About Us

From our first meeting in April of 1971, with thirty members present, our Club currently includes over 300 amazing women from more than 35 countries. The American International Women’s Club (AIWC) is a registered non-profit, non-political and non-denominational English-speaking organization. We support the international community in Frankfurt and the surrounding Rhein Main region, roughly from Bad Homburg to Darmstadt, Wiesbaden to Hanau and everywhere in between. 

We are a dynamic group providing friendship and support among women and their families who are living in the region, whether short term expats new to Germany, or long term residents looking for an international connection. We enjoy our time together and have fun with a variety of activities, services, charitable and social events, sports, and interest groups.  We stayed busy and connected even during Covid, it's amazing what this group of women can achieve!

It's important that we give back; we hold a variety of fund-raising activities to raise money for local charitable organizations in addition to volunteering in other ways. Over the years the club has had a wonderful impact on so many different organizations.  We're proud to be members of FAWCO, the Federation of American (and International) Women Overseas. Your AIWC membership opens up opportunities to access FAWCO conferences, workshops, and scholarships.  You can get involved in human rights causes, and even participate in United Nations meetings in New York. 

We support our members going through a rough patch with our confidential CARES (Crisis Assistance Resources Emergency Services) program.  CARES also focuses on lifting us up with wellness workshops, support and recognition, it's more important than ever with the challenges of today.

What we're about

Our Mission Statement

To help maintain and grow our non-profit, English-speaking women’s club to continue to provide support, friendship, networking, and social and charitable opportunities for both those new to the Rhein-Main area and women who have made it a long-term home.

New Friends
The club provides the opportunity to immediately make friends in your local area and throughout the club. All members are in one of our 6 'Neighborhoods': Bad Homburg/Oberursel, Greater Bad Soden, Frankfurt, Kronberg/Königstein, Darmstadt & Surrounding areas, and Wiesbaden & Surrounding areas.  It's not a limitation of course and members can attend events in all neighborhoods. Each Neighborhood is led by volunteer Neighborhood Coordinators, with monthly meetups scheduled.

Support Settling In
Finding it challenging to feel 'at home'? We get it. We can help. Make friends and learn from other members about local English-speaking resources, businesses, craftsmen, babysitters, pet-sitters, or learning another language. You'll be feeling more settled in no time with our collective experience supporting you. Our 'Life in Frankfurt' pages can also help.

We stay active with group walks, hikes and biking around this beautiful region. Monthly All Club Coffees/After Dark Cocktails, book clubs, interfaith studies, German or Italian conversation groups, day and overnight trips, tennis league, wellness workshops, games, crocheting, several Mom's groups for a range of children's ages, Working Women, Entrepreneurs, and more. There is something for everyone and of course we welcome fresh ideas for new interest groups.

Our monthly electronic newsletter, website, event calendar and private Facebook group all keep us up to date on the many events in and around the greater Frankfurt and Rhein-main region. 

Connecting with such a large, international membership base, our club offers great opportunities for  networking and meeting other professional women in and around Frankfurt. 

Volunteer Opportunities
As a non-profit organization, our amazing volunteers keep the club running and growing.  We chair a variety of Executive and General Board positions, along with neighborhood coordinators and interest group leaders.  

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! Come join us and help us live our motto:

When Women Support Each Other, Incredible Things Happen!

A Note From Our Former 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 child. 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, feeding that desire to travel, giving time, talents and treasures for a charity, taking on a board position, 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 in Frankfurt 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 - 2021

Current Executive Board

Mary Grace Gerstner



I have lived in Königstein since August 2018. This is our second time living in the area and I've been a member of the AIWC for seven years total. My husband works for Boehringer Ingelheim in the animal health division and we have two sons and a daughter spread across the world in Bologna, Italy; Dublin, Ohio; and London, England. Although it's a big adjustment from 'stay at home mom', after 24 years we are enjoying being 'empty nesters'! I have a variety of interests including reading mystery novels, games, entertaining, and traveling. I served as AIWC President last year and previously as Secretary for two years, and it's a pleasure to help the club to continue to grow and connect international women in the region.

Lisa Paganini

First Vice President


I am originally from Brazil, and became an American citizen after living in the USA for several years. We moved to Königstein in 2019 for my husband's job, and I have a daughter in grade 11 at FIS, and a son graduating from college this year. I have been a member of AIWC since 2020 and I have served on the board as Secretary for the past year. I am excited to take on a new role, helping to create fun events, trips, support our charities and causes, as well as becoming more involved with the club and members.

Sabine Uhle

Second Vice President

I was born in Germany and moved to Bad Soden with my family in 1996. My husband and I have two kids (son born in 1995, daughter in 1999). Slowly but surely we’re becoming empty nesters which opens new perspectives - not only for the young ones! I lived in England for a year in the 90‘s and enjoy traveling a lot. Joining the club in 2016 brought many interesting ladies into my life, I enjoy learning so much about different cultures and characters and made new friends. For the past five years I was Charity Coordinator for the club and was able to help support a number of charitable organizations. Being part of a team and working for a good cause is a wonderful experience and gives me joy.

Barb Hicks



I am originally from Toronto, Canada. My husband’s work has taken us around the world to Prague, Hong Kong, back to Toronto and as of Summer 2021, Oberursel! I am a Mum to a 22yr old daughter and 20yr old son, who are both staying in Canada to finish up school. I am currently working part time as a personal trainer with an online health and fitness company. Before COVID, I worked and volunteered with people of all ages, including older adults with memory and/or mobility issues applying the principles of my Montessori teaching background and fitness know-how. The AIWC has been an incredibly helpful network for me and my husband as we settle into our new home in Germany. It would be a wonderful opportunity to be able to give back. I love downhill skiing, hiking, and spending time with our young Labrador, Mabel

Heidi Jung



I am originally from New Jersey and have lived the last 18 years in Europe. For the first 6 years I was working in London for Deutsche Bank. I met my German husband there and in 2010 we married and settled here in Hünstetten. We have 8-year-old twin boys in second grade, and in my free time I enjoy photography, travel, card games, puzzles and reading. I'm one of the NCs of the Wiesbaden/Mainz neighborhood; it’s been wonderful getting to know so many ladies and hope this year really allows for more opportunities to get together. I’ve served as Treasurer for two years now and it’s been so rewarding - I’ve very much enjoyed being able to use my previous finance knowledge, learn new skills, and work with so many interesting and talented women.

Dana Fritchie



I was born and raised in NYC, and have lived in Germany on and off since 2005. From our most recent stint in England to here in Frankfurt, l have learned that clubs like ours are absolutely vital to one's well being. Our first time living abroad was when my husband was an active-duty soldier stationed near Baumholder, Germany. I have been a member of our club since 2017 and served on its executive board from 2017-2019. When I am not a trailing spouse, I am an educator. I worked for fifteen years at the same school in Brooklyn, NY with students in general education and special education programs. My husband and I have a teenager at home and as a family we enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures. I remain steadfast in my quest to find a place in Europe that can replicate what is essentially the lifeblood of a true New Yorker: a NYC bagel.

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