American Women’s Clubs in Britain: Do they just eat cake?
Posted on May 25, 2010 by peacefulyorkshire
Ok so the blog post title is unfair. I’ve seen pictures of women’s clubs in ‘American in Britain Magazine’* also wearing some pretty adorable fashionable feather-infused hats. Oh, and also daintily drinking tea. You can see what I mean here,where there are some stylin’ laydehs.
Have you ever been tempted to join one as a newcomer, my fellow Americans in Britain?
Have you ever considered shelling out your dough for some ‘instant’ Expat American friends?
I set out to do a little mission to see what it would cost to join. I counted 21 American Women’s clubs listed on this fair island, and two examples:
1)The Chilterns American Women’s Club- “CAWC is a network of friendly faces, all of whom were ready to help with my adjustment to the expatriate lifestyle.” (This will cost you £50 a year).
- Newcomer Coffees
- Holiday Charity Bazaar
- Trunk or Treat
- Winter Luncheon
- Spring English Morning Tea
- Charity Cheque Presentation
- Summer Luncheon Cruise on the Thames
2) For a whopping £105 a year you can join the American Women’s Club of London whose previous programs include:
- Bridging the cultural gap- two lands separated by a common language
- Christie’s Auction House – Famous women and their jewellery collections
- Flower arranging ideas for the Fall and Holiday season
- Chocolate tasting with the official chocolate taster of Fortnum & Mason
But cost aside, and if you can afford this type of thing in these Aldi-lovin’ Credit Crunch times, does being an Expat automatically make you bond foreveh with other Americans? I can honestly say from experience that it is NO for me personally. I mean, although it is nice to chit chat about how damn annoying American tourists can be when they talk loudly and wear fanny packs, and how the weather can suck, and of course raising money for charity is thoughtful. But after that….well, there needs to be some kind of other connection, right?
- What are your thoughts, ladies? Are you in any paid ‘American Women in Britain’ clubs? If so, what have your experiences been? Please share so I can stop being so sceptical…
* One of the benefits of running SNFY with PacificBird and Yankeebean are the perks, like this magazine we get complimentary, thank you very much.