Message from Liz – March 2014

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We are indeed a very social social club!

My mailbox is full of emails scheduling the wonderful activities, feasts and workshops from our recent Auction of Talents. Add to those the club’s already extensive activities calendar of weekly and monthly events, tours and groups, and it’s easy to see why we can be busy most days of the month with activities organized by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic club members.

So many creative and active women have been very generous with sharing their time and talents with us all through the Auction of Talents, a great success in so many ways! The event itself was great fun and appeared to run effortlessly, thanks to much preparation and thorough behind-the-scenes work of Hope Moore and the Auction team, as well as the Hospitality and Finance teams. All of those who contributed on of the almost 60 ‘Talent offers’ and baskets and we who won them will be enjoying these events for months to come. And finally, our charities will greatly benefit from the almost €9500 raised…a three-way WIN for members, the club and our charities!

But wait! There’s more! Yet another fun social opportunity for everyone is the Bowling and Breakfast annual social event on Sunday, 6 April. Open to members and their families, join organizers Roxey Lau and Susi Cullison for this day of bowling, socializing and brunch…with prizes for the winners in each category! Information on how to register is on the website and in your weekly club emails. It’s not too late to sign up!

I was fortunate indeed to have participated in the recent annual FAWCO conference in Brussels along with FAWCO representative, Hope Moore, http://www.fawco.org/home/conferences/brussels-2014 . The 2.5 day conference was packed with informational meetings and workshop sessions, lectures, networking and sharing of best practices with clubs from all over the world, and yes, a wonderful FAWCO Foundation party evening. Our Munich club was the recipient of two major awards: a Development Grant for Frauenhaus (thank you Jane Romain and Teresa Saunders for submitting this grant), and an Education Award for member, Madaline Keros. We are so pleased and proud of these two major successes for the MIWC.

The ‘icing on the cake’ was the return of Roberta Zöllner’s much-loved and admired 2014 FAWCO friendship quilt to Munich. FAWCO Foundation secretary and MIWC member, Margaret Hilditch had the winning ticket! Congratulations go to Margaret and to FAWCO Foundation president, Michele Hendrikse DuBois for a very successful conference and the very international Foundation evening event.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the April 8 general meeting when Frauenhaus executive director, Sibylle Stotz, will be there to tell us about the MIWC’s main charity beneficiary, the Frauenhaus, and its programs for the women and children who live there. Please join us for this very informative meeting and help us celebrate Frauenhaus’s winning the FAWCO Development Grant.

Thank you all for your support, smiles and participation,
Liz

One Response

  1. Great letter, Liz. The enthusiasm and joy of being the president flows from the report. How fortunate we are to have such a vibrant club.

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