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Following the mottoes of IIW; to promote friendship, to encourage the ideals of personal service, to foster international understanding the Solothurn IW ladies and numerous guests celebrated their 30th anniversary with a gorgeous gala evening, framed by music, in the beautifully decorated hotel ‘La Couronne’, where once Casanova had spent some nights and Napoleon had had a drink on his conquest-tour through Switzerland.
IIW Vice President Christine Kirby sent her congratulations and best wishes and District Chairman Catherine Ineichen addressed them personally, emphasising friendship and networking among women.
From left to right: District Chairman Catherine Ineichen, IW Solothurn Club President, Ursula Maushart, IW CologneAgrippina Club President, Verena Boisseré
Throughout the years IW Club Solothurn has grown to 52 members. Bonding among women inland and abroad has always been cherished, various social projects have been launched and supported.
They were very happy to welcome the delegates from their partner clubs Bern, Biel and Laufen. A very special relation connects IW Solothurn with IW Agrippina Cologne. For 28 years the clubs have met alternatively in either country. Wonderful excursions and experiences are unforgettable, all the interesting talks, chats, the laughter – what could be a better example of international understanding and friendship? The citizens of Cologne are well known for their humour, emerging obviously during Carnival. Their friends let the atmosphere hit its peak, as they presented them with merry ballads about their relationship. They needed a translation for their local dialect – they might have ‘paid back’ for Swiss German, which is not understandable for foreigners.
Their festivities had actually started the previous evening, when Solothurn and Cologne had had their first get-together in the lovely, lush garden of one of club members. A first champagne and the exchange of personal news were followed by an exquisite meal in a superbly renovated and decorated barn. Another prelude of the official jubilee was next day’s trip to Lucerne, the charming historic town in the heart of Switzerland, situated on a lake, surrounded by mountains. The weather couldn’t have been better and thus they returned in high spirits, well prepared for the evening celebration.
Solothurn wishes all the best to all of IW members for at least the next 30 years!
Carnival ballads; Agrippina friends presenting the ballads
Trip to Lucerne