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Dear Ladies,

This month our coffee morning lands on the 1st March, the traditional day for giving Martenitsas and this year in support of Pepi from Pernik, we have invited his teacher to have a commercial table where she will be selling Martenitsas made by the children from his school, so I would like to encourage you to buy as many as possible knowing your money will be going to a good cause.

As I mentioned at our previous coffee morning, we are looking for new office premises. The business Park, Sofia, has been our partner for many years and for the last five years have provided our office free of charge, which has been very much appreciated, allowing us to put this money in the charity foundation for our supported projects. We realise that things cannot stay the same forever and we are now looking for a new partner to continue this example of support for the IWC. We do have a few possibilities which we are following up and once we have exhausted all avenues we will be making a further announcement.

As in previous years, to celebrate women’s day, we have arranged a special monthly lunch for March 8th. This year it will be held in the Park Inn by Radisson and will again be subsidised by the club, with each member paying 25bgn towards the cost. This is usually a popular event, giving us all an extra chance to come together. Please, remember to sign up and pay your deposit, as we will need to inform the hotel of numbers as soon as possible.

I would like to thank the nominating committee, headed by chairwoman Franziska Bieri, for announcing that they will now be accepting applications for the board positions that will be voted on at next month’s AGM. Please do contact them if you feel you can participate on the board this year, new board members can bring fresh ideas and a new energy that is needed to keep the club moving forward. Good luck to all of you who are ready to take on the challenge!

Finally I would to like announce that we have agreed to partner GTC Bulgaria in their Food Festival, which in conjunction with other donors and Embassies will take place this May. The idea is to not only promote the food and culture of Bulgaria but to take the food and culture of the rest of the world on tour around Bulgaria, a mini IWC Bazaar if you like! Of course this is a great opportunity to engage with the Bulgarian people outside of Sofia but it is also intended to raise money in each of the 8 locations to donate to local projects. We will be announcing more of this project and how you can get involved very soon.

I hope you all have a very lucky March!

Best regards