Dear ladies,

In the last month the IWC has been buzzing with activities thanks to your ideas and participation – so many members are getting involved in the club activities and the IWC projects are rapidly progressing.

Since the office opening day, there has been members there daily, working or having various meetings.

It was wonderful that many of you came to our new TZUM office location on the 25th of September, we shared some drinks, banitsa and pleasant, fruitful conversations. There was a show around of the premises and after members saw the bright, spacious communal sitting area on the 7th floor, which can comfortably sit around 30 people, it was proposed that we use the space for our language conversation groups and various other group meetings.

We had a full house at the 2nd stallholders meeting at the Polish Embassy, it was informative and beneficial, the Stallholders pack was distributed, and presentations were done by both of the IWC Bazaar Coordinators and bazaar team members. Sadly, it was our last meeting hosted by IWC Honorary member Mrs. Aldona Krajevska.  At the end of their diplomatic term in Bulgaria the IWC would like to express its gratitude and well wishes to Aldona and H.E. Krzysztof Krajewski the Polish Ambassador for their support to our organization over the years.

A big “Thank you” also goes to our Italian stall holder Mrs. Pamela Della Toffola and the entire Italian team for generously extending and invitation to the IWC for a bank account with UniCredit Bulbank at exceptionally favorable terms. After numerous meetings between the bank, myself and IWC Treasurer Desislava Ivanova who is an experienced professional in the banking field, we have opened new bank accounts for the IWC Charity Foundation and the IWC Club. UniCredit Bulbank becomes our new bank and a trusted partner, they have provided us with preferential terms and conditions and most importantly taken on board the implementation on my idea to introduce POS Terminals at the Bazaar this year. Details of the new IWC bank accounts are published in the announcements section the NL.

The news about the innovative idea to provide each stall at the Bazaar with a POS (Point of Sale) Terminal was met with applauses form the stallholders. I believe that this will be a key feature at our event that will aid to raise thousands more in funds for charity. Our positive transformation continues.

Our appreciation goes to IWC members:

Krastina Aranitasi for volunteering to take on the responsibility of Acting IWC Charity Chairperson.

VP Maya Metodieva and Lilly Lisiova who have volunteered to become the IWC Calendar Coordinators and, of course, to all the 20 members and the Patchwork group who will all be featured in the calendar.

Good luck to all the Essay competition entries published in this NL edition. I am sure everyone will enjoy reading them, please do not forget to vote for your favorite Essay by Sunday 21st October, sending the name of the writer to the winners and prizes will be announced in November.

And finally, a warm welcome to the new members, thank you for renewing your memberships to the existing ones and it is wonderful to see familiar faces returning to the IWC!

Albena Jones

IWC President