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June 2024



It already feels like summer! Short sleeves and sandals have replaced warmer clothes, and the beach is packed. Now’s the time to make your plans to escape the heat of August – it will be here before you know it! But we’ve still got June to enjoy the events the IWCV has planned for you before the real summer heat sets in. You can start by checking out some really good places to eat – both indoors and outside – in Valencia. Take a look at IWCV member and chef Amanda Cushman’s recommendation on the IWCV website at Restaurant reviews | IWC - Valencia!


Read on to find out what the IWCV has planned for you this coming month, and don’t forget to check the IWCV website (www.iwc-valencia.com) periodically as events are added all the time!)


  • FIRST TUESDAY COFFEE Tuesday 4 June, 10:30am. Outdoors on the terraza behind the MUVIM Museum. Open to all women of Valencia, both members and those who haven’t officially joined us yet. No need to register in advance, just drop by for a cuppa and a chat!


  • SOLO WOMEN Friday 7 June, 7:00PM. This is a new support group for single IWCV members with fun activities while acquiring wisdom to continue on our paths. Whether you are divorced, widowed, never married, or on your own in Valencia for whatever reason, we will help each other to fend off loneliness and to cope with the difficulties we encounter by offering each other support and friendship. Confidentiality within the group is a fundamental requirement. For complete details and to sign up, click here: Solo Women | IWC - Valencia


  • FELLOWS OF THE IWCV MAY HAPPY HOUR Wednesday 12 June, 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Taberna Entretablas, C/del Hospital 30, Ciutat Vella. Everyone is invited! There is no need to sign up in advance. Just drop by, have a drink, and make some new friends!

  • DAY TRIP TO BUNOL - Nature, Wine and Gastronomy Wednesday 12 June, 9:30am – 5:00pm. Discover Cueva de Turche, one of the most beautiful natural places in the province of Valencia, A short easy walk (less than 1 km) to a beautiful lake (yes, you can swim!), followed by a guided tour of an organic winery, followed by a wine tasting with appetizers, followed by a barbecue with local embutidos! Open to IWCV members, their partner/spouse, Fellows of the IWCV, and out-of-town guests. For complete details, click here: Day Trip to Buñol - Nature, Wine and Gastronomy | IWC - Valencia. To join the waitlist for this tour, please email Jane at pres.iwcvalencia@gmail.com.

  • CATAMARAN TOUR WITH WINE & MUSSELS Thursday 13 June, 11:30am. Join us on a one-hour tour around the Port of Valencia and out into the Mediterranean on a Boramar catamaran. Wine and mussels will be served! Open to IWCV members, their partners/spouses, Fellows of the IWCV and out-of-town guests. For complete details and to register, click here: Catamaran Tour with Wine & Mussels | IWC - Valencia


  • IWCV JUNE LUNCHEON Thursday 20 June, 2:00pm. Open to IWCV members, their partners/spouses and Fellows of the IWCV. Now that the weather is perfect for eating outdoors, it’s time to return to our favorite Greek restaurant - Thalassa – Sabores de Grecia! For full details and to sign up, click here: June Luncheon | IWC - Valencia

  • PERSONAL REAL ESTATE CLINIC – JUNE 2024 Friday 21 June at SpacesCabo Offices. Open to IWCV members, their partners/spouses, Fellows of the IWCV, and out-of-town guests. Would you like to have 30 minutes with our real estate expert Rebecca Cabo to discuss your questions about renting our buying property in Valencia? For complete details and to sign up, go to  Personal Real Estate Clinic - June 2024 | IWC - Valencia


  • OWL – The IWCV Happy Hour Wednesday 26 June, 6:00pm at Taberna La Mora, C/de Sant Francesc de Borja 1 at the corner of C/Marques de Zenete. This event is open to IWCV members, their partners/spouses, Fellows of the IWCV, and guest. There is no need to sign up in advance – just stop by for a drink and to make some new friends!


Please remember that you cannot cancel your place at any IWCV activity by clicking a link on our website. It will not work! Instead, please email pres.iwcvalencia@gmail.com so that we can cancel your place and give the next person on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thank you for understanding.


MEMBERSHIP

Janine Forbes, VP Membership

 

I am delighted to report that our new member numbers have grown yet again this month with 20 new members from 11 countries in May. We truly are an “International” Women’s Club. Many women found out about us through other members, but some saw us mentioned in positive FB posts on” How to settle into Valencia”, which is always nice to hear. 


We held our New Member Meet and Greet on 24th of May and were amazed by the diverse and incredible backgrounds of our members, many having lived all over the world before finding their place in our little part of Spain. Inspiring stories of life changing decisions, packing up the old familiar life, crossing the world and just doing it! Some of the careers of the women at the meet were truly inspirational with members having backgrounds in Cordon Bleu cookery, Professional chefs, Interior Designers, Fine Artists and many other interesting careers. We are a very talented bunch! Many thanks to our President for hosting the event and for member Sara Ardetti for the amazing chocolate cookies! 


Remember all the information about the IWCV is on the IWCV website. If you would like to join one of the many WhatsApp groups, just contact the relevant lead member or any board member. If you know any women in your personal network who you think would enjoy our club, please pass on our website www.iwc-valencia.com and let them know about us! 


Input from Ambassadors


We have a growing number of new members who are keen to meet up with a local Ambassador and get to know Valencia better. If you are someone with experience of the city, who likes to meet and show people around or even just to be a friendly face over a coffee, please get in touch with Joanne Simpson at joanneis1@hotmail.com .


New members in May

Debbie Hayler US

Denise Huffman US

Edith Poma Dutch

Esperanzo Arevalo US

Gayle Martin US

Heather Webster UK

Jan Taylor UK

Janice Timothy UK

Jean Mc Govern US

Joan Powers USA

Luisa Buritica CO

Maria Mosquera Ecuador

Maria Tandich US/Spain

Maryam Ishani Thomson Canada

Masami Fox Japan

Michaela Mellichamp EU

Rene Madrid USA

Silvia Aylion Bolivia

Sue Haghdan US/Iran

Tamaiba Paz Lovera Spain


Happy Birthday to our June birthday members!

Amy Swanson

Antigen Rogazea

Beth Anderson

Candy Fernandez

Caroline Arlegui

Christine Imori

Cindy Roberts

Diane Abou Rjeili

Donna Halliday

Emma Pedro

Ewa Pernal

Fiona Ghilioni

Gayle Martin

Heather Webster

Isobel Donovan

Joan Powers

Justyna Meissner

Katherine Jo

Kristin White

Lauren Baker

Louise Roberts

Madeline Waid

Marilyn Magallon

Marine Billiot

Maxine Roberts

Monica Seiter

Nicoletta Benzi

Peg Kirkpatrick

Rachel Murray

Sandra beck

Sharmista Das

Shey Wolves Pfister

Wendy Barrett Cooper 

 

Charities & Fundraising

Pauline Fitzgerald, Charities Chair


It's hard to believe we are halfway through 2024 and we still need your support for our charities. For those of you who wish to make a private donation, the bank details of our charities are as follows; please ensure that you note IWCV in the reference box.


Proyecto Vivir ES75 3159 0066 9828 5328 2123


Casa Caridad1. La Caixa: ES47 2100 0736 0022 0061 23102. Banco Sabadell: ES75 0081 7352 4300 0105 7311


Casa RonaldES27 0081 1518 9300 0150 8057


Proyecto Vivir supports women and their families as they improve their lives. They are taught Spanish, work skills, domestic arts, family dynamics, self-care and much more. The women are supported with food vouchers, occasional rent assistance, childcare, baby supplies and more.  


An important source of funds (from 3 to 4 thousand euros per month) needed for this support comes from the TIENDA SOLIDARIA, (Carrer de Gonzalez Marti, 3), a store with used clothing and household items.  The store is in need of 3 or 4 more volunteers to help keep it open. Without more help, it will struggle to stay open all day as it does now. If you are interested in helping, please watch for further information regarding shifts available. Please note if you choose a shift it is important to commit to it. Don't worry if your Spanish isn't the best.  You just need to be there, be able to count money, and smile. They are closed in August and on the weekends.  You can also support the store and Proyecto Vivir by donating and/or purchasing used items.


Proyecto Vivir will hold a fund-raiser on Thursday 11th July, a Wine and Cheese Tasting Cocktail Party. The entrance fee is 60 euros per person. Information regarding the event and the process of how to sign up will be posted closer to the date. All the money raised will go to the Foundation. If you are free on 11th July and fancy some wine and cheese on a balmy summer's evening, please watch for further details. Thank you, Ladies, for your continued support!


Activities

Susan Burke March, VP - Activities

 

We have a new ongoing activity beginning in June – Solo Women, the IWCV support group where single women can get support, enjoy activities, and make friends! See above for details on this new group’s first meeting on Friday 7 June.


A new mahjong class will be starting soon! If you want to learn how to play the Hong Kong version of this very social and very fun game, please email Jane at forjbuck@aol.com and ask to be added to the class list.


All the following ongoing activities have private WhatsApp groups to keep members informed of what’s happening with that particular activity. Please visit the Activities page of the website to learn more about each activity.


Please send a WhatsApp message to the coordinator if you want to join a particular group; I've included the contact numbers below.

 

Mah Jong Mondays 

Contact info: Jane Buck – forjbuck@aol.com)

 

Solo Women

Contact info: Silvia Matos, +34 666 68 35 74


Spanish and Coffee

Contact Info: Mary Reeves, +34 686 50 20 90

 

Stitches and Yarns 

Contact Info: Cathy Cleaver, +34 635 97 89 98

 

Women Who Walk

Contact Info: Liz Humphreys +34 637 74 89 90

 

Board Games and More 

Contact info: Ann Linton - +1 (312) 208-8666

 

Chicas de Libros 

Contact: Ruth Ann Hepler, ruthannhepler@gmail.com or What’s App +34 613 395 458

 

Do you have ideas for other activities? Our members make this work, and you, our members, have so much talent to share! If you have any ideas, please contact Susan March WhatsApp +34 651858463 or



Ongoing Events

We have many ongoing activities, which have private WhatsApp groups to keep members informed of what’s happening with each one. Please visit the Activities page of the website to learn more about each activity.

 

Fellows of the IWCV

Carey Hepler, Coordinator

 

The Fellows of the IWCV is open to the men of Valencia, including the male spouses/partners of IWCV members, current & former. To join the group, please email Carey Hepler at carey.hepler@gmail.com and give him your name & contact details. If there is a particular activity that you are interested in and would like to coordinate, let Carey know!


Take a look above for details of the Fellows’ June Happy Hour. All IWCV members are invited to attend!


 

JUNE HOLIDAYS IN VALENCIA


Monday 24 June - St. John’s Day


We are looking forward to seeing all of you at IWCV events this coming month!

 

Jane Buck,

President

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