Monthly Newsletter
September 2020

We had hoped that September would be the month to resume all our regular activities, but it appears that will not be so.  Still we do have some things planned and hope you will feel comfortable participating.  We have chosen to do all things outdoors with plenty of social spacing.  Please be sure to check out our activities at 

Annual Elections


It has been decided that the much postponed IWC-Valencia Annual Elections will be held in September.  We will have to do this via the internet as we cannot assemble a large group to hold the elections. The slate of candidates and instructions will be mailed to you on September 1, 2020. The email will contain a link to the ballot.  It will only take a couple of minutes to vote so please open the email, click on the link and vote.   Voting with close September 7, 2020 so please do not delay.  Your vote is very important.  A big thank you to our Nominating Committee for all their work.  Lauren Baker, Missy Anobile and Carmen Rieff have done an outstanding job of organizing everything.

August Events

In August we had our coffee at the Santa Rosa Café across from the Mercado Rojas Clemente.  It turned out to be most enjoyable. 


Lunch at Saltimbocca was a big hit.  Everyone enjoyed the food and the location.  In fact, they enjoyed the space so much our September Coffee will be there.  Be sure to check the details and sign-up.  Female friends are very welcome, but it is helpful to know how many people to plan for.

Mahjong is ongoing with more new players joining.  Jane is an amazing teacher and the new players are very enthusiastic.  If you are interested in learning to play please contact Jane Buck at

It is still a little difficult to organize our cultural tours.  Brenda has been in touch with David, our usual guide,  but we will have to wait a bit more before David can take us on tours as a group.


Neighborhood Ambassador

I am amazed at how many people have joined the IWC-Valencia in the last few months.  I am pleased to announce the Joanne Simpson has agreed to be our Neighborhood Ambassador Co-Ordinator.    She will work directly with our Neighborhood Ambassadors.  We would be pleased if we had some additional “ambassadors’  to handle the increasing number of new members.  The task is simple but very important.  It is to reach out to a new member in your area, welcome them and introduce them to the IWC and to Valencia.  If you are interested in doing this,  please respond to  

Please welcome our August new members.


Sandra Zagorc - Slovenian

Valeria Uribe - Colombian

Mireya Cillero - Spanish

Carol D’Errico - Spanish-Italian

Celina Quintanilla - Salvadoreña

Janine Forbes - Britain

Jenny Newall - British

Zwetina Mateeva - German

Kerry Hough - British

Zonia Horn - American

Rosalinde Jacques - Dutch

Vickey Resner - American

Candy Fernandez - American

Anjum Gadhok - American

Simone Pilon - Canadian

Melane Comstock - American




Happy Birthday to our September Birthdays.


Adriana Gonzalez

Barbara Roldán

Brenda Stein

Cheryl Speer

Diana Clifton-Sewell

Dominique Downs

Francine Robertson

Gloria Clarke

Jan Frasier

Jen Kaiser

Joanne Simpson

Karen Fereday

Lesley Alexander

Mara Barrow

Margaret Baker

Maria Tellblom

Oksana Perezova

Pamela Smith

Rosalind Flans

Sally Ostler

Sonia Hazan

Taija Hurskainen-Green

Activities for September

First Tuesday Coffee

Tuesday,  September 1, 2020,  10:00 to 12:00


Plaza de Vannes 7

Please note that this is a new location for coffee.  It is a lovely, relaxing spot under the trees. There is often a gentle breeze to cool us off.  If you plan to attend,  please sign by clicking  First Tuesday Coffee.


September Luncheon

​Thursday,  September  17,  2020 at 2:00PM

Paella by the sea! For the time being numbers are limited so we are restricting attendance to members only.  Hopefully things will change soon, and we can invite our male guests,  but not quite yet.  Please click  Luncheon for details and to sign-up.  Hope to see you there.

Knit and Knatter

Thursday,  September 24, 2020

The group "Knit and Knatter" would like to extend an invitation to members of the IWC-Valencia to join us.  You may be an expert, just learning or already know how to knit.  All are welcome and we are always willing to teach you if you are new to knitting.  It is a relaxing time to knit, knitter over coffee or a snack.  For details  click  Knit



Future Events

As soon as we can all get together, we have a few new things planned.  However, we may do some “virtually” if necessary.

The Popcorn Club – Shey Wolvek-Pfister has agreed to co-ordinate a movie club for our members.  More details to follow when it is possible to gather.  In the meantime, put on your thinking caps and come up with some movies, for, about or by women that you think others might want to see.

Speaker’s Series – Phyllis So has designed a speaker’s series with a variety of topics. If there is something you would like to hear  about or something you would like to share with the group,  please let Phyllis know.  Your ideas would be very helpful shaping the series.

At times like these it is difficult. It is normal that we may feel a bit down or lacking enthusiasm.  A friend to talk to can make the day a little brighter.  Take the time to reach out to each other, whether to give support or receive it.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. 

Please take good care of yourselves and stay safe.


Susan V. Kaplan

President, IWC-Valencia