Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
Dear IWP Members – Happy Spring! Welcome to April and the blossoms of wisteria and jasmine. REMINDER TO ALL: Heather Dennis will hold Office Hours at 85 Rua Poço Novo in Cascais at 12 noon on the 1st Tuesday of each month, starting on April 5th for anyone who would like some guidance on how to use a credit card to buy a ticket online, renew a membership online, make an RSVP through our website or hunt for a missing Newsletter! Thank you Heather for offering this needed service.
There’s a lot of news, so here we go ….
First of all – on the health front, some new directives from the DGS and I am most grateful to David Wright of the Royal British Legion for passing along the info.
The Council of Ministers met today, 23rd March, to review the measures in place to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They adopted and have just published a resolution to extend the State of Alert until 23:59 on 18th April 2022. This will replace the current Alert Status which is due to expire on 30th March. From now until 18th April, all current measures will remain in place and unchanged.
The restrictions in force were all described in a previous update but for ease of reference can be found online at this link: https://www.portugalconnexions.com/blog/covid-update-restrictions-eased-phase-1
Among these measures, it is still compulsory to wear masks in public indoor spaces, health services and on public transport.
For the Government, António Lacerda, Deputy Secretary of State for Health, said on Monday that Portugal has not yet lowered numbers sufficiently to reach level zero and must “wait calmly” to be able to ease Covid-19 restrictions. Mandatory Use of Masks
There is still some discussion about when the use of masks will cease to be compulsory. The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) has in fact already set April 3rd as the date to end mandatory use of masks in closed areas. Some specialists, including the President of the Portuguese Medical Association, have argued over recent days that it is not advisable at this stage, while other experts who have supported the government in the handling of the pandemic, are saying that the country is ready.
Given the uncertainty, it is probably best to ignore the 3rd April and remember that the law is now telling us nothing changes until 18th April.
On the artistic front …. a worthwhile opportunity for all. We’d love to see IWP represented in the Exhibit! Ukraine
Among the many activities undertaken by our community in response to the crisis in Ukraine, we would like to draw the attention of the artists among us to this commendably different initiative:
Art Exhibition and Sale in Support of Ukrainian Refugees in Portugal
The President of the Junta de Freguesia de Cascais e Estoril, Dr Pedro Morais has offered the use of the Estoril Art Gallery for an exhibition and sale of works of art. It will run from 20th to 22nd April, with an inauguration ceremony and auction of the works on display to take place on the 20th (time to be confirmed).
Funds raised will be donated entirely to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in Portugal. Administration and Organization costs have all been waived. Artists who would like to participate are invited to donate one item of their work to be auctioned at the sale. A form is attached to this email to be completed by any artist who wishes to enrol in the exhibition. Of course, art-lovers and the general public are invited to visit the exhibition and bid in the silent auction to raise funds.
After the exhibition, all buyers and participants will receive a report on the money raised from the sale and how it will be applied. Click the link below to enroll. https://mcusercontent.com/68f2a25d40e73927a70dd420e/files/423186e7-fc1d-fcd6-ea7c-f424bbdbc26e/Enrolment_Form_2_.docx and while we are still on the ‘helping front’ …. Do you have an old or broken small appliance?
Worten has adapted their recycle campaign to support the shelters and houses that are being created to receive the Ukrainian refugees.
How? Delivering your old/broken small appliances at a Worten store, based on the amount of appliances given, which will go to recycling centres, Worten will donate NEW appliances either to families/shelters/houses that are receiving refugees.
Find the campaign “Worten Transforma” on their website: https://www.worten.pt/sustentabilidade/ajuda-humanitaria-ucrania-transforma?fbclid=IwAR2x_M_ljkR3Tf1mPOvRTGH9y4uw15ZIz44J7nHycGKGkSQKFrH9uIpMEqs
SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN!
As promised last month, we are happy to bring you some input from the survey we sent out. Thanks to all of you who took the time to respond to the 4 questions asked and to also to add your thoughtful comments.
The general encouragement and thanks for all our volunteer work was very reassuring and supportive.
I will just give a brief overview and please remember – this survey was just that – a point of reference for the 2 tasked boards – the Executive and the Financial Review, to draw from when they make their fiscal recommendations at the next AGM.
NB: To address quite a few ‘fund raising’ comments/suggestions – we are a non-profit, not a charity and legally we don’t raise money to spend on US. The only funds we solicit are membership dues. Even when we have a special event, like our Christmas/Holiday donation to the Parish, we are giving donations ‘in kind’ – not in cash. There may be rare exceptions to this.
In a nutshell: There was overwhelming support for raising the yearly membership fee to 35€ from the current amount and strong opposition to stay as we are and start digging into our reserve just to pay the bills. The 44€ – 55€ amounts seemed high to some, but not all.
Again – overwhelming support for any and all excursions to be paid for by those who wish to take them. Inequity was a big part of the conversation. The flip side of that equation was clear; have our two ‘all member’ yearly activities – i.e. the AGM and a Volunteer Appreciation Lunch subsidised to an appropriate amount that will encourage any and all to attend.
A huge thank you to Britta Martini-Miles – our VP of the month (each month!) for putting together the survey and collating the anonymous data as it was returned. It will be valuable going forward and help make our decisions ones that are based on the views and opinions of those who chose to make their voices heard.
And now for an April activity run through …
DECORATIVE ARTS MUSEUM – LISBON – Thursday, April 7th, 10:3 – 12:30pm
Visit the Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida – R. Rosa Araújo 41, 1250-165 Lisbon – with optional lunch afterwards at DeliDeluxe.
To reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/art-museum-lisbon
DRINKS AT THE BAIA HOTEL – Thursday, April 14th. 6pm – 8pm
Join us in the Bar for our mid-month gathering.
RSVP via the website please. Add a note if you plan to bring a guest.
Reserve your spot! https://iwpportugal.org/events/iwp-drinks-at-the-baia-hotel/
SPECIAL EVENT: – Wednesday, April 20th
We have an amazing opportunity to listen to international speaker and Special Foreign Correspondent to the Ukraine for the Daily/Sunday Express newspaper, Simon Brocklebank-Fowler. Simon is a personal friend of one of our members and lives part time in Cascais. He has agreed to share his thoughts on the crisis in the Ukraine, to which he has been a regular visitor over the last six months. Instead of a speaker fee, he hopes that donations will be made (there will be a link available) and advanced to those in need. Simon has agreed to take questions from attendees after the talk. We (IWP) have opened this event up to the WRVS, the Royal British Club and the Royal British Legion – in the hope that as international expats, we can unite together for this special event.
A separate mailing will go out as soon as all the details have been completed.
FUN PAINTING CLASS AND BRUNCH! – CASCAIS – Thursday, April 27th – 11am – 2pm
Here’s the good news … you CAN paint when someone shows you how! Take your finished canvas home, having enjoyed a fun-filled artistic tutorial and a super brunch at the House of Wonders in Cascais. We promise – you’ll be amazed at the results!
Min. 4 – max 10 members. 35€ total for the class and brunch.
Reserve your spot! https://iwpportugal.org/events/fun-painting-class-and-brunch-cascais
LUNCH OUT! – SOYA NOODLE BAR – CARCAVELOS – Thursday, April 28th, 1pm
SOYA is well known for its Asian Fusion food. Not Lisbon, not Cascais – let’s go to Carcavelos for a change!
Reserve your spot! https://iwpportugal.org/events/lunch-out
… coming up in May – a Lisbon Spy Tour with Peddy Tours on the 13th – another new Lisbon restaurant to try and Tea & Talk will be back!
Lisbon Coffee Louise and Heather went along to the Lisbon Coffee which is held every Wednesday at 10.30 am at
Açucar & Canela, AVENIDA DUQUE DE ÁVILA 6, LISBOA 1000-140
We met lots of lovely IWP Lisbon ladies who gather each week and are growing in numbers! Take a trip to Lisbon and enjoy their warm welcome!
A very special thanks to Joy Davenport for stepping up to volunteer to be our interviewer for the always interesting Member Highlight column!
This month we are talking with Cecile Verney.
(by Joy Davenport)
Cecile Verny Cecile was born on the Ivory Coast of Africa. When she was 12 years old she moved to France with her mother, who was an English teacher. Although named after patron saint of music, Cecilia, it wasn’t until early adulthood that Cecile found her passion for music.
One day at home, she was singing while washing dishes and a friend noted her amazing voice and told her she should audition at a local club; she did, and was offered a job singing. She originally was drawn to pop, reggae, and soul music before deciding that jazz was her primary genre for music. It was during this time Cecile realized her heart was in music, and she left her studies of law and chose singing as her life work. Along with the music from some jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, she also began writing her own songs.
Cecile moved to Portugal with her (retired) German husband in November 2020.She has a grown son and daughter, and currently lives in Areia (Cascais) area. She continues her music career with her ensemble “Cecile Verny Quartet” performing primarily in Germany, but has also performed at Avenew in Lisbon. She looks forward to expanding her career in Portugal. Although French is Cecile’s native language, she also speaks German and English, and is currently learning Portuguese.
She enjoys movies, cooking, and has a garden where she grows herbs and veggies. When she has the time, she also enjoys yoga and sewing. She joined IWP for the camaraderie and hopes to continue to meet woman of all nationalities and backgrounds. [Treat yourself to “I Heard An Angel Singing” on Youtube for a sample of Cecile’s amazing talent]
Executive President of IWP