NEW INTEREST GROUP – THE IWCS STROKES

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Swimming is a great way to keep fit that can be enjoyed year-round.  Our newest member interest group, the IWCS Strokes Club, has been created for those who like to swim for fitness and fun.

Each member swims at her own pace, on her own time, at a pool of her choice, and then adds her laps to our online group goal. We’ll work together and support each other as a team to reach our target.

We’ll meet twice a month – once for a morning swim and once in the evening – at local Hallenbad (or Freibad weather and opening times permitting!).

If you are interested in taking part, please join our members-only Facebook group!

Scheduled upcoming meets:

  • Morning swim – August 24, Hohenfreibad Killesberg, 10:00
  • Evening swim – September 28, Hallenbad Heslach, 19:00
  • Morning swim – September 14, Sonnenberg Hallenbad, 10:00

Facebook events have already been created for these meets and can be found in the group above.

See you at the pool!!!!!!!!!!!

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MEMBERS ONLY SPECIAL EVENT – BURLESQUE WORKSHOP (+1)

BURLESQUE WORKSHOP
Friday, October 13th at 19:00
Studio Lalo Tango, Böblinger Str. 32a, 70178 Stuttgart
Nearest Station: Marienplatz
Cost €25 per participant, prepayment deadline October 6th, maximum 20

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Join us for a whimsical workshop exploring the building blocks of burlesque with Stuttgart’s queen of the art form: entertainer, owner of gorgeous vintage apparel store Schmachtfetzen and all-round fabulous feminista Johanna Hellmich – AKA Raunchy Rita.

This workshop is all about building confidence and encouraging participants to find a new perspective of themselves – as well as having a romping good time!

Workshop includes:
– 2 hours of instruction and practice
– A glass of Prosecco
– No dancing skills required
– No nudity

Wear something comfortable and, if you like, something that makes you feel good. Haul those sexy high heels out of the back of the cupboard and bring them along 🙂

What is burlesque?
The ladies of burlesque are raunchy comedians and dancers with a twist, living by the edict that when you can laugh at yourself, no one can make a fool of you. Tied in with the vintage aesthetic, burlesque is as popular as ever and attracts performers of all shapes and sizes.

Dita von Teese made it clear that burlesque isn’t really for men. 70% of audiences are women – the other 30% is made up of gay men and dragged-along boyfriends. No wonder women find burlesque a safe place to celebrate a cheeky glimpse of flesh!

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend
  • Your +1 can be any adult woman you know
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below

The cost of this event is €25 per person, paid in advance. 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 the €25 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Friday 6th of October. 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.

Please note that this event is limited to 20 participants and has a minimum number of 10 for the event to go ahead.

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 ANNUAL SPA WEEKEND 2017

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Members Only Annual Spa Weekend
Saturday/Sunday, September 23th and 24th
Location: Konstanz
RSVP no later than July 30th using the form below
Spaces limited to 15 persons

Join us for a ladies’ weekend away in Konstanz on the beautiful Bodensee! We will leave Saturday morning via train, have a relaxing spa-filled day, and return on Sunday. Spaces are limited, so reserve your place now!! Here are all the details:

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our hotel will be the Hotel Constantia where we have reserved beds for 15 people – 5 double rooms (€90 per person) and 5 singles (€120 per person).

The hotel  is located 200 meters away from the Old Town of Konstanz, within a 5-minute walk of the shores of Lake Constance.

SCHEDULE

The agenda for the weekend is as follows:

  • Leaving from the Stuttgart Hbhf Saturday morning at 8:29 on a group ticket
  • Arrive at 11:05 and walk around the city before having lunch
  • Check in at hotel (possibly before lunch, if rooms are available)
  • Spend the afternoon at the local Therme (spa treatment info below)
  • Have dinner together at a restaurant in the evening
  • Have breakfast together on Sunday morning
  • Return to Stuttgart on the train in morning or afternoon, depending on the desire of the group(s) for sightseeing, etc.

THERME VISIT

We will be spending Saturday afternoon together at the Bodensee Therma Konstanz, which is 4 km from our hotel with a direct bus connection. It is an indoor/outdoor complex with swimming, sauna, and wellness (of course the saunas are “textifrei” – no swimsuits allowed although you may wear your towel). The amazing thermal pools are directly on the lake and have stunning views.

A 3.5 hour ticket including all the pools and saunas will cost €20,50 or you can purchase a Therme-only ticket (no saunas) at €10,50 for 3 hours. Additional 30 minutes segments can be paid afterwards at a low rate. Each participant will be responsible for buying their own entry ticket and wellness services.

If you would like a massage or any other wellness services, it is recommended that you book them right away because appointments are limited and fill up fast. The list of services offered can be found here and our reservation contact number is (07531) 363 18 36 (Karin Martin). Please choose an appointment time between 1500 and 1800 due to our evening dinner plans.

TRANSPORTATION/RESERVATIONS
 
We will be traveling together on a group train ticket, so you do not need to arrange your own transportation. If you are interested in making a reservation for our spa weekend, please contact us using the form below.
 
You will be asked to make an advance deposit of €20 for the train ticket and a pre-payment of your hotel room. Each guest will be asked to pay for their own food, drinks and spa treatments. The IWCS will be sponsoring the table water at our evening dinner together on Saturday.
 
Hotel cancellation policy:
Before August 10: 100% refund
After August 10, before 23 September: 50% refund
On the day of arrivel: 20% refund
 
ALL RESERVATIONS / SPA APPOINTMENTS / DEPOSITS SHOULD BE MADE AND RECEIVED NO LATER THAN THE 30th OF JULY.
 
Looking forward to a wonderful weekend together! Hope to see you there!!
 
Stephanie and Sandra

GERMAN WINE TASTING SERIES (+1 EVENT)

Sunday, July 2nd starting at 14:00
Location: Michelle and Allison’s home in Stuttgart-Süd
Cost per person: FREE

RSVP using the pending Facebook Event or the contact form below

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Attention IWCS Wine Lovers!

A small Baden Württemberg startup, Weinkules, has approached our group with a special offer – they would like to use our club to pilot their brand new, in-home wine tasting concept. And given our members’ love for all things wine, we thought we would give it a try!

The founders’ preliminary studies have found that people mostly discover the wines that they like to drink at friend’s places and many genuinely enjoy tasting new wines, in particular those coming from small regional wine makers.

Weinkules is has been developed within the framework of a university project and aims at making the big variety of local German wines accessible to a broader public via personal tasting concept, while meeting with friends.

The focus will be German small vineyards and up-and-coming winemakers. The idea is to present a variety of wines that they select exclusively for our home tasting concept, one winemaker at a time.

As Weinkules is currently refining their business model, they have invited us to experience their tasting concept for free, in exchange for some feedback in the form of a survey.

At the first event, a young Mosel-winemaker will be featured and present a variety of his wines. The Mosel region is famous for its refined Riesling, but has much more to offer. Besides tasting and enjoying the presented wines, you will receive more information on the characteristics of the wines directly from the winemaker. If you like the wines, you will have the opportunity to order them at the event, but there is no obligation to do so.

Additionally, we will be provided with finger foods to go with the wines. Food suggestions and recipes will be provided and additional information about the Mosel region will be made available.

Food costs will be sponsored by the IWCS. The wine is being provided at no extra charge to us in return for a completed survey from each participant (written or over the phone).

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.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. Please note that this event is limited to 15 participants.

MEMBERS-ONLY OUTING TO CANNSTATTER VOLKSFEST

Date: Thursday, October 5th, starting at 17:00
Location: Sonja Merz Zelt, Cannstatter Wasen, Bad Cannstatt
Cost per member €20 paid in advance
For details and to RSVP, please see the pending Facebook event or use the contact form below

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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 October 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 171st 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 10 and your reservation includes

  • three (3) vouchers worth 10 euros apiece to be used for any food or drink
  • our table reservation and your entry bracelet

Places for this members-only event are available on a first paid, first served basis. Tickets are €20 per member to be paid in advance. Members are responsible for mandatory tips and the remainder of the ticket price will be sponsored by the IWCS.

Trachtenmode (dirndls and lederhosen) is optional but encouraged 😊

Ein Prosit!!

PERSONAL FUNDRAISING KICK OFF 2017

 

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“I want to volunteer and be involved in something!” – This is what new members frequently tell us as they fill out the membership form for our club. Many of us are not only looking for new friends and social opportunities, but also to make a difference in our community.

Here’s an easy way for members to do just that!

Even though our Annual Charity Event is over, we haven’t stopped fundraising for Frauen helfen Frauen. On the contrary, this is the point where the charity committee takes a break before planning the next ACE and our members take over.

We are encouraging members to plan their own personal fundraiser between now and the end of the year, and add the proceeds to the IWCS 2017 total donation to the Frauenhaus.

What can you do? Be creative – you can do almost anything fun with friends and other members and call it a fundraiser!

For example, last October the IWCS charity coordinator Claire DeVaney held a clothes swap party. With each attendee donating a €10 cover charge, the party raised €100 in addition to everyone taking home some fabulous new pieces for their wardrobes. It’s that easy!

Maybe you could hold a …

  • kid’s yoga class
  • Clothes Swap Party
  • series of ‘Come Dine with Me’ dinner parties
  • Great Stuttgart Bake Off
  • Wine walk and tasting
  • Fun-run or other physical challenge

Almost anything you can do with friends can be a fundraiser!!

If you wish, we will support you by advertising it through the club. Just let us know!!

 

Personal Fundraising Kick Off Idea –
Book a Party with Mary Kay®

IWCS member and your local Mary Kay® representative Suzanne Callamari has committed to donating 100% of the profits generated through her Mary Kay® product parties hosted by IWCS members for the rest of this year!

Since the beginning of the year she has already been able to raise €300 this way and was a major sponsor of our 2017 Annual Charity Event. Why not have a charity Mary Kay® party of your own and together help Suzanne reach her personal fundraising goal of €1000 for this year?

Mary Kay® parties are FUN! One-on-one, just-for-you service is only the beginning! When you host a Mary Kay® party, the benefits are simply beautiful – and it’s easier than ever to find the party that works best for you. There are few things better than an evening or afternoon spent with friends – especially when your Independent Beauty Consultant brings the goodies!

If you’re interested in getting your friends together for a party, send a message to Suzanne using the contact form below. If you’d like to open up your party to other club members, feel free to make an event on Facebook in our private group. We can even put the information in our monthly newsletter if you let us know early enough.

What other ideas do you have for a personal fundraiser in 2017? Let us know!!

🎉 ACE 2017 ROUND UP 🎉

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We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the guests, sponsors and supporters of the 2017 IWCS Annual Charity Event “Black&White Night”!!!

The ACE is our main fundraising activity of the year and accounts for a significant portion of our annual donation to Frauen helfen Frauen eV. Each year the committee makes a huge effort to organise a high quality event that offers a fun evening for everyone.  As always, small contributions from many people meant we were able to meet and exceed our fundraising goals.

Winners were grinners

This year in addition to our usual raffle table piled high with great vouchers, beautiful handmade art and crafts and (of course) wine, we also sourced a mega sponsor for our grand prize.

Congratulations to Callie Cambridge who was the winner of our grand prize from Allgäu Adventures!

Some final numbers: €1259 worth of general raffle tickets were sold, and €580 was taken in at the Allgäu Adventures Golden Ticket Raffle!

Adding those amounts to ticket sales, photo orders, drink and dessert sales, as well as cash donations, we raised a total of €4,748!!!!

Well done team!

A perfect photo finish

Caroline and Keith at Sunflower Images put in a MASSIVE effort on the evening providing their professional posing and photography skills for our guests. The results have been fantastic with some truly stunning portraits of our guests. Portrait prints will be sent out soon. You can view some images from the evening here (use the password SIACE2017)

Sunflower Imaging provide wedding, maternity, family, holiday, engagement, children and event portraiture. If you’re looking for a trusted partner to capture your precious moments, why not get in touch. Visit them online at their website.

Tell us what you think

This year we were really pleased with the event created by the charity committee, however given the relatively low attendance by club members, we feel as if we might have missed the mark in attracting as many of you as possible. Even if you didn’t attend this year (but especially if you did), we invite you to provide us with valuable feedback using our online survey so that we can create a really inclusive event in coming years.

We hear you loud and clear

We do listen to the feedback you give us! We made a few changes to the 2017 format based on last year’s survey.

Request #1 – More seating
This years’ event was a fully seated affair. Everyone a had a seat on a beautifully decorated table but that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of opportunities to mingle. With our professional photo-booth run by Sunflower Images and our raffle table there were loads of reasons to move about and catch up.

Request #2 – Opportunities to get to know other guests
This year we enlisted Quiz Master Nick who hosts a Pub Quiz at the Auld Rogue Pub in Vaihingen to press our ‘smart buttons’ and get us talking among our fellow guests. And what a conversation starter! It was a very fun addition to our evening.

Also new this year – each guest received a goodie bag filled with great swag from our sponsors, giving guests more value for their ticket price.

So many people to thank

We want to especially thank the members of the organising committee and the evening’s volunteers who all had a huge hand in delivering a successful evening. In no particular order, they are:

  • Vaida Kovalich
  • Sandra Bartsch
  • Emily Born
  • Jeannie Sterling Cropsey
  • Suzanne Loflin Callamari
  • Stephanie Sandlin
  • Michelle Niese Mendel
  • Allison Rösner
  • Courtney Sage
  • Dorothee Klein
  • Nena von Stein
  • Alex Elwin
  • Anna Earley

We would also like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors who donated cash and prizes to on the evening. For a complete list of sponsors, please visit our event website.

Hope to see you all next year!!

Claire DeVaney
IWCS Charity Coordinator