Dear International Women's club members and friends:
I'm pleased to welcome you to the International Women's Club (IWC) of Belgrade. I'm honored to serve as President for the 2022-2023 term. IWC offers unique opportunities to our members for personal growth through many comprehensive programs, classes, community services, cultural and intellectual activities, and social connections. Our members from the diplomatic community, expats, and distinguished Serbian ladies are composed of 130 members from 40 different countries. With their diverse and multicultural background, they are willing to work together to help people in need in our host community.
As President of IWC, I would like to initiate some campaigns to raise awareness among our members for important issues. October is international breast cancer awareness month. This illness affects many women internationally but can be prevented by screening regularly and promoting healthy life habits. Therefore, I would like to initiate a breast cancer screening campaign so that members can conveniently get screened. I will provide more information when we get closer to October.
I would also like to raise awareness and highlight solutions to environmental issues through events, including educational sessions that cover the dangers of plastics and tips on how to decrease reliance on single use plastics. Small daily decisions can quickly become life long habits that can help the environment by reducing toxic waste. These events will equip IWC members with the knowledge to lead by example and encourage others to make more environmentally conscious decisions everyday.
Along with these initiatives, I will continue to collaborate with the Board to initiate monthly programs that highlight concerns of interest in Serbia. I will also encourage IWC members to get involved in charity work and inspire others to make a difference.
As our main charity program, IWC’s Charity Bazaar will be held on October 16th at the Hyatt Hotel in collaboration with many embassies in Serbia. Although the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a hiatus for the last two years, we are ready to host the charity bazaar and all the proceeds from the bazaar will go to help vulnerable communities affected by the pandemic. It will also be a great opportunity for attendees to enjoy the array of cultures presented by participant embassies.
I have an open door policy and will always be open to suggestions from members to enhance our activities. I also am aware that I have an important legacy to uphold from previous presidents, and will continue to work closely with the board and committees to uphold it. I will strive to create an environment of understanding, compassion, and friendship united in diversity. I'm looking forward to working with each of our IWC members and friends, and enjoy a fun but meaningful 2022-2023 year.
Eun Hai Kim