Fun and fundrais­ing

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In 2013, the bazaar raised £13,000 and this year the amount ex­ceeded £14,000, largely thanks to the sale of 277 gift bas­kets. The club es­ti­mates there were more than 1,100 peo­ple who turned up to grab a preChrist­mas gift bar­gain.

De­spite its name, CAWC is not only open to Americans. Pam Showal­ter, orig­i­nally from Pitts­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia and now liv­ing in Jor­dans, said: “We have around 130 mem­bers and a very strong vol­un­teer corps. About 10 per cent of those mem­bers come from coun­tries other than the United States in­clud­ing Bri­tain, of course, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, Canada, South Africa, In­dia, Mex­ico, Peru and the United Arab Emi­rates.”

The club meets on a monthly ba­sis at the Buck­ing­hamshire Golf Club in Den­ham Court Drive, Den­ham and both Pams are ful­some in their praise for the club which has wel­comed CAWC and pro­vides them with rooms in which to hold their meet­ings at a very com­pet­i­tive rate.

“Sev­eral of us play golf,” said Pam Houghton, “so this is an ideal venue for us. We hold lunches here, fash­ion shows, wine tast­ings and we get speak­ers in to talk to us about a wide range of sub­jects.”

Mem­ber­ship of CAWC costs £85 a year but it seems like a small amount to pay for the ob­vi­ous ca­ma­raderie and care that it buys.

“The only thing we ask new join­ers is that they share our en­thu­si­asm for the three ‘Fs’. We have a wide age range – from 28 up to 80 – and we just want to try to make sure that peo­ple vis­it­ing this coun­try on a tem­po­rary ba­sis make the most of their time here,” said Pam Houghton.

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