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Children playing water fountain at Fisketorvet. Photo by Mary Farabee.
Children playing water fountain at Fisketorvet. Photo by Mary Farabee.

Joining the US Women’s Club of Fyn is possible at any time. Our Club year is from September to August, and dues for the upcoming year must be paid by October 1.

If you join from September 1 to January 31, the dues are 325 DKK, and if you join during the last half of the Club year, the dues are reduced to 175 DKK.

Membership gives you access to a wide range of free events (see the full list here), but maybe most importantly, it gives you access to a great social network of other strong women (and a couple of men!) who have also made the leap to live on Fyn.

If you’d like to check out the Club before joining, contact us at info@uswcf.dk to find out details about the next event. You’ll have a couple of months before needing to make a final decision.

If you’re interested in becoming a member now, tell us a little more about yourself in an email to info@uswcf.dk and transfer your dues to the USWCF bank account: reg. nr. 1551 konto nr. 5945704, noting your full name and Club year (for example: Jane Smith – Dues 17/18). You’ll be contacted by a member of the Executive Committee.

Whether you are here for just a semester or have been here for a while, whether you are single or have a family, you are welcome to check us out.

The Club currently has over 35 members, a couple of whom are men, and represent a wide range of national backgrounds, primarily the USA, Canada, Australia, and England. Many of us are here because we fell in love with a Dane and have chosen to raise our families in Denmark.

What Our Members Say:

“I’ve struggled to learned Danish and have to speak it all the time at work, but I LOVE to get together with fellow Americans and just talk and laugh — it’s so relaxing!”

“The book group meets only about once a month, but one really gets to know the other members well in a very friendly atmosphere, where we discuss the book we have just read or whatever else seems interesting. There are always way too many snacks.”

“Thank you, original members of the USWCF, for developing this club!  It’s been an integral part of finding our footing in this new home.”

“I am a past president (my memory fails the exact years), and my membership lasted from my arrival in Denmark in 1989 to my departure in 2006.  At that time, social media wasn’t as pervasive as it is now, so contact was through monthly house meetings, telephone tress, etc.  With those methods of communication, those who managed to find us (or us “them”) a lot of our meeting time was used to further our knowledge of Denmark, how to get along in our surroundings, find work, learn new skills, buy good food…all sort of passed down from those who came before us.

We also were fully engaged in FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas) and participated on a rather high level, in as much as we had representatives go to international meetings, and as a percentage of our dues went to FAWCO we had a very loud voice on what philanthropic or charitable causes we wanted to support. Most of us were proud members of Democrats Abroad and quite active politically.

Our website was a newsletter and all members received one in the mail as well as contributed input.  The bond we shared as members in my day was part survival, part networking and part refusing to let our American traditions be swallowed up by a new culture. It seemed we were all intellectually curious, wanting to advance ourselves and get the most out of our new home. There is no one thing I can say or one feeling I remember.  USWCF was an integral part of my life and because of that, I can’t separate it from my Danish experience. Although I worked and commuted to Copenhagen from time to time, I still planned my calendar around the USWCF events.

Living a good life in a foreign country is hard work.  It takes guts, and perseverance and a lot of courage to go out and do what you have to do.  Sometimes when its really hard, a familiar language, a woman who’s been there, someone who you can share some snippet of cultural intimacy with, makes the day NOT so hard.  And tomorrow you do it all again, knowing there is a laugh and a hug out there if you need it.”