Dear Ladies,

Bring on Spring!

Perhaps the sweet April showers will wash away the Sahara sands that changed the colour of our snowy landscape, not to mention our cars, into a sea of orange dust last month.

During March, despite the orange blip, we enjoyed blue skies and plenty of sunshine enabling us to enjoy so many outdoor activities with our friends at IWC.  There were plenty of indoor activities on offer, notably the first Vevey IWC BAD Women’s Badminton Group Tournament 2022. Thanks to Ana Belen for organising such a fun day.

On International Woman’s Day, we held our New Member’s coffee morning at the Clubhouse. It was a wonderful morning attended by several new members as well as Board Members and Activity Leaders. As you all know there are always plenty of opportunities to get involved in volunteering for your club, especially for new members. Please write to us and let us know how you would like to be involved in helping support your club.

We have already started to plan the IWC Guidebook for 2022/23 and require a volunteer who has experience using ACROBAT PRO to help prepare our print-ready file. Please contact if you can help.

Welcome to our newest members Mila Angulo, Monja van der Mond-Herzog, Georgianne Roberts, Karen Richter, Karen Gladstone, Christi Rolland, and Anuranjita Kamar. Most of our new members this month have been introduced to our club by existing members, so undoubtedly there will be some stiff competition for the winner of the bottle of fizz this year.

Special thanks to Vrushali Kelkar for hosting an Indian-style buffet lunch and raising CHF370 for our current charity Fondation MalleyPrairie. We will continue to raise funds for them during all our events and activities until the end of May 2022 and plan to “hand over the cheque” during our Summer Lunch Event on Friday 10th June.

The Vice President and The Secretary’s 2-year term will come to an end in June and you will shortly receive an invitation to vote for the new candidates for the 2022-2024 Club years.

For the last two years, during COVID restrictions, the Club offered membership fees at a much-reduced rate. The Board has voted to continue offering existing members an “Early Bird” special offer at the pre covid rate of CHF 135 payable up until Thursday 30th June 2022. On or after Friday 1st July the rate increases to CHF 155. Full details, including overseas rates and special offers for potential new members joining in May or June, will be published on the IWC website on Friday 1st April.

We wish all our members and their families a peaceful Easter.
Jennifer and Gill.


IWC Event with Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe will be held at Zoom on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 from 15.30 till 17.30!

IWC has invited Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, ex-CEO of the Nestle Group in Vevey, to hold a conference about his newest book “Ascensions” on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022. Originally the book “Ascensions” was written in French. Last year IWC’s legal officer Mr. Alexander J. (Sasha) Kemball got the assignment to translate the book into English.
The IWC Board has decided to hold the Conference with Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe on Zoom because it’s most convenient for all the members! The Zoom link and details such as agenda, etc. will be sent before Easter to all IWC members by email and also posted on the IWC Facebook Page.
Note: During the Zoom Conference there will be an opportunity for the participants to ask Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe questions about his book, business life, personal life, etc. So that Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe is already prepared for this Q/A session, I ask the participants to send their questions already to and I will forward them to Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe!
On Thursday, April 7th, 2022 the IWC Free Spirits Group will organize an Outing to the “Alimentarium” in Vevey, which will include a nice lunch. More details can be read further down in the IWC newsletter. If you have questions about this outing, please send an email to

The Alimentarium is a “Food and Nutrition Museum”, which is founded by the Nestle Group. In this museum, you can learn everything about food and nutrition, which is the core business of the Nestle Group.
Looking forward to meeting you all on Zoom on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022. If you have questions about this event, please contact me at
Lidy Lakerveld
IWC Event coordinator.


Pre-announcement of the May monthly meeting on Friday, May 6th

Do you sometimes feel that there is a part of you that is preventing you from moving forward?
Save the date of Friday, May 6th, Monthly meeting with Daphna Daily.
Daphna is a mind-body coach, certified by The International Focusing Institute in New York. She uses several techniques such as Focusing, Somatic Experiencing, and the understanding of our nervous system and the brain’s plasticity. 
She is also a certified architect, which is a major factor in how she perceives the body in relation to space and movement. 
With a diverse professional and personal background, nowadays she offers coaching sessions for emotional eating, chronic pain and diseases, architectural projects, and self-care while she facilitates a deeper connection with one’s body wisdom to allow a shift and a moving forward movement.
Check out Daphna’s website and we look forward to seeing you on May 6th……Maison de la Femme, Avenue Eglantine at 9.30.
Our volunteers' lunch will take place on Tuesday 17th May at the clubhouse.  Look out for your invitation, which will be sent to you shortly by email. Please let us know if you can attend.

Our final event in this year's calendar is our Ladies Lunch to be held at Hotel des Trois Couronnes in Vevey. We will be sending a special newsletter to all members later this month with details of how to sign up to attend this fantastic event.


Dear Members,

Subject: If It Smells Fishy, it is Probably Phishing

In the last couple of weeks, the IWC has received several emails that look like they have been sent internally within our organisation, however, on closer inspection the sender’s email address does not match who they claim to be. So, with data breaches on the rise, I wanted to take the chance to remind you to stay vigilant against phishing attempts.

Hackers use fraudulent practices, email phishing, to spoof people into giving up their data. Hackers send messages that appear legitimate or look like they are from someone you trust within the IWC so that you engage with the message or click on malicious attachments.

I am afraid there is little we can do as an organisation to prevent these types of emails, as spam filters only work so far. The real trouble with this, in general, is that it erodes our trust and forces us to be suspicious, questioning ourselves because we do not want to get anything wrong and get into trouble for deleting an email that is genuine.
Our biggest defence, as individuals, is if in any doubt to simply delete the email and to consult someone else within the IWC. I must stress that if an email is unsolicited and has shock value i.e., asking for any kind of request to do something, usually reset a password, ask for a payment, etc. then please delete it and pat yourself on the back for taking that action.

Here are some tips to keep in mind so that we can protect the IWC and its data:

  • Double-check that the sender's email address matches who they claim to be
  • Do not click a link or download from someone you do not know, or were not expecting
  • Do not reply to a suspicious email or message from an email you do not recognize
  • Sometimes it is easier and better to ask someone else referenced in the email by phone or text to verify if something is true or not
  • And lastly, inform someone within the IWC so that we are aware of any potential attempts
Thank you for reading this and your continued vigilance,
Heidi Bezzant
Communications & Tech Team

News from Charity

We are very happy to announce that up till now we have raised more than  CHF 4`000 for the Fondation MalleyPrairie - supporting victims of domestic violence.

A big thank you for your engagement and generosity! Fundraising will continue through April and May and we encourage all members and activity groups to give it a final effort to benchmark the 5`000.
Also, if you wish to purchase the wonderful non-seasonal greeting cards, showcasing our members' photography they can be purchased for CHF 20 per pack at the IWC Clubhouse office and library.

As we approach already the last quarter of our club year we start a call for brainstorming about a charity for next year. According to IWC guidelines, next year`s charity is supposed to be an international project organized by an NGO registered in Switzerland.
Any proposal is welcome, please click on the button below to send in any ideas.

Finally, Shari Rider has decided to step down as charity coordinator given her full-time job and time restrictions related to it. A heartfelt thanks to you, Shari, it was great fun to immerse with you in the challenges of fundraising.

Best regards,


Cards have been printed showcasing the photography skills of some of our members.
Each pack contains 5 blank cards, ready for your personalised message, each with an envelope.  

These are available for sale in the clubhouse at CHF20 per pack with proceeds going to support our IWC charity MalleyPrairie. They will be available at the new members' coffee morning too. Please help to support our charity - more details about the charity can be found in the members' guide page 16.

Membership Matters corner – news, views, and welcoming new members.
As only about 50% of our members have requested access to our Member’s Only FaceBook page.
We attach some photos for those who have not requested access and may not have seen photos. 

Please note that to request access please contact

Please see details of our new member coffee under the Events heading

Please welcome more new members:
My name is Mila Angulo, I am a French Peruvian and I have been living in this wonderful country since 2016.
I was born in Lima-Peru where I lived until I was 19 years old, then I graduated in France in Tourism Management.
I have lived in France, Spain, Morocco, and Egypt for my work to finally land in Switzerland and find my balance between professional and personal life between the lake and the mountains.
Currently, I am preparing for my second half marathon, I love mountain sports like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing. I practice yoga and meditation. In the past, I was involved in different volunteer groups and I like personal development. I like to go to theaters and concerts.
I like to meet new people and I am very glad to join IWC and I hope to share positive activities together.

Melanie Herminjard

Hi, my name is Melanie, and I am from Brighouse, West Yorkshire in the UK. I trained as a nurse in Addenbrooks Hospital, Cambridge before going to London to specialise as a theater nurse. In 1992 I moved to Switzerland for a year, to work in Hôpital de St Loup, Pompales…. and 30 years later I am still here! 
I live on a farm just outside Villars le Terroir near Echallens with my husband, my two teenage children, a Bernese Mountain Dog, and our two cats. We also have a few hens.
I love to ski, and I joined the IWC after spending a day skiing with the ski group at the beginning of February. I met a group of very interesting ladies and have enjoyed their company, skiing with them every week since then. I have also joined the hiking group which I am looking forward to taking part in once the ski season has finished.
Other activities I enjoy are Nordic walking, gardening, knitting, and spending time with my family.

Anuranjita ( Anu) Kumar – Entrepreneur, Accomplished Human Resources Professional, Author, and Coach 

Anuranjita Kumar is a human resource veteran with over twenty-six years of experience working across the globe managing various assignments, including Head of HR and senior human resource roles in Asia, NorthAmerica, and Europe through her stints at Citi Royal Bank of Scotland, and P&G.
Anu is now the Founder and CEO for We- ACE. It is a global platform focused on the skilling and employment of women across the industry. In the short time of 18 months, the platform has over 200000+women engaged for products and services with over 100 Industry clients engaged.

She has also been recognized as amongst the ‘Most Powerful Woman Leaders’ by Fortune India in 2013. She chairs the Board of a few foundations and Companies. She is an accredited executive coach at i-coach academy UK, and New Venture West in the US. Anu is a gifted author having launched her second best-selling book last year – ‘Colour Matters?’ primarily addressing the issue of racial and colour discrimination still prevalent.
Her earlier bestseller book ‘Can I have it all?’ addressed the opportunities of being a woman in today’s life. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and wine-ing!

The Prize Draw!  

The prize draw for 2021-2022 (for a year from 1st June 2021 - 31st May 2022) will take place at the Board Meeting in early June 2022.  Those of you who recruit new members will have your names in the hat for the bottle of champagne.  Good Luck!
So come on ladies, please think about which of your friends might like to join and get your name in the hat too!
Your ideas for recruiting new members

The IWC membership has fluctuated over the years.  For the 2020/2021 club year, we finished the year with 248 members.  A total of 22 members have already told us they will not be renewing for 2022-2023 for which we thank them. 

Our membership is currently standing at 246. We would like to recruit some more members and we would love to hear from you with your ideas as to how best to achieve this goal. 
Many of you will have worked in other associations and may have some good ideas to put forward.  Please contact us at

Mar 18, 2022 - May 8, 2022

To find out more, click link below
Social Media
Dear members,
In order to make it easier for everyone to use social media manager, Kanika Khatter has put together a step-by-step guide on
how to post on our IWC Facebook page. 
By clicking here you can learn how to get a lot savvier with Facebook!!

In order to make it easier to post on the club's Instagram account, Kanika has put together a guide for this as well. To access this please click here

All log-in details for the IWC Facebook page and the IWC webpage can be found in the IWC Guidebook for 2021-2022.




For the club year 2021-2022, our librarian Leng will be delighted to welcome you
either at a mutually convenient time (to be fixed via our email address),
or the traditional first Wednesday of the month at 2-4 pm (kindly confirm beforehand)

Leng is looking for an IWC member interested in books about different topics to be a co-librarian.

Some Guidance on Book Donations

Thanks to the generous book donations of members past and present our library can now boast an enthralling collection of books, with themes ranging from the classics to the romantic, historical, crime/thriller, sci-fi. 

Not least, you can find Latin American and contemporary Asian authors waiting to bring you on interesting literary journeys, all nestling on our shelves.

However, as for the shelves, whatever enticing subjects they may contain, they are not extensible. This is why I would like to inform club members that we can only accept, from now on,  paperbacks and not hardcover volumes, such as reference books, self-help volumes, biographies on subjects not especially currently relevant.

"Leng is looking for an IWC member interested in books about different topics   to be a co-librarian.

Opening times: Every THIRD Wednesday of the month, from 2-4pm. »


Join us on Tuesday 12th April at 6.30 pm at Caveau des Vignerons de Lutry Grand-Rue 23, 1095 Lutry. Attendees pay for their own drinks and food on site.

This time, the nibbles will be a local delicacy from the canton of Vaud called Taillé au Greubons, which is a salted bakery specialty made out of puff pastry with pork crackling in the middle.
Partners, spouses, and friends of IWC are very welcome to join

Train direct from Lausanne and Bus no.9 from Lausanne. Parking by lake close-by.
For attendance numbers to reserve tables and if you would like some nibbles, please click the button below
As usual partners, spouses, and friends of IWC are very welcome to join!


Taillé aux Greubons
                                 Open to all interested members
                                                                        Dear Club Members,
It has recently come to our attention again that while there are a plethora of activities available during the week – very little is on offer for those members who search for Weekend Activities.
What we propose is that you come up with ideas and implement them yourselves under the umbrella of a new activity group entitled “Weekend Activity Group”. We suggest you consider:
A walk/hike on a Saturday or Sunday morning or afternoon.
A lunch get-together either day.
An evening dinner at a restaurant on Friday also.
A cultural activity such as a small concert in a church, an outing to a jazz festival.
Or just about anything else where you can exchange friendship, company, and ideas.
This is open to everyone who is keen to join other members on a weekend. Some of you cannot participate during the week because of work commitments, while some of you simply want to have more FUN! – Now is the time to RESPOND!
While one person will need to take the lead – this can be a flexible group effort.
Please email Lynn:


The International Cooking Group Lausanne welcomes all our members, old and new in the year 2022!

We had a great start and an overwhelming response by ladies to participate in the Lebanese cooking class taken by our new member Hiba and made a memorable delicious lunch for January at Beverly’s house.
Our February luncheon at Silvia’s house with an “Italian vegetarian meatballs theme” was very unique and enjoyed by all!
In March, we had great success with the Indian buffet Lunch at Vrushali’s place collecting 400 CHF for our IWC charity «  Malley Prairie »


Out2Lunch Bunch

Tuesday 19th April 2022

Little Persia 
7, Avenue Ruchonnet
1003 Lausanne


Very close to the train station, this family-owned caterer and small restaurant offer homemade specialties of the renowned Persian cuisine to delight us with unusual and delicious taste associations. 

Suggest coming on foot or by bus as parking is quite difficult in the area. With luck you can find a spot on chemin de Mornex or underground parking on Petit Chêne or Montbenon. 

**Strict Maximum of 12 for the reservation.

**Please rsvp on Friday 15th April latest

**To ease payment of the bill at the end, each person will be responsible for paying for what they order

Please sign up by clicking the button below


This was one of the most difficult groups to restart after covid restrictions but thanks to our enthusiastic leader Gill we are finally now singing as a group again.

Come and join us for an enthusiastic singalong - no previous experience needed!

Please call Linda Dyson for details (076 390 12 80)  or send an email by clicking the button below


Free Spirits Outing Thursday, April 7, 2022,

April’s outing will find us at the Alimentarium Museum in Vevey with its focus on food and nutrition around the world.
The museum has been conceived by the Nestlé group and we will enjoy a guided tour in English.

Our visit to the Alimentarium is loosely linked to the IWC event on April 26 when Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, ex-CEO of the Nestlé Group, will give a talk to IWC members about his newest book “Ascensions” (see “Events”).

We will meet at 10.00 at the Alimentarium, Quai Perdonnet 25, 1800 Vevey, our guided tour in English starts at 10.15 and lasts one hour. Afterward, we will have lunch at the Museum’s Restaurant.


Getting there by train:
Lausanne dep: 9:21 IR90, platform 4.....Vevey arr: 9:35
Then 15 minutes’ walk or bus 201 or 202 heading East (towards La Tour-de-Peilz/Montreux), Hôtel-de-Ville stop.

By car:
The Vieille-Ville underground parking and the Place du Marché are less than a 10-minute walk from the museum.

Museum ticket:
CHF 11, free with Raiffeisen card and Swiss Museum Pass Guided tour: CHF 150 (max. 12 people)

Please sign up for this outing by sending an email to by Monday, April 4, 2022.
We are looking forward to seeing you!

Sonja and Marianne




In view of Easter vacation and other club events in April, Art Appreciation’s next outing will be MAY 4, at 2 pm.  More details to follow in the May Newsletter. This time we will again go to the Pully Museum, to see the exhibit of:

THE BELLE EPOQUE OF  ART NOUVEAU- In the time of Bonnard and Mucha

The Belle Époque of Art Nouveau presents, through a selection of works from a prestigious private Swiss collection, several aspects of a major artistic movement that shaped the face of Europe between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

Between the end of the 19th century and the First World War, Europe experienced years of peace that favored economic prosperity as well as the development of numerous scientific and human advances. Artists participated in the revival of society, in Paris of course, but also in Vienna, Munich, and Brussels. Born of the upheavals produced by the industrial revolutions, Art Nouveau rejects the forms of the past, challenges classical culture by proposing a new way of perceiving and feeling the world in the beauty and unity of art and life.

Far from being limited to aesthetic and formal changes, Art Nouveau is thought of as a cultural and social phenomenon, an innovative artistic movement that marked the entry into the 20th century. In search of reform of society through the beauty of objects accessible to all, it is widely distributed thanks to posters, magazines, and prints.

From Jules Chéret to Edvard Munch, via Pierre Bonnard, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, many artists participated in the creativity of this revolution.


We are currently looking for a new volunteer to head our IWC Golfing Group
If anyone is interested in taking this on to keep this group going, please contact Lynn Denton for more information

Bonjour! Comment allez-vous?
If you know the next line, or would like to learn, join us for Beginning French Conversation, led by native speakers Brigitte Loones and Sophie Guillemin.

This new group meets at the IWC clubhouse (Avenue Eglantine 6, 1006 Lausanne) on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30, and on Thursday afternoons from 13:30 to 15:00.

Come to either or both days at your convenience to practice A0 to A2 French in a friendly, no-pressure environment. Contact Brigitte at 076 202 25 94 to RSVP
Nous espérons vous y accueillir!

Sophie Guillemin                                           Brigitte Loones
Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Leader: Bettina Rickmers
When & Where: 2x a month
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30, at the clubhouse,
Neuer Anfang im Jahr 2022!

Come and join us to speak German. 
We are a group of ladies who like to speak German. We choose different topics for fun and lively discussions.
If you want to contact me to ask about this offer, please click the button below.

Leader: Aminia Bruggemann
When & Where: Every 2nd Friday of the month,
14:00, on Zoom or at alternating members’ homes
For anyone interested in reading and discussing contemporary literary fiction.
Our monthly discussions are frank, yet friendly, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and viewpoints of our group members. Currently, we meet on Zoom, but we are looking forward to meeting again in person in spring.

Creative writing group

Let’s get creative!

Why not join the creative writing group for a spring workshop?

We’ll be spending a half-day together working on developing our creativity and writing skills.
To find out where and when please contact me by email by clicking on the button below

Best wishes 

Cross-Country Skiing
We had a lovely group this winter and went out for 10+ beautiful outings on Thursdays.

Some of us are looking to cap the season with one last, big trip - heading to the Goms valley - on Friday, April 1. Email me if you are interested by clicking the button below!

After that, we are in the off-season (but you can cross-train with our cycling group 😉 ). I hope to see you all again in the snow starting next November/December!



We ski weekly on Tuesdays through to April.

We are enjoying the snow & the blue skies in the mountains.
Come & join us.
We hope to continue until Easter & then continue to enjoy the mountains with the Hiking Group

For further information & to be added to our mailing list  please contact us

Jane Miners 0795499529  or
Judy Lister   076 615 37 25 



In principle we are walking every Monday afternoon, weather permitting! 
Group members watch out for a WhatsApp message before 10.00 each Monday morning.  Normally we meet at 14.00   If there is no official walk on a particular day members can always use WhatsApp to contact each other and arrange their own walk and meeting point.  Have fun!

Potential new members, please contact Beverley or Nuala by clicking on the button below.


The Hiking Group

The first hike of 2022 will be on Tuesday, April 5th, the Hiking Group will be offered a hike every Tuesday from April to November weather permitting.
Hikes are between 3h 30 to 5h, you will need a good pair of lightweight boots, and poles are a good option.
If you are interested in joining us please contact us by clicking the button below to send us an email. You will then be on our mailing list to receive hike details every Monday afternoon.

Hope to meet some of you soon, Sally

Fit and Fun will be continuing their program, the first and last week in April uniquely. We hope that the latter will include a visit to the tulips in Morges, weather permitting!

Thanks to those in the group who have volunteered to offer a weekly « hike ». We have had a variety of experiences, in the Lakeside and Jura Parc region, usually 7-10 km with different levels of difficulty and elevation.

If you like to hike, in a social setting and discover the beautiful trails in our region, please sign up to be on our mailing list by clicking the button below. 

We walk Wednesday to Friday, the choice of day depends on the weather usually.
Wishing all our group a Happy Easter Break!


We offer a selection of beautiful rental properties, located on the popular island of Mallorca.

For more information, contact Susanne McMillan

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Highwood - Interior renovation and architecture

Are you planning to renovate your house or build a new home? Let us help you. We will translate your needs and wishes into a unique and harmonious design fitting the lifestyle of you and your family.

Interior design, architecture, and project management for renovations. We promise to make your home a more exciting place! Please visit our website for more info, or call Sedef, 079 697 9786

Buying or selling a home, happy to help you.
At your disposal for a relaxed meeting.

Beverly Grahame +41 79 212 29 45
Chemin du Chêne 15
1052 Le Mont-sur-Lausanne

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Garden Design & Coach
You want to change and improve your garden, but don’t know where to start…
Whatever the size of your project, we are there to guide you!
Or contact: Nicolette Van Solingen
079-196 62-10 to learn more


Lausanne (LSN)
The Lausanne Area coffee meetup has moved from the first *Monday* of the month to the first *Wednesday* of the month in order to reduce conflicts with other IWC events. Please join us at the Lausanne Palace ( Rue du Grand-Chêne 7-9) at the back of the hotel lobby on Wednesday, April 6, from 14:00 to 15:30. No need to RSVP and all are welcome!

West Riviera (WR)

The West Riviera (WR) Area group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month, our next meet-up will be on April 20th
at the 
Restaurant du Port de Pully, Pully from 9:30 to 11:00. Everyone is welcome.
La Cote (LC)

We are looking forward to seeing you again on Wednesday, April 20th at 10.30. As always at the Morges Casino

Lavaux/Riviera (LR)

The LR coffee morning will be on Wednesday, April 6th, at Hotel Astra opposite Vevey station from 9.30 - 11.00. The time and place will be as usual from 9.30 -11.00 at the Astra Hotel in Vevey, opposite the Vevey station. Weather permitting outside. 

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