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Volume 19 , Issue 1

April 2014

WAC ON TRACK The Monthly Newsletter of the WAC and Learning Tree Cooperative School in Uster

Welcome New Board Members

• New Board 2014-15 • Fun Easter Treat • Spring Fun Day • LTC School Vacation Program • Springtime Outing • WAC Dinner Club

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Volume 19 , Issue 1 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 Oversees and promotes the welfare and goals of the Club Clare Taylor clarelisataylor@gmail.com Vice President Liaises with the School Sima Xie sima_xie@hotmail.com Secretary Manages a! documentation, policies and procedures. Records minutes of a! meetings Swapna Patil swapnadani@yahoo.com Treasurer Oversees Bookkeeper, WAC accounts and a! outgoing payments. Annie Forster goannie@hotmail.com Activities Chairperson Responsible for the library, playgroups and long-term courses.

April 2014 THE WAC ON TRACK IS PUBLISHED BY THE

WOMEN’S ACTIVITY CLUB WINTERTHURERSTRASSE 18 8610 USTER 043 305 9250 www.wac.ch

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.

Special Events Chairperson Organises a! WAC special events, such as BBQ, Ha!oween and Christmas parties. Christina Stewart Marketing Chairperson Oversees a! marketing activities, including publications, website and advertising. Monika Kopriwa monika.kopriwa@yahoo.com Membership Chairperson Manages WAC’s relationship with its members. Assigns volunteer resources where needed. Organises regular New Member meetings. Sirine EH Mignan sirino17@hotmail.com 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

Advertising Rates Full page ad:% % % 150.- CHF Half page ad:% % % 80.- CHF Quarter page ad:% % 50.- CHF Inserts:% % % 150.- CHF Classifieds: % Members: FREE % % Non Members 30.- CHF. WAC Notice board : (one month / max. size A5) Members: Free. Please contact office for further information. “WAC on Track” Deadlines and Contributions We welcome input from our members! If you have an announcement, a recommendation, a recipe or anything else, please email it to: stacystreuli@gmail.com.

DEADLINE FOR MAY 2014 ISSUE: 20 APRIL 2014


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April 2014 WAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Thursday March 27th 2014, 7.30-9pm, in the WAC Clubroom

WAC EVENTS

The AGM is open to ALL members

5 April

Spring Fun Day

10 April 12 April 16 April

WAC Dinner Club - Italian Girls Club: Kulturama

Book Club - Readers Gone WACky

19 April - 4 May

Spring Holiday

April 22-25 7 May

15 May 24 May

Spring Vacation Program

Adult Craft Evening

Potluck Club

Summer BBQ


Volume 19 , Issue 1

April 2014

Letter from the Editor

Dear WAC Members, As April begins, I feel an excitement in the air. There is nothing like finally feeling the warm sunshine, seeing the blooming flowers, (and of course eating plenty of chocolate bunnies) to truly announce the arrival of Spring. This month we welcome our Board of Directors for 2014-2015, and I look forward to the new ideas and plans that are in store for the WAC in the coming year! And soon the changes will be rolling in - we already have a new location and date for our Annual WAC Summer BBQ! See the flyer in this issue for more details. And there are many opportunities in April to get out and get social with other WAC members - whether dining out, crafting, discussing this month’s book selection, or enjoying the Spring Fun Day with the kids - I hope you will join in and enjoy what’s on offer this month. Wishing you warm sunny days and a pleasant Spring vacation, Stacy


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April 2014

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-15

(L-R) Annie Forster, Swapna Patil, Monika Kopriwa, Clare Taylor, Sima Xie, Sirine El Houry, Conny Beckett

President: Clare Taylor Vice-President: Sima Xie Treasurer: Annie Forster Secretary: Swapna Patil Membership: Sirine El Houry Marketing: Monika Kopriwa Business: Cornelia Beckett (nĂŠe Schindler) On behalf of the club I would like to welcome our new WAC Board of Directors for the coming year. They were successfully voted in at the WAC Annual General Meeting on Thursday March 27th. Seven wonderful volunteers from seven different corners of the world! We are proud to announce that the new board is made up of seven different nationalities: British, Chinese, Australian, Indian, Lebanese, Swiss and German. With such a truly international team in place, the club is sure to fulfill the needs of its members, wherever they may come from! Thank you to all active members who cast their vote. We reached a majority vote with 71 members voting in favour of the new board. With 68 of these officially witnessed we reached a quorum. The proposed new wording for the Article V. Liability for the WAC Handbook did not however reach a majority vote so has not been passed. Sima Xie, our Vice President, kindly explained the reason for the proposed change during the meeting and the vote will be repeated in due course, once there is a wider understanding of this change. The new Committee Chairpersons will be officially voted into position at the Board's first meeting.


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Sue Mailley-Smith presented her report as outgoing President and Judy Burckhardt presented the Treasurer’s report. The new board was welcomed in and Clare Taylor our new President, led discussions about plans for the coming year. There are lots of exciting events ahead and plans for the future of the club. The new board welcomes suggestions for our club in the months ahead so please come forward if you have any ideas to propose. Thank you to those who contributed to the delicious dessert buffet, and especially to Sirine who made the most beautiful (and delicious!) WAC cake you’ve ever seen! A huge thanks to all the outgoing board members for their valued contribution to the club over the past year and we wish our new board all the best for the year ahead. The Nominations Committee: Lulu Harmstorf-Pearl, Sue Mailley-Smith, Lorna Sugden.

A fun evening was had by all present, new and old Board members, committee chairs, volunteers, and members! And the highlight of the dessert buffet was an amazing “WAC Cake” made by Sirine!


Volume 19 , Issue 1

April 2014

WAC  Annual  Report  –  2013/2014 by  Sue  Mailley-­‐Smith

Another  year  of  WAC  activities  has  2lown  past  since  the  last  Annual  General  Meeting,  and  it  is  time   once  again  to  review  all  that  we  have  achieved  as  a  club.    Although  it  would  take  much  too  long  to   mention  every  single  thing,  I  will  endeavor  in  this  report  to  give  an  overview  of  some  of  our   events,  activities,  highlights  and  challenges  that  we  have  experienced  this  year. One  of  the  stand-­‐out  achievements  of  the  year  has  been  the  continued  success  of  many  of  our   social  clubs  for  adult  members.    The  Dinner  Club  has  continued  to  meet  regularly,  kicking  off  the   new  WAC  year  with  a  trip  to  Uster’s  Greek  restaurant  last  April,  with  another  highlight  being  the   Argentinian  Steak  House.    Our  thanks  to  Susan  Junod  for  running  this  club. The  newly  re-­‐named  ‘Potluck  Club’  (previously  known  as  ‘Girls’  Night  In’)  has  also  been  busy  this   year.    Thanks  to  all  the  hosts  who  have  provided  inspiration  and  recipe  ideas  for  our  themed   evenings  (Mimi  Robinson  for  American  night,  Sirine  El  Houry  Mignan  for  Lebanese  night,   Monika  Kopriwa  for  Swiss  night  and  Katie  Arnold  and  Karen  Frei  for  Australian  night)  and  we   look  forward  to  this  regular  meet-­‐up  continuing. I’d  like  to  thank  Alice  Knoepfel  for  her  regular  Readers  Gone  WACky  Book  Club  and  I’m  also   pleased  that  we  now  have  a  monthly  Craft  Evening  meet-­‐up  for  all  the  handicrafters  amongst  our   membership.

The  Board  and  Chairpersons  have  been  busy  this  year: Sima  Meier    Sima  should  be  immensely  proud  of  all  that  she  has  achieved  as  Vice  President  this   year.    Apart  from  her  obvious  dedication  to  the  school  and  staff,  she  has  also  solved  the  heating   problem  that  we  have  been  battling  with  for  10  years!    I  know  that  everyone  is  so  grateful  for  this.     She  also  tried  her  very  best  to  recoup  the  losses  we  made  on  the  WAC  BBQ  and  has  been  a  great   support  as  we  continue  our  efforts  to  solve  the  Dumpster  Issue.    I  am  so  pleased  that  Sima  is   continuing  in  her  role  for  the  coming  year,  as  her  enthusiasm  and  positive  attitude  has  been   invaluable  this  year. Swapna  Patil    Our  dedicated  and  ef2icient  Secretary  has  worked  reliably  and  ef2iciently  for  the   team  this  year,  which  is  exactly  what  we  needed  to  keep  us  all  in  check.    We  have  also  relied  on   Swapna’s  great  experience  as  an  event  organizer  for  the  WAC  to  help  us  with,  in  particular,  the   Halloween  Party.    Again,  I’m  so  pleased  that  Swapna  is  continuing  her  role  for  the  coming  year. Judy  Burckhardt      Our  star  librarian  re-­‐incarnated  last  year  as  a  Top  Treasurer!    Judy  has   exhibited  once  again  her  hard  work  and  dedication  to  the  WAC  by  keeping  an  eye  on  those  all   important  2inances  and  we  are  all  so  grateful  for  her  work  alongside  our  bookkeeper,  Liz.  The   WAC  will  miss  having  you  on  the  team,  Judy. Clare  Taylor    When  Clare  joined  the  Board  last  year  as  Membership  Secretary,  you  would  never   have  known  that  she  had  been  living  in  Switzerland  for  less  than  a  year.    She  has  settled  into  life   both  as  an  expat  and  WAC  volunteer  with  such  ease,  and  has  proved  a  great  support  to  many  new   members.    Although  having  to  battle  with  the  very  busy  schedule  of  the  WAC  to  invite  new   members  to  meetings,  even  organizing  an  event  on  a  Sunday,  Clare  has  remained  such  a  cheerful   and  reliable  member  of  the  team.    We  are  all  thrilled  that  she  has  agreed  to  take  over  as  President   for  the  coming  year.    


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Charlotte  Stone      As  our  Marketing  guru  this  year,  Charlotte  has  worked  tirelessly  to  promote  the  WAC  in   many  different  ways.    She  has  developed  new  2lyers,  manned  a  stand  at  the  Uster  Welcome  Day  and  also   negotiated  for  us  to  have  a  section  on  the  new  Uster  Information  Boards  that  are  outside  the  Post  Of2ice   and  on  the  main  street.    We  hope  this  will  help  many  more  locals  to  discover  the  WAC.    We  also  have   Charlotte  to  thank  for  the  fundraiser  in  collaboration  with  the  Switzerland  2  for  1  voucher  book.    Have   you  bought  yours  yet?!    Your  ideas,  enthusiasm  and  great  sense  of  humour  will  be  missed,  Charlotte,  when   you  step  down  this  month. Heike  Adler      Heike  began  the  year  as  our  Business  Board  member,  but  we  were  sorry  that  she  had  to   step  down  in  June  due  to  family  commitments.    However,  her  involvement  did  not  stop  there,  and  once   again  we  are  hugely  grateful  to  her  for  her  planning  expertise  in  helping  Sima  organize  the  Christmas   Party.    The  WAC  is  very  lucky  that  Heike  is  now  able  to  return  as  Business  Chairperson  to  continue  her   amazing  work  at  the  WAC. Sirine  El  Houry  Mignan        Happily,  Heike’s  role  on  the  Board  was  quickly  snapped  up  by  a  new  WAC   member,  Sirine.    She  hit  the  ground  at  a  sprint  by  organizing  a  much-­‐wanted  First  Aid  course  for  teachers   and  members  (subsidized  for  playgroup  leaders  by  the  WAC),  re-­‐instating  German  classes,  Drama  classes   and  starting  up  a  Bumps  and  Babies  Playgroup.    And  her  hard  work  hasn’t  stopped  there.    Sirine  has   worked  alongside  Jennifer,  our  Of2ice  Manager,  to  develop  many  other  ideas  for  courses  and  activities  at   the  WAC.    Although  not  all  of  them  have  come  to  fruition,  her  wealth  of  energy  and  ideas  has  been  a  huge   bonus  to  us.  Sirine,  thank  you  for  agreeing  to  continue  on  the  Board  as  our  Membership  Secretary.    New   members  will  be  integrated  quickly  and  easily  into  our  club  with  you  as  their  point  of  contact. Louise  Gooding      Louise  began  the  year  as  our  Events  Chairperson  and  brought  many  new  and  exciting   ideas  to  the  table.    The  Mums  and  Daughters  Pamper  Party  was  a  great  success  and,  given  the  chance,  we   all  know  that  the  BBQ  would  have  been  too.    Sadly,  one  of  our  great  disappointments  of  2013  was  being   let  down  by  Maur  Schutzenhaus,  our  BBQ  venue.    We  arrived  on  the  day  of  our  long-­‐scheduled  event  to   2ind  the  site  unusable  for  a  family  party.    Louise  and  the  team  had  worked  so  hard  to  organize  an  amazing   day  out  for  our  members.    Luckily,  WAC  members  did  what  they  do  best;  everyone  rallied  and  made  the   best  of  the  day,  by  re-­‐locating  the  BBQ  to  the  WAC  garden,  where  a  fun  time  was  had  by  all  that  made  it.     Louise  stepped  down  from  the  Board  in  the  Autumn,  but  we  hope  this  won’t  be  the  end  of  her  WAC   involvement.

Our  team  of  Chairpersons  have  also  had  a  busy  year: Big  thanks  to  Jessica  Bachofen  for  running  the  library  this  year  and  ensuring  that  the  volunteers  are  in   place  to  keep  it  open  as  much  as  possible.    We’ve  all  enjoyed  the  great  selection  of  new  DVDs  and  books   that  she  has  purchased  with  the  new  library  budget. Manikya  Kurichety  has  been  extremely  busy  in  her  IT  role  this  year;  her  wide  knowledge  and   understanding  of  the  of2ice’s  needs  have  proved  invaluable.    Two  great    ‘behind  the  scenes’  highlights  for   the  WAC  this  year  have  been  the  purchasing  of  a  new  of2ice  computer  and  database.    It  would  be  an   understatement  to  say  that  this  will  make  life  in  the  of2ice  much  easier!    Thank  you  so  much,  Manikya. Pamela  Stankay-­‐Sherry,  our  Interior/Exterior  Chair,  has  given  the  WAC  another  year  of  unbelievable   dedication.    As  another  ‘behind  the  scenes’  role,  members  may  not  realize  how  much  Pamela  accomplishes   on  our  behalf.    See  those  lovely  2lowers  outside?    The  new  sandbox  for  the  Pre-­‐School?    Did  you  notice  the   lights  were  2ixed?    Or  the  new  castors  on  the  clubroom  table?    How  about  the  re-­‐organised  kitchen  or  the   more  effective  doorstops?    Pam,  we  thank  you!


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Not  content  to  take  things  easy  after  stepping  down  as  President  last  year;  Carol  Conzelmann,  with   support  from  Stacy  Streuli,  threw  herself  into  editing  the  WAC  on  Track  and  produced  monthly   newsletters  that  not  only  looked  fantastic,  but  were  always  packed  with  so  many  interesting  articles   and  ideas.    Thank  you,  Carol! Christina  Stewart  stepped  into  event  planning  and,  despite  having  her  second  baby  in  October,  was   so  willing  and  enthusiastic  to  help  whenever  she  could.      One  of  her  great  achievements  of  the  year   was  organizing  a  successful  autumn  2lea  market  in  conjunction  with  Maria  Kralj.    Christina  has  also   been  on  the  case  already  2inding  a  super  new  venue  for  the  WAC  BBQ  2014. Annie  Forster  has  worked  so  hard  as  our  Playgroups  Chairperson  this  year.    Aside  from  the  energy   and  enthusiasm  that  she  brings  weekly  to  Thursday  playgroup,  she  comes  up  with  great  craft  ideas   and  shares  these  with  us  all  in  the  WAC  on  Track.    She  was  recently  approved  a  small  budget  for  new   playgroup  toys  so  that  we  can  renew  and  update  the  very  well-­‐loved  supply  that  are  used  by  our   three  playgroups.      Thanks,  too,  to  the  other  playgroup  leaders  for  their  time  and  energy;  I  know  from   personal  experience  how  much  our  little  ones  treasure  their  mornings  at  playgroup,  and  how  much   the  parents  enjoy  the  chance  to  meet,  chat  and  discuss  those  all-­‐important  parenting  issues!  It’s  great   news  for  the  WAC  that  Annie  is  going  to  take  over  as  our  Treasurer  for  the  year  ahead.

In  the  of:ice  and  school…. So  many  other  amazing  people  help  make  the  WAC  the  place  that  it  is.    Notably,  the  Girls’  and  Boys’   Club  continued  to  meet  regularly  thanks  to  Jana  Parkin,  Mirjam  Egli-­‐Rohr  and  their  able  assistants,   and  Rachel  Whittaker  has  kept  our  younger  members  entertained  with  regular  movie  nights.   I’d  also  like  to  thank  Lulu  Harmstorf-­‐Pearl  for  heading  up  the  Nominations  Committee  for  this  year.     With  assistance  from  Lorna  Sugden,    Lulu  has  done  a  great  job  of  rallying  a  super  team  of  volunteers   and  organizing  the  ballot  and  elections. Thank  you  to  all  the  volunteers  that  keep  our  club  such  a  great  place  to  be.    I  hope,  even  if  not   mentioned  by  name,  you  know  who  you  are  and  how  much  we  appreciate  what  you  do.     Finally,  I  would  like  to  thank  our  team  of  paid  staff.    Jennifer  Langkjaer,  our  Club  Of2ice  Manager,  has   provided  us  with  another  year  of  commitment,  patience  and  hard  work!    The  website  has  been  her   baby  and  it  continues  to  develop  and  improve  all  the  time.    She  should  be  very  proud  of  this.  Jennifer   has  also  brought  us  up  to  date  with  a  new  and  more  user  friendly  database,  which  will  make  a  huge   difference  to  the  activity  in  the  of2ice  over  the  coming  years.    As  many  of  you  know,  Jennifer  will  soon   be  2inishing  her  job  here  at  the  WAC  and,  just  to  touch  on  this  very  quickly  today,  we  wish  her  all  the   very  best  for  the  future.    She  will  be  greatly  missed  as  our  point  of  contact  in  the  of2ice. Ida  Imbach,  our  School  Director,  has  worked  hard  with  her  fabulous  team  of  teachers  to  provide  our   children  with  a  safe,  happy  and  successful  place  to  play  and  learn.    Ida’s  commitment  to  the  WAC  is   noticeable  in  all  that  she  does,  and  I’d  also  like  to  thank  her  personally  for  all  her  support  and  advice   over  the  last  year,  both  for  me  and  the  rest  of  the  Board. I  have  thoroughly  enjoyed  my  two  years  on  the  Board  and  have  found  it  a  great  reward  to  have  met   so  many  good  friends  here  to  share  the  highlights  and  challenges  with.    I’m  happy  to  see  that  the  WAC   is  going  to  move  forward  this  year  in  such  safe  hands.    I  wish  the  new  team  all  the  very  best. I  would  now  like  to  pass  over  to  Judy  to  give  an  overview  of  the  last  2inancial  year  of  the  WAC.


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Treasurer’s Report 2013 The WAC, a non-profit organization, had another good year & was able to continue offering all of its children’s classes (Pre-school, Reading & Writing, Ballet, Swimming, etc.) despite lowered enrollment. WAC was also able to organize our annual parties (Halloween, Christmas, etc.), offer a First Aid & Child CPR Class for its teachers & members, and run the most number of Playgroups/Spielgruppen ever. This year we also put the WAC, for the first time, on the Uster Town Map! We were able to keep costs down by almost CHF 4’000 compared to last year. Expenses for club activities decreased by CHF 9’782 mainly due to the cancellation of Zumba & German adult classes which were poorly enrolled. Total salaries remained stable. Other Operating Expenses increased due to the following: increased cleaning cost of CHF 2’407 when we switched to the new & better cleaners, our First Aid & CPR Class for teachers & subsidy for that class for Playgroup Leaders, replacement of Ida’s old & failing office computer, new software technology to improve the efficiency of our emailing system to WAC members, and more advertising to put the WAC on the Uster Town Map & Information Board for 3 years. This year the WAC had a total revenues of CHF 320’775 & total expenses of CHF 332’772. Total costs were lower than last year by CHF 3’859; total revenue was also down 30’987 CHF (or 9.66%) compared to 2012, resulting in a loss of CHF 11’996. (See table for details of the numbers.) Revenue reduction was mostly due to a decrease in the child development income: CHF 25’142. This was mostly due to lower pre-school enrollment. There were also some decreases in income in Membership Fees, Special Events, and subsidies. (2013 Subsidies are actually the same as 2012, but in the year of 2012, two years of subsidies were booked into that one year.) In summary, the WAC was still able to offer all of its children’s classes this year. We spent more in advertising to increase community awareness of the WAC in order to promote the WAC School which is vital to the WAC’s financial health. We ran a maximum program of Playgroups & encourage Playgroup Leaders to promote the Preschool Program. Preschool enrollment is a cyclical thing, but we hope that our efforts this year will help lead to better Preschool enrollment (and hence higher revenues) next year. Judy Burckhardt


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Treasurer’s Report 2013 Revenues Membership fees Income from child development Income business development WAC on Track Advertising Library Income Income special events Income publications Misc income Subsidies Total Revenues

Jan-Dez 2013

Jan-Dez 2012

Change

Percent Change

25,975 258,485 29,243 1,850

27,845 283,627 27,100 2,310

(1,870) (25,142) 2,143 (460)

-7.20% -9.73% 7.33% -24.86%

750

2,907

(2,157)

-287.52%

1,472 3,000 320,775

1,829 6,144 351,762

(357) (3,144) (30,987)

-104.80% -9.66% -9.66%

Expenses For Club Activities Membership/Merchandise expenses Child Development Expenses Business Development Expenses Special Events Expenses IT Expenses Interior/Exterior Expenses Publication Expenses Salaries Social Insurance Expenses Total Salaries Expense Other Operating Expenses Rent, Maintenance & Replacements Electricity, Cleaning Waste Administrative Expenses Advertising Expenses Kanton and community Taxes Total Expenses

16,262 93 5,638 2,356 2,625 2,553 2,905 92 216,988 22,012 239,000 77,183 45,007 14,391 15,841 1,944 327 332,772

26,044 162 7,666 9,573 2,975 2,747 2,673 248 214,803 25,350 240,153 70,067 44,725 11,984 12,207 1,151 367 336,631

(9,782) (69) (2,028) (7,217) (350) (194) 232 (156) 2,185 (3,338) (1,153) 7,116 282 2,407 3,634 793 (40) (3,859)

-60.16% -73.63% -35.96% -306.38% -13.35% -7.62% 8.00% -170.74% 1.01% -15.16% -0.48% 9.22% 0.63% 16.72% 22.94% 40.79% -12.23% -1.16%

Net Profit (Loss)

(11,996)

15,131

(27,127)

226.13%

Expenses


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                                                                 CLARE  TAYLOR

It’s  the  time  of  year  when  spring  newborn  lambs  take  their  first   tentative  but  excited  steps  into  the  world,  and  this  will  be  true  of   myself,  new  WAC  Board  Members,  and  Chairs  as  we  take  on  our  new   positions  this  month!   I  would  like  to  express  my  sincere  thanks  to  the  members  that  have   filled  these  voluntary  positions  and  to  those  members  that  are   valiantly  carrying  on  in  their  positions  for  another  year.  We  are  all  busy  planning   an  exciting  year  for  you  all,  packed  with  events  and  activities.  Not  forgetting  to   also  thank  our  members  who  are  stepping  down  this  year  for  all  the  hard  work  and   dedication  they  have  shown,  I’ve  enjoyed  working  with  all  of  you.   This  month  we  have  our  Spring  Activity  Day,  which  is  going  to  be  held  at  the  WAC   on  Saturday  5th  April.  There  will  be  lots  of  Easter  crafts  and  face  painting  for  the   kids,  a  delicious  bake  sale  and  an  Easter  bonnet  parade!  Remember  to  make  and   bring  along  an  Easter  bonnet!  Further  details  can  be  found  later  in  this  edition.     Also,  a  date  to  mark  in  your  calendars  for  next  month  is  SATURDAY  24th  MAY  for   the  SUMMER  BBQ.  We  have  a  new  venue  this  year,  Pfadiheim  Buech,  Herrliberg.   It’s  sure  to  be  a  great  family  afternoon  event.  Look  out  for  further  details  soon.   Wishing  you  all  an  enjoyable  spring  break  with  your  families,  I’m  going  to  be   expressing  a  sigh  of  relief  as  the  grandparents  arrive!  Here’s  hoping  we  see  a  return   of  the  lovely  spring  weather  we  experienced  earlier  in  March.   Happy  Easter! Clare  


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W A C N E W S Notes  from  the  Committee The  WAC  Committee  is  a  group  of  keen  volunteers  who  meet  monthly  to  oversee   aspects  of  the  WAC  as  a  club  and  as  a  school.    Our  meetings  cover  all  sorts  of  topics,   from  upcoming  event  planning  to  budgeting  for  the  school,  with  plenty  of  other   discussions  too! I  hope  by  giving  you  an  idea  of  the  decisions  we’re  making  on  your  behalf  as  fellow   members,  you  will  have  more  of  an  idea  of  what  the  WAC  is  up  to.    Suggestions  and   comments  are  always  welcome! At  our  March  meeting,  we  discussed  the  following: -­‐

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We  looked  through  the  recently  Finalized  Finances  for  the  year  just  Finished.     Although  the  numbers  are  down  on  the  previous  year,  the  club  and  school  are  still  in   a  healthy  situation  Financially. Our  Club  OfFice  Manager,  Jennifer,  came  to  the  meeting  to  discuss  a  new  plan  to   update  and  revitalize  our  website.    We  can’t  believe  it’s  been  almost  two  years  since   the  new  website  was  launched,  so  it’s  already  time  to  start  looking  at  updates  and   changes  to  make  it  even  more  user  friendly,  both  for  members  and  non-­‐members.     We  discussed  the  potential  addition  of  an  intranet  for  members  –  do  you  think  this   would  be  useful?    Let  us  know! We  decided  it  would  be  a  great  idea  to  hold  an  Easter  Craft  Workshop,  which  is  now   being  planned  and  prepared  for.    We  hope  you  all  have  fun! It  was  decided  that  we  should  purchase  a  WAC-­‐cam!    We’re  going  to  buy  a  digital   camera  for  general  use  by  the  teachers  and  for  us  to  use  at  events  so  that  we  can   gather  great  memories  for  the  WAC  to  keep. There  was  an  update  from  the  Nominations  Committee  that  we  are  still  looking  for   a  new  Interior/Exterior  Chairperson  to  help  with  looking  after  the  building  and   garden.    If  you’d  like  to  help  with  this,  please  let  the  Board  know.

The  next  Board  Meeting  will  be  taking  place  in  May.    If  you  have  any  issues  that  you  feel   should  be  discussed,  please  contact  the  Board.   Thanks!


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Welcome Spring!! Spring is here at the LTC School! We are kicking it off this year with our spring vacation program which is from April 22-25. The sign up sheets are posted on the bulletin board downstairs. There are still some places left. We have had our class photos taken and pictures have been ordered. I would like to thank Karin and her PTA Team for organizing this. The proceeds of our pictures will go to our PTA fund which is used for the improvement and support of the school. We really appreciate it! Don’t forget, before we go on holiday, we will have our Parent-Teacher conferences. The sign up sheets have been posted outside the classroom doors. Last, but not least, we had our AGM and have our ‘new’ board. The teachers and I would like to say thank you to those who are running a second term and we would like to welcome the new board members and we look forward to working with you. Sadly, we will have to say goodbye to the outgoing Board members and thank them for their support.

From all of us at the school – Happy Easter and enjoy your Spring Break!

WAC New Member News


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Spring Vacation Program at the LTC School Date: April 22 – 25, 2014 Time: 9:00 – 12:00 There will lots of fun for children from 2 ½ to 6 years old. Our days will be filled with lots of crafts, playing, singing, stories, games and more. Cost: CHF150.- for the week (CHF200.- for non-members) CHF45.- per day if not attending all week (CHF55.- for non-members) A minimum of 5 children per day is needed to run the program. Cancellation Policy applies. If you have any questions, please contact Ida at 043 305 92 51 or LTCSchool@wac.ch


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Do  come  into  the  WAC  oďŹƒce  and  check   out  the  new  Live-­â€?Switzerland  ZĂźrich-­â€? for-­â€?1  voucher  book  we  are  oering  for   some  fun  ideas  and  reduced  oers  on   meals  out  at  some  great  restaurants  in   the  region.  From  fondue  in  the   Restaurant  Swiss  Chuchi,  dinner  up  the   Uetliberg,  to  a  fun  sushi  night  at  Kai   Sushi  Bar.  Or  maybe  a  private  yoga   lesson  for  2  or  a  session  at  the   Hamam  health  spa  might  interest  you   more!       The  Live-­â€?Switzerland  ZĂźrich  2-­â€?for-­â€?1   voucher  book  is  a  fundraiser  for  the   WAC  and  a  fabulous  opportunity  for  our   members.  Published  bilingually  and   with  vouchers  that  are  valid  for  one   year,  you  will Â ďŹ nd  oers  on  many   inspiring  activities  in  the  area. There  are  69  vouchers  in  total  with  a   value  of  over  CHF  4,500.  The  book  costs   CHF  69  and  can  be  viewed  in   the  WAC  oďŹƒce  or  online  at   http://issuu.com/nconline/docs/live-­â€? switzerland_issuu.


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Save the date – mark your calendars!

WAC Summer BBQ Saturday 24th May 2014 From 2pm Pfadiheim Buech, Herrliberg Further details coming soon.


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Readers Gone WACky Alice Knoepfel

“It was clear that his bonus was going to be minute, could even be as little as his annual pay of £150'000.”

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In March the Readers Gone WACky read Capital by John Lanchester. The story follows the inhabitants of a Victorian-style street in London over the course of a year, from December 2007 to November 2008, the year when the financial crisis hit London. Inhabitants include different groups as Petunia Howe, a widow in her eighties who has inherited the house from her grandfather, the Younts family, Roger Younts being a banker in charge of a department in a bank dealing in currency trades, or the British-Asian Kamal family who owns the corner shop.

Members noted that the book – in spite of the title – was not so much about money, but more about the different people living in a big city. Their stories were not connected or wrapped up in the book, so part of the members felt a bit disappointed about the ending. They discussed if that was the reason why the book was described in one article as a good book, but not great literature. Integrating the story of a refugee woman who works as a traffic warden in the street was seen as being too artificial. The change that especially the banker lived over the course of a year, losing his job and re-orienting his life, was considered realistic though members wondered if one could change his life in such a short period of time after having been used to show off. Members could relate the impact of the financial crisis to personal experience having lived during the same period in an area where people lost jobs or homes. The next Readers Gone WACky meetings are scheduled for: April 16% May 21%% June 18%

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn The Good Lord Bird by James McBride tbd

Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings at 8 PM at the WAC with a rotating leader. New readers are very welcome! Please call or email Alice Knöpfel for more information (044 912 2326 aknoepfel@swissonline).


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WAC Potluck Club The next WAC pot luck dinner theme is Gluten Free Gluttony! The idea being that attendees must test their culinary skills at providing Paleo/Gluten Free dishes and experience a new way of cooking! For more information on what Paleo means, take a look at www.thepaleomom.com

The proposed date is the 15th May, so put it in your diary! Please keep posted on Facebook and the WAC notice board for more information!


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C A W ER N N DI LUB C Our next Dinner Club will be at an Italian Restaurant in Uster, only a five minute walk from Uster train station.

Thursday 10th April Drinks from 19.30 Food from 20.00

Steinfels is known for its delicious fresh daily homemade pasta and also serves a wide range of other Italian dishes.

Steinfels Italian Restaurant Freiestrasse 21, Uster www.steinfels-uster.ch If you would like to attend please either sign up on the noticeboard or let me know by email susan@sjunod.com.


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Sharon’s Tips

A  very  handy  website  to  use  to  compare  prices  of  various   products  in  Switzerland! You  can  compare  most  products  sold  in  CH  -­‐  everything   from  flat  screen  TVs  to  ink  cartridges,  toys  to  airfares,   DVDs  to  computers  –  just  about  everything  that  can  be   bought  in  Switzerland,  you  can  compare  the  prices  of.   What  is  great,  it  also  takes  into  consideration  those   companies  who  have  products  on  sale  for  a  limited  time,   so  you  get  a  pretty  accurate  comparison. The  more  specific  you  can  be  the  better  when  doing  a   search!   www.toppreise.ch. This  website  displays  the  various  prices,  usually  listed   from  lowest  to  highest,  and  also  lists  if  postage  is  extra   or  not.  And  many  of  the  online  shops  come  with  a   customer  satisfaction  report,  so  you  can  read  other   customer’s  rating  about  their  experience  with  that   particular  company.  


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"Rock the WAC Party" Girls' and Boys' Club 15th March There were 23 children aged 5-12, 5-8pm at the WAC Main leaders: Mirjam and Monique Helpers: Carolyn and Thomas An evening of dancing, games, nibbles and yummy desserts (thanks mums!)

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SPRING ACTIVITY DAY April 5th 2pm-5pm WAC

Come join us for a fun afternoon full of activities. There will be plenty of Easter crafts and face painting for the kids, a delicious bake sale for all the family and to finish off, an Easter bonnet parade! ! !

To enter the parade, your child will bring a home-made Easter bonnet… From cute and fun to crazy or festive, unleash your creativity and create your own Easter-themed hat. There will be a price for the best bonnet so let your imagination run wild!! !

Sign up now! And don’t forget to tell us what kind of yummy cake you would like to bring. As there won’t be any tickets for this event, all proceeds from the bake sale will go towards helping cover the costs of the fun day. So please bring some pocket money to indulge a few cupcakes and cookies.! !

Hope to see many of you there!! !

If you have any questions please contact Sirine sirino17@hotmail.com or Louise louandseb@googlemail.com !


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AROUND THE WAC... By now, many of you (and I'm sure all of the children!) will have spotted the latest addition to our garden.  Huge thanks to our kind donator; this little play house will be loved and played with by so many children over the coming months. 


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Happy 3rd Birthday to Pirate Zack for April 15th! Lots of love and golden treasure, from Izzy, Mummy and Daddy xxx

Please email any birth announcements, birthday wishes, leaving notices/goodbyes, etc. to the editor by the deadline (see page 1)

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Thank You!

Many thanks to Jennifer Langkjaer, who is leaving her position as our Club Secretary this month. Jennifer has been a long time member of the WAC and she has been involved in many different aspects of life at the WAC. Jennifer spearheaded the WAC website redesign, as well as bringing the WAC on Track online in a better format. She has been active with the Girl’s and Boy’s Clubs, planned WAC events, participated in German lessons, and much much more! We will miss her smiling face and wicked sense of humor and wish her well in her next endeavor!

your WAC friends


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COURSES AT THE WAC NEW – ENGLISH LESSONS Can you say what you want to in English, but still make mistakes? Would you like to have the opportunity to speak more in English, improve your grammar and widen your vocabulary? Learn with a CELTA-qualified, native English speaker! Lessons will start in May on Tuesday evenings in the WAC conference room If you’re interested and would like to find out if this course would be right for you, please call or email: Carol Conzelmann carolconzelmann@gmail.com / 044 940 0293


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Love kids, love movies?! The WAC needs you! We  are  looking  for  a  volunteer(s)  to  take   over  running  our  popular  

KIDS MOVIE NIGHTS   that  are  held  once  a  month  for  the  children   (4+)  at  the  WAC,  normally  on  a  Friday  night.

Movies  are  provided  from  the  Library,  drinks,   popcorn  and  hotdogs  are  made  available  for   all  attendees! If  interested,  please ��contact  Clare  Taylor  at   clarelisataylor@gmail.com  


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Swiss Corner Our adopted country of Switzerland can be a confusing place at times, and in an attempt to help understand what our fellow man is saying I’d like to offer a few phrases in Swiss-German and a Swiss recipe each month.

Here are some more words to listen for and add to your Swiss-German vocabulary.

Hobbies/ Hobbys CH

mache tue maale choche baschtle tanze schwüme tschuute spile lose s Inschtrumänt d Giige zaabig Fèrnsee luege läse ich lise du lisisch er list si läsed

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machen tun malen kochen basteln tanzen schwimmen Fussball spielen spiele hören das Instrument die Geige abends fernsehen lesen ich lese du liest er liest sie lesen

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to make to do paint cook craft dance swimming football/soccer playing play listen instrument violin evenings watch television read I read you read he reads they read

“Gang go” As we learned last week, to go to the table (DE: “zu Tisch bitte”) = CH: chum cho ässe. The Infinitive “cho” is in the command form “gehen”/ to go. Gang go spile! = Geh spielen = go play! Gönd go luege! = Geht schauen = (plural/you all) go look! Gönd Si go schwüme! = Gehen Sie schwimmen! = go (formal you) swimming! There is a joke that newly married men have joined the “Gango-Club” -- “Gang go poschte (geh einkaufen/go shopping), Gang go hole (go pick something up), gang go, gang go....” !!!


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Swiss Chuchi

more than just Fondue and Raclette!

Hörnli-Auflauf Prep time: 20 Min Baking time: 1 hour This is a kid-friendly, budget-friendly, store-cupboard recipe. You can mix it up a half dozen different ways depending on your mood and what you have to hand. Ingredients: 300 g Pasta shapes, in particular Hörnli, but any small shape will do 200 g diced ham cubes (Schinkenwürfeli) - (or: cubed Landjäger, cervelets, cooked turkey or chicken) 50 g grated (“gereibener”) Sbrinz cheese (or Grüyere) 2 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped finely 4 dl Milk 3 dl Halbrahm or Rahm (cream) 4 eggs 1 tsp salt, a bit of pepper dash nutmeg (Muskatnuss)

Optional ingredients: chopped mixed vegetables (such as: peas, cooked carrots, green beans, celery root, zucchini) or mushrooms Cook the pasta shapes until still a bit firm, about 3/4 of the cooking time on packet. Drain and put into a large bowl. Add the meat, parsley, and vegetables. Pour mixture into a buttered baking dish. In your bowl, mix the milk, cream, eggs, and seasoning. Pour over the pasta mixture. Bake for 1 hour in the bottom half of a (pre-heated) oven at 200 Celsius. If casserole is still runny in the middle at end of baking time, cover and leave in the turned-off oven for an additional 10 minutes.


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Easter Bunny Raspberry Cream A delicious dessert by Carol Conzelmann

250ml double cream 250ml plain quark splash of milk 75g sugar (or more according to taste) Pack of vanilla sugar 250g fresh raspberries, or frozen allowed to defrost Spoon shaped biscuits Smarties candies   • Whip the cream and put to one side • In a separate bowl, mix the quark, sugar, vanilla sugar and milk • Add the raspberries and mix into a puree • Fold in the whipped cream and refrigerate for at least 2 hours Spoon the mixture into small glasses Decorate with 2 biscuits each (for the bunny ears) and 3 Smarties (for the eyes and mouth) - do this just before eating, otherwise the smarties lose their color! Makes about 6-8 small glasses


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s k r o W e Fir y r e t t Po o i d u St

Fire-Works Pottery Studio Untere Geerenstrasse 2 8600 Dübendorf +41 76 55 90 118

I just wanted to share a fantastic little place I came across recently. A ceramic 'paint a pot' studio in Dübendorf! The owner speaks perfect English and is very welcoming and helpful to all your needs. There are plenty of pieces to choose, from plates and cups to money banks and figurines. Prices are reasonable with no added on costs for firing and glazing! The studio is adjoined to a little cafe, so after all your painting you can pop next door for a little refreshment and a slice of cake! What more could you want? Check it out at:  http://fire-works.ch -Louise Gooding

info@fire-works.ch www.fire-works.ch


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Playgroup News by Annie Forster We had a short but sweet month of playgroup in February where we crafted popsicle snowflakes (thanks Louise!) and a romantic fish to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Then along came March where we enjoyed crafting caterpillars, jelly fishes and owls out of toilet rolls.  If you’re new to the WAC, have you considered coming to a playgroup? Playgroups are run by volunteers every Monday (Bumps and Babies), Tuesday (Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!) and Thursday (Rockin’ Rascals).  We cater for children from 0 - 4 years and the wonderful thing about playgroups are that you never know who will show up. We have regular members and non-members who come, new friends who join us, and we offer a confined space and secure environment for your child to play and for you to enjoy a coffee or tea and the opportunity to make new friends.  Come and join us!

In the meantime, if you’d like to make a jellyfish like the one we made in playgroup…. What you’ll need: - Paper plate - Glue - Strips of coloured paper - Cotton wool  - Googly eyes How to make: - Cut the paper plate in half and have your child glue on cotton wool and eyes - Glue on strips of different coloured paper to form the tentacles  - You may wish to curl the paper at the ends for added effect We wish you all a lovely April (April! April! der macht, was er will!) and hope to see you soon in playgroup! 


Springtime Outing Volume 19 , Issue 1

On the island of Mainau, on the Bodensee in Germany, April is a magical month. 400 varieties of Tulips are blooming, in addition to Narcissus, Crocus, and dozens of other floral varieties. But this is not just an island of flowers! There is a castle, a butterfly house, a massive playground, several restaurants, a free treasure hunt to participate in (ask at the front gate), and even wagons to pull the kids around in. Springtime on Mainau is a must-see! For more informations and directions, visit www.mainau.de (English option available)

Price: Adults: 18€ each, children under age 12 free Family card: €37, includes 2 adults and children up to age 15.

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WAC   PLAYGROUPS Zoom Zoom Zoom ! * Lots of singing, dancing, and moving * Story time or theme discussion * Every Tuesday starting at 9:30-11:30 Questions? Contact Monika monika.kopriwa@yahoo.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 wac_playgroup@hotmail.com Cost: 5.-CHF members, 10.-CHF non-members

Bumps and Babies Every Monday from 9:30-11:30 Come join us for morning coffee and cake and meet new friends! Costs: 2.-CHF for WAC members, 4.-cHF non-members For information contact wac_playgroup@hotmail.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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Lunch Club A Two Hour Supervised Lunch Break 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.

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 5 SFr.


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9:00-11:15 Music Learning 10:00 Library open 13:30 Library open 14:45 ESL 4 16:00 ESL 5

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9:00-11:15 Music Learning 10:00 Library open 13:30 Library open 14:45 ESL 4 16:00 ESL 5 20:00 Readers gone WACky

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