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Please welcome our new club leaders!

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, our fabulous little club has been in a state of suspended animation for the better part of a year now. In addition to not being permitted to meet in person for months on end, we’ve had a few vacancies on our steering committee that have only recently been filled.

Now that public and club life is reopening for the summer months (and hopefully longer!), we are pleased to announce the following new additions to our leadership team for 2021:

Charity Coordinator – Alena Doering

Alena will be overseeing all of the ways that we raise money for the Frauenhaus and making sure we have regular fundraising events on the schedule. Talk to her if you have any ideas or suggestions or would like to join her charity planning team that makes fundraisers happen.

Membership Coordinator – Mariana Schwarz

Mariana has taken over all of the behind-the-scenes paperwork concerning our membership data. Although most of her communication is with new members, if you are moving away and need to cancel your club membership, she is the person you will need to contact.

Mother’s Corner Coordinator – Rebecca Weber

Rebecca has been running our group for mothers of 0-3 year olds for a few months now and welcomes all members with little ones who are looking for fun and support.

Club Secretary – Shannon Macika

Now that we can have in-person leadership meetings again, someone has to take the official notes we are required to keep as a registered Verein. Thankfully, that someone is Shannon!

What happens next?

We are so pleased to have a full team working together again and grateful for the time each one of our club leaders donates in service to the group.

Our new steering committee members are currently being set up with email addresses and procedural handbooks to help them do their jobs and our first leaders’ meeting as a group will take place this month.

A full list of leaders’ contact info will be posted in the next newsletter and in the meantime you can reach all of us in the private members’ Facebook group.

Looking forward to a fantastic and fun rest of 2021 with you!

COVID-19 INFORMATION SUMMER 2021

It’s been a looooooooooooong winter and spring thanks to the pandemic lockdowns that affected much of public life here in Germany. Thankfully, things have changed quite quickly since warmer weather has arrived.

The state of Baden-Württemberg routinely publishes updated Coronavirus regulations several times each month and the past few versions have slowly relaxed many of the prior restrictions as the number of new infections has gone down.

Here is the latest information from the current regulations effective Monday, June 28th, 2021.

UPDATED FOUR-LEVEL SYSTEM

New rules have been added for communities with an incidence rate under 10 (the lowest before was under 35).

The new levels based on the local incidence rate are:

        • Level 4 – over 50
        • Level 3 – between 35 & 50
        • Level 2 – between 10 & 35
        • Level 1 – under 10

A district changes levels when the incidence rate goes above or below a threshold for five days in a row. New rules will be created if the incidence rate goes back above 100.

MASK RULES

The general requirement to wear a mask in public remains – they are required indoors at all times and outdoors when you cannot keep at a 1,5 meter distance from others. Masks are not required at home or at private parties or for those under the age of six.

CONTACT RESTRICTIONS

Personal contact restrictions have been loosened, which regulates how many friends and family members we can hang out with at home or out and about (dinner, shopping, movies, at the park, etc.).

As before, children 13 & under do not count towards the total number of people and fully vaccinated/recovered adults do not count towards the total number of people OR households.

  • Level 4 – two households can get together with a total of 5 unvaccinated adults maximum
  • Levels 2 & 3 – four households can meet up with maximum 15 unvaccinated adults total (was three households and maximum 10 adults)
  • The birthday party allowance is still in effect for Levels 2 & 3 (five additional children from any number of households)
  • At the new Level 1 (Under 10), it is allowed to meet up with 25 unvaccinated adults from any number of households!

For the remainder of the updated rules regarding public life, every person counts towards the total number regardless of age or vaccination status.

Below is a summary of the main changes. Testing requirements and the exact number of participants allowed for each kind of event at each level can be found in the BW at-a-glance chart.

PRIVATE EVENTS

Larger private events are now permitted at non-commercial locations such as at home or in a garden (was only at restaurants or halls). This includes birthday parties, weddings, and other events with a private guest list. The host must have a written hygiene concept and collect guest contact data. That person or group is also responsible for enforcing all rules, including checking test results and vaccine certificates if required.

PUBLIC EVENTS

The requirements for events open to the public such as concerts or flea markets have been simplified (was a confusing set of levels based on how quickly the incidence rate sank). Contact data must be collected.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES & CULTURAL EVENTS

Testing requirements have been relaxed for fun activities such as amusement parks or swimming pools, while the rules for visiting museums and other cultural institutions remain pretty much the same as before. Contact data must be collected for both.

RESTAURANTS

Dining requirements have been simplified and an indoor ban on smoking has been added. Contact data must be collected.

SHOPPING

Shopping rules now allow more people in the larger stores. Contact data must be collected at the higher levels.

PERSONAL HYGIENE SERVICES

Personal hygiene service rules remain the same as before for hairdressers, massages, foot care, tattoos, etc. Masks must always be worn with additional test requirements when that is not possible.

SPORTS

The regulations regarding sports have been majorly simplified, with the same rules now for children and adults. Testing requirements at the higher levels.

HOTELS

Hotel stays for tourist reasons have fewer test requirements at the lower incidence levels. Contact data must be collected.

NEW – DANCE CLUBS

Discos will be allowed to open again at the lowest incidence level; test and contact data collection required.


This is a time of rapid changes, so make sure you are following our public Facebook page to keep up with the latest regulations.

Stay safe everyone!

MEMBERS ONLY: KESSLER SEKT TOUR & TASTING (+1 EVENT)

Saturday, July 24th at 13:15
For members and a +1 guest (maximum 19 people)
Location: Kessler Sekt Kellerei, Marktplatz 21, Esslingen am Neckar

Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
Host: Alison Tyler

Kessler Sekt is Baden-Württemberg’s favorite brand of sparkling wine and IWCS members are lucky to grab a private tour of through the medieval vaulted cellars of Germany’s oldest Sektkellerei in July. The winding and fascinating history of Kessler began in 1826 and continues to delight locals and visitors alike to this day.

We will meet at 13:15 and the ninety-minute tour will start promptly at 13:30, to be followed by a tasting of three of Kessler’s delicious sparkling wines. You’ll want to eat a decent lunch beforehand, because the portions are generous!

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Unfortunately the wine cellars are not wheelchair-friendly and the tour is only suitable for people who are able to cope with walking over uneven ground and for those who have no problem with stairs (enclosed comfortable walking shoes recommended). It’s also chilly down there (around 13 degrees) so dress appropriately! Please note that there are no toilets available at the beginning of the tour, only at the end.

Because we are visiting a commercial food production facility, there are extra rules that we will have to follow including:

    • Wear clean clothes and shoes
    • No pets allowed
    • No smoking
    • No eating or drinking, including chewing gum
    • No touching any of the machinery or equipment
    • Do not attend if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, this tour will require that participants wear masks and show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test in the prior 24 hours.


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 (18+)
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €15 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €15 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than July 9th. 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.

MEMBERS ONLY: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR IN BIETIGHEIM

For members only  – maximum 10 people
Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 10:45
Location: Stadtmuseum Hornmoldhaus, Hauptstraße 57, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen
Nearest train station: Bietigheim-Bissingen (S5)

Host Alison Tyler has booked us a fascinating English-language tour at the city museum in Bietigheim in July (Ludwigsburg county). We will be visiting their special exhibition “Orange – the color and attitude of life in the 1960s / 1970s.”

Orange dominated the color spectrum of German everyday life in the 1960s and 1970s. Like no other color, orange embodied the changes and upheavals of that time. It was the trend color in design and fashion and is used to this day as a signal color in public life. Orange stands for the everyday, the new, the energetic, the daring and the creative.

The exhibition focuses on design and everyday household objects. From vacuum cleaners to bathroom curtains to strollers and folding bikes, objects from numerous private collectors are on display.

We will meet at 10:45 and the tour will begin promptly at 11:00 and last for 50 minutes. The museum and exhibit are unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. and can only be reached via stairs.

FINDING THE MUSEUM
The museum is approximately a 25-minute walk from the Bietigheim-Bissingen train station (S-Bahn) or there are busses from the Bietigheim ZOB that will get you within a 10 minute walk of the museum (check vvs.de for the best route from your location). Nearby parking information can be found here.

CORONA SAFETY INFORMATION
Please bring a mask to wear in the museum and social distancing will be required. Proof of vaccination/negative tests will NOT be needed to attend.

COST & RESERVATIONS
The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide/audio guide will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Wednesday the 9th of July. 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  to send in their place.

 

 

OPEN EVENT: Stuttgart City Walking Tour

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! New, current, and prospective members are all welcome to attend. Stroller-friendly.

Current Covid-19 rules for the tour allow a maximum of 25 participants, all of whom must show either proof of full vaccination/recovery OR a negative test less than 24 hours old. Please bring your masks as we are required to wear them during the walk. These rules can change at any time, so please keep an eye on this event for updates.

We will meet at Königsstrasse 1 outside of the i-Punkt meeting place outside of the Stuttgart Marketing office (opposite the Hauptbahnhof) at 9:45 and begin our tour promptly at 10:00 . If you get lost or are late, call Emily’s mobile phone at (0151) 2408 4485.

Please RSVP no later than Monday, July 5th using the form below or in the public Facebook event.

Members Only: Mexican Cooking Demonstration (Zoom)

 

—>RESCHEDULED – Because the available date wasn’t very popular, we are rescheduling this event to the second week half of June – date to follow at the end of May/beginning of June!

When: the second half of June 2021
Where: Online via Zoom

If you love and miss authentic Mexican food, here’s your chance to learn how to make a very popular dish yourself!

Member Ari Villiers and her husband Dennis will be demonstrating how to make Quesadillas de queso with salsa roja (Cheese quesadillas with red salsa) on the long holiday weekend in May. She will even be showing us how to make corn tortillas from scratch – no special tools needed!

If you would like to cook along with Ari and end up with a delicious lunch at the end of the approximately two-hour workshop, you will need to gather the following ingredients, some of which will require a trip to the specialty shop or an online order:

For the tortillas:

  • water
  • salt
  • Masa Harina – the most popular brand of this special flour is called “Maseca” which you can get online or at the Latino Feinkost shop in Stuttgart. Note: This is not the same as corn flour or Maismehl and she does not recommend any substitution for this ingredient.

For the sauce:

  • tomatoes
  • chili peppers
  • onions
  • garlic

For the quesadillas:

  • iceberg or other green lettuce
  • Queso Estilo Oaxaca – a cheese available at the Latino store, can substitute shredded mozzarella in a pinch
  • Queso Blanco Panela – also available at the Latino store, can substitute feta

You will also need vegetable oil and a frying pan.

To RSVP for this event and to receive the Zoom link, either sign up in the private Facebook event or use the contact form below. Members of your household are welcome to join in and help out!

Coronavirus Information March/April 2021

Germany has been under a pandemic lockdown since December 16th, with various rules and regulations affecting public and private life.

At the beginning of March, Baden-Württemberg published updated Coronavirus regulations extending the lockdown and changing some of the rules. These took effect on Monday, March 8th and here is an overview that includes any amendments as of March 29th, 2021:

✅ Private gatherings – TWO households are allowed to meet with a maximum of FIVE adults (children under 15 are not counted).

✅ Public events – NO public events are allowed (including IWC Stuttgart club events). Private events must follow the personal contact restrictions above. There are special exceptions and rules for weddings, funerals, religious services, voting, exams, work/union meetings, and meetings required for the functioning of government services.

✅Mask requirements – Everyone aged 6 + is required to wear medical grade masks in public transport, doctors’ offices, personal services such as hairdressing, retail stores, workplaces, schools, at religious events, and in any closed rooms intended for the public.

✅ Schools and daycares are partially open and constantly changing their how they operate. The state and federal government has said in-person schooling is a top priority.

✅ Stores, services, activities & cultural institutions – there is a long list of what  is  allowed to be open and under what conditions. Order and pick up, delivery, and online services are allowed. The current list can be found here: What is open and allowed?

✅Notbremse (emergency brake) – When the infection rate of a district (Land- or Stadtkreis) goes over 100 for three consecutive days, extra restrictions kick in for stores, services, activities & cultural institutions. Additionally, the local health department can choose to require a nighttime curfew.

✅Travel – The public is asked to stay home and not take vacations. Moving around inside Germany or crossing the border is not forbidden, but there are complicated rules about lodging, quarantines, and test requirements. Additionally, different countries have their own rules about who may enter the country and under what conditions.

For our members who are U.S. military-affiliated, please also be aware of rules issued by the local commanders. These often go above and beyond state rules.

Stay safe and healthy everyone and see you online this month!!

MEMBERS ONLY: COOK-ALONG WITH CLAIRE

COOK-ALONG WITH CLAIRE (VIA ZOOM)
For members only 
Sunday, April 18th at 15:00
Your host: Claire DeVaney
Today’s receipe: 7-Veg Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness 
To RSVP,  please use the private Facebook event or the form at the end of this post

Join member Claire DeVaney for a chat and a cook along making a 7 Veg Sauce – a simple nutritious tomato based sauce that’s packed full of veggies.

It’s a great time saver and a good way to add more vegetables to your diet without even realising it and also hiding them from your kids! You can use this sauce on pizzas, in cacciatore, puttanesca, cassoulet, Bolognese and lots of other easy, last-minute meals.

Make sure you’ve got all the ingredients to hand – but don’t worry too much if you’re missing anything. You can also substitute bits and pieces for other vegetables you fancy or have there.

It’s also a good idea to have freezer bags or containers of various sizes ready to be filled.

Our recipe: 7-Veg Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness
from Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Olivers

INGREDIENTS
2 small onions
2 small leaks
2 sticks of celery (or celeriac if you prefer)
2 carrots
2 courgettes (zucchini)
2 red peppers
1/2 butternut squash (not always easy to find year round in Stuttgart so if you don’t have one, don’t sweat it)
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 x 400g tins of tomatoes

EQUIPMENT
1 super-large soup pan
Good sharp knives AND/OR food processor with chopping blade
Stab mixer/liquidiser/Blender

MEMBERS ONLY: IWCS ONLINE PUB QUIZ

IWCS ONLINE PUB QUIZ
For members only
Saturday, 24 April at 19:30
Your host: Emily Born
For information and to RSVP, please use the private Facebook event or the contact form at the end of this post.

Join us on Zoom in April for everyone’s favorite activity – a pub quiz!!

Bring your own snacks, drinks, and something to scribble your answers on. The format will be “each woman for herself” instead of teams, so get lots of rest and hydration that day for top brain performance!!

Emily has been scouring the internet for fun quiz ideas, so look forward to a lot of laughs.

See you there!