About Us

Welcome to Florida International Club (WFLIC) is part of the worldwide Welcome Clubs International (WCI) network. The membership of WFLIC consists of women from many different countries.  About half of the membership is U.S.-born.  The club is most active from November through April. During the summer, there are monthly informal luncheons at restaurants throughout Naples so year-round members have a chance to see each other.  WFLIC offers many interest groups for women to interact with each other and share cultural activities. We welcome women of all nationalities.  The language of the club is English.

OUR PURPOSE

Building Bridges of International Understanding

OUR MOTTO

Friendship through Understanding – Understanding through Friendship

OUR ACTIVITIES

LUNCHEONS – During the season (November to April), we hold monthly luncheons at premier locations in Naples and vicinity. Luncheons include time to socialize, a delicious meal,  club news, and an interesting speaker.

INTEREST GROUPS – We offer over 20 interest groups which each meet once a month during the season. A few groups meet during the summer too. Groups are chaired by members and meet in members’ homes or in local venues. Check our Club Activities tab for information about these groups.

SPECIAL EVENTS – Several special events occur throughout the year too. Check our Club Activities tab.

OUR HISTORY

WFLIC was founded on February 26, 1986, at the Hilton Hotel, Marco Island, Florida. We are modeled after the Welcome to Washington International Club, which was founded by Marian Adair in 1959.

OUR FOUNDER

Marian Adair (1908-2004), our founder, was the wife of the late E. Ross Adair, who served as a U.S. Congressman from Indiana for twenty-seven years. After his term of office, he was appointed Ambassador to Ethiopia for three years. Marian saw a great need for the bonding of U.S. and international women coming into the Washington DC area, so she founded International Club I in 1953. Four International Clubs and four International Neighbors Clubs were formed, each with limited memberships. In 1959, the Welcome to Washington International Club was organized with an unlimited membership to offer an opportunity for more international and U.S. women to join together. Marian’s dream was to have many “Welcome Clubs.” This dream is being realized.