Seoul International Women's Association by wuyunyi


									                                    Seoul International
                                    Women’s Association
Sunday, February 27, 2011

                            UPCOMING EVENTS

   Upcoming
    Events                  SIWA GALA 2011 – ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CLOCK
   Notices
                                                     One, two, three o'clock, four o'clock, rock,
   SIWA Tours                                       Five, six, seven o'clock, eight o'clock, rock,
   Community                                        Nine, ten, eleven o'clock, twelve o'clock, rock,
    Activities                                       We're gonna rock around the clock tonight.
   Classified
                                                     The Gala is less than two weeks away!!!
   SIWA Stuff
   Helpful Links                                    Ticket Sales close Friday 4th March.
   SIWA
    Contacts                                          Glam up in your 1950’s attire – dance to the tunes of
                                                      The CEO Band at the 2011 SIWA Gala, on Saturday,
                                                      March 12 at the Grand Hilton Hotel.
                            Cocktails, dinner, dancing, charity silent auction -- an evening of mad cap fun
                            fifties style!
                            Tickets are KRW 90,000 per person or KRW 850,000 for a table of ten.
                            Contact for reservations and payment.
                            Go to SIWA webpage
                   and register on
                            Or drop in to the Seoul Club (2nd Floor) where we can accept cash or credit card
                            payments. (Please note that credit card payments incur a fee)

                            We will be at the Seoul Club :
                            Monday - Feb 28th           2pm – 4pm
                            Tuesday - March 1st         12noon – 4pm
                            Wednesday – March 2nd       2pm – 4pm
                            Thursday – March 3          2pm – 4pm
                            Friday – March 4            2pm – 4pm

                            Seoul Club address: #208 Jangchoong-dong 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul
                   Here is a taste of what is available for the Silent Auction –
Premium Platinum      - 1 Economy class round trip air-ticket to Europe from KLM Royal Dutch
    Sponsors               Airline ticket (retail price 2,000,000 KRW; valid till 29. May 2011)
                      - 1 Economy class round-trip air-ticket to Hanoi/Saigon from Vietnam
                           Airlines (retail price 500,000 KRW; valid till 30.June 2011)
                      - 1 night at Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul in a Deluxe room including
                           breakfast for two (retail price 625,000 KRW)
                      - 3 Nights stay in Regency Club Room at Hyatt Regency Saipan (retail price
                           900,000 KRW)
                      - 1 night stay at Superior room at Ritz Carlton Seoul + Dinner Voucher for
                           two (retail price 350,000 KRW)
                      - 2 night at W Seoul-Walkerhill Hotel in Studio suite + daily Buffet
                           Breakfast at Kitchen for two + free access to WET and SWEAT (retail
                           value 900,000 KRW)
                      - Bubbly Sunday Brunch at W Seoul-Walkerhill Hotels’ Kitchen for two
                           (retail value 210,000 KRW)
   Platinum           - 90-minute Session Body Massage at Banyan Tree Spa Seoul (retail value
   Sponsors                180,000 KRW)
                      - Sulwhasoo ‘Extra Refining Line’ cosmetic set (retail price 950,000 KRW)
                      - MCM Handbags (retail price range from 325,000 to 695,000 KRW)
                      - Korean chest from Daeboo Antiques (retail price 500,000 KRW)
                      - Calligraphy framed from Master Seo Jungsoo (retail price 2,000,000

                   And much, much more …..

                   Stay over at the Grand Hilton using the special SIWA rate.
                   KRW170,000 ++ which includes breakfast!
                   Call Reservations on 02-3216 5656 and be sure to advise you want the SIWA

                   We are still looking for volunteers to help setup – so if you have
                   an hour or two to spare on Saturday afternoon March 12th, please
                   contact Kerrie Matthee at Also if you
                   (or your sons or daughters!) have the skills to put together some movie
                   or video clips, Kerrie would love to hear from you.

                   The next Gala planning meeting is Thursday, March 3rd at the Seoul Club. Come
                   at 12:30 for lunch or 1:00 for the meeting.

                   Please mark your calendar for the upcoming meeting: March 10th
Information about Connection to your Body & Health

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
9:30am ~ 11:30 am
Grand Ambassador Hotel, 2nd floor Ballroom
Please click here for further information and directions to the meeting.


    We encourage every member to attend the meeting.
    SIWA is your family, SIWA is your place to get connected. So it’s up to
    you to make SIWA the community you love and to be a proud part
    Come and create the future of SIWA - Attend the AGM and vote for
    SIWA’s membership year 2011 / 2012.

    For SIWA members only!
    No attendance fee.

Spring back to life in Seoul !
SIWA Monthly Coffee Morning’s theme for this Spring is “Connection.” Though
we live in a world where we’re connected 24/7 through
wireless internet and cell phones, do you really feel
“connected” to your life, family and friends? Are you perhaps
holding your breath, until you are totally settled or back
home? Hold your breath no more! Join us at our Monthly
Coffee Morning this spring and celebrate your connection to
the worldly life (February), to your body and health (March) and to the people
around you (April).

Connect to Your Intimate Ones at SIWA in March!
In line with Monthly Coffee Morning Spring theme, Connection, we invite
you to come join us on March Coffee Morning and improve your connection to
yourbody. Whether you are already running miles or just contemplating fitness
options you will take away invaluable information and exercise tips from
Personal Trainer Tim Kim and Yoga Instructor Katja Otter. Both certified
professional instructors will present us not only on the general benefits
of fitness and yoga, but demonstrate proper ways to make each movement
more effective and safe. Though short, each session promises to get you
out of your chair as you learn the key movements, so come dressed
comfortably and have lots of fun!
*All Coffee Morning entrance fees cover the cost of the venue with snacks and beverages. Guest
speakers provide their services free of charge.
Please notice: There is no Newcomers’ Meeting in February. We are looking
forward seeing you in March.

Thursday, March 3rd , 2011
10 am at Seoul Club
All members are welcome to attend and share experiences at this casual and
intimate meeting. Click here for more details including directions.


We are very pleased to announce the new SIWA
members, who joined during the past week. Welcome
dear ladies and enjoy your time in SIWA and share the
Blanc-Vecchi , Sonia
Hwang, Kayoung
Choi, Jia
Ostlund, Salme


The new SIWA year starts May 1st every year. And           Bring in your skills
with the start of the new year, we need to form a              and talents!
new SIWA Board. Have you ever thought of being              Become a SIWA
more involved in keeping SIWA running? Or would             Board member.
you finally like to use and bring in your personal
interests and skills again? What about being a
SIWA Board member then? It is your chance now!

Every year, a nominating committee is formed to search and fill vacant positions
on the SIWA board. A group of women from different countries will nominate
new members to serve on the SIWA Board 2011-2012. Please meet the
Nominating Committee for the new SIWA Board:

Nominationg Chair – Valerie Pergay (

  1. Catharine Cellier-Smart, UK (
  2. Corine de Hemptinne, France (
  3. Lorrie Gomes, USA (
   4.   Katrin Helmecke, Germany (
   5.   Hyejin Kim, Korea (
   6.   Mariya Maderich, Ukraine (
   7.   Pilar Perez-McKay, Australia (
   8.   Caroline Rempel, Canada (
   9.   Ursula Tarasyants, Russia (

If you are interested in volunteering your time to SIWA by serving on the board,
please notify any of the following people listed above. Actually the following
positions are vacant:
     Board Administrator / Office Manager
     Bazaar/Gala
     Advertising
     Discovery Editor
     Welfare

Wednesday, March 16th 2011 is our Annual General Meeting (AGM) to attended
by members only. Please come and elect the SIWA Board Members for the new
membership year (May 1st, 2011 – April 30th, 2012).

Through its Welfare Committee, SIWA supports many needy charities all over
Seoul and South Korea. Welfare committee members visit charities, evaluate
their situation, discuss requests during the monthly welfare meetings and
recommend donations to the SIWA board, who ratifies the recommendations.

The Welfare Committee has now few vacant positions
and is looking for interested members being part of a
team of hard working and dedicated women. We are
looking for women with a strong commitment and                 Help the needy!
willing to volunteer a fair amount of their time in             Get active in
helping the needy here in Korea. Any SIWA member               SIWA Welfare
can become a welfare committee member. Any
nationality is welcome – including Koreans. Contact
our Welfare Chair Michaela Ratcliff for more information:

The Welfare Chair or another welfare committee member will meet with
interested women to find out if it is a good match with the team.
You want be more active, but you didn't want to dedicate your whole time and
                        efforts only for a demanding volunteer job? Then we
                        also have a good opportunity for you.

                           Please find below some more positions within SIWA.
                           Actually we are building up some teams and
                           committees – and you can be a much appreciated part
                           of it. You can help out on an irregular base and you are
flexible in your time you could volunteer.

      Discovery Copy Editor
       Edit the Discovery articles to make check grammar, spellings and

      Siwa Tour Coordinator
       (at least 2 more people are needed to fill up the vacant spots of our
       "mothers-to-be" )
       The job requires 3-4 hours work weekly, more than 70% of that time are
       spent at the computer. We are looking for communicative, sociable, and
       open people with some organisational skills. Tours & Events meeting are
       held once a month.
       At the beginning new Tours & Events team members can count on our
       absolute help and support.

      Newcomer Greeters
       Ideally a few candidates by different areas of Seoul who would take it in
       turns to attend the Regular Monthly Coffee Mornings to welcome new
       arrivals by answering their questions and helping to integrate them into
       SIWA, the role may also involve answering emails from new arrivals
       within their area. Organising a monthly lunch to give Newcomers a
       chance to get to know current SIWA members as well as various
       locations around Seoul. The luncheon dates/venues would require you to
       keep Newcomers, Membership, Tours & Events and Communications
       Chairs fully informed.

When you are interested in any of these jobs, please let me know: I will forward your application to the
relevant SIWA Chair person.

Note: If you have any difficulties registering on-line, email your interest
directly to

Details to the tours also on our FACEBOOK site ….click here

       Tea Ceremony at Myung Won Cultural Foundation ~ Monday, February
        28th ….click here

       Supreme Court Tour ~ Thursday, March 3rd ….click here

       Homemade Skin-Care ~ Thursday, March 3rd ….click here

       Wine Class and tasting with Prof. Mettelin ~           Waiting List
        Wednesday, March 9th … here

       Korean Market Tour and Cooking Class at O’ngo Cooking School ~
        Thursday, March 17th ….click here

       ‘Dialogue in the Dark’ Exhibition guided tour ~ Tuesday, March        New
        22nd ….click here

       Guided Tour of Bongeun-sa and Special Lecture on Korean Buddhism by
        Prof. David A. Mason ~ Wednesday, March 23rd… here

       Gyeongbokgung National Folk Museum of Korea – Guided Tour by Prof.
        David A. Mason ~ Monday, March 28th ….click here

       President’s Blue House Tour ~ Wednesday, March
                                                            Waiting List
        30th……click here

       Mingle Night at Jazz Story ~ Thursday, March 31st … here and let’s
        have fun together
   Swan Lake – Korean Dance Performance ~ Friday, April 15th …

For more information about what’s going on in and around town, visit

          V-Day Seoul many events from February to April … here to learn
           more about V-Day Seoul
          Korea Grand Sale 2011 ends Monday, February 28th ….click here to
           get detailed information on Korea 4 Expats website.

          Embassy of Colombia – Charity Event to collect money for the people
           in Colombia suffering from the heavy rains and floods ~ Friday, March
           4th ….click here

          International Women's Day Play - Perfect Working Models ~         New
           March Friday 4th – Sunday 6th Sponsored by
           Korea4expats….click here

          German Carnival Gala ~ Friday, March 4th ….click here
           See our SIWA member, Our Loveliness Princess Patricia I. in duty 

          International Women’s Day in Seoul ~ Mark your calendar for a big
           event organised by members of SIWA, ANZA, AWA, SNU…. ~
           Tuesday, March 8th ….click here . New information available in our
           website calendar and ….click here.

          YÉOL Spring and Fall Lectures 2011 - Opening lecture ~ Tuesday,
           March 8th ….click here

          V-Day Seoul, Charity Event: FRILLS THRILLS Burlesque Revue ~
           Saturday, March 12th ….click here and … here to learn more
           about V-Day Seoul

          AWC Monthly Meeting: Friday, March 18th….click here
            Seoul Global Village Center Itaewon: Movie of the month
             March “Marathon” ~ Thursday, March 24th … here              New

            Seoul Global Center: Registration for Korean Lessons at
             Itaewon-Hannam-dong branch which start from April 11th. ~
             Two different kind of registration dates: Absolute Beginners on
             March 28th, all other levels March 30th …..see their newsletter (…click
             here) or check out the website for more information (….click here).

            BASS – Designer Gown Raffle ~ Tuesday, March 29th at Bass’ Monthly
             Meeting ….click here

            Dutch Orange Ball ~ Saturday, April 2nd ….click here

            AWC – American Women’s Club’s Cherry Blossom Gala ~ Saturday,
             April 16th ….click here

            ANZA – Australian-New-Zealand Association’s Ball on Saturday, April
             30th . Check out their website for more information

            QBB - the British Association's annual Ball at the Hyatt on Saturday,
             May 28th … here

Check out all our classified ads by clicking on this link.
*Note: This facility is exclusive to SIWA Members.

        o Groundbreaking Cermony at new International School in DMC on
             March 7th … here
        o CHARITY EVENT: V-Day Seoul fighting violence against women, is
             looking for sponsors ….click here
        o    Resin Charm Workshop ~ Sunday, March 16th ….click here
       o   Daewoo Brand Vehicle (pre owned) for purchase …click here

       o Household items and furniture….click here
       o Blackberry Bold 9000 ….click here
       o   Hyundai Atoz city car subcompact…click here

       o Business negotiator at KT … here
       o Deutsche Schule Seoul International: Full-time and Part-time
           Kindergarten Teachers ….click here
       o Teaching about your country’s culture in your language ….click here
       o Career Consultant (Headhunter)….click here

Whether you are dedicated to raising a family, dedicated to a career or
balancing both, we are all working women. This group is designed for SIWA
members, and their friends, who cannot attend the monthly coffee
mornings. Our focus is networking, be it social or professional, rather than
lectures or seminars, and providing such opportunities to fit our busy
weekday schedules. WWN meets for dinner regularly, the third Thursday
evening of every month, at different restaurants in the city. Thursday night
dinners are open to all women and the WWN weekend events are open to
friends, partners, spouses, and families.
Please check for upcoming events.
Contact for any questions.

Discovery Magazine is always looking for contributors. If you are an experienced
journalist or a budding writer, please contact Valerie Pergay, Discovery Editor to inquire about the guidelines.
SIWA supports a variety of groups/clubs that are organized by our members,
including the Korean/English Conversation Group, Needlework Quilting Club, the
Book Club, the Cultural Connection, Mom ‘n Tots and Scrapbooking.
If you're looking for something a little different click here for details.

Anyone who would like to become involved in the photography side of SIWA is
welcome to join in the Photography Committee. There are many ways we can
use photography in our organization. We would like to become active in
promoting SIWA through photographic journals, preserving memories of SIWA
events, and archiving historical photographs. Regular meetings to work on
ideas, and develop systems to this end are planned. Please email if you are interested in sharing your ideas and
interest with others.

        Please notice: you must be a SIWA member or plan to become
        a SIWA member when you’re attending the SIWA Clubs,
        Networks and Committees

Life in the Internet era is changing very fast - and SIWA needs to keep up with
you and your habits of using all kind of electronic communication to stay in
contact with your friends.
Websites tend to be too inflexible these days and we do not have the possibility
to be interactive with you. As a SIWA member, you would like to feel more as a
part of a community. You want to exchange about topics, share experiences,
give immediate feedback to things, stay in close contact to SIWA and your
friends, more (inter-) active in our international family! And we want to
be more closer to you! Therefore we launched a SIWA Facebook site.

You need a Facebook account to get involved in Wall Postings, Discussions,
Uploading Pictures etc. Don't be afraid, if you still have no Facebook account. It
is easy to set up and you do not need to give any personal information in your
Profile. You can keep it simple and very anonymous if you want.

As I am also not a Facebook crack, so please be patient with me. The SIWA site is
in its initial steps. It needs to be filled and brought to life - especially with your
comments and feedback.
Press the "I like it" button and become a friend of SIWA.....and you have all new
information immediately on your computer. Please check it out and click here
or copy the link :

Where are all the nice photos gone, our SIWA photographer Mihe took at SIWA
events? Where do SIWA members upload their photos sharing their great
memories of SIWA tours? Where do SIWA clubs exchange their pictures with
their club mates? Check it out on our FLICKR website! You will be amazed how
often you find yourself on a photo…..

                              You can upload your SIWA pictures here and of
                              course download every photo in different sizes as
                              SIWA Members can access SIWA photos on the
                              ID: siwaphotos Password: sharing

Note: Some members have been having trouble navigating the site.
Here are a few tips: once you have gone into the website
and entered the ID and password (above). You will see the words "Your
Photostream" at the top of the page. Under this is the sub heading
'collections'. There are over 5,000 photos of SIWA activities here, all arranged in
photo albums so you can find what you want easily. Take a few minutes to have
a look. You may find yourself or your SIWA friends in some great photos. Please
click on the 'private' option when uploading . site disclaimer: This site is for the private use of SIWA
Members only. Members can view the photos on the site. Photos of interest to other
SIWA Members (such as SIWA tours and events) can also be loaded onto the site for
the use of other members. Any misuse of the site may result in its closure. No
responsibility can be accepted by SIWA for any errors or omissions.

The purpose of the SIWA website and newsletter is to keep members informed
of SIWA events and news. We also support the work of other non-profit
women's expat groups, as well as exhibitions by our members. If you are new to
Seoul and want more information on the city itself, you can check out the
following sites. Find more helpful links on our website for online shopping
information or emergency services. Click here

 A one-stop source of information on Korea for expats by expats.

Seoul Global Center                                                                     New
  Offers foreigners services for business, living, and working in Seoul.
  Read Global Village Center Itaewon’s MARCH newsletter.

Visit Seoul
  The official Seoul City tourism website.

Seoul Style
  Trendy website to find the latest places to shop, dine, and party in Seoul.

Life in Korea
   Everything you need for your life in Korea!

Hi Expat
  Website features the largest collection of English information on restaurants in
     Seoul and Korea for expats

Successful Living Abroad
  A lecture series from our former SIWA member Robin Pascoe and also at YouTube . Both are for free.

Korean News Feeds is basically a one stop look at all of the
  English speaking media available in Korea.

   is the biggest global networking site for expats of various nationalities. At the
  moment, InterNations unites more than 200,000 members in 235 cities

*SIWA is not affiliated with these sites in any way and is not responsible for the content on those
You would like to contact your SIWA? Just send an e-mail.

 President              Lily Joenoes van Bunnik
 1st Vice President     Katie Chung         
 2nd Vice President     Terri Hartman       
 Board Administrator    Deann Hays          
 Treasurer              Mariya Maderich     
 Advertising            Olga Bernard-Bouissieres
 Bazaar                 Lorrie Gomes        
 Communications /       Katrin Helmecke     
 Website, Newsletter,
 Classified Ads
 Discovery Magazine     Valerie Pergay      
 Diplomatic Liaison     Panagiota Konstantinopoulou
 Coffee Mornings /      Isabelle Min        
 Interest Groups        Galina Rehbein      
 Membership             Janet Barrett       
 Newcomers              Wendy Kyler         
 Office Manager         Vacant –pls contact SIWA
 Photography            Mihe Shin           
 PR                     Hyejin Kim          
 Tours & Events         Ursula Tarasyants   
 Welfare                Michaela Ratcliff   

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