MEMBERS ONLY: GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS

MEMBERS ONLY: GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS

GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS IN ENGLISH
For members only
Thursday, September 19th at 10.30
Location: Yoga und Pilates in der Galerie Stuttgart, Friedenstraße 12, 70190 Stuttgart
Nearest Stop: Neckartor

IWCS member Stephanie Lantin is offering a free introduction to guided meditation class to our members in September, open to all levels of experience. In addition to regularly teaching meditation classes in English and French, she also supports clients as their personal coach when they are going through a transition in their lives.

This event has a maximum of 9 participants and you can RSVP using the pending Facebook event or the form below until the day before.

The cost of this event is a €5 per person donation to the Frauenhaus, to be collected at the door.

Thanks to Stephanie for donating her time to help our 2019 fundraising action!

 

 

Photo courtesy of user realworkhard on pixabay.com

MEMBERS ONLY: WALKING TOUR OF MARBACH (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY: WALKING TOUR OF MARBACH (+1 EVENT)

English-Language Walking Tour of Marbach
For members and their +1 guest
Wednesday October 9 from 11:15
Host: Member Alison Tyler

Nearest station: Marbach Bahnhof (S4)
Meeting point: Marbach Bahnhof
Cost: €5 per person, paid in advance no later than September 16th

The gorgeous city of Marbach am Neckar is the birthplace of Friedrich Schiller, Germany’s equivalent of Shakespeare. His first play, Die Räuber (The Robbers), made him an overnight sensation by critiquing social corruptions and affirming revolutionary ideals, making him rather unpopular with Duke Karl Eugen, the ruler of Württemberg at that time.

There is however, more to Marbach than just Schiller. The town on the Neckar river is one of the oldest country towns of Württemberg and is protected in its entirety under Denkmalschutz. Here you can see lovingly restored half-timbered houses, fountains, and remains of the medieval fortifications with the distinctive Obere Torturm or upper gate tower, along with picturesque streets and churches.

Our guide from the Marbach Tourist Office will show us all of this and more in our 90 minute walk. We will start at the train station and end at Jägers Restaurant Schillerhöhe. Interested members are welcome to stay for lunch.

The tour can accommodate up to 30 participants and our route is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

The tour itself will be sponsored in full by the club and we are requesting a €5 per person donation to the Frauenhaus prepaid no later than September 16th in order to hold your spot.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend (18+)
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, older 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 activities team if you are not on Facebook.

Please complete your reservation by transferring your prepayment no later than September 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.

Photo courtesy of © Roman Eisele / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

IWCS Charity Cocktail Party – Tickets on sale in May

IWCS Charity Cocktail Party – Tickets on sale in May

We’re really looking forward to our fundraising cocktail party on July 19th! Funds raised through ticket sales will be added to our annual contribution to the Frauenhaus women’s shelter  run by Frauen helfen Frauen e.V here in Stuttgart.

Even though this fundraiser is not our usual full-blown annual charity event, we still have a theme! This year we are excited about the theme ROOFTOP MENAGERIE because this event will be held at the top of the gorgeous Jaz Hotel in Stuttgart and we hope to get a little wild. We would like to encourage you to ‘dress the theme’ with your own interpretation but for some inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.

For 2019’s largest fundraising event of the year, IWCS members are invited to bring a +1 guest but tickets will be limited this year to just 40 guests total. With such limited numbers it’s important to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Your RSVP in the Facebook event does not guarantee you a ticket; you must transfer your payment to the IWCS bank account to receive your confirmation.

All members will receive an email next week with all the necessary details about tickets, going on sale May 6th.

Frauen helfen Frauen supports women and children at risk in the greater Stuttgart area through its Frauenhaus, crisis assistance and counselling and support services. You can learn more about how IWCS donations have helped support them here.

2019 FUNDRAISING UPDATE

So far we’ve raised several hundred euros toward our annual fundraising target of €1500 but we still have many fundraising dedicated events coming up. With your support we can meet our annual contribution goals!

Some of the highlights so far have included:
Bake Off Viewing Party – €90
Clothes Swap  – €70
Fondue Lunch – €136

Upcoming events:
Candle Making Workshop
Wine Tasting walk in Hohen Asperg
Rooftop Menagerie Cocktail Party

If you have any questions about our charity work, please use the form below to contact our charity coordinator, Claire DeVaney!

Charity Cocktail Party – SAVE THE DATE

Charity Cocktail Party – SAVE THE DATE

SAVE THE DATE – CHARITY COCKTAIL PARTY BEING PLANNED FOR JULY 19TH

If our recent announcement that we weren’t planning a big charity gala in 2019 filled you with wistful longing for a fancy night out, fear not!

Claire and the charity team are planning a night of dressing up and going out to benefit Frauen helfen Frauen on Friday, July 19th – start preparing your outfit now and put the date in your calendar.

In exchange for your donation, you (and a +1 guest, if you wish) will be admitted to our exclusive summer cocktail party at the rooftop bar atop the Jaz Hotel in Stuttgart-Mitte.

Each guest will receive a complementary welcome cocktail and nibbles and are welcome to purchase as many more drinks as you would like directly at their fabulous bar.

Watch this space for complete details and the opportunity to RSVP to come soon!

Hey member! Yes, you.

Hey member! Yes, you.

Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated aspects of being an IWCS member is the potential to use the network for personal growth. Did you know we even mention personal growth in our mission statement?

‘…the club offers opportunities for involvement that not only look good on a resume but also make members feel good inside.’

Taking the initiative to organize anything requiring “personal engagement” in a country where you might not speak the language can be daunting. Transforming an idea into one that works in Stuttgart can be incredibly frustrating, challenging, exhilarating and rewarding all at the same time. I learned this firsthand when I became involved with the Annual Charity Event during my second year in Germany – it’s not easy and takes real resilience but you would be surprised how far a little determination can go!

Maybe you’ve thought about doing something to give back but you’re not sure how. Perhaps you’d like to work collaboratively to reach a goal but find yourself stumped on how to start.

We can help.

With our support, many of our members have transformed their personal interest into a fundraising opportunity to support women and children in crisis through our charity partner, Frauen helfen Frauen e.V.

In the past club members have held make-up parties and donated a portion of the profits; hosted themed get-togethers such as the annual Great British Bake Off Final Viewing Party and Clothes Swap; and organized a club-wide family Summer Party where we donated the deposit money from our bottles! Both small and big ideas that add up to an impressive contribution when taken together.

We’d love to help you take an idea or something you love doing already and transform it into something that really counts.

Fundraising needn’t always be a gala event. There are plenty of ways to raise money:

  • set a goal and get your network to pledge donations
  • sell some home-made preserves, craft or artwork
  • organize a day trip with a group of kids
  • offer a service (face painting, yoga instructor, tour guide, German language tutoring, musician etc) for free
  • hold a garage/tag/jumble sale
  • organize a car rally or a scavenger hunt
  • donate a raffle prize

And if all that is simply not for you, why not get behind our other members already planning charity events this year? Check out this blog post with all the 2019 plans and details!!!

Yours in Personal Growth,
Claire DeVaney
IWCS Charity Coordinator

Have an idea? Contact Claire using this form:

What’s On: 2019 Charity Events

What’s On: 2019 Charity Events

Back in October, we made an announcement that we wouldn’t be planning an Annual Charity Event in 2019. Our team decided to take a break from the big events this year to focus on a smaller and more personal approach.

We promised to update you on our 2019 program so that members can still help make a difference in the lives of the women and children at the Stuttgart Frauenhaus.

Here are some events already on the schedule which will directly support our fundraising efforts this year – click on the photos to see details!

2019 clothes swap

2019 coin collection

2019 book swap

 

And that is just the first quarter! Some charity events being considered for the rest of the year include a fondue lunch at a member’s home and a night out with cocktails somewhere nice.

Additionally, this year we are restructuring how we price some of our monthly special events (generally tours and cultural events). You might also notice us requesting a donation for some events in lieu of a participation fee. For other events we will start “rounding up” the oddly-priced member prepayment amounts, giving you a nice round number to transfer and some extra change for our 2019 collection.

We hope you enjoy what’s on offer and even think about getting involved in organizing a smaller event yourself! Check our Claire’s blog post about that here.

Here’s to a successful 2019 year of charity!

 

AGM 2019 – Bring Your Spare Change for our Collection!

AGM 2019 – Bring Your Spare Change for our Collection!

Let us help you declutter your purses and pockets with our annual AGM coin collection!

Every year we ask members attending the Annual Meeting to bring along their excess change for our collection for Frauen helfen Frauen.

Check your pockets, your wallets and your junk drawers and bring all those annoying and useless little one and two cent coins (and higher!) with you to the AGM and help us make a difference for the ladies at the Frauenhaus.