A Brief History
CASA was founded over 30 years' ago so that expatriates to the Algarve could get together on an informal social basis. The basis of the group was a monthly dinner which was often followed by performances by some of the members who had acting talents. Many of these people went on to form the well known Algarvean's amateur theatrical group about 21 years ago. Several people are still active in both associations. The club has changed much in subsequent years as both the Algarve itself and the ex-pat community have evolved.
CASA members meet once a month for a meal at a suitable hostelry, most years we also have a trip - usually by coach to either Northern Portugal or Southern Spain. Most years we hold a car treasure hunt and we aim to have an 'away day' trip to somewhere interesting. We publish a monthly Newsletter for our members, most members receive this via e-mail but we also post (to Portugal only) paper copies for those who prefer this.
All events are open to non-members, generally at a small surcharge.
Although primarily a social club we try to assist local charitable organisations and make donations when possible to organisations suggested by members. The Bombieros are a frequent beneficiary, receiving 1000 Euro in 2014 and 1500 Euro in 2016. We raise some money for charity in the form of required equipment and we have given items to the Bombeiros, several children's homes, old peoples' homes and various other local Portuguese groups which are desperate for funds. More details about recent donations will be found on the 'Latest News' page.
Membership is open to both singles and couples of any nationality - though all events and information are in English only. Current membership is somewhat over 100 people.
CASA is not only for resident expatriates, it also has a number of members who live overseas and stay in the Algarve for a few months each year.
The annual membership fee is €12 for singles or €15 for couples and runs from January to December.
The club is run by an elected committee of unpaid volunteers. An annual A.G.M. and dinner (usually held in early March) gives the members a chance to elect a new committee and make vocal suggestions.
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