Well yes it is! NOT in the negative sense of the word… but yes, as in crazy-good and crazy-fun.
For me it felt like déjà vu, as I stood in front of 50 ladies at the November meeting of Merida’s IWC. In 1984, I was the first president and 6 months pregnant with my daughter. Now, 27 years later, the club is a vital part of our international community and Maggie is just 3 weeks away from her wedding day. Crazy how quickly time passes!
This month, the speakers at the meeting: Brent and Stan from Remixto Catering spoke about how they use local ingredients, as well as traditional ones in their recipes. In fact Brent made a naranja agria (sour orange) pie right on the spot… a delicious alternative to lemon! A break followed with lots more animated conversation… and then a very full agenda was covered during the business part of the meeting.
One of the aims of the IWC is community service and we heard about the group’s most recent achievements.
The scholarship committee reported that:
- One of our club’s recipients received her MD license last week.
- Another of the young women will complete her law degree in the next months
- And we met a new beneficiary for the first time; she told us that she wants to honor her deceased mother by becoming a nurse and helping others.
- a neonatal vitamin program
- the purchase of activity books for child cancer patients
- providing a Christmas party and gifts for primary-age girls at a local shelter
We also heard success stories about:
- The Santa Elena Sustainable Economic Project
- AANY, a group that helps new artisans and artists of the region
- “Operation Bedspread”, an initiative to provide warm blankets to residents of villages. Silvia Solis can be contacted if you want to help.
The group also talked about upcoming social events and opportunities for cultural enrichment… If you’d like to learn more about the IWC, visit the website… membership is open to all English-speaking women. It’s an excellent place for newcomers to meet friends and for longtime residents to keep up with all the happenings in Merida’s international community
Photos: (Left)IWC members all dressed up for the Red Cross Carnaval dance , (Right) IWC monthly meeting