About Us

The AIWC is a registered non-profit, non-political and non-denominational organization. From our first meeting in April of 1971, with thirty members present, our Club has grown to over 350 members of all ages and from more than 35 countries.

We are based out of Oberursel in the Taunus, north of Frankfurt, but our members span the entire Rhein-Main region, including Darmstadt and Mainz. We have extensive resources as well as a wide range of activities for today’s international women.

The AIWC provides friendship and support amongst women and families, who are living in the Rhein-Main area, and facilitates their efforts to integrate into the German community and stay connected with a variety of activities, services, and social, sports, and hobby groups.

Additionally, we take great pleasure and pride in serving our community throughout the year.

Every year we raise money from our AIWC events, such as our yearly Spring Charity Event, to give to local charitable organizations. Our members have volunteered in a variety of ways such as supporting children’s pediatric units, training dogs for the disabled, establishing scholarships for local children and assisting women’s organizations both here in Frankfurt and through the target charities of FAWCO .

The AIWC is committed to both helping our members enjoy their stay in Germany, as well as contributing to the host country that has welcomed us!

A note from our president

True North: Finding Your Best Path in Life

When I first moved to Germany, I was skeptical if I would ever find 'my place’ here in a foreign land. I would guess this applies to many members of AIWC, both from abroad and right here in Germany. In a new environment, it’s often difficult to be yourself. The language, the culture, the system structure - all seemingly different from what you are used to can be quite overwhelming at first. But with a little courage and mindfulness, we are motivated to seek out ways to find our true north: to find the place where we can be ourselves.

For myself, and many alike, the AIWC has provided just that. In the short time I have been a member, I have seen the positive impact it has not only on my local community, but myself as a person. With the many groups under the umbrella of the AIWC, opportunities are there for everyone: from feeding that desire to travel, or tapping into their inner Picasso to create a masterpiece, or even sweating it out on the tennis courts. The opportunities are endless - and it’s only a matter of finding what fits you.

This community is a physical representation of all the possibilities and opportunities to find your true north. Because at the end of the day, the club is only as great as the people who make it up. Each of us come together with our own experiences, knowledge and ideas, bringing something new, each and everyday to the community. So to both our current members and those ‘yet to be’, I hope the AIWC will help you to discover your true north here in Germany, and beyond.

All the best in your adventures

Misty Waters

AIWC President 2016-2017


Current Executive Board


Teresa Zink

President

aiwcfrankfurt.president@gmail.com

Teresa is from the United States. Raised in Colorado, she spent most of her adult life in Eastern Pennsylvania before starting her expat life in Singapore seven years ago. She moved to Oberursel with her husband, son, and daughter three years ago. Teresa is a functional nutrition and health consultant and has recently launched her new business, Elemental Wellness. Teresa is also a writer and editor, with a 20+ year career primarily in the legal and health fields. As President, she looks forward to continuing to help AIWC create a place where our members can find community, fun, friendship, support, and a feeling of “home.” 



Danita

Waterfall-Brizzi

First Vice President

aiwcfrankfurt.1vp@gmail.com

Danita hails from Seattle, Washington. Recruited from grad school and Russian studies in the states, she has since then lived and worked abroad in six countries. She is now growing roots here in Frankfurt these last several years, with her Italian husband and 12-year-old daughter. With her recent job change from cargo management at Delta Air Lines to the flexible world of independent aviation consulting, she is enjoying the opportunity to re-engage with women and families here in the AIWC. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, piano, jogging, and lots of family activity. 



Dima Hausser

Second Vice President

aiwcfrankfurt.2vp@gmail.com

Dima is originally from Detroit, Michigan and has been living in the Frankfurt area since the Fall of 2015. Before moving, Dima worked in industrial real estate and volunteered at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. In Frankfurt, she enjoys spending time with her husband, being involved in the AIWC book clubs, Arts & Culture and SMART groups, running, yoga and traveling to as many corners of Europe as possible.



Dana

Fritchie

Secretary

aiwcfrankfurt.secretary@gmail.com

My name is Dana Fritchie, and I’m originally from NYC. For the last ten years I have lived in Central NJ with my husband Bill and son Lincoln. This is actually my second time living here in Germany. Ten years ago, we lived in Brücken, near Birkenfeld. My husband was on active duty with the U.S. Army. I’ve been an educator for 14 years, and have dual licenses for general education and special education. The majority of my career has been spent teaching in special education classes.  



Martina Sopula

Treasurer

aiwcfrankfurt.treasurer@gmail.com

Martina is originally from Finland. She has been working in the areas of order management and logistics, controlling and customer service in Spain, Finland and Sweden. Martina enjoys learning about different languages and cultures and is looking forward to contributing to the AIWC as well as getting to know new people. She lives with her husband and daughter.



Eileen Hauswirth

Nominations

aiwcfrankfurt.nominations@gmail.com

Eileen was born in Bad Homburg to a German mother and English father. She moved to Wimbledon when she was was 5, and immigrated to Australia in 1974. In 1998 she moved to Bali to operate her own furniture and handicraft export company. After retiring in 2012, she moved back to Bad Homburg in 2013. Her son, Marc and beautiful granddaughter Ruby-Rose, live in Australia. She is happy to have found AIWC and happy to contribute to such a great club.


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