Spring is just around the corner and for most of us it signifies the time for a spring clean in the house and rolling up our sleeves in the garden to start planting. However, there are so many activities organised for March perhaps the spring cleaning can wait for a rainy day.
Once again, we can report that all activity groups are going strong. Thank you for continuing to share your experiences with the rest of the members by posting your photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
All activities and events can take place now without covid restrictions. We are beginning to plan some exciting events for the remainder of the club year and will continue to raise funds for our charity Fondation MalleyPrairie. The total has now reached over CHF 4,000. Thank you all for your efforts and please continue to dig deep.
Last month, we were finally able to hold the interactive monthly meeting at the clubhouse without any inclement weather preventing us from enjoying the soothing effects of “Face Yoga.” The feedback has been positive and we trust many of our members will continue to practice the rejuvenation program of how to look and feel 10 years younger!
The March monthly meeting is planned to take place at the clubhouse on Tuesday 8th March, where we will be hosting a Coffee Morning for NEW and existing members. Since the beginning of our club year 21/22, we have attracted over 30 new members and we trust you will all take the opportunity to come along to meet them and catch up with all your IWC friends. Refreshments and home baking will be served.
Welcome to our new members Parna Altamura, Helen Topp, Melanie Herminjard, Madeleine Van Zyl, and Lorrie Murphy. We’re all looking forward to meeting you at the forthcoming coffee morning.
Wishing all our members HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
Jennifer and Gill
IWC COVID-19 POLICY
The IWC Executive Board has agreed that during all IWC activities and events our members should be following the FOPH (Federal Office of Public Health) measures & regulations to help contain the coronavirus.
Updated FOPH Measures from Thursday 17 February 2022
Masks and COVID certificates will no longer be required to enter shops, restaurants, cultural venues, and other public settings and events. The requirement to wear masks in the workplace and the recommendation to work from home will also end. At its meeting on 16 February, the Federal Council took the decision to lift the majority of measures in place to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Only the requirements to isolate in the event of a positive test and to wear masks on public transport and in healthcare institutions will remain in place until the end of March to protect those at high risk, after which the situation status will return to normal.
Calling all new members joined since 1st July 2021 and any members who would like to come and meet some really interesting people
On Tuesday 8th March the Membership Team will be organizing a coffee morning in the Clubhouse at Avenue Eglantine 6, 1006 Lausanne.
The format will be as follows:
09.30 New members are invited to meet some of the IWC Board, the
Management Committee, Area Contacts, and Activity Group leaders
10.00 All other members are welcome to come for coffee and join in meeting
our interesting new members
Please do join us
IWC Event with Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe will be held on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022!
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, but last year IWC’s legal officer Mr. Alexander J. (Sasha) Kemball translated it into English.
To be fully prepared for this exciting IWC event with Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, members may want to read the book in advance. The French version of the book “Ascensions” is available in bookstores and online in Switzerland. The English version of the book can only be ordered from Spain.
If more members are interested in reading the English version, I can place a second order in Spain. Please, send an email with your name, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday, March 7th, 2022!
The book will cost around CHF 35, depending on the delivery fee and import duties.
On Thursday, April 7th, 2022 the IWC Free Spirits Groupwill organize an outing to the Alimentarium in Vevey, which will also include a nice lunch. More details will be announced by the ladies of the Free Spirits Group. The Alimentarium is a “Food Museum”, which was founded by Nestle. In this museum, you can learn everything about food, which is Nestle’s core business.
Note: I am looking for members/ladies who want to help me with the organization of the event on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022! Please, send an email to email@example.com if you want to offer your help.
During the event, there will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask Mr. Brabeck-Letmathe questions about his book, so beforehand, I would like to organise a brainstorming session with people who have read the book!
Please, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
P.s.:IWC members and their partners/friends are most welcome to join this exciting IWC Event. More details about the venue, time, etc. will be announced in the near further!
Looking forward to meeting you at this IWC event, which will be taking place on Tuesday, April 26th, 2022.
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,
Communications & Tech Team
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.
This month we have members learning French …
… and the Vevey Cooking group serving up delicious food
Please see details of our new member coffee under the Events heading
Please welcome more new members:
I am Irish, married to a Scotsman with three grown-up children.
We have lived in Switzerland for 22 years.
I have recently retired from my role as a school nurse in Lausanne and am delighted to join this group.
My hobbies include walking, hiking, and reading.
I look forward to meeting many of you.
Madeleine Van Zyl
Madeleine Rosselet van Zyl was born in Nylstroom, South Africa, and raised by a loving family who encouraged her to explore her artistic talent from an early age. Throughout her formative years, Madeleine excelled in art classes, flower arranging and participated in several art exhibits.
While studying Tourism and Management in Stellenbosh she completed her Cape Wine Masters Diplomas and worked in the Wine industry for 4 years where she met her husband and moved to England. She is a mother of three and has been residing in Canton Vaud for the last 10 years.
Her family is her passion and biggest joy in her life and she enjoys spending time outdoors as much as possible due to her African and Swiss Roots and her love for nature.
My name is Parna, I am Dutch-Iranian born in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. I am a wife and a mother. After giving birth to our son last year in the Netherlands I moved to Switzerland where my husband resides and works.
I have worked and lived in Aberdeen, Dublin, Istanbul, and Amsterdam before moving to Switzerland. I love to experience new things and connect with people. My previous job was in finance in Amsterdam but due to becoming a first-time mom and moving to a new country, I decided to take a short break from work to take care of our son and learn French.
I enjoy going outdoors, reading, writing, astrology, ayurvedic cooking, and spending time with family. We are blessed to live in such a wonderful place with the beautiful Lake Geneva surrounded by the Alps. I am glad to join IWC and I look forward to participating in the events and meeting new people.
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 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 33 members are not renewing for 2021-2022. Our membership is currently back up to 238. 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 email@example.com
Do you have good competence in French? Approximately, the level of B1/B2 would be great!
The Red Cross of Vaud is looking for Volunteers comfortable conversing in French.
Please look at the above website and if interested, contact us via the Presidents' email. (We already have one interested candidate – even before this went out.)
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 clickinghere 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.
IWC LIBRARY NEWS!!
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. »
Please mark your calendars for the IWC Volunteers Lunch which will be held at the clubhouse on Tuesday 17th May 2022. More information to come!
WINE MEET UP
MARCH WINE MEET-UP!
Join us on Tuesday 22nd March at 6.30 pm at Caveau des Vignerons de LutryGrand-Rue 23, 1095 Lutry. Attendees pay for their own drinks and food (planchette of dried meats and cheese) on site.
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 require planchette, please click the button below
We invite you to join us for a guided tour in English at the Château de Morges. The Exhibition examines and compares the roles of women in the areas of political, religious, and military power in Switzerland and abroad during the last centuries.
The guided tour in English starts at 10.15 and will last one hour. Afterward, we will have lunch at the Tea-Room Fornerod in Grand Rue. (https://www.fornerod.ch/le-delice).
Getting there by train: Lausanne dep: 9.48 IR90, platform 8, we meet in the last car of the train, Morges arr: 9.59 Gland dep: 9.40, Morges arr: 9.54 By car: Parking at Parc des sports Return to Lausanne: Morges dep: 13.30 arr 13.41, or 14.00 arr 14.12 (connections about every 15 minutes )
Jean Dubuffet – Fondation Pierre Gianadda – Martigny
An artist of impact in the art world, Jean Dubuffet as a man and an artist is not to be taken lightly. His prolific works in the area of ART BRUT produced over the course of his lifetime (1901–1985) are presented for us to admire and study in this outstanding retrospective – produced in collaboration with the Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris. It is with excitement that we propose this experience as our March art appreciation excursion. (We can understand that modern art is not for everyone!! We suggest reading up a bit and then … decide.)
Weather permitting, we can also walk around and admire the sculptures in the garden of the foundation in the stunning outdoor setting. And I personally want to have a closer look at the amazing vintage automobiles on display in the foyer of the foundation, where photographs of the Valais are on display by the talented photographer Michel Darbellay.
Not to be missed either, in the Galerie du Foyer, are works by the enigmatically gifted artist Sam Szafran (1934-2019) whose challenging life story propelled his art to intriguing levels.
So, a lot is on offer at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda!
We hope you will join us. Tuesday morning, March 22. We will send out an email this week with the proposed train time, traveling suggestions, and further details. Please note: POSTCARD OR EC DIRECT are the only credit cards accepted, otherwise cash for tickets would be needed. CHF20 for adults, and CHF18 for seniors.
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 Wednesdaymornings 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 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.
Our women's XC ski group will continue with its ski outings as long as we have snow.
We usually go out every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, so reserve March 3 and
March 17 in your calendars!
If you are interested in joining us (and aren't already on the mailing list), please send me an email so I can send you additional information.
Anyone - classic or skating technique - is welcome; we have a wide range of skill levels from complete beginner to advanced intermediate skiers.
In principle we are walking every Monday afternoon, weather permitting!
Although many of our group members have now received their 2 injections we still need to exercise caution. Social distancing should still be observed during our walks. Please feel free to wear your mask if you would feel more comfortable. We will continue to concentrate on walks where the path is wide enough to allow the 1.5 metres between us and room to pass others safely.
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 should contact us by clicking on the button below.
Fit and Fun are back to hiking or snowshoe hikes depending on the weather conditions. As March can offer either or both, we hope to propose a variety of options !! Equally, we may need some people to lead walks, either of their own choosing or we can suggest a route. You can contact the Fit and Fun team by clicking the button below.
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, March 2nd, from 14:00 to 15:30. No need to RSVP and all are welcome!
West Riviera (WR)
Our next area meet-up will be on March 16th at 9:30
The West Riviera (WR) Area group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at theRestaurant 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, March 16th at 10.30. As always at the Morges Casino
The LR coffee morning will be on Wednesday, March 2nd, at Hotel Astra opposite Vevey station from9.30 - 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, if not, inside but with proof of a Covid vaccination and an identity card.