Dear Fellow Club Members,

This is my first President’s Message and I am honored to succeed Ed Flaherty as the new AIC president for 2016. I had the pleasure of serving as a Club VP and have been on the Executive Committee for a number of years, where I chaired the 4th of July Committee.

I thank Ed for his excellent leadership in building a strong foundation for the Club. With this solid base, the Club can continue to build and to become bigger and stronger in the Lake Léman region.

A competent and experienced management team is place, whom I like to refer to as The A Team. The two returning VPs are Paige Holt and Michael Parmly, with Ed Schneider as a new VP. The Executive Committee is returning, with the exception of Dan Zwerski who has stepped down due to professional commitments. We will miss him as the Membership Chair and appreciate the great job he did over the years. We are pleased he will remain a member.

The Club’s success in 2015 was possible through the hard work of Mary Hofstetter and Maxime Laperrouze, of Blue Heron Productions, and Ruth Dyson, the AIC administrative guru. 

In 2016, Blue Heron Productions is planning 30 events for the AIC. These include our signature events: the Speakers Luncheons, the 4th of July, the US Election Party, and the Thanksgiving Ball. There will be several Cultural Events, Golf and Tennis Tournaments, Professional Programs, and the Monthly Aperos. For Ambassador Members, two special events are planned. I look forward to an exciting year.

The Executive Committee will be guided by three pillars in the coming year. 

1.    Engaging Members – focus on engaging Club members and Corporate Partners through the use of social media and encourage all members to participate in Club activities.

2.    Building Strength – increase membership and Corporate Partners. In line with our slogan “Welcoming All Nationalities”, encourage all members to invite their friends and colleagues to join and to participate in the American values of enthusiasm, entrepreneurship, openness, intellectual curiosity and in the Club’s diversity. The new chair of the Corporate Partnership Program, John McCarthy, and his team, are working to add new Corporate Partners and are developing new partnership packages.

3.    Delivering Benefits – to continue to offer unique, world class and interesting events.  To offer AIC members special discounts at major retailers, opticians and airlines, to name a few. To provide opportunities for members to build their professional and personal networks.

The AIC exists for its members and the Executive Committee is here to serve you.  As the new President, I am thrilled to work with the Club officers, Executive Committee and Blue Heron Productions to make the AIC the English language club of reference in the Lake Léman region, welcoming all nationalities. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming Club event.

Best regards,

Ron Banks

AIC President 2016

The American International Club of Geneva— ‘Welcoming All Nationalities’!