My last year as president included the memorable year of our 25th Anniversary in October 2017. Thanks to the invaluable support of the History Committee I was able to prepare the bro-chure “BIWC – A Short History of the first Twenty-Five Years – 1992-2017”. For almost three years I read old newsletters and protocols, contacted former presidents and old members to ask them to contribute their memories. It was a fascinating trip down memory lane.
The 25th Anniversary party was a wonderful event, attended by 132 guests from all over the world. Former BIWC Presidents came from abroad and the President of the Paris IWC and the Vice-President of The Hague IWC attended the party.
Another highlight of this eventful year was our trip to Madrid where we were well re-ceived by members of the Madrid IWC, who promised to come for a return visit to Berlin. The IWC of Malta, which visited us in September 2016, has invited us to visit Malta this year. The intensification of our international relations is bearing fruit.
During the last year we had not only many lively social events but also a great num-ber of events organized by the Special Interest and Neighborhood Groups covering all fields of interest of our international membership. Our Vice-President, who is re-sponsible for the coordination of all these events, has counted 1560 participants in 27 groups. That is very impressive! My heartfelt thanks go to all the hard-working organ-izers and coordinators who have made this possible.
I also want to thank the EC members without whose active cooperation it would not have been possible to conduct the many activities of this club. My special thanks go to the Nomination Committee, which is tasked with finding enthusiastic volunteers for EC and non-EC positions, not an easy job these days.
The presidency is a time-consuming job, but it is very rewarding. I am proud and grateful that I was able to serve the club for three years and I wish my successor good luck.
Marlies Salazar, President