What is the FASC ?
The Federation of Anglo-Swiss Clubs – FASC for short – is the umbrella organization for Anglo-Swiss and English-speaking clubs all over Switzerland, 12 of them at the moment, all autonomous. As a non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit organization, the FASC’s aim is to provide a platform for English speakers and Swiss to meet – or, as it states in the FASC constitution, “to promote friendship and understanding between Switzerland, Great Britain and all English-speaking peoples”. It does this by encouraging a lively spirit of collaboration between all bona fide Anglo-Swiss Clubs and other clubs which use English as their means of communication.
According to the records we still have, there were a number of Anglo-Swiss Clubs and English-speaking clubs in Switzerland dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century, although they were not organized at a national level. But there was obviously some lively net-working going on, and the end result was the founding of the Federation of Anglo-Swiss Clubs in Macolin on the 19 June 1932. The founders were E.C. Biel/Bienne, E.C.C. Geneva, A.S.C. Lucerne and A.S.C. Basle, all very active clubs at that time (most of them still are). Right from the beginning, the patron of the FASC was the British Ambassador, a tradition that lives on to this day.
The Federation has an active website (www.angloswissclubs.ch) giving news of all the FASC’s events and activities, and providing a link to the websites of all the member clubs.
The FASC has years of tradition behind it. Founded in 1932, it has a social weekend every year which is open to all members – the only year it was cancelled was in 1940, because of the war. This social weekend, organized each year by one of the member clubs in an interesting location of their choice, is always a huge success, giving a chance of meeting really interesting people and visiting other parts of the country.
The FASC is not just about parties – it also has a serious side. During the war it did sterling work helping interned soldiers and raising funds, and, after the war, organizing holidays for Pestalozzi children. It has enjoyed the patronage of H.M. Ambassador to Switzerland for many years, who is fully aware of the very useful function that the FASC performs in getting English-speaking and Swiss people together.
You can see and download a brief history of the Federation produced for the 80th. Anniverary in 2012:
You can read and /or download the latest version of our Statutes here.
Our current committee can be found on this page.