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Looking Back and Forward: A Recap of the Annual General Meeting

Mon, January 27, 2020 11:29 | Christine Funke (Administrator)

On January 26th, 2020, members of the Heidelberg IWC gathered at the Mehrgenerationenhaus Heidelberg for the Annual General Meeting and to celebrate the Club’s 2nd birthday.

Heidelberg IWC AGM 2020 Group photo

Our Amazing Partner Organizations

President Christine Funke opened the meeting and appointed Mary Manning as the AGM Secretary, and then leading the vote for the new Executive Board. Christine then gave her President’s report noting that the 2nd year for the club was one of change and growth. She mentioned that a big focus was on building relationships in the community and talked about the partner groups the HIWC interacted with in the past year, including Food Explorers, Mehrgenerationenhaus Heidelberg, CoWomen Heidelberg, Heidelberg Women’s March, the German American Women’s Club, and the HIP Women’s Forum.

Charitable Work & Volunteering

She passed the spotlight to VP Marelie Manders who told about some of the highlights of the year, and later she covered the Club’s charity work and volunteering activities with Cooking for Hope, the Beauty Skills Project at the Hardstrasse Refugee Shelter, the NCT Run and Benefit Concert. In total, the Club donated over €950 to charities in the past year. Well done!


Christine presented the Treasurer and Membership reports, on behalf of Maria Simo and Ginny Trowman, respectively. The Club’s finances are in good order, and the Club currently has 60 members with the goal to get to 80 this coming Club year. Most members find us through their friends so we encourage our current members to spread the word about the Club. Our Club is comprised of women from over 22 different countries—a truly international group.

Social Media & FAWCO

Tatiana D’Antonio presented her Social Media report explaining her role in keeping the Club’s Facebook and Instagram accounts up-to-date. FAWCO Rep Ulrike Näumann finished up the reports part of the meeting with updates from the Club’s activities with FAWCO, a brief introduction, and ways to get involved from attending the upcoming Interim Meeting in Luxembourg in March and helping to fundraise for the soon-to-be-picked Target Project. Both Ulrike and Christine mentioned ways in which the HIWC has connected with other FAWCO Clubs around the world to do good work.

Heidelberg IWC Board Members 2020

Newly elected 2020 - 2021 Board Members (from L to R): Mary Manning, Treasurer; Marelie Manders, President; Christine Funke, Vice President & Founder

Thank You to Our Volunteers!

After a short break, the meeting resumed and Marelie announced the names of the members being recognized for their service to the club and presented the ones present with gifts. Thank you to all of our members who keep our Club running!

Christine then gave a short speech and presented Marelie with the “Barbara Bellosa Volunteer of the Year” Award highlighting her time with the HIWC, dedication to and involvement with the Club. Barbara was a cherished member who played an integral role in the founding of the Club in 2018 but passed away from cancer in late 2018.


The meeting came to a close then it was time to celebrate! Raffle tickets were purchased, cake and food were eaten, and mingling brought members together. Over €245 was raised from the raffle for the Club's Beauty Skills Project, and we want to say a big thank you to our donors who donated the 4 prizes:

It was a joint effort with all members helping to set up and take down the events. The AGM is really a wonderful way to celebrate the accomplishments and fun of the Club from the past year.

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Rossini Ristorante & Bar Heidelberg

Food Explorers

Migration Hub Heidelberg

Mehrgenerationenhaus Heidelberg

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