2020 PERSONNEL CHANGES – LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS!

2020 PERSONNEL CHANGES – LOOKING FOR NEW TEAM MEMBERS!

One of the hardest things about making friends in the international community is that people are always leaving – it is especially tough to lose those who have become an integral part of our club leadership.

But the silver lining is that there are always cool new people to meet and get to know!!

With that in mind, we are sad to announce that our club is losing five very important leaders in 2020. Our bubbly Activities Coordinator, Michelle Moore, will be moving back to Australia before the end of the year. Our beloved Treasurer, Katja Zajac, and Charity Coordinator Extraordinaire, Claire DeVaney, will both be remaining with the club but stepping down from their Board positions for personal reasons when their terms end in February of 2020. Additionally, both of our Mothers Corner coordinators, Laura and Vienna, will be stepping down in 2020.

The amazing Alison Tyler, who has already been working very closely with the activities planning team for a while now, has offered to take over Michelle’s duties and work together with Alex to start planning events for 2020. We are so excited to have her expertise on our team, welcome Alison!

We will be looking for two new volunteers to take over the treasurer and charity positions. Here is a short explanation of the duties and qualifications needed for each position – please contact Emily using the form below or privately if you would like to know more or to volunteer!

CLUB TREASURER

  • You would be a member of the Board responsible for running all aspects of the club along with Emily and Sandra – this is wonderful for the resume and lots of fun!
  • Your duties and responsibilities would include bookkeeping, banking, and tax forms once every three years. The time needed to dedicate to this job is approximately 1-2 hours each week on average, lighter in the summer and heavier at the end and beginning of each year.
  • We are looking for a person with financial experience of any kind (banking, auditing, accounting, etc.) who has a basic grasp of German (or more!), a private laptop you could use to load our software and do bookkeeping work, and a willingness to work in Facebook groups with the other leaders on a regular basis.

CHARITY COORDINATOR

  • For this position we are looking for an event organizer who is creative, fearless, and has a basic command of the German language, to be in charge of our fundraising efforts for Frauen helfen Frauen.
  • You would have the option of planning one big charity event in late 2020 or many smaller events scattered throughout the year like we did in 2019. The time commitment depends on what you decide to do with the position.
  • You would need to be able to organize and manage a team of members to help you and have a willingness to work in Facebook groups with the other leaders on a regular basis.

If either of those positions sound like something you could see yourself doing, please contact Emily using the form below or on Facebook.

Our club cannot exist without volunteers and it definitely cannot exist without these two crucial positions, so please step up if you can! (We seriously would have to shut the club down without a treasurer – that is actually in our Satzung.)

Members interested in helping to lead the Mother’s Corner group next year should contact Laura or Vienna for all the details.

Thanks,
Emily

2019 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE

2019 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE

IWCS 2019 HOLIDAY DINNER & GIFT EXCHANGE
For members only
Tuesday, December 10th from 18:30
Location: Restaurant Nesenbach, Dorotheenstraße 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest stations: Charlottenplatz, Schlossplatz
Prepayment of your meal required by December 3rd 


Join us in December for our annual Holiday dinner and gift exchange! This is our chance to come together as a community and enjoy good food and fun during the magical German advent time.

This year’s dinner is being planned at Restaurant Nesenbach in the Dorotheen Quartier of Stuttgart-Mitte (behind Breuninger). We have a brand new private room reserved just for us and and fantastic buffet dinner planned.

We will start our evening with a glass of Sekt at 18:30 and move on to the buffet at 19:00. You can find a description of all the buffet deliciousness further down in this post.

After dinner, all members are invited to take part in our optional gift exchange, which is loads of fun every year. If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift worth €15 (no gag or re-gifts please). Choose something that you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen!

And as always, Sandra is also organizing the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree again this year and you are welcome to bring your wrapped gift along to give to her for delivery at this dinner. Check out this blog post for details!

We have heard the food at Nesenbach is delicious and are looking forward to our first ever buffet! Our holiday buffet will include the following dishes:

Appetizers – 

  • Colorful leaf salad with house dressing
  • Cole Slaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Carrot Salad
  • Veggie Antipasti

Main dishes and sides –

  • Smoked salmon in mustard-dill sauce
  • Veal with Horseradish cream
  • Venison goulash
  • Chicken Breast in lemon sauce
  • Fried Perch Filet on a bed of vegetables
  • Pasta with red pesto, rocket, olives and marinated feta cheese
  • Buttered Spätzle
  • Thyme Potatoes
  • Grilled vegetables
  • Fragrant Rice

Desserts:|

  • Panna Cotta with mango sauce
  • Assorted Ice Cream

This is a members only event and the IWCS club-sponsored price per person is €40, which includes the buffet, the welcome glass of Sekt, and table water.

PLEASE NOTE that any drinks ordered apart from the provided table water and welcome Sekt must be paid for by you on the night of the event.

This event is limited to 45 members, so reserve your space now! To get started, RSVP using our private Facebook event or the form below if you are not on Facebook. You must then transfer the €40 prepayment to the IWCS bank account no later than December 3rd to complete your reservation.

Looking forward to celebrating the end of another wonderful year together!

 

 

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2019

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2019

 

In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting  Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women and the age/gender/interests of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy.

If you would like to take part, please message Sandra using the contact form below. Once we have the numbers and ages, she will give you the go ahead to start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills. You will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for.

You can drop the finished gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her. She will also be collecting gifts at the Members Only Holiday Dinner as always.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year!

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

Sunday, December 8th at 11:00
Location: Sandra B’s home in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Nearest stations: Zazenhausen Viadukt
RSVP in the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook


Join us for our Seventh Annual Christmas Cookie Swap this December!

As always, Sandra will host a unique and delicious brunch to go with all of the cookies and plenty of Sekt will be on hand.

Guests are asked to bake about three dozen of one kind of holiday cookie and bring them along with the recipe so everyone can try them at home! There’s no need to pre-package the cookies; each guest will take the cookies and the quantity they want.

All food and drinks will be provided by the host. A bottle or two of bubbly is always welcome!

This event is limited to 12 guests.

Looking forward to a delicious and jolly party!

Members Only – Traditional Goose Dinner for St. Martin’s Day (+1 Event)

Members Only – Traditional Goose Dinner for St. Martin’s Day (+1 Event)

Thursday, November 7th at 19:00
Location: Gasthaus Waldhorn, Krehlstr. 111, 70565 Stuttgart-Rohr
Nearest station: Stuttgart Rohr (S-Bahn)
Members +1 guest are welcome, maximum 14 participants
RSVP deadline November 5th

Do you know the story of St. Martin and the geese? When he was elected bishop in the 4th century,  St. Martin’s modesty didn’t allow him to accept the position so he hid in a stable full of geese. But the birds were making so much noise that he was found and was ordained despite his attempt to avoid it. This legend forms the basis of the traditional goose dinner on St. Martin’s Day in Germany, Austria and other European countries (the actual date is on November 11th).

On November 7th we will celebrate St. Martin’s Day together with a traditional menu consisting of:

  • leg and breast of goose
  • two kinds of traditional German dumplings (Semmelknödel and Kartoffelklöße)
  • red cabbage
  • and a roast apple (Bratapfel)

If you still have room for a dessert it can be ordered a la Carte.

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 cost listed below

The price of this menu is €31,50 per person (drinks not included). The club will sponsor table water for everyone. Please be advised that this restaurant only accepts cash, so please bring plenty with you!!

To reserve your spot, please RSVP to host Katja Zajac in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

 

MEMBERS ONLY SPA WEEKEND 2019

MEMBERS ONLY SPA WEEKEND 2019

Members Only Annual Spa Weekend 2019
Saturday/Sunday, November 9th and 10th

Location: Baden Baden
RSVP/Prepayment in full required no later than October 14th 
Spaces limited to 15 members

Join us for a ladies’ weekend away in beautiful Baden Baden! We will leave Saturday morning via train, have a relaxing day at the baths (or spa – your choice!), and return on Sunday afternoon. Spaces are limited, so reserve your place now!!

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our hotel will be the Hotel Quellenhof Sophia  where we have reserved beds for 15 people – 5 double rooms (€49,50+ 3,80 Kurtaxe per person) and 5 singles (€85 +3,80 Kurtaxe per person).

The hotel is located right in the heart of the spa town of Baden-Baden, between the romantic old town and the cozy Baths District, right on the impressive shopping street, Sophienstrasse.

 

SCHEDULE

The agenda for the weekend is as follows:

  • Leaving from the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof Saturday morning at 9:32
  • Lunch at a restaurant (TBD)
  • In the afternoon we will spend time at one of the nearby baths/spa described below
  • Dinner at a restaurant (TBD)
  • Breakfast together Sunday morning (included in the hotel price)
  • Return to Stuttgart on a Sunday afternoon train

 

SPA/BATHS VISIT

What makes Baden Baden so special are the Roman-Irish baths at the Friedrichsbad (no swimsuits allowed). From their website: “Roman bathing culture displays its full splendor in combination with Irish hot-air baths. This exclusive bathing treat can be experienced and enjoyed by completing a special circuit of 17 different stations. The changing temperatures and the precious thermal water in the various baths have a regenerative effect on body and soul.“

You can also choose a traditional spa with treatments such as the Caracalla Spa (no swimsuits allowed in the sauna area only). Our hotel is within 50 meters of both places, so we won’t have to go far.

 

TRANSPORTATION/RESERVATIONS

Part of the fun is traveling together on a discounted group train ticket, so you do not need to arrange your own transportation. Once everyone has RSVPed and paid, we will vote on whether to return at 14:30 or 15:30 and buy the group ticket.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the pending private Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

After RSVPing and confirming with Sandra that there is space available, you will be asked to prepay €20 for the train ticket + your hotel room fees. In case of last-minute cancellation, you are welcome to find another member to take your place, or your hotel prepayment can be refunded upon request, minus any hotel cancellation fees.

Each guest will be asked to pay for their own food, drinks and spa treatments at the location. The IWCS will be sponsoring the table water at our evening dinner together and a glass of Sekt for each member at lunch on Saturday.

Looking forward to a wonderful weekend together! Hope to see you there!!

MEMBERS ONLY: CANNING AND FERMENTING WORKSHOP (+1 EVENT)

MEMBERS ONLY: CANNING AND FERMENTING WORKSHOP (+1 EVENT)

Fruit & Vegetable Canning and Fermenting Workshop
For members +1 guest
Sunday, October 13th at 13:00
Location: Meghan’s home in Kornwestheim
Nearest station: Kornwestheim Hbhf
Cost: €20 per person

Please join us for an afternoon preserving fruits and vegetables. In this workshop we will learn three different preserving methods:

  • Hot Water Bath Canning – Spicy California Mix (cauliflower, celery, carrots, bell peppers, garlic and spicy peppers to taste) OR Tomato Salsa (tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices)
  • Ceramic Crock Fermentation – Sauerkraut (cabbage)
  • Ready to eat spread – Pumpkin Butter (fresh pumpkin and spices)

This is a hands-on workshop, where we will go thru the steps and benefits of each method and you will be chopping, stirring, boiling, and brining your hearts out. Meghan will provide the fruit, veggies, additional ingredients and the jars for the Pumpkin Butter and Spicy Califonia Mix or Salsa. The whole process will take about three hours.

Because of the wait time involved in canning and fermentation, there will be a few weeks lapse before some of the items will be ready to take home and eat. However, each participant will leave that day with two small jars of Pumpkin Butter spread. The California Mix or Salsa will be ready approximately two weeks after the workshop and 5-7 weeks later, the sauerkraut will be ready. We will work together to get the finished items to everyone.

We will be doing lots of chopping! Each participant should bring their own cutting board and 1-2 sharp knives for chopping fruit and vegetables. Additionally please bring a reusable container for the sauerkraut to be put into once it is ready (ca. 250-500 grams).

Beverages and light snacks will also be provided. Meghan’s place is a short five-minute walk from the station. Also there is plenty of public parking at the apartment.

This event is a charity fundraiser – your cost is a €20 donation at the door. All money collected will go to our designated charity, Frauen helfen Frauen.

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 age 13 + up, or friend
  • You and your guest each pay the cost listed above

Payment is due on the day of the event, however you must confirm your reservation to reserve your spot via the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you aren’t on Facebook. Space is limited to 12 participants, so reserve your spot now!

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