MEMBERS-ONLY: JAPANESE CULTURAL EVENT (CHILDREN’S DAY)

JAPANESE CULTURAL EVENT (CHILDREN’S DAY)
Thursday, May 3rd at 19:00
Location: Alex Elwin´s house Stuttgart-Sonnenberg
Hosts: Alex Elwin and Akiko Hirano-Keppler
Maximum 15 participants

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Come join us on May 3rd to learn more about the spring festival celebrated in Japan known as Children’s Day.

This takes place on the last day of Golden Week, the longest break in the Japanese working calendar, when businesses usually close for up to 9–10 days. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori (carp streamers) from April to early May to wish children a good future and that they will grow up healthy and strong.

We will also be making and eating traditional snacks for this event, as well as our own carp streamers and learning a few Japanese phrases along the way.

This event is for members only and is fully sponsored by the club. To RSVP, please use the pending Facebook event in the members’ group, or use the contact form below if you are not on Facebook.

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Members Only: Tour of the Porsche Factory (+1 Event)

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Friday, March 2nd at 9:45
Meeting place: Porsche Museum, Porscheplatz 1, 70435 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
Nearest station: Neuwirtshaus (S) or Salzwiesenstrasse (U)
Host: Michelle Moore

In an age when most of its competitors have been absorbed into larger manufacturers, Porsche remains a staunchly — and profitably — independent maker of high-performance sports cars. The Porsche name has become synonymous with sports cars and race cars because that is what company founders Ferdinand Porsche and his son Ferdinand (“Ferry”) set out to build when they first set up shop with 200 workers in 1948.

We’ve booked a March tour of the famous Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen for IWCS members and a +1 guest. This is not the usual museum tour but a private behind-the-scenes look at the factory itself, just for us!

Our English-language tour for 15 participants will take approximately two hours and require us to walk roughly three kilometers, including stairs. For safety reasons, they may not be able to show us all production areas, but they will try. Because this is an active factory, there are safety requirements that we will need to follow.  You must wear closed-toe shoes for this tour. Additionally, we will not be allowed to bring our mobile phones/cameras into the factory – they will be kept for us at the cash desk during the tour, or lockers are available. Please see the complete list of safety rules at the end of this post.

The member cost for this event is €6 per person, to be paid in advance no later than February 23rd. You will receive our bank details for the transfer when you RSVP for the event.

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 over the age of 12, 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 host, Michelle Moore, if you are not on Facebook.

All prepayments should be in our bank account no later than the 23rd of February. 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.

 

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Safety requirements for this tour:

Porsche Tour

Members Only Outing to the Bärensee

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BÄRENSEE OUTING
For all members and their families (including pets!)
Sunday, April 22nd at 13:00
Meeting point: Bärenschlössle im Rotwildpark, Mahdentalstraße 14, 70569 Stuttgart
Nearest station: Most easily reached by car, but you can take the 92 bus from Üniversität and then walk
Hosts: Alex & George Elwin

Come join us for a family-friendly outdoor event where we will explore the area around the Bärenschlößle, a former baronial hunting lodge which has now been lovingly restored  into a cosy restaurant on two levels, serving Flammkuchen and other German favorites.

In order to secure a sufficient supply of drinking water for the people of Stuttgart, Duke Christoph had a dam built in 1566 which created the Pfaffensee and then later the Bärensee and Neue See. This area is now a wonderful place to explore at any time of the year with its picnic and grill areas and countless walks.

Alex and George will have several options on offer with activities available for those with children and two different lengths of walks for those who want to exercise their dogs or themselves.

Afterwards we will all meet back at the Bärenschlößle for coffee and cake/ice cream inside or out, depending on weather. You can even bring a picnic if you are feeling hardy and the weather isn’t terrible. It may well still be chilly out – often it snows in April in Stuttgart!

For questions or to RSVP, please visit the pending event in our members Facebook group or use the contact form below if you don’t have Facebook.

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Members Only Clothing Swap to Benefit Frauen Helfen Frauen

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CLOTHING SWAP TO BENEFIT FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN
For IWCS members +1 guest (ladies only!)
Sunday, March 25th at 14:00
Location: Billie’s House in Leonberg
Limit 10 guests – donation of 10 euros per person requested

Hosts: Billie Schoeler and Claire DeVaney

**This post was updated to reflect a change in the date of this event from March 18th to March 25th**

You know those clothes that you put on, then take off again thinking “I love it, but it’s just not me”? Those ones that looked good on the hanger but just don’t feel right? We all have them…so why not come along to our clothes swap and share them.

Here’s how it works: bring along some good quality women’s clothing, shoes, or accessories to swap with one another (please no used bathing suits, lingerie etc.). And not just clothes! Feel free to bring along gently worn shoes, handbags, jewelery, scarves and unopened beauty products to swap.

Please bring items you’d be happy to give to your friends NOT things that need to be binned. We’ll need clothes of all sizes and they must be washed, ironed, and in good condition (no holes or stains).

We are requesting that each guest bring 10 euros per person as a donation to cover some drinks, nibbly bits, and a donation to Frauen helfen Frauen.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one (female) guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a friend or adult family member.
  • This event is limited to 10 guests total.

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

 

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IWCS 2019 Fondue Dinner (Members Only +1)

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Members-only Fondue Dinner (+1 Event)
Wednesday, January 30th at 19:00
Location: Esszimmer im Rathaus, Marktplatz 670734 Fellbach
Nearest stations: Haltestelle Lutherkirche (U1) or Bahnhof Fellbach + bus (1km)

Pre-payment required before January 14th, see details below! 

Winter is fondue season! Join us for a cozy and traditional fondue evening (broth or cheese) on January 30th at Esszimmer Restaurant in Fellbach. This is a +1 event.

You can choose between two different menus:
1. Traditional Swiss cheese fondue (contains alcohol)  with bread cubes, potatoes, and pickled veggies (pickles, onion, and corn)
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2. A classic hot beef broth fondue with 200g of meat (beef, turkey, and pork), french fries, veggies, salad, and various dips.

Both menus are priced at €26,50 per person and do not include any drinks, which guests are responsible for on that evening.

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 family member, or friend.
  • You and your guest each pay the cost listed below.

To start the reservation process, please RSVP with host Alex E. in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.  Fondue requires quite a lot of prep and the restaurant requires us to preorder your choice of dish two weeks in advance.

To confirm your reservation, please transfer your prepayment of €26,50 to the IWCS bank account to arrive no later than Monday, January 14th. Please include your name and choice of broth or cheese in the notes section. 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.

 

 

 

 

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SAVE THE DATE – AGM 2018

Coming up on February 20, 2018 is our Annual General Meeting (Jahreshauptversammlung) – not to be missed!

As a registered  German Verein, we are required in our bylaws to hold this important member meeting during the first quarter of each year. All current members will receive an official invitation via email shortly.

As always, we will enjoy a delicious Swabian dinner (18:30) at the SSB Events Center at Waldau Park before starting our meeting (20:00). We would love to see you all there!!!

Elections will be held for the following steering committee positions:

  • Chairperson
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Mother’s Corner Coordinator
  • Charity Coordinator
  • Activities Coordinator
  • Membership Coordinator

Any current member is eligible to put her name in for any position and is welcome to inquire about how to get involved using the form below.

Check your weekly reminders or the Facebook group for more details in January.

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2017 MEMBERS ONLY HOLIDAY DINNER AND GIFT EXCHANGE

IWCS Holiday Dinner and Gift Exchange (for members only)
Tuesday the 12th of December from 18:30
Location: Alte Kanzlei, Schillerplatz 5, 70173 Stuttgart
SSB: Schlossplatz / Charlottenplatz
RSVP/Pre-Payment deadline December 6th

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Join us in December for our annual Holiday dinner and gift exchange!

We will start out our evening with a complimentary welcome drink and appetizer, followed by a delicious buffet dinner.

After dining, you are welcome 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 you yourself would be happy to receive because with this exchange, that could very well happen!

Also happening again – the Frauen helfen Frauen giving tree!! Bring your present for the ladies of the Frauenhaus and Sandra will take them for you. Not sure what this is about? Check the events in the member Facebook group or contact Sandra directly.

THIS YEAR’S MENU
Kessler Sekt welcome drink
Bruschetta appetizer

Soup buffet
Cream of potato and leek soup with croutons
Ginger pumpkin soup
Rustic bread and butter

Your choice of main, served at the table (to be selected in advance)
Monkfish and scampi in rosemary sauce with black pasta tomato veggies
Veggie risotto with Parmesan chip
Beef and pork medallions with mushroom cream sauce and spaetzle

Table water (sparkling and still)

Dessert
Apple rings and vanilla sauce
Selection of cheeses

The IWCS is sponsoring the welcome drink, table water, and bruschetta appetizers. Members are responsible for the drinks they order during the event.

RESERVATION AND PRE-PAYMENT
We will have space for up to 40 guests.

Pre-payment of your meal is required via bank transfer no later than the 6th of December to reserve your spot. You may also pay in cash to Emily, Dorothee, or Sandra any time before that date. Anyone who would like to attend after that date, please talk to Dorothee directly.

Meal pricing:
Fish or meat: €30,50
Veggie: €23,50
Prices quoted are for the complete meal except for any drinks you order during the evening.

RSVP to Billie Schoeler using the form below or via the pending Facebook event and be sure to specify which main dish you would like. Bank details will be posted in the Facebook event or sent to you if you are reserving via email.

If you have to cancel at the last minute, your meal must still be paid for, so unfortunately pre-payments are not refundable (you are welcome to find another member to take your place). See you at the holiday table in December!

 

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ANNUAL IWCS COOKIE EXCHANGE

It’s that time of the year when the best cookies are made,
What fun to bake extra in order to trade!

Annual Christmas Cookie Swap and Brunch
Sunday, 17th December at 11:00
Location: Sandra Bartsch’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Please RSVP by December 11th to Sandra Bartsch via the pending Facebook event or using the form below

Join us for our Fifth Annual Christmas Cookie Swap in 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 one 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!

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Giving Tree for Frauen helfen Frauen

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

In this joint project with The English Playgroup of Stuttgart e. V. , IWCS members will be in charge of getting presents for all of the women in the shelter, while playgroup members will be tasked with gifts for each of the children.

If you would like to help, please contact the organizer, Sandra Bartsch, using the contact form below. Once we are given more information about how many presents we need, she will contact you to give you the go ahead to start shopping!

Thank you to all of our members and those of the EPG Stuttgart for their wholehearted support for this project!!

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MEMBERS ONLY – TRADITIONAL GOOSE DINNER/MARTINSGANS (+1 EVENT)

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Thursday, November 16th at 19:00
Location: Gasthaus Waldhorn, Krehlstr. 111, 70565 Stuttgart-Rohr
Nearest station: Stuttgart Rohr (S-Bahn)
RSVP to host Katja using the form below or in the pending Facebook event
Members +1 guest are welcome, maximum 20 participants
RSVP deadline November 3rd

When St. Martin was elected bishop in the 4th century,  his 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).

Let’s celebrate St. Martin’s Day together! We will have 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 €28,50 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 in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

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