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November 2017 Newsletter Volume 3 Issue 3

A Word from our President

Hello, Everyone!

IWAT was very busy in October. Our members were so active! It was great to see you getting out and enjoying Taichung!

We were so happy to see so many new faces at our coffee morning and the luncheon. IWAT had a successful First Scavenger Hunt on October 18th. Six teams of members overcame all of the challenges and maneuvered all over Taichung’s downtown areas. Congratulations to the winning team – The Fabulous 4 (Toni, Judy, Melody, and Hillary). Thanks to Brandy and Jessie and the rest of the team who planned and organized behind the scene. It was a great experience for newcomers as well as those who have been living in Taichung for so long!

Check out our updated Facebook page, managed by Gemma. She has brought it to life! Check it out: “Iwat Taiwan” and/or our page “International Women’s Association of Taichung” and click on the “Like” Button to stay up to date!

The end of the month highlight for October is the Compass International Food Festival. Many thanks to all the people who will contribute foods and volunteer at the booth, especially our organizer Judy! This important event for IWAT will raise money to serve the community.

The weather is finally cooling down, the leaves are changing color, and the holidays are coming. IWAT has many more events before the Winter Break. Christmas party tickets are on sale now! Don't miss this opportunity to bring your family to share the holiday spirit with the IWAT family. In November, we are going to Piano and Forest Restaurant, the coolest venue for dining in Taichung, for our monthly luncheon!

We have more plans to come for our small groups too! So keep your eye on Facebook, the website, and Line for more events, activities, party, and news.

During this Thanksgiving season, lWAT would like to thank you all wonderful ladies who support our community and help each other. We feel proud of to have you ladies as our members, and we hope that IWAT also makes you proud, too! Let’s continue that loving-care for each other, and do great things to help our community know IWAT’s love.


Jessica Wang


IWAT International Food Booth at CompassFest

Don't forget to visit our booth at the Compass Festival on October 28th! Thanks to Judy Choo and her team of volunteer bakers and shift workers! Check out what our lovely members are baking for us!





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 now!

November November 1 10am-12pm Book Club (The Zookeeper's Wife)

November 8 11:30pm Monthly Lunch November 15 Crochet Workshop November 29 10am-12pm Coffee Morning

December December 2 6pm-9pm IWAT Christmas Party

December 6 10am-12pm Book Club (Green Island)

December 13 11am-2pm Monthly Lunch


From the Membership Desk...

Have you renewed your membership? Contact Belle 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

Annual IWAT Family Christmas Party

Date: December 2nd

Time: 6pm-9pm

Location: Evergreen Laurel Hotel

Address: No.666 Taichung Blvd. Sec. 2, North Dist., Taichung

RSVP by November 25th via LINE or email

Monthly Luncheon

When: November 8, 2017 11:30am

Where: No. 118 Qinghai South Street

Email if you are interested.

Crochet Workshop

Teacher: Ines

Date: November 15th

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: A la Maison

Cost: NT$500

Crochet workshop is currently full. Please contact Jessie via LINE to let her know if you are interested in being on the standby list or would like to request another session. Or email



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.

December Book Club Selection:

Green Island

by Shawna Ryan

(Click book cover for a review)

Taipei, February 28, 1947: As an uprising rocks Taiwan, a young doctor is taken from his newborn daughter by Chinese Nationalists, on charges of speaking out against the government. Although he eventually returns to his family, his arrival is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community. Years later, this troubled past follows his youngest daughter to America, where, as a mother and a wife, she too is forced to decide between what is right and what might save her family—the same choice she witnessed her father make many years before. A stunningly lyrical story of a family and a nation grappling with the nuances of complicity and survival, Green Island raises the question: how far would you go for the ones you love?


Volunteer Opportunities

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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