IWC Stuttgart’s Non-Profit Status Renewed Until 2013

We’ve just received an early present from the Finanzamt in Stuttgart!!!

Thanks to the hard work of our Steering and Charity Committees over the past three years, we’ve just learned that our club will be allowed to keep its non-profit (“gemeinnützig”) status for the next three years!

This means we will continue to have a charity focus for our organization and that we can continue to offer tax receipts for membership fees and donations.

Well done ladies!!

Shout out to the 2011 IWCS Charity Team

The team like no other

The official thank you cards are in the mail this week to all of our amazing sponsors and volunteers who helped make the 2011 a reality. We couldn’t have done it without you!

But as Chairperson of the IWC Stuttgart, I’d also like to personally thank the fantastic women sending those thank you cards out – our charity committee. They accomplished an incredible goal in a very short time and with almost no resources. They planned, schemed, donated, fundraised and publicized their hearts out to bring us an event we would remember forever.

Tiffiney, Dorothee, Irena, Sandra and Laura, considered yourself thanked for a job well done.

Emily Born, IWCS Chair


December partner organization events

Each month we let you know about events being planned by our partner organizations that we are aware of. Here’s what’s happening in December.

Forum der Kulturen
Global Brunch
Sunday 11th of December
The Children’s English Library
Gingerbread Workshop for 4&up
Saturday 10th of December
Full December schedule

Cafe Merlin
“Weihnachtsmann vergiss mich nicht!” (German – for children)
Sunday 18th of December

St. Catherine’s English Church
English Carol Service
Sunday 11th of December

Partner organizations are other area groups that also serve the international community in Stuttgart and who have agreed to promote IWCS events to their membership. This listing is for information purposes only and opinions expressed at partner organization events do not necessarily reflect those of the IWCS Steering Committee.

If you are a local group serving the international community who would like to work together with us on cross-promotion, please contact us using the form below.

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Volunteers wanted for survey

A local student named Susan Davidson sent us a message asking us to pass it on to our American members:

“Wanted: Americans who have relocated to Germany for work!

I am an American writing my master’s thesis in Germany. My thesis focuses on the different types of relocation assistance companies offer and how this affects the relocation experience and success of Americans relocating to Germany.

I am looking for Americans who have worked or are currently working in Germany to interview by telephone or survey by e-mail. Of course, all interviews will be confidential and no names or specific companies will be mentioned in my thesis.”

If you are interested in taking part, please contact her directly using the form below. Please note that the IWCS doesn’t know this woman and hasn’t verified her identity, so you will want to do that before giving her any personal information.

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Stuttgart apartment available

Member Caroline Gueldener has this information to pass on from a friend of hers:

“Due to work commitments we´re moving to Brazil in March 2012 and are looking to sub-let our very bright and spacious top floor apartment, within walking distance of the City Centre and the park. 120sqm, 3 rooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, parquet flooring throughout, fire place, and roof terrace with amazing view over Stuttgart. Rent: 1380EUR per calender month.”

If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Caroline using the form below and she can get you in touch with her friend.
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Doctor Recommendations

Many of us know what it’s like to move to a new city where you don’t speak the language and need a doctor in your native language. We also realize that the best way to find one of those doctors is through word of mouth from other native speakers, but that it can be a hit or miss process if you don’t run into just the right person at the right time.

This is an area in which the IWCS would like to be a resource for our members. We would
like to compile a list of your favorite doctors (general or specialists, including veterinarians) and eventually make it available on our website to members.

If you can recommend a doctor who can speak a language other than German at a very high level, please share it with us below. Member Dorothee Klein has offered to organize this information for the club –thank you Dorothee!!

A note about English-speaking doctors: Even though most medical professionals in Germany can speak some English, that doesn’t mean that a native English-speaker would feel comfortable with him or her. If you know that your doctor can speak English but are not a native English-speaker yourself, please ask them whether their clientele already
includes native speakers before recommending them.

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IWCS Cookbook

Do you have a favorite recipe from your home country? Or just a dish that you and your family love to have? Why don’t you share it with us and the IWCS? We’ll be preparing a cook book with all of the best recipes from around the world, tested and approved by our own members!

Please send Sandra Bartsch yours, including the name of the recipe, the country of origin, ingredients and preparation and if possible, a picture of your dish.

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Calling all bridge aficionados!


Mahjongg group host Sibylle Stanzl is looking for other members who are interested in forming a daytime bridge group.

If you are interested in joining this new focus group, please contact Sibylle using the form below.

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Additional playgroups around Stuttgart

We would like to let you know of other non-IWCS native language playgroups in the Stuttgart area in case you are looking for additional opportunities to meet with other mothers and children.

We encourage anyone who knows of other local playgroups (especially in languages other than English) to submit the contact information to us in the form below so it can be added to this list.

Please note that the IWCS is not affiliated with any of the groups below and that this information is being provided as a service to our members.

English Playgroup Stuttgart
Meets Mondays & Thursdays (in S-Vaihingen)

English Playgroup Böblingen
Meets Tuesdays
Contact: Catherine Frieß at

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Now collecting babysitter recommendations

All mothers know that a good babysitter is worth his or her weight in gold and should be protected at all costs. But expat and immigrant mothers depend on their network of contacts to help them find good babysitters, especially ones who might speak their native language.

If you are an IWCS member who is willing to fill in as a babysitter for other members, our
Mother’s Corner Coordinator, Sandra Bartsch, would like to hear from you in the comment form below. She is putting together a list of babysitter recommendations exclusively for members of the club.

This information will not be published anywhere publicly, but will be available from the Mother’s Corner Coordinator upon request.

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Thanks for your input!