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September 2017 Newsletter Volume 3 Issue 1

THANK YOU to the Board and Supervisors for 2016 - 2017!

Chairlady's Note

大家好嗎! Hello Everyone!

During the past two years, it has been an honor to serve you all. The ladies of IWAT never cease to amaze me. The loving-kindness that you all provide to one another and the entire international community is boundless.

Every year in the autumn, we see many new faces at our weekly events. September has been our traditional welcome luncheon because many corporate families are new to Taichung. Many local and long-time expats join then as well.

What brings them? Some ladies come to network and grow their businesses which is really smart! Some ladies feel passionate about volunteering and growing their professional skills --I learned how to run this blog and tweak our website! Quite a few ladies join to build their English language skills. We all come to IWAT to meet new friends and have fun!

As I sat at the last luncheon in August, I felt misty-eyed. This will be the last month that I serve as Chairlady/President. Was I able to continue the legacy that was passed to me? I looked around the room and saw longtime members reconnecting, and I saw new members to our community welcomed warmly. And I realized that it wasn't me who continued this legacy. Our members are the wonderful women who make our lives in Taichung a tapestry of love. How do we continue to maintain this consistent warmth that is so special to our group, I wondered.

It didn't take me long to answer my own question: we embrace our motto "Friendship Makes a Difference." Not only do we believe it, we live it. We know how much joy the gift of a new friend can bring us. We also know that a warm smile and loving-care is essential to the well-being of all of our members-old and new. So we plan activities, take field-trips, and we eat together (Let's not forget eating-that may be the most important piece!). We work together, and we have fun together. We celebrate one another.

IWAT is a home outside of our families wherein all ladies are welcome. Who will we welcome next?

With much love,

Rebecca MacNeal



Our September 13th luncheon will be our final opportunity to get the EARLYBIRD membership renewal rate of NT$1200. After that, the rate goes back to normal- NT$1500 (New members pay NT$1800). Don't forget to pay your dues!


September 13th Welcome Luncheon Details

When: September 13, 2017 11am-2pm

Where: The Landis (Hotel ONE) 28th floor see ad for address


Full lunch: 850 NT (650 NT member discount)

Buffet only: 750 NT(550 NT member discount)

Coffee/tea/cookies for 350 NT (250 NT member discount)

General Assembly Meeting at 11:30am:

  • Vote for 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Supervisors

  • Approve the Annual Plan and Budget.

  • Discussion and vote for future charity donations to a nearby indigenous tribe

Please contact Rebecca for details or to RSVP at


Activity Groups-Get Involved!

Looking to get involved in some hobbies or learn some new ones? We have several "unofficial" activity groups that keep members in touch with each other revolving around special interests. Just fill out the survey below and press submit to join in! Or go directly to the survey by Clicking Here!




September September 6 1pm-3pm Book Club (Friendships Don't Just Happen)

September 13 11am Welcome Lunch (Formal Business Luncheon) September 20 Mystery Tour September 27 10am-12pm Coffee Morning Hostess: Cherilyn

October October 4 1pm-3pm Book Club (The Versions of Us)

October 11 11:30m Monthly Luncheon October 18 Workshop/Tour TBA October 25 10am-12pm Coffee Morning Hostess: Laura

September Book Club Selection

September Book Club Selection:

Friendships Don't Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends

by Shasta Nelson

(Click book cover for a review)

This essential go-to guide reveals how women can enhance their lives by creating valuable friendships in today’s busy, mobile world, from nationally recognized friendship expert and CEO of woman is searching for a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life. Many realize the significant role that an intimate, tightly knit circle of friends plays in creating a more fulfilling life, but with hectic schedules, frequent moves, and life changes, it’s more important than ever for women to establish natural, meaningful friendships that will contribute to their overall wellbeing.

October Book Club Selection:

The Versions of Us

by Laura Barnett

(Click book cover for a review)

Some moments can change your life forever. Have you ever wondered, what if...? A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life. Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them. The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life...


COFFEE MORNING and BOOK CLUB Hostesses Needed!!!

Volunteers always needed!

Please email to get involved!

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