Members Only Event: All-American Dinner

USA-DE handshake free image from 13905835_sCULTURAL DINNER – AMERICAN CUISINE
Tuesday, April 30th at 19:00
Location:  Classic Rock Cafe, Eberhardstrasse 22, 70173 Stuttgart
Nearest Station:  Stadtmitte
RSVP required to host Lisa Cvejn using the form below

Join us for a classic American meal and rock ‘n roll!  Learn a little something about American food and etiquette. Limit 25 people.

Please note that the restaurant requires we abide by the following rules for this evening’s event:
* All guests must be over 21 years old
* The minimum consumption is € 15, – per person
* All guests must be present for the reserved time
* At midnight they will partially rearrange the tables to create a dance floor

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March 2013 Partner Organization Events

Birthday Balloons free image 123rtf 9618185_s.jpgEach month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of.

Here are some highlights for March:

The English Playgroup Stuttgart
Saturday, March 9th – Member Flea Market (children’s clothing and goods from US/UK)
Official Website

Forum der Kulturen
March 10th – Global Brunch
Click here for a monthly events calendar

The Children’s English Library
Open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays this month
Full schedule

Kulturcafe Merlin
Sunday, March 24th – public viewing for families (“Sendung mit der Maus”)
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
Sunday, March 31st, Easter Services at 7:30 and 11:15
Full schedule

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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Annual General Meeting 2013 in Review

AGM greenwritten by Emily Born, Chairperson

Earlier this week, we held our Annual General Meeting where the big stories were making both our quorum and some changes to the IWCS bylaws.

First, I’d like to extend a warm thank you to all of our members who came out in the cold, snowy night (why does it always snow the night of our AGM??) to help us meet our quorum. Every year since the founding of the club in 2005 we have struggled to meet the required 25% of membership threshold and this year was no different – we made it by the skin of our teeth.

Second, rest assured that we won’t have to go through these contortions in the future, because one of the rule changes we voted for on Tuesday was to do away with the quorum completely! This was the rule in our bylaws that said we had to have at least 25% of our official membership list in attendance at the meeting in order for it to be official. Starting next year, whoever would like to come and vote and have a voice in club matters is welcome and encouraged to attend, but we won’t be under any pressure to reach a specific number.

We also voted in our 2013-14 steering committee and re-elected pretty much the whole bunch from last year. I am looking forward to another year as your Chairperson, working with the following amazing women:

  • Dorothee Klein – Vice Chair and Charitable Relations
  • Tonya Busch – Treasurer
  • Christy Miller – Secretary
  • Laura Lenz – Activities
  • Lisa Cvejn – Communications
  • Sandra Bartsch – Mother’s Corner
  • Billie Schoeler – Membership

In addition to the voting, we heard reports on our activities in 2012 and talked about 2013. When you add the delicious food served at the SSB restaurant, it was a lovely evening overall. Looking forward to next year!!

Links to the 2012 Board and Financial Reports can be found in the March 2013 Member Newsletter

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Tour of Kessler Sekt Factory for Members and Families

Kessler sekt cartoonKessler Sekt Factory Tour in Esslingen
Saturday, May 4th starting at 13:00
Cost: 10€  per person, paid in advance and non-refundable
RSVP to host Christy Miller using the form below


With Spring and Summer right around the corner, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a tour of Sektkellerie Kessler!

Kessler is Germany’s oldest sparkling wine producer, founded in 1826, and we are lucky to have it right here in our own backyard.  We have arranged for an English language tour that will take us to the depths of their vast medieval vaulted cellar.  Learn about the art of sparkling wine production, sample some bubbly and enjoy another great IWCS event!

The cellar tour will last 1.5 hours and be followed by a tasting of up to 3 of Kessler’s delicious offerings. There is a maximum capacity of 25 people for this event, so get your paid reservation in soon!

Kessler Sekt is located at Marktplatz 21, 73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from S1-Esslingen

To reserve your spot and make your payment, please use the contact form below. Once she has put you on the RSVP list, Christy will send you our bank details.

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February 2013 Partner Organization Events

Birthday Balloons free image 123rtf 9618185_s.jpgEach month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of.

Here are some highlights for February:

Forum der Kulturen
February 4th – “Was ist Deutsch in Deutschland?” a discussion in German about immigration
Click here for a monthly events calendar

The Children’s English Library
Open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays this month
Full schedule

Kulturcafe Merlin
Sunday, February 24th – public viewing for families (“Sendung mit der Maus”)
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
Sunday, February 10th – Pancake Party
Full schedule

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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Members-Only Event: Annual Spa Weekend

Baden-Baden Friedrichsbad 2Annual Spa Weekend
April 27th and 28th
Hotel Rathausglöckel in Baden Baden
RSVP deadline: March 15th
Your host: Laura Lenz

It’s that time of the year again! We will once again head to the spa town of Baden-Baden on April 27th and 28th for an overnight stay, and a fabulous and relaxing time!

We will depart from the Hauptbahnhof in Stuttgart on Saturday at 9:00 arriving in time for lunch at a nearby Italian restaurant. We will stay at the historic 4-star Hotel Rathausglöckel in the historic city center, which is less than a minute’s walk from the famous Baden-Baden thermal baths.

After lunch, there is the choice of visiting the Friedrichsbad, making an appointment at one of the spas in Baden-Baden, visiting the sauna, or shopping. In the evening we will all meet up at the wine cellar of the hotel for a glass of wine or two before enjoying dinner in the hotel restaurant. Afterwards there is the option of heading out for a drink or two, or visiting the casino.

On Sunday, we will have breakfast and then return to Stuttgart. Return times however will be staggered so that one group can leave earlier while another group could take some time to explore the city before returning to Stuttgart in the late afternoon.

Hotel prices, including breakfast, are as follows:

  • €65,20 per person for a double (6 rooms available)
  • €87 per person for a suite for 2 people (1 room available)
  • €80,50 for a single room (3 rooms available)

We will gladly match you with someone if you would like to share a room.  A maximum of 17 members can attend and room choices are available on first come, first served basis.

Please note that the hotel must be notified at least two weeks in advance of any cancellations. Thus, if you cancel after this deadline, you will still be responsible for your hotel costs.

The train will cost around €15 to €20 per person for a round trip ticket, depending on the number of people traveling together.

If you would like to come, please inform Laura Lenz no later than March 15th via the RSVP form below. Do not forget to state your room preference when you RSVP. A €20 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place. Once your RSVP has been received, the bank account details for where to send the deposit will be sent to you.  This money will be used to purchase the train tickets and the remainder will be either returned on the weekend, or applied to the non-alcoholic drinks ordered during lunch.

Online information about the weekend:

Hotel Website
Hotel’s Wine Cellar
Restaurant in hotel
Information on Friedrichsbad
Information on nearby spa – If you plan on a spa treatment, it is best to book this early as the times fill up very quickly! (Note: this is not the only spa in the city)
– A tour of this historic casino can be done during the day, however if you plan to visit at night there is a dress code to be aware of….tennis shoes for one are not allowed)
Other places of interest

To RSVP, please fill out the form below and send in your deposit prior to March 15th.

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Members-only Event: Tour of the Stuttgarter Zeitung (English)

Thursday, March 21st starting at 17:45
Location: Stuttgarter Zeitung Offices at Plieninger Strasse 150, 70567 Stuttgart
Meeting Point & time: 17:45 at the main entrance (Tour will start promptly at 18:00)
Nearest Stations: U3 at Landhaus (Direction of Plieningen), there is also parking available for those with cars
Your host: Laura Lenz (RSVP below)

Enjoy a 1.5 to 2 hour tour in English through the offices of the Stuttgarter Zeitung daily newspaper and get an introduction into the working life of the Editorial staff, learn about the production of a newspaper, and get a look at one of Europe’s most modern printing presses in action.

**We will need a minimum of 9 people for the tour, so please let Laura know if you’d like to bring a friend along**

For more information about the paper, please see the StZ website.

Here is a map to get there:

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Members Only Event: Mercedes Museum Brunch

Brunch at the Mercedes Benz Museum
Sunday, March 10th at 10:00
Location: Mercedes-Benz Museum, Mercedesstr. 100, 70372 Stuttgart-Untertürkheim
Nearest Stations: Neckarpark (S-Bahn)
Your host: Laura Lenz

Join us in March for a delicious brunch at the Mercedes Benz Museum. This once-a-month event is so popular that reservations need to be made nearly 6 months in advance!

Brunch Prices:
Adult € 34,90
Children 7-14 € 17,50
Children 0-6 eat free

The brunch includes non-alcoholic drinks and one glass of Prosecco.

Due to the popularity of last year’s event, we have increased the reservation number to 30 spaces for members and their families. This event is limited to members and their families only.

You can find basic information about the museum, parking, etc. at the Mercedes Benz museum website.

Please RSVP to Laura using the form below. Please note that this year we have not arranged for a special tour of the museum, however, if there is interest in this, please let her know.

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Guided tour of Stuttgart Staatsgalerie

Guided tour of the Stutttgart Staatsgalerie
Wednesday, February 6th at 15:45
Location: Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30 – 32, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest Stations: Staatsgalerie (U-Bahn), Hauptbahnhof (S-Bahn)
Meeting location: In front of Staatsgallerie (old)
Host: Dorothee Klein

Join us on February 6th for a tour of the special exhibit, “Mythos Atelier -Von Spitzweg bis Picasso, von Giacometti bis Nauman”. Leading the tour will be the same tour guide as last time, Frau Scharma Weigold. The tour costs €90, which will be split between all participants  plus the cost of the individual museum tickets of €12 per person. The tour starts at 16:00, so please be there by 15:45.

From the Staatsgalerie website:

“In a comprehensive and completely unique show, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart will present the artist’s studio and its depiction in art in modern times. There have been studio scenes in art since the Renaissance, but it was not until the early nineteenth century that the atelier became a central theme as an expression of the myth of artistic creation.”

Afterwards, we will go to the Alte Kanzlei for dinner.

Prospective members are welcome to join us for this event!

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The Globalisation of Love


Author Wendy Williams

by Lisa Cvejn, IWCS Communications Chairperson

We were honored to have author Wendy Williams give a book reading at our January Monthly Meeting.  Wendy Williams is the author of The Globalisation of Love.  She is Canadian and lives in Vienna with her Austrian husband and Austro-Canadian daughter.  She has lived in six different countries and worked internationally for 18 years.  She stated that she has had lots of multicultural relationships, but jokingly wouldn’t go into any details.  Wendy’s book’s back cover copy reads, “One of the most profound influences of globalisation is that people from everywhere are falling in love with people from everywhere else.  The Globalisation of Love is about the whirls and twirls, the quirks and perks, the frustrations and the fun of a multicultural marriage.

Wendy has painstakingly interviewed many couples and individuals from all around the world to try to uncover what a multicultural relationship really is.  The book is full of interesting and funny anecdotes from her own life experiences and these willing participants.  Wendy uses the term “GloLo” throughout her book to paraphrase globalization of love, meaning a multicultural relationship.

Members sat in an intimate setting to discuss individual concerns and share funny stories.  Wendy was an excellent speaker and has a wonderful sense of humor (Which I think is a must for all “GloLos!”)  She read anecdotes from her book and shared personal stories from her own life experiences.  It was inspiring to have Wendy join our meeting to help us “GloLos” understand that our choice was not just by chance, but there is something about us that brought us and our partners together.  Intrigued?  Read the book.

I have read the first three chapters and I can conclude for myself that I feel less alone.  I can now find more humor in my own mistakes and frustrations.  I can again remember why I fell in love.  Wendy is hesitant to make a one paragraph conclusion for such a profound issue, but her book illustrates that those of us lucky enough to get to have this experience will also have to deal with at least ten additional cultural issues.  After all, if you can get through all that, isn’t this love worth fighting for?

If you missed Wendy’s visit, be sure to visit her website for more information.

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December/January Partner Organization Events

Photo courtesy of 123.rf.comEach month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of.

Here are some highlights for December and January:

Forum der Kulturen
December 9 – Global Brunch
Click here for a monthly events calendar

The Children’s English Library
December 15 – Snowmen and Snowflakes workshop
Full schedule

Kulturcafe Merlin
December 15 – Puss in Boots English Panto
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in English
Full schedule

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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2012 Annual Charity Event Wrap Up and Thank You

By Dorothee Klein

After months of preparation, we hosted our Fifth Annual Charity Event at the Württembergische Automobilclub e.V. on 10 November 2012. This year’s “Do Good & Dance” was a huge success, put together by our lovely charity team and attended by many members, their partners and friends.

The evening was kicked off by a welcome drink kindly donated by Kessler Sektkellerei and jazzy piano music by Bea Michalski, followed by delicious local specialties served up by the WAC team and party music spun by DJ Blue Wave from Mr Mac’s Party Team.

All throughout the evening, Ryoko Ichihashi and Laura Lenz’s husband, Michael, were busy selling raffle tickets for the prizes donated by BOSCH, Friedrichsbad and Rathausglöckle in Baden-Baden as well as our artist-in-residence Judy Krauss and members Maggie Bangston and Barbara Zuk, giving us record raffle takings!

The culinary highlight of the evening was our International Dessert table with yummy goodies baked by our members (thanks to Maggie Bangston, Laura Lenz, Sandra Bartsch, Ryoko Schels-Ichihashi, Christy Miller, Jamie Mueller, Karen Diguc, Ursula Fast, Salome Tan, and Tracey Stevenson) followed by the auctioning of our main prize, a sightseeing flight with the evening’s Master of Ceremony and long-standing pilot Alex Klein.

The success of this evening was not only underpinned by the generosity of local companies such as KPMG, RMS Marketing Solutions, Oest Group, Wilke Consulting and WESSELY Marketing Services who raised funds to further the work of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. We were also very happy to see an increasing number of members who donated anonymously. We are working on the final financial statement for this event, which we will share with you as soon as it is finished.

So with this event behind us, it is time for me as your Vice President to say thank you to my team:

  • Maggie Bangston and Laura Lenz for their planning and XLS skills
  • Christy Miller and Barbara Zuk for putting together the International Dessert table and keeping the momentum going
  • Sandra Bartsch for her time keeping and staging of the location, and
  • Karen Diguc for her logistical support

It was a great experience to put this event together with you, each using our different talents to contribute to something positive!

A very special thank you also goes to Ulrike Stegmaier and Billie Schöler for their help with fundraising!

And since “after the party is before the party”, we are of course already putting our team together next year’s event. If you would like to help out in any way, just contact me using the form below and watch your newsletter for announcements!

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Members Only Event: Day Trip to Freiburg – Tour & Christmas Market

Monday, December 3rd starting at 9:00
Location: the beautiful southern German town of Freiburg
RSVP deadline: December 1st (see below)

Member Jill Velasquez is organizing this day trip to the historic town of Freiburg (near the French border). We will depart the Stuttgart HBF in the morning and travel by regional train to Freiburg on a Landers Ticket (participants will share the negligible cost of the ticket).

The group will decide (ahead of time) if we want to take the 1.5 historic walking tour through Freiburg given by the local Culture and Tours office. We will have a local lunch and hit the Christmas market. Later in the afternoon we will catch the return train to Stuttgart HBF.

We will meet at approximately 9am at the Starbucks in the Hauptbahnhof (a firm time will be agreed upon in advance). Please RSVP to Jill no later than December 1st using the form below or via the Facebook Event Page.

Hope to see you there!

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2012 Giving Tree for Residents of the Frauenhaus

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We are pleased to announce that we will be closing the giving tree early, as members and friends have already pledged the needed amount of gifts for this year – thank you to all!!!

Every year we get inquiries from members who would like to buy holiday gifts for the women and children at the Frauenhaus. This year our charity liaison, Tracy Stevenson, has organized a virtual giving tree to do exactly that.

If you would like to participate, please use the form below to make a request. You will be given information about either a child or adult to buy a gift for, and Tracey will arrange a way to get the present from you. We are suggesting 10-15 euros for the approximate value of your gift.

Tracey will be at the December club meeting on the 5th, so for those of you attending, this is an easy way to do some charitable giving this season. All gifts need to be given to Tracey before the FHF Christmas party on the 17th.

Happy Holidays!!

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IWCS December 2012 Club Meeting and International Brunch

Copyright (c) <a href=''>123RF Stock Photos</a>Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 10:00
Location: Cafe Merlin,  Augustenstrasse 72, 70178 Stuttgart-West
Prospective members welcome!

Every year at our December club meeting, we host a morning of food and love.

Participants are asked  to bring a dish to share from their home country  for our International Brunch buffet table and members will have the opportunity to bring a gift chosen from a giving tree for the children at the Frauenhaus.

Here is some information about the giving tree program which includes a way to contact the coordinator, Tracey Stevenson if you would like to participate:
Giving Tree Program for Children of the Frauenhaus.
You do not need to participate in the giving tree program to attend the monthly meeting.

There will be a babysitter available for those of you with toddlers at no extra charge.

For more information about our morning club meetings, please see this blog post.

If you have any questions about the meeting or the brunch, please contact Emily using the form below or via the Facebook Event page.

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Members Only Event – Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange

Dear Members,

Billie Schoeler and Dorothee Klein have been working very hard to arrange a special IWCS Holiday Dinner for us once again this December. Here are all the details; we hope you can join us!

Members only Evening Get Together and Gift Exchange
Tuesday the 11th of December from 18:30
Location: Stuttgart Ratskelle, Marktplatz 1, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Please RSVP using the form below

We will start out our evening with a complimentary welcome drink and appetizer, followed by a delicious Ratskeller dinner (see the choices below).

After dining, you are welcome to take part in our optional gift exchange, which is loads of fun every year. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth €15 (no gag or re-gifts please). Choose something you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen!

We have a more expanded set of menu choices this year. Prices include a choice of soup, main course and dessert. Drinks are not included. Please let us know your choices when you RSVP for the event.

Main course choices (and total price of all three courses together):

  • Turkey (€24,40)
  • Salmon (€27,80)
  • Angus Beef Rump Steak (€30,80)
  • Goose (€37,40)
  • “Schwabenteller” – Pork medallions with Maultaschen and Spätzle (€26,80)
  • Vegetarian (€20,40)

For soup, we can choose from potato or pumpkin.

For dessert, we have the choice of chocolate mousse, Lebkuchen parfait, or apple fritters.

Check your calendars and RSVP now – see you there!

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October Club Meeting in Review – SPECIAL MEMBER DISCOUNT

by Debbie Strauss

“Poise rather than posture” was the essence of Heidi Winderl-Schanz’s explanation of the Alexander Technique at our club meeting last month.

We were a large group interested to find out more about a subject many of us had never heard of. Heidi has spent many years in Australia becoming a qualified instructor of the Alexander Technique, a form of movement therapy that originated in that country.

She outlined for us the various applications of this method, including neck strain that can occur with PC use; other kinds of physical pain; confidence in public speaking; improving your singing voice; and awareness of movements that affect physical well-being.

With the help of two brave volunteers, Heidi demonstrated how the way you lie on your back on the floor or get up from a chair can easily be improved with slight adjustments such as placing books under your head or by observation to counteract movement that has become habitual but is detrimental to posture. She emphasised that correcting harmful posture habits and releasing tension has a positive effect on the mind making you move and perform better and is also a way to prevent injury.

Starting November 13th, Heidi is offering IWC members a discount on her evening course titled “Alexander Technique Meets Pilates in Movement.” It will meet for 10 sessions at a non-member cost of 220 euros and a member cost of 198 euros.

If you are interested learning more about the Alexander Technique or registering for her discounted class or other courses, please visit her website page “How the Alexander Technique Can Support You” or contact her directly using the form below.

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Introducing the new IWCS Volunteer Coordinator

On September 21st, members of the IWCS and staff from Frauen helfen Frauen (FhF) had an extremely worthwhile brainstorming session to assess how our club might best support the Frauenhaus.

As a result of that meeting, member Tracey Stevenson is the new IWCS Volunteer Coordinator. Congratulations, Tracey, on your new position!

She will be organizing volunteers from within the club for joint events with FHF outside of the annual charity event – exactly what some of our members have been asking for.

How can you help? Here are some ideas from Tracey. If you are ready to make a difference in the lives of the women and children living at the Frauenhaus, message Tracey using the form at the bottom of this post.

Financial Donations:  FhF are in desperate need of additional funding.  Members are encouraged to make personal donations to FhF and to lobby other interest groups/employers for donations.

‘Adopt a Family for Christmas’: Giving a small Christmas gift for every person in the House at Christmas.

Non-Perishable Donations: The provision of non-perishable items for a ‘welcome pack’ when families arrive in the House.

Household Items/Furniture: The provision of any second hand furniture/ household items for when the families leave the House and move into personal accommodation.

Administration Tasks: Volunteers required to help with basic administration tasks.

Joint Fundraising: Liasing with FhF to combine fundraising efforts.

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Get involved in our newest project – the IWCS Scrapbook!

Calling All Members!

In an effort to document what a fun and dynamic group of women we are, please consider what you can contribute to the IWCS Scrapbook!  The scrapbook will serve as a record of club life while also acting as promotional material for prospective members to look through at club events.

Some of you may have photos of events that can be shared.  We’ve set up a special Google web album just for this purpose and you can either send photos to me to upload or upload them yourself. (Contact me at the bottom of this post)

Those who do not have photos to contribute can do so with their words and experiences.  I strongly encourage you to take 5 minutes or so and jot down a few things about the IWCS, its members, its events and the way it has touched your life.  This is the stuff that really brings the photos to life!  Comments submitted may be used by the IWCS for documentation and marketing purposes.  If you wish to remain anonymous, please make a note of it when sending in your information.

Here are some questions follow to prompt your thoughts…answer one, answer all or just email a few comments.

  •   What is your favorite thing about or event/meeting of the IWCS and why?
  • How has the IWCS enriched your living experience in Germany and the Stuttgart area?
  • If you had one piece of advice for new members, what would it be?
  • Why are you a member of the IWCS and how long have you belonged to the group?
  • What is it about the IWCS that keeps you coming back for more?

Thank you so very much in advance for whatever written or photographic items you share with us.  We promise to take good care of them and provide a place together for those memories and experiences to live!  The deadline for our current scrapbook is October 15th, 2012.

Julie Heasley

Contact Julie with your words or offer of photos using the form below:

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October Partner Organization Events

Each month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of.

Here’s what’s happening in October.

German-American Women’s Club Pfennig Basar
October 12th and 13th
Official Website

Children’s English Library Halloween Party
Saturday the 20th of October at 14:00
Official website

Kulturcafe Merlin
October 14-28th 11th Chansongsfest
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
Full schedule

Forum der Kulturen
October 14th- International Brunch
Full Website

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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Volunteers Needed for ACE 2012

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Dear Members,

Are you  planning on attending the Annual Charity Event on November 10th? The Charity Committee is looking for a few volunteers to help out that evening.

We need people to great guests as they arrive, to sell extra drink tickets, to help Laura’s husband with the selling of raffle tickets, and to help set up and take down.

The more volunteers we have the better as then more people can share each task so that no one is left taking care of one job the entire night.

Additionally, if you are the owner of an art easel and would be willing to let us borrow it on the night of the event, please speak up! We are looking for multiple easels for decorative purposes.

If you are interested in volunteering or have an easel, please contact Laura Lenz using the form below. Thanks!

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Announcing 2013 Membership Renewal Discounts!

NEW! For all 2012 members wishing to renew their membership for 2013, the IWC Stuttgart will be offering the following discounts:

Regular Annual fee: €40

Discounted fee: €35 for returning members who choose one of the following payment options:

1. Members who sign up for Lastschrift (automatic withdrawal) from a German bank account. If you have already signed up for this service, you will receive the discount automatically.

2. Members who transfer 2013 dues prior to the end of 2012 (must be received in our bank account on or before December 31st).

If you are interested in taking part in this promotion, please use the form below to contact our Treasurer, Tonya Busch, to get started.

This discount is not valid for new memberships in 2013.

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September Partner Organization Events

Each month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of.

Here’s what’s happening in September.

Children’s Museum at the State Museum of Württemberg
Charity Evening
Tuesday, September 18th at 19:00
Junges Schloss in the Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6, 70173 Stuttgart
For more information, see this blog post.

The Children’s English Library
Open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in September after the summer break
Full schedule

Kulturcafe Merlin
Sept. 20th at 19:30 City of Stuttgart seminar: “The Defiant Toddler” (in German)
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
Sept. 5th at 19:00 “Sunset Viewing Picnic”
Full schedule

Forum der Kulturen
No events scheduled in September
Full Website

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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Third Annual IWCS Bowling Tournament

Strike! Get your bowling shoes ready! For the third year running, the IWCS Bowling Tournament is back for another round of laughter and gutter balls.

Before bowling, we will hold our monthly evening get together at the Arena. They offer tasty Swabian dishes, burgers, pizza and salads. Dinner is planned from 19:00 to 20:30.

After dinner, all interested members and prospective members are welcome to participate the bowling tournament. Your shoe rental and one game of bowling will be paid for by the club. As we did last year, we will have teams of 4 to 5 members each. The winning team and the individual high scorer will take home “gold medals” and the 2012 Trophy, respectively.

Tuesday, October 16th starting at 20:30 (dinner beforehand at 19:00)
Location: Bowling Arena, Am Sportpark 9, 70469 Stuttgart-Feuerbach
Nearest Station: Sportpark Feuerbach (U-Bahn)
Prospective members welcome

To RSVP for the bowling portion of the evening, please fill in the contact form below and organizer Ryoco Ichihashi will make sure to reserve enough lanes.

Please RSVP for the dinner portion of the evening using the email link in the newsletter or on Facebook.

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Canstatter Volksfest 2012

The IWCS is excited to announce that we have once again reserved a table for 20 in the Sonja Merz Wasenzelt! This event is for members only and is partially sponsored by the IWCS.

The Canstatter Volksfest is the second-largest beer festival in the world after Munich’s Oktoberfest and will be taking place for the 167th time this year. For more information about the Volksfest in English, please visit their website.

Places in our tent can be reserved on a first paid, first served basis. Tickets are only 5€ per member and include a 10€ gift certificate towards food and drink as well as your reservation. Dirndls are highly recommended, but not mandatory.

To reserve your spot, please fill out the RSVP form below and you will be put on this event’s pending payment list and sent an email with our bank information.

Hurry! There are only a few spots left!!

Event: IWCS Outing to the Cannstatter Volksfest
Date: Thursday, October 11th starting at 17:00*
Hosts: Laura Lenz and Irena Wilke
Location: Cannstatter Wasen, Bad Cannstatt
Nearest Stations: Bad Cannstatt (S-Bahn), Cannstatter Wasen (U-Bahn)
Your RSVP must be accompanied by transfer of fee due for your reservation to be confirmed!

*We need a minimum of 4 people to be at the table no later than 16:00 to hold it. If you can make it that early, please let us know in your RSVP!

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Partner Event – Charity Evening at the Junges Schloss Kindermuseum

The Junges Schloss at the Museum of Baden Württemberg cordially invites all IWCS members and their friends and family to a Charity Evening.

Dienstag, 18. September 2012, 19 Uhr
Junges Schloss. Das Kindermuseum in Stuttgart
Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6, 70173 Stuttgart
Anmeldung bis zum 12. September erbeten (s. unten)
Am 15. Oktober 2010 öffnete das Junge Schloss im Landesmuseum Württemberg seine Tore. Mit großen Erwartungen ging die erste Ausstellung „Geheimnisvolle Wunderkammer. Schatzsuche im Jungen Schloss“ an den Start. Diese wurden nicht nur erfüllt, sondern weit übertroffen: 95.000 große und kleine Besucherinnen und Besucher haben die Startausstellung gesehen. 1.353 Gruppenführungen und Veranstaltungen fanden statt und über 454 Kindergeburtstage wurden während der Laufzeit der “Geheimnisvollen Wunderkammer” gefeiert. Im Frühjahr 2012 wählten die “European Museums Academy“ und „Hands On! International“ das Junge Schloss unter die besten 13 Kindermuseen weltweit.
Damit das Landesmuseum Württemberg auch künftig den Kindern, Schulklassen und Kindergärten unserer Region ein facettenreiches Vermittlungsangebot bieten kann, benötigen wir zusätzliche Freundinnen und Freunde, die sich für die kulturelle Bildung der Kinder in unserer Region einsetzen. Ab dem 15. September startet die neue Mitmachausstellung „Tapfer, pfiffig, einfach stark! Die Kelten im Jungen Schloss“
Der Charity-Abend bietet die Gelegenheit, als einer der ersten Besucher die neue Ausstellung im Kindermuseum zu besichtigen. Mitglieder des Kinderbeirats, die an der Entstehung der Ausstellung beteiligt waren, werden an diesem Abend anwesend sein und Einblicke in die Präsentation vermitteln. Interessierten bieten wir zum Ausklang des Abends optional auch an, den Ausstellungsteil „Kostbarkeiten der Kunst“ der Großen Landesausstellung „Die Welt der Kelten“ zu besichtigen.
Für die musikalische Untermalung des Abends und kulinarische Genüsse ist gesorgt.
Gerne kann im Vorfeld der Veranstaltung für das Kindermuseum gespendet werden. Die Spenden fließen direkt in die Ausstellung „Tapfer, pfiffig, einfach stark! Die Kelten im Jungen Schloss“ sowie in unsere zukünftigen Vermittlungsangebote.
Das Spendenkonto für das Junge Schloss lautet:
Landesmuseum Württemberg
Konto-Nr. 600 015 35
BBk Stuttgart
BLZ 600 000 00
Bitte im Betreff das Stichwort „Regenbogen“ angeben. Jede/r Spender/in erhält eine steuerabzugsfähige Zuwendungsbescheinigung und im Rahmen unserer aktuellen Spendenaktion „Ein Schüsselchen voll Glück“ zudem als kleines Dankeschön eine keltische Münze, ein so genanntes Regenbogenschüsselchen. Es wurde von einem Original unserer keltischen Sammlung abgeformt.
Weitere Informationen unter:

Anmeldung bis zum 12. September erbeten :

Landesmuseum Württemberg
Sabine Werner
Altes Schloss
Schillerplatz 6, 70173 Stuttgart
(0711) 89 535 160

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Coming up in September – Brainstorming Session with the Frauenhaus

Friday, September 21st at 10:00
Location: Cafe Scholz
Marktplatz 12, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest stations: Rathaus, Stadtmitte
RSVP: See below

All members interested in doing charity work with Frauen helfen Frauen are welcome to join us for a joint brainstorming session in September to discuss ideas for regular activities with our designated charity, Frauen helfen Frauen (the Frauenhaus is the battered women’s shelter that we support as a club).

One of our main club objectives for this year is to form a closer and more personal bond with FHF and their families through joint activities. To this end, we are holding a meeting with our two main contacts from FHF to brainstorm and plan fun activities for their and our families to enjoy throughout the year. This is another good opportunity to “give back” and as always, your input is much appreciated. Of course, any and all ideas you may have are very welcome. They can be as simple as an annual trip to Wilhelma …

We are looking forward to hearing your many ideas and creating a calendar of activities for us all to enjoy!

Please RSVP using this Doodle link if you are interested in joining. For general questions, please contact Charity Chairperson Dorothee Klein using the contact form below.

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October Event – Whiskey Tasting

EVENT DATE: Saturday, October 27th
TIME: Starting at 4pm
LOCATION: BestWhiskey Shop
Rotenwaldstrasse 41, 70197 Stuttgart
Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from S-Bahn Schwabstrasse
COST: 39 euros per person, paid in advance
RSVP using the form below (hosted by member Christy Miller)

Join us for an evening of Whiskey Tasting! Maybe you’re a whiskey connoisseur or perhaps you’re just interested in trying new things. Either way, this is the event for you!!

The proprietor of BestWhiskey, Mr. Peter Sondheim, will guide us through a private tour of Scottish Whiskey at his shop in downtown Stuttgart. The evening will include a tasting of 7 kinds of whiskey (up to 29 years old), plus a cold buffet and water.

The tasting will last until approximately 6:30pm . There is a maximum capacity of 25 people for this event, so get your paid reservation in soon!

For anyone interested, following the tasting we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant. Details to follow. To reserve your spot and make your payment, please use the contact form below.

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Fireworks shows in Stuttgart

Copyright (c) <a href=''>123RF Stock Photos</a>Happy Fourth of July to those of you in the club and the community who are from the U.S.!

Today during our tour of Stuttgart, some of the Americans in the group were discussing where they could see fireworks this year and we came up with the following list to share.

Of course most of these events are not happening as part of any U.S. Independence Day festivities, people in the Stuttgart area just like a good fireworks show and everyone is invited to attend. If you know of any more firework shows happening this summer, please use the form at the end of this post to tell us about it!

July 4th – Patch Barracks fireworks show, Stuttgart-Vaihingen

July 14th – Lekker Lichterfest, Stuttgart-Killesberg

July 24th – Schlossfestspiele Open Air Concert and Fireworks, Ludwigsburg

August 17-19 – Flammende Stern Internationales Feuerwerksfestival, Ostfildern

Do you know of any more?

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New Monthly Focus Group for Members – Beginning German Conversation

image courtesy of www.123rtf.omA common struggle many of our members share is trying to learn German. We’ve held several well-attended events already this year that have focused on basic German language skills. Starting this month, a dedicated group of members have decided to take this idea further and formalize it into our very first German Conversation focus group!

The group plans to meet 1-2 time monthly, depending on interest. All levels will be welcome with the more fluent speakers helping the beginners. Patient native speakers of German are especially welcome to join in when possible!

Meeting places will vary – homes, coffee shop, parks, etc. Bring your creative ideas on how to best learn and improve.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the group, please use the form below to send a message to the group contact, Jill Velasquez.

If you know you are ready to join in, please see the newsletter for the most current meeting information.

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Members-Only Event: The Healthy Expatriate!

Join member Jamie Mueller on Wednesday, August 29th to learn about the benefits of juicing and natural juice therapy.

Natural Juice Therapy (NJT) has been around in one form or another for many centuries. It has been used by some of the world’s most renowned leaders in nutritional therapy for use in the prevention and treatment of disease.

NJT uses the unique blend of healing properties found within the natural juices of fruits and vegetables to aid the body to optimum health. Freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices furnish the body with the perfect balance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, ant-oxidants and enzymes. Most of us are overfed and undernourished, as our bodies are still craving essential vitamins and minerals even after we have finished our meal.

Jamie is currently completing her studies to be a certified NJ Therapist and is excited to share her experiences with you and answer your questions about juicing and health.  We will have the chance to sample a variety of freshly extracted juices, vegetable and fruit, as well as learn about the healing benefits of specific juices and supplements, like wheatgrass and spirulina.

Special members-only event:
The Healthy-Expatriate! Nutrition and Leading a Juicy Lifestyle
Wednesday, August 29th starting at 19:00
Location: KPMG Building at Theodor-Heuss-Str. 5, 70174 Stuttgart
Nearest Station: Hauptbahnhof

An RSVP is absolutely required because we will need to approve our list of visitors with KPMG in advance.
Please send your RSVP request to Laura Lenz no later than Tuesday the 28th of July using the form below.

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June Club Meeting in Review – Bilingual Gymnasiums in Stuttgart

Janina Seltzer

At our June club meeting we had a lively discussion about the bilingual Gymnasium system in Stuttgart. We were joined for the morning by Janina Seltzer, a recent graduate of Königin Olga Stift (KOST) in Stuttgart-West.

In a normal Gymnasium, all subjects are taught in German. Janina explained to us how at her school, certain subjects are taught exclusively in English, including geography, biology, and history. In addition, students are required to attend extra hours in the subject of English itself from the fifth class onwards.

In addition to the class work, English support is given in the form of short exchange programs to English-speaking countries in the younger classes and a month-long trip to the US in the 11th class. Her school also has an debating society where the students can learn a lot of extra vocabulary and sharpen their quick thinking and argument formation skills in English.

Janina also took advantage of the year abroad program in the 10th class by spending a year in Australia that not only helped bring her English language skills up to a very high level, but exposed her to a very different kind of high school experience than the standard German model. (Note: one does not have to attend a bilingual school to participate in the year abroad program.)

Probably the biggest surprise to those of us with bilingual children was that the bilingual Gymnasium program is not intended to support children who already know another language. Janina had only monolingual German students in her classes with the exception of exchange students. The program is directed at highly-motivated students, not bilingual students. As Janina explained, success in her school didn’t come from knowing English well, but rather from being a good student in general.

We thank Janina for her excellent presentation and wish her well at Cambridge University in the fall!

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June/August Partner Organization Events

Each month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of.

Here’s what’s happening in July.

Forum der Kulturen
July 10 – 15 Sommerfest
Click here for a monthly events calendar

The Children’s English Library
July 14 Etzelfest
Full schedule

Kulturcafe Merlin
July 27-28 9th International Low & No Budget Film Festival
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
July 1 Diamond Jubilee Evensong
Full schedule

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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Members Only Event – Maori Exhibit at the Lindenmuseum

Join host Billie Schoeler for a guided tour of the Maori Exhibit at the Lindenmuseum in Stuttgart. The tour will be in English and will be sponsored by the club, with members paying only their entrance fee (€7).

The exhibit, “Maori: New Zealand’s First Inhabitants”, will present Maori culture, past and present. The Lindenmuseum focusing on world cultures and more information about the exhibit and the museum can be found in English on their website.

On the night of our visit, the museum will be open until 20:00, so starting at 18:00 we will have our hour tour and then be able to go back and re-visit the most interesting sections on our own for up to another hour.

Afterwards, Billie will be hosting a small dinner at Hegel Eins, a German restaurant right around the corner. Please let her know in the RSVP section below if you wish to attend the museum tour and dinner, or just the museum tour.

Maori Exhibit Visit at the Lindenmuseum
Wednesday, July 11th starting at 18:00
Location: Lindenmuseum, Hegelplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart
Nearest Station: Hauptbahnhof
RSVP to Billie using the form below

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Library Tour in Review – June 2012

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Have you been to the new Stuttgart library? A group of members who had never been took a tour this past month and were amazed by much of what they saw.

From the mechanized carts that sort 8 floors worth of returned books to the self check out of laptops for use during a visit, you’ll find lots of impressive and forward-looking touches in the new library. It’s definitely worth a visit!

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FAQ – Annual Charity Event 2012

As with every activity or event, there are always questions so please keep them coming by submitting yours in the form at the bottom of this page and we will answer them as quickly as possible. Some questions we have recently had are answered below:

What will the evening be like?
This elegant and sociable event will be very similar to last year, with delicious drinks and snacks (both warm and cold) served throughout the evening and dinner music during the first half of the evening. Later on, we’ll kick things up a notch and dance the night away to music from Mr. Mac’s Party Team. Included in the entrance fee are all non-alcoholic drinks, two alcoholic beverages as well as the seasonal “Flying Buffet.”

The WAC has a foyer and large hall for socializing and mingling as well as a cozy bar for quieter conversation.

There even is an outside space for our smoking guests.

What is the venue like? Is it part of a museum?
The venue is the main hall of the Württembergische Automobilclub e.V. in central Stuttgart, go to for more information. The club was founded over one hundred years ago by Daimler, Maybach and Bosch.

It is not connected in any way to the Mercedes Museum and in a different part of the city altogether.

Is the event only for women or for members with partners?
In short: no! In fact, we would love to meet your partners and encourage you to bring your friends, both male and female, to make it a fun, sociable occasion.

Please do not hesitate to come “without a date” – many of our members also came alone last year and had a wonderful time.

How can we pay the entrance fee?
This year guests will have the choice of purchasing tickets in advance with cash or putting their name on our guest list and paying via bank transfer.

Members and prospective members may purchase tickets with cash at a monthly club meeting or evening get together.

If you would like to pay for your tickets online, please submit your RSVP using the form on the main event page and you will sent an email with our bank information.

How will money be raised for the Frauenhaus?
Corporate sponsorship and a portion of your ticket price will make up the bulk of our fundraising. Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase and those members who cannot attend the event are welcome to send a dedicated donation on behalf of Frauen helfen Frauen.

Unfortunately,  we will be unable to issue tax receipts for that portion of your entrance fee over and above the costs of the event, although receipts for additional cash and bank transfer donations will be available.

Where can I park on the evening of the event?
Our host, the WAC 1899, recommends that you park on Mörikestrasse, Humboldtstrasse, Hohenstauffenstrasse or Hohenzollernstrasse. All are in the immediate area surrounding the club.

What shall I wear?
This is a very good occasion to dress up a little and an opportunity to take your party outfit for a spin on the dance floor. Anything from a cocktail length dress to dressy black pants with a sparkly top works! While the event is an excellent opportunity to dress shop, don’t worry if you can’t or don’t want to. Just pretty yourself up a little and you will be fine!

How can I invite other people?
Friends, family members and the general public are all welcome to attend this event! Please feel free to share with them the main event page here on our website or our post on Facebook.

Is there something I can print off and hang on my office’s blackboard or give to my spouse or partner for his office’s blackboard?
Yes, we will have printable flyers available for members to distribute. Please contact us below or watch for updates in the club newsletter.

Any other questions? Please contact us using the form below. See you in November!

International Dining Followup – Korean Cuisine

If you missed the Korean dinner in May but are curious about Korean cuisine, look no further than this very informative handout created by member Dorothee Klein for the guests at the dinner:

Caught between Japan and China, Korean food is a wonderful combination of the two, mixed with its own distinctive elements.

Korean cuisine originated from prehistoric traditions in the Korean peninsula evolving through a complex interaction of environmental, political, and cultural trends.

The food has a warming robustness that defies the winter ice and snow, most notably in its national dish: kim chi, a spicy pickle served at every meal.

Korean cuisine is largely based upon rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional Korean meals are noted for the number of side dishes (banchan) that accompany steam-cooked short-grain rice. The dishes are flavoured with soy sauce, ginger, bean paste and toasted sesame seeds, while the centre piece may be a steaming hotpot or thinly sliced meat, grilled at the table.

Meals are regulated by Korean cultural etiquette. Dining etiquette in Korea can be traced back to the Confucian philosophies of the Joseon period. The eldest male at the table was always served first, commonly served to them in the men’s quarters by the women of the house. Women usually dined in a separate portion of the house after the men were served. The eldest men or women always ate before the younger family members. The meal was usually quiet, as conversation was discouraged during meals. In modern times, these rules have become lax, as families usually dine together now and use the time to converse. Of the remaining elements of this decorum, one is that the younger members of the table should not pick up their chopsticks or start eating before the elders of the table or guests and should not finish eating before the elders or guests finish eating. Also, in Korea, unlike in China and Japan, the rice or soup bowl is not lifted from the table when eating from it.

This is due to the fact that each diner is given a metal spoon along with the chopsticks known collectively as sujeo. The use of the spoon for eating rice and soups is expected. There are rules which reflect the decorum of sharing communal side dishes; rules include not picking through the dishes for certain items while leaving others, and the spoon used should be clean, because usually diners put their spoons in the same serving bowl on the table. Diners should also cover their mouths when using a toothpick after the meal.

The table setup is important as well, and individual place settings, moving from the diner’s left should be as follows: rice bowl, spoon, then chopsticks. Hot foods are set to the right side of the table, with the cold foods to the left. Soup must remain on the right side of the diner along with stews. Vegetables remain on the left along with the rice, and kimchi is set to the back while sauces remain in the front

The manner of drinking alcoholic drinks at dining is significant in Korean dining etiquette. Each diner is expected to face away from the eldest male and cover his mouth when drinking alcohol. It is impolite for a king and his vassal, a father and his son, or a teacher and his student to drink face to face. Also, a guest should not refuse the first drink offered by host, and in the most formal situations, the diner should politely refuse twice a drink offered by the eldest male or a host. When the host offers for the third time, then finally the guest can receive it. If the guest refuses three times, drink is not to be offered any more.

Spicy fermented cabbage and spicy fermented radish / 김치, 깍두기

Kimchi is a staple of Korean life and many people include it in their meals three times a day. You can eat it by itself, or use it in so many different Korean recipes. When Koreans make kimchi, they make an effort to make the best kimchi possible and include many different kinds of ingredients depending on the region where they live.

Of course there are loads of differing recipes, this one is from


2 heads Napa cabbage1 1/4 cups sea salt

1 tablespoon fish sauce

5 green onions, chopped

1/2 small white onion, minced

2 cloves garlic, pressed2 tablespoons white sugar

1 teaspoon ground ginger

5 tablespoons Korean chile powder


1. Cut the cabbages in half lengthwise and trim the ends. Rinse and cut into pieces about 2 inch square. Place the cabbage into large resealable bags and sprinkle salt on the leaves so they are evenly coated. Use your hands to rub the salt in to the leaves. Seal the bags and leave at room temperature for 6 hours.
2. Rinse the salt from the cabbage leaves and then drain and squeeze out any excess liquid. Place the cabbage in a large container with a tight fitting lid. Stir in the fish sauce, green onions, white onion, garlic, sugar and ginger. Sprinkle the Korean chile powder over the mixture. Wear plastic gloves to protect your hands and rub the chile powder into the cabbage leaves until evenly coated. Seal the container and set in a cool dry place. Leave undisturbed for 4 days. Refrigerate before serving, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month (if it lasts that long!).

Another can be found at

Maangchi posted hers at and says:

I usually put all my kimchi in the fridge except for a little bit in a small container. I like fresh kimchi, so this way the kimchi in the fridge ferments slowly and stays fresh, while the smaller container ferments faster and gets sour. I use this sour kimchi for making things like kimchi chigae where sour kimchi is better. Then, when the small container is empty, I fill it up again with kimchi from the big container. It takes a little management, but experiment and you’ll get the hang of it!

How do you know it’s fermented or not?
One or 2 days after, open the lid of the Kimchi container. You may see some bubbles with lots of liquids, or maybe sour smells. That means it’s already being fermented.

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June partner organization events

Each month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of. Here’s what’s happening in June.

Forum der Kulturen
Click here for a monthly events calendar

The Children’s English Library
Full schedule

Cafe Merlin
European Championship Football (EM 2012) all month long
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
Full schedule

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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Posted Recently in the IWCS Facebook Group

Here’s a round up of news links posted in our Facebook group for members last month.

If you are an IWCS member but haven’t yet joined our private conversation, please go to our group and ask to join.

I Come From Somewhere Else is a personal blog post from member Jamie Mueller about feeling like you are “from nowhere”.

Laura Lenz posted this article (in German) about a possible new twist in German tax law affecting spouses.

Anuradha Kipf gave us a tip about this Biergarten in Ostfildern that serves an American-style BBQ every Thursday evening throughout the summer months.

Lisa Cvejn asked about websites for cheap airfare and was given the following suggestions:

Emily Born suggested using this photobook method to deal with storage of children’s artwork.

Jamie Miller posted this link to a blog about raising children bilingual.

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The Importance of Being Earnest (and RSVPing!)

“I don’t need to RSVP…I’m sure they can fit just one more at the table.”

“I’m sure they won’t miss me tonight at the dinner if I don’t show up.”

“But I come every time, the host will surely know to count me in.”

Have you caught yourself making excuses like this recently instead of communicating with the host about an IWCS event? Here’s what we ask of members regarding signing up for events:

If you would like to attend an event – be sure to let the host know.

If you have already RSVPed and find yourself unable to attend at the last minute – just give the host a quick call or send her a text or Facebook message.

Here’s why it’s important:

1. If we don’t know you are coming, we can’t save a place for you. And in smaller venues with limited space, that could make the difference between everyone having comfortable seating or…not.

2. Even you are thinking “Ah, I’m just one person,” there are usually five other people thinking that exact same thing.

3. If more than 2 people don’t show up for a dinner without cancelling with the host (which happens pretty much every month), that empty table being saved for you stays empty and we feel pretty guilty watching the restaurant turn away business while we wait for people who may never come.

4. If the event is being held at a small place with limited seating, the host will need to know exactly how many people are coming to manage her wait list.

So if you plan to attend an outing, a dinner, or even a meeting in a small apartment, please be courteous to your host and ALWAYS let them know if you are coming or cancelling.

Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!
Your IWCS Steering Committee

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2012 Charity Committee Looking for Corporate Fundraising Help

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One of the ways we can keep ticket prices low for our big charity event in November is by raising money from corporate donors.

Stuttgart is full of well-off companies we can ask for donations from, many of them international companies employing of the very kind of expats who often become members of our club. They usually have charity budgets with money earmarked for donation to the community. But if we never ask, they’ll never have the chance to say YES.

Someone has to make the effort to hunt down those companies and write those letters and do the necessary follow up. Could this be you?

If you think this is something you’d like to help with, please contact our Charity Coordinator, Dorothee Klein, using the form below.

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Members & Families event – High Ropes Course in Rutesheim

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Member Ulrike Stegmaier has arranged for a fun afternoon of climbing for all members and their families on June 16th!

We will meet at 13:30 in the Freizeitpark Rutesheim, which is direct at the exit “Rutesheim” on the A8 Stuttgart Direction Karlsruhe. You have to come by car, but parking is free of charge.

First we will get our climbing equipment and a short introduction on how to use it. After this we will have 3 hours in which we can climb in the course and have the choice of 12 parcours at different heights. If you or your accompanying partner doesn’t want to climb, then you can enjoy this time in the Kraxl-Alm Biergarten or play Minigolf.

To conclude our sporty afternoon we will meet at 17:00 at the next door Kraxl Alm Restaurant to enjoy Alpine cuisine.

Pricing for climbing (you pay upon receiving the climbing equipment):
Child 3 – 5 years : 6 Euro
Child 6 – 12 years : 11 Euro
Teenager 13 – 17 years: 16 Euro
Adults older than 18 years: 20 Euro

Check out their website for more information.

Please fill in the form below prior to Friday the 15th to RSVP and give Ulrike the proper number of guests for each activity.

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FdK Plea – Do you know a “Sanitärbetrieb?”

Our friends over at Forum der Kulturen (the umbrella Vereine for intercultural groups in Stuttgart that we belong to) are looking for some very specific help for their Sommerfest in July. Do you know anyone who handles Sanitation work who might be able to help?

Here is their original message to us:

“Liebe Freunde des Forums der Kulturen,

für unser SommerFestival der Kulturen, das dieses Jahr vom 10.–15. Juli auf dem Stuttgarter Markplatz stattfindet, suchen wir kurzfristig einen Sanitärbetrieb, der die Wasserinstallationen auf dem Platz übernehmen und im Optimalfall auch während des Festivals betreuen würde.

Es wäre toll, wenn Ihr/Sie, sofern Ihr/Sie einen Sanitärbetrieb kennt, der dafür in Frage käme, die Auftragsbeschreibung mit den Eckdaten in der Anlage weiterleiten könntet.

Wichtig: Da die Finanzierung unseres Festivals jedes Jahr nach wie vor auf wackligen Füßen steht, wären wir natürlich dankbar für möglichst günstige Angebote mit einem kleinen Ehrenamtsanteil! Wenn alles gut läuft, sind wir dafür an einer langjährigen Zusammenarbeit sehr interessiert!

Ganz herzliche Grüße,


Forum der Kulturen Stuttgart e. V.

Bitte wenden Sie sich bei Interesse mit einem Angebot schnellstmöglich an:

Paulino Miguel
Forum der Kulturen Stuttgart e. V.
Marktplatz 4
70173 Stuttgart
Tel. 0711/248 48 08-18

Basisinfos zum Festival:”;


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Invitation: FdK Powerpoint Seminar in June 2012

Have you been wanting to learn the basics of Power Point? The Forum der Kulturen has put together a seminar for its members (including all members of the IWCS) at a reduced cost. You must be able to follow along in German.

Here is the invitation:

“Liebe Vereinsaktive,

gerne möchten wir Sie über unser neues Doppelseminar „Power Point I & II“ informieren und Sie herzlich am Mittwoch den 20.6.2012 und Mittwoch den 27.6.2012 dazu einladen.

Power Point I & II

Der Bericht auf der Hauptversammlung muss nicht langatmig sein. Mit Powerpoint gelungen gestaltete und übersichtliche Seiten zu entwerfen ist gar nicht so schwer. Auch Bilder von Ausflügen etc. lassen sich elegant einfügen und zu einer ”Diashow” verbinden. Aber da ist manchmal weniger mehr – im Kurs wird über sinnvolle Gliederungen nachgedacht und die gekonnte Zusammenstellung von Text, Bild und Grafik erläutert.

Für den Kursbesuch benötigen Sie Kenntnisse im Umgang mit dem Computer und Word.

Referentin: Katharina Heinzelmann (Freiberufliche Dozentin)

In Kooperation mit der Volkshochschule Stuttgart
Mi, 20.6.2012 & Mi, 27.6.2012
18:30 Uhr
Kursnummer: 06407

Treffpunkt Rotebühlplatz,
Rotebühlplatz 28, S-Mitte
(der Raum wird auf den Monitoren im Foyer angezeigt, zusammen mit der Kursnummer!)

Achtung Kursgebühr für beide Seminare 10 Euro !

(max. 12 Teilnehmer!)

Anna Labrinakou,
Forum der Kulturen Stuttgart e.V.
Marktplatz 4 (Eingang Schulstraße)
70173 Stuttgart

Tel.++49 711/ 248 48 08-12
Fax ++49 711/ 248 48 08-88″

Anmeldung per E-mail:

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May partner organization events

Each month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of. Here’s what’s happening in May.

Forum der Kulturen
6th of May – Global Brunch
Click here for a monthly events calendar
(The IWCS is a member of this organization and our members are invited to attend any FdK events they find interesting)

The Children’s English Library
Come Chill with CEL (ages 10-18)
Full schedule

Cafe Merlin
Full schedule

St. Catherine’s English Church
Saturday, May 12th – American-German gospel concert
Sunday, May 20th – Organ Concert
Full schedule

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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An Indian Food Primer

For those members who missed April’s International Dinner at Ganesha’s Indian Restaurant, host Anuradha Kipf has prepared this informative lesson on the different kinds of Indian cooking.

All About Indian Food

by Anuradha Kipf

There is a lot of mumbo jumbo about the Indian cuisine. We are led to believe that each dish is lovingly prepared to some secret recipe known only to chefs. There is one thing you can be sure of, most dishes don’t vary much at all, other than the most prominent ingredients, such as the type of meat, fish or vegetable and possibly whether the sauce is lentil or cream based. So, every Indian dish will have its basic ‘curry gravy’ and every dish served will be a derivative of that sauce. I have tried to demystify the Indian restaurant menu by explaining what individual items are and how they vary from each other. The spellings are not definitive as all the translations into the English language are based on phonetics.

BALTI: Balti describes the cooking pot. In a ‘traditional’ balti cooking, the dish is served in a large balti pot and eaten with Indian breads, such as Nans, Chappatis and Parathas.

KARAHI: The term Karahi or Korai refers to the serving dish, which is made of cast iron on a wooden base and pre-heated, so that the curry sizzles in the serving dish when it is brought to the table. Don’t touch the Karahi or you will get your fingers char grilled.

BHUNA, BHOONA: A Bhuna is a dry fried curry containing onions and spices. It tends to be medium hot.

BIRYANI: Biryani is a rice dish, cooked together with meat or vegetable. The meat and vegetables are pre-cooked and then mixed with the pilau rice. It is usually served with a separate bowl of curry sauce.

CHAPATTI: Chapattis are a simple circular unleavened bread. They are simply made from flour and water and then cooked on a griddle on both sides.

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DHANSAK, DANSAK: Dhansak is based on the addition of a lentil puree to cooking process. It is described as a sweet and sour curry with a lentil sauce. The serving varies often for added hot, sweet and sour flavours.

DOPIAZA, DUPIAZA: Do means “two” and Dopiaza means something like “double onions”. Typically this is a fairly basic Indian curry prepared as a Bhuna or Bhoona but with the addition of extra onions probably both in the cooking and as a garnish.

JALFREZI, JALFRAZI, JHALL FRYZY, ZALl FREZI: Jalfrezi is ‘hot’ dish given additional heat by being cooked with fresh green chillis. It usually also contains visible onion, tomato and capsicum.

KORMA, KURMA: Korma is the mild curry typically prepared with butter and thickened with single cream and coconut milk to give a mild creamy sauce. Spicing would be more subtle, and there would be more use of aromatic spices such as cardamom, clove and cinnamon rather than the more robust spices such as chilli, cumin, black pepper etc.

MADRAS: Madras is a city in Southern India. In an Indian restaurant, Madras means a ‘hot dish’. I doubt if the dish owes its origins to Madras at all, other than its name was chosen way back in the mists of time to signify a fiery hot dish, just as the city of Madras sizzles in the fiery hot Sun.

NAN, NAAN BREAD: Nan bread is leavened bread traditionally baked in the Tandoor Oven. It is baked from a dough containing flour (usually Chapatti flour or wholemeal), yogurt, milk, sugar, yeast and ghee (clarified butter). They obtain a distinctive teardrop shape from being stuck to the side of the Tandoor and baking whilst gravity is stretching them. They are served piping hot often spread lightly with melted butter or ghee and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

PURI: Puris are Indian fried breads. They are served as an accompaniment or sometimes as the base for a starter, such a Bhuna Prawn on Puri.

RICE: Rice is the staple diet on the Indian sub-continent and its influence has extended to it being the traditional accompaniment for Indian dishes. The very best rice is Basmati rice (from the foothills of the Himalaya’s). Never confuse the quality of Basmati for normal long grain (such as Patna) rice, as Basmati is far superior. Rice is served as either plain boiled or Pilau. Pilau rice is fried with cardamom, clove, cinnamon and flavoured with saffron. Then there are all of the variations of Pilau rice such as fried with pre-cooked vegetables or mushrooms or mince or eggs or peas. Rice lends itself better to curries.

ROGAN JOSH: Rogan Josh originates from Kashmiri cooked with tomatoes and onions and probably capsicum. It is generally presented as a medium strength curry, not as hot as a Madras.

SAMBER: Samber is prepared with a lentil base. I would personally, expect the Samber to be presented as a sour curry with the addition of tamarind juice.

SHAMI KEBAB: Shami Kebabs are small round patties of minced lamb and lentils cooked in a Tandoor oven. Sometimes they are exactly the same as the Sheek Kebab, but formed into a flat pattie rather than formed onto a skewer like a sausage. Usually served with a small side salad and Yoghurt and Mint Sauce.

SHEEK KEBAB, SHEIK KEBAB: Sheek Kebabs consists of minced lamb mixed with lemon juice, coriander, onion, garlic and green chilli. The meat is shaped onto a skewer, like a sausage, and cooked in the Tandoor Oven (or failing a Tandoor oven, sometimes on a charcoal barbeque). Usually served with a small side salad and Yoghurt and Mint Sauce.

TANDOORI: Tandoori dishes derive their name from the Tandoor oven that they are cooked in. Tandoor ovens are traditionally clay ovens fuelled by charcoal in the bottom, gas or electricity. It is probably the heat generated in the Tandoor that give Tandoori dishes their unique taste, rather than the particular fuel used to fire them. Meat, kebabs and breads are cooked in the Tandoor. Meats are lowered into the oven on skewers and bread is stuck to the side with fingers.

I suppose most things can be ‘Tandoorized’, but the preparation is to marinate the meat in a marinade of yoghurt and spices. In the Indian restaurant, red food dye is often added, giving a rather radioactive red to the colour of the dish. This is not traditional and is only done for presentation.

Tandoori dishes do not have a reputation for being too spicy and are often recommended as being subtle and especially good for anybody wanting a more gentle introduction to the Indian menu. They are usually served as starter with a small side Salad and a Yoghurt and Mint Sauce, or with a Salad and Naan bread as a main course.

TIKKA: Tikka is prepared in a similar way to a Tandoori dish. However it is usually a piece of fillet meat, chicken or fish that is cooked on a skewer, whereas Tandoori dishes are usually a whole portion of meat such as a Chicken quarter or half.

TIKKA MASSALA: Tikka Massala is most popular. The Tikka Massala curry is made with Tikka meat. That is, meat that has been marinated and cooked on skewers in a Tandoor before being used in the curry preparation. The Massala is the curry sauce that the Tikka is served in. It is a creamy mild and colourful dish. It is prepared in the same way as a basic curry dish but with the addition of possibly yoghurt and just before serving, single cream.

VINDALOO: Vindaloo is traditionally a Potato, Pork and Vinegar curry from Goa. It usually has diced potatoes in the sauce along with the chosen meat or chicken. However, I can’t ever remember seeing pork as an option. I wonder why? Vindaloo is ‘hotter’ than a Madras. Potatoes are added to alleviate the piquancy of the dish.

Tips for cooking Indian cuisine

  1. Most spices are potent, so a little goes a long way. You want the spices to enhance the flavours of foods, not overpower the whole dish.
  2. When blending several spices in a dish, experiment to find combinations you like. Be adventurous! A good cookbook can start you out with suggestions for spices.
  3. Many spices release their flavours and aromas best when sautéed in Ghee (clarified butter) or oil, some when they are dry-roasted. Be nimble when sautéing or roasting spices, they tend to burn quickly. Remove from heat when aromas are released and continue stirring to prevent burning.
  4. Many spices release their flavours and aromas best when sautéed in Ghee (clarified butter) or oil, some when they are dry-roasted. Be nimble when sautéing or roasting spices, they tend to burn quickly. Remove from heat when aromas are released and continue stirring to prevent burning.
  5. Look for organic, non-irradiated spices. Store spices in airtight containers away from heat and light.
  6. Put an Indian spin on everyday dishes. For example, try adding spices to dishes you already make. Sizzle some cumin, saffron or other Indian spices in hot oil and pour over mashed potatoes
  7. Warm up chili and stews. Spice things up with cumin, coriander and cinnamon.
  8. Add a bit of cayenne. Cayenne, just a touch, adds zing to bland soups.
  9. Give meatloaf new depth. Darker spices like cloves and cinnamon, freshly ground, add wonderful depth to meatloaf and other meat-based dishes.
  10. Make curry marinades. Mild curry powder is a very flavourful mix to add to marinades for chicken, beef and lamb. I advise adding it to yogurt, along with minced ginger and garlic. Mix well and then marinate your meats in it.
  11. Try Indian cheese. Paneer is made with cow’s milk and is sold in brick form in most Indian stores and even in local grocery stores now. I suggest grating it on a cheese grater and using it instead of eggs for a scramble! Heat some oil, and add cumin, bell peppers, paneer, salt, pepper and turmeric. Saute for a few moments or until bell peppers are soft.
  12. Make paneer croutons. Paneer is also wonderful in place of bread croutons, and it’s certainly more nutritious. Cut the cheese into small cubes and pan fry for a few moments.
  13. Be creative with chutney. Blend up some cilantro, mint, red onion, salt, pepper and lemon juice for a super-simple chutney that does triple duty as a salad dressing, simmering sauce for chicken and spread for buttered bread!
  14. Spice up your rice. Add a few cloves and a touch of cumin seeds to hot oil, add the rice, and cook as you would normally. This yields a very toasty flavour.
  15. Don’t forget the drinks. Add a touch of saffron to homemade lemonade or other beverages to make them exotic and delightful.

Ayurveda – A glimpse into the 5000-year-old ancient science of healing.

Turmeric – detoxifies liver and blood. It is anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antiviral and anti fungal actions.

Cumin – kindles burning stomach, aids absorption of minerals, reduces gastric, helps stomach pain, nausea, menstrual cramps.

Coriander – supports kidney and bladder functions, diuretic, reduces fever, relieves pitta skin rashes, in conjunctivitis tea is used as eye wash.

Fennel – good for upper respiratory congestion, indigestion, diarrhea, hot flashes, helps to rid intestinal worms.

Cardamom – aids digestion of milk and dairy, cough and breathlessness, hemorrhoids, prevents cavities.

Black Mustard Seeds – heals bronchial system, asthma and cough, helps remove intestinal worms. Mustard oil used in heating massage.

Saffron – blood cleanser and thinner, liver detoxifier, brain/nerve tonic, heart tonic and aphrodisiac.

Preview of 2012 Activities

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With the help of our members’ many suggestions, the IWCS activities-planning team (Laura Lenz, Maggie Bangston, Ulrike Stegmaier and Andy Ng) have put together a projected schedule of events for the year.

Here are some of the events they are working on that our members can look forward to (subject to change):

  • June: Hochseilgarten followed by dinner in Rutesheim (possibly to include families)
  • June: Tour the Stuttgart Galerie and learn some German (Tour given in basic German on a set topic to a small group)
  • June: Tour of Stuttgart Library in English
  • July: Visit to a local Biergarten for dinner (to include spouses/partners)
  • July: Summer BBQ at members house
  • July: Bier Bike
  • July: Outing to the Bonhenviertel Fest
  • Summer: Visit to Maori Exhibit
  • August: Outing to the Esslingen Zwiebelfest
  • September: Bicycle tour (weekend activity also for family)
  • September: Group outing to the Stuttgarter Weindorf one evening
  • September / October: another dinner with spouses/partners, this time in Gerlingen
  • September / October: Saturday hiking trip in the region
  • September/October: Annual IWCS visit to the Canstatter Wasen
  • October: Tour of Kessler Sekt
  • October:  Tour of Stuttgarter Zeitung
  • October: Annual EGT Bowling tournament
  • November: Annual Charity Event 2012
  • November: Diwali night (Indian festival of lights)
  • December: Visit to 1 or 2 Weihnachtsmarkts in the area
  • December: Christmas Cookie Exchange

Of course, this is by no means a final list – there’s always plenty of room in our calendar any other events our members can dream up. If you have idea for a club event or something you’d like to organize, please contact Laura using the form below.

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IWCS Evening Club Meetings

Because of of the great diversity in our membership, we routinely schedule some of our monthly club meetings in the morning and some in the evening. If you will be attending one of our evening meetings, here is all you need to know:

The meeting will take place at the offices of KPMG Auditing in downtown Stuttgart. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to membership coordinator Billie Schoeler for arranging the use of KPMG’s beautiful meeting facilities.

For security reasons, we have been asked to provide an advance list of attendees to KPMG and we will be checked in as we arrive. Please send your name for the list no later than the day before the event.

Time and agenda
The meeting will start at 20:00. After we’ve had a chance to greet each other and grab something to drink, our speaker for the evening will being his/her presentation between 20:15 and 20:30 and speak for 45 minutes to an hour.

We have the room until 22:00 and can use the time after the speaker finishes to socialize and network.

Dinner beforehand:
Those of you coming directly from work or anyone else needing a bite to eat before the meeting are welcome to join us from 18:00 onwards at the monthly Happy Hour focus group for an early dinner. Because of this special event, Happy Hour will be open to all who are attending the meeting. Please see your monthly newsletter for more details.

Water, coffee and juice will be available for us to enjoy at no charge.

Due to the late hour, there will be no babysitter for young children, so please leave them at home. New mothers are welcome to bring infants along in strollers.

Prospective members:
Those interested in learning more about our club are welcome to attend this meeting to meet some of our members. You are welcome to join us for up to two meetings as a non-member to see if we are right for you.

Registration forms will be available to those of you wishing to join that evening. Please RSVP in advance to get your name on the security list.

If you have any questions about the evening club meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Emily Born using the contact form below. See you there!

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