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October 2023

The IWCV is back from summer vacation and in full swing! As always, we’ve got a bunch of

activities planned for you. We also are beginning our Holiday Fundraising efforts, and our new men’s group (“Fellows of the IWCV”) will be starting this month. Read on to learn more about what’s happening this month!

First, elections for the IWCV Board of Directors will be held this month. As in the past, voting

will take place online. All IWCV members will receive a link to the ballot on or about 10

October so please be on the lookout for it! Even though our slate of candidates is running

unopposed, we do need all of you to vote so that we have a quorum of IWCV members


The slate of candidates for the term beginning 1 January 2023 is:

  • President: Jane Buck

  • VP – Membership: Phyllis So

  • VP – Activities: Susan Burke March

  • VP – Charities: Pauline Fitzgerald

  • Recording Secretary: Norma Acland

  • Treasurer: Dora Sanchez

  • Member-at-Large: Susan Kaplan

Fellows of the IWCV

We are very pleased to announce that Carey Hepler has volunteered to coordinate our new

“Fellows of the IWCV” program. Carey will be helped by Steve Flans and Bill Howard. Thank

you to IWCV members Ruth Ann Hepler, Roz Flans, and Donna Morgan for sanctioning their

spouse/partner’s participation in what we hope will be a great addition to the IWCV! The

Fellows program is open to all spouses/partners of IWCV members (current and former), and we are sure that Carey, Steve, and Bill will be organizing some great activities for the men!

The first one will be an initial meeting this month, so be on the lookout for an email announcement about it and please do show it to your partners/spouses when it arrives in your inbox.

It’s only October, but now is the time to order your holiday gift baskets from Casa Ronald

McDonald! These make great gifts and help support a truly worthy cause. For details, see

below under “Charities and Fundraising”.

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!


Events for October: Don't forget to check our website periodically to see what's been added.

First Tuesday Coffee – Tuesday 3 October, 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! Please note: we continue our drive this month to

donate hygiene products and non-perishable foods to Casa Caridad, one of the

charities supported by the IWCV.  Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes

and soap are welcome donations. If you wish to donate there will be members of

our charity team at the coffee 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).

Pilates Primer with L eyna Noel Thursday, 5 October. Do you have lower back pain?

Knee pain? Sciatica? Ever wonder if there was a way to alleviate it in a way that doesn’t hurt and mostly involves laying down? Do you want to get stronger as the years pass? Come to this introductory class where you will learn what Pilates is all about Leyna Noel

(American/Spanish), who spent two years doing an apprenticeship under Pilates

Grandmaster Instructor Trainer Sari Mejia Santo, the most acclaimed instructor of true

Pilates, who learned from Joseph Pilates himself. For details and to register, please

Author Book Reading – Secrets and lies, greed and deceit! Friday 6 October.

Come and hear author Dennis Roth (spouse of IWCV member Debbie Roth) read

from two of his novels. There is no need to read the novels first (but they’re worth a

read!). For complete details and to sign up, please click on Author Book Reading:

Real Estate in Valencia – Tuesday 10 October, 3:45pm. IWCV Member Rebecca

Cabo is offering this series of talks on real estate, specifically in Valencia and Spain. Today’s theme is The Buying Process: Due Diligence, the Arras Contract, the Completion & Closing at the Notary. The talks are ½- ¾ hour followed by a question-and-answer session. Please note: the venue does not have a lift and is not wheelchair accessible. For details and to register, please click on Real Estate in Valencia | IWC - Valencia

The Expat Dilemma – Tuesday 17 October,10:45 am. Socializing can be hazardous to

your waist! IWCV member and nutritionist Susan Burke March will talk to us about the

hazards of social eating. Studies show that dining out frequently can take a toll on your

weight - learn proven strategies for socializing smartly!  Let’s have some educational

fun covering timely nutrition and health topics. For details and to register, please go to

October IWCV Luncheon – Thursday 19 October, 2:00pm. Come join us at a true US

Smokehouse in Valencia! Barbaros Smokehouse BBQ specializes in smoked and

grilled food á la Texas, cooked in the traditional way with firewood and charcoal. The

food is fresh and beautifully presented, and the waitstaff is down home friendly. This

month’s luncheon is open to IWCV members, their spouses/partners and out-of-town

guests. For details and to register, please go to October Luncheon | IWC - Valencia

OWL – IWCV “Out With the Ladies” Happy Hour Wednesday 25 October, 6:00 PM

outdoors at Saltimbocca,Plaça de Vannes 7. Members, Partners/Spouses and Guests

are welcome to join in on the fun! There is no need to register in advance for this pop-in


Guided Tour of the Botanic Gardens – Thursday 26 October, 10:45am. We will tour

Valencia’s historical and beautiful botanic gardens on a private tour conducted by our

favorite guide, David from Ars Magna. This tour is open to IWCV members, their

partners/spouses and out-of-town guests. For details and to register, please go to

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


Courtney Cyphers - American

Mari Machado - American

Phyllis Theodos - American

Sophia Campbell - British

Wendy Hoover - American


Angela Beadling

Anne Garner

Dora Sanchez

Elizabeth MacIntyre

Flora Corella

JoAn Conboy

Kim Varas

Mari Carmen Alvarez

Marianne Falck

Phyllis Theodos

Rebecca Cabo

Susan Komornik

Susan Crochet

Charities & Fundraising

Pauline Fitzgerald, Charities Chair

As we approach winter and the holiday season w.e focus even more on our charities to support those in need in our community. 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


We continue our drive through October and November to donate hygiene products and non-perishable foods to Casa Caridad.  Shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap are welcome donations. If you wish to donate there will be members of the charity

team at the First Tuesday Coffees and lunches in October and 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).


Casa Ronald will once again collaborate with Grupo Navarra to launch a solidarity Christmas

basket sale. These baskets, which make lovely Christmas gifts (perfect for people you’re

visiting, your doorman, cleaning person, etc.). These have proved popular every year with our members. The baskets will be €25 plus VAT (approximately €5). For every basket sold €7.50 will be donated to Casa Ronald. Each basket contains an amazing number of goodies,


  • Bottle of Jaume Serra Brut Nature cava.

  • Bottle of Faustino Rivero Monovarietal Tempranillo red wine

  • Montehonfría Iberian sobrasada of 150 gr.

  • Iberian acorn-fed chorizo Dehesa de Yeltes 150 gr.

  • Iberian acorn-fed sausage Dehesa de Yeltes 150 gr.

  • Mahón cheese Flor de la Isla 125 gr.

  • El Almendro supreme quality nougat assortment case

  • Nougat bar chocolate with crispy milk Trapa

  • Traditional assortment case of Dulcestepa sweet pastries

  • Antiu Xixona cocoa chocolate truffle case

  • Lemon cookie box with Florbu white chocolate

  • Dark chocolate bar nibs with Pancracio fleur de sel

  • Bottle of extra virgin olive oil Arbequina Oro del campo

  • Pack of Obando artisanal mini crackers.

TO ORDER YOUR BASKET(S), please contact Carmen Rieff at AND

provide your complete name, email address, WhatsApp (or phone) number, and the number of baskets you are ordering. Your orders must be placed by Monday 30 October at the very

latest! When the baskets are available, you will be able to pick them up at a central location in Valencia so that you do not have to go out to the Ronald McDonald House to collect them.


Every year we collaborate with Amigos de la Calle to bring some holiday season cheer to

homeless people for Christmas and to the children of less fortunate families for The Three

Kings Day. We will roll out both projects in October. Please watch for details.

Once again, a big thank you for the continued support we receive from

our members for our charities. Without your generosity none of this would be possible.


Phyllis So, VP Activities

Recap of September’s Events

We have had some exciting events to welcome us back from Summer vacation. The first was a talk on the Basics of Chinese Medicine by our member Heather Lounsbury, who shared with us how Chinese medicine can help us in our daily lives.

The second was Eating for Energy given by IWCV member and nutritionist Susan March - the second of a series. Be sure to check out the next one and learn how to take nutritional charge of our lives.

Ongoing Activities

All the following on-going activities have their own What’s App 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.

Spanish and Coffee, Wednesdays, 11-12:30 at El Corte Ingles (Colon - where

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

Come join us to have lively Spanish conversations with sometimes specific topics; i.e.,

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 t

his 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 - Two times average 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.

Games currently being played: 3/13 (like rummy but not), Mexican Train Dominoes (like

dominoes but not), Rumi Kube, (like rummy but not), Quiddler (ma

ke 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 know

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

Mahjong Mondays - every Monday between 11:30am and 4:00pm. We have lunch in

the middle and this is a fun, social day! We play Hong Kong style mahjong. If you

already know how to play, come join us! If you want to learn, please email Jane and she

will add you to the list for the next class.

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

Possible Future Events

We’re excited for possible events that could be happening here in Valencia!

  • Health and Nutrition

  • Cocktails - How to Make

  • Art Show

  • Cultural Tours

  • More Cooking Classes including Baking for the Holidays

Any more ideas? Please share them with us! Phyllis ( )

would love to hear from you! It’s our memb

ers who make this work and we have so much

talent here to share.

October Holidays in Valencia

Monday 9 October - Day of the Valencian Community

Thursday 12 October - Día de la Hispanidad/Spain Day

We hope to see you at our October activities, please don’t forget to vote! and remember to

check our website for updates whenever you have a chance – there’s so much there for you!

Jane Buck,


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