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!!!
Elections will be held for the following steering committee positions:
Mother’s Corner Coordinator(s)
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.
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!
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.
We were so pleased recently to hear from former member Suzanne Callamari, who moved back to the USA this past spring.
As you may remember, she had been using her Mary Kay cosmetics business to fundraise on our behalf for our designated charity, Frauen helfen Frauen. Here is her successful update!
Thank you to all the IWCS members who came to “der Pink Keller” to enjoy fun and fabulous Mary Kay appointments in order to support our club’s efforts fundraising for Frauen helfen Frauen (FhF) eV.
In 2017, I was able to donate €300 from this effort, and in 2018, I was able to donate €650!!! How exciting is that!!???
Thank you to the IWCS Leadership, most notably Emily and Claire, for allowing me to raise funds to help support the Frauenhaus and thanks to all of you who had appointments and parties with me! I hope you learned some new things to effectively take care of your skin — your largest organ.
From the bottom of my heart, I will miss all of the laughter we shared in my studio!!! Thank you for the memories and for the beautiful friendships.
One woman can do great things, but as a team, we can move mountains!
Aloha nui and may we see each other again in the near future!
We want to thank Suzanne for her effort and determination in supporting our club and the women and children of Frauen helfen Frauen! She is a star and we miss her.
If you have your own idea for raising money for the Frauenhaus, please contact Claire directly using the form below.
The IWCS Annual Charity Event (ACE) has truly flourished with each passing year, growing exponentially in sophistication and offering. We are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, raising thousands of euros for the Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. in Stuttgart.
However you may have noticed that this autumn we haven’t put out our usual call for volunteers. Around this time we would ordinarily be asking members for their ideas and skills to support the 2019 gala, but this year we have decided to make some changes to the club’s fundraising efforts.
We’ve realized that sustaining our upward progress would mean a real challenge and require an immense concentrated effort.
Furthermore, without significantly compromising the quality you’ve come to expect from the event, increasing your ticket price further, or finally finding a reliable and generous corporate sponsor we simply can’t top this years’ effort.
We’re also quite aware the ACE isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of members who have other interests and perhaps prefer not to attend.
But charity remains an important part of our club life and purpose, and we are still committed to Frauen helfen Frauen as our designated charity. With such a talented and diverse group of women, we of course have a goldmine of fundraising potential, ideas, and know-how.
We are keeping an eye on 2020 for the next big party but have decided for 2019 to adopt the motto that “Many hands make light work.” We will be looking for ways to decentralise the club’s fundraising efforts and host many smaller events instead of one big one. We hope this will create a broader appeal and spread the effort among the club membership.
Some strategies include:
Encouraging members to set a modest fundraising goal and work with the club’s event Activity Planning team to meet it.
We’ve already included fundraising in some of our member hosted events such as Clothes Swap, Bake-off Party, Summer Party, Mary Kaye parties; and we’ve accepted donations as event costs for very low-cost or free outings.
Incorporate an element of fundraising into smaller quarterly events.
Look out for these in 2019. We’ll aim to bring at least four charity focused events to you in the coming annual plan.
Start planning for the ACE 2020.
Don’t worry, we still love to party! We are trying out the idea of a smaller off year in 2019 with an eye to larger events every other year, so do get excited for 2020. Stay tuned if you’ve got any great ideas for themes, venues or fundraising tips or you would like to get involved as a volunteer.
If you would like to be part of the Charity Committee for 2019 or 2020, please use the form below to contact Claire directly. We will need YOUR help to continue making our yearly donation to the Frauenhaus.
IWCS 2019 CHRISTMAS DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE For members only Tuesday, December 11th at 18:30 Location: Stuttgarter Stäffele, Buschlestrasse 2a/b, 70178 Stuttgart-West Nearest stations: Feuersee To RSVP, please see our private Facebook Event or use the contact form below if you aren’t on Facebook
**Limit 35 spaces**
Join us in December for our annual Holiday dinner and gift exchange! This is our chance to come together as a community and enjoy good food and fun during the magical German advent time.
This year’s dinner is being planned for a new location at the Stuttgarter Stäffele in Stuttgart-West. We have a gorgeous and cozy wine cellar reserved just for us and have put together some delicious Swabian menus together with their catering company (please see the menus and prices at the end of this post).
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!
As always, Sandra B is also organizing the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree again this year and you are welcome to bring your wrapped gift along to give to her for delivery at this dinner. Check out this blog post for details!
And now to the dinner choices. We need us to give us your selection no later than November 30th and to pay for it no later than December 4th. Hurry to get your spot because the room only holds a maximum of 35 people!
Your menu choices:
Meat 1 – Schwäbischer Himmel (filets of pork and beef in a wine sauce) with Spätzle