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Volume 17, Issue 10

March 2013

WAC ON TRACK

March

The Club is a multifunctional organization whose purpose is to meet the social, educational, and personal needs of its members. The Club is designed to encourage international friendship, support, and sharing.

Women’s Activity Club Winterthurerstrasse 18 8610 Uster 043 305 9250

www.wac.ch


Volume 17, Issue 10 WAC Board of Directors Good communication between the board members and the membership of the WAC is important for the continued growth and improvement of the club. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us.

President Carol Conzelmann 044 940 02 93 carolconzelmann@gmail.com Vice President Stephanie Weber st_hayes@yahoo.com

March 2013 Editor’s Note

Stacy Streuli

As February draws to a close, and the many many snowy days are hopefully tapering off (sorry to those who love the snow, I’m a Texas girl!) I look forward to the (slow) arrival of Spring and of course, the many chocolates to be eaten on Easter! March is a month of birthdays in my house, and my poor husband has to buy gifts for our daughter, his mother, my mother, and ME! :-) This month we say goodbye to the WAC Board 2012 at the AGM on 21 March, and hello to the new Board 2013! I hope you will all come along for the meeting and dessert buffet after. After a a bit of a delayed hand-off, this summer I will say goodbye to you as editor of the WAC on Track and hand over the magazine to our experienced editor and former President Carol Conzelmann!

Secretary Susan Junod susan susan@sjunod.com

As well March finds our ladies enjoying nights out and in -- Going out for Greek and staying in for Indian! How could you go wrong - in fact, why not both?! And an Easter crafts workshop for the kiddies! Good stuff happening at the WAC!

Treasurer Leong See Wong-Fischer aoisora@wongfischer.com

For a quick indoor treat this month, try making these chocolate “nests” with the kids!

Activities Chairperson Heike Adler locodoro@aol.com

Happy March everyone!

Special Events Chairperson Kalpana Jaiswal kalpana.jaiswal@gmail.com Marketing Chairperson Angie Menendez 079 258 53 18 wac.marketing@live.com Membership Chairperson Susan Mailley-Smith susanmailleysmith@yahoo.co.uk

WAC Office & Learning Tree School Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:00-12:00

Club Office Manager Jennifer Langkjaer 043 305 9250 com@wac.ch School Director Ida Imbach 043 305 9250 LTCSchool@wac.ch imbach@gmx.net

225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces 2 tbsp golden syrup or honey 50g/2oz butter 75g/3oz cornflakes 36 mini chocolate eggs 1. 2.

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Line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases. Melt the chocolate, syrup/honey and butter in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.

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March 2013

President’s Note

Carol Conzelmann

Dear WAC friends, March is a very important month at the WAC. Our Annual General Meeting takes place on THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST. The meeting will begin at 7.30pm and includes reports from the outgoing Board, the election of our Board for the upcoming year, and an open discussion where those present can raise any concerns or suggestions. Finally, once the business part of the evening is complete, we can enjoy a delicious dessert buffet and have a chance to chat. The AGM is open to all WAC members. Last year turnout was quite low, which is a shame. Please come along if you can and show the outgoing and new board teams your interest in and support for our club. I’m delighted to report that we now have candidates for all Board positions which is fabulous news. Those standing for election have written a little about themselves for this edition of the WAC on Track. Have a read and find out a bit more about the wonderful team who have volunteered to take care of our Club in the year ahead. Voting will start on Tuesday, March 5th. Please ensure that you cast your vote to ensure we can elect our new Board. Please see instructions on how to vote under Nom Com news later in this edition. This is my last President’s report before I step down at the end of March. I’m very happy to know that the WAC will be in very safe hands in the future and I feel very honoured to have been trusted with this job for the past 2 years. I owe a big debt of gratitude to many amazing ladies (and a few men) who have supported me, and I’ll mention some of the things we’ve achieved in my report to the AGM which will be published in next month’s edition of the WAC on Track. Thanks for reading! Carol


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NOM COM NEWS – MARCH 2013 Our  begging  and  pleading  really  worked!    We’re  absolutely  delighted  that  we  have  a  full  list  of  candidates  to  run   the  WAC  Board  in  the  year  ahead: President   VP     Secretary   Treasurer   AcFviFes   Events     Membership   MarkeFng  

               

Susan  Mailley-­‐Smith Sima  Xie Swapna  PaFl Judy  Burckhardt Heike  Adler Louise  Gooding Clare  Taylor CharloMe  Stone

The  Board  is  supported  in  its  work  by  Chairpersons,  and  as  you  can  see  in  these  areas  we  sFll  have  2  vacancies,   for  BUSINESS  and  IT.    Please  see  below  brief  job  descripFons  for  these  two  roles: IT-­‐Support • manages  all  aspects  of  the  WAC’s  IT  infrastructure • creates  regular  system  backups  and  trains  users  when  needed  in  operaFonal  procedures • responds  to  the  needs  of  users  with  respect  to  our  database,  financial  soVware  and  website • ensures  that  our  systems  are  appropriate  for  the  needs  of  the  organizaFon • Reports  to  the  President For  more  details,  please  contact  the  2012-­‐2013  Chairperson,  Stephane  Junod,  stephane@sjunod.com,  043  266   9289 Business • manages  the  development  and  internal  markeFng  of  enrichment  classes,  special  interest  clubs,  seminars  and   playgroups, • works  with  the  Treasurer  and  Office  Manager  to  establish  and  maintain  uniform  processes  and  procedures   for  enrolment  and  billing  and  to  maintain  accurate  financial  records  of  all  acFviFes. • Reports  to  the  AcFviFes  Chairperson For  more  details,  please  contact  the  2012-­‐2013  AcFviFes  Chairperson,  Heike  Adler,  locodoro@aol.com,  044  793   1380

If  you’d  like  to  find  out  more,  please  contact  any  member  of  the  NominaFons  CommiMee  or  those  menFoned   above. Finally,  we  need  all  WAC  members  to  vote!    Please  see  the  advert  in  this  ediFon  and  make  sure  you  place  your   vote,  either  at  the  AGM  or  from  March  5th  onwards  by  absentee  ballot. Thanks  for  your  support, Carol  and  the  Nom  Com  team


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Board Nominations For  the  nomination  of  President: Sue  Mailley-­‐Smith

Hello,  I'm  Sue  and  I  am  running  for  President  of  the  WAC  for  the  coming  year.    I  have  really  enjoyed  my  year  on   the  Board  as  Membership  Secretary  and  look  forward  to  devoting  more  time  this  year  to  keeping  the  WAC  running   smoothly  and  ensuring  that  all  members  have  plenty  of  activities  and  events   to  keep  our  children  and  us  busy! I  am  originally  from  the  UK  but  before  we  moved  to  Switzerland,  my  husband   Wez  and  I  lived  for  2  years  in  Singapore  where  I  taught  in  an  international   school.    We've  now  been  here  for  almost  4  years  and  I  had  the  luxury  of  being   able  to  have  both  my  babies  in  Swiss  hospitals!    My  daughter  Isobel  is  now  3   and  a  half  and  is  a  huge  fan  of  both  Lunch  Club  and  the  Swiss  German   Spielgruppe  at  the  WAC.    My  son  Zack  is  almost  2  and  loves  Thursday   playgroup  (especially  Snack  Time!)    He  can't  wait  to  follow  his  big  sister  up   the  stairs  to  "school"  with  Bettina  and  Loredana.    All  the  teachers  work  so   hard  and  have  created  such  a  happy  learning  environment  for  our  children. The  WAC  has  been  a  part  of  our  Swiss  lives  right  from  the  start  and  the  fact   that  the  organisation  is  kept  going  by  volunteers  makes  it  such  a  special   place.    I  look  forward  to  doing  my  part  to  help  both  new  and  old  members   enjoy  their  membership  and  to  keeping  our  club  going  from  strength  to   strength.     I'm  very  excited  about  the  possibility  of  working  with  the  great  team  of   people  who  are  also  running  for  a  Board  or  Chairperson  position  for  the  

For  the  nomination  of  Vice-­‐President: Sima  Xie Hallo everybody, Nice to "see" you at here again. My name is Sima, I am from China, a mama of a 4.5 years old princess. 3 years ago we joined WAC. My daughter Anais started from play group, than pre-school and now explorer class. I started as a stranger,than cooperated manager on business, class representative, and now vice president. We both learnt a lot at here, got a lot of fun and friends at here. WAC helps us to find ourselves and develop ourselves. I am glad to have these chances to help all the members to find the same warm feeling as I have found at here. WAC is another home for me and my daughter, all the members belong to this family. No matter you are "old" or "new", I hope everybody could enjoy this big family!


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VOTES PLEASE! Voting starts from Tuesday, March 5th until the AGM on Thursday, March 21st You can cast your vote as follows: 1. In person at the AGM at 7.30pm on 21.3.2013 2. By absentee ballot in the WAC clubroom: fill out a ballot form, sign the control sheet, have another WAC member witness your vote and place your vote in the ballot box 3. By absentee ballot via email: send an email to com@wac.ch clearly stating how you wish to vote and authorising our Club Office Manager Jen to place a proxy vote on your behalf

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!


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Board Nominations

March 2013

For  the  nomination  of  Secretary: Swapna  Patil I am Swapna Patil living in Uster with my husband, Kedar and my children, Arnav and Aryana. I have been in Switzerland (and with the WAC) for 6 years. My kids have enjoyed the playgroups, preschool and various classes that the WAC offers. I have previously volunteered as the Swim Representative, Class Rep, done library shifts and been the Special Events Chairperson. I am looking forward to take over my responsibilities as a Secretary with the new WAC Board.

For  the  nomination  of  Treasurer: Judy  Burkhardt Dear WAC Member, The WAC has been a wonderful place for me to meet & learn lots from English speaking people from around the world. I moved from California to Switzerland with my Swiss husband & children 4 years ago. Soon after that I started volunteering at the WAC Library & have never left it. This year I am branching out into volunteering for Treasurer. I have to admit that I do not hold a degree in accounting or finance (My degree was in Medicine.) but I love learning new things. I have learned lots about marketing, publicity & budgeting from being Library Chairperson these last 2 years. These three things combined with the hard work of our wonderful Library Volunteers have quadrupled Library income. So now we can buy many Adult & Children DVD’s as new releases --- which in turn has made the Library very popular. Great children & adult books have been donated by the bagful each week. (Thank you to all the kind donors!) It has been so rewarding to see the Library become such a happening place. And in the coming year, I look forward to learning lots in the job as Treasurer. Happy Easter! Warm Regards,


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Board Nominations

March 2013

For  the  nomination  of  Marketing: Charlotte  Stone Charlotte moved to Switzerland from London with her husband 4 years ago. They are both English and have 3 children who have regularly attended the WAC for 3 years; Betsy aged 7, Lola aged 5 and Zak aged 3. Charlotte is looking forward to being able to contribute to the WAC on the Board in the Marketing position. Before leaving London she worked at L'Oreal in the marketing department and was a marketing manager at Imperial College London. She also completed a post-grad course in marketing whilst pregnant with Betsy.

For  the  nomination  of  Membership: Clare  Taylor Hello, my name is Clare Taylor and I have put my name forward to stand as the new Membership Chairperson. I moved to Switzerland from the UK at the end of August last year, with my husband Simon and our two children. My daughter Phoebe is three and a half and my son Ellis has just turned two. We live in Uster, luckily just a short walk from the WAC. I worked for Hertfordshire Constabulary before moving here but now enjoy being a full time mum. In my rare spare time, I love to bake and decorate cupcakes and have a weakness for Emma Bridgewater pottery! We joined the WAC before even relocating to Switzerland and I can’t begin to describe how much being a part of the WAC has helped us settle into life here. The WAC is a great way to meet lots of people and make new friends quickly. We go to the Rockin’ Rascals playgroup on a Thursday and Phoebe attends the Learning Tree Spielgruppe twice a week. I’ve also even had a glimpse of a social life with the WAC Dinner Club trips to local restaurants! I am excited about the prospect of being part of the new team. The WAC has so much to offer to families and I look forward to the opportunity of sharing this information with new members.


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Board Nominations For  the  nomination  of  Events: Louise  Gooding Hello, Let me introduce myself! My names Louise, I have three beautiful girls (2, 4 and 8) and moved to Switzerland last April with my husband for his job. I became a member of the WAC soon after moving here, attending Toddler groups with my youngest and putting my middle daughter in the Learning Tree for a few sessions a week. Some of you may know that I have put my name forward to be events co-ordinator on the Board for the next coming year which I am very excited about. Before moving here to Switzerland I helped lead a Volunteer group to raise money and awareness of our local children's centre, running weekly meet ups, coffees, crafts clubs and the odd fundraiser - hosting our very own Autumn Watch event which I personally organised. I have been involved in my children's schools, as a member of the PTA and as class representative, organising social events for the children and sometimes just for the grown ups too! As for hobbies, I'm very into my crafts and baking, I tend to throw myself into anything creative! I also enjoy reading, and the odd glass of wine with a good movie! I’m hoping that this experience will help me with all I need to take on the job and bring some new enthusiasm into all future events at the WAC! I look forward to meeting more of you throughout the next year and to being part of the WAC team!


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Vice President’s Note"

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Dear  WAC  Friends, The  next  WAC  Annual  General  Meeting  (AGM)  is  just  around  the  corner  and  I  hope  to  see  familiar  faces,   along  with  new  faces,  as  we  thank  those  who  have  given  their  time  to  organize  the  various  WAC   activities  over  the  past  year.   The  WAC’s  continued  success  is  measurable  in  the  growing  number  of  playgroup  participants,   preschoolers  enrolled  at  LTCS,  and  the  array  of  classes  offered.  What  is  harder  to  measure  is  what  it   feels  like  to  be  part  of  a  team.  Can  you  quantify  inspiration?  Well,  if  you’ve  met  Carol  Conzelmann,  the   current  WAC  President,  you  know  how  important  good  leadership  is  for  the  WAC.   Carol  has  served  the  WAC  as  President  of  the  Board  of  Trustees  for  the  last  two  years.  I  know  I  speak   for  many  when  I  say,  “thank  you  Carol!”  Thank  you  for  your  tireless  dedication  to  the  WAC,  for  your   leadership,  and  for  your  inspirational  attitude.  I  consider  Carol  not  only  a  great  leader,  but  a  wonderful   friend  and  fellow  WAC  member. Carol's  inspirational  leadership  is  well  summarized  by  the  following  quote,  from  Douglas  MacArthur, “A  true  leader  has  the  conSidence  to  stand  alone,  the  courage  to  make  tough  decisions,  and  the   compassion  to  listen  to  the  needs  of  others.  [S]he  does  not  set  out  to  be  a  leader,  but  becomes  one  by   the  equality  of  his  actions  and  the  integrity  of  his  intent.” While Carol will be retiring from serving as WAC President, she will still be involved with the WAC as the Publications Chair and will continue to volunteer her time. Did you expect anything less? -Stephanie

Thank You WAC Board 2012


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WAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday March 21st, 7.30-9pm, in the WAC Clubroom The AGM is open to ALL members. •

Outgoing board report on the past year

New board gets voted in, and gives a sneak peak of their plans for next year

Open forum for questions, concerns and suggestions

Come along and be an active member of your club! Important!! Dessert buffet will be served…. Yum!


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LTC School News

March 2013

Ida Imbach

Welcome back! Hope you all enjoyed the Ski holidays! We have a lot to look forward to this month. This month we will start having our class pictures taken. The proposed schedule is March 18-22 for all the Pre School classes and the week of April 8-12 for all the afternoon classes. If there are any changes, we will post it on the bulletin boards and outside the classroom doors. For those of you who do not allow class pictures to be taken, we ask you to please explain it to your children so that they do not feel left out. If you have changed your mind and would like class pictures, please let me know. We thank the Kristina (PTA) for organizing this and Irina for volunteering to take the pictures for us. On March 20, we will have an Usborne book sale! It will take place the whole day. Please have a look at all their new books. Another important date is March 21 when we will have our AGM and vote in the new Board. We take this opportunity to thank the present Board for all their support this past year. We appreciate all you have done for us. Please do come and join us to show our gratitude and support for the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Board – without them your Club and School would not be running. And now for a preview of what we will have in April. We are planning to offer our Spring Vacation Program again this year to be held from April 22 - 26. More information and the sign up sheets will be put up soon on the bulletin boards. We will also be holding our Parent teacher conferences on the week of April 15-19. The RW classes may be holding them on two Wednesdays, April 11 and 18. Please look out for the signup sheets for your child’s respective classes. They will be put up in April outside the classroom doors. Please note that our Easter Break this year does not coincide with our Spring break. Easter break is from Friday, March 29 – Monday, April 1. We have school after that until Friday, April 19 and then we are off for the Spring holidays!


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COM Corner

Jennifer Langkjaer

I would like to say a thank you to all of the outgoing Board Members and Committee Chairs.  Your contributions, dedication and support are very much appreciated. It has been a pleasure working with you!

WAC DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Flea Market - March 9th Girls Night In - Indian March 13th WAC Annual General Meeting - March 21st Arts & Crafts Easter Workshop - March 23rd WAC Dinner Club: Greek - April 4th

Birth Announcements Congratulations to Lorna Sugden and family and Big Brother Jacob on the birth of Eva!  Born 28th January at Uster Hospital, weighing 8 lbs.


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Sharon’s Tips

March 2013 My tip this month is simply for WAC members to pass on their appreciation. I want to personally pass on my heartfelt thanks to our outgoing president Carol Conzelmann. She and her board have done an outstanding job the last 2 years.

Whilst the office of president is rewarding, the job is by no means easy. Besides the huge responsibility, along with many important decisions, that rest on the president’s shoulders (all whilst just “volunteering”) there are countless satisfying moments especially when the members express their gratitude and appreciation. Carol, to your and your team (i.e. especially to the ones leaving office), thank you for doing a wonderful job! We wish you well as you move on to new things. So my tip, or even challenge, for you WAC members this month is just to stop and say a simple thanks to all the many volunteers at the WAC. When you are at the library, say thanks to the onduty librarian. When you see a playgroup leader wiping down crumbs for the umpteenth time, say thanks. When you see someone taking out the garbage, or taking a load of dirty laundry home, just say thanks! Even the editor of our interesting WAC on Track – thanks! Etc. etc. etc. Without all these many incredible people, the WAC would just about fall apart!

LIBRARY NEWS Judy Burckhardt

Dear WAC Members, & There are lots of new releases coming out in March: Argo --- based on the true story of how the CIA rescued a bunch of Americans in the Middle East by pretending to be a movie crew. It is a 2013 Oscar Best Movie Nominee. Skyfall --- The latest James Bond 007 action movie. Rumor has it that it is one of the better Bond films. Anna Karenina --- Tolstoy’s tragic tale of forbidden love told with sumptuous costumes & sets. Tinker Bell’s Secret of the Wings --- Tinker Bell finds out that she has a twin --- a frost fairy. Then there are other oldies but goodies that have been added to our collection (or replaced an old damaged DVD): Spy Kids 1, Hoodwinked, Hoodwinked Too, and Downtown Abbey Season 2 (by request). & Also check out the new books for kids: Nicholas St. North & the Nightmare King and E. Aster Bunnymund. Both these books provide the character basis for the upcoming new DVD release, “Rise of the Guardians” (coming out in the WAC in May). There is also a new biography about Marie Curie --- the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice!


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Readers Gone WACky Alice Knöpfel

In January the Readers Gone WACky read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Members found the novel a challenging, but rewarding, reading selection. The book is made up of six tales: two in the past, two in the present and two in the future. Five of the tales are interrupted and continued in reverse order after the uninterrupted middle section. The abrupt transitions were difficult, and some readers skipped straight to the continuing story. Readers agreed, however, that the innovative structure was a big part of the literary masterpiece. The stories include: a notary crossing the Pacific in the 1850’s, a questionable musician in 1930’s Belgium, an investigative reporter in San Francisco 1970’s, an unsuccessful British publisher unwillingly confined to a nursing home in current time, a clone who discovers hidden truths about the future society she lives in, and a primitive, future society on Hawaii. Readers enjoyed the story about the composer the most and the clone the least. We noted that the few women who were portrayed the in the book were smart and brave. Members had fun analyzing and inferring meaning from the invented language in some sections. Other parts of the book featured authentic but antiquated language. We noted that none of the details of the book were random and that it could be analyzed on many levels. Although the writing, with all the many styles and varied language, was fantastic, the novel altogether is almost overwhelming. Members struggled to pin down the message of the book and spent some time discussing the meaning of the title. After the watching the trailer for the movie, readers also discussed how the book could be successfully translated to the screen. In conclusion, Cloud Atlas was an ideal book for a book club to discuss, giving the members a forum to review the complexities of the work. Our next meetings and books are: March 6 Round House by Louise Erdrich April 3 March by Geraldine Brooks May 15 The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at 8 PM at the WAC. New readers are very welcome! Please call or email Alice Knoepfel for more information (044 912 2326 aknoepfel@swissonline.ch)


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Girls Club Jana Parkin

This month in Girls Club we worked on our Woodworking badge.  The girls learned all about tools as they got to make their own bat house!  Cutting with a hand saw, scoring, gluing, and screwing abound.   Many thanks to Mike Van Eerd for all his help and tools and to Jessica Bachofen who was kind enough to help out at last minutes notice.  In addition to making bat houses the girls shared with each other some very interesting bat facts. Did you know bats use their modified thumb-claw for climbing?  And that the biggest bats wing span is 1.7 meters, almost as tall as an average person!  Different bats eat different things.  Some eat fruit, a few do in fact drink blood but most eat insects.   Having a colony of bats nearby is a great way to naturally control some of the mosquito population.   Reports say one bat can eat as many as 600 mosquitoes in an hour!  In the bat house that we made at girls club as many as 35 (maybe more) could easily fit inside, bats like to snuggle!  Our bat topic will continue next month as we work on our Wildlife badge.   The next meeting is planned for March 16th.


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Girls Night In at the WAC

A TASTE OF INDIA

Wednesday, March 13th, 7.30pm in the WAC clubroom Join us for a fun evening with delicious home cooked food, good company and lots of laughter. The theme is Indian, and we’ll be sure to have some authentic dishes of varying degrees of spiciness to cater for all tastes‌ Each person brings starter/ main course or dessert plus their own drinks Sign up on the WAC noticeboard or via email to carolconzelmann@gmail.com


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Calling all new members! Coming along to a New Members' Breakfast is a great way to start your membership of the WAC.  At these coffee mornings, we get together to discuss all the ways that the WAC can help and support you and make sure you know all the different activities that we offer, both for children and adults.  It's a good idea to try and make it to one of these regular meetings within your first few months of joining up, not least because you then have the chance to meet other new members. In January, Laxmi, Frances, Queen, Susanne and Rebecca came along to meet each other and to have a good look around the WAC.  We talked about our children (of course!) and the classes they are joining in.  This ranged from ballet to pre-school to the weekly drop-in playgroups. Thanks, too, to the new members who have volunteered to help with some of those little tasks that help keep us running smoothly.  This includes photocopying the WAC on Track, tidying up the kitchen, doing a shift in the library and helping with the Kids' Discos.   Thanks everyone and welcome to the WAC! If you are a recent member and have not yet been able to make it to a Breakfast, please note that the next one will be held on Friday March 8th from 9:30 - 11am.   Please contact me directly if you'd like to come.  Alternatively, if you'd like to take on a regular task (big or small...) to keep the WAC ticking along, please contact me at susanmailleysmith@yahoo.co.uk


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C A W ER N N DI LUB C The WAC Dinner Club met last in January at the Han Mongolian Barbecue here in Uster. The evening was again a great success and it was good to see some new faces to the WAC. The 9 ladies who attended all enjoyed the varied all you can eat buffet and some sampled their Mongolian Beers too!

The next Dinner Club will take place on Thursday 4th April with drinks from 7.30pm and food at 8pm. We will be trying out the

Poseidon Greek Restaurant Aathalstrasse 5, Uster www.taverna-poseidon.ch

These evenings are great for those new to the WAC who want to get to know other members and also for old timers with older children at school who want to meet other mums and swap experiences. Why not come and join us and share a fun and relaxed evening out. There will be a sign up sheet on the noticeboard in March or you can sign up via email. Susan Junod (WAC Secretary) susan@sjunod.com


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Lunch Club A Two Hour Supervised Lunch Break for you and your kids! Mon-Tues-Thurs-Fri 11:45-13:45 Cost: 15chf per child/per day Parents are responsible for their own child’s sack lunch. Please fill in a registration form at the WAC or see our website for more info.

March 2013

Mothering Matters is a non-profit, bi-monthly journal for English- speaking parents living in Switzerland with articles and information on child-rearing topics, suggestions and practical tips for child-related activities. A year’s subscription costs SFr. 33. For more information, or to subscribe, go to www.mmjournal.com

THE WAC DAY EXCURSIONS BOOK For all those excursions around Zurich and beyond, don’t forget the revised WAC Excursion Book, listing great days out in and around the Zurich area. Available from the office or library for just 15 SFr.


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PLAYGROUPS Zoom Zoom Zoom ! * Lots of singing, dancing, and moving * Story time or theme discussion * Every Tuesday starting at 9:30-11:30 Come make some new friends! Interested?  Ask Jana for more info. JanaAParkin@gmail.com

ROCKIN’ RASCALS Rockin’ Rascals welcomes kids aged 0-4 and their mom-dad-caregiver

Every Thursday from 9:15-11:15 for songs, playing, crafts and snack!

Hosted by Annie Forster, Bettina Ditzen and Louise Gooding For more information please contact Louise at: louandseb@googlemail.com

Disclaimer: Members, their families and guests are reminded that participation in WAC activities is entirely on their own discretion and/or risk. Neither the Women’s Activity Club nor its representatives shall be held responsible for damage, injury or loss incurred by the use of Club property or participation in club events.


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Photos courtesy of Jana Parkin If you have a WAC snapshot, send it in!


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March Sunday

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9:00 Library open 11:45-1:45pm Lunch Club 4:15 Ballet

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9:00 Library open 9-11 Music LearningGordon Method 1:30 Library open 8:00 Readers gone WACky

9:15-11:15am Playgroup 11:15 Library open 11:45-1:45pm Lunch Club 4:30 Library open 19:00 Zumba

9:00 Library open 11:45-1:45pm Lunch Club 4:00pm Ballet

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9:00 Library open 9-11 Music LearningGordon Method 1:30 Library open 7:30 Ladies Night In: Indian

9:15-11:15am Playgroup 11:15 Library open 11:45-1:45pm Lunch Club 4:30 Library open 19:00 Zumba

9:00 Library open 11:45-1:45pm Lunch Club 4:00pm Ballet

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9:00 Library open 9-11 Music LearningGordon Method 1:30 Library open

9:15-11:15am Playgroup 11:15 Library open 11:45-1:45pm Lunch Club 4:30 Library open 19:00 WAC Annual General Meeting 19:00 Zumba

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9:00 Library open 9-11 Music LearningGordon Method 1:30 Library open

EASTER WEEKEND


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