member

    The featured recipe for February is Brie with Sun Dried Tomatoes and it comes from the AWCB cookbook. 


    • 2lb/900 gram young brie
    • 5 tbsp minced fresh parsley
    • 2.5 tbsp freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • 10 sun dried tomatoes, minced
    • 2.5 tbsp sun dried tomato oil
    • 6 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil
    • 3 tbsp chopped toasted pine nuts

    Remove rind from the top of the Brie;place brie on a serving dish. Combine parsley, parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes, oil, garlic,basil, and pine nuts. Spread on top of brie. Chill 6 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 30-60 minutes before serving with slices of French bread.

    Yield: 16 servings

    Variation: To serve warm, bake at 350F/175C for about 15 minutes or just until cheese starts to melt. Serve immediately.

  • 08 Dec 2022 09:18 | Anonymous member

    On November 25 AWCB members had a busy day of gift-wrapping and organizing at our Angel Tree gift-wrapping party! A heartfelt thank you to all those who donated to Angel Tree. The donations we received made it possible for AWCB to provide Saint Nicholas gifts to 285 underprivileged children in Brussels this year.

    Your support and generosity are everything!

  • 08 Dec 2022 09:11 | Anonymous member

    By Michelle, AWCB FAWCO Rep

    As well as rain and a cold snap, the beginning of November brought the FAWCO Region 4 meeting in The Hague. I was delighted to be able to attend the event, where I learned how to “Make a YOU Turn” to reduce my environmental impact. Having traveled to The Hague by electric car and then cycling to all the events during the weekend with other participants, I felt that we were already doing our bit. We heard from speakers and panelists about sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives and created a Green Sheet (take a look!) that gives actionable ways to be environmentally responsible in little ways. We hope you can use it at home to make this world a greener place. There was also a special reception at the home of the new US Ambassador to the Netherlands, Shefali Rhazdan Duggal.  

    On December 2 Michelle hosted FAWCO’s First Friday online, for the latest FAWCO news and a full report on the Regional Meeting as well as information about Development Grants and Education Awards.

    Look for Upcoming FAWCO’s First Fridays in 2023!

    Read the Latest Issue of FAWCO’s Inspiring Women Magazine

    Who would have thought that toy and hat-makers, a writer, a pianist, a mosaic artist, a reader, a tile maker, a bear hugger and a knitter, amongst others, would find their way into a single issue of Inspiring Women and these women would be living all over the globe? Surprised? Don’t be! Enjoy reading and please share the magazine link with your family and friends.

    Read the November 2022 Issue

    The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    November 25 to December 10
    On November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women kicked off the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Wondering what you can do to recognize them? Here is an outstanding day-by-day guide to help us all Learn More, Speak Out More, and Do More. Please join us!

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