The International Women’s Club of Moscow
Glav UpDK Cultural Center,
Olaf Palme Ul. 5, Korpus 2, 1st Floor Tel/Fax: 147-2240
Office Hours: Mon 12 noon– 2 p.m. & Wed 10 a.m. – 12 noon.
To Support IWC Charities
March 28, 2001 at 5 p.m.
At the Embassy of Lithuania
Dates to Remember
Inside this Issue
March 22, General Meeting, Craft Fair, Aerostar Hotel, Leningradsky Pr. 37. 10 a.m.– 12 noon. Metro: Dinamo.
March 26, Last day for reservations for Newcomers’ Coffee.
March 28, Charities General Meeting, Embassy of Canada, Starokonyushenny Pereulok 23. 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Nearest Metro: Smolenskaya.
March 28, IWC Fashion Show, Embassy of Lithuania, Borisolebski Per. 10. 5 p.m.
March 29, IWC Newcomers’ Coffee, British Embassy Residence, Sofiyskaya Nab. 14. 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Nearest Metro: Biblioteka im. Lenina/Borovitskaya.
April 6 Deadline for April-May Newsletter.
April 7 Anglo-American School “Spring Gala”. See page 20.
April 12, Deadline for Nominations for 2001-2002 Steering Committee.
April 26, IWC General Meeting, Embassy of Angola, Olaf Palme, Ul. 6. 10 am - 12 noon.
Fashion Show 3
World War 3, 5
Steering Committee 6
Meet the Steering Committee 6
Charities Pages 7-8-9
Nomination Form 12
Steering Committee Position
Travel Tips 16-17-18
Something to Share 19
Interest Group News 21
Spotlight on Chocolate Factory 21
Interest Groups Listings 23-24-25
Letter From The President
I am pleased to inform you that we have already received some feedback on the history of our club since its inception in 1978. Some interesting information regarding its origins and evolution are now in the process of being compiled. We soon hope to bring out a short history, which will also project the achievements of the International Women’s Club.
As many members are leaving this summer, vacancies are due to arise in the Steering Committee. Interested ladies may please contact Denise Sebastian.
Many thanks to Djamilya Shaislamova, wife of the Ambassador of Uzbekistan, for a lovely coffee morning. Glimpses of her beautiful country were fascinating and members enjoyed purchasing the typical Uzbek handicrafts.
The celebration of International Women’s Day at UPDK was a treat too. The Russian dancers and the sale of selected items was a befitting way to celebrate the event. Our thanks to Valeriya Pavlovskaya for organizing a wonderful program.
Our next General Meeting will be held at the Embassy of Angola on April 26, where traditional Angolan dances await you.
Immediately next on the agenda is our annual fashion show, to be held on March 28 at the Lithuanian Embassy. Tickets for the event are already on sale, the proceeds of which will go towards charity. Hope to see you all there.
Thank you to Mrs. Djamilya Shaislamova, wife of the Ambassador of Uzbekistan for hosting our February General Meeting in her Embassy. The sale of typical souvenirs and the movie on Uzbekistan’s main cities were very much appreciated by all members attending the meeting.
Thanks to the Renaissance Moscow Hotel, the Italian Embassy and the staff of the Uzbek Embassy for their support in the logistics.
Birthe Rasmussen: 795-9731 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Next Deadline: April 6, 2001.
April 2001 General Meeting
10 a.m. till 12 noon
at the Embassy of Angola,
Ul. Olof Palme, 6
Entertainment: Angolan Dancers
Nearest Metro: Kievskaya
From the Kievskaya metro station (line-taxi no. 11 or trolley-bus no. 7, 34, 17) up to bus stop “Universitetsky Prospect” then walk along Olof. Palme Street which runs perpendicularly to Mosfilmovskaya Street.
The distribution of the IWC Newsletter
to all Embassies will be at the
premises of “Information Moscow” at
Leninsky prospect 45.
Please remember to pick it up.
Thank You Austrian Airlines
We are grateful to Austrian Airlines for
sponsoring the printing of the newsletter.
Monday, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Wed 21 Cristian Ernsting
Mon 26 Jane McKinven
Wed 28 Lyles Perkins
Mon 2 Giancarla Bonotto and Nilima Lambah
Wed 4 TBA
Mon 9 TBA
Wed 11 Office Closed
Mon 16 Office Closed
Wed 18 Office Closed
Mon 23 TBA
Wed 26 Celia Verrier
č Are you new in town?
č Are you interested in learning about the IWC?
The Newcomers Committee is here to help you make your first months in Moscow more enjoyable. Call us and we will do our best to help you.
Gwenn Djupedal 418-4470
Tania Mikhailenko 971-1140
Dora Monga 243-4811
Elisabeth Calder 737-5904
Janet Bowie 241-1225
Lidia McEachern 935-7987
Yumiko Almasov 728-5421
Magdalena Dondo: Tel: 200-0297
If you are new in Moscow and would like to meet with other newcomers while learning more about the many programs and activities of the International Women’s Club, please plan to attend one of our monthly Newcomers' Coffee mornings.
The next coffee will take place on Thursday, March 29th from 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the British Embassy Residence, Sofiyskaya Nab. 14. Our hostess will be Lady Mandy Lyne. The nearest Metro station is Biblioteka im. Lenina/Borovitskaya. If you would like to attend, please call a member of the Newcomers’ Committee. For security reasons, reservations are required by Monday, March 26th. Because of space restrictions, these coffees are not suitable for babies and toddlers. We look forward to seeing you there! The IWC Newcomers’ Coffees are an opportunity for you to meet other newcomers, make friends and share experiences. Members of the IWC Steering Committee and the Newcomers’ Committee will be on hand to explain what the IWC has to offer and also to answer your questions and try to help you have a smooth adjustment to life in Moscow. Please join us for one of our monthly Newcomers’ Coffee mornings whenever it is convenient for you during your first year in Moscow.
Gwenn Djupedal 418-4470
Warmest thanks to Mrs. Anne Maria Cede for hosting the February 22nd Newcomers’ Coffee morning in the beautiful Residence of the Embassy of Austria. Your gracious hospitality made us all feel most welcome.
From The Editor
This Editors Last Note
I lost my heart, not in San Francisco, but in the South of France. Having just returned from a week’s holiday in our house in Mandelieu, I must admit it is the place where I feel I belong and where I want to be. Mandelieu, also called the Capital of the Mimosas, is located right on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and is just 10 minutes (one hour in high-season) from Cannes. From the end of January and until the middle of March is the time of the year when the Mimosas is in full floral so I don’t even know if you can imagine the fantastic scent there is at this time of the year. It is like sitting in the middle of a huge bunch of flowers or being in a perfume factory.
After 4 years membership and 2 1/2 years active involvement with the newsletter and fundraising, my time has come to step down to let others take over. I will be leaving Moscow end of this school year, going back to the South of France, but I will never forget the lovely time I have had here, the wonderful people I have met or what this club has done for me, because being involved is not only giving but also receiving.
A special thank you to Linda Montgomery who has made my job as Editor very easy. Linda’s ideas and her talent as a writer have made the newsletter so much more interesting. If, she is ever going to write the book she is talking about, I will make sure, I am the first one in line to get a copy. Thank you again Linda, for all your contributions and your hard work.
Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to meet you, to work with you, and for being there for me when I needed you. I shall of course miss you; miss working with the club and also Moscow, because even if I dislike the traffic, dislike living in a huge city and dislike winter, Moscow has still won a part of my heart.
Linda has also stepped down as Assistant Editor, so we would both like to welcome the new editorial team (for constitutional reasons, it is not possible for me to mention their names before they have been voted in at the next steering committee meeting) and wish them all the best for the future. Of cause, we will give them, and the IWC, all the help and support needed as long as we are still in town.
World War 3 By Linda Montgomery
Between finishing a newsletter
story for the IWC and writing the travelogue on Turkey, I’ve had a busy day
at the computer, but wanted to share the story of a visitor we had this
evening with you. Artiom is a young artist who makes beautiful Russian scenes
in wood-burning on wooden boxes, lamps, plaques and toys. I first met him at
a friend’s house and ordered a couple of Christmas ornaments more than a year
ago. It’s a good thing, too, because his orders are about a year behind
like most soldiers everywhere. He was pantomiming and describing these
exhausting drills and told us that the best and worst time of day was when
they were making their last exhausting run back to the barracks for a
IWC Steering Committee 2000-2001
Meet A Steering Committee Member
We were living in Ankara, Turkey when we learned we would soon move to Moscow, and the first thing anyone ever told me was “I lived there a few years ago, and you have to join the International Women’s Club of Moscow, it is the best women’s club I’ve ever belonged to...”. And the next day I met someone else who used to live here, and she said the same thing. Funny thing was, that woman had lived here decades ago, and still remembered the architecture walks as one of the best parts of life here. So I am very happy to be a part of this and I know some day, somewhere, I will meet someone who is moving to Moscow, and I will say the same thing.
I used to be a practicing lawyer, in Canada, but what I thought was a short break from work seems to have turned into early retirement. Luckily, charities work here is infinitely more interesting.
Could save your life
News From The Charities Group
News from the IWC Charities Meeting
Thank you to the CANADIAN EMBASSY, for donating furniture which we gave to several centers for social orphans, a foster family home, and a youth center….
Thank you to ALLIED PICKFORDS moving company, for donating a truck and men to move the furniture donated by the Canadian Embassy and to distribute this furniture amongst several of our projects.
Needed - Second Hand Children’s Books
library “Books on Wheels” is being set up to visit the internats (orphanages
for children 8-20). Please donate any early readers, novels, magazines or children's videos in English,
French and German. To arrange a
A summer camp is being arranged for internat children. The children will travel to Georgia and stay at an archeological camp where they learn discipline/social skills and survival. If you are able to donate tents or other camping equipment please contact Inga Lis Hauksdottir at 956-9992.
One of our projects (a hotline for women and psychological counseling for homeless children) needs a photocopier - do you have a used one to spare? Please contact Hanno Kress at 243-5462.
February Funding Report
Oratorio Concerts supported our foster families, and children living in
prison in St. Petersburg.
and underwear for homeless children in another Moscow home for street
babies, and to build permanent playgrounds at baby houses in Moscow and the
Dinner and Dance 2001 will support six Moscow soup kitchens and
individual support for several families in crisis - a boy with cerebral
palsy, two elderly sisters, several multi-racial families, and single parent
families struggling to care for their children. Embassy Dinner and Dance
funds are also being used to top up an emergency response fund from which we
provide help to needy families and projects throughout the year.
News From The Charities Group
The Plight of Moscow’s Street Children
by Marianne Hirdman
November 2000 I was contacted by Swedish Radio and TV Assistance Association
which had decided to allocate the money collected during 2000 to Russian
street children. I started to investigate and found that human rights laws
prevent Russian authorities from bringing children into custody unless they
have violated a law. The children are left to sleep out during the cold
nights, and organizations are discouraged from operating homes for them.
Ironically, the law was designed to decrease the number of street children.
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The Mother Teresa Homes Need Your Help:
Mother Teresa’s Children’s Home and Street Clinic/Home for the Homeless need help with their weekly grocery shopping. The sisters have to shop and cook for a soup kitchen for about 100 people every day, plus the 40-odd residents in their Home for the Homeless Elderly, plus the thirteen children in their Children’s Home. They need someone to lend a small van once a week or even twice a month - so they can buy their groceries and take them home…do you have a driver with extra time on his hands? Could you send him out there (in the east of Moscow, near Ismailovo Park) for a few hours from time to time?
The Street Clinic needs crutches, routine medications and bandages, clothes for adult men, and toiletry articles (when you travel bring home those individual toiletries from your room - they are perfect for the homeless who come to shower and change at the Street Clinic)
Children’s Home needs daytime volunteers to spend time with the children who
are too disabled to go to school. They need comfort, attention, feeding,
companionship…Also the Children’s Home needs arts and crafts materials,
puzzles, and books.
Please call Birgit von Canisius at 134-8449 if you can help with any of these needs-
A big thank you to Shahveer and Knushnuma Kapadia for their generous donation to support the Soup Kitchens.
THE CHARITIES OFFICE ON DIMITRYA ULYANOVA IS CLOSED
so until further notice please take any donations to Patriarshy Dom Tours, Monday to Friday, during regular office hourse, at Vspolny Pereulok, No. 6, School 1239, telephone 795-0937, or send an email to email@example.com listing your donations. If you have questions, please contact Yasuko Naka, our Donations Coordinator, at 960-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience.
The Next Charities General Meeting
Wednesday, March 28, 2001
10 am - 12 Noon
At the Canadian Embassy, Canada Room Starokonyushenny Pereulok 23. Nearest Metro: Smolenskaya.
Our Charities meetings are held the fourth
Wednesday of every month..
All IWC Members Are Welcome
News From The Charities Group
To all our IWC Charities Volunteers:
The year of 2001 is the UN year of the volunteer. It is heartwarming that the hard work of all volunteers is recognized in this way. I do not, however need any convincing as to their importance. The foundation of the Charities Group is the many ladies who donate their time and energy on helping. Some donate a lot of their time, others a little once in a while, this is equally important: it is the mountain of work we pull off together that matters. We also have a network of helpers: our husbands and families, our husbands’ companies and their employees, members of NGOs, our household staff, members of various religious congregations who are also trying to help the needy, many corporate companies, and the list could go on. Thank you to all our volunteers and helpers.
In February the Charities Steering Committee said good-bye to three of its members: Siska Rooze, our Donations Coordinator, Liz Henderson, the writer of IWC Newsletter Charities pages, and Natalya Olin, our Foster Family Coordinator. Thank you for all your work and dedication to the IWC Charities Group, and best wishes for the future.
We welcome Yasuko Naka, who will take over as Donation Coordinator and Alison Adams, who has volunteered to help.
Please keep volunteering as we have a very high turnover of helpers all the time when people move from Moscow.
Inga Lís Hauksdóttir
Help Needed With French Course
A request from the Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund - One of our post-orphanage college students, Larissa Androskina, needs help with her French course for 2 hours a week (she is studying linguistics in an institute). We were wondering if one of the French speakers from IWC would like to help out - think she really needs the help so her schedule is flexible and she is willing to come to somebody’s home if that is more convenient. Please call Georgia Williams if you can help, at 229-5100.
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a baby house for their children up to age three has been installed. When they
are not at work, their mothers may visit their children. This nursery gets
support from the Swedish, the Skaraborg assistance, and other foreign
sources. They have just restored a new section for the children in the baby
house. The children were well kept and seemed healthy and relaxed. Sometimes
the fact that they have children leads to a shorter and lighter punishment
for the mothers. But the personnel also mentioned that some mothers refuse to
contact their children. Nearby is a prison for about 350 young men, 14 to 18
years old, exceptionally up to 21 years old . They prefer to stay here as the
food and other conditions are better than in an ordinary prison.
required for ordinary schools. The director said they want help with clothes for the children, which will be provided by the IWC Charities Group with Swedish Radio funds. They also asked for medical help for a child who needs a back operation.
Note: the IWC Charities Group supports the first and third institutions described by Marianne Hirdman, but not Mozhaisk Prison.
The following members are either new members of the club, have renewed their membership or have had corrections to the directory printed in October. If you are a member and not in the Directory or on this list, please call Susan Henry at 961-3358, Fax 961-3358 or email her at email@example.com
IWC POSITION DESCRIPTIONS
(attached to and made a part of the IWC STANDING RULES, effective April, 2000)
In addition to the responsibilities outlined below, the Standing Rules provides, in part, that, “…each Steering Committee officer and group leader is required to attend monthly Steering Committee meetings,… attend one Newcomers meeting during the Club year, serve as a “greeter” for one general meeting during the Club year, and work in the IWC Office for a two-hour interval every other month of the Club year, except when that office is closed… Each Steering Committee member shall also be supportive of the Club’s fund raising activities, charitable activities, and other Club events…”
· Officer of the Club
· Represents the IWC to the public
· Presides over all IWC Steering Committee Meetings, IWC general meetings and other IWC events.
· Maintains positive relationship with the foreign affairs offices in Moscow (i.e. UpDK, MID)
· Maintains positive relationship with the Embassies in Moscow.
· Works closely with Nominating Committee to fill vacancies when necessary.
· Assists the Vice President in finding venues for IWC meetings and coffees.
· Works cooperatively with all members of the Steering Committee
· Sets the agenda for every Steering Committee Meeting
· Maintains communication with the entire Steering Committee regarding their individual responsibilities.
· Coordinates the hand over process at the end of the Club year.
· Reviews the annual audit
· Maintains an archive of the written treasury reports
· Determines which Steering Committee member from the diplomatic community will maintain a bank account for the Club.
· Attends every newcomers’ coffee, if possible.
· With assistance from the officers and other Steering Committee members, solicits sponsorship for the newsletter, directory and any other IWC publications
· Maintains a calendar of all IWC activities as well as diplomatic and community activities in Moscow
First Vice President
· Officer of the Club.
· Assists the President of the Club as necessary.
· Presides over the Club’s business and meetings during the President’s absence.
· Plans the Club general meetings, including the program and location.
· Serves as liaison between the Club members and the President.
· Reviews the annual audit.
Second Vice President
· Officer of the Club.
· Assists the President and the First Vice President.
· Presides over the Club’s business and meetings during the President’s and First Vice President’s absence.
· Assists both the President and First Vice President in the events of the Club.
· Serves as liaison between Club members and the
· Reviews the annual audit.
· Takes minutes at the monthly Steering Committee meetings, and any other IWC meeting if requested by the
· Publishes the monthly Steering Committee minutes, photocopies and distributes them at the following meeting to be read and approved.
· Maintains an archive of all Club publications including monthly minutes, newsletters, directories, fund raising files and other IWC publications.
· Keeps a record of all Club income and expenditures.
· Reimburses all Club purchases and expenses against
· Maintains bank accounts on behalf of the Club.
· Reports orally to the Steering Committee monthly.
· Presents a written report to the President monthly.
· Presides over the Steering Committee budget meeting if necessary.
· Receives and deposits membership dues from Newcomers Committee, Membership Coordinators, and Steering Committee members.
· Receives and deposits money from the Winter Bazaar, IWC Charity events, and IWC fund raising events.
· Distributes funds in accordance with Steering Committee decisions.
· Reviews the annual audit.
· Ensures Club activities conform to the Constitution and Standing Rules of the Club.
· Issues decisions regarding the Constitution and/or Standing Rules as requested by the Steering Committee members or members of the Club
· Acts as the parliamentarian for all Steering Committee meetings and other Club meetings if requested to by the Officers of the Club.
· Supervises all written ballots and voting procedures and other matters as requested by the Officers of the Club.
· Maintains an archive of Steering Committee membership for eligibility in accordance with Article 5 B.3 .
· Reviews the annual audit.
· Works with the Officers and the Steering Committee to coordinate the general meetings of the Club.
· Previews the general meeting venue and coordinates details with the venue staff.
· Sends information to the newsletter editor regarding the location of the general meeting including the complete
address, nearest metro, identification required, and any special information required for entry.
· Confirms arrangements for the following items in advance of each general meeting:
1. Security (badge check)
4. Sound system and equipment
5. Food and beverages, if necessary
6. Transportation of cups, plates, spoons, napkins, thermos
7. Preparation and Posting of Notices regarding the next general meeting and newcomers coffee
8. IWC Bulletin board
9. Flowers for the hostess and entertainers for the meeting
10. Personal thank you letter to the hostess as well as thank you for the newsletter
· Maintains Club office and coordinates the steering committee members who work in the office.
Newsletter Editor and Assistant Editor
· The IWC Newsletter Editor and Assistant Newsletter Editor produce 10 issues of the Newsletter each Club year.
· The Editor and Assistant Editor work cooperatively with the Steering Committee to ensure that the Newsletter reflects the concerns of the Club; however, the Steering Committee gives the Editor and Assistant Editor discretion to make case-by-case editorial decisions, in accordance with the Standing Rules of the Club.
· Report on developments at the IWC Steering Committee meetings that are of interest to the membership.
· Inform members of upcoming IWC events in a timely fashion.
· Select material to be published in accordance with the IWC Constitution and its stated policy that members may not benefit financially from the services to the Club..
· Edit material to be published in the newsletter with sensitivity to the Club’s international membership and diverse religious and cultural sensibilities.
· Assign IWC Steering Committee coordinators articles from time to time about specific activities in their groups.
· Create an e-mail version of the Newsletter that can be sent to members wishing to receive the Newsletter electronically.
· Respect publication deadlines so that the paper edition of the Newsletter can be distributed at the general meeting.
· Assist Steering Committee members as needed with other publications that the Club wishes to produce.
· Keeps membership database up to date.
· Staffs a table at each general meeting for anyone to renew their membership, update their information, or get a temporary badge.
· Provides mailing labels/lists for the newsletter distribution committee.
· Prepares and prints directory of members, annual or more frequently if directed to by the Steering Committee.
· Provides membership news to the newsletter editor for each publication.
· Checks the IWC office every month for new membership applications.
· Recruits and assists new interest group leaders.
· Answers questions and helps to solve problems for newcomers, group leaders and group members.
· Updates the interest group section of the Newsletter.
· Explains interest group procedures at the monthly newcomers’ coffees.
· Prior to September of each Club year, contacts each group leader to confirm their group’s participation and organizes the interest group displays for the September general meeting.
· Prior to June, contacts each group leader to confirm their group’s participation for the summer months.
· Organizes interest group participation and displays at a general meeting held during the winter or spring of each year.
· Organizes a luncheon in the spring of each Club year to thank interest group leaders.
· Ensures a representative attends every newcomers coffee.
· Coordinates the welcome of newcomers at the general meetings and newcomers’ coffees.
· Prepares and distributes to newcomers a welcome folder about the Club and its services and about life in Moscow.
· Assists newcomers at Club meetings and handles telephone inquiries from newcomers.
· Works in close cooperation with Hospitality.
· Sends a personal thank you note to each newcomers coffee hostess.
· Sends thank you notices to the Newsletter editor and to Public Relations
· Purchases flowers and gifts for the Coffee hostesses.
· Before each Club year, prints membership cards and welcome folders.
· Coordinates with the Steering Committee member’s materials to be included in the Welcome folder.
· Organizes a monthly coffee morning for new Club members to inform them about the Club, the interest groups, the Club’s charitable activities and about Moscow.
· Informs the newcomers coordinator of the location, hostess name and nearest metro of each monthly coffee.
· Coordinates and assists the hostesses as required.
· Coordinates attendance at the newcomers’ coffees of members of the Steering Committee to ensure that at least one of the officers, interest group coordinators, and newcomers committee attends each coffee.
· Organizes and implements the Club’s annual winter bazaar. The team shall be headed by two co-chairs serving staggered two-year terms. Preferably, one of the co-chairs will represent the embassy community and the other the business community. Effort shall be made to have representation from different parts of the world the bazaar team.
· Organizes the bazaar team that will consist of sub-groups responsible for the following functions: raffle sales and set-up, silent action set-up, bazaar participants, publicity, administration, solicitations, and any other functions determined by the co-chairs. Treasury services will be provided by the Club treasurer.
· Sets date and organizes the venue (Spring or 1 year in advance).
· Writes letters to embassies inviting their participation (June and August).
· Staffs bazaar table at the September general meeting.
· Solicits and trains volunteers (throughout the Fall).
· Holds a tea for embassy participants (October).
· Writes articles for the Newsletter and works closely with Public Relations for IWC and outside publicity (Fall).
· Maintains a list of donors to the raffle and the silent auction.
· Runs the bazaar, makes announcements at the bazaar, “trouble shoots”.
· Writes thank you notes and holds coffee for the embassy participants. (December, January).
· Publishes thank you advertisement in local media.
· Conducts follow-up meeting to explore ways to improve future bazaars (January).
· Conducts meeting to identify the next year’s bazaar team. (March)
· Maintains a notebook of precedents and information about the bazaar details to pass on to the successor (throughout the Fall).
· Acts as liaison between the Club and the press (including print and broadcast media covering Moscow).
· Coordinates “press kits” for all Club activities.
· Prepares and submits notices of general club meeting and newcomers’ coffees to the community calendar section of the English language newspapers two weeks prior to each meeting. Follows up with telephone calls to each newspaper.
· Works closely with the Winter Bazaar team and with the fund raising coordinator to publicize all events.
· Meets with representatives of the press who attend any Club event and arranges meetings with Club Officers and members.
· Ascertains the proper number of Newsletters to be printed.
· Arranges to receive the current Newsletters as soon as they are available.
· Coordinates receipt of Newsletter labels with Membership
· Attaches labels to Newsletters and sorts Newsletters for distribution
· Distributes Newsletters as soon as possible after printing (if available before general meeting, they should be available at such general meeting).
· Distributes Newsletters so that all members have access to each Newsletter; however, it is ultimately each member’s responsibility to receive their Newsletter.
· Provides for current Newsletters to be available to the members at each general meeting.
· Provides for extra Newsletters to be available at the IWC office.
· Prepares a group of unlabeled Newsletters for each newcomers’ coffee.
· Responds to groups who have not received Newsletters, changes distribution, as necessary.
· Coordinates with the Newsletter editor about distribution problems
· Coordinates with Membership about distribution problems.
· Maintains notations on membership status changes and reports these to Membership.
· Receives all calls from members with questions, complaints or comments about distribution.
· Reviews distribution procedures to improve member access to the Newsletter
· Before the May general meeting, determines the distribution points for the following Club year.
· A chairman and co-chairman shall be the designated leaders of the IWC Charities interest group, with final responsibility for all the decisions made and actions taken by the group.
· Coordinates with Charities’ group leaders to oversee each IWC Charities’ project.
· Convenes and presides over a monthly Charities’ meeting.
· Serves as ex officio member of all Charities’ committees.
· Signs all Charities’ documents.
· Serves as liaison with the Steering Committee for Charities.
· Reports monthly the to the Steering Committee regarding the status of Charities.
· Prepares and presents to the Steering Committee each year a list of potential recipients of the Winter Bazaar proceeds and assists the Steering Committee to select the final recipients.
· Serves as a liaison to other charitable organizations operating in Moscow to ensure cooperation, non-duplication of efforts and discussion of common concerns.
· Ensures that thank-you notes to donors are written timely.
· Ensures a Charities representative attends each monthly newcomers coffee.
· Coordinates all fund raising activities for the Club except the Winter Bazaar.
· Determines what fundraising activities will take place for the Club year and schedule each activity as approved by the Steering Committee.
· Selects a chairman for each activity, if necessary.
· Coordinates with public relations for publicity of each fund raising activity.
· Ensures thank-you notes are written for each activity as appropriate.
· Maintains files for each activity for the next Club year.
Travel Tips By Linda Montgomery
husband and I went to Athens, Greece, hoping we would find enough to do there
for five days. We weren’t disappointed. Our trusty guide book on
Mediterranean Europe by Lonely Planet said that two days were enough for
Athens; then it continued on the glories of the Greek Islands. Since we were
there in January, very off-season, a lot of the tourist attractions were
closed. But those were things that attract tourists interested in the beach,
sun and tans. We wanted pure, unadulterated history.
Parthenon is not the only building on the Acropolis. This was the first of
several surprises on the top of Mars Hill, where the Apostle Paul preached to
an audience of about 500 Athenians in the early part of the 1st century. The
climb was a bit wearing, especially to those of us who don’t worship
exercise, but there were breaks and interesting things to see on the way up.
Advertising and Announcements
Do You Want Your IWC Newsletter On Email?
Again, this year we are offering our members the opportunity to receive the IWC Newsletter on email, the same day as the IWC General Meeting. All members who wish to receive the IWC Newsletter on email have to send an email to Birthe Rasmussen (firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to write “IWC News” in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation that you are on our email list. If you move or want to cancel the newsletter, send an email with “Unsubscribe IWC News” in the subject line. We will send you a confirmation that you are off our Newsletter listing.
Cleaner/Nanny Available As We Are Relocating
Sveta has worked in my home for 5 months and has proved to be an excellent cleaner/nanny. Her attitude to work is very manageable, she is willing to change her ways to suit yours. She is not only honest and accurate but also fast, efficient, organised and reliable. She has a lot of initiative! She has worked before at a Dry cleaners and her ironing is impeccable! She speaks Russian and has some knowledge of German. She is competent and responsible with children. You may contact her at: 418-9757. She lives in Barvija on the Rublova-Uspenskoe shosse.
Car For Sale
Lincoln Continental 1995 - 4.6 l - 264 hp - leather, full options, Canadian version, metallic gray, 81,000 km, Air bags, ABS, JBL music 6CD changer, climat & computerized driving control. For more information, contact John tel: 415-4434 e-mail: email@example.com
Good Driver Available
Dima has been our driver for 2 1/2 year, he has taken our children to school with safety and patience. He has used our company car, but also owns a car, always timely and has basic knowledge of English. Call Jane 418-7293
Ice Skating Teacher Available
Gulja is a great ice-skating teacher. We skate in the closed ice-skating rink “Kristall” in Luzhniki. Gulja is a professional sports teacher, she is good both with kids and grown-ups and is very attentive to your style and ability to learn. Gulja speaks Russian and English. Recommended by Natalia Bykova. Call Natalia at 203-4006 or Gulja direct at 564-9183; 946-1220, cell.766-8532
German and Italian Teacher Wanted
Looking for a native German and Italian teacher for private lessons. Call Natalia Bykova at 203-4006, 737-5298
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News From The Interest Groups
Welcome everyone to this third Spring General Meeting 2001. A special one, since we have a lot of Russian Artisans selling their crafts. Last months Sign Up meeting was a success, hope you found what you were looking for. In case the group leaders have not contacted you yet, just give them a call yourselves. Find out yourselves when and where the group meetings will take place and enjoy the company of like-minded friends.
I have updated the Interest Group Directory with the information you have given me, but there could still very well be mistakes in it. Please contact me if we need to change anything else.
Keep me posted,
Interest Group Coordinators
Cristian Ernsting 720-5107 email@example.com
Sharyn Finch 940-5815 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bee Yan Walsh 201-3296 email@example.com
Icon Painting - Intensive Course
The icon painter Sergei Tarasjan and his wife Natasha are organizing an intensive course of Icon painting. The course is for beginners (without any previous experience) and those knowing the basics of orthodox icon painting. The course will go from Monday April 23, until Friday 27th and again Thursday May 3rd. Each day from 10 am until 6 pm. For further information, please call Sirkku Huttunen 961-3341 or Iris Töndle-Braun 961-3204.
Special Indian Cooking Demonstration
"Neeta Galani, leader of the Indian Cooking Group, is planning a SPECIAL INDIAN COOKING DEMONSTRATION at the Indian Restaurant "Talk of the Town". She would like to get a group of 15 ladies together for the demonstration, planned for late April. You will enjoy the prepared food (starter, main course, dessert) afterwards and take home all the recipes. Please contact her to sign up for it on 238 6585 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org"
Spotlight On Red October Chocolate Factory by Linda Montgomery
many people, the name Red October signifies the Russian Revolution of 1917,
but this moniker has a new significance: Krasni Aktabr (Red October) in
Moscow triggers dreams of chocolate.
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Spotlight on Red October Factory
addition to the bars and smaller pieces being poured and molded from tubs of
hot chocolate, we saw the wafer presses and then the assembly of chocolate and
wafers to make one of their most popular candy bars, wrapped in a "Three
Bears" paper design. Once the products are molded and pressed together,
all candies are put through freezers to cool before being wrapped and packaged
for shipping. Only six percent of the Red October's products are exported, but
the tour guide explained that the demand inside such a large country was so
huge that there was simply not enough to go around.
After leaving the production side of the factory, we removed our "lab coats" and hats, but were told to put plastic bags over our shoes, or to remove them. This seemed a little curious, since we had already toured the food production area, but we complied and were led into an air-conditioned, carpeted room where the one-room museum is maintained. No one explained why we were to protect the floor here, but were allowed to track our muddy boots through the food area.
In the museum, Mrs. Galina, a 22-year-veteran of the chocolate factory, divulged the glorious history and benefits of working for this company. Mrs. G, wearing a dark green cut-velvet gown, told us that the company was renamed "Red October" in 1922 in honor of the anniversary of the Revolution. She also said that most of the 3,200 employees in Moscow come from a school where employees begin training as children, or from family "dynasties" that have worked there for generations. There are currently 11 dynasties working in the plant. The president and director of the company is from the ninth "dynasty" and has worked there for 42 years. Red October has two other factories, bringing the total to 4,500 Russians employed by the company.
Salaries vary, but the average unskilled laborer earns 800 rubles a month, plus benefits. Each employee gets 24 days a year off, and takes trade union vouchers for recreation in two different areas owned by the company -- one near Moscow, and another resort at the Black Sea. There is a full pension for retirees and a free clinic. Other benefits include theater tickets provided free by cultural events. Mrs. G quickly pointed out that the Bolshoi is the only theater that does not provide free tickets.
If a person from outside the industry wanted to work at the Red October Chocolate Factory, he wouldn't have a chance, according to Mrs. Galina. No one ever quits there, and there are just never any vacancies, she added. After privatization occurred in the early 1990's, Red October "gave" its stock to employees, so it is still owned by its workers.
From the museum we were led into the “White Hall”, a dining area where concerts and theater productions are sometimes held. With music written by one of Red October's own composers playing in the background, tea and chocolates were served. The samples from the factory were diverse and plentiful. There were enough to satisfy everyone, with left-overs to fill everyone’s purses. The half-hour tea party passed quickly and we left the factory in chocolate overload. A few of us stopped by the factory store to see what was there, but few bought any more chocolate. We had enough samples to last a week or two, and we now know what to buy when the chocolate cravings return.
IWC Special Offer:
Music for Women
The Chamber Orchestra KREMLIN in conjunction with the IWC has produced a new CD entitled “Women of the World.” First available at the 1999 IWC Winter Bazaar, the CD features the work of composers from many different regions of the world. It is an ideal gift for a friend or family member, or yourself. Founded and led by conductor Misha Rachlevsky, the Chamber Orchestra KREMLIN has earned widespread recognition, nationally and internationally, as one of Russia’s leading ensembles. Proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit IWC charities. The CD can be purchased at IWC General Meetings while supplies last.