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American International Club of Zurich
Newsletter 2021

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Flying Teachers and Babi's Bagel Shop
This issue contains:
  • May TGIF at Rathaus Café
  • Memorial Day picnic
  • Sunset Cocktails at the Dolder
  • July 4th BBQ - save the date!
  • Flying Teachers - great offers
  • Babi´s Bagel shop - authentic American bagels
  • Past event - April TGIF
  • Judith´s Blog
  • Welcome new members
  • AICZ AGM Election results
  • See the survey results
  • Join one of our Teams as a volunteer
  • Important information on COVID-19 vaccination and travel restrictions
  • Latest update from American Citizens Abroad
Count me in for TGIF!
Sign me/us up for Memorial Day Picnic
Sign me/us up for Sunset Cocktails
Virtual TGIF - April 16, 2021
It was ´'klein aber fein' at TGIF tonight. A good and indepth discussion. Alexandre even asked about our members' survey results. Barbara talked her times living in London and about being an extra on Tatort; something to distract her from the Corona dynamics. Those who show up, seem to like the online format...
(Photograph by Judith at the Wikinger Ranch 8919 Werd Rottenschwil)
The Return of the Storks
Let me preface this blog by saying I am by no means a bird-lover, nor do I engage in the somewhat popular, Swiss hobby of birdwatching. Needless to say, prior to writing this, I had very limited knowledge about storks other than they are a bird species (as well as for the legend that they bring babies). I do enjoy walking in nature, however, while taking in all the sights and sounds, which often includes many birds. In Switzerland, by the way, there are none less than 420 bird species, including storks.

After years of living in the Swiss countryside, in more recent years I began noticing stork nests on rooftops. On occasion I would catch a glimpse of one of the storks—mom or dad—perched proudly in their nest. Actually sighting a pair together with chicks in their nest is a rarity. Today was my lucky day! During one of my favorite walks through the Nature Conservation Area along the Reuss River in Canton Aargau, we stopped for a moment to watch a stork nesting atop a beautiful farmhouse. After a few minutes had passed, he/she was joined by his/her partner followed by a moment of bill-clattering. At the same time, the bill of one of the chicks appeared. It was a precious moment, and I was thrilled to catch it on my iphone. 

On our way back home, my husband shared with me some history about the stork population in Switzerland. Apparently, between 1900 and 1949, the stork population in Switzerland diminished considerably, and by 1950, storks were considered all but extinct. He also told me the story of Max Bloesch, also known in Switzerland as the “Storchenvater” (Father of the Storks). Growing up, Max Bloesch had developed a fascination for birds, and an affinity for storks. In 1948, eager to help the population of storks in Switzerland rebound, Max Bloesch founded a stork resettlement program. He began by establishing a stork habitation in Altreu (Solothurn) on the Aare River, importing storks from the Alsace, Czechoslovakia, and North Africa, and breeding them before reintroducing/releasing them back into the wild. It was the first of many such sanctuaries. Over time, thanks to Max Bloesch and his team, the stork population recovered, and today storks are once again native to Switzerland. Here are the statistics from 2020: 684 breeding pairs with a total of 1167 offspring. You can locate a nest near you on this link:

Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Meet-up.

Karim & Natalia Shehadeh
AICZ Annual General Meeting

Thank you so much for your vote!

67% of AICZ members voted - both the Financial statements for 2020 as well as the Discharge of the 2020 EC and the installation of the 2021 were approved.
Dear AICZ members, friends and supporters,
Thank you for your participation in our survey request. If you are interested in the results - check them out on where they will be published soon.

Kind regards, 
Andre Guyer
AICZ Community Development
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