Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – January 2022

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
January 2022 

Dear IWP Ladies – 

Here’s to a great year ahead for IWP and for each and every one of you!

We were disappointed to have to curtail our December ‘inside’ events and the same may be true for January.  As you know, we follow the DGS (Portuguese Health Authority) guidelines and if they continue to increase restrictions, so will we.

Right now, I will post our events on the website with optimism and hope that they will happen – for example, the Tea and Talk and the Drinks at the Baia. Please be aware though – that cancellations may happen at any time but know that they are coming from a place of care, concern and wanting the best for our members’ health. By the way – our monthly Baia evenings will now take place on the second Thursday of each month.

Our Coffee Mornings – Tuesdays in Cascais and Wednesdays in Lisbon, our Paredão Walks, Sintra Hikes and Sintra Walks are not affected and for that, we are grateful. Book clubs, card groups and others, like rug making will need to make their own decisions as to whether and where to gather. 

Speaking of gathering – we have a request from some artistic members who would like to restart their painting group. They need a SPACE where they can not only meet but where they can leave their art supplies. Do any of you have a garage or place that might work for this? Please contact Ruth Hurst if you can be of help: ruth.hurst74@gmail.pt – thank you!

Looking ahead, we are planning to have our AGM on Thursday, February 17th, 2022 – a morning meeting with lunch to follow. Please Save the Date as we’d like as many of you to be there as possible. 

A reminder that you are welcome to bring a book to swap at our Tuesday coffee mornings. Bring one – take one! It doesn’t have to be fiction – just anything you no longer wish to keep.

A couple of this month’s ‘indoor’ events in date order are: 

DRINKS AT THE BAIA HOTEL – Thursday, Jan. 13th. 6pm – 8pm
Join us for a drink in the bar to welcome in the New Year! 
Vax certificate needed to attend! 
email: secretary.iwp@gmail.com to be added to the list and let her (Heather) know if you’d like to bring a guest. Cut off date for members to sign up is Tuesday, Jan. 11th, after which, guests will be added to the list until our attendee limit is reached. 

TEA and a TALK – Wednesday, Jan. 19th. 3pm – 5pm
Duke Bar + Restaurant, Largo Luis de Camões, Cascais
Vax certificate needed to attend!
Member Claire Banazol RN will talk about how she came to join the Royal Navy and the challenges and fun she had over a 26 year career. 
email: secretary.iwp@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

LUNCH OUT! due to restrictions, this event has yet to be confirmed. If and when we have info – it will be posted on our Facebook Forum and on our website.

Member Highlight
This month we are talking with Laura Kunze.
(by Sandra De Haan)

Laura is an  American from suburban Detroit. She started working straight after high school, eventually entering the field of Human Resources in 1989. In this role she was responsible for supporting employees on expatriate assignments.  She could not have guessed that one day, she would be an expat herself! At the age of 45 she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at Central Michigan University while working full time. It was one of her proudest moments. During that time she met her German husband, Torsten. They were both recently divorced and Torsten introduced her to international travel. In 2002 the two of them tied the knot in St. Lucia.
After getting married, it was time to start a new career and Laura followed her passion for animals. She worked at a kennel, at a luxury cat hotel and as a petsitter. Not always easy to walk dogs at night in the Michigan cold and deep snow!
In 2006, Torsten’s work moved them from Detroit to Charleston, South Carolina. Laura loved it. Charleston has been ranked as one of the most attractive travel destinations in the US for many years. She had a couple of part-time jobs there and also worked as a volunteer for an animal rescue. In 2007 Laura volunteered for a two weeks stay at an animal sanctuary in Utah, (2000+ miles from Charleston) where she fell in love with Sampson, a large mix breed dog whom she adopted.  She adopted Smokey the cat from the local shelter and DJ, another cat, who needed to be re-homed.
In 2015, a new job for Torsten took the couple to Melbourne, Australia for a period of two years. Unsure at first, Laura ended up loving it and looking back now, realises it was one of the most exciting events of her life. The seed was planted to retire outside of the USA and by the time Torsten finished work in 2020, International Living Magazine had recommended Portugal as one of the best places in which to do that. Due to Covid, a trip to see how they felt about the area was not possible, so they decided to jump in with both feet, sight unseen and move here! They arrived in Estoril in June 2021 and haven’t regretted it.
Laura is a great nature/animal lover. Her garden in Charleston was full of bluebird nesting boxes and feeding places for birds. She even created a safe place where she would protect Monarch butterfly eggs so they could become caterpillars, then butterflies, which she would then release back into nature. Gardening, walking, listening to audio books, watercolour painting, horseback riding and wine tasting are other hobbies.
Laura is very happy to be a part of IWP.  She participates in the Paradão walks, attends the coffee mornings and goes on the Sintra walks.  She is very grateful for the many friends she has made along the way and looks forward to attending more events in the future. 
Covid Rules

As before, IWP will follow and enforce official guidelines at our events to help keep our members safe and healthy and to contain the spread of the virus. For further information click the link below:
We ask that any member who is not feeling well, or has potentially been exposed to the virus informs a member of our board as soon as possible
In the unfortunate event that one of our members or their guest has tested positive after attending an IWP event, we will inform all members who attended that event, alerting them to the situation.
The regression to stricter measures is unfortunate, but an appropriate response is needed to help keep everyone safe. We will get through this together! Thank you.

Best wishes,

Louise Strasenburgh
Executive President of IWP
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