A bit more history
A bit more history:
When AWC was first founded back in 1961 it was just a small group of American women living in Casa who wanted to help the local leper ward at the hospital. To raise money they began by selling Christmas cards, which at that time were non-existent here. Back then, I was a new mother working full time for the University of Maryland branch at the Air Force Base in Nouasseur and hardly had time for the meetings - held in members' homes.
After a while the club was opened up to English speaking women of any nationality which meant at first a couple of British ladies. When they added some bake and handicraft sales, the event was usually at the US Consul's home. There was plenty of merchandise mostly handmade by our members, some who knitted while others made lovely embroidered organdy cocktail aprons and tablecloths.
The Christmas Bazaars got bigger and bigger and were still held at the Villa Mirador until they reached their peak, with 4 or 5 cash registers, crowds of people coming and going etc. It had become impossible to manage. After that we got permission to use the Fairgrounds for our event. This required more authorizations, police presence and sometimes this took more time. Once, we got the authorization to have the bazaar the very day it was scheduled. It had become very well known, with food, children's games and inflated castle, raffle, etc. If anyone remembers what the Fairground buildings look like inside you will understand that it was a lot of work decorating and organizing but all of our multinational members pitched in.
Finally the crowds just got too big to handle so we looked for other venues: Hotel Suisse a couple of times, Centre Culturel d'Anfa and finally the hotel that is now The Hyatt Regency. We were very spoiled there with its large conference rooms, some kitchen help and swimming pool area for barbecues, etc.
From there we downsized a bit and began using the Churchill Club very often inside and out in the garden when weather permitted.
Besides our club's money making tables: food - take away and to eat on the spot, we have white elephants, handicraft, used books, raffle or secret envelopes, face painting, photos with Santa, children's games and so on. Some of the associations we help also have their tables and make their own money. Tables are rented to vendors who keep their profits. Sometimes there is free entertainment for the many customers who bring their families and spend the whole afternoon (those can be you or your children) while you are manning a table for our club.