What is the AWGLR?
The American Women's Group of Languedoc-Roussillon (AWGLR) was founded in 1986 by Dora Taylor, an American, while she was living in Montpellier. Current membership is made up of 60% American and 40% English-speaking women. The AWG is therefore an international group of women with an American majority, all seeking the same outcomes - friendship, good company, stimulating group activitives/events and occasionally raising funds for causes close to our hearts. Members include women who have lived in France for 25 years of more as well as women who have only just arrived.
We come together to share our passions, like reading and writing; cooking and wine tasting; donating and volunteering; assisting and mentoring in order to work towards a common goal: to enjoy our lives together.
AWG is a member of FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas) which supports numerous scholarship and other philanthropic activities throughout the world. Our fundraising activities are divided between international projects, mostly under FAWCO's auspices, and local charities.
Most importantly, we make fundraising fun! Dinners are organized in members' homes; we respond to major disasters with special fundraising events; or we produce a cookbook, as we have in 2014, called Season. The proceeds of this cookbook will benefit Restos Bebes du Coeur in Montpellier; the Jeevika Trust in India (a charity that assists women in the poorest villages to be self-sufficient); andthe FAWCO Foundation.
Most of the AWG's activities take place in and around Montpellier, but occasionally there may be a trip further afield in order to visit a garden or an art exhibition, for example. Members study gardening; discuss books; cook (and then eat); hike; improve their writing skills; and debate life's issues.These monthly activities are run by members on a voluntary basis and thus participants are ensured that they are organized and well-attended. There is something for everyone and if there isn't, there will be next time around.
Children are not forgotten either with trips to bowling (grown-ups invited too), the beach, and other venues specifically for youngsters. Informal, coffee or tea meet-ups and evening aperitifs are also regularly on the agenda. In addition, larger social events are organized during the course of the year when partners and spouses are welcome.
If you are English-speaking and would like to be part of the AWG, please do not hesitate to contact us at the details below: