2020 PERSONNEL CHANGES – LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS!

2020 PERSONNEL CHANGES – LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS!

One of the hardest things about making friends in the international community is that people are always leaving – it is especially tough to lose those who have become an integral part of our club leadership.

But the silver lining is that there are always cool new people to meet and get to know!!

With that in mind, we are sad to announce that our club is losing five very important leaders in 2020. Our bubbly Activities Coordinator, Michelle Moore, will be moving back to Australia before the end of the year. Our beloved Treasurer, Katja Zajac, and Charity Coordinator Extraordinaire, Claire DeVaney, will both be remaining with the club but stepping down from their Board positions for personal reasons when their terms end in February of 2020. Additionally, both of our Mothers Corner coordinators, Laura and Vienna, will be stepping down in 2020.

The amazing Alison Tyler, who has already been working very closely with the activities planning team for a while now, has offered to take over Michelle’s duties and work together with Alex to start planning events for 2020. We are so excited to have her expertise on our team, welcome Alison!

We will be looking for two new volunteers to take over the treasurer and charity positions. Here is a short explanation of the duties and qualifications needed for each position – please contact Emily using the form below or privately if you would like to know more or to volunteer!

CLUB TREASURER

  • You would be a member of the Board responsible for running all aspects of the club along with Emily and Sandra – this is wonderful for the resume and lots of fun!
  • Your duties and responsibilities would include bookkeeping, banking, and tax forms once every three years. The time needed to dedicate to this job is approximately 1-2 hours each week on average, lighter in the summer and heavier at the end and beginning of each year.
  • We are looking for a person with financial experience of any kind (banking, auditing, accounting, etc.) who has a basic grasp of German (or more!), a private laptop you could use to load our software and do bookkeeping work, and a willingness to work in Facebook groups with the other leaders on a regular basis.

CHARITY COORDINATOR

  • For this position we are looking for an event organizer who is creative, fearless, and has a basic command of the German language, to be in charge of our fundraising efforts for Frauen helfen Frauen.
  • You would have the option of planning one big charity event in late 2020 or many smaller events scattered throughout the year like we did in 2019. The time commitment depends on what you decide to do with the position.
  • You would need to be able to organize and manage a team of members to help you and have a willingness to work in Facebook groups with the other leaders on a regular basis.

If either of those positions sound like something you could see yourself doing, please contact Emily using the form below or on Facebook.

Our club cannot exist without volunteers and it definitely cannot exist without these two crucial positions, so please step up if you can! (We seriously would have to shut the club down without a treasurer – that is actually in our Satzung.)

Members interested in helping to lead the Mother’s Corner group next year should contact Laura or Vienna for all the details.

Thanks,
Emily

2019 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE

2019 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE

IWCS 2019 HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE
For members only
Tuesday, December 10th from 18:30
Location: Restaurant Nesenbach, Dorotheenstraße 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest stations: Charlottenplatz, Schlossplatz
Prepayment of your meal required by December 3rd 


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 at Restaurant Nesenbach in the Dorotheen Quartier of Stuttgart-Mitte (behind Breuninger). We have a brand new private room reserved just for us and and fantastic buffet dinner planned.

We will start our evening with a glass of Sekt at 18:30 and move on to the buffet at 19:00. You can find a description of all the buffet deliciousness further down in this post.

After dinner, all members are invited 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 that you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen!

And as always, Sandra 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!

We have heard the food at Nesenbach is delicious and are looking forward to our first ever buffet! Our holiday buffet will include the following dishes:

Appetizers – 

  • Colorful leaf salad with house dressing
  • Cole Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Carrot Salad
  • Veggie Antipasti

Main dishes and sides –

  • Smoked salmon in mustard-dill sauce
  • Veal with Horseradish cream
  • Venison goulash
  • Chicken Breast in lemon sauce
  • Fried Perch Filet on a bed of vegetables
  • Pasta with red pesto, rocket, olives and marinated feta cheese
  • Buttered Spätzle
  • Thyme Potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Fragrant Rice

Desserts:|

  • Panna Cotta with mango sauce
  • Assorted Ice Cream

This is a members only event and the IWCS club-sponsored price per person is €40, which includes the buffet, the welcome glass of Sekt, and table water.

PLEASE NOTE that any drinks ordered apart from the provided table water and welcome Sekt must be paid for by you on the night of the event.

This event is limited to 45 members, so reserve your space now! To get started, RSVP using our private Facebook event or the form below if you are not on Facebook. You must then transfer the €40 prepayment to the IWCS bank account no later than December 3rd to complete your reservation.

Looking forward to celebrating the end of another wonderful year together!

 

 

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2019

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2019

 

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

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women and the age/gender/interests of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy.

If you would like to take part, please message Sandra using the contact form below. Once we have the numbers and ages, she will give you the go ahead to start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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 will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for.

You can drop the finished 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!

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

Sunday, December 8th at 11:00
Location: Sandra B’s home in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Nearest stations: Zazenhausen Viadukt
RSVP in the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook


Join us for our Seventh Annual Christmas Cookie Swap this 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 of 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!

Members Only – Traditional Goose Dinner for St. Martin’s Day (+1 Event)

Members Only – Traditional Goose Dinner for St. Martin’s Day (+1 Event)

Thursday, November 7th at 19:00
Location: Gasthaus Waldhorn, Krehlstr. 111, 70565 Stuttgart-Rohr
Nearest station: Stuttgart Rohr (S-Bahn)
Members +1 guest are welcome, maximum 14 participants
RSVP deadline November 5th

Do you know the story of St. Martin and the geese? When he was elected bishop in the 4th century,  St. Martin’s 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).

On November 7th we will celebrate St. Martin’s Day together with 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 €31,50 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 to host Katja Zajac in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

 

DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS?

DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS?

It’s almost time for renewal invoices to go out to all returning members!

Every year during renewal invoice season we get lots of mail returned as “undeliverable.” If you have moved during the past year, please send a message using the form below to double check that we have your correct mailing address.

Update your mailing address now to make sure our letter finds it way to you easily next month!

Moving away and don’t need an invoice? See the instructions in this blog post.

NOT RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN 2020??

NOT RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP IN 2020??

Do you already know you won’t be renewing your
membership with our club in 2020?

If you do, we ask that you please fill out the contact form at the end of this post before NOVEMBER 1ST 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 2020!

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 2019 if they wish to cancel their membership for 2020.

3. Members who do not cancel their membership before the end of 2019 or pay their renewal dues before the end of the first quarter in 2020 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 extra work for everyone.

*If you miss the November 1st deadline, please let us know anyways! You might still get an invoice for 2020 in the mail but we can still cancel it and the reminders.