In 1961, a dynamic group of American women living abroad in Cologne, Germany, founded an organization known today as the American International Women’s Club of Cologne e.V. (AIWCC). An English-speaking social network with a charitable calling, the AIWC Cologne fosters a fun and welcoming community while enriching our lives and those around us through social and philanthropic activities.
We are an engaging group of some 150 women representing approximately 20 countries. There are many reasons why we came - some for work, others for love and some for adventure or to learn German. Our German members find companionship with an international community and enjoy using their English skills. This offers the rest of us "expats" an avenue to better understand the nuances of our adopted home.
50th Anniversary Celebration
Living rooms and public spaces are where we meet. This website is our virtual home. It is where you will find information about club happenings, a directory of members and a forum where all members can interact. We also have a private Facebook group for those who wish to communicate on social media. As a member, you will receive a monthly newsletter by email which highlights club news and upcoming events, introduces new members and more!
Events and Activities are club and member organized and operated. We celebrate the holidays together and host social and fundraising events throughout the year. Meanwhile, each month there are many regular activities on offer.
The AIWC Cologne enjoys associate member status with Amerika Haus NRW e.V. As such, AIWCC members are invited to a variety of free events hosted by Amerika Haus throughout the NRW region including their July 4th celebration on the Rhine River. AmerikaHaus NRW e.V. is a certified EducationUSA center. They offer free virtual assistance to all interested students and their parents regarding studying or research possibilities in the US.
We are a proud member of FAWCO! As part of Region 5, we have a strong network of sister clubs who meet annually in November, offering us the opportunity to meet like-minded women from clubs throughout Germany and Austria. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. FAWCO offers UN involvement, programs for youth, education scholarships, advocacy on behalf of US citizens overseas, workshops on global issues impacting women and children, and much more!
With the simple idea of connecting civic-minded women who share common interests, the American Women’s Club of Cologne (AWCC) was founded by fellow Americans, Nona Andrews and Regina Barion, in 1961. We have grown and adapted with the times. Today, grounded in our American roots with an international membership, we are called the American International Women’s Club of Cologne (AIWCC).
Take a walk through our story and see how our club has been, and continues to be, a part of the fabric of Cologne through our History Timeline below or view the PDF: Our First 50 Years.
A special thank you to the women who spent countless hours researching and organizing our historical records in order to bring our timeline to fruition.