MOTHER’S CORNER SUMMER BARBEQUE

 

The grill is hot

and the drinks are cool

Come join moms and their families

for a fun barbeque!

MOTHER’S CORNER SUMMER BARBEQUE
For members and their families
Sunday, June 3rd at 15:00
Location: Mimi’s home in Ostfildern

Join us for our “It’s Summer” Barbeque where you get to bring your whole family to join the Mother’s Corner for some fun in the sun.

We will be providing the BBQ basics such as: a Grill, Sausages, Potatoes, Bread, Veggie skewers, BBQ sauces, Plates and Cutlery. We kindly ask each family to bring a side dish to share (salad/dessert etc).

This event is for members and their families, limited to 14 adults. RSVP by 27th May in our Facebook event (or use the form below to contact us).

Hope to see you there!

Laura & Mimi

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MEMBERS ONLY – NECKAR RIVER BOAT TOUR (FAMILY EVENT)

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Neckar Käpt’n Boat Landing in Stuttgart

NECKAR RIVER TOUR
For members and their families
Wednesday, September 5th at 10:45
Meeting Location: Neckar Käpt’n Boat Landing, across from the Wilhema in Stuttgart
Nearest Station: U14 Wilhelma or S-Bahn Bad Cannstatt
Costs: See details below, prepayment due August 22nd

Have you ever sat by the Neckar, just wondering where it goes? Do you have children who will be getting bored already after five weeks of summer holidays? If so, we have the perfect tour for you!

We invite you and your immediate family to join us on a three-hour Neckar Käpt’n river cruise on Wednesday, September 5th. We will meet at the landing across from the Wilhelma Zoo at 10:45 (map link above) and arrive Marbach, birthplace of Schiller, at approximately 14:00.

Bring a picnic with you or wait and slake your thirst at the Bootshaus Biergarten (Greek/German) on the banks of the Neckar once we reach Marbach, where you can let the children stretch their legs at the playground there.

For all you culture buffs out there, the Schiller museum is also located in nearby in the Marbach city center, so anyone interested could also take this opportunity to visit it. We will be returning to Stuttgart via S-Bahn.

You and your first guest will pay only €10 each for this event (subsidized by the club). Additional tickets are available for the entire family at the following group discount rate prices:

  • €13 for each child 4-13
  • €18 for each teen 14-16
  • €24 for each additional adult or teen 17+

Kids under 4 are free and buggies are welcome. Please pay for all members of your party in advance so that we can reserve the appropriate tickets for you. Any food and drinks ordered are the responsibility of the member and her guests, along with your S-Bahn tickets home/back to your car.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the Facebook event being set up in the members group or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your family’s fees to the IWCS bank account no later than August 22nd. 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 (we will be charged by the tour company after that date). Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

 

 

 

Members Only: Introduction to Archery

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INTRODUCTION TO ARCHERY WITH CAROLINE G
Members only
Sunday, June 24th at 12:00 (3 hours)
Location: Montessori Kindergarten, Feuerbacher-Tal-Straße 215, 70469 Stuttgart
Nearest Station: bus + walk only, see VVS for recommendations 
Maximum 10 participants
RSVP using the pending Facebook event or the contact form below
Cost per person €10 paid in advance no later than June 8th
Please bring something to share for our lunch hour (more in the FB event)

Longtime member Caroline Güldener has invited us to learn the basic techniques of archery at this June event. Because the sport doesn’t require a lot of mobility, it is accessible to a huge range of people of all ages and most abilities.

Archery is the age-old art of propelling an arrow (accurately!) towards a target. Archery dates back to the stone age and almost every culture in the world has some form of archery in its history: for survival, combat and for competition. The ancient sport has now become one of the fastest growing Olympic sports and has also become a popular recreational sport due films such as The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Brave, and Game of Thrones. Traditional forms of archery are also used for therapeutic and personal and team building purposes.

Caroline teaches traditional ‘intuitive’ archery using wooden bare bows (flat bows and long bows) and wooden arrows. We’ll be shooting straw targets, among other things, and all equipment will be supplied. Please wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing.

We will start at 12:00 with a light lunch and shoot from 13:00 to 15:00. Please bring something to share for our lunch. Please note that this event is being held in a somewhat remote location with inconvenient public transportation, so if you don’t have a car and need to car pool, let us know and we will try to arrange something!

The cost of this event is €10 per person, paid in advance. The IWC Stuttgart will be subsidizing the remainder of the event fees for the tour. This event requires a minimum of 8 participants to take place, maximum 10 (possibly 12).

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 your €10 to the IWCS bank account no later than Friday, June 8th. 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.

 

 

ACE 2018: Dreamers, Here’s To You!

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Photo of the ACE Organizing Committee by Sandra Ruth

It has been my absolute pleasure to work with a fabulous team of volunteers to bring you the IWCS 2018 Annual Charity Event, which took place April 14th. I’m so proud to report that it not only proved to be a big hit with our guests, it was also a fundraising success for the Frauenhaus, with just under €2500 in profit at the end of the night!

Money raised through our efforts and everyone’s contributions, large and small, will go to Frauen helfen Frauen e.V as part of our 2018 donation to support their tireless work providing safety for vulnerable women and children right here in Stuttgart.

The Evening’s Program

This year’s event drew inspiration from the Hollywood film “La La Land,” which saw guests donning colorful clothing and enjoying a magical evening in the parlors of the sparkling Villa Humboldt.

First our guests checked out the fabulous Tombola table and bought raffle tickets while enjoying a welcome drink from our long-time sponsor, Kessler Sekt. Just like the film, the evening’s program opened with a surprise dance sequence from our friends at SwingKultur Stuttgart, whose joyful Lindy hop put everybody in the right mood. Throughout the evening, photographer Sandra Ruth captured our guests looking their finest in her photo booth and in candid shots, while Michelle and Allison served us tasty cocktails of their own design. After a delicious dinner with homemade desserts, we were entertained by the fabulous Fanny di Favola  and Raunchy Rita and taught a few swing dance moves by SwingKultur Stuttgart.

On the night of the event we raised €1010 through tombola tickets sales and the bar and dessert table took in €1055. Adding in private donations, business sponsorships, and other related fundraising activities, we’ve raised a net total of €2436!

To see pictures from our amazing evening, please visit the official IWCS ACE 2018 Photo Album.

The ACE TEAM 2018 

If you’re wondering who was responsible for all the magic, you can thank:

  • Sandra Ruth for her amazing photography and her German language skills, which helped a lot in contacting sponsors;
  • Sandra Bartsch for her decorating ideas, taking care of the raffle , keeping everything on time, and being there to tidy up after us all;
  • Vaida Kovalick for giving up her Saturday to set up and her Monday to tidy up and for doing the rather boring but necessary work of selling raffle and drink tickets during the event;
  • Michelle Moore for bringing a crowd and being an amazing hype girl, also for baking like fiend and welcoming everyone to the Villa;
  • Dorothee Klein for keeping us protected insurance-wise (making it possible for us to have candles at the event), paying all our suppliers, doing all the boring paperwork, and checking guests in at the door – Katja too!!;
  • Michelle Niese-Mendel for convincing Eurail to supply us with a MEGA major prize, inventing some amazing cocktails, and sacrificing her whole night to be at our service with said beverages;
  • Alison Mendel for allowing herself to be dragged along again like every year but being such a good sport behind the bar and running errands for me upon request;
  • Alison Tyler for whipping our bakers into line, for being the first one on site to ensure desserts were handled as they arrived, and for ensuring all the cute towers made out of old LP records were properly assembled;
  • and Emily Born for making sure everyone in Stuttgart with a Facebook account got an invitation, editing my often less-than-perfect copy writing, helping to shape and drive the entire concept, and approving pretty much everything I wanted to do.

What an amazing team. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm, for buying into my idea and ‘getting it’!

Thanking Our Sponsors

Many of our sponsors are organizations owned and run by women in the Stuttgart community. They give generously to our cause through financial support or by donating prizes to our raffle table. If you would like to support our any of our sponsors, you can find a complete list on our website.

I look forward to helping out in 2019 – what on earth are we going to do to top this?!

Until next year,
Claire DeVaney
IWCS Charity Coordinator

Members Only: Hohenasperg Historical Tour (+1 Event)

HOHENASPERG HISTORICAL TOUR
For members +1 guest
Saturday, September 22nd at 14:45 
Meeting Location: Asperg Bahnhof (S5), (near Ludwigsburg)
To RSVP, please use the pending Facebook event or contact form below
Maximum 25 participants
Cost per person €4 paid in advance no later than September 15th

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Are you interested in history and nature? Do you enjoy great panoramic views? Are you a fan of walks and/or drinking Sekt at sunset?

All this and more could be your experience in September as we take a guided tour in the English language of the Hohenasperg historical area and prison near Ludwigsburg. Member Alison Tyler and her husband Peter Müller will be organizing the day’s program and are looking forward to introducing everyone to their home town. Our tour guide will be Herr Herbert Paul, a retired teacher.

Meeting point: Asperg Train Station (S-Bahn) at 14:45

If you are arriving by train, please walk to the very end of the platform where the lift and steps are located – our meeting point will be at the top of these steps (Hirschbergstraße leading into Lehenstraße).

Our walk from the train station up Hohenasperg hill is known as “Schwitzgässle” (the sweaty path) and will involve walking up quite a few steps! But don’t worry, we will take it slowly and have 45 minutes to make it to the top.

If you cannot manage the walking portion, there is limited parking available on top of Hohenasperg – please let us know when you RSVP if you will need to meet us up there.

The tour itself will start at 15:30 and last approximately 90 minutes, ending at the prison museum. Our tour guide will introduce the contents of the museum from the outside and then we will have some time to go in and look at the exhibits (all in the German language).

Click here for a good description in German of some of the points of interest we may see on our tour.

Our tour will end with a glass of Sekt and time to enjoy the view.  According to the internet, the sunset that evening should be at around 19:22 and many people arrive to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy the view at this time.  There is also a restaurant at the top of Hohenasperg that Alison will reserve a table for if there is interest. She will also have a map available of the way down to the train station along a lighted street for those leaving earlier or later than the group.

We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and, as with any outdoor/indoor activity, wearing layers is a good idea and bring your rain jacket.  September is usually good weather but anything is possible these days. Make sure you eat well beforehand or bring snacks, as it will be a long day! The minimum age for the tour is 5 year old, but please keep in mind the long hike and day if you are planning to bring a child along.

This is a +1 event, which means:

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

The cost of this event is €4 per person, paid in advance. The IWC Stuttgart will be subsidizing the remainder of the event fees for the tour. Any food and drinks ordered are the responsibility of the member and her guest (except for the sunset glass of Sekt, which is a gift from your hosts!!).

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €4 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than September 15th. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our New Mother’s Corner Coordinators!

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A few months ago, we put out a “help wanted” call for a new coordinator for our Mother’s Corner group.

We were fortunate to have not just one, but TWO, members answer that call! The mamas of the Mother’s Corner no doubt already know Mimi and Laura, who will be splitting the duties and working together to create fun events for IWCS families with young children starting in May.

Got ideas for new activities? Then these are the two ladies you want to talk to! Post about it in the Mother’s Corner Facebook group or send them a message using the contact form below.

If you have young children and are not currently in the Mother’s Corner group, please contact them below!

A big thanks to Allison, our current Mother’s Corner coordinator who is retiring from her coordinating duties, but remaining a member of the group. Thanks for your efforts this past year!

IWCS Member Advertising Policy

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At our March leaders’ group meeting, we brainstormed about what kind of advertising policy would best serve our membership – not only for those who have a business they’d like to promote but also for other members who would prefer to avoid excessive sales pitches in our shared online spaces.

After much discussion we’ve come up with the following policy, effective immediately:

1. Members are asked NOT to post business promotions in the member Facebook groups. We would like to keep those spaces ad free.

2. We DO encourage those members with businesses to promote to use the following tools:

  • Sponsor the next Annual Charity Event 
    This is one of the best ways to get your name in front of other members AND to support our fundraising efforts to boot. Donate your services for the event or a gift certificate for the raffle and your sponsorship will be promoted at the event and on our website.
  • Share your expertise in a Community or Gathering
    If your business involves a special skill set that you might be willing to teach to other members at a Gathering, we are happy to have you do so with your promotional materials on hand to share at the end. For example, if you are a photographer, maybe volunteer to give the Sharp Shooters group a seminar about taking photos at night. Or if you make cakes, perhaps offer to host an afternoon showing interested members how to make a specific kind of frosting. What is not allowed (due to our by laws) is any kind of direct sales event, nor are we allowed to pay you for sharing your expertise.
  • Include your business on our Member Business List
    Sandra will be creating a document to be posted in the monthly newsletter and in the members’ Facebook group (as a file) that includes your business information for members to refer to as needed. Contact Sandra using the form below if you would like to be included!