Who we are?

SHOM (which is the abbreviation for Spouses of Heads of Mission) is an association of spouses and partners of ambassadors or chargé d’affaires accredited to Poland. We also invite honorary members.

It has two main purposes:

  1. As a social Club we welcome our new members, help them settle in and find new friends in a new environment. We organize meetings, events and social activities to introduce our members to the culture and history of their guest country.
  2. Annually we raise money for the needy in Poland. Our main philanthropic activity is the SHOM International Charity Bazaar, which is traditionally held on the last Sunday of November at the Marriott Hotel Warsaw.

The funds raised at the Bazaar are fully distributed to several registered charities, who concentrate their efforts on Poland. These charities are proposed by our members, carefully vetted by our Charity Committee according to our guidelines and later approved by the General Assembly of SHOM.

SHOM is an officially registered association.

Here, you can find our registration at the courts and other legal documentation, and here you can find more information about our charity guidelines.