About Us

The American International Women’s Club (AIWC) is a registered non-profit, non-political and
non-denominational English-speaking organization serving the international community in Frankfurt
and the surrounding Rhein Main region, from Darmstadt to Mainz.   From our first meeting in April of
1971, with thirty members present, our Club has grown to over 350 members from more than 35 countries.

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

We take great pleasure and pride in serving our community throughout the year.

In addition to our many social activities, we hold a variety of fund-raising activities to raise money
for 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 Federation of American (and Intl) Women Overseas.  Through our membership, you can get involved
in human rights causes, and even participate in United Nations meetings in New York.


Amazing Benefits of Membership

New Friends
The club provides the opportunity to immediately make friends in your new home country

Support Settling In
Learn from other members about local English-speaking resources, businesses, craftsmen, babysitters,
pet-sitters, or learning another language.

Activities
We offer group walks, book clubs, interfaith studies, day and overnight trips, tours, tennis league,
volunteer opportunities, play dates for young parents.

Events
Through our monthly electronic newsletter, website and Facebook page, our members are offered
many opportunities to attend events in and around the greater Frankfurt and Rhein-main region.
Members are also welcome to offer classes sharing their own skills and hobbies.

Networking
Connecting with such a large, international membership base, our club offers great opportunities for
networking.

Discounts
Enjoy member discounts for travel and sports activities

Volunteer Opportunities
As  non-profit organization, we offer a number of volunteer opportunities.  You may want to serve on
our board, act as a neighborhood coordinator or participate in local charities.  There are many choices
available.

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

I first came to Germany for work years ago as a single woman.  Someone at work suggested I join this club.  I was skeptical about having time for it, but found out I could participate a little or a lot, so decided to give it a try, and found others in the Working Women’s Group “like me.”   I came back to Germany some years later as a working mother of a young child and re-joined to take advantage of the Mother’s Corner group, and to my relief, found others “like me,” and raising a third culture kid.  Then when I left my corporate job, I found responsibilities in the club that fulfilled my project management / leadership need, and again found others “like me.”

Other people move here with a working spouse and are skeptical if they will ever find 'a place’ here in a foreign land.  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, and as the Beatles song goes, “a little help from our friends” (albeit new ones), the experience can be so rewarding.

For myself, and many alike, the AIWC has provided just that.  In the time I have been a member, I have seen the positive impact it has on my local community, and also for  myself.   With the many groups under the umbrella of the AIWC, opportunities are there for everyone: from taking a sabbatical from the usual responsibilities back home, or feeding that desire to travel, or giving time, talents and treasures for a charity, or taking on a board position, or tapping into your 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 so many possibilities and opportunities. 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 every day to the community.   So to both our current members and those ‘yet to be’, I hope the AIWC will help you discover how to make your time here simply unforgettable, and so importantly, to know what a positive impact you make.

I wish you all the best in finding your place here and helping others find theirs too!

Danita Waterfall-Brizzi
AIWC President 2019-2020

Current Executive Board


Danita

Waterfall-Brizzi

President

aiwcfrankfurt.president@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 with her Italian husband and 14-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. She has already done so much to energize the AIWC, most recently by serving as First Vice President.



Rebecca

Ahlberg

First Vice President

aiwcfrankfurt.1vp@gmail.com

Rebecca moved to Frankfurt last December from Chicago. She is originally from Greenville, SC and attended Wake Forest University where she studied Art History. Before moving here, she worked as an estate specialist for an auction house, specializing in artwork, jewelry, mid-century modern furnishings and vintage clothing. She enjoys reading, knitting, cross-stitch, yoga, walking, listening to podcasts, cooking, travel and sometimes golf! She and her husband have no human children but a very loud, elderly cat named Winnie šŸ±, two nephews, six nieces and one god-daughter.  



Zili (Angela) Shi

Second Vice President

aiwcfrankfurt.2vp@gmail.com

Angela moved to KoĢˆnigstein with her husband and daughter in 2017. Her husband works for Marriott and her daughter attends the International School of Frankfurt (ISF). They previously lived in China, Hong Kong, Italy and Turkey before moving to Germany. Angela has a bachelor's degree in industrial design and has worked several years both as a freelancer as well as a managing director in the retail trade and luxury goods business. She also has marketing and public relations experience in the same field. She is multi- talented and very artistic. She generously donated a painting of Replication of Mogao Cave #98 that was auctioned at the 2019 gala.



Mary Grace

Gerstner

Secretary

aiwcfrankfurt.secretary@gmail.com

Mary Grace Gerstner moved to KoĢˆnigstein in August from Kansas City, Missouri but says that it has been like coming home since she and her family lived here from 2012-2015. Her husband works for Boehringer Ingelheim in the animal health division and they have three children. Her oldest son, William, is a Junior at Purdue University; middle son, Ian, is a freshman at Kansas State University, and daughter, Micah is a sophomore at Frankfurt International School

For the past 21 years, she has been a stay-at-home mom running the household, taxiing the kids to their outside activities, and volunteering at both the grade school and high school in the library, school office, cafeteria, and special events. In the work environment, I worked for computer software companies in the marketing field where I ran the logistics help desk and supported the sales personnel. I have a variety of interests including reading mystery novels, entertaining family and friends, and traveling.



Nancy Lee

Treasurer

aiwcfrankfurt.treasurer@gmail.com

Nancy Lee moved to Frankfurt from Lake Orion, Michigan in October, 2018. She has a BS in Biology from Santa Clara University in California and has worked as a chemist, substitute teacher and a stay home mom.  Her husband, Tony, is an engineer working for the US Army in the US Consulate.  They have previously lived in California, Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, but this is their 1st overseas assignment.

Since arriving in Germany, the Lees have visited 12 countries and plan to visit many more. They have three grown children and a 7 year old granddaughter living in the States.



Monika Wickel

Nominations

aiwcfrankfurt.nominations@gmail.com

Monika describes herself as “have dog and iPad --will travel.” She knows and enjoys the cultural differences of life on both sides of the Atlantic having spent many winters in Miami Beach. She organizes coffee mornings, pot luck lunches and evening couples events as a neighborhood coordinator for the Kronberg/KoĢˆnigstein area. She also opens her home to a weekly survival German class for anyone who wishes to practice speaking and get information about daily life here in Germany. Being bilingual, very patient, and friendly she has been a great help to so many members of the club.


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