The American Women's Club of Luxembourg
The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg was founded in 1959. Its mission is to foster and encourage social, educational, cultural and philanthropic activities among its members in Luxembourg.
The American Women’s Club of Luxembourg (AWCL) is a non-profit, volunteer-run group serving women in Luxembourg and the surrounding region. It’s a registered Social Club as required by A.S.B.L. laws (Associations Sans But Lucrative: non-profit organizations).
Our name is somewhat misleading as the majority of our members are actually not American - 60% come from almost 40 other countries around the world. We celebrate this diversity as each member brings to the Club unique experiences and a culturally rich background that we all benefit from.
The AWCL formed in 1959 as a small, informal gathering. Today, we have hundreds of members from all around the world, including newcomers and women who have called Luxembourg home for many years now.
In 1947, two young American women living in Luxembourg met and became friends. Mary Elvinger and Kappy Dupong were both married to Luxembourgers. Years later, Mary heard a woman speaking English in a store and introduced herself. The woman had been in Luxembourg for six weeks, and Mary was the first person who talked to her. Mary realized something must be done to welcome and help newcomers to Luxembourg.
Mary and Kappy joined forces with Marie Taylor, who was married to the First Secretary of the American Embassy. Marie contacted various club leaders in Europe and received advice and help from many. After several discussions (many in Luxembourg, one in Paris), a small group took a formal vote to form the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg.