Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – July 2021

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
 July 2021

Dear IWP Members

July = Fun in the Sun and Travel!

June was a busy month with at least one activity being held each weekday … a testament to those of you who have created and led events that have appealed to so many members. Thank you! Vaccines and overall lowered virus numbers also allowed us to continue to have more in-person activities, which has been a treat. Hopefully this latest COVID spike in LIsbon will be short lived.

Travel is in the cards for some of us … in full disclosure, I am writing to you from Boston, Massachusetts, where I have come to meet my newest grandson Luke. He decided to make an early appearance but is making steady progress. Other members of the Executive Board have travel plans as well so be patient if your emails take a little longer to be answered. 

I’ll see you at the end of July …. don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Activities Update

We were very excited to announce the return of our monthly Happy Hour on the 2nd Friday of each month from 6 – 8pm at the Baia Hotel in Cascais. Unfortunately with Covid numbers spiking in our community we have decided that the responsible position is to wait and see and as soon as the situation improves we will move forward.

Plein Air – our outdoor painting is on a summer hiatus. We may bring it back in the autumn if there is still interest but in the meantime, Marguerite Beaty would like to offer a Sintra Photo Walk in July. Please contact her directly if you would like to join her – mbeaty80@gmail.com

We have a request from a member who is really interested in Fado Music. She has done some great research and has plans in place to visit different venues and listen to one of Portugal’s most enduring traditions. Again, due to the new blip on the COVID radar screen we hope we can start in August so stay tuned …. (pun intended). 

Speaking of August – our Office Hours will start up on Tuesday, Aug. 3rd from 10-12 noon. Anyone and everyone is welcome to drop by Rua Poço Novo 85, Cascais and see the space that we have generously been given by the Town. Either Heather Dennis or myself will be there to welcome you and chat about anything IWP related. The location in the historic district is charming and there are some cute lunch spots nearby. Pop in and say hello!

Our first afternoon Tea and Talk has been pushed out to August 12th – so details will be forthcoming in our next newsletter but mark the date on your calendar – it will be fun. If you have something you think would be of general interest and are comfortable speaking about it – let Annemarie Simons know – designatemember.iwp@gmail.com

Heather Evans is ready to create another Trivia Night – in person this time – which is always fun. We are considering what indoor but airy venues might work. If you have a good spot in mind – let us know.

Heather is also looking into a Sunset Cruise for us and gathering details for an IWP evening with our Plus Ones (or not!).

Read below about another new Book Club starting … thank you Naimh!
New Book Club

My name is Niamh Moynihan and I would love to set up a new evening book club. I am from Ireland, living in Cascais. The plan would be to meet once a month in the Baia Hotel for a coffee and a chat about the current book. It would also be a chance to meet some new people.

I love to read autobiographies and I am open to any suggestions! I have just started ‘The Truths we Hold’, by Kamala Harris and I am proposing this book for our first meeting. 

I will set up a WhatsApp group, so you can text me directly on +353878368800 and I will add you to the group. The first meeting will be Thursday the 15th of July at 7.30p.m. at the Baia hotel. If you haven’t read the book by then, don’t worry! This first meeting will be a chance for us to get to know each other. 

Thanks and see you there!
Help Wanted!

Your IWP friends are always looking for new activities and adventures.  Do you have any ideas?  Once we get this pandemic behind us, we are all going to be wanting to get out and about.  Can you help plan for the future? 
  • Are you interested in forming a group of working women?  
  • Do you want to have some evening activities?
  • Do you know of some Lisbon destinations or places in the countryside we could explore?  
  • How about shopping opportunities?  
  • Want to get a group together to have an informal lunch?
  • Do you have a hobby or special talent you would like to share?
IWP can provide a communications platform for your ideas.  If you have the time and talent to lead a group, plan an excursion, host an activity… let us know.  Send your ideas to secretary.iwp@gmail.com, including details about time, place, transportation or materials.  Get together with a new friend and brainstorm.  The Executive Board will let you know if any further information is needed and if your plan is workable under our legal constraints.  As we wait for Covid restrictions to be lifted, we would love to hear from you!

Member Highlight

In this section we would like to introduce some of our talented IWP ladies each month, this month we are talking with Barbara Schafer.
(by Sandra De Haan)

Barb grew up in Bellingham, a small town in Washington State. After high school she enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Washington in Seattle.  While still a student, in 1968, she married Chuck.  He graduated that year from UW and was commissioned into the Army.  In 1969, Chuck was posted to Korea and Barb took a year out of her studies to join him on the adventure. By good fortune, Chuck’s cousin also lived in Seoul and was married to a local lady who helped Barb immerse herself into the culture.  This was a life-changing experience for both Barb and Chuck, who have loved travel ever since.

After a year in Korea, Barb returned to nursing school but, before she could complete her program, Chuck got a job with Pier 1 Imports and was transferred to Berkeley, California.  They lived there for a year, during which their daughter was born.  

Chuck really didn’t enjoy working in retail, so he went back to university to study accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant.  They moved to Bellingham, had a son in 1976, and raised their kids in Barb’s hometown.  During this period, Barb, at 30 went back to school, got a degree in Accounting and became a ‘CPA’ as well.  She spent most of her career working as a controller or director in professional firms, primarily law firms.  When both kids were out of high school, Barb and Chuck moved from Bellingham to Seattle, where they lived for the next 24 years.

For their 25th wedding anniversary, they went on a Mediterranean cruise and fell in love with Italy.  That reignited their love of travel, and they have since seen much of the world. 

2018 was an incredibly special year and they wanted to do something extraordinary.  That year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Chuck turned 75 and Barb turned 70.  Initially they planned to live in Italy for a couple of years, which they had already visited about 10 times.  To their great disappointment, this was not possible due to Italian immigration problems.  A friend had a client who lived in Cascais and introduced them.   They came for a three-day visit, went back to Seattle, sold the house and the car and, after getting a visa, moved to Portugal.

When Barb arrived, she joined IWP and met Joia Lewis who was then the President.  Before she knew it, she became the Treasurer of the organisation, a postion which she has now held for almost 3 years.  She looks after all the financial aspects of IWP, reporting monthly to the Executive Board and reporting annually to the members at the AGM.  IWP has been a wonderful part of her life in Cascais, providing friends, advice, entertainment and help.  Barb is happy to give back some of what she has received.

Barb enjoys reading, tennis, walking, sewing, cooking and baking and loves drooling over Michelin starred “24 Hour Kitchen” TV chef Henrique Sa Pessoa. In her “spare time”, she is studying Portuguese.  She and Chuck just completed the B1/B2 course.

By far the most important things in her life are her husband, her two wonderful children and her three amazing grandchildren.  Barb feels very blessed with all that life has given her.

Calling all ladies who are not following our ‘IWP Forum’ Facebook page.
You are missing out of lots of up-to-date information and photos. 
All you have to do is ‘Like’ the page and our administrators will let you in.
Come on what are you waiting for?!
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Best wishes,

Louise Strasenburgh
Executive President of IWP
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