International Wives Club

International Wives Club

The International Wives Club provides the wives of international students and scholars with a way to meet new people, sample food from all around the world, practice speaking English, and become more acclimated to life in Auburn.

Club organizer Rhonda Cattley knows what it is like to move to a new city where you don’t know anyone. She and her husband, Russ, have moved 13 times since they were married in 1975. Their most recent move was from Southern California (Los Angeles area) to Auburn University in April 2011, when Dr. Cattley accepted a professor position at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“I think I cried every day the first two months we lived here,” Rhonda shares. “Now that I have retired and our two children are married and living in other parts of the country, it was very difficult to make connections and meet new friends. I was feeling very lonely.”

Rhonda loves meeting with her “international daughters,” helping them to connect with other international wives and to feel more at home in the Auburn University family and community.

The club meets every Tuesday (twice monthly during the summer) from 9-11 a.m. in the Student Center. Among the countries represented are the United States, China, Turkey, Iran, South Korea, Malaysia, Egypt and Ecuador.

For more information about the club, contact Rhonda at


Rhonda Cattley

Mrs. Rhonda Cattley
Office of International Programs