A Word from our President
I had mixed feelings during the Chinese New Year holidays. It was not a very peaceful February. While people were busy preparing and celebrating for Chinese Lunar New Year, several earthquakes shook Taiwan. These earthquakes struck everyone living on this beautiful, yet fragile island. No matter if we were local Taiwanese, expatriates, or visitors, we had to experience these strikes “together!" The largest earthquake in Hualien caused many people to lose love ones and homes.
But love flowed during these difficult times. Strong voices came from IWAT members; they wanted to do whatever we could to donate and help the people affected by this natural disaster. Therefore, the IWAT board was able to take immediate action to send a donation to Hualien Earthquake Relief Fund. I was very touched by our members' love, concern, and support while our island was suffering. It makes me feel so proud to be part of IWAT who shows her great love to people who live in this country. We all hope everything can recover soon, and people can get a great start for the new year.
In order to let IWAT continue serving the need of this community, our major fundraising event will be held on April 21st - Spring Fling Gala: La La Land in Taichung. We will need your support by promotion, donation, and participation.
We are also establishing IWAT activity subgroups according to the recent survey of IWAT members. The IWAT board will continue to do our best to serve our members. Thank you all for your understanding and support of IWAT. Enjoy the great comfortable weather, and I hope we can take a very long break from the earthquakes... God bless Taiwan.
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March 7 10am-12pm Book Club (The Circle)
March 14 11am-2pm Spring Luncheon-The Landis
March 21 2pm-4pm Olive Oil Tasting Workshop
March 28 10am-12pm Coffee Morning
April 4 10am-12pm Book Club (Big Little Lies)
April 11 12pm-2pm Casual Lunch
April 21 6pm-9pm Spring Fling
April 25 10am-2pm Coffee Morning
April 28 Morrison Flea Market Booth
Hospitality Committee Notes
March 14th Spring Luncheon
IWAT Health Workshop-Olive Oil Tasting
Date: Wednesday, March 21
(International certified oil taster)
Love 2 Eat
Australian Organic Steak Restaurant
Fee: $850 (Includes soup, salad, ham, cheese, french bread and $50 for IWAT charity fund ) Max. 16 seats
Oil is an essential element for our body to function well.
Many people know that good oil is great antioxidant but do you know how to tell good oil from the bad oil?
International certified oil taster will teach you how oil affects your health and the facts about the oil you use every day while you enjoy delicious finger food.
BOOK CLUB NOTES
March Book Club Selection:
By Dave Eggers
When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.
What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.
April Book Club Selection:
Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarity
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.