Save the Date – AGM 2017

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.

Elections will be held for all steering committee positions and any current member is welcome to inquire about how to get involved using the form below.

As always, we will enjoy with a delicious Swabian dinner at the SSB Events Center at Waldau Park before starting our meeting. We would love to see you all there!!!

Check your weekly reminders or the Facebook group for more details in February.

New IWCS Focus Group – Current Events

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We are extremely lucky to have not one, but TWO new focus groups starting in the month of February. These are small groups of like-minded members who meet regularly to explore a common interest such as crafting, books, or walking. Any current member can start a focus group!

In addition to the Game Night group planning to meet for the first time this month, member Suzanne C. will be starting up a Current Events group. Here is her description:

Hello Ladies! Do you want to know the latest news? Are you fascinated with current events? How about a new IWCS group that meets once a month to discuss the latest happenings — local, regional, and global? The topics can range from the environment to security-related matters. I will look into having guest speakers and we can also have discussions on topics of interest led by members of the group (no one needs to be a subject matter expert). In short, we will be having fascinating discussions coupled with enjoying each other’s company.

Ground rules for etiquette/diplomacy will be discussed and established at our first meeting, as well as the meeting format. 

The Current Events group will meet for the first time on February 9th – check your member newsletter for details!

Pub Quiz Night (ACE2017 Preview Event)

Monday, February 13th from 20:00
Location: The Auld Rogue Irish Pub, Hauptstr 57, 70563 Stuttgart-Vaihingen
Nearest Station: Vaihingen Bahnhof
For details and to RSVP, please see our blog post or the pending Facebook event
 

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We are very excited to announce that our Annual Charity Event 2017 (ACE) will feature a general knowledge table quiz to test your trivia, get you laughing, and bring out your competitive streak! Tickets for the 2017 ACE Black&White Night are going on sale shortly and to celebrate (and get you warmed up), we’re heading to The Auld Rogue for the Monday Night Pub Quiz.

Food and drinks are available to buy at the venue. Bring a friend! Use the contact form below to let Claire know if you will be attending.

English Language Tour of Japanese Food Exhibit + Dinner

English Language Tour of Japanese Food Exhibit at the Linden Museum + Dinner
Wednesday, March 15th at 18:45
Location: Linden Museum, Hegelplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest Station: Hauptbahnhof, Börsenplatz
For IWCS members +1 guest
Pre-payment deadline: February 28th

RSVP using the form below or in the pending Facebook event

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In keeping with their mission of opening the world to its visitors, the Linden Museum in Stuttgart is offering another eye-opening exhibition called “Oishii! Japan’s Food Culture”. „Oishii!“ means “It tastes good” and in Japan it is one of the most commonly used word to describe food. This expression goes hand in hand with the social and cultural identity of the one who eats.

The Linden’s collections are intended to present the diversity of human cultures and facilitate emotional and intellectual encounters and this exhibition does not disappoint. This coming March 15th, we are excited to offer an evening of culture and fine Japanese cuisine. This special exhibition will cover the technological achievements necessary for the food production and preparation, the changing Japanese eating habits throughout history, who eats what and when, Sake the “holy drink”, and the ever important tea culture. After the tour, IWCS members and their +1 guest will enjoy a three-course Japanese dinner at Hegel 1, organized just for us.

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 described below.

The 60 minute tour will starts at 6:45 and will be be followed immediately by the meal. The IWC Stuttgart will be subsidizing the event by covering all guided tour and entrance fees. The only portion you and your guest will be responsible for is the €30 dinner fee (per person) plus your drinks for the evening. To hold the event we need at least 10 people confirmed and paid to the IWCS bank account no later than February 28th. The maximum number of participants is 25 so signup today!

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.

To RSVP and receive the bank account information, please send an email to Billie using the form below.

 

 

 

SPECIAL EVENT -KESSLER SEKT TOUR AND LUNCH (+1)

Kessler Sekt Tour & Lunch
January 21st from 10:30
Location: Kessler Sekt, Marktplatz 21, 73728 Esslingen am Neckar
Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
Prepayment of €10 per person due before January 14th
Host: to be determined

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Kessler Sekt is Baden-Württemberg’s favorite brand of bubbly and IWCS members are lucky to grab a January 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 30 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 January 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.

ACE 2017 – CALL FOR EVENT SPONSORS

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As you know, work on our 2017 Annual Charity Event: Black and White Night is well underway. Each year we appeal to local businesses, big and small, for sponsorship support.

There are several different types of sponsorship available but all offer an opportunity for a business to make themselves better known among our members.

Do you know of a great business that you find yourself often recommending to friends? Perhaps a priceless real-estate agent, hair dresser, tax accountant or travel agent that offers you the best deals and you simply couldn’t do without?

We would like to reach out to them and request their support in our charity activities.

Please send us your recommendations and we will contact them as a part of our sponsors campaign. Feel free to use the contact form below or to grab one of the charity committee members at the next event.

Thanks for your ideas!
Claire DeVaney
2017 Charity Coordinator

 

OUR NEW +1 POLICY

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You might have seen this recently in an IWCS special event:

“This is a +1 event”

This is what we are calling our new simplified guest policy and here’s how it works:

From time to time we offer outings and tours that can accommodate a larger number of participants. In the past, we’ve sometimes opened extra spaces to partners and sometimes filled spots at the last minute with prospective members or friends. This wasn’t always the fairest system, so we recently made some changes.

When an event is marked +1, this means that:

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

Adult family member could mean your spouse, a parent or sibling who is in town, or a child over age 18. Sometimes younger children will also be invited, depending on the particular event (check the write up for details).

To confirm your reservation, you may be asked to prepay your part of the cost by a certain date. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us before the deadline, please speak directly with the host.

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.

If you have any questions about this new policy, please ask!! We hope we have found a flexible and fair way for all members to enjoy themselves at our events.