WRITER: ARIANNE NARDO
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 3, 1999
International Women's Club invites new members to first
meeting Sept. 8
IOWA CITY, Iowa The International Women's Club
(IWC) will host its first general meeting of the 1999-2000 academic year Wednesday,
Sept. 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Church, 405 Myrtle Street, Iowa
City. All family members are invited to participate in the games, welcome
activities and have refreshments.
The mission statement running across the top of each
welcome brochure says it best: This is a club for women from many countries
who want to get to know each other, learn, and enjoy life in Iowa City. For
more than 35 years, the International Women's Club has given women from all
backgrounds, interests and professions a sense of community. Affiliated with
the Office of International Education and Services at the University of Iowa,
the IWC is where a mix of faces and a variety of talents converge in one place.
From bread making to origami design, women have the chance to socialize, build
friendships and learn something new.
The IWC offers social and educational activities such
as cooking classes, evening coffee engagements, and English lessons for women
who want to improve their conversation skills. Basic and advanced level courses
are offered, and childcare is also provided for women on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
while classes are in session.
"Quite a few of us know it's hard to make friends,
just as it's difficult to not know the language or customs of a country,"
said Joanne Madsen, IWC treasurer and historian. "It's important to have a
group with common interests that crosses all boundaries."
English classes are a popular feature of the IWC,
with more than half of the non-English speakers attending. Many of the women
who gather at IWC meetings were professionals or career women in their home
country, and several have husbands who are either graduate students, visiting
professionals or professors at the University of Iowa.
For women like Senada Dabetic, who came to the United
States from Bosnia four years ago, the IWC serves as a source of support.
"I have found a lot of friends [through the IWC]," Dabetic said. "They are
like my family-that's my family."
Members of the group do not have to be directly affiliated
with the UI and they do not have to be visitors from other countries, Madsen
said. Of the 129 members last year, 20 were American women.
"We are a welcoming group," said Madsen. "We would
love to see more American women come; anyone from the community is invited.
I think this is the place to meet the most interesting women in the world."
An annual membership fee of $10 is required to be
a member. Registration for English classes is an additional $10. Informal
English Conversation classes will be Sept. 14 -
Nov. 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. Contact Jerry Weir, (319)
For general information about group meetings and times,
contact Mary Boes.