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International Club of Rio de Janeiro March 2013

General Meeting Friday, 22 February Clube Paissandu Avenida Afr창nio de Melo Franco 330, Leblon, 10.30 am


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first word R IO E XPATS ! W ELCOME B ACK !

English speaking friends. If you would like to join us

It's so great to see all our friends back in Rio after

please send your RSVP to

the long vacations and numerous holidays. Unfortunately we've had to say good bye to so many who

General Meeting on Tuesday March, the 26th.

were transferred out at the end of the year and

Please note that we have moved our General

now a new cycle starts where we are welcoming

Meetings to the Midrash Cultural Centre in Rua

lots of wonderful families who are just arriving.

General Venâncio Flores, 184 Leblon.

March is a very busy month for us here at the InC, as Evening Programs on Thursdays Speaker Series: Thursday, March 21st at 7:30pm a new, fun filled calendar of events is about to unfold. We have set new goals, added a variety of

This year we have moved. The Speaker Series will be

new and exciting activities for all and most im-

at a new and exciting venue--the high profile

portant, we've gathered lots of valuable infor-

Midrash Cultural Center in Leblon. This is a newly

mation on how life in Rio can be made easier.

formed partnership with Midrash that we are very proud of. Please check this link Our Speakers are



We will be starting the month with our Signature Wine and Cheese Tasting, so grab your sweetheart

Thirsty Thursday

and join us at the beautiful Sao Conrado home of

Thursday, March 14th, as of 7 pm,

Ana Khouri on Saturday evening March 2nd.

Come and join us for Thirsty Thursday at Guacamole, in Jardim Botanico (Rua Jardin Botanico, 129,


near HumaitĂĄ). Guacamole is a large, spacious,

New Member Gathering on Tuesday March 5th at

delicious Tex-Mex place, with wide balconies and

10:30 am. New comers to Rio are invited to visit the

live, Mariachi music. It'll be a blast--and super tasty

beautiful home of Jackie Stern in Jardim Botanico

as well! See you all there! Arriba!

for an informal chat and "cafezinho" with some of the most experienced ladies in Rio. They will share a

2013 promises to be a rather dynamic year and we

wealth of information with new arrivals and unravel

look forward to sharing some very special moments

the mysteries of Rio. Please pass this information on

with you.

to your new friends. "Cafezinho" on Tuesday, the 12th in Zona Sul and

See you soon!

Tuesday , the 19th of March in Barra. If you would like to join us please stay tuned for more information My best to you all, to the InConnection which you will receive every Sunday per email and RSVP to We will be presenting our very new Doctor's Series at this meeting. Two of the Top English Speaking Physi-


cians in Rio will be addressing Emergency situations and the questions you may have on Dengue fever. Please read the article about the Doctors Series. This exclusive InC program was created to give extra support to foreigners here in Rio. A service created to give expats support where most multinational companies leave off. Don't miss it. This also a great opportunity for you to invite and bring your

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what’s on?


Rio 2016 OlympicandParalympicGames

Celebrating Sport with Passion Ernie Maschner will present an overview of the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games from an insider’s perspective. He will discuss the key elements of the Games, including the new venues being constructed, and what it takes to put on the largest sports championships in the world. Also, he will share his experiences working in Brazil coming from the US. Mr. Ernie Maschner is a Program Manager with CH2M HILL, a Fortune 500 Global Engineering and Construction enterprise headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. He is currently in a leadership position in the consortium contracted by the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee to monitor and report on over 300 infrastructure projects necessary for the Games.

Friday,22 February Clube Paissandu Avenida Afrânio de Melo Franco 330, Leblon, 10.30 am

Prior to Rio, Mr. Maschner was in London working on the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Mr. Maschner has over 25 years of experience in infrastructure and building construction, working in the US, Canada, UK, Middle East, and Asia. Mr. Maschner has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of California, and an MBA from San Diego State University. Additionally, he is a Designated DesignBuild Professional as recognized by the DesignBuild Institute of America. Ernie and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children and four grandchildren.

Ready for a clear out? Pease bring to the General Meeting any unwanted clothes ( ladies', men's, teens', children's, babies'); fashion accessories such as belts, handbags, shoes, unwanted perfumes, make up, toiletries etc. All in good condition please for a charity Bazaar to be held in Rocinha Favela this Easter. Funds raised will help students at Casa Jovem where we teach English.

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what’s on?

Doctor Series 2013 We are fortunate to be able to announce a new series of talks by local English speaking doctors who are experts in their respective fields. InC member Dr. Monica Wolff has graciously agreed to both recruit her fellow doctors and to speak at the first event on Tuesday, March 19th.

This will be a series of 6 sessions which will be held once a month in Barra on the third Tuesday of every month through September. Each month will feature specialists from different areas. This series of events will afford InC members to meet leading practitioners of medicine in Rio de Janeiro, ask questions, and help make informed choices when in need of medical care. We look forward to the first event on March 19 where Dr. Wolff will discuss General Practice and Internal Medicine along with Dr. Luiz Fernando Correia who will discuss Emergency Medicine in Rio.


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Please send questions in advance to Ellen so that she and our MC Melissa can collate and organize them in order help our Doctors address as many important topics as possible. We will draw from these questions during the meeting. In a very generous gesture both doctors have offered to help ex pats in emergency situations by giving us their cell phone numbers. The meeting will be held in Barra. Our meet and greet cafezinho will start at 10:30, talks begin promptly at 11:00 after which members will have time for lunch and to socialise. Please feel free to invite your English speaking friends. This event is free. An RSVP to Ellen Kuenstner at is essential so that your name will be on the list at the entrance gate. March 2013 The ECHO


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2013 International Club-Rio (InC) is proud to announce its new, revamped Speaker Series at a new and exciting venueThis will be our first Speaker Series of the Midrash Cultural Center in Leblon. the year in our new venue, and we hope to see all of you there, on March Midrash is a high-profile centre renowned for 21st, as 7:30 pm, interacting and its excellence in diverse and interesting participating with flair and gusto, as cultural activities--ranging from music, cinema, theatre, dance and various lectures and usual. It's a juicy topic, surely. There's a wonderful bistrô with food courses on a wide range of topics. and drink available, as well. Inc-Rio has just established a partnership with Midrash for our evening Speaker Series in 2013. We have already lined up some stellar More information on this new Speaker speakers for the first months of the year:

Series to come!

In March, we will have an intriguing panel on the evolution of gender roles in Brazil in the past decades: Men, Women, Brazil: The evolution of gender roles in politics, business and the workplace. Among our guests will be Aspasia Camargo, a state representative and leader of the Green Party in Rio, who ran for mayor in 2012. Also present will be Rosana Heringer, sociologist and specialist in gender relations from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, as well as American male business executives with extensive experience in Brazil. The panel will discuss the main issue in a comparative perspective, focusing on similar dynamics in the US and other countries.

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what’s on? Wine & Cheese: Saturday March 2 - 8pm First Wine & Cheese Tasting for 2013! Centrally located at Ana Khouri's stunning home in Sao Conrado, don't miss the fabulous wines and cheeses and opportunity to meet new friends. Place: The private residence of Ana Khouri in Sao Conrado Parking: available on the street. Taxis recommended. SPACE IS STRICTLY LIMITED. RSVP ESSENTIAL:

Thirsty Thursday Thursday, March 14th, as of 7 pm, Come and join us for Thirsty Thursday at Guacamole in Jardim Botanico (Rua Jardin Botanico, 129, near Humaitá). Guacamole is a large, spacious, delicious Tex-Mex place, with wide balconies and live, Mariachi music. It'll be a blast--and super tasty as well! See you all there! Arriba!

Cafezinho NOT ONE BUT TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO GET TOGETHER: ZONA SUL - Tuesday, March 12 @ 10:30 venue to be confirmed. Look out for the InConnection

BARRA –Tuesday, March 19 @ 10:30 venue to be confirmed.


out for the InConnection

New Members Gathering Tuesday, March 5 @ 10:30 at the home of Jackie Stern RSVP Jackie at Join Jackie and some of the most experienced ladies in Rio for an informal chat and "cafezinho" sharing a wealth of information.

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for your calendar

March Monday








2 First Fabulous Wine & Cheese Tasting



5 New Members Gathering







12 Cafezinho Zona Sul


14 Thirsty Thursday





19 Dr Series Cafezinho Barra


21 Speaker Series





26 General Meeting New venue






To the wonderful ladies of the InC, My seven month adventure in Rio De Janeiro was a special gift in my life. I met so many fabulous friends that truly touched my heart. Rio was such a magical place with the some of the world’s most beautiful sights to behold and enjoy. We sold our home and cars before we left so it has been fun to start over and shop for cars and a new home. We decided to downsize and purchase a smaller patio home. It was also great to go back to Baton Rouge Louisiana and visit my 3 sons at Louisiana State University as well as family and friends. I have joined a Bikram yoga studio and attended a fabulous retreat this past weekend. I feel like I am already back in the Groove living in Houston, Texas. The weather has been chilly but beautiful and I am looking forward to the arrival of spring. Thank you to all of the ladies who welcomed me to Rio with open arms ad made my transition to my first Ex-pat experience much easier. You will always have a special place in my heart.

Anita Duty March 2013 The ECHO


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those who make it happen Executive Board 2013 President Bonnie Kobert Harrison 7281.1866 Vice President Mike Royster 8128.7910 Treasurer Cathy Baudoin 9607.4550 Secretary Mary Dwyer 6716.7697 Membership Director Jackie Stern 2540.0958 Charity Director Robyn Thompson 9895-8855 Fundraising Director Anna Whyte 2422.7286 Communications Director Jill Lewin 7362.1414 Events Director Melissa Mello e Souza 8015-2020

Coordinators Communication Team Webmaster Jolanda Maltha 3647.0578 / 8362.5398 The Echo Marinda Gerber 3586.3125 / 7284.3196 InConnection Denise Luna 2267.1285 / 8635.7879 General Meetings Jackie Stern 2540.0958 Hospitality Catherine Bruce 9180.5353 Welcome Coordinator Tanya Matheus

Activity Coordinators Book Club Robyn Thompson 9895 8855 Bridge Coca Caputo 2491.7830 / 9601.7413 Concert Information Margarita Mari 2256.8419 Cuisine Workshops Christa Pickering 8040.4100 Needle & Thread Club Maria Lu 6922.5369 Tennis Cathy Baudoin 9607.4550 Fun Cooking Club Lucia Helena Assad 9982.9596 / 2434.8167

InC - The Echo March 2013  

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