Your home away from home
If you are a woman from another part of the world living in the Limerick region in Ireland, we in the International Women's Organisation would like to say "Welcome".
For many of you, this could be an emotional move. Either you are here for a couple of months, a few years or perhaps, indefinitely. We in the International Women's Organisation have been through the uncertainty settling into unfamiliar surroundings, either as a single person or as a family. We would like to get to know you, introduce you to the people with similar interests and possible concerns, answer any question you may have and help you to integrate into the community.
We hope that we can help to make your stay in this region an enjoyable one. The IWO is a very active social organisation made up of women from all over the world and brings together a large variety of diverse talents to ensure ongoing activities every week, if not every day.
Michael Daly, from the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), was responsible for getting the first group of 5 women in contact with each other in 1977. These women were American, German, Hungarian and English and they met informally until the membership slowly grew large enough to form the International Women's Organization.
A lady from the American Women's Club of Dublin offered advice on the formation of such a group. A Constitution was written and the first official meeting was held in September 1980. The Executive Board and the first President, an American Lady named Pierette Garvey, were elected that night.
Originally, the Constitution provided for only International women members. However, in 1982 this was amended to include a maximum of 25% women of Irish nationally. In the many years that the group has been in existence, the membership has been as low as 2 as high as 135. Over the years, the club has grown both in numbers and certainly in the amount of talent that has been shared with everyone.
We have published two IWO Cook Books incorporating many of the recipes we have used in theme lunches as well as family recipes from many members over the years.