SAVE THE DATE – 2017 SPA WEEKEND

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Details for our annual spa weekend are being worked out as our April newsletter goes to press, but here is the basic information:

Date: 23 & 24 September

Location: Konstanz

Maximum number of participants: 14

Hotel rooms reserved: 5 doubles and 4 singles

Spa: Bodensee Therme Konstanz

This event is for members only.

More information about hotel and travel costs will become available shortly. If you would like to put your name down for one of the spots, please use the form below to contact hosts Sandra and Stephanie.

AGM 2017 IN REVIEW

calendar-2069808_1280On March 21st we held our club’s annual general meeting as required by our club charter and German law.

We enjoyed delicious Swabian food and elected our 2017 Steering Committee. Emily presented the Board Report for 2016 and Dorothee went over the figures in the 2016 Financials. A link to each of these documents can be found in the April newsletter in the “News” section.

We also talked about ideas for the upcoming year and held a loose change coin collection for Frauen helfen Frauen.

New members on this year’s committee are Rebecca Vogelheim, Michelle Moore, Claire DeVaney, and Allison Roesner. Here is the entire 2017 IWCS Steering Committee:

President – Emily Born
Vice President – Sandra Bartsch
Treasurer – Dorothee Klein
Secretary – Rebecca Vogelheim
Membership – Billie Schoeler
Activities – Michelle Niese Mendel
Activities – Michelle Moore
Charity – Claire DeVaney
Mother’s Corner – Allison Roesner

The Vorstand extends a warm welcome to our newest committee members and congratulates and thanks all of our committee volunteers on their election!!

STUTTGART STEPS WALKING TOUR & BIERGARTEN (+1 EVENT)

Stuttgart Steps English-Language Walking Tour & Biergarten
Friday, June 30th starting at 17:30 (the tour is 2.5 hours long)
Meeting Point/Nearest Station: Marienplatz
This event is open to IWCS members and their +1 guest
RSVP using the pending Facebook event or the contact form below

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Photo courtesy of stuttgart-tourist.de

Have you ever wondered about the steps winding up the hills of Stuttgart from the valley to the top? These are called “Stäffele” in Swabian and this coming June, we will have a guided tour of some of these famous steps.

Our 2.5 hour tour will start from Marienplatz, take us past the Lapidarium and through the urban vineyard to Karlshöhe. On the steep Hasenbergsteige we will learn about the places you can admire “from the top down”. And finally, the tour ends at the beautiful Lake Feuersee.

Afterwards interested participants and their guests are welcome to join us for food and drinks at a local Biergarten (location to be announced). Members who aren’t able to attend the steps tour are also invited to join us!

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child, or friend (all must be able to climb steps for 2.5 hours – no strollers)
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The International Women’s Club Stuttgart will be subsidizing the remainder of the fees for the tour. Food and drink ordered at dinner will be the responsibility of the member and her guest.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than June 16th. 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.

See you on the steps in June!

ACE 2017 UPDATE – GRAND PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT

New this year!
EXCLUSIVE GOLDEN TICKET RAFFLE !

Join us at the Annual Charity Event 2017 and buy your Golden Ticket for a chance to win a €500 gift voucher from Allgäu Adventures!

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Love Allgäu? Us too!!

The region in the German and Austrian Alps has everything you need for an adventure holiday for the whole family. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we have teamed up with Allgäu Adventures in Füssen to offer our guests the chance to win a €500 Voucher redeemable against any package in the Allgäu Adventures range at this year’s Annual Charity Event 2017: Black&White Night.

Allgäu Adventures offers both winter and summer holiday packages for couples or the whole family including family-friendly activities and accommodation. All members of the Allgäu Adventures team are native English speakers and live in the Allgäu area. Their business is their hobby so when they’re not guiding or hosting visitor groups they’re out there climbing, cycling and hiking themselves, so they can provide you with absolutely the best local knowledge, guides and facilities for your holiday.

Here are just some of the activities offered by Allgäu Adventures

  • Walking and hiking
  • Neuschwanstein Castle Tours
  • Brewery Tours
  • Cycling
  • Canyoning from beginners to advanced – even in the winter!
  • Horse riding
  • Cheese production tour
  • Wakeboarding
  • Rafting
  • Climbing
  • Wilderness training

Visit Allgäu Adventures’s website to find out more!

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For your chance to win this fantastic prize, simply buy your Golden Ticket on the night of the charity event. Each Golden Ticket will cost €20 and you may buy as many as you like to increase your chances of winning! If you are unable to attend the event, you are welcome to have a friend buy a ticket in your name.

Plan to enter the GOLDEN RAFFLE PRIZE DRAW exclusively at the IWCS Annual Charity Event: Black & White Night and you could be working with Colin and Tanja at Allgäu Adventures to curate your dream holiday!

Make sure you send us a postcard!

BRING YOUR SPARE CHANGE TO THE AGM 2017!

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Every year at our AGM, we do a little something to collect money to add to the current year’s Frauen helfen Frauen fundraising efforts.

Let us help you declutter your coin purses and pockets – we are happy to take all of your extra euro coins off your hands! After a successful coin collection last year, we will be doing it again at this AGM. Our Treasurer, Dorothee Klein, will bring an empty jar for you to dump them in and take them to the bank to sort and donate.

Check your pockets, your wallets and your junk drawers and bring all those annoying and useless little one and two cent coins (and higher!) with you to the AGM and help us make a difference for the ladies at the Frauenhaus.

ESSLINGEN “BLOOD” HISTORY TOUR (+1 EVENT)

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Saturday, June 10th at 9:45am
Meeting Point: Esslingen Old Town Hall, Rathausplatz 1, 73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
This event is open to IWCS members and a guest (+1 event)
Cost: €8 per person, paid in advance
Pre-payment deadline: May 23rd

Medieval towns like Esslingen are full of secrets and intrigue. Because we can’t help but be interested, the IWCS would like you to join us on an English-language journey of over 700 years of trial, terror, torture, murder, witching hunting and more.

We will meet in Esslingen’s town square in front of the town hall (the building with the stunning clock) at 9:45 on June 10th. To hold the event we need at least 15 people confirmed and paid to the IWCS bank account no later than May 23rd.

After the tour we will have lunch at Restaurant Galleria Zeus (Greek) starting at 12:30. This highly recommended restaurant is just over the bridge down from the market square in Esslingen. As usual, food and drink costs are the responsibility of individual members and will not be subsidized by the IWCS. Please see their website for the full menu.

Sorry, this tour isn’t suitable for kids under age 14, but families are welcome to join us for lunch afterwards.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child over 14, or friend.
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €8 per person, paid in advance. The IWC Stuttgart will be subsidizing the remainder of the event fees for the tour. All food and drinks ordered are the responsibility of the member and her guest.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €8 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than May 23rd. 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.

 

JEWISH HISTORY OF ESSLINGEN TOUR & LUNCH (+1 EVENT)

 

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Saturday, April 1st at 9:45am
Meeting Point: Esslingen Old Town Hall, Rathausplatz 1, 73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
This event is open to IWCS members and a guest (+1 event)
RSVP using the form below or in the pending Facebook event

It has been over 70 years since then end of WWII. Germany and all of Europe has taken great care to reckon with the tragedy on both sides of the war. A large part of that reckoning is honoring the importance of the Jewish culture in Germany. Jewish residence in the Stuttgart area dates back at least to the 1300s, if not earlier. Esslingen in particular was a free imperial city which is a city controlled not by the local counts and dukes, but directly by the Holy Roman Emperor. Due to this imperial city designation, there was almost always a larger Jewish population in Esslingen than in other capitals. Because of this, there are far more remaining traces of medieval Jewish life in Esslingen than in any other part of the Stuttgart region.

In remembrance and celebration of this local Jewish influence, the IWCS has chosen to host a free 90-minute tour of WWII/Jewish history tour throughout Esslingen (English-language). This fascinating walk will be led by a local historian Dr. Gudrun Silversahn-Jant. Sites visited will include the new Jewish cemetery, Hafenmarkt, Kinderheim, synagogue (from the outside), Judengasse, and other important memorials throughout Esslingen.

We will meet in Esslingen’s town square in front of the town hall (the building with the stunning clock) at 9:45 on April 1st. Given the importance of this tour, the club will be sponsoring the full tour fee (€14 per person) for members and one guest each. This is a walking tour with no stairs, which means that bringing children and strollers should not be a problem. To hold the event we need at least 12 people confirmed no later than March 15th.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a family member or friend.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event.

After the tour we invite you to join us for lunch at Weinkeller Einhorn starting at noon. This beautiful restaurant dates back 700 years and will be a fitting close to a morning of history. As usual, food and drink costs are the responsibility of individual members and guests and will not be subsidized by IWCS. Please see their website for the full menu.