Our club was founded on 20th November 1986 by eleven amazing ladies guided by one purpose: to promote contacts between Finnish women and women of foreign nationalities residing in Finland as well as to enable them to acquaint each other with their respective ways of life and cultures. A few months later, the first monthly luncheon was held on 10 February 1987. Since then, we gather on the second Tuesday of every month (except summer months June-August) for our Monthly Luncheon and also enjoy each other’s company at various events in support of our purpose. We also have Activity Groups run by members and arrange club trips. Our club’s language is English although you can hear several other languages when members are speaking one to one.
Our club is really an international family based in Helsinki built to share and enjoy.
We are living in extraordinary times and regretfully, we need to cancel the April luncheon and the activities planned for the rest of March-June. For our safety and that of our families, it is best that we refrain from large gatherings and focus efforts on “flattening the curve”. Our Prime Minister has urged the country to avoid “non-essential activities”. While we agree that the purpose of our club is important, we are not conducting essential activities at the national level. I hope that you understand our decision. Let’s support one another and stay connected, living our purpose and using more virtual tools.
At the moment, we intend to hold our Annual General Meeting as planned on 12 May 2020. If the virus has been contained and official communication clearly allows for gatherings by then, we will meet in person. Otherwise, we will meet virtually. We are looking into a platform that will allow us to hold such a large meeting online. I am confident that we can step up to this opportunity and we will support each other to make it happen.
Please reach out if you have questions or comments.
Wishing you a healthy continuation of Spring.
Laura G. Vargas M.