Meet the 2022-2023 Board
My family moved to Bordeaux in 2019 BC – in times we now call "Before Covid". Fortunately, this American managed to make it to a luncheon before the world closed all the doors. The interesting, creative women I met that first day have carried me as I have adjusted to a new land, a new language and a new way of living. Since then, I have found that our club members love nothing more than sharing their friendship, experience and sense of adventure.
As President, I can't wait to meet you at our luncheons, meet-ups, events, bike rides, book clubs and outreach opportunities.
I am Japanese-American, born in the Midwest US. While living in Tokyo, I met my French husband. I have lived in Japan, NY, Australia, and now the Bordeaux area. Life unfolds in creative ways! An innocent phone call led me to the BWC, where the unique perspective and natural understanding of what it is to have a varied life, the multiculturalism, the sharing and support of dynamic women, and the fun range of activities, were all a perfect fit. I plunged right in and welcome you to do the same! The BWC Spirit has guided us well for 71 years and we look forward to sharing this legacy with you.
Community Outreach Coordinator
The BWC became an important part of my life with our precipitous move from Brazil to rural Aquitaine in 1998. As an American with iffy French, I was overwhelmed with moving in, children's school adjustments, and my husband's failing health. French member Martine kindly introduced me to the BWC, where I so appreciated the quiet support of new friends. I found solace in a reading group begun with another French member, Isabelle (Turning The Page Book Club - still going strong).
After a teaching career, I joined the Statutes Committee and now also work with Community Outreach, BWC's charitable program for women, girls and children. A social club with a social conscience ? - I approve !
It was a great surprise to find the BWC upon my arrival in Bordeaux when I retired after having held various positions in large multinational companies. The diversity of the members (from many countries around the world) with different profiles and backgrounds creates a kind of family with a very positive spirit. You can feel the emerging energy when we meet in small or large groups.
I arrived in Bordeaux in June 20. By September, I had made some connections through the club which helped when we were confined to our homes with a strict curfew. To be able to connect with like minded women with similar experiences of living abroad was great. Even though I am French, I had been living away for 30 years and it was sometimes hard to get used to the French way of doing things. It is my pleasure to be able to give back to new members the warm welcome I received myself. I am keen to mentor ladies who wish to improve their knowledge of French culture and Language and look forward to my first year as Secretary on the Board. I love running, swimming and photography.
I have lived in France since 2003. I am British with Scottish, Liverpudlian and Irish origins. I am married to a French man and we have two boys born in 2013 and 2015. I have been a member of the club since 2017 and I was appointed as Treasurer in 2020. I studied law in the UK and France. From 2012-2017 I worked as an in-house lawyer and personal tax lawyer for an accountancy firm near Bordeaux. Since 2017 I have been working as a Financial Adviser for the English-speaking expatriate community. I like attending the luncheons and the Walks and Talks when I can. I love the way the BWC members support and celebrate each other.
I'm of Spanish decent, grew up and lived for many years in Paris. I also spent several years in Spain, Germany, and Switzerland which gave me the opportunity to learn Spanish, French, English and German. Although my husband is German, English is our language at home. Currently residing in Saint Sulpice et Cameyrac, I'm involved in my community as a volunteer for Les Blouses Roses, and as a scholastic tutor at the local école primaire.
I joined the BWC in 2019 when we moved to Bordeaux and since then the Club has allowed me to meet very interesting and varied women. It has surprisingly been the best way to feel at home in Bordeaux,
The Extended Board
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