American Women's Club of Zurich

About Us

AWCZlogoblackborderwebInternational friendships with an American flair!

Founded in 1931, the American Women's Club of Zurich welcomes US and North American citizens and women of all nationalities who appreciate the American way of life. We are a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to providing opportunities for friendship and personal development. We also actively engage in philanthropic and community service projects in the greater Zurich region, throughout Switzerland and in the larger global community.

The AWCZ Clubhouse is located in the trendy Seefeld neighborhood close to museums, cinema, the opera, restaurants, boutiques and the lake of Zurich. It is easily accessible by public transportation (trams 2 and 4). There are garages and some street parking available.


Meet The Board


The American Women’s Club of Zurich is governed by a board of seven elected officers, an appointed parliamentarian and three appointed standing committee chairs. In addition, numerous special or ad hoc committee chairs are appointed, as necessary, for special projects and other Club activities and operations. 


AWCZ Officers and Chairs

Executive Board

President: Lyla Taylor

Oversees activities of board officers and acts as official spokesperson of the Club. To contact the President, email  

Vice President Member Relations & Activities: Erin Crail

Promotes and oversees member involvement in Club events, activity groups and volunteer opportunities. To contact Erin, email  

Vice President Communications: Rachel Thibodeaux

Responsible for Club communications. To contact Rachel, email

Vice President Events: Kristin Fuchs

Coordinates annual and special Club events and programs for our membership. To contact Kristin, email 

Vice President Clubhouse Operations: Cassandra Budlong

Oversees Clubhouse operations and administration. To contact Cassandra, email  

Secretary: Denise Moyer

Maintains minutes, reports, and other correspondence of all Executive Board and Club meetings. To contact Denise, email

Treasurer: Rosmarie Gubser

Coordinates all Club financial transactions, reporting, budget, and auditing activities. To contact Rosmarie, email 

Rosmarie Gubser holds a BA from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma of Librarianship from the Royal Institute of Melbourne as well as a Primary Teacher’s Diploma for Zürich. She briefly worked as a primary school teacher in Zürich before becoming a Librarian at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Rosmarie then went on to a career at Productivity Software Resources in Melbourne in application development and project management. Following her return to Switzerland in 1990, she began a long career at IBM Switzerland culminating in a position as a finance controller.

After early retirement, Rosmarie began volunteering at Pro Senectute one half day a week as a Kindergarten helper as well as a Camp Leader two to three times a year for the “Zürcher Stiftung für Schülerferien”.

Rosmarie has been a member of the AWCZ since 2011 and has served as Library Chair as well as Assistant VP Clubhouse. She was also a member of the Clubhouse search committee. Rosmarie enjoys being a member of the AWCZ and believes active participation is more rewarding than just consuming.


Standing Committee Chairs

FAWCO Representative:  Laurel McDonald

Serves as liaison between AWCZ and global organization Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas. To contact Laurel, email

Ways and Means Chair:  Position OPEN!

Coordinates the money generating programs of the Club like Workshop Week and the Christmas Market. To contact, email 

Library Chair:  Diane Naenny

Oversees all operational aspects of AWCZ library. To contact Diane, email 

Parliamentarian:  Position OPEN!

Membership Chair: Karen Carpenter Probst

Manages club membership database and membership inquiries. To contact Karen, email

Round Robin Chair:  Position OPEN SOON!

Oversees all operational aspects of producing The Round Robin magazine. To contact, email

PhASE (Philanthropy & Social Engagement): Patti Baumgartner and Ann Kunz

Identifies community service and philanthropic opportunities in the greater Zurich areas for AWCZ members and their families. To contact the PhASE team, email


Special Committee Chairs

Office Manager: Linda Christen

Email Linda at

Activities Chair: Lucy Kepner-Litwin

Email Lucy at

Advertising Manager: Courtney Mullins

Maintains relations with print and web advertisers. Email:

Christmas Market:  OPEN POSITION

Coordinates annual AWCZ Christmas market and visit with Santa event. Email:

Workshop Week:  Lyla Taylor

Coordinates annual AWCZ week-long continuing education workshop program. Email:

Welcome Chair:  OPEN POSITION

Welcomes new AWCZ members to the Club and Zurich. Email:

Member to Member Care Team:  Rachel Thomann

Provides assistance for AWCZ members in emergency or crisis situations. Email:

Gallery at the Club: Gema Klein

Oversees The Gallery at the Club program. Email:

Kids Corner:  Ann Natterer and Amanda Hunsaker

Coordinates family oriented programs and activities for AWCZ members. For more information contact

Scheduler:  Laurel McDonald

Coordinates scheduling of Clubhouse rooms for AWCZ and external organization usage.

Webmaster:  Amanda Wigfall

Manages the AWCZ website.

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