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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 February 14, 2023, to provide a warm in-person welcome to 23 new members - US, US Naturalized, and International. This is a group of amazing women with diverse skills, talents, and backgrounds.
 2023-02 NMO

Our next New Member Orientation will be held on
April 17, 2023.

Club Highlights

Welcome to Washington’s newest club-wide “Winter Wonderland” Holiday Party, presented by Designing Women and Gourmet Committees, was a tremendous success!

Shown below are President Lea Hesse with the elves from the Designing Women and Gourmet Committees who orchestrated the event.



Members, dressed in glittery, dazzling and chic attire, enjoyed the sparkling event held on December 1, 2022 at Columbia Country Club.


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: 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.

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.

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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