Board work behind the scenes:

Saving money and AWC history and raising money for AWC charities

At the end of October, AWC finally closed its storage room near Svanemøllen; this will save the Club over 10,000 kr. per year, which we can devote to our philanthropic and other work.

“Closing the storage room” sounds simple and grand, but in fact meant long hours of hard and often dusty and sweaty work, to go through the heaps and towers of items in the room, discard outdated items, move and dispose of materials that could be sold or donated, and sort and store items that the Club will continue to use and/or that record our history.

This work – mostly by Board members Cyntheia Singleton, Ditte Lisbjerg, Mary Stewart Burgher and particularly President Clarice Scott – took place in the second half of 2019 and late in October, this team found themselves sorting and storing old AWC materials. The Board members examined and filed old copies of our newsletter. There were bound volumeswith copies of every issue of The Chronicle from 1964 to 1997, covering a bit more than a third of AWC’s 85-year history.

The team was rather awe-struck to reflect on the thousands of hours of work, by hundreds of women (and some men!), to have fun, make friends and make life better for people and groups in Copenhagen and beyond, that were summarized in the files and newsletters they preserved.

Items like crafts materials, amassed over some years, were given to Kofoeds Skole for their students’ use. With the help of AWC member Margaret Hunter (and her family car), the books, movies and music in storage were moved to the basement of Mary Stewart’s home, and the books then went to UN City, where they were sold in the marketplace set up for the celebration of UN Day, on 25 October. (She has yet to tote the movies and music to secondhand shops, hopefully to sell.)

The books raised 700 kr. for AWC charities – not bad when one considers the prices (10 kr. per book); the unsold remainder was donated to the UN City Staff Library. As well as Mary Stewart selling books, Cyntheia and Clarice sold jewelry and tombola items, raising over 2,500 kr. more. All three were deeply grateful to Board member Claude Lawson, who transported Clarice and Cyntheia and their wares to UN City and drove the weary but satisfied sellers home after the event.

Many thanks to everyone who helped out this important work!

Message for US citizens (from Mary Stewart Burgher)

Voting: 2020 is coming – are you ready?

The United States will hold federal, state and local elections and November 3, 2020, which will be 100 years after the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution (often called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) come into force and American women voted all across the country for the very first time.

All US citizens overseas – not just the female ones – should be ready to secure their right to vote in the election. As soon as you wake up, or sober op on January 1, go straight to your computer and register to vote/request a ballot with the US Vote Foundation.

Throughout the year, FAWCO will offer information and updates on the US Voting section of its website. Right now, for example, there is a new article on the need to take care in selecting sources from which you accept information – check it out! 






Clarice Scott





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