I hope you have all had a happy and healthy holiday season and are looking forward to the new year.
In 2019 the IWC-Valencia saw its membership and its activity grow. Our current members have been busy recruiting and coming up with new ideas for our membership. A big thank you to all who have worked to improve the IWC-Valencia.
With the hard work of Sandra Molyneaux and Jane Buck we now have current job descriptions for the Executive Board and guideline for the Election Committee. Sandra Molyneaux spent many hours creating an extensive “Valencian Resources” list on our website that many of us are already finding useful. Maddie Cutting has helped us put together a “Volunteer Resource” List. Angela Beadling has agreed to coordinate our “Neighborhood Ambassador Program. Phyllis So, continues to come up with great suggestions and initiated the IWC’s WhatsApp group. Elaine Weckerth’s suggestions and efforts resulted in the highly successful “Holiday Treats Exchange” and “Holiday Sing Along.”
We all agree that these should be annual events. Brenda Stein co-ordinated some very informative and enjoyable monthly cultural experiences including a excursion to the Real Monasterio de Santa Maria de Valldigna and a tour of the Casal Faller Plaza Pilar.
Not only did Missy Anobile arrange a terrific Ceramic Tour to Manises in May, she now manages the IWC Facebook page.
Claudie Escaith offered Bridge Classes. Karen Magee-Koski took on the coordination of Casa Caridad related activity. Karen Fereday invited the women of the IWC to join the Knit and Knatter group. Jane Buck, in addition to co-ordinating our lunches, held a very successful fund-raiser for the Ronald McDonald House and created an ever growing group of enthusiastic Mahjong players.
And, in March we started using our new website which benefited from the artistic talents of Diana Sumner.
We now have 180 members who self-identify as coming from 44 countries, truly from A to Z (America to Zimbabwe). We are definitely and international group!
Please welcome those who became members in December.
Jackie Trowbridge Canadian
Madonna Sánchez Colombian
Jen Kaiser American
Nitu Chugani Indian
Zorana Durkovic Serbian/Canadian
Bonnie Scott Canadian
Paca Pascual Española
Taija Hurskainen-Green Finish
Ivy Lester American
Laura Kelly American
Jacqueline Dyer . UK
Rowena Teo Australian
Danielle Beeson French
Jill Miller American
Isobel Donovan Canadian
Danielle Thonon French
Happy Birthday to our January Birthdays
Luz Elena Elhawary
Maria Andreea Mazilu
Our events for January are below. Please go to Member Events on the website to confirm details of the events and register. With the exception of the Coffee, all are exclusively for members and their guests.
Tuesday, January 7, 10:00 Monthly Coffee at Corte Inglés
Wednesday, January 8 10:25 Tour of Casa Caridad Paseo de la Pechina 9
Mondays and Thursdays 10:00 Mahjong
Friday, January 10 Bridge with Claudine - Current Group
Thursday, January 16 2:00 Monthly Luncheon at Mahora Bistró – women only
Thursday, January 23 2:30 Knit and Knatter at ArtySana
Friday, January 31 9:30 Cultural Tour “Ruta Marxalenes” y Bombas Gens - guests welcome
Bridge Lessons with Peter- Notta Somogyi has offered to provide an additional opportunity for bridge players or those who want to learn to play. Her husband, Peter has offered to give classes to those who want to learn. It will be held in their home. If you are interested, please contact Peter directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 674 222 431.
I look forward to seeing you at upcoming events and invite you to take an active part in shaping the IWC-Valencia of 2020.
Susan V. Kaplan