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Who We Are

Welcome to Washington International Club, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a welcome for women coming to the Washington area from countries other than the United States and to encourage friendship between these women and the women of the United States.

Friendship and Understanding

The purpose of our Club is to promote friendship through understanding and understanding through friendship among women of all nations. 

Our programs provide an opportunity to share mutual interests, learn from each other, share our cultures with each other, and establish deep lasting friendships.  

For over 60 years, our guiding principles - The Four Ps: No Politics, No Protocol, No Projects, No Publicity - have helped our Club carry on our founder's vision.

Fascinating Programs


Our members enjoy trips to artists’ studios, exhibitions, and workshops and take trips in the DC area to destinations off the beaten track throughout the Club season from September through June.


Exploring Different Cultures

Our programs include visits to embassies where we learn about the cultures of many countries from around the world, as well as programs where members themselves share their own travel experiences and broaden our horizons. 


International Cuisine

Cooking demonstrations, specialty dishes, and recipes shared by members give us a rare pleasure of tasting different national cuisines.



Members exercise their many skills and talents as they plan fun, creative, and educational programs and volunteer by organizing and hosting events.

Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

Meet Our New Members

A New Member Orientation was held on November 14, 2022, to provide a warm in-person welcome to eighteen new members - US, US Naturalized, and International. This is a group of amazing women with diverse skills, talents, and backgrounds.
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Our next New Member Orientation will be held on
February 13, 2023.

Club Highlights

President Lea Hesse and the Board of Directors of Welcome to Washington International Club hosted one of our most cherished traditions the Annual Fall Tea on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at Columbia Country Club.  

Members, special guests, honorary members and other embassy guests celebrated friendship, understanding, and hospitality around the world. Standing in front of the quilt featuring the country flags of our members are our esteemed president and immediate past president in their native dress with other past presidents of our beloved Club.


It was thrilling to have the daughter, granddaughters and "sister" of our founder, Marian Adair, join us.


Welcome Clubs International

Welcome to Washington International Club is proud to be a member of Welcome Clubs International - linking independent women's organizations around the world.

WCI's Regional Perspectives Europe webinar was held on November 7, 2022.  It featured Sonia Kennebeck
 - Award Winning Director, Producer, Journalist, Investigative Reporter and Documentary Filmmaker.  She endeared herself by her understated demeanor in sharing her remarkable devotion to her cause. 

2022-11 WCI RP Europe

On Jun 24, 2020, WCI was officially recognized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and granted special Consultative Status. This status enables WCI to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies and to designate official representatives to the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the United Nations offices in Geneva and Vienna.


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