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March 2017 Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 7

Chairlady's Note

大家好嗎! Hello Everyone!

Happy Spring!

As we get underway with our spring cleaning for the Flea Market on March 11th, I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have purged my drawers and closets. I now have a place to store new treasures! Last week, I unloaded a few bags of trash from my children's rooms and found plenty of items to donate to IWAT for our Flea Market booth at Morrison. Have you found any gems?

As for the Spring Fling Charity Event on May 6th, IWAT is also looking for donations from friends and businesses for a silent auction. These donations of money or items for the auction will be instrumental in raising money for charity! If you, your business, or someone you know would like to donate, please contact Jing. AND we will be able to issue receipts for tax purposes this year! Yay!!!

Finally, it is time to begin planning for the 2017-2018 IWAT season. As you know, members' time and talents are what keeps IWAT a vibrant community of friendship and charity. On a personal note, IWAT has been a great place to develop myself-an internship of sorts-that allowed me to learn organizational and social skills necessary for future projects. Have you considered sharing your skills or learning new ones? Do you have ideas to keep us fresh, current, and continually improving? Help guide and direct our organization. Consider a board position for next year!

With much love,

Rebecca MacNeal



1. Spring Fling Helpers

2. Flea Market Helpers

3. March Luncheon Helpers

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

Please email to get involved!





March 1 1pm-3pm Book Club (Sweetness at the Bottom)

March 15 10am-12pm Coffee Morning


April 5 1pm-3pm Book Club (Island of a Thousand Mirrors)

April 12 12pm Casual Luncheon

April 19 TBA Tour/Workshop


May 3 1pm-3pm Book Club (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan)

May 6 6pm-9pm Spring Fling

May 10 12pm Casual Lunch

May 17 TBA Tour/Workshop

May 24 Coffee Morning


June 7 11am-2pm Farewell Luncheon



International Women's Day Luncheon

Wednesday March 8th, 11am-2pm

Where: Hotel One IN Restaurant

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


Please join us for our International Women’s Day Luncheon and celebrate yourself and all women around the world! Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones! Learn about how you can get involved!

Meal options:

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)

Morrison Flea Market

March 11th ~8am-3pm

Join us for our flea market fundraiser! Donation Instructions: ① Any clean, gently used items, ② Pre-sort clothes by men, women, boy, girl, S, M, L etc. ③ Suggested price/value Needs: Racks, Bins, Boxes

•Volunteer needs: ①Sorters and organizers (Friday, March 10th, can purchase items during sort) ②Flea Market Mamas to sell items

Spring Fling Celebration

Saturday, May 6th 6pm-9pm

Tickets: NT$1200 each

Please join us as we have our final fundraiser of the year with

dinner, dancing, and a silent auction! Leave your children at home and bring your dancing shoes to this beautiful location-The Cafe by (click here to check out the venue)!

Can be purchased in April any IWAT event or by contacting


Fundraising and Charity in January

By the numbers:

Yoga Donation--- NT$1800

Recent News:

Our last two fundraising events for the season are upon us!

1. Morrison Flea Market

2. Spring Fling

We need you! Volunteer opportunities include helping by working shifts at the flea market, storing AND storing donation items.

Let's imagine how we can create an even bigger impact in Taichung!


IWAT Playgroup

Did you know we have a budding playgroup in IWAT? Thanks to members Kate and Shauna for meeting this need in our community! Let us know if you'd like to help out or join in!


Book Club

It's time to begin submitting books for next year's reading list! Simply complete the form below and submit it by May 1st! See below the for for our April and May books as well!

April Book Club Selection

2017 April: Island of a Thousand Mirrors

by Nayomi Munaweera

Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows the fate of two families, one Tamil, one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal Sri Lankan civil war. Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family, the story explores how each woman negotiates war, migration, love, exile, and belonging. At its root, it s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginning.

May Book Club Selection:

2017 May: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

by Lisa See

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men.



Did you know that Tuesdays and Thursdays are IWAT yoga days? Lisa teaches us new poses on a donation basis, and then she gives half to IWAT for charity! Let us know if you want to join!

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