The Association of American Clubs (AAC) is an alliance of American Clubs, Societies, and Associations worldwide that forms an international network providing an open forum for the exchange of institutional practices as well as extending reciprocal membership benefits to individual club members.
Member clubs of the AAC share the common goals of representing American spirit and culture, and fostering mutual understanding, respect and friendship between their respective host countries and the United States.
The Association of American Clubs brings together a growing number of American Clubs around the globe to provide an international network of contacts & resources that benefits Clubs on both an organizational and an individual level.
AAC membership benefits each Club by providing an open forum for the exchange of ideas and organizational practices providing a wealth of institutional knowledge. Clubs continually learn from the experiences and practices of other Clubs ways in which they can expand and enhance the overall quality of their own services, identify opportunities for financial growth and highlight methods to increase their profile both locally and internationally.
On the individual level, any member of a participating Club has an increasingly wide network of international connections available to him in his travels. Club Membership in the AAC effectively extends “Guest Member” status to all members of any Club in the AAC community. This enables any individual member to receive all member privileges at participating Clubs such as member discounts to activities and events and access to club facilities.
History of the AAC
The AAC was founded in 2003 by Jürgen Abel then president of The American Club of Hamburg. The first Association of American Clubs Conference was held in Hamburg, Germany, at which time the Reciprocity Agreement was celebrated and signed by 14 co-founding clubs on October 11, 2003. AAC conferences are held annually in the autumn and attendance has grown as American clubs and societies around the world join the association.
The AAC officers are highly committed to forming an international network that provides an open forum for its club officers and managers around the world. Officers and committee members are elected by the member clubs. Each officer has strong ties to the American expat community in his home city and has extensive experience in directing his local club.
The current steering committee is:
- John Di Rico
- Klara Doert
- João Pestana Dias