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24 Hours in ... Vienna!<br />

The <strong>2023</strong> FAWCO Biennial<br />

Conference in Bratislava is being<br />

hosted by AWA Vienna. Vienna<br />

is the city most attendees will<br />

transfer through on their way<br />

to Bratislava, so we asked AWA<br />

Vienna member Bev Bachmayer<br />

and her AWA friends to share a<br />

bit about their club and city.<br />

Bev has been an AWA Vienna<br />

member since 1995, AWA FAWCO<br />

Rep since 2016, and currently<br />

serves as AWA Secretary.<br />

“AWA came into being most informally,<br />

as a response to a need felt in the<br />

community. It has become apparent that,<br />

no matter how distinguished and fascinating<br />

our speakers, there was a strong impulse in<br />

the community for a more active and varied<br />

program.” — Hannah Adler, AWA Vienna<br />

Abit about AWA Vienna<br />

AWA is the International <strong>Women</strong>'s<br />

Club of Vienna, with over 300 Englishspeaking<br />

members from 40+ countries.<br />

City Hall with<br />

the Christmas<br />

market.<br />

AWA Vienna was founded in 1924 by American<br />

diplomatic and military wives. In 1931, AWA<br />

Vienna joined the Federation of American<br />

<strong>Women</strong>'s Clubs, which became known as<br />

FAWCO. The group briefly disbanded in 1939<br />

and remained inactive during WWII. After the<br />

war, during the Allied Occupation, American<br />

Embassy and military wives organized the<br />

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