Conference offers unique opportunities for volunteers

Johnette Owens
AWAG Rheinland Pfalz Area Representative

The American Women’s Activities, Germany Rheinland Pfalz Area Conference is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Ramstein Officers’ Club.

AWAG conferences provide unique opportunities for volunteers to obtain training and guidance to govern organizations more effectively, as well as interact with members of other organizations and host nation members. A light breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. The guest speaker will be Mrs. Europe, Wendy Sledd. Mrs. Sledd is a military spouse and a motivational speaker.

The delegate fee is $20. You must pre-register to save your space. Remember that a reservation made is a reservation paid. Payment can be made by check, cash or through PayPal (just use the e-mail address to pay). To register or for more information, contact Kim Shock at or Johnette Owens at

AWAG is a non-profit organization administered by a volunteer Board of Governors representing all branches of the armed forces and civilians serving the European community. The AWAG mission is to train, strengthen and connect volunteers, their organizations and their communities.

AWAG holds conferences throughout the year in seven geographical areas in Europe.  Each area holds a one-day conference in the fall that is organized by the area representative, who is a volunteer member of the Board of Governors. 

The organization was formed in 1946 by Mrs. Anthony Biddell, wife of the commanding general of the U.S. Army of Occupation. They helped to coordinate the distribution of relief aid sent by stateside clubs and church groups to post-war Germany.

More information on AWAG is available at The Web site has links for all conferences and representatives, and has information on the annual conference in Garmisch from April 29 to May 3.