President's Letter

Wednesday 16 January

President's Message September/October 2019

Dear Members:

Welcome back to a new year with kcwc.The 2019/20 year is starting off with a bang. Your board members have been continually working behind the scenes throughout the summer months to move the club forward, by creating new efforts to grow the membership.

We have also been analysing the need for an upgraded website to make it a more user- friendly and efficient for our members. Watch for announcements about this initiative in the very near future.

As we have announced previously, we are planning to take the newsletter out of print, however, it will be available online. If you would like a hard copy of the newsletter, all you will have to do is print it off for your own personal use. The reason for making this big change is twofold. Firstly, for environmental purposes, and secondly, as a cost-saving measure, as we continue to try and be fiscally responsible and use the money saved to reinvest in our members of the club. This change will be effective January 2020.

Our speakers for the September 5th, General Meeting are Catherine Zinger and Denise Baloyz of Your Soul Space who are experts in their fields of expat life & cultural norms, women’s issues, marriage, and relationships. They will be discussing how to acclimate and reset ourselves and make the most of our lives. These are critical issues we all face on a day to day basis, so please come out and enjoy what will be a thought-provoking session. Afterwards please sign up for the traditional luncheon at Bvlgari Hotel at the restaurant Sette. Catherine and Denise will be joining us as guests for lunch. Details of the luncheon will follow at the end of this letter.

For our October 3, General Meeting we would like to welcome Stewart Pearce. Stewart is a Master of Voice Alchemist. His list of the individuals he has coached over the years include luminaries such as Eddie Redmayne, Matthew Goode, Hugh Bonneville, Mark Rylance, Margaret Thatcher, Mo Mowlem, Benazir Bhutto, Diana Princess of Wales, Marianne Willianson, and the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC Bid, to name just a few. His coaching of the above-mentioned individuals have brought about societal change, by tuning them into their own specific ‘signature note’. Please don’t miss this opportunity to catch up with fellow members and to hear his story.

I would also like to announce that this year we have a Programme Committee.The members of the committee are Anne Coutant, Ava Alwai and Marianna Aslamazyan and myself. We are searching for speakers to introduce to the club who will speak to us about thought-provoking topics that will reach out to the varied backgrounds of our membership.

If you have any recommendations for high profile speakers, please feel free to send an email to

I would now like to take this opportunity to introduce to you our Board Members for this fiscal year 2019/20.

Vice President Mary Narvell

Treasurer Caroline Gervais

Secretary Nada Pavlak

eCommunications Karen Gustovich

Marketing Vivien Matthews

Advertising/Hospitality Elisabetta Astolfi

Special Events Anne Koutsabeloulis

Membership Sara Safaei

Newsletter Marianna Klaes Jenkins

Activity Leader Liaison Vacant

We are still actively looking to fill the role of Activity Leader Liaison. At present, our Vice President Mary Narvell is fulfilling the obligations of this position, however, the importance of the role warrants an individual devoted solely to these responsibilities. Please feel free to email me at

I look forward to sharing a special year with all of the members of kcwc and growing the membership base to a level of excellence that we have never experienced before. Please be sure and spread the word about our wonderful club to old friends and newly arrived expatriates to London!


Theresa Klassen

President kcwc