IWCR Board

Meet the Executive and Advisory Board of the International Woman's Club Riga

The core of the International Women’s Club of Riga are volunteer helpers – people who offer to help others based on their knowledge and experience. Together, we explore the culture and life in Latvia, support new people to settle well in Latvia and support local charities.

The Board stands for the interests of the IWCR

The Board of IWCR meets monthly to plan activities, discuss club relevant needs, brainstorm new ideas, receives updates from the charity committee and membership coordinator. 

The Board makes sure about the club administration like contracts, finances. Apart from the regular tasks, the Board organises the annual bazaar, starting in summer every year. It consists of the Executive Board and the Advisory Board. 

The Executive Board is elected with five members at the Annual General Meeting in March. The candidates are volunteers of the club. 

The Advisors may be members of the club who either volunteer to run an activity group or take responsibility for a key position (e.g. Social Tours, Membership, Communications).

Every members of the IWCR can stand for election for a period of one year. Before the election every member can send a written confirmation showing the persons intention to run for the vote, or could nominate a member of its choice.

Executive Board

The board of the International Women’s Club of Riga consists of five members – the chairwoman and four other elected members:

Executive Board Chairwoman

Danielle Polumbo Shumsky

The President leads the work of the International Women’s Club of Riga. She leads the Board and externally represents the Club. She attends the Meet and Greets, Luncheons, Social Events, and executes the monthly Board Meetings. Contact information:


Marija Krūmiņa

The Secretary is in charge of the correspondence of the club. She prepares the agenda for the Board meetings and takes the minutes during official meetings of the club. She maintains all non-financial records for the Board. She also maintains the information about who is responsible for the different activity groups. Contact information:


Laura Kostomārova


The Treasurer maintains financial records for the club, manages the bank account and payments, ensuring that all receipts are processed and paid properly and that the end of year financial report is properly completed by the IWCR’s accountant.
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Tours and Social Activities Coordinator

Board International Womans Club Riga, Tours and Social Activities Coordinator Vija Pugule
Vija Pugule

The Activities Coordinator organizes and advertises tours, trips, and other activities for the IWCR membership, depending on the calendar and members’ wishes.
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Charity Coordinator

Kristine Dalina

The Charity Coordinator is in charge of the Club’s charity activities. With the assistance of members of the Charity committee, she evaluates requests for assistance from local charities and prepares the annual charity budget for the Executive Board’s approval. She purchases items authorised by the Board and arranges for their delivery; and she maintains all records of interactions with supported charities. She reports on charitable activities to the membership. Contact information:

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board supports the Executive Board with the various responsibilities from Membership Coordinator, Public Relations, Communications, Social Activity Coordinator, Tour. Coordinator to Administrative works like Website Maintenance and so on.

Membership Coordinator

Sophie Griffiths

The Membership Coordinator attends Meet and Greet coffees or designates a representative to accept applications for membership at this event. The Membership Coordinator manages applications for IWCR membership and the dues paid in by each member. She reviews and presents applications to the Board for approval. She also manages the members’ badges and business cards for the Board members.

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Communications: Newsletter Coordinator

Elena Tezhe

The Newsletter Coordinator is responsible for distributing the monthly newsletter to our membership, including. content collection, copy writing and maintaining the software.
Contact: IWCR Communications

Communications: Content Coordinator

Andrea Babčanová

The content coordinator team is responsible for maintaining the communication channels like the IWCR website and social channels, facebook and instagram. The communication team updates information and events, makes suggestions for improving the organisation/content.
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Social Activities Coordinator

Olga Druzhinina

The Social Activities Coordinator assists in organizing and advertising tours, trips and other activities for the IWCR membership, depending on the calendar and members wishes.
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The new Executive Board was elected on March 10th, 2021 at the virtual Annual General Meeting of the International Women’s Club. Congratulations to the new Board 2021/22 and a big Thank you to the Board 2020/21 for their work throughout the year – organising about 100 different social events and activities and the Christmas Journey to collect funds for charities in Latvia.