The American Women’s Club of Genoa was founded on February 22, 1957, largely through the efforts of its first president, Mildred Nichol.
In 1975, it became an associate member of FAWCO (the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas) and in 1979 changed its name to the American International Women’s Club of Genoa (AIWC).
Its status as a non-profit, non-denominational and apolitical organization lends the AIWC of Genoa a degree of flexibility, making it possible to serve the community in a number of ways. It represents a port of welcome for English-speaking women from all over the world and provides a forum for the vital exchange of information and ideas so important to newcomers.
The organization fulfills an important social function, facilitating not only contact between members, but also encouraging their interaction with the local community.
The Club aims to preserve and promote America’s image, language and traditions in Genoa and to explore and foster appreciation of the cultural riches which the host country has to offer.
The AIWC of Genoa also serves a charitable purpose in the community by supporting the following organizations:
Patronato S. Vincenzo
Piccole Sorelle dei Poveri
Giannina Gaslini International Children's Hospital
and various types of emergencies as they arise.
Through FAWCO, the Club supports the Frieda Bacigalupo-Natali Award for a student of any nationality, whose mother is a member of the AIWC, to pursue undergraduate studies in the university of his/her choice.
The Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) is an international network of 78 independent clubs with a combined membership of over 17,000 women in 35 countries worldwide. It serves as a support network for American women living and working abroad and is particularly active in the fields of citizens' concerns, education, environmental protection, and women's and children's rights. Most of the issues addressed are of interest to all women regardless of nationality. The "Relief and Development Fund" has brought relief and some comfort into the lives of women and children around the world!
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