The International Ladies Club of the Cayman Islands is not a fund raising organization, and the membership fees are used solely to cover administration costs. Any surplus monies are then used to subsidise certain social functions.
The Membership Fee had remained at CI$20 for seven years, but in May 2007 the Committee reluctantly decided that it should be CI$25 to cover the increased costs of running the Club.
The Membership list is constantly changing as people leave or move onto the Island; so far, not all of the members have ever been present at any one function!
Because so many ladies leave the island during July and August, we take a break and hold informal get-togethers during those two months.
A very important aspect of the ILC is the activities. They are many and varied, and give members an opportunity to meet with others who have similar interests. They range from sports to board games, from craft work to a book club. Included in ”Activities” have been visits to places as diverse as the Legislative Assembly, the Butterfly Farm and tours of the then newly opened Ritz-Carlton.
Some activities are run by Club members, in which case there is no charge involved, whilst those organised with local firms may offer Club members discounted rates e.g. membership of some gyms, golf lessons and sailing.
Apart from the daytime socialising we provide for our members, we also try to organise evening events from time to time include husbands and friends. One of the most popular of these has been the Christmas Social, at the beginning of December. There have also been Wine and Cheese evenings ranging from a very formal affair held by the pool at the Westin Hotel to a casual get-together at a Member’s house.
For many years the ILC did not have any formal rules and regulations. By 2004 it was felt that there ought to be a more formal basis to the Club, as so many ladies were, or had been involved and the funds were becoming quite substantial. Legal advice was sought and the Committee worked to put together a Constitution. A revised Constitution and Rules was formulated in 2008 and is currently under review again.
The Club is now run by a committee of volunteers which consist of Activities Coordinators, Newsletter Editor, Secretary, Treasurer, Lunch Organizer, Membership Secretary, Webmaster, Archivist and General Assistants who help when and where required.