President’s Message

August 2017

Dear Ladies,

Welcome back from your summer holidays and to the 2017/18 FIWAL year. To me, this time of year has always meant new beginnings — even more than the new year. It’s a time full of opportunity and the time to get ‘back to business’. So I am very much looking forward to the year ahead.

This autumn FIWAL will be trying something new. We will be combining the Board of Directors Meeting with the Presidents Lunch on Monday October 30. This will be a more informal lunch and we hope that it will give our Member Clubs time to get to know each other better and to share common experiences of our challenges and successes. Perhaps even we can find some opportunities for combined events among our Member Clubs.

It will be a busy year for FIWAL as we prepare for the 2018 Biennial Conference on Friday, April 27.  The topic for the conference is ‘Women’s Equality’ and we are pulling together a fabulous panel of speakers. So please mark your diaries and save the date.

There are some wonderful events scheduled by our Member Clubs and I look forward to attending as many as I can. I hope you will also take the opportunity to explore what’s on offer and engage with other clubs. And please, share the FIWAL newsletter with your members!

With all best wishes for the busy season ahead,


Laura Shapiro
President, FIWAL