IWCS Focus and Facebook Groups Update

facebook-793049_1920

We’ve got some big changes coming up in our member Facebook Groups and focus group meet ups!

Currently, our club offers “focus groups” centered on specific interests that meet regularly and an assortment of Facebook Groups to go with them. Some of the focus groups have Facebook Groups, but not all. And not all of our Facebook Groups have focus groups that meet up regularly. This has caused plenty of confusion, especially to new members.

So starting this month, Emily will be working on reorganizing and restructuring our focus groups and Facebook Groups. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Most of our current Facebook Groups will be rebranded into “Interest Communities” modeled after our crafting and cooking Facebook Groups. We will start with the following Communities:

  • Food/cooking
  • Sports
  • Books
  • Crafts
  • Photography
  • Gaming
  • Mothers Corner
  • Languages

These Facebook Groups will be renamed in a straightforward manner to make them easy to find, for example, “IWCS Food & Cooking Community.” These Communities will be open to all current members and will be used for forum-like discussions of that topic.

The Communities will also be used to plan regular events, which we are re-branding as “Get Togethers.” These are the current focus groups such as “Breakfast & Books” and “Stitch ‘n Bitch.”

Each community can have zero, one, or multiple Get Togethers associated with them. Currently those are:

  • Monthly walking group
  • Strokes Club
  • Breakfast & Books
  • Stitch ‘n Bitch
  • Mother’s Corner Playgroup
  • German Conversation

Please note that joining a Community does not mean you have to attend an associated Get Together. For example, if you want to talk about a new hiking tour you took last weekend in the IWCS Walking & Hiking Community or just want to ask for recommendations, feel free to do that without ever attending the monthly walks Sandra puts in the newsletter. You can be a member of all the IWCS Facebook Communities without ever attending a single Get Together.

Alternatively, you may attend a Get Together without joining the associated Community – you have the choice to do as much or as little as you wish. And if you don’t use Facebook at all, you may of course continue to attend any of the Get Togethers that interest you, as they will still be listed in the monthly newsletter.

Some additional notes about this process:

  • Communities are welcome to create additional Get Togethers (such as an evening book club in addition to Breakfast & Books)  if there is demand for it. The same goes for creating additional Interest Communities – talk to Emily for details!
  • Purely social Get Togethers will not be associated with a Community because they aren’t centered around an interest (Happy Hour, Ladies who Lunch, Buy/Sell/Trade) and will be listed in a separate section of the newsletter to avoid confusion.
  • The Facebook Interest Communities will all have Emily as an admin + a local member for purely administrative (membership-related) purposes.
  • We ask that Facebook events for monthly Get Togethers be created in the main Member Group only and not in the Communities for consistency’s sake (the host is welcome to share the event link to the Community page).

If you have any questions or feedback about this process, please use the contact form below to message Emily directly. Look for these changes to start happening in May!

 

 

 

Advertisements

STUTTGART CITY WALKING TOUR

Stuttgart City Center Walking Tour
Monday, July 2nd from 10:00 – 12:00
Location: Meet at i-Punkt across from the Hauptbahnhof (Königsstrasse 1)
Cost: FREE
Prospective members welcome!!

Schlossplatz
Please join us for a fun and FREE tour of the city center (in English) with our good friend from Stuttgart Marketing, Petra Rentschler.

We will meet on Königsstrasse outside of the i-Punkt meeting place opposite the Hauptbahnhof at 10:00 and we will begin our tour promptly at 10:15 . If you get lost or are late, call Emily’s mobile phone at (0151) 2408 4485.

For those of you who have done Petra’s tours in the past, you know that each time she shares new places and hilarious stories with us. So even if you’ve been on her tour before, don’t hesitate to come again! Prospective members are welcome to attend. Stroller-friendly.

Please RSVP no later than Friday, June 29th using the form below or in the pending Facebook event.

 

**This event will take the place of our welcome coffee in July**

 

MEMBERS ONLY: IWCS GOES TO THE WASEN

beer-2328226_1280

IWCS GOES TO THE WASEN
For members +1 adult guest

Friday, September 28th from 17:00
Location: Sonja Merz Zelt, Cannstatter Wasen, Mercedesstrasse 50, 70372 Stuttgart
Cost per member €30 paid in advance (+1 guest pays €40 in advance)
To RSVP  please use the pending Facebook event or the contact form at the end of this post

Are you ready for an introduction to one of the most well-known cultural events in Stuttgart? Join fellow members of the IWCS at the Cannstatter Volksfest in September for one of our much-anticipated evenings out!

The Cannstatter Volksfest, aka “the Wasen,” is the second-largest beer festival in the world after Munich’s Oktoberfest and will be taking place for the 172nd time this year. Together we will enjoy traditional fest food, drinks, dancing, singing, and general madness in the Sonja Merz Wasenzelt (beer tent).

We have a table reserved for 20 and your reservation includes:

  • Five (5) vouchers worth 10 euros apiece to be used for any food or drink
  • Your entry bracelet to the tent
  • A reservation at a prime table in front of the band

The IWC Stuttgart will be subsidizing our table so members pay only €30 each! The guest (non-member) price will be €40 per person. Participants are responsible for mandatory tips, so please bring some euro coins along. Trachtenmode (dirndls and lederhosen) is optional but encouraged 😊

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one adult guest are welcome to attend (18+).
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, family member, or friend (male or female).
  • You and your guest each pay the costs listed above.

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

To confirm your reservation, please transfer your prepayment of €30/40 per member/guest to the IWCS bank account no later than September 14th. 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.

Ein Prosit!!

MEMBERS ONLY: STUTTGART BIERBIKE TOUR

Bierbike

STUTTGART BIERBIKE TOUR
For members only
Thursday, June 7th at 19:00
Meeting Location: Siemensstr. 160, 70469 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
Nearest station: Borsigstrasse, Feuerbach
Host: Alex Elwin

You’ve probably all heard of a bicycle made for two, but how about a bicycle made for 17?

Cross your fingers for good weather on June 7th when we will take a gentle evening cycle through the streets of Stuttgart on a party bike outfitted with 16 sets of pedals, a be-dirndled lady at the ready to pour you a drink as the need arises, and a trusty bike chauffeur from Bierbike Stuttgart who will ensure we avoid all hills along the way.

Our tour starts and finishes in the Feuerbach area of Stuttgart. We will be enjoying the great outdoors regardless of the weather, so dress appropriately. You know what the Germans say – there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing! We can also bring our own music to play as we pedal and there will be set bathroom breaks.

Maximum 17 participants allowed, but we need at least 11 members to make the bike move. This has been a very popular event in the past so be sure to RSVP quickly to guarantee a spot on this crazy contraption, fun and laughter guaranteed!

Your cost for this event will be based on what we choose to drink because the club is picking up the tab for the tour and the bike rental making that part FREE for members. We will be ordering in advance from a choice of beer, Sekt, or soft drinks closer to the event. The costs for pre-ordered drinks will be split evenly among all participants. Watch the Facebook event for this very important discussion as the date draws nearer.

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

MEMBERS ONLY: FAMILY MUSHROOM FORAGING TOUR

autumn-1867329_1920

FAMILY MUSHROOM FORAGING TOUR
Sunday, October 14th from 13:00
Location: Schorndorf area (exact location published 1 week beforehand)
To RSVP with host Alex Elwin, use the pending Facebook event or contact form below – Prepayment deadline is September 30th

Autumn is mushroom season! But which are edible and which not? What is cauliflower fungus? Can one eat giant puffballs? Which fungi can be used as tinder? Fewer and fewer people these days are sure, so we’ve booked a guided walk through the Schwäbisch woods to learn everything there is to know on the subject with abenteuerreich Erlebnistouren.

During this unique event, an experienced guide will show us how to determine if a particular mushroom is edible, how to harvest it and also how to cook it. This 2-3 hour tour will also include a small tasting.

Although we will be greeted in English, most of this tour will be in German, so be prepared to work your brains, learn some new vocabulary, and have your kids or fellow members translate if necessary. Bring along worn-in walking shoes/boots, a waterproof jacket, a camera, a penknife, a small basket or other container, and a notebook and pen. We’ll find out the exact meeting place nearer the time.

Current IWCS members and their entire family are welcome to join this event and costs will be partially subsidized by the club. Children (up to age 13) are free and two adults or teenagers are invited to attend at the discount price of €25 per person. Additional adults are welcome to join but will pay full price (€39 per person).

We have reserved space for 15 adults and 5 children but can add more to this reservation up to 25 people total. If there is huge demand for this event we can open a second reservation for another group on the same day. To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the contact form below if you are not on Facebook.

To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €25/€39 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than September 30th. 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.

MEMBERS ONLY: KESSLER SEKT TOUR AND LUNCH (+1 EVENT)

alcohol-1281704_1920

Kessler Sekt Tour & Lunch
Saturday, July 7th at 10:00
Location: Kessler Sekt, Marktplatz 21, Esslingen am Neckar
Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
Prepayment of €10 per person due before June 16th
RSVP to host Stephanie Siebert in the pending Facebook event or contact form below

Kessler Sekt is Baden-Württemberg’s favorite brand of bubbly and IWCS members are lucky to grab a private tour of through the medieval vaulted cellars of Germany’s oldest Sektkellerei. The winding and fascinating history of Kessler began in 1826 and continues to delight locals and visitors alike to this day.

This wonderful Saturday event will last 1.5 hours and be followed by a tasting of up to 3 of Kessler’s delicious offerings.  We can have a maximum of 25 participants on this tour and requests for this tour have been frequent, so reserve your spot now!

For interested parties, we will also make reservations for a lunch at a local restaurant. Location to be determined by participants.

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 member cost listed below.

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. All food and drinks ordered are the responsibility of the member and her guest.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €10 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than June 16th. 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.

MEMBERS ONLY: ENGLISH TOUR OF HISTORICAL SCHORNDORF (+1 EVENT)

schorndorf-2756549_1920

ENGLISH TOUR OF HISTORICAL SCHORNDORF 
For members +1 guest
Tuesday, May 8th at 10:00 (1.5 hours)
Meeting Place: Rathauseingang (City Hall Entrance), Marktplatz 1, Schorndorf
Nearest Station: Schorndorf (S)
Cost: This tour is FREE

RSVP to host Alex Elwin using the pending Facebook post or contact form below

Join us in May for a historical tour of Schorndorf, the birthplace of Daimler amongst other things.

On this tour you will see the most important sights of the city: half-timbered-houses, the marketplace (one of the most beautiful ones in Baden-Württemberg) and the castle.

Included is also a short visit of the city museum and the galleries of art and engineering. The tour lasts approximately one hour and 30 minutes and the cost will be fully sponsored by the IWC Stuttgart, making it completely free for you and your guest! Maximum 20 participants. Babies in strollers are welcome, but be advised that we will be on heavily cobblestoned streets.

This is a +1 event, which means:

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

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