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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


2023-12 Holiday Party Registration Closed

Meet Our New Members

At our September New Member Orientation we warmly welcomed 31 new members - US, US Naturalized, and International. This is a group of amazing women with diverse skills, talents, and backgrounds.
 2023-09 NMO Group Photo

Our next New Member Orientation will be held November 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 Friday, September 22, 2023, at Columbia Country Club.

Members, special guests, honorary members and other embassy guests, celebrated friendship, understanding and hospitality around the world.

2023-09 Fall Tea PP

Standing in front of the WTW quilt featuring the flags from countries of our members are President Lea Hesse with some of our past presidents. 


Back by popular demand was the amazing Parade of Nations showcasing our members dressed in their traditional outfits.  


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


Club memorabilia ~ almost 65 years


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. 
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.

WCI Announcements

WCI Conference - Taiwan

Our WCI Sister Club, Welcome to Taipei International Club (WTIC), will host the 16th Biennial Conference on April 14-18, 2024 in Taipei, Taiwan.

WCI President Vivienne Shen and WTIC President Joan Fuh cordially invite all members of the WCI-affiliated clubs and their guests to come to Taipei to rejoice in friendships, and learn from one another. It was last in 2002 that WTIC had the privilege to host the Biennial Conference, so they are truly thrilled to have the honor to welcome everyone again after two decades.  

WTW members will find detailed information on Conference Registration, Fees, and Itinerary on the Member site's Homepage.

WCI Highlights
  • WCI held its inaugural parallel event program to the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women 67 on March 7, 2023! It featured six women speaking about their organization's accomplishments and challenges in empowering women and girls to build bridges of friendship, understanding, and education in the digital age. Click here to listen to the recording.

  • WCI's - Regional Perspectives: Asia webinar was held on  February 7, 2023. WIC Jakarta presented Eva Sabdono, internationally respected in Indonesia, the ASEAN region, and the world through the UN, World Health Organization, and others. She is an authority and strong advocate for improving the quality of life in the golden years.