Information on the Club
We are restricted by our Constitution to 200 members of which no more than half can be permanent residents of Greece.
We welcome any Greek or Foreign woman interested in fostering friendship and cultural exchange and learning in an informal atmosphere. We are strictly non-political.
Our members come from all walks of life and although not specifically for working women who may not have the time to participate fully, we do have many who are in business or the professions. We are all women committed to making the world a safer, happier and environmentally better place for this generation and the ones to come.
Applicants for membership must first attend 2-3 General Meetings as a guest and can then apply for membership provided they have 2 sponsors who know them well. There are 2 categories of membership, temporary (up to 7 years in Greece) and permanent. All members must attend activities and General Meetings. Activities comprise at least 1 but not more than 3 of the regular Circles or 2 of the Special Wednesdays events held during each month. All members must be willing, at some time, to serve on the Executive Board and/or a committee.
WIC holds a Monthly General Meeting of members on the last Thursday of each month except for July and August at different locations in and around Athens. The Annual General Meeting is held in January: this is a business meeting reviewing the previous year’s activities and finance and installing the new elected Executive Board. The Extraordinary General Meeting is held in November and is also a business meeting at which the Executive Board for the coming year is elected.
All members are expected to attend these meetings which combine Club business and a programme with a guest speaker or performer of the highest standard and from the broadest range of interest including customs and traditions of our host country, Greece; we serve refreshments and there is the opportunity for members to mix and mingle, catch up on each others news and meet guests.
In addition to the monthly General Meetings there are regular circles held throughout the month, as follows:
Weekly: Beginners Golf and Bridge for Beginners
Fortnightly: Greek, Italian and French Conversation, Choraleers and International Dancing
Monthly: English Conversation, Ethnic Cooking, Russian and Spanish Conversation, Book Circle, International Cookery, Drama and Play Reading and Film and Book Discussion
We also have Special Wednesdays two or three times a month.
We organize trips within Greece and abroad and have been to China and Tibet, Bangkok, Malta, Argentina and Brazil, Russia, Jordan and many more fascinating places.
See also our
Constitution and By-Laws
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COMMUNITY NEWS INFOTEL
CONTACT INFORMATION BY TELEPHONE
This service for all our Members is a liaison for various Ministries and SOS doctors, UNICEF, Hellenic Red Cross, Mother Theresa for Refugees, Orphanage in Nea Makri and animal welfare groups.
SOS Doctors 24 hour emergency service including all holidays -Telephone number is 1016. They also offer X-rays at home for very ill patients.
For information call Joy Markopoulou
Members leaving Greece who may wish to join a club similar to WIC in the country of their destination should contact ourInternational Coordinator. She holds details of Open Door to which our club is affiliated and which lists other International Women's Organisations throughout the world.
EXECUTIVE BOARD JOB DESCRIPTIONS
In this age of technology, it is helpful, not to say essential, that all Board Members should have a mobile phone and at least a FAX machine and be able to type. To insist on computer literacy and email facilities would rule out some very valuable potential board members, but it makes life much easier and communications far quicker if candidates possess these qualifications and the equipment necessary.
President – The President represents the Club judicially and extra-judicially and presides at the meetings of the Club. She approves all programmes and is an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. In other words, the President is responsible for the smooth running of the Club within its aims as set out in Art. 1 of the Constitution as applying to WIC of Athens. The President co-ordinates and addresses all monthly General Meetings, chairs the November A.G.M. for the election of officers for the new Board and also the following January A.G.M. up until the installation of the new Board. She addresses the Club through the monthly newsletter.
Vice President – The Vice President shall, in case of absence of the President, perform the duties of the President and shall attend all board meetings. She shall maintain the Policy Files, keeping them up to date with new policies decided by the Executive Board or changes to fit with current needs. The Vice President keeps the President’s shield and ensures that it is engraved with her President’s name, to whom she presents it when the Board’s year finishes. The Vice President also assumes the responsibility for sending flowers to sick or bereaved members. She should make a point of making new members feel welcome at General Meetings and participate in the New Members’ Coffee Morning.
Treasurer – The Treasurer shall collect dues, shall open an account with a bank following a decision of the Board and shall deposit a reasonable working sum for small expenses with the account. She shall handle the funds of the Club, withdraw funds from the bank, issue checks and make all payments. She shall maintain a file of receipts. She shall keep all the books required by Law or those requested by the General Assembly.
Recording Secretary –The Recording Secretary should preferably have secretarial or business experience. She must have a thorough knowledge of written English, have a typewriter or PC and be able to record, prepare and type the Minutes of Board Meetings. She should make necessary copies of Minutes for distribution to all Board Meetings, Agendas with the President’s approval, record notes of the business part of monthly General Meetings, prepare the Record Book for signature with names of all paid up members attending extraordinary meetings and A.G.Ms sign on arrival. She is responsible for having the necessary translations made and officially stamped and entered in the Record Book. She must also keep the files of Minutes in order.
Membership Officer – The Membership Officer shall be in charge of membership and the status of members. She shall prepare an up to date membership directory of their current members by the end of February if possible. With the approval of the Board she shall arrange New Members’ coffee mornings two or three times a year and shall co-operate with the Treasurer for the collection of annual dues and fees.
Activities Officer – The Activities Officer has the overall responsibility for the Circles. She must ensure that the sign up sheets are kept up to date and must liaise with the Circle Leaders that all is well with their groups and make announcements accordingly at the General Meeting and in the newsletter. She shall follow up new ideas and suggestions for new Circles and Mini Circles for feasibility and possible inclusion in future Activities Programmes. She should organise Special Wednesdays, up to three a month depending on the month and public holidays. She should have knowledge of and contact with the Greek (Athenian) scene in order to provide speakers, performers, outings etc. She approaches ladies from within WIC who will offer their homes and host these occasions to include where possible an embassy “Meet My Country”, which has become very popular. Each month’s activities must be listed and ready to hand to the Publications Officer at the Board Meeting for inclusion in the newsletter and to the Corresponding Secretary for the thank you letters for hostesses and speakers.
Programme Officer – The Programme Officer is responsible for the programmes presented at the General Meetings. She decides on the venue in conjunction with the Hospitality Officer and contacts the speaker confirming with him or her in writing and preferably again by telephone, establishing a friendly relationship. She chooses programmes to interest and please as wide a section of the membership as possible and has substitute programmes in case of cancellation. She proposes programmes for approval at the Board Meetings.
Corresponding Secretary – She should have a typewriter, be able to type and have a thorough knowledge of written English.
She shall be responsible for all letters connected with the Club
under the direction and with the approval of the President.
She shall notify members of the Executive Board of all regular and special meetings.
Hospitality Officer – The Hospitality Officer shall be in charge of catering and other similar arrangements for monthly General
Meetings in co-operation with the Programme Officer. Some knowledge of Greek is useful.
Publications Officer - The Publications Officer must have a
thorough knowledge of written English, have a PC and be able to type. She must attend monthly Board Meetings to gather
information for the newsletter for duplication. She must photocopy, staple, stamp and mail the newsletters as soon after the Board Meeting as
Executive Board 2013
Maria Pantazi -Peck (Canada)
Anthea Gavoyannis (Australia)
Claudia Lolas (USA)
Pepita Wahren (Finland)
Liz Vrondissis (Ireland)
Tassoula Papakirillou (Greece)
Cristina Butler (Brazil) & Rena Papadopoulou (Greece)
Marcia Spartinos (USA)
Martha Murray (USA)
Jeaneth Zelou - Figuroa (Columbia)
Membership Officer Lizzie Khoza Grivoyannis (South Africa)