Introduction

The Overseas Women’s Club of Chennai (OWC) has been running for over forty years.

We are a group of expat women who get together to enjoy activities, events, clubs, coffee mornings, the occasional evening out and family days. Our main purpose is to provide friendship and support to expat women during their time in Chennai and to make the transition into India as smooth as possible.

It is very easy to join our club and as long as you or your husband has a foreign passport you are eligible to join. Come along to one of our coffee morning (see the list) and register. You will need to fill in a simple registration form. The cost of enrolment is 2000 rupees.

You will need to bring along proof of ID, such as a passport when you join. The membership card entitles you to many discounts and you can easily make your money back with the first few weeks!

We have two coffee mornings a month the second and the forth Wednesday (please see the list of dates and venues). Every other month at the General Meeting we will have, where possible, a guest speaker.

We have a Facebook page that is members only, if you request join our membership team will get in contact with you and give you further information.The Facebook page can be found by a simple search on Facebook typing in: OWC (Overseas Women of Chennai). The Facebook page is a really useful addition to our information. We post events and activities, have invitations and reminders to events, ask questions or find help.

We also have a monthly newsletter that includes a calendar of monthly events and useful information. This monthly calendar goes out at the end of the month by email to all our members.

Members are free to contribute information to the newsletter; we welcome anecdotes, recipes and information. This is where we also publish the discounts that are available to our members.

We also support a number of charities and make regular visits to provide care and support. Please see the social welfare page for a list of our local charities and further information.

Clubs


Club: Photography Club.

Description: The photography club meets once a month to take photographs of interesting things in this incredible India! It gives you the opportunity to go and explore with a group of people.

Duration: Once a month

Venue: This changes from month to month. In the past the photography group have visited, Parrys Corner, The Flower Market, Mylapore temple, Mahalipuram and the Lighthouse.

Time and days: Third Wednesday every month 9:30am-2.30pm approximately.

The club is an amateur photography club and we are hoping to gain some experience from each other.


Club: Craft Club.

Description: Craft Club meets once a week, to share skills and ideas with all things craft. The Craft Club has sales throughout the year, to raise money from their handmade items towards both the craft club charity and OWC charities.

Duration: Every Tuesday

Venue: Different members home.

Time and days: Every week on Tuesday 10.30am-3.00pm.


Club: Last Friday Lunch Club.

Description: Meet once a month to have lunch together and enjoy each other’s company. The club aims to give people an opportunity to try various cuisines and share friendship. In the past we have tried, Japanese, Thai, Italian, Indian, American and Chinese.

Duration: Different every month

Venue: Different venues every month.

Time and days: Last Friday of the month 12.00pm-3.00pm.

The venue needs to be booked with numbers, so you do need to book a place on this activity. The Facebook invite will give you all the details.


Club: Cinema Club.

Description: This group meets to go to the cinema once a month. The tickets need to be booked 4 days in advance. If you commit to going then you need to be prepared to pay for the ticket cost because of the nature of ticket booking.

Here this event will only be confirmed 4 days before the event, at which time if you cancel you will still be liable for the cost of your ticket.

Duration: Once a month

Venue: Different venue every month.

Time and days: Changes every month.


Club: Day/Evening/Family Events.

Description: These events run once a month to include partners/families etc. It is an evening or daytime activity and will provide an opportunity for members to get together on a social night out, or a daytime activity.

Duration: Once a month.

Venue: Changes every month events could include evening, quiz night, dancing, dinner, brunch or a beach day.


Club: Book Club.

Description: The Book Club runs once a month. Each months' book is chosen at the meeting, members read the book and come together over a cup of coffee to talk about it. The venue of the book club changes every month.

Duration: Once a month.

Venue: Changes every month.


Club: Mums and Babies Club.

Description: This club will give the opportunity for Mums to meet once a week, have a coffee and chat. It will give new Mums and experienced Mums the chance to support each other, make friends and to socialise.

Duration: Once a week on Thursday. .


Club: Golf Club.

Description: Golf Club meets once a month on the last Tuesday. There are golf courses here and the ladies tend to have an early start, with a T-off time usually about 7am.

We are always looking for new clubs and activities. So if you have an interest or hobby and you think other people may be interested, then do let us know and we can help you set it up.

Clubs could include: Mahjong, tennis, cooking/wellness the list is endless!

Events

19th August Flea Market Tryst Café 11am - 3:30pm
2nd September Welcome Back Lunch Park Hyatt 11am - 2:30pm
29th October Children’s Halloween Party
18th November Fall Bazaar ITC 10:30am - 3:30pm
2nd December Christmas Luncheon Park Hyatt 11am - 3:30pm
10th December Christmas Ball ITC 7pm
18th December Family Christmas Brunch Park Hyatt 12 Noon - 4pm
January International Food Fare (date and venue TBC)
11th February 2017: Valentines Gala Dinner ITC 7pm
24th March 2017 Spring Bazaar ITC 10:30am - 4pm

Coffee Mornings

We have two Coffee Mornings, that are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The following are some of the venues where we will be holding the Coffee Mornings.

The first Coffee Morning of each month is held at a different venue, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for regular updates.

July

27th July 10.30am Park Hyatt

August

10th August 10.30am Tryst Cafe ECR
24th August General Meeting 10.30am ITC Grand Chola

September

14th September 10.30am The English Tea Room Alwarpet
28th September General Meeting 10.30am Park Hyatt

October

12th October 10.30am TBC
26th October General Meeting 10.30am Park Hyatt

November

9th November 10.30am TBC
23rd November General Meeting 10.30am ITC Grand Chola

December:


2nd December Christmas Luncheon 11am-14.30 Park Hyatt

January

11th January 10.30am TBC
25th January General Meeting 10.30am Park Hyatt

February

8th February 10.30am TBC
22nd February General Meeting 10.30am ITC Grand Chola

March

8th March 10.30am TBC
29th March AGM Annual General Meeting 10.30am Park Hyatt

Charity

We have six charities whom we support on a monthly basis. Some Charities just like us to visit, maybe sing a song, be sung to or have a chat and a nice cup of tea with them. Whereas others, require real support in terms of basic needs, like provisions such as dry milk, sugar, rice and oil.

We raise funds for these charities through our events. It is an easy way to give back and support local institutions. It also gives you the opportunity to experience life here in India.

Our social welfare team visit each charity once a month and are always looking for volunteers to help. If you would like to help then please do, we would be very grateful.

The charities are:

  1. St.George’s Cathedral Home: A Home for the Aged (but support is also given to the crèche behind the home).
  2. Friends in Need: A Home for the Aged.
  3. Jeevodaya: A Hospice for the terminally ill.
  4. Nirmal Hriday: Mother Theresa Home for Women.
  5. St. Thomas Babies Home: Orphanage for children aged 0 to 5 years.
  6. Sathkaarya: Orphange for children aged 5 to 18.