Victoria Hogson representing the BLC at British Ambassador’s open house on the day of the wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle in May 2018.
Ahead of its Golden Anniversary ball on 4 May, Delano spoke to members about their experience with the British Ladies Club. Today we profile membership secretary Victoria Hodgson.
Victoria Hodgson arrived in Luxembourg at the end of April 2104, a couple of months after her husband started working here for Vodafone. The mother of two children, who were 5 and 3 at the time, she joined the British Ladies Club a few months later.
Delano: How did you find out about the British Ladies Club?
Victoria Hodgson: I was given a BLC newsletter by our relocation agent and also heard about the club through my husband’s work colleagues. I decided to spend the first few months going to as many events, play dates and meet ups as possible, in order to meet people and make friends.
What is your role in the club?
At the moment I am the membership secretary. This means I deal with all the membership enquiries via email and the Facebook page. I keep our database of members up to date and send out welcome letters and emails. I also compile the mailing list for our newsletter, so everyone who is signed up for a hard copy gets it through their door at the beginning of the month.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about being a member of the club?
The club really helped me to settle into a life here in Luxembourg. The children’s groups were brilliant in the first three months, when my 3-year-old was too young for school. Those park play dates kept us both sane and introduced us to a lot of people that I am still friends with now. The club also allows me to help offer that life line to new expats arriving in Luxembourg and looking for ways to meet people. And it can be the difference between settling in and feeling at home or feeling isolated.
Do you have a favourite memory of your time with the BLC?
Hmmm, favourite memory.... I'm not sure I really have one memory. I love working with all the different people on the committee, to put on events for our members and generally run the club. Last year’s Christmas party was fun, as was our race night. And I'm really looking forward to the Golden Gala. It's been great being on the committee in this 50th anniversary year.