Address: Elizabetes iela 281, Riga, Latvia, LV-1010
President: Ms Ina Forande
Link to homepage: http://www.iwcr.lv
The idea of a club originated in 1992 when some expatriate women decided to start organising activities for international women in Riga. From this, in April 1995, the unregistered REIGAL (Riga Expatriate Interest Groups and Luncheons) was founded by a group of six dedicated women.
Finally in June 1995, the International Women's Club of Riga (IWCR) was born, by becoming an official NGO (Non-Government Organization) in Latvia. Its membership at the time was about 20 ladies. They united in an effort to make their life in Riga more rewarding and interesting. They voted in a Constitution and the very first Executive Board.
Today, the Club boasts a membership of 183 women from 38 countries! The Board consists of 12 elected officers: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, Charity Chairperson, Hostess, Web Woman, Activities Chairperson, Tour and Social Director and a Membership Director. The Board meets once per month to discuss IWCR issues and events. Minutes are recorded and members kept informed at monthly luncheons and via the monthly newsletter.
The Club hosts monthly luncheons at carefully pre-selected restaurants and invites members to attend and bring a guest if they wish. The lunches are nice affairs with deliciously prepared and presented meals. They are well attended and members use the opportunity to interact, socialize and network with each other.
Once a month, the Club holds a Meet & Greet coffee which is yet another method of introducing new and existing members to each other, as well as to the Club’s functions and activities in particular and Riga in general. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet in smaller groups and engage in more convivial discussions.
Open to all Club members is the opportunity to participate in a varied range of activities sponsored by the club such as: architecture, ballroom dancing, cooking classes, bridge, a book group, Bible discussion, English conversation, golf, Spanish conversation, tennis, etc.
Membership fees are currently 35 EUR per year from May to April. Club membership entitles members to reduced lunch fees, a subscription to the newsletter, participation in club activity groups and discounts at some stores, companies, organizations and restaurants.
The working language of the Club is English; however with 38 countries represented, the languages likely to be heard at any given gathering are many and varied.