Membership

Membership is open to Finnish women and women of foreign nationalities living in Finland who are interested in and open to international cultures and global affairs and are prepared to take an active role in the Club’s activities. Each applicant needs two members as sponsors. The acceptance of applications for membership are decided by the Board. The Board must make every effort to secure an active membership by maintaining a balance in ages and interests among members. Annual membership fees are decided at the Annual General Meeting. The membership fee for the year 2019-2020 is 70€.

Today the Club has about 200 members of whom approximately half are of foreign nationality from over 40 countries. Our foreign members are ambassadors, diplomats, ex pat managers working for Finnish companies, researchers, artists or their partners or simply women who have decided for one reason or another to make their life in Finland. Our Finnish members have usually lived abroad for the same reasons as our foreign members are in Finland today.

If you think that you would enjoy being an active Club member and that you can bring added value to the Club and its membership, please contact our Membership Secretary, Raquel Picchi Martins (raquel.martins@iwch.fi) with information about yourself and your background.

Communication within the Club

Information on the Club’s activities, membership, activity group meetings and other matters of interest to members is contained in the monthly Newsletter. The Board of the Club’s aim is to communicate with members efficiently and electronically where ever possible.The Board is still in the process of developing a complete new system to ensure a fluent and efficient communication among the members. 

Our fellow IWCH members are there to offer us encouragement, inspiration and companionship in all fields of our lives. For many of us the purpose could be described in one word: friendship.

Activities

The Club year runs from September to May. The most important meeting place for members is the regular monthly Luncheon or Dinner Meeting, which starts with a presentation and discussion on a subject of topical interest to members. We invite as speakers authorities from, for example, the world of art, culture, business, finance or politics. The Club also has a weekly program of visits and excursions to businesses, institutions, museums, exhibitions, cultural events and places of cultural interest in Finland. Whenever possible, the Club also assists in the organization of trips abroad to members’ own countries.

The Club’s own events and activities are supplemented by a wide range of activity groups run by members. These include, for example, language conversation in a variety of languages, golf, tennis, advanced oil painting, book clubs, and bridge.

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