Dear Ladies,

It is that time of year when we are all very busy with everything Bazaar related! After a very successful second stallholder meeting held at the American Embassy, I know Toi and her team are becoming incredibly busy arranging the 60+ stalls and trying to accommodate every request and still all with a smile on their faces!

I remember the first time I visited the bazaar, having only been in the country 6 months and the club 3 months, I thought I would pop along and see what all the fuss was about and I have to say my jaw was on the floor when I entered the first hall! Every year since I am proud to be involved with the IWC and how much our members achieve, together with all the volunteers to generate this amazing one day experience. If you are new to the club and have some spare time, I urge you to get involved in what ever way you can, it is hard work but so worth it! Remember many hands make light work!  If you need to contact Toi and her team, or want to know how to volunteer or donate all the details are available on our website

Nara Vasconcelos will be selling tickets at the coffee morning and she can also allocate you tickets on a sale or return basis, this is ideal if you want to take some to your workplace, activity groups or distribute among your friends. You are also welcome to take posters to advertise the bazaar in your local vicinity.

If you are holding an event to raise money for the charity bazaar or for your stall in particular, we will be happy to promote this within the membership, please contact the office with the details.

There is also still time to renew your membership, if you haven’t done so already. Please take the opportunity to do so at the coffee morning before your details are removed from our database.

Don’t forget to check out the commercial tables and the events table. One of our new events is a ‘Monthly Wine Evening’ for those of you who cannot always attend the coffee morning through work or other commitments or if you simply would prefer to chat over a glass of wine, please sign up for our first night this November at the event table.

As always we have nice things to buy from our commercial stalls at the coffee morning and some nice events, so remember to bring enough money so you don’t miss out.

I would just like to clarify our position with deposits taken for the events. The deposit is to cover a proportion of the costs for the hostess, if you do not then attend the event, your deposit will not be returned as those costs would still have been incurred. If, on the other hand, the event is cancelled by the IWC or the hostess you will be entitled to your deposit back. We will be introducing a system to streamline this process for all.

Although it is a busy month ahead, I wish you all strength, fun and friendship and I thank each and every one of you for your dedication and warmth of spirit.

Best wishes,