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Outreach - Women of the World

About Women of the World (WOW)

Women of the World (WOW) is a group of international women, including Americans, who gather once a month in Orono around an ethnic lunch, to share their cultural heritages. WOW is a great place to meet women from around the world and the perfect opportunity to learn about other cultures and to taste food from around the world!

WOW members include women from all continents, and of all ages. This includes American women! Young children are welcome to come with their mothers. Membership is open to ALL women in this area of Maine.

There is no membership fee to join WOW, but to help defray meal presentation expense there is a fee for attending the monthly lunch: children under 6, no cost to attend with their mothers; children 6-10, $2.00; and all others, $5.00. When other activities are organized, attendees may be asked to contribute a small amount to help cover any costs.

A presentation usually follows the meal, and various artifacts, books and maps are usually on display.

WOW meets on the second Monday of the month, from September to May, at noon, at the Church of Universal Fellowship at 82 Main Street, Orono. Reservation is not required unless otherwise noted.

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WOW Calendar 2013-2014

September 9, 2013   – Maine Fisheries, Forests and Farms (Family event)

October 14, 2013  – Latin America

November 11, 2013 – Colonial America

December 9, 2013  – Swedish Christmas

January 13, 2014  - Flatbreads from around the World

February 10, 2014  – Russia & Poland

March 10, 2014  – Southern USA 

April 14, 2014  – Morocco

May 12, 2014  – High Tea (Bring your own tea cup and bonnet)

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WOW Scholarship

WOW occasionally offers scholarship opportunities to Maine female students to study abroad. The scholarship is funded from the WOW treasury. Members who wish to make additional contributions toward the scholarship fund can make a check made out to “Women of the World” and mailed it to:

Women of the World Scholarship Fund, c/o Mireille Le, University of Maine, Office of International Programs, 5782 Winslow Hall, room 100, Orono, ME 04469-5782

WOW is awarding a scholarship of $500 to a Maine woman who will study abroad during the Fall 2014 semester.

WOW Study Abroad Scholarship Application for Fall 2014 (PDF)

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Contact Information

For more information about WOW, please call Mireille Le Gal at 581-3423, or email,

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WOW members prepared a lunch for the sculptors at the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, July 25, 2012

WOW members prepared a lunch for the sculptors at the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, July 25, 2012


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Last Modified On March 10, 2014

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