About Membership

Benefits of Membership



  • LOCAL SUPPORT NETWORK, available in-person and online, that can help you acclimate to life in Germany and the Düsseldorf area.



  • MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION to The Radschläger,  our quarterly magazine available exclusively to our members. 

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MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEMBERSHIP

WHO CAN JOIN THE AIWCD?

The only requirement for Club membership is that you speak English. You don't need to be an American — we have members from all over the world. We're open to all religions, creeds, sexualities, ages, genders and ethnicities. We love having members from diverse backgrounds — it makes the Club better. Passable English skills are all you need.

NEW MEMBER SUPPORT

BIG SISTERS

New members are assigned a Big Sister, who is available to answer individual questions and help navigate the club and surroundings.  She will get in touch with you via email or phone. 

WELCOME PACKETS

New members also receive a New Member Welcome Packet from our membership team. 

ASK THE AIWCD

The Membership Team is always available to help new members connect and answer questions.  If they cannot help, they will know someone who can.

CLUB COMMUNICATION

WEBSITE + MOBILE APP

Once you are a member, you will have access to the full website and mobile app.  You will be able to access all information including the calendar, the online directory and of course, you will immediately be able to register for all our events and activities.   

MONTHLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER

All members receive event announcements, important updates and the monthly newsletter via email. Members should be sure to keep their email up to date in their profile.

QUARTERLY MAGAZINE

All members have the choice to receive our magazine, The Radschläger, online or as a print copy. This can be set in a members's profile settings on the club website or member app. Members who have an overseas mailing address are not able to receive a print copy but can read the magazine online. 

PRIVATE SOCIAL MEDIA

All members are invited to our private Facebook group and LinkedIn page to keep in touch with the club and ask questions. Our membership team will be happy to connect you.

PUBLIC SOCIAL MEDIA

We also maintain a public Facebook page which contains limited information about the club due to privacy concerns. We hope you will 'Like' us, but we suggest our members who use Facebook join our private group to stay in touch.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Members are responsible for keeping their email address and contact information, as well as subscription preferences current. All personal data and email preferences can be updated at any time through the member's profile section in the website or member app. 

GETTING INVOLVED

PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS + ACTIVITIES 

The best way to get involved is to get out and attend events! All events are listed on the Club calendar — you just need to sign up. If an event is full, sign up with the wait list so you can be added as soon as a spot opens up.

EVENT CANCELLATIONS

A reservation made is a reservation paid. Stay committed to your event and activity registrations! If you find you can't attend an event you signed up for, please cancel as soon as possible. If we are unable to find a replacement, in some cases, you may have to pay any associated event fees. Read our cancellation policy here.

START YOUR OWN ACTIVITY OR EVENT

Do you have an idea for an activity or event? Let us know. We love new activities, events or speakers.  

GET INVOLVED IN CLUB LEADERSHIP

Do you want be involved at a higher level? We have a variety of leadership opportunities through the Board and leadership committees.  All members are welcome to participate at the level they choose.

FAWCO MEMBERSHIP

All AIWCD members are automatically members of FAWCO (formally known as the Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas). You will have access to their network and support. Members, their children and their grandchildren are also eligible to apply for FAWCO Educational Awards. Children, teens and young adults are eligible to participate in the FAWCO Youth Program. We recommend that all members register with FAWCO to get full access to benefits.

MEMBERSHIP DUES

COST OF MEMBERSHIP

Membership costs €65 per year. Once you pay your dues, you will be registered as a full member for one year. You will be able to participate in all club events and activities. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Payment is available via PayPal or bank transfer (Bank Details here). PayPal payments are immediately received. Bank transfers may take up to two weeks to be credited to your account. Membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

WHAT DOES MY MEMBERSHIP FEE PAY FOR?

Membership fees cover club estimated operating expenses. At the end of each year, any excess funds, less reserves for potential un-billed expenses or planned projects, are added to the general charity fund. Operating costs include items such as website costs, tax advisor fees, insurance, supplies and volunteer/board service acknowledgements. As a charitable German organization, the membership fee is fully tax-deductible. Due to this status, we are required to follow strict rules on the use of our funds, including not using the funds to pay for or subsidize non-business events. Members pay a separate fee for all events and activities.

RENEWAL

Your renewal date is one calendar year from the date you first join. Members will be notified via email as their renewal date approaches. If a membership is not renewed within 30 days after expiration, the member will be automatically deleted from the club system. After this, a member would need to rejoin as a new member.

REDUCED RATE MEMBERSHIP

A reduced rate membership is available for people experiencing financial hardship and in some extenuating circumstances. Please contact us for more information.




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