From the 2020 - 2022 President
Happy New Year, Fellow TBI Friends,
I am humbled to be asked to lead Tampa Bay International Association for the next two years, as your president. I am also most honored. Heather Rush, the former president, has set the bar very high for me; with your help, I am up to the challenge!
The TBI mission statement defines our purpose as a social organization that promotes cultural understanding and friendship. I see that as a simple and yet profound purpose that can so benefit all of us. All events that we plan, schedule and attend will be arranged with the idea of promoting greater friendship amongst us.
As you participate in these gatherings, be aware that your friendship with others will only grow. Also, if you have ideas for future events of interest, please feel free to share them with me and other members of the board. Your involvement in TBI will make our club greater and your friendships stronger.
I sincerely look forward to knowing all of you better. I believe this will be an exciting year for TBI.
History of Tampa Bay International (TBI) Club
Tampa Bay International (TBI) started as Welcome to Tampa Bay International (WTBI) club; an affiliate of Welcome Clubs International (WCI). WCI originated in Washington DC 25+ years ago to address and support the many spouses of US-based international officials who often returned to their respective countries after their US residency without ever having made American friends. Affiliated clubs have appeared in many cities throughout the US and abroad.
Our founder Padmini Durr was a longtime member of the Welcome to Denver International Club. After moving to the Tampa Bay area with her husband, she wanted to establish a local women’s club with an international framework and created Welcome to Tampa Bay International.
Our club has grown significantly under the leadership of several presidents. As we grew larger, we changed our focus to the Tampa Bay area and changed our name to Tampa Bay International, or TBI.
10 Year Anniversary Video
"As a founder of this club, my message and wish for the 10th anniversary of our club is very simple. I would like that our club grows with the goal of developing friendship and cooperation among women of all nations and together promoting our Tampa Bay area, our current home.
As I have lived and traveled in many countries, my best memories are those related to the direct contacts I had made with local women who had opened their homes and hearts to us. International Women’s club in Geneva and Chicago, “Cross-Roads” in Chicago, “Sister Cities International” and Genevieve Fiore’s “UNESCO Chapter” in Denver, were all International friendship clubs that had inspired me. I found that beyond traditions, religions and customs, we all are sisters and should look out for each other."