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November 2023

The past few weeks have really shown us Valencia at its best, with sunshine, warmth, cool

breezes and lots to do. The IWCV is trying to keep up with that, with new events to try and new friends to make. Read on to find out what’s happening this month!

Much more than a quorum of members voted in the IWCV Board of Directors elections last

month (thank you to all who voted!), and we are pleased to welcome our newly elected board.

President: Jane Buck

VP – Membership: Phyllis So

VP – Activities: Susan Burke Marc

VP – Charities: Pauline Fitzgerald

Recording Secretary: Norma Acland

Treasurer: Dora Sanchez

Member-at-Large: Susan Kaplan

These new board members (some of whom are current board members in new positions!),

whose terms begin on 1 January 2024, will join our appointed IWCV Webmaster Cindy

Roberts to complete our Board of Directors. Congratulations to all!

Many of you enjoy joining us at our monthly luncheons, which are for members only and, in

alternate months, for members and their partners/spouses. We are currently looking for some willing women to join the luncheon committee and help us find interesting restaurants with good food that we will all enjoy. If you are interested in joining the committee, or if you just want a better idea of what’s involved, please email Jane at

Read on to find out about the activities we have already planned for you this month, and don’t forget to check the IWCV website ( ) periodically as events are added all the time!


First Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday 7 November, 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!

Members-only Holiday Gifts Sale:

Saturday 11 November, Session 1: 10:00AM to 1:00PM and Session 2: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Click here to register, and when registering please select the session you wish to attend.

Fellows of the IWCV – November Lunch. Tuesday 14 November, 1:00 PM for drinks

and mingling, 2:00 PM for lunch, at Restaurante Secreto de Anna. This men’s only lunch

is open to all Fellows (male spouses of IWCV members, current & former). To register,

email Carey Hepler at . For complete details, click on Fellows

Of The IWCV – November Lunch | IWC - Valencia and show the page to the men in

your life. For more information about what the Fellows are up to, see below following


NEW ON-GOING ACTIVITY! Chicas de Libros – New IWCV Book Club for IWCV

members. First meeting Tuesday 14 November, 6:00 PM at Bar Cassalla, C/Bon Orde

19. Come to the first meeting to help plan the book club! To sign up, contact Ruth Ann

Hepler, or WhatsApp +34 613 395 458. For complete details,

Are We Doomed to Diabetes? Wednesday 15 November, 3:45 PM. Join us as IWCV

member and nutritionist Susan Burke March helps us separate the myths from the

truths about this disease. For complete details and to register, click here: Are We

Turkish Cooking Class Friday, 17 November, 2:00 PM. Join IWCV member Pinar

Ozhal and celebrte fall with unique local products used in some fun recipes from her

hometown Diyarbakir. This event is for IWCV members only. For full details and to

OWL – IWCV “Out With the Ladies” Happy Hour. Wednesday 29 November, 6:00

PM outdoors at Saltimbocca,Plaça de Vannes 7. Members, Partners/Spouses, Fellows

of the IWCV, and Guests are welcome to join in on the fun! There is no need to register

in advance for this pop-in event.

Tour of the Historic District of the Cabanyal. Thursday 30 November, 11:00 AM. Join

us as our consummate English-speaking guide David takes us on a tour of the Cabanyal,

including its history and architecture. For details and to register, click here

IWCV November Luncheon Thursday 30 November, 2:00 PM. For IWCV members

only. This month we will try something different as we taste the amazing flavors of

Peruvian/Asian fusion at Restaurante Lima. For complete details and to register, click

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 so that we can cancel your place and give the next person on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thank you for understanding.


Susan Kaplan, VP Membership

New Member in October

Lea Davis - American

Happy Birthday To Our November Birthdays

Anelia Krandeva

Ann Linton

Belinda James

Carmen Bellos

Carolina Amram

Catherine Cleaver

Donna Morgan

Erica Worthington

Heather Barnard

Ida Mauritzen

JoAn Conboy

Karen Somerville

Lilia Espinosa Tyson

Lisa Blumhagen

Lisa Harrison

Maria Naranjo

Mary Olsson

Sibyl Davis

Silvia Matos Escalada

Sonia Martos

Sophia Campbell

Charities & Fundraising

Pauline Fitzgerald, Charities Chair

AThe charities team continue to focus on the needs and support our three charities

Proyecto Vivir, Casa Ronald & Casa Caridad

For those of you who wish to make a private donation , the bank details of our three

charities are as follows; please ensure that you note IWCV in the reference box

Casa Caridad

1. La Caixa: ES47 2100 0736 0022 0061 2310

2. Banco Sabadell: ES75 0081 7352 4300 0105 7311

Casa Ronald

ES27 0081 1518 9300 0150 8057

Proyecto Vivir

ES75 3159 0066 9828 5328 2123

Casa Caridad

We continue our drive in November to donate hygiene products and non-perishable

foods to Casa Caridad.  Shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, toothbrushes and soap

are a welcome donation. If you wish to donate there will be members of the

charity's team at the First Tuesday Coffees and lunch in November to collect

your donations. Alternatively, it is possible to have them delivered with an online order

from any of the supermarkets, or you can drop donations off at: Casa Caridad, Paseo

de la Pechina no. 9, bajo, 46008 Valencia (+34 96 391 1726).

Proyecto Vivir

Myra Deuel hosted a very successful Halloween party fundraiser for PV on October

28th. She raised a grand total of €600 which will be handed over to PV in November.

Thank you Myra for organising this memorable event with such precision and thank you

to everyone who sponsored and supported it. I know a good night was had by all.

Photos will be posted 

Amigos de la Calle

Our holiday season campaign to support Amigos de la Projects has begun. Thank you

to all you ladies who have already committed to sponsoring a child. Children will be

allocated to the sponsors with full details in the coming week.

We will roll out the Gift Bags for the Homeless campaign during the first week of

November. Please watch your emails for details.

Once again I would like to thank all our members for the endless support you give to

the Charities Team!


Phyllis So, VP Activities

Recap of October’s Events

What a great October! From Pilates to a tour of the Botanic Garden.

First, we had Leyna Noel provide a Pilates Primer at her studio, Human Behavior. It was a full

house and she gave the history of Pilates - amazing story. If you haven’t heard it yet, stay

tuned – she will give another class in early January. Leyna is an excellent instructor and

doesn’t miss a thing (meaning if I didn’t do the exercise right, she came over and gently

moved me to proper position)

Dennis Roth, husband of IWCV member Debbie Roth, gave a reading from his book, Greed

and Deceit, the second of a triology. (I just got the Kindle version and am thoroughly enjoying the book.) Dennis also gave us some readings of his poetry. A very entertaining morning.

Rebecca Cabo, SpacesCabo gave really important information about real estate in Valencia -

renting, buying. So much I didn’t know and great to see we did some good things when

renting! Rebecca will be doing on-going informational talks.

Susan March, our VP Activities-elect, gave us a talk regarding the Expat Dilemma. Her talks

are really good for dispelling myths about food and nutrition. Susan will also be giving on-going discussions regarding our health and lifestyles.

Brenda Stein arranged a tour at the amazing Botannic Garden led by David of Ars Magna. It

was my first time there, but not the last. In my opinion, David’s knowledge of the Garden

surpasses any other guide here in Valencia. If you get a chance, go on his next IWCV tour of

the Cabanyal – It’s sure to be excellent.

Ongoing Activities

All the following on-going activities have their own WhatsApp groups to keep members

informed of what’s happening with that particular activity. Please WhatsApp them if you are

interested in joining a particular group. Contact numbers are below.

Chicas de Libros – NEW on-going activity. See above under Membership for more details.

Contact info: Ruth Ann Hepler - or WhatsApp +34 613 395 458

Mah Jong Mondays - every Monday between 11:30am and 4:00pm. It is a fun way to learn

more and play an ancient Chinese game. We play Hong Kong style Mah Jong. If you already

know how to play, come join us or if you want to learn to play Hong Kong style, please email

Jane and she will add you to the list for the next class.

Contact info: Jane Buck – (WhatsApp 672 228 427)

Spanish and Coffee, Wednesdays, 11-12:15 at El Corte Ingles (Colon - where

Starbucks and Samsung are on the ground floor) at the cafeteria on the 6 th floor.

Spanish and Coffee

Come join us to have lively Spanish conversations with sometimes specific topics;

for example, shopping, going to the doctor. It is a safe environment to try your hand at speaking and understanding the language. Bilingual speakers usually attend. All are welcome. Contact Info: Mary Reeves, +34 686 50 20 90

Stitches and Yarns - Third Thursday from 2-4 p.m. Join this group from beginners to experts

and learn to knit or crochet. You are welcome to bring your current project and learn some new tips or help others. Contact Info: Cathy Cleaver, +34 635 97 89 98

Women Who Walk Fridays, 11-1 meet at Palau de la Musica to walk the Turia and have

coffee. For all levels of walking, you will find someone to walk with. Both women and partners, out of town guests are welcome.This has proven to be one of our most popular groups so what are you waiting for? Get out on the Turia, meet new friends and have a coffee. Contact Info: Liz Humphreys +34 637 74 89 90

Board Games and More - Average two times per month. From 6-8 people (depends on your

flat), bring snacks and beverage and join a fun-filled way to pass the afternoon and have some laughs. These games fill up fast. Games currently being played: 3/13 (like rummy but not), Mexican Train Dominoes (like dominoes but not), Rumi Kube, (like rummy but not), Quiddler (make words vs. numbers and not like rummy!)If there’s a game you’d like to play or want to host a party, let Ann Linton know. Contact info: Ann Linton - +1 (312) 208-8666


Carey Hepler, Coordinator

The Fellows of the IWCV men’s group started activities for men last month and hit the ground running with its first men-only lunch at restaurante Shiraz. They also started no less than 3 activities for the Fellows – golf, pádel, and photography. Let your partners/spouses know about the Fellows!

Click here to download the November Fellows Newsletter:

Fellows Newletter - November
Download DOCX • 19KB

November Holidays in Valencia

Wednesday, 1 November All Saints Day

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our November activities!

Jane Buck,


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