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


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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