Hey member! Yes, you.

Hey member! Yes, you.

Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated aspects of being an IWCS member is the potential to use the network for personal growth. Did you know we even mention personal growth in our mission statement?

‘…the club offers opportunities for involvement that not only look good on a resume but also make members feel good inside.’

Taking the initiative to organize anything requiring “personal engagement” in a country where you might not speak the language can be daunting. Transforming an idea into one that works in Stuttgart can be incredibly frustrating, challenging, exhilarating and rewarding all at the same time. I learned this firsthand when I became involved with the Annual Charity Event during my second year in Germany – it’s not easy and takes real resilience but you would be surprised how far a little determination can go!

Maybe you’ve thought about doing something to give back but you’re not sure how. Perhaps you’d like to work collaboratively to reach a goal but find yourself stumped on how to start.

We can help.

With our support, many of our members have transformed their personal interest into a fundraising opportunity to support women and children in crisis through our charity partner, Frauen helfen Frauen e.V.

In the past club members have held make-up parties and donated a portion of the profits; hosted themed get-togethers such as the annual Great British Bake Off Final Viewing Party and Clothes Swap; and organized a club-wide family Summer Party where we donated the deposit money from our bottles! Both small and big ideas that add up to an impressive contribution when taken together.

We’d love to help you take an idea or something you love doing already and transform it into something that really counts.

Fundraising needn’t always be a gala event. There are plenty of ways to raise money:

  • set a goal and get your network to pledge donations
  • sell some home-made preserves, craft or artwork
  • organize a day trip with a group of kids
  • offer a service (face painting, yoga instructor, tour guide, German language tutoring, musician etc) for free
  • hold a garage/tag/jumble sale
  • organize a car rally or a scavenger hunt
  • donate a raffle prize

And if all that is simply not for you, why not get behind our other members already planning charity events this year? Check out this blog post with all the 2019 plans and details!!!

Yours in Personal Growth,
Claire DeVaney
IWCS Charity Coordinator

Have an idea? Contact Claire using this form:

What’s On: 2019 Charity Events

What’s On: 2019 Charity Events

Back in October, we made an announcement that we wouldn’t be planning an Annual Charity Event in 2019. Our team decided to take a break from the big events this year to focus on a smaller and more personal approach.

We promised to update you on our 2019 program so that members can still help make a difference in the lives of the women and children at the Stuttgart Frauenhaus.

Here are some events already on the schedule which will directly support our fundraising efforts this year – click on the photos to see details!

2019 clothes swap

2019 coin collection

2019 book swap

 

And that is just the first quarter! Some charity events being considered for the rest of the year include a fondue lunch at a member’s home and a night out with cocktails somewhere nice.

Additionally, this year we are restructuring how we price some of our monthly special events (generally tours and cultural events). You might also notice us requesting a donation for some events in lieu of a participation fee. For other events we will start “rounding up” the oddly-priced member prepayment amounts, giving you a nice round number to transfer and some extra change for our 2019 collection.

We hope you enjoy what’s on offer and even think about getting involved in organizing a smaller event yourself! Check our Claire’s blog post about that here.

Here’s to a successful 2019 year of charity!

 

AGM 2019 – Bring Your Spare Change for our Collection!

AGM 2019 – Bring Your Spare Change for our Collection!

Let us help you declutter your purses and pockets with our annual AGM coin collection!

Every year we ask members attending the Annual Meeting to bring along their excess change for our collection for Frauen helfen Frauen.

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.

AGM 2019 – Directions to Waldau Park

AGM 2019 – Directions to Waldau Park

If you have already RSVPed for this year’s Annual General Meeting, thank you!!!

The SSB Conference Center at Waldau Park (SSB-Veranstaltungszentrum) is located directly underneath the Fernsehturm in Stuttgart and is quite easy to reach by car or U-Bahn.*

The exact name and address of the meeting location:
SSB-Veranstaltungszentrum Waldaupark
Friedrich-Strobel-Weg 4-6
70597 Stuttgart
Tel. (0711) 78 85-45 11

The building is in the middle of the Waldau Sports Park and there is a parking lot directly next to it. It is also a very short walk to the Waldau or Heumaden stops.

Walking directions from the Waldau stop: If you are traveling with the U-Bahn from downtown, please take the stairs to your left when you exit the train. If you arrive from Sillenbuch/Fernsehturm, take the stairs to your right. After you’ve reached the top of the stairs, turn left and take the narrow path which leads directly to the conference center.

You can find a map showing both stops and the building here.

The main website for the SSB-Veranstaltungszentrum Waldaupark can be found here.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions and we’ll see you there!!

MEMBERS ONLY Book Swap for FHF (+1 Event)

MEMBERS ONLY Book Swap for FHF (+1 Event)

BOOK SWAP TO BENEFIT FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN
This is a +1 event – bring a guest!
Sunday, March 17th at 14:00
Location: Michelle’s home in Stuttgart-West
Nearest stations: Hölderlinplatz


Have you recently given your bookshelf the Marie Kondo treatment? Or are you always on the lookout for new reading material?

We can help with our IWCS book swap to be hosted by member Michelle Moore at her home in March.

Bring a friend and as many unwanted books and magazines as you can carry (including children’s books!). You will receive one token for each item you bring, which you can then use to “buy” someone else’s reading material to take home.

To sweeten the deal, we will raffle off a gift certificate from a local bookshop! Tickets will be €5 each so bring those small bills with you.

There will also be Sekt and cheese and other nibbles provided by your host and lots of fabulous discussion during the afternoon. Leftover items can be taken back home with you or left with member Alexandra Elwin to be donated to a second-hand shop.

Because this is one of our quarterly charity events, we are asking for a donation of €10 per person in support of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. to be paid at the door. The proceeds from the donation of leftover books will also be added to our 2019 collection for the Frauenhaus, as will the raffle ticket money.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a friend or adult family member.
  • This event is limited to 15 guests total.

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

OPEN EVENT – Tour of the Baden-Württemberg Landtag (Parliament)

OPEN EVENT – Tour of the Baden-Württemberg Landtag (Parliament)

BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG LANDTAG (PARLIAMENT) BUILDING TOUR
Open to members, guests, and prospective members
Wednesday the 27th March at 11:00
Location: Landtag, Konrad-Adenauer-Straße 3, 70173 Stuttgart
Meeting point: main door of the Landtag building opposite the three flagpoles
Nearest stations: Charlottenplatz or Schlossplatz
Pre-payment deadline: March 18th


If a daytime event suits your schedule, our amazing Activities Team has planned something special for our members and guests in March.

We’ve booked an English-language tour of the Landtag (Parliament) building in downtown Stuttgart, and have decided to make this event open to prospective members too!

The tour will cover the entrance hall, the newly-built Citizen and Media Center, and the Debating Chamber. Additionally, we will get an introduction to the political system of the state of Baden-Württemberg. The Parliament will not be in session that day.

We will meet in front of the main doors (opposite the three flag poles) at 11:00 and the tour starts promptly at 11:15 and should end by 12:30. The location is stroller and disability friendly and lunch afterwards is a possibility.

We are asking for a donation of €5 per person in support of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. to be paid in advance to reserve your spot. To take part in this tour, please RSVP in the pending event on our Facebook Fan Page or use the contact form below if you aren’t on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your donation(s) to the IWCS bank account no later than March 18th. Donations are non-refundable after the payment deadline.

See you there!

 

Not yet a member?

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Are you new in Stuttgart or have you been here a while but are looking to find new friends and learn more about the city?

We love to meet new people at the International Women’s Club of Stuttgart! Although many of our events are for members only, prospective members are invited to join us for Welcome Coffee Hours, monthly dinners, Happy Hours, or a Mother’s Corner playgroup.

You can attend up to two open events for free before deciding to become a member. Registration forms are available at all open events if you would like to join the club.

You are invited to these events coming up in February:

WELCOME COFFEE
A morning event where current, new, and prospective members all come together to share a coffee or tea and get to know each other and the club.
Next meeting – Wednesday, February 6th at 10:00 at Karl’s Kitchen in Stuttgart.
RSVP via the Facebook Event or send us a message using the form below

HAPPY HOUR AND DINNER
This smaller group is for the members who want to meet up right after work for a drink or something to eat.
Next meeting – Wednesday, February 6th at 18:00 at Ha Long in Stuttgart
RSVP via the Facebook Event or send us a message using the form below

MOTHER’S CORNER PLAYGROUP
If you are pregnant or have a little one up to age 3, this monthly meet up is a great place to find other moms and learn more about the club.
Next meeting – Thursday, February 14th at 10:00 at Eltern-Kind-Zentrum Stuttgart
RSVP via the Facebook Event or send us a message using the form below

MONTHLY DINNER
Every month our members gather to try a different restaurant in central Stuttgart for fun and friendship. You are welcome to join us too!
Next meeting – No monthly dinner in February, it will return in March!

If you have any questions about attending these events, please contact Emily using the form below. Looking forward to seeing new faces this month!