In addition, we have an active Grants Committee that is meeting monthly to further the many charitable works that IWCM is involved in and giving back to.
Both events are a great time for IWCM members and host community alike, while also a perfect fusion of fun and function, as all proceeds go to those charitable causes selected anew each year.
Our Grants Committee has evolved into an important aspect of IWCM. Through the efforts of our two fund-raising events each year (the Winter Bazaar and the Night of Art), we have supported such causes as delivering humanitarian aid to female prisoners in 2002, renovating a Breact Cancer Ward at the local Oncological Institute in 2004, and helping to establish a playground in the city center.
In 2002, when the IWCM raised funds to help establish this playground in the city center. it was through the dedication and hard work of two members, Meryl Lindstrom and Kristien Johnson (architect), who oversaw the opening of it in the spring of 2003. It was the cooperative efforts of many non-government organizations which truly made this all possible.
In the years the club exertions focused on giving aid and developing programs at several Moldovan children's homes and orphanages that will hopefully continue to benefit students, as well as lending support to the exciting Special Olympic Program begun in Moldova.
We are proud to say that throughout its twenty-year history, IWCM has success fully involved local artists, organizations and companies as well as international.
Come visit us at one of our upcoming events, and pick up our Welcome To Moldova guide that has all kinds of useful information for your stay in Moldova, and all for a very nominal fee (yup, another fund-raiser).
We hope to continue to contribute positively to Moldova in the future.
Presidents of the IWCM from 1997
1997-1998: Georgia Stewart
1998-1999: Audrey Harper & Katalin Hodicska
1999-2000: Ethel Perina & Lise Tejno
2000-2001: Ethel Perina & Lise Tejno
2001-2002: Pat Olsen
2002-2003: Sylvia Putman & Mehtap Ozge
2003-2004: Sylvia Putman
2004-2005: Samantha Healy
2005-2006: Molly Lamphear
2006-2007: Delphine Torres
2007-2008: Sara Kirby
2008-2009: Marcie Grafin Lambsdorff
2009-2010: Marcie Grafin Lambsdorff & Nazli Ulker
2010-2012: Charla Chaudhry & Nazli Ulker
2012-2013: Marie Moser & Ana Maria Luft
2013-2014: Marie Moser & Banu Cankan Kartal
2014-2015: Banu Cankan Kartal & Corina Cojocaru-Ulianovschi
2015-2016: Aisha Abdulaziz H. Al Maliki & Maria Marinuta
2016-2017: Aisha Abdulaziz H. Al Maliki & Maria Marinuta
2018-2019: Maria Marinuta
2019-2020: Marie McDowell & Maria Marinuta