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 & 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 her at president@awczurich.org  

Vice President Member Relations & Activities: Eleanor Paunovic

Promotes and oversees member involvement in Club events, activity groups and volunteer opportunities. To contact Eleanor, email her at vpmemberrelations@awczurich.org  

Vice President Communications: Rachel Thibodeaux

Responsible for marketing communications and public relations. To contact Rachel, email her at vpcommunications@awczurich.org

Interim Vice President Events: Ellen Frick Delman

Coordinates annual and special Club events and programs for our membership. To contact Ellen, email her at vpevents@awczurich.org 

Vice President Clubhouse Operations: Cassandra Budlong

Oversees Clubhouse operations and administration. To contact Cassandra, email her at vpclubhouse@awczurich.org  

 Secretary: Denise Moyer

Maintains minutes, reports, and other correspondence of all board and Club meetings. To contact Denise, email her at secretary@awczurich.org

 Treasurer: Rosmarie Gubser

Coordinates all Club financial transactions, reporting, budget and auditing activities. To contact Rosmarie email her at treasurer@awczurich.org 

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 her at FAWCO@awczurich.org

Ways and Means Chair:  Sue Rickenbacher

Coordinates the money generating programs of the Club like Workshop Week and the Christmas Market. To contact Sue, email her at waysandmeans@awczurich.org 

Library Chair:  Diane Naenny

Overseas all operational aspects of AWCZ library. To contact Diane, email her at Library@awczurich.org 

Parliamentarian:  Karen Spink

Advises the Board on policies and procedures. 

Membership Chair: Karen Carpenter

Manages club membership database and membership inquiries. To contact Karen, email her at membershipchair@awczurich.org

Round Robin Chair:  Lisa Wyssbrod

Overseas all operational aspects of producing The Round Robin magazine. Contact the editor at editor@awczurich.org

PhASE (Philanthropy & Social Engagement):  Laurel McDonald and Patti Baumgartner

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

 

Special Committee Chairs

Office Manager: Linda Christen

Email Linda at office@awczurich.org

Activities Chair: Lucy Kepner-Litwin

Email Maya at activitychair@awczurich.org

Head Advertising Representative: Open Position

Maintains relations with print and web advertisers. Email Stacy at advertising@awczurich.org

Christmas Market:  OPEN POSITION

Coordinates annual AWCZ Christmas market and visit with Santa event. christmasmarket@awczurich.org

Workshop Week:  Lyla Taylor

Coordinates annual AWCZ week-long continuing education workshop program. Email Tori at workshopweek@awczurich.org

Welcome Chair:  Alicia Camacho Santiago

Welcomes new AWCZ members to the Club and Zurich. welcome@awczurich.org

Member to Member Team:  Ileen Sangster

Provides assistance for AWCZ members in emergency or crisis situations. careteam@awczurich.org

Gallery at the Club: Gema Klein

Oversees The Gallery at the Club program. galleryattheclub@awczurich.org

Kids Corner:  OPEN POSITION

Coordinates family oriented programs and activities for AWCZ members. For more information contact kidscorner@awczurich.org

Scheduling:  Karen Spink

Coordinates scheduling of Clubhouse rooms for AWCZ and external organization usage. scheduler@awczurich.org

Webmaster:  Barbara Gazley

Manages the AWCZ website. webmaster@awczurich.org

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