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May 2023

Spring has sprung all over Valencia! The oranges are blossoming, the skies are bluing, and the beaches are warming up – it’s so nice to be comfortable without the heat or AC on so let’s all enjoy this month, and especially all that the IWCV has to offer!

Before we get to this month’s events, we do have a couple announcements:

First, our lovely webmaster Cindy Roberts is looking for someone who might be interested in helping out as Cindy’s backup for our website. If this sounds like something that might be a fit for you, please WhatsApp Cindy at +1 206 708 9526 to find out what’s involved and how you can help.

Second, for members who are running their own businesses, we are very happy to post your business card on the IWCV website so our members (and others) can learn about your work. The only requirements are that you be an IWCV member and have a business card that can be scanned. If that’s you, please WhatsApp Cindy (same number as above).

Third, some news from our Neighborhood Ambassador Program: Janine Forbes is currently assisting Joanne Simpson with the Neighborhood Ambassador Program. If you are an ambassador, still happy to be one and haven’t changed the area you are living in (postal code), your email or phone in the last few years, no action is required. If you no longer wish to be an ambassador, have changed area or details, please let Janine know at She will amend the records. Many thanks for your help!

Our Neighborhood Ambassadors are here to introduce members to the IWCV and/or Valencia. If you would like to participate in this program, either as an ambassador or have an ambassador assigned to you, please contact either Joanne Simpson or Janine Forbes and let them know.


Susan Kaplan, VP Membership

Events for May

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

  • First Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday 4 May, 10:30am at MuviMent, on the terraza behind the MUVIM Museum. The coffee morning is open to all women in Valencia, both members and those who have not officially joined us yet. There is no need to register in advance - just stop by and join us!

  • New Member Coffee – Friday 5 May, 15:00pm. This is an opportunity for new members to learn more about the International Women's Club of Valencia and get answers to their questions. This is also an opportunity to meet other members, old and new, so all members are welcome! For details and to register, go to New-member Coffee | IWC - Valencia

  • Prostate Cancer – A Survivor’s Story – Tuesday 9 May, 17:45. This talk is for all men aged 45 and over so please let the men in your life know about it! There is a saying that if you are male, have a prostate, and live long enough, you will at some point develop prostate cancer. In this talk Frank Buck, a prostate cancer survivor, will tell about his journey and the impact on his life. For details and to register, please go to Prostate Cancer - A Survivor's Story | IWC - Valencia

  • All the best parties – The Author’s Take on the Novel and its Making – Tuesday 16 May 17:45pm. Tony Woodcock will talk with us about his novel, which takes us into the scorching drama behind the scenes of an opera company; the arias, fabulous sets, celebrities and social glitter! Our own Sandra Molyneaux was the editor of this just-published book. For details and to register, please go to “All the Best Parties” – The Author's Take on the Novel and Its Making | IWC - Valencia

  • IWCV Annual General Meeting & April Luncheon – Thursday 18 May at Saltimbocca, Plaça de Vannes 7. After the too many Covid years of “let’s do everything virtually” we can finally have an in-person Annual General Meeting. The AGM will start at 1:00pm, followed by a €10 euro pizza luncheon at about 2:00pm. – Thursday 18 May at Saltimbocca, Plaça de Vannes 7. After the too many Covid years of “let’s do everything virtually” we can finally have an in-person Annual General Meeting. The AGM will start at 1:00pm, followed by a €10 euro pizza luncheon at about 2:00pm.

You do not have to sign up if you will only attend the AGM; but please do register on the IWV website if you plan to stay for the pizza party lunch following the meeting! To register go to IWCV Annual General Meeting & Pizza Party Luncheon | IWC - Valencia

  • OWL Happy Hour – Wednesday 31 May, 6:00pm outside on the terrace at Saltimbocca, Plaça de Vannes 7. Open to all IWCV members, their partners/spouses and guests. No need to register in advance, but if you know you’ll be coming please email and let us know how many you will be.

Celebrating our Diversity

We currently have 346 members. While there is no doubt that the largest percentage of our membership is American (40%), the other 60% are from 49 different countries. This makes us a truly international group. Where are we from? As self-identified, we are from:

It would be wonderful to celebrate this diversity by sharing various aspects of our homelands. Would you consider doing any of the following: give a brief presentation about your homeland, share crafts or art typical of your country, share food or recipes typical of your country or do a cooking class? If you might be interested in doing this, please contact

April New Members

Happy Birthday to our May Birthday Members

Adrienne Taylor

Bela Patel

Brenda Sherman

Deborah Pallach

Diana Sumner

Elaine Cobos

Janine Forbes

Jill Miller

Karen Fallon

Katie Irwin

Lauren Zielinsky

Liesbeth Devriendt

Linda Byrd

Liz Humphreys

Madeleine Cutting

Maria Amparo Esteve Sanchez

Mary Reeves

Melissa Hutcheson

Mellenie Runion

Nina Paolo

Notta Somogyi

Pinar Ozhal

Renee Kemsley

Roxana Coman

Terri O'Bryan

Virginia Lindsay

Yvonne Rodriguez

Charities & Fundraising

Pauline Fitzgerald, Charities Chair

It’s time to start thinking about possible ways to help the charities we support. If this sounds like something up your alley, please contact Pauline, our Charities Chair, at

For our specific charities, you can also contact the coordinator directly:

Casa Caridad – Karen Magee-Koski, Coordinator (

Casa Ronald McDonald – Carmen Martin, Coordinator (

Proyecto Vivir – Myra Deuel, Coordinator (


Phyllis So, VP Activities

Are you interested in coordinating some of our activities – whether on-going activities or one-off events? Find out what’s involved! It’s definitely a lot of fun and a great way to get involved and meet people! Contact Phyllis So, our VP – Activities, for more information

May Holidays in Valencia

Monday 1 May Labour Day

We hope to see you at the Annual General Meeting - there's a lot happening with our organization, and you will want to be "in the know"!

Jane Buck,


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