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OIWC coffee set to launch new season

Date Posted: 2006-08-18

The Okinawa International Women’s Club is preparing for a new year of charitable operations and activities.

The OIWC will host a Welcome Coffee on Wednesday, August 30th, and is inviting women of all nationalities living on Okinawa to join the organization. The coffee session will be at the Butler Officers Club from 9:30~11:30am. Publicity chairperson Wicky Seck says it’s the “perfect time to learn more about OIWC, meet old friends, and to join for the new season.”

The women’s club closed its 2005-2006 season in June, donating more than $20,000 to various Okinawa charities, as well as to Hurricane Katrina Relief and Indonesia’s tsunami victims. OIWC was established more than 50 years ago to foster better understanding between Japanese and foreign communities on Okinawa.

The group today has more than 300 members, split equally between Japanese and civilians, military or DoD women living on the island. Sonya Jump, the membership chairman, says the OIWC remains a vital club by facilitating a continued desire to learn and to understand various cultures, as well as to serve the needs of those in the community.”

OIWC meets monthly for luncheons a cultural experiences. Within the organization, specialized groups work crafts for bazaars, and share interests on various countries, cultures and customs. Members also participate in local tours, off-island adventures, and cultural cooking classes. The OIWC last year donated toys, clothing, toiletries and food collections to handicapped homes, as well as to 21 agencies, including Special Olympics, Red Cross, Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Center and facilities for handicapped children and adults, and for terminally ill cancer patients.

Information on OIWC can be obtained from Sonya Jump at djump@earthlink.net, or by visiting the group website: www.freewebs.com/oiwc

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