ACWW European Area Conference



Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin, 4 – 8 April 2011

Working with Women Worldwide

Theme of the Conference: European Year of the Volunteer

This Conference hosted by the Irish Countrywomen's Association is administered by ACWW and open to all paid up members of ACWW (ACWW Office sets the Agenda)

This is a very prestigious event and ICA is honoured to be involved. This is an ideal opportunity for ICA to showcase the organisation. It is intended to mount an exhibition of our Arts & Crafts at this time, 2011 is also the Year of the Craft. We would be delighted if ICA members attend and experience the work of ACWW.

The ICA/EAC Committee

Conference Competition

The competition for the conference will be a bookmark (18cms in length and 6cms in width) using any medium, from embroidery and paints to pressed flowers, you simply bring your bookmark with you to the conference.

Conference Attendance

For Day Visitors

Tuesday Attendance at Conference inclusive of two coffee breaks and lunch €50
All of above plus Dinner €90
Wednesday Attendance at Conference inclusive of two coffee breaks and lunch €50
All of above plus Dinner €90
Thursday Outing (venue to be advised) + Gala Dinner €100

All bookings must be made in advance (prior to 30th December) and cheques made payable to ICA/EAC. No monies will be taken on Conference days.

To book accommodation on a daily basis please contact Central Office - bookings must be made prior to 30th December and full amount received - cheques made payable to ICA/EAC. There will be no refunds made.

Please note that priority will be given to ACWW Members
Should you have further queries please do not hesitate to contact ICA Central Office.

Alternatively if you wish to register for the entire conference please read on.


Complete registration form (already circulated to ICA Guilds), by 31st January 2011, sign and date it. Send to: ICA-EAC - 58 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ireland, together with Conference registration/deposit in Euro (payable by cheque, bank draft exclusive of bank charges. All cheques and bank drafts should be made payable to ICA-EAC.

On receipt of the completed registration form and fee, ICA-EAC will send you confirmation of registration to be retained and shown at the registration desk in Dublin.

Accommodation consists of single and twin en suite bedrooms with tea/coffee-making facilities, breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee and dinner and including the registration fee, may be booked on payment as follows.


Conference Costs

If deposit paid by 30th October 2010:

Total cost - €540.00, deposit of €200, balance - €340 payable by 30th December 2010.

If deposit paid 31st October to 30th October 2010:

Total cost - €580.00, deposit of €280, balance - €300 payable by 30th December 2010.

After 30th December 2010 a total cost of €620 full payment secures booking.



The cut-off for registration is 31st January 2011

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, subject to allowing for one place to be allocated to each European Area Society.

Queries by email to

Europe Area Conference, Dublin, April 4-8, 2011: Contrary to some earlier information, the conference will be held in Dublin, at Bewley's Hotel. This will enable us to host more delegates.

The theme for the conference is volunteering, to honour the European Commission's European Year of Volunteering.

More than 100million Europeans engage in voluntary activities and make a difference ot our societies. A Eurobarometer survey in 2006 revealed that three out of 10 Europeans claim to be active in a voluntary capacity and that close to 80 per cent feel that voluntary activities are an important part of democratic life in Europe.

There will also be a general have your say' part, for discussion concerning ACWW business. The Irish ladies have created a fantastic programme, offering something to every one of us.

Refer to the Irish Countrywomen's Association website for further information.

Resolutions and recommendations: If your society is planning to bring a resolution to the conference, please let me know by February 1, 2011, so that we can reserve time for discussion and eventual voting.

Conference sponsorship: If you wish to make a donation to the European Sponsorship Fund, please send your remittance drawn in favour of ACWW, clearly marked as a donation to the sponsorship fund, to:

Account: Associated Country Women of the World

Account number: 01244108

Branch: Westminster

Bank: National Westminster Bank, 57 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0HP

Swift code: NWB KGB 2L

IBAN number: GB67NWBK 56003301244108

Sponsorship applications: I hope to receive applications for sponsorships from member societies that are not able to finance the conference fee themselves. Kindly send in an application of maximum one page, preferably by email to, with a copy to or by mail addressed to ACWW, The Martha Association/Area Conference, Finland, Lapinlahdenkatu 3 A 00180, Helsinki, Finland.

All applications should be in by November 1, 2010. Please state the name of the person, her possible position in the member society, the name of the member society, its ACWW membership number, justification for sponsorship and whether the applicant or the society have been sponsored to ACWW conferences before. It is also helpful if you can indicate a European ACWW member association/person for reference with whom you have already been cooperating in ACWW business.

Advent in Prague, December 2-5, 2010: The Advent in Vienna event has been very popular among our members. This year we have a chance to get to know Prague's Advent festivities. An unofficial International Meeting for European Countrywomen will be organised during the weekend. There is still time to make reservations, email for further information.

Best wishes,

Merja Siltanen, ACWW Europe Area President.

Further information and Registration Form available on the National ICA Website. More