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WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Aug. 31, 2000

International Women's Club invites new, old members to Sept. 6 meeting

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The International Women's Club (IWC) will hold its first general information meeting of the year Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mennonite Church, 405 Myrtle Street, Iowa City. The IWC invites new members as well as current members to join in welcome activities, which include membership sign-up, interest group sign-up, and general information on Iowa City and Coralville. Refreshments will be served.

The IWC has been active for more than 35 years and promotes itself as "A club for women from the U.S. and around the world." Currently there are 135 members from a variety of countries including Japan, Korea, China, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Russia, Thailand and Taiwan. About 27 of the current members are American.

"Membership in the IWC provides an opportunity for women from diverse cultures and backgrounds to make new friends and learn about other customs and cultures including those of the U.S.," said Jessica Lee, co-president of the IWC. "Our goal is to get to know other people and to learn culture from other countries and to enjoy other cultures and people."

Because English is not the first language for many of the members, the IWC offers informal English Conversational Classes each semester. For the fall semester, classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9-11 a.m. beginning Sept. 12 and continuing until Nov. 16. Child care will be provided during class time. Lee says the English classes are the most popular activity sponsored by the IWC.

In addition to providing a forum for the sharing of culture and experiences, the IWC also has a number of interest groups for members, including coffee, cooking and craft groups. Also, there are activities held throughout the year like the Halloween party, holiday party, Valentine's party and field trips in which members and their families can take part.

The IWC holds a general meeting once a month for all members. Interest groups typically meet once a month as well. There is a $10 annual membership fee to cover the cost of printing and mailing the club newsletter. An additional $10 per semester fee is required to register for English classes. For more information, contact Joanne Madsen, 351-2595 or Jessica Lee, 351-3132.

The IWC is affiliated with the Office of International Students and Scholars at the University of Iowa. OISS is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.