President’s Message

February 2019

Dear Ladies,

I can hardly believe that it is already February and it has certainly started with a bang and a bit of snow! January seemed unusually busy to me and I have heard this from others as well. Perhaps this is an omen for an exciting and productive year ahead.

Thank you to the Presidents, Representatives and others who attended the January Board Meeting. I hope that everyone found the Social Media presentation from Kate Rose (Rose McGrory Social Media Ltd) informative and helpful. It provided a very useful overview of the social media landscape and plenty of ideas on how it can be used to our advantage. The presentation will be sent to each club with the Board Meeting minutes very shortly. At FIWAL we will definitely be exploring ways to build on the idea ‘community’ through various channels. Hopefully social media does not seem so scary now!

Our next event is a ‘Special Afternoon Tea’ on Monday 4 March. This event is graciously being hosted by the spouse of the Iraqi Ambassador at their residence in Holland Park. Iraqi sweet and savoury delights will be served to the sounds of traditional music. It is sure to be a wonderful afternoon and a popular event so please reserve your space soon before it fills up. Part of the proceeds from the Tea will go to support the Association of Supplementary Arabic Schools in the UK.

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Australian Women’s Club will be hosting a Coffee Morning at the Australian Consulate. This annual event is very special with wonderful speakers and homemade baked goods — this year is no exception. Please mark your diaries and RSVP soon as this is event will also sell out. Our sincere thanks go to the Australian Women’s Club for hosting and including FIWAL and its Member Clubs in their celebration.

As I mentioned at the Board Meeting, FIWAL’s long-standing First Vice President, Salwa Mayassi, has decided to step down from this role but fortunately will be remaining on the Executive Committee. We thank Salwa for her years of dedication and support to FIWAL — she has always shown much grace and generosity to everyone.

And remember, please share Dateline with members of your club — being part of the larger FIWAL international community only serves to enrich their membership and open up new opportunities.

In friendship,


Laura Schapira
President, FIWAL

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