🎉 ACE 2017 ROUND UP ðŸŽ‰

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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

STUTTGART CITY WALKING TOUR

Stuttgart City Center Walking Tour
Wednesday, July 5th from 10:00 – 11:45
Location: Meet at i-Punkt across from the Hauptbahnhof (Königsstrasse 1)
Cost: FREE
Prospective members welcome!!

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

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 Tuesday, July 4th using the form below or in the pending Facebook event.

STUTTGART GHOST WALK (+1 EVENT)

STUTTGART GHOST WALK (ENGLISH LANGUAGE)
Friday, 3rd November at 19:00 (1.5 hours)
Meeting point: Beneath the statue “Stuttgardia” at the Rathaus (Town Hall) in the Hirschstrasse, corner Marktplatz
Nearest Stations: Rathaus, Rotebühlplatz
This event is for IWCS members and their +1 guests, limit 25 total
RSVP using the form at the end of this post or via the pending Facebook event

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The exciting nighttime walking tour will lead us from the Old Palace, through the Market Hall, to the Collegiate Church and will delve into eerie encounters with spooky monks, a headless horseman, and two shadowy figures…who some say still can be seen at dawn. You will also learn about the chequered history of a former monastery, why there are tram tracks in the market hall, where decapitations took place, which customs prevailed in old times in cemeteries – and much more.

Please note that this is an easy walk around Stuttgart, which means it is wheelchair and pram friendly. We will end up near the Leonhardskirche at the edge of the Bohnenviertal. More information can be found at the Stuttgart Geister website.

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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 below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The International Women’s Club Stuttgart will be subsidizing the remainder of the fees for the tour. Children under 6 are free.

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 €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Monday 23rd 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 25 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.

 

IWCS Summer Party 2017

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IWCS Summer Party 2017
Sunday, July 9th starting at 12:00
Location: Biergarten Waldheim Heslach,
Dachswaldweg 180, 70569 Stuttgart-Dachswald

RSVP using the Facebook Event or use the contact form below

Friends, family and kids of all ages are invited to join us among the apple trees for a summer celebration hosted by member Claire DeVaney!

Fun activities are being planned, such as:

• Treasure Hunt
• Kids yoga
• Kids craft table

Everyone is welcome! (Note: this event will be open to people outside of the IWCS)

We’ve chosen Waldheim Heslach as the venue for our summer party because it is GREAT for kids:

• Loads of outside space and an awesome playground
• Very relaxed atmosphere with a lawn and shade
• Lovely serene setting among the apple trees
• Both covered and uncovered seating areas

They have great food and drinks with an easy numbered ordering system. Please keep in mind we are not allowed to bring in our own picnic food and drink.

The closest Ubahn is Waldeck. From there it’s either a lovely walk through the woods (15 mins) or take bus 82 one stop and follow signs for Waldheim (350m)

There is also parking available on site.

Please RSVP via our Facebook event  with the number of people you’ll be bringing and the ages of your kids before 3 July so we have a good idea of numbers.

If you are unable to access the Facebook event or have any questions at all, please use the contact form below to message me.

Hope to see you there!!

Claire

 

SAVE THE DATE – 2017 SPA WEEKEND

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Details for our annual spa weekend are being worked out as our April newsletter goes to press, but here is the basic information:

Date: 23 & 24 September

Location: Konstanz

Maximum number of participants: 14

Hotel rooms reserved: 5 doubles and 4 singles

Spa: Bodensee Therme Konstanz

This event is for members only.

More information about hotel and travel costs will become available shortly. If you would like to put your name down for one of the spots, please use the form below to contact hosts Sandra and Stephanie.

AGM 2017 IN REVIEW

calendar-2069808_1280On March 21st we held our club’s annual general meeting as required by our club charter and German law.

We enjoyed delicious Swabian food and elected our 2017 Steering Committee. Emily presented the Board Report for 2016 and Dorothee went over the figures in the 2016 Financials. A link to each of these documents can be found in the April newsletter in the “News” section.

We also talked about ideas for the upcoming year and held a loose change coin collection for Frauen helfen Frauen.

New members on this year’s committee are Rebecca Vogelheim, Michelle Moore, Claire DeVaney, and Allison Roesner. Here is the entire 2017 IWCS Steering Committee:

President – Emily Born
Vice President – Sandra Bartsch
Treasurer – Dorothee Klein
Secretary – Rebecca Vogelheim
Membership – Billie Schoeler
Activities – Michelle Niese Mendel
Activities – Michelle Moore
Charity – Claire DeVaney
Mother’s Corner – Allison Roesner

The Vorstand extends a warm welcome to our newest committee members and congratulates and thanks all of our committee volunteers on their election!!

STUTTGART STEPS WALKING TOUR & BIERGARTEN (+1 EVENT)

Stuttgart Steps English-Language Walking Tour & Biergarten
Friday, June 30th starting at 17:30 (the tour is 2.5 hours long)
Meeting Point/Nearest Station: Marienplatz
This event is open to IWCS members and their +1 guest
RSVP using the pending Facebook event or the contact form below

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Have you ever wondered about the steps winding up the hills of Stuttgart from the valley to the top? These are called “Stäffele” in Swabian and this coming June, we will have a guided tour of some of these famous steps.

Our 2.5 hour tour will start from Marienplatz, take us past the Lapidarium and through the urban vineyard to Karlshöhe. On the steep Hasenbergsteige we will learn about the places you can admire “from the top down”. And finally, the tour ends at the beautiful Lake Feuersee.

Afterwards interested participants and their guests are welcome to join us for food and drinks at a local Biergarten (location to be announced). Members who aren’t able to attend the steps tour are also invited to join 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, child, or friend (all must be able to climb steps for 2.5 hours – no strollers)
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The International Women’s Club Stuttgart will be subsidizing the remainder of the fees for the tour. Food and drink ordered at dinner will be the responsibility of the member and her guest.

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 €5 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.

See you on the steps in June!