about us

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION OF GREECE

"we are here to welcome newcomers to thessaloniki, create a community and help those who are in need"

Christine Willis - President 2022

IWOG is a secular, non-profit, non-political organization, first established in 1948 as AWOG, (The American Women’s Organization of Greece), to offer philanthropic assistance to the Greek people torn by civil war. Over the years, AWOG branched out from a purely welfare organization to a more social and educational one, although welfare still continued to be a predominant concern as needy organizations turned to them for help during the post Civil War reconstruction years.

As the community changed and more foreigners came to Thessaloniki in the 1970’s AWOG became IWOG (The International Women’s Organization of Greece). Now its primary role is as a social and charitable group which welcomes foreign women to Thessaloniki and offers help to other charities, as well as, needy individuals. IWOG is for all women residing in Northern Greece, with the English language as their common bond.

We aim to foster friendships, cross-cultural understanding and community support. All money raised through our philanthropic efforts goes to help local charities, as well as others, especially women and children in great need.

current IWOG BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Christine Willis


President
clwillis1955@gmail.com

Maria Macris


Vice President
hryssoula@hotmail.com

Sandra McMeekan


Recording Secretary
macmeekan@hotmail.com

Caroline Edwards


Treasurer
greekcaroline@gmail.com

Christina Panagiotidou-Scragg


Correspondance Secretary - Newsletter Editor
christinapscragg62@gmail.com

PAST Presidents

1948 – 49 Temple Holland

1949 -50 Helen Flood

1950 - Mrs Halpin, Mrs Beebe, Mrs Charles House

1951 – Tad Lansdale, Mrs Charles House

1952 – Mrs Thomas Kennedy

1953 – Mrs Turkel

1954 – Mrs Cansler

1955 – 1957 Mrs Kidder

1958 - Mrs John Custer

1959 – Mrs Robert Nelson

1960 – Mrs Wechsler

1961 – Mrs Ben Jones

1962 – Mrs Botsaris

1963 – 65 ?

1966 – Carol Downey

1967 – Julia R.Lentz

1968 – Mary Lou Tervola

1969 – Alexandra Tsoumis

1970 – Helen Stamatopoulos

1971 – Louise Spearman

1972 – 73 Laia Copetes


AWOG CHANGED TO IWOG

1974 – 75 Dawn Varogli

1976 – 77 Tad Lansdale

1978 – Celine Tsougranis

1979 – Betty Pierce

1980 – 81 Pat Moore

1982 – 83 Kali Aslanoglou

1984 – 85 Suzy Triandafyllis

1986 – 87 Margaret Bezemer

1988 – 90 Janet Mangos

1991 – 92 Victoria Papadopoulos

1993 – 94 Jenny Mortakis

1995 – 96 Victoria Papadopoulos

1997 – 98 Gabriella Lianou


NEW CONSTITUTION APRIL 10th 1997

1999 – Lynn Grammatikoudi

2000 – 04 Janet Mangos

2005 – 06 Anna Angelidou, Polychroniadou

2007 – 08 Stephanie Giantsis

2009 – 12 Charlotte Rothery Drossinakis

2013 – 2016 Christa Anemoudi – Arzoglou

2017 – 2021 Sandra McMeekan-Hatzigeorgiou

2022 - Christine Willis