About Us

Chiltern American Women’s Club (CAWC) was established on July 1st, 1987 following the merger of two local American Women’s clubs, both founded in 1950.

In 2016, to reflect the diversity of our membership, we became CAWC International. We have a membership of approximately 100 women from all parts of the world (including locals), from all walks of life and with many different interests.

Being part of CAWC International offers a fantastic network of friendship and support that makes living in the Chilterns area a wonderful and rewarding experience.

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CLUB PRESIDENT

Welcome to CAWC INTERNATIONAL, known as the “CAWC”. Now in our 29th year, CAWC is an active participant in the Chilterns area communities, partnering with local charities and providing a network for like-minded women focused on friendship, fun and philanthropy. CAWC is a FAWCO member club.

CAWC International has something to offer everyone. We are a diverse group of international women who call this area home, either temporarily or permanently. Our club offers the opportunity to network through meetings, outings, social occasions, fundraising activities and several special interest groups. While we are a great resource for newcomers, lifelong friendships and connections are also made through being part of CAWC.

Whether you have just relocated from abroad, from within the UK or have been living here for many years, we want you to enjoy our local community and get the most out of living in this wonderful area.

If you have made an international move, we can offer you support, friendship and practical advice as you transition into the UK. Many of our members have walked in your shoes and are familiar with the challenges such a move involves. We can offer you help in many areas, allowing you to assimilate quickly and start enjoying your overseas adventure.

I believe what makes our club so vibrant is the passion of our membership and their desire to give back to our community. Our philanthropic purpose brings us together with a common goal of supporting local charities.

Each year we sponsor two such charities. Fundraising occurs throughout the year, culminating in our amazing annual Christmas Charity Bazaar, held each November.

To our current members, I appreciate your contributions to our club and am looking forward to a great year. If you are new to our club, I invite you to join us in all that we do and experience the friendship and fun we have to offer.

Best wishes,
Robin Smirnov
CAWC International President

 

MEETINGS

CAWC International holds monthly General Meetings in the Denham area. We meet once a month on Thursday mornings from 9.30 am -12pm.

Our general meetings are very friendly events, allowing plenty of time for us to catch up with old friends and make new ones over a cup of coffee. They give us a chance to share our latest experiences, exchange practical advice and sign-up for various club activities. Additionally, General Meetings include a quality guest speaker or activity each month. We also have fabulous vendors who sell unique British and also American products. You will always receive a warm welcome at our monthly meetings, so please consider joining us. For more details on when our next meeting will take place, email our Membership Chair: membership@cawc.co.uk.

 

ACTIVITIES

As well as our General Meetings, CAWC International offers a wide variety of interesting activities and outings throughout the year. Information about our numerous clubs can be found on our activities page.

Our newsletter, The Connection, is emailed monthly to members and is filled with information about activities, upcoming events and local tips. It’s a great way to stay informed.

 
PHILANTHROPY

CAWC International is committed to having a philanthropic purpose within our community by raising funds to support local charities. Fundraising is a yearlong activity, but our main event is our annual Christmas Bazaar held in November of each year. All proceeds raised at the Bazaar are donated to our charities.

To date, CAWC has raised in excess of £270k for our designated charities, including over £130k alone for the Epilepsy Society. Charities are selected by our members.

Find out more on our Philanthropy page or for more information on our Christmas Bazaar please contact: cawcbazaar@yahoo.co.uk

 
ASSOCIATION

Our club is a Member of FAWCO, an international network of independent volunteer clubs and associations. There are 64 member clubs in 33 countries worldwide, with a total membership in excess of 12,000. For more information about voting overseas and all other things FAWCO-related please visit our FAWCO page or www.fawco.org.

 

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