President’s Message

December 2018

Dear Ladies,

The festive season is upon us! It is a busy time and December is overflowing with Member Club events, but I hope you will have the opportunity join with other FIWAL clubs as its the time to share good will and celebrate the holidays with friends. Certainly FIWAL started off the season with a flourish of activity.

The Autumn Gala on 17 November at the Lansdowne Club was a tremendous success. The event was sold out and the ballroom was at capacity with 162 guests. We have Ulviyya Taghizade, Founder and Honorary President of the Azerbaijani Women’s Association in the UK, to thank for being the driving spirit behind the Gala. As the newest Member Club, Ulviyya and the AWAUK wanted to become more involved and from this enthusiasm the idea of a Gala co-hosted by FIWAL and the AWAUK came to life.

Guests enjoyed Azerbaijani specialties including Azerbaijani wines, brandy, traditional music and items in the Grand Auction — and Ulviyya did a fantastic job as the auctioneer. From the profits on the evening and Grand Auction, FIWAL is very pleased to be donating £4600 to the AWAUK and the Yaradan Project for underprivileged children in Azerbaijan. Thank you to everyone who joined us on the evening and supported this worthy project.

My sincere thanks goes to Ulviyya and the AWAUK and the to the Gala Committee for their hard work and dedication to make this first FIWAL evening Gala a great success and a splendid evening. We hope to do more such events collaborating with Member Clubs in the future.

Looking to the year ahead, the Board of Directors meeting will be taking place on Monday 21 January at the Lansdowne Club. After the positive feedback from last January’s meeting with a speaker on GDPR, we thought it a good idea to address another issue of value to our Member Clubs. This time it the topic will be Social Media. Kate Rose from Rose McGrory Social Media Ltd. will be joining us to provide insights on ways to approach social media, assessing the landscape, developing a strategy, and creating an audience and content. The session should be very relevant and informative for everyone.

It’s time now to enjoy the magic of the season — I wish you all wonderful holidays full of good cheer!

With warmest regards,


Laura Schapira
President, FIWAL

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