Don’t forget your 2019 renewal dues!

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Invoices for renewal dues were mailed last month, have you sent in your payment?

If you would like to pay but lost your invoice, please contact Billie using the form below. The same goes for those of you who have decided not to renew your membership for 2019.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation and looking forward to another amazing IWCS year!

MEMBERS ONLY EVENT – FRENCH BAKING WORKSHOP (+1)

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FRENCH BAKING WORKSHOP WITH GERALDINE THE PARISIENNE
For members and +1 guest
Friday, February 1st at 18:00 (3 hours)
Location: The English Tearoom, Weissenburgstrasse 18, 70180 Stuttgart-Heusteigviertel
RSVP deadline: January 8th
Prepayment deadline: January 15th

Cost: €40 per person, paid in advance 
Minimum 12 participants required; Maximum 14 total

If you remember the Petit Fours workshop from last year, you won’t want to miss this evening of French baking with the talented Geraldine Tran, a former IWCS member originally hailing from Paris. The theme is yet to be decided, but we will learn techniques for an assortment of small, tasty treats (either all sweet or some combination of sweet and savory).

The member cost for this event is €40, to be paid in advance. The International Women’s Club Stuttgart will be subsidizing the remainder of the fees for the class.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend (18+)
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse or friend.
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed above.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below to contact the activities team if you are not on Facebook. We must have a minimum of 10 participants signed up no later than January 8th for this event to take place. 

If we have reached the minimum by that date, you will then be given our bank details to send in your prepayment fee no later than January 15th. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

*Please note that unfortunately this course is unsuitable for people with allergies/ intolerances or dietary requirements relating to eggs, dairy, wheat or nuts.

Members Only Clothing Swap to Benefit Frauen Helfen Frauen

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CLOTHING SWAP TO BENEFIT FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN
For IWCS members + 1 guest (ladies only!)
Sunday, February 10th at 14:00
Location: Claire’s home in Stuttgart
Limit 10 guests – donation of 10 euros per person requested

Hosts: Claire DeVaney

You know those clothes that you put on, then take off again thinking “I love it, but it’s just not me”? Those ones that looked good on the hanger but just don’t feel right? We all have them…so why not come along to our clothes swap and share them.

Here’s how it works: bring along some good quality women’s clothing, shoes, or accessories to swap with one another (please no used bathing suits, lingerie etc.). And not just clothes! Feel free to bring along gently worn shoes, handbags, jewelry, scarves and unopened beauty products to swap.

Please bring items you’d be happy to give to your friends NOT things that need to be binned. We’ll need clothes of all sizes and they should be washed, ironed, and in good condition (no holes or stains).

We are requesting that each guest bring 10 euros per person as a donation to cover some drinks, nibbly bits, and a donation to Frauen helfen Frauen.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one (female) guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a friend or adult family member.
  • This event is limited to 10 guests total.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below to contact the hosts if you are not on Facebook.

 

SAVE THE DATE – AGM 2019

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Coming up on February 19, 2019 is our Annual General Meeting for all members (Jahreshauptversammlung) – not to be missed!

As a registered  German Verein, we are required in our bylaws to hold this important member meeting during the first quarter of each year. All current members will receive an official invitation via email shortly.

As always, we will enjoy a delicious Swabian dinner (18:30) at the SSB Events Center at Waldau Park (near the TV tower) before starting our meeting at 20:00. We would love to see you all there at the meeting, even if you can’t attend the dinner.

Elections will be held for the following steering committee positions:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Mother’s Corner Coordinator(s)
  • Charity Coordinator
  • Activities Coordinator(s)
  • Membership Coordinator

Any current member is eligible to put her name in for any position and is welcome to inquire about how to get involved using the form below.

Watch your email in box for your official invitation and check your weekly reminders or the Facebook group for more details in January.

 

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2018

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In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting the women of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for them this December!

There are almost 30 women and children currently living in the Frauenhaus. Because this is a much smaller number than usual, this year IWC Stuttgart members will also have a chance to buy gifts for children in addition to the women.

If you would like to help, please contact Sandra using the contact form below. Once we have the numbers and ages, she will contact you to give you the go ahead to start shopping!

Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills.

You can drop the gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her. She will also be collecting gifts at the Members Only Holiday Dinner as always.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year!

MOVING AWAY IN 2019?

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Do you already know you won’t be renewing your
membership with our club in 2019?

If you do, we ask that you please fill out the contact form at the end of this post before NOVEMBER 9th of this year*. An email will automatically be sent to our membership coordinator, Billie Schoeler, who will then make sure you aren’t sent a renewal invoice in November and annoying reminders in early 2019!

Why do we need to have you cancel your membership in writing?

Because we are a registered organization here in Germany, we have to follow the rules specified in our By Laws when members leave the area or otherwise wish to withdraw their membership in our club.

Those rules are:

1. Members must notify us in writing if they wish to cancel their membership in the IWC Stuttgart (emails are fine).

2. Members must notify us before the end of 2018 if they wish to cancel their membership for 2019.

3. Members who do not cancel their membership before the end of 2018 or pay their renewal dues before the end of the first quarter in 2019 will be sent one reminder and then a letter notifying them that they are being removed from the membership list.

If you know you will be leaving, tell us now! It will save lots of headaches for everyone.

*If you miss the November 9th deadline, please let us know anyways! You might still get an invoice for 2019 in the mail but we can still cancel the reminders.

 

TREASURER UPDATE – WELCOME KATJA!

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It’s official! Long time member Katja Zajac is now a member of the IWC Stuttgart Vorstand in her new capacity as Treasurer.

Thank you to everyone who came out on October 12th for the special elections and also to Dorothee and Billie for helping to make this a smooth transition for her.

Looking forward to working with you, Katja!

–Emily and Sandra and Steering Committee