FAWCO
Federation of American Women's Clubs

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By AWC’s FAWCO rep, Jonelle Lemcke (jonelle@lemcke.dk).

FAWCO Conference

The big FAWCO news for this month is the Biennial Conference, which will take place in Bratislava, on 23–26 March with the theme of “Stronger, Better, Together”. See the details and links published on the FAWCO homepage. AWC Denmark’s President and FAWCO Rep will attend.

The Conference will elect new boards for both FAWCO and The FAWCO Foundation, and announce the new three-year Target Project on the Environment, and the winners of the Foundation’s Education Awards (scholarships) and Development Grants. In addition to the meeting itself, there are fun tours before and after it. We in AWC Denmark are particularly excited about the vote for the new Target Project, as our club vote overwhelming supported Awesome Blossoms. Read more about the three nominated projects on the FAWCO website.

Further, The FAWCO Foundation holds its major fundraiser on the Saturday night of the Conference. This year’s theme for the evening is “There is Value in Vintage: Old is New Again”.

The terrific live and silent auctions are also part of the fun. Get more information on how to bid and how to buy raffle tickets for the FAWCO Friendship Quilt – which has numerous squares made by our own Veronique Pascal – on The Foundation homepage. Even if you do not attend the Conference in person, you can bid on auction items by registering on the One Cause bidding portal (click here to see all the items available for the online auction). If you aren’t able to register at One Cause and you still want quilt raffle tickets, contact Mary Stewart Burgher (emessbe@yahoo.com) about getting them.

FAWCO News

Happy first day of spring, in Denmark! This month we’re looking forward to kicking off a number of new initiatives and sowing the seeds of new beginnings, literally and figuratively. First, let’s talk about what’s going on in FAWCO.

In preparation for the FAWCO Conference (see article above), how about reading FAWCO’s history? You will find it all in The Red Book, available online. When is the last time that you surfed the FAWCO website? You’ll need to sign in to do so. Any problems? Contact me. This page in particular summarizes FAWCO well.

The latest issue of FAWCO’s magazine, Inspiring Women is out! This issue’s theme is “evolving to maturity”.

The FAWCO Foundation offers a way to celebrate the occasions of our lives through their Giving Comes from the Heart program. Funds raised will support one of The Foundation’s Development Grants.

AWC Denmark’s Green Team has taken a leaf from the Club’s interest in the Awesome Blossoms project, which members overwhelming supported as the project for the new FAWCO Target Program. While the Irma supermarket is almost (sadly) no more, Irma sells bags of edible blossoms in its produce section. Go look while there’s still time! Edible flowers are also to be found elsewhere, and the Green Team will focus on them over the next 12 months. We’ll be providing you with information on edible flowers/blossoms that are available locally as well as providing recipes. It all starts next month!

Did you know that FAWCO has an arm for people who repatriate to the USA and miss those international connections/friendships? It’s called FAUSA. FAUSA has a magazine that recaps 2021, entitled 2021 Highlights. FAUSA also takes part an online festival of films by and about women each year called LUNAFEST.

FAUSA’s third LUNAFEST® virtual film festival will support the next FAWCO Target Project on Environment, and takes place on 12–14 May. The festival presents a great opportunity to view unique films not available elsewhere, support and celebrate women in film and help raise funds for a worthy cause all at the same time. The 2023 FAUSA LUNAFEST starts at 1:00 pm US Eastern time on Friday, 12 May. Ticket holders will have 48 hours (until 1:00 pm Eastern time on Sunday, 14 May) to activate their tickets, with 48 hours after activation to watch the films. Tickets remain $20 for FAUSA/FAWCO members (including tickets gifted by members) and $25 for non-members. Find out more here.

FAWCO’s UN Liaison has pinpointed the following selected international days for March:

  • March 1: UNAIDS Zero Discrimination Day
  • March 8: International Women’s Day
  • March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Click on the links to find out more about these days and what they celebrate and/or advocate.

Remember that all AWC Denmark members are automatically FAWCO members. This gives you free access to all the resources on the FAWCO website, but you have to register to use them freely. Contact Jonelle for help, or register today! You’ll be glad you did.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonelle Lemcke

FAWCO Rep. Jonelle Lemcke

fawco@awcdenmark.org