SAVE THE DATE – AGM 2018

Coming up on February 20, 2018 is our Annual General Meeting (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 before starting our meeting (20:00). We would love to see you all there!!!

Elections will be held for the following steering committee positions:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Mother’s Corner Coordinator
  • Charity Coordinator
  • Activities Coordinator
  • 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.

Check your weekly reminders or the Facebook group for more details in January.

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2017 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER AND GIFT EXCHANGE

IWCS Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange (for members only)
Tuesday the 12th of December from 18:30
Location: Alte Kanzlei, Schillerplatz 5, 70173 Stuttgart
SSB: Schlossplatz / Charlottenplatz
RSVP/Pre-Payment deadline December 6th

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Join us in December for our annual Holiday dinner and gift exchange!

We will start out our evening with a complimentary welcome drink and appetizer, followed by a delicious buffet dinner.

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!

Also happening again – the Frauen helfen Frauen giving tree!! Bring your present for the ladies of the Frauenhaus and Sandra will take them for you. Not sure what this is about? Check the events in the member Facebook group or contact Sandra directly.

THIS YEAR’S MENU
Kessler Sekt welcome drink
Bruschetta appetizer

Soup buffet
Cream of potato and leek soup with croutons
Ginger pumpkin soup
Rustic bread and butter

Your choice of main, served at the table (to be selected in advance)
Monkfish and scampi in rosemary sauce with black pasta tomato veggies
Veggie risotto with Parmesan chip
Beef and pork medallions with mushroom cream sauce and spaetzle

Table water (sparkling and still)

Dessert
Apple rings and vanilla sauce
Selection of cheeses

The IWCS is sponsoring the welcome drink, table water, and bruschetta appetizers. Members are responsible for the drinks they order during the event.

RESERVATION AND PRE-PAYMENT
We will have space for up to 40 guests.

Pre-payment of your meal is required via bank transfer no later than the 6th of December to reserve your spot. You may also pay in cash to Emily, Dorothee, or Sandra any time before that date. Anyone who would like to attend after that date, please talk to Dorothee directly.

Meal pricing:
Fish or meat: €30,50
Veggie: €23,50
Prices quoted are for the complete meal except for any drinks you order during the evening.

RSVP to Billie Schoeler using the form below or via the pending Facebook event and be sure to specify which main dish you would like. Bank details will be posted in the Facebook event or sent to you if you are reserving via email.

If you have to cancel at the last minute, your meal must still be paid for, so unfortunately pre-payments are not refundable (you are welcome to find another member to take your place). See you at the holiday table in December!

 

 

ANNUAL IWCS COOKIE EXCHANGE

It’s that time of the year when the best cookies are made,
What fun to bake extra in order to trade!

Annual Christmas Cookie Swap and Brunch
Sunday, 17th December at 11:00
Location: Sandra Bartsch’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Please RSVP by December 11th to Sandra Bartsch via the pending Facebook event or using the form below

Join us for our Fifth Annual Christmas Cookie Swap in December! As always, Sandra will host a unique and delicious brunch to go with all of the cookies and plenty of Sekt will be on hand.

Guests are asked to bake about three dozen one one kind of holiday cookie and bring them along with the recipe so everyone can try them at home! There’s no need to pre-package the cookies; each guest will take the cookies and the quantity they want.

All food and drinks will be provided by the host. A bottle or two of bubbly is always welcome!

This event is limited to 12 guests.

Looking forward to a delicious and jolly party!

Giving Tree for Frauen helfen Frauen

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!

In this joint project with The English Playgroup of Stuttgart e. V. , IWCS members will be in charge of getting presents for all of the women in the shelter, while playgroup members will be tasked with gifts for each of the children.

If you would like to help, please contact the organizer, Sandra Bartsch, using the contact form below. Once we are given more information about how many presents we need, she will contact you to give you the go ahead to start shopping!

Thank you to all of our members and those of the EPG Stuttgart for their wholehearted support for this project!!

MEMBERS ONLY – TRADITIONAL GOOSE DINNER/MARTINSGANS (+1 EVENT)

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Thursday, November 16th at 19:00
Location: Gasthaus Waldhorn, Krehlstr. 111, 70565 Stuttgart-Rohr
Nearest station: Stuttgart Rohr (S-Bahn)
RSVP to host Katja using the form below or in the pending Facebook event
Members +1 guest are welcome, maximum 20 participants
RSVP deadline November 3rd

When St. Martin was elected bishop in the 4th century,  his modesty didn’t allow him to accept the position so he hid in a stable full of geese. But the birds were making so much noise that he was found and was ordained despite his attempt to avoid it. This legend forms the basis of the traditional goose dinner on St. Martin’s Day in Germany, Austria and other European countries (the actual date is on November 11th).

Let’s celebrate St. Martin’s Day together! We will have a traditional menu consisting of:

  • leg and breast of goose
  • two kinds of traditional German dumplings (Semmelknödel and Kartoffelklöße)
  • red cabbage
  • and a roast apple (Bratapfel)

If you still have room for a dessert it can be ordered a la carte.

This is a +1 event, which means:

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

The price of this menu is €28,50 per person (drinks not included). The club will sponsor table water for everyone. Please be advised that this restaurant only accepts cash, so please bring plenty with you!!

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

HELP WANTED: ACTIVITIES COORDINATORS

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Are you new in town? Or been here a while? Bored and looking for something to do? Good at organizing? Social and friendly? Interested in seeing more of Stuttgart and Baden-Württeberg? Love your IWCS friends or need to make more? Need to update your resume?

If any of the above apply to you and you are interested in helping out the IWCS, we are currently looking for new recruits to help our leadership team plan fun outings for our club members.

Historically, we have elected one or two members each year to the IWCS board who have been responsible for planning all IWCS special events for an entire year. This year we’ve been fortunate to have the two Michelles to do that for us, but sadly neither of them have time right now to continue their awesome work.

So we are looking for some new volunteers to step forward and help do the planning. We would be thrilled to have two full-service members doing it all, but if you can only do part of the job, that’s ok too! The more people planning, the better! We would also be thrilled to have a large or small organizing team that works together.

Here is the job description – if you can do any (or all) of these things and would like to put your talents to work for us, message Emily using the form below.

  • Generate ideas for events – what kinds of tours and outings do you think would be interesting for our members? (Skills: creativity, online research)
  • Organize and host events each month – those jobs can also be split between people who do the behind the scenes organizing and others who attend the event and act as a host. Other members can be recruited to host events so one or two people don’t have to do it all. (Skills: planning, phone calls and emails in English and/or German, use of Facebook groups; hosts should be friendly and punctual)
  • Overall coordination of our events calendar – one person will need to act as the coordinator to make sure that we have two events planned for each month at least three months in advance. That person should also be able to attend our every-other-month leadership meetings in the evening. (Skills: organization, Facebook and Google calendar use)

No matter if you can only organize or host one or two events in 2018, no offer is too small – we are happy for any and all help!!