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October 2017 Newsletter Volume 3 Issue 2

A Word from our President

Welcome to all members!

I am very happy to serve IWAT as the president for 2017-2018.

Taichung is my home town, but I have been expatriated with my family to many other countries during the past 11 years, including the United States. I hope to use my background, as both local and expat, as a bridge within our organization: connecting members from different countries, making it easier for newcomers to settle in Taichung, helping women find friends, learning about each others' cultures, and providing opportunities to serve the community.

Our new board is a wonderful group of ladies who have amazing energy and enthusiasm. Please join me in welcoming and supporting them. In fact, we have new projects that we hope to begin soon which will enhance the activities that we already have established. I hope all members can enjoy this great organization for international women, share friendship, and have great times together.

Thank you!

Jessica Wang





Annual IWAT Family Christmas Party

When: December 2, 2017 6pm-9pm

Where: Evergreen Hotel

What: A festive evening of dinner, music, entertainment, and a visit from Santa. Tickets available in early November, but please reserve a slot on your calendar for this memorable event!


October 11 11am Monthly Luncheon (Banana New Paradise Restaurant/Xiang Jiao Xin Le Yuan) October 16 10am-12pm Book Club (The Versions of Us)

October 18 8:30am-3pm IWAT Scavenger Hunt October 25 10am-12pm Coffee Morning Hostess: Laura

October 28 Compass Festival Bake Sale!

November November 1 1pm-3pm Book Club (The Zookeeper's Wife)

November 8 12pm Monthly Lunch November 15 Tour/Workshop TBA November 29 10am-12pm Coffee Morning


From the Membership Desk...

Have you renewed your membership? Contact Jennifer or Sachiko via LINE for help! Or contact to arrange payment.

Our annual membership dues of NT$1500 allow IWAT to provide:

  • IWAT Membership Card w(Yoyo/Easy Card with NT$100 deposit)

  • Gift for your birthday (given at the luncheon of your birthday month)

  • End-of-year benefits and gifts

  • Funds for charity

  • All functioning costs of the organization



Hospitality Committee Notes


Date: October 11th

Time: 11am-2pm

Location: Banana New Paradise Restaurant (Xiang Jiao Xin Le Yuan)

Address: No.111 Shuangshi Rd. Sec. 2, North Dist., Taichung

RSVP by October 6 via LINE or email

Thank you!

Gemma & Linda

1st IWAT Scavenger Hunt

When: October 18, 2017 8:30am-3pm

Where: Meet at Caowu Square (see ad for address)

Cost: Entry fee (NT$200)

Activity is full, however please contact Jessie Liao via LINE or email if you are interested.

As always, there may be last minute cancellations!



October Book Club Selection:

The Versions of Us

by Laura Barnett

(Click book cover for an intro by the author)

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...

September Book Club Selection

November Book Club Selection:

The Zookeeper's Wife

by Diane Ackerman

(Click book cover for a review)

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.


Volunteer Opportunities

Compass Festival Bake Sale

Date: October 28th


-Baked Goods to sell at our booth (Please individually wrap if possible!)

-Shift workers

Sign up with Judy via LINE or email

Coffee Morning, Potluck Luncheon and Book Club

Hostesses needed! Please contact Gemma or Linda via LINE for details on available dates.

For other opportunities, email to get involved!

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