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November 2016 Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 4

Chairlady's Note

大家好嗎! Hello Everyone!

I believe that we are finally getting a taste of Autumn weather today which means it will be time to revive our hiking group! The bikers have stayed pretty active over the hot, long summer, but us hikers may be a little wimpy when it comes to overheating. Who's with me to go hiking?

Luckily, last Saturday's weather was perfect for the Compass Festival at People's Park. The humidity was down and the sky was cloudless. Our bakers made amazing treats that delighted the Taiwanese who visited the booth and triggered major nostalgia for home from the Westerners. Please join me in thanking them as well as the lovely ladies who worked tirelessly to sell them.

Mark your calendars! The December 3rd Christmas Party is going to be a blast! Not only will we have a delicious buffet dinner, but we will also have special performances and games for everyone--AND SANTA! For our newcomers, the Christmas annual family event is our chance to come together and celebrate the spirit of friendship. This year, it will be held at the Evergreen hotel. As last year, we have held the ticket cost to 1200NTD for adults and 700NTD for children (6th grade and under). If you have a little one, don't forget to bring a wrapped gift for Santa to give to your child (Shhhh....). The hospitality committee will receive the gifts when you check in for the buffet. It's really fun to watch the little one's wait around Santa for gifts, even the teenagers! Please feel free to bring your own beverage.

With much love,

Rebecca MacNeal



1. Hiking Club Coordinator

2. Christmas Party Helpers

3. December 14th Luncheon Helpers

4. COFFEE MORNING and BOOK CLUB Hostesses Needed!!!

Please email to get involved!





November 2 10am-12pm/7pm-9pm Book Club (The Light Between Oceans)

November 16 10am-12pm Coffee Morning (Hostess Laura W.)

November 30 Tour: 9am-3pm Discover Shalu and KuangTien Hospital

December December 3 6pm-9pm Christmas Celebration

December 7 10am-12pm/7pm-9pm Book Club (The Boys on the Boat) December 14 11am-2pm Christmas Luncheon and Business Meeting



Christmas Celebration

Saturday, December 3rd 6pm

(See picture for details)


Adults (over 12) 1200NTD

Youth (6-12) 700NTD

Children (under 6) Free

Can be purchased at any IWAT event or by contacting

Discover Shalu and KuangTien Hospital

Wednesday, November 30th, 8:30am-3pm

(see picture for details)

Where: Shalu District

Lunch Cost: approximately 400NTFree ShuttleRSVP as soon as possible to Jessie or Rebecca (

December Formal Luncheon

Wednesday December 14th, 11am-2pm

Where: Hotel One IN Restaurant

28F Restaurant, No. 532 Ying-Tsai Rd, Taichung


Please join us for our Christmas Luncheon! Please bring a wrapped gift (300NTD value) to take part in a holiday gift exchange. (Optional)

Also at this luncheon:

Join Us or Renew your membership!

Membership Dues NT$1500

Please RSVP by Monday December 10th and leave a comment to reserve which lunch ticket you'd like:

Option A: Main dish (choose from a selection of 4 dishes, one of which is always vegetarian) + soup/salad/desert buffets--650 NT-Member Discount Price (850 NT regular)

Option B: Buffet only--550 NT Member Discount Price (750 NT regular)

Options C: No meal, just coffee/tea/cookies--250 NT Member Discount Price (350 NT regular)

*All options include coffee/tea/cookies


Fundraising and Charity in October

This month was a busy month for charity! We went for our annual Huei Ming Coffee Morning to give our annual donation. This year our organization and members gave NT$84,300 to the school and orphanage. Most of this money was raised and earmarked last year to go to the organization. The rest was through donation by individual IWAT members. Even the bike club had a donation to give!

We also held our bake sale. In total, minus the cost of the booth, we made just over NT$6000. It is about half of what we made last year. I am optimistic that we can make this up in 2017 fundraising ​​​​​​​​​​events, but we need your help to brainstorm different ways to raise funds. We also need the woman-power through volunteering. Let me know if you have ideas and would like to be a part of our fundraising. We would love to be able to do more for our community!

As you know, we now have our official non-profit status and a tax ID number, so we can now offer official receipts to donors. The Taichung City Department of Social Affairs is also interested in having us help them understand the obstacles to foreigners. They would like us to periodically join in some of their events. How cool is that?! Let's imagine how we can create an even bigger impact in Taichung!


October Luncheon and Spa


Book Club

November Book Club Selection

The Light Between Oceans

By M.L. Stedman

On a distant island outpost in Australia, a lighthouse keeper and his wife take in a baby who has washed ashore. Join them in their trials as they work through the moral implications of keeping a gift which may not belong to them.

December Book Club Selection:

The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

For readers of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.


Baking and Chinese Cooking Workshops

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