AWOG History



In September 1948, Mrs. Henry F. Grady, wife of the Ambassador to Greece, conceived the idea of bringing together the women of the American community to study their international role in Greece. When she presented her thoughts to the visiting Secretary of State, George Marshall, founder of “The Marshall Plan” to reconstruct Europe,  he agreed that an organized group of well-informed women would be better equipped to act as ambassadors of good will to their host country. The American Women’s Organization of Greece, which began as a study group, soon expanded its direction and purpose to include welfare work.


By 1962, the group realized how vital and dynamic the organization would become if women of other nationalities were included in the membership. A Constitutional amendment allowed for non-American members to be welcomed to AWOG.


During the 1975-76 year, AWOG sponsored and helped launch the Women’s International Club of Athens (WIC) in order to accommodate a greater number of women of other nationalities.


AWOG first became a member of the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) in 1952. After dropping out in 1968, it rejoined in 1987 and continues to participate actively in the projects of this umbrella organization. In 1998, AWOG hosted the FAWCO Interim Conference in Athens with world-wide participation of over 50 American women’s clubs and organizations. Today FAWCO numbers more than 70 American Women’s organizations and has been officially recognized by the United Nations as a Non Government Organization (NGO).


In 1994, following a revision of its Constitution and Internal Regulations, AWOG was recognized by the Greek State as a non-profit organization.

2013  In August of 2013 AWOG revised its Constitution and Internal Regulations.  One of the major changes is

             that we now have an 11 member voting board  – consisting of a five member elected executive board

             and six standing committees.  Each successive board will appoint new standing and non-standing

              Committees as fits the needs of the Organization