05 Mar

Join us for SWIC@Night – March 26th

Working? Can’t make it to SWIC Weekly Coffee? Want your husbands to meet your SWIC friends? Then why not join us for:

SWIC@Night Mingle and Networking Event
Thursday, March 26 – 6:30pm
Eden Garden Rooftop Bar, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai 

150rmb includes snack buffet and two standard drinks 
Sneak peek at outdoor roof garden

Sign up at SWIC Weekly Coffee or email Susanne
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09 Feb

President’s February message to members

Happy Chinese New Year SWIC family,

It seems like we just celebrated New Year and here we are again.

The new SWIC magazine is out!  We hope you enjoy this long awaited SWIC magazine with several interesting articles about Chinese New Year, the Chinese zodiac and legends surrounding New Beginnings.

We have a new communication team on board and it’s promising for the remainder of this year that we will receive regularly scheduled communication pieces from the SWIC website, Facebook, Forum, and magazine.  These generous ladies are giving a lot of their time and expertise to get us back on track and we appreciate them very much.

Communication Team
Farah Baldock – SWIC Website
Devika Bal – Web Admin
Adrienne Janzen – Web Forums
SWIC Magazine Editor – Harmony Mueller
SWIC FaceBook – Susanne Salg
Librarian:  Linda Walsh

As to be expected with an expat social club – people come – people go – and change is ever present.  We say good bye to Sangeeta Ghose who has been with SWIC as an active volunteer for many years and wish her well in her new adventure.  Lolly who has carried us through the first half of the year is concentrating more on her full-time position with SAIS as their Director of Admissions and assuming the role of Vice Presidency is Susanne Salg who was formerly our Charity Director.  Taking her place is Marieke Kraaijeveld, and as I get dizzy with all the movement; I want to add one more person to our board – Virlane Torbit as Parliamentary.  Virlane will be instrumental in the nomination process for the new board and it’s never to early to place your bid in the hat.  The Programs Chair position was never filled this year and I think that needs to be a top priority for the next year.  We are all grateful for the ladies who stepped up to the plate to plan day trips throughout Shenzhen, Macau, & Hong Kong.  Thank you Elaine for soliciting the volunteers and to Sue  who has stepped up to the plate to help keep activities organized.

Here is your board for the remainder of the SWIC 2014/2015 term:

President:  Bonnie Horibata
Vice President:  Susanne Salg
Treasurer:  Yvette Widmer
Secretary:  Michela Capozza
Membership:  Patricia Daley
Hospitality:  Tania Gordon & Lynn O’Connell
Parliamentary:  Virlane Torbitt
Programs Administrator:  Sue Biirmele
Charity:  Marieke Kraaijiveld
Communications:  Farah Baldock

Happy 2015,
Bonnie Horibata
SWIC President


SWIC “TUES”  Coffee Calendar for Feb & Mar:

Feb 10 – Hilton Shenzhen, Shekou Nanhai hotel lobby

Feb 17 – Hans Mix Cafe (SeaWorld)

Feb 24 – Hans Mix Cafe (SeaWorld)

Mar 3 – Hilton Shenzhen, Shekou Nanhai hotel lobby

Mar 10 – Hilton Shenzhen, Shekou Nanhai hotel lobby

Mar 17 – Marco Polo Hotel  (Futian)

Mar 24 – Hilton, Shenzhen, Shekou Nanhai hotel lobby

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08 Jan

SWIC Activities: January – May 2015

Happy New Year 2015 to all SWIC members, their friends and loved ones!  

To make everyone’s year a little better, lots of volunteers (a big thanks to each and every one!) have planned fun activities for SWIC in the new year.  Attached is a full list to allow you to plan in advance which activities you would like to attend.  Looking forward to seeing you at many of these activities. 

If you would like to take part in or find out more about these activities please contact swic.communications@gmail.com (please include the activity and the name of the lead volunteer organiser in your email subject line) or join us at one of our regular SWIC Coffee Mornings every Tuesday from 9.30am.

Friday, Jan 9 Trip to Sam’s Club Lolly Thompson and Lyn O’Connell
Thursday, Jan 15 Nantou Ancient Village and Zhongshan Park in Nanshan Elena Pistona
Tuesday, Jan 20
FUN in Futian
Shenzhen Museum or Stehchol Porcelain Factory Joanne Jing
Wednesday, Jan 29 Spa Day in Shenzhen or Zhuhai Auri Eves
Thursday, Feb 5 Nanshan Flower Market Marieke Kraaijeveld
Wednesday, Feb 11 Macau Walking Tour Dianna Levie
(no events scheduled)
Friday, Feb 27 Nanshan Tea Market Harmony Helmut-Mueller
Wednesday, March 4 Guangzhou Silk Market Gina Miller
Week of March 9 Walking tour of OCT Loft and lunch Need volunteer!
(if you are interested in volunteering to lead this activity please contact swic.communications@gmail.com)
Tuesday, March 17
FUN in Futian
Silk garden/qipao Museum in/near Futian Joanne Jing
Thursday, March 26 Walking tour of Hong Kong Central and The Peak Sue Birmele
Wednesday, April 1st DaFen Artist Village Sue Cruz
Thursday, April 9th Hakka House & Museum Elaine Campbell
Week of April 12 Event to be decided  (If you have a suggestion for an activity that you would like to lead please contact swic.communications@gmail.com)
Tuesday, April 21
FUN in Futian
Event to be decided Yvette Taylor and Lotte Duffy
Wednesday, April 27 Zhuhai or other Chinese Furniture Market Sue Cruz
Week of May 4 Guangzhou walking tour Need volunteer!
(if you are interested in volunteering to lead this activity please contact swic.communications@gmail.com)
Week of May 11 Hong Kong: NgTun Chai Waterfalls and Tea House Sue Birmele
Tuesday, May 19th
FUN in Futian
Rock Collection in Futian Elaine Campbell
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08 Jan

President’s January message to members

Happy New Year SWIC family!

This is the first time that my son and I stayed in Shenzhen for the holidays and while we did miss the family dinners and awesome weather of Hawaii; it was surprisingly nice to be here for the holidays.

A small group of SWIC ladies and kiddies spent time with us each Tuesday at the Hans Mix cafe and they have been very good to us with yummy teas and freshly baked croissants and pastries.  They also give SWIC members a 15% discount on all items in the shop, including retail gifts and facial products.  So go and check them out when you are back in Shekou.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful 2014 and let’s all celebrate 2015 together.  Can’t wait to see all of our SWIC members who were on a holiday with family and friends and your SWIC sisters all pray for your safe journey back home in Shenzhen.

Here is a little inspirational quote I found online:  Enjoy!

“Be wise, be honest, savour the nectar, and trim back your long hopes to a short length.  While we chatter, envious time has already fled – Seize the day, worrying as little as possible about tomorrow.” ~ Papa Smurf  (haha – you never know where you can find a good quote)

Happy 2015,
Bonnie Horibata
SWIC President

SWIC “TUES”  Coffee Calendar for the month of January & February

Jan 6 –  Hans Mix Cafe

Jan 13 – Hans Mix Cafe

Jan 20 – Hilton Hotel lobby

Jan 27 – Hilton Hotel lobby


SWIC Forum will begin the week starting Jan 4.  SWIC forum is every week.  

SWIC Business Forum will also be sent to members the week starting Jan 4.  SWIC Business Forum is twice a month.

Note about SWIC forums:  We are still experiencing “glitches” with mailchimp; however, we are finding that several of the problems are that we do not have the correct email. If you have a SWIC buddy that is not receiving SWIC forums; ask them to contact us and check their email addresses that we have on file.  In the near future, we hope to have SWIC forum included online at our SWIC website.

SWIC FaceBook courtesy of Susanne Salg has been ongoing through the holidays.  Check it out!!!  If you have VPN – it’s a great site to stay informed of SWIC activities and news.

SWIC website is an ongoing project and the new communications team is hard at work updating the information.  We will keep you informed.

SWIC Guidebooks have been delivered and each SWIC member can pick up their copy for FREE.  Come to SWIC coffee to pick up your copy!!!

SWIC magazine:  Please accept our apologies that our SWIC magazine is delayed till February 1.

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10 Dec

Set a Girl Free doll auction raises 1800 rmb

At yesterdays Holiday coffee morning, we raised 1800 rmb from our Set a Girl Free doll auction.  The proceeds from the auction will be donated to Captivating International’s ‘Set a Girl Free’ campaign which is working to help prevent human trafficking.

SWIC member Melissa Vieira designed special hand made dolls to auction and did a wonderful job.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to Captivating International for the wonderful work they are doing for our community and for girls in China, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and beyond.

set a girl free doll auction

set a girl free doll auction

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09 Dec

Holiday season coffee mornings

SWIC Coffee Mornings from Dec 16 through Jan 6

We will continue to host SWIC coffee on a smaller scale during the Holiday season because many members are visiting families back home or travelling to other countries. 

Coffee Morning will be at the Hans Mix Restaurant and Bar next to Pizza Hut in SeaWorld.  Coffee Morning starts at 9:30.  You may order direct from the restaurant and they are offering us a couple of bakery items with coffee or tea at a reasonable price. 

Let’s enjoy the holidays together!

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09 Dec

Presidents December Message to Members

Dear SWIC ladies,

Every year about this time I write a letter to each of my grown children to share with them a memory I have of their life with me or to share my dreams and hopes for them.  I started several years ago when money was tight and I wanted to give them something more than a trinket; so I wrote to each one and shared everything about how I felt during my pregnancy with them, my labor, and how I felt the day I met them; but most importantly, how thankful that I have them in my life.  This small gesture has brought us even closer as a family especially in the last few years when I have not been able to spend the holidays with them as we are all living in different cities and countries.

While, I may not have been pregnant with you or raised you; I do owe all of you my appreciation for being a part of my life here in Shenzhen and SWIC.  Without you, there would be no weekly coffee mornings where we share our challenges and tributes.  There would be no monthly cultural activities to broaden our artistic and intellectual minds, and who can resist an exhilarating shopping or eating adventure with friends?

This past year has been full of activities for our SWIC members and much of it would not be possible without volunteers.  SWIC ladies were instrumental in helping Captivating International raise over 156 million rmb this past October at their annual gala auction.  Our SWIC ladies were also a part of helping IRNGO, Promise Land, Shekou Community Resource Center, and Sunshine Academy.  In fact, you are the reason why many orphaned children will receive a Sunshine in a Box of goodies and school supplies this year. 

Thank you also, to the SWIC board and many volunteers who give so generously of their time and effort; you are truly a gift and your efforts are immeasurable in the joy, comfort, love, and hope that it produces for both the giver and the recipient.

Thank you to the management and staff at the Hilton and Marco Polo hotels for taking good care of each Tuesday.  John Burger, Toby Crowder, and Thomas Salg are fine gentlemen that we appreciate very much.
This holiday season, let’s be grateful for our blessings, especially in trying times, and let’s not forget to reach out to others who may be in need of your time, empathy, and friendship.  Reach out to those whom we will never meet and let them know, through our support that they are not forgotten.  Engage your family and friends in your spirit of giving and, remind them of how good it feels to consider the needs of others before their own.  It is what makes being a human is so rewarding.

This will be the first holiday season that I will be staying in Shenzhen.  I’m going to put together some mini-activities for those of us who are still here in December and early January.  We will still meet on Tuesday’s; but we will be at the Hans Mix Restaurant in SeaWorld.  It’s next to Pizza Hit area.  Come join me at 930.

Stay connected to your SWIC family through our website, forums, and Shenzhen Women International Club FaceBook sites.

Happy Holidays my dear friends.
Bonnie Horibata
SWIC President
December Letter to Members

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08 Dec

SWIC Christmas Coffee Morning

Merry Christmas from SWIC!!

Tuesday, 9th December 2014
Come and join us for a festive coffee morning at The Hilton in Shekou.

At this week’s coffee morning SWIC will be supplementing and sponsoring a Christmas coffee upgrade for our members.  There will be a Christmas raffle with special prizes to be won, and Christmas mulled wine available at an additional cost.

NO special ticket is required.  The regular price of 50RMB for members and 75RMB for non members will be charged for coffee and light snacks.


Merry Christmas from SWIC


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15 Oct

Presidents October Message to Members

Dear SWIC ladies,

This past Saturday, October 11 marked Captivating Internationals 6th Annual Charity Gala & Auction and many SWIC ladies were in attendance and volunteering for a variety of tasks.  Our very own Lynn Velez whose been a member of SWIC for many years and has been coordinating this event since the beginning when it was first held at Aulon Restaurant and today with the help of her co-coordinator, Dana Milne they were instrumental in raising more than 1.5 million rmb; a 20% increase year/year.

I was honored to be part of the fundraising activity and I’m still feeling the adrenaline rush from the outpouring of love and generosity of our community in raising over 92,000 rmb by selling 150 “set a girl free” heart balloons attached to International SOS first-aid kits.  This money will fund border monitoring stations to prevent human trafficking through Nepal, China, and India.  Thank you to all the SWIC ladies who volunteered their time to make this an amazing night for Captivating International and thank you to our Susanne Salg who once again taught us the “cupid shuffle” ; the Seng Girls will never forget their new dance moves.

SWIC, do you feel the climate changing? Is there a slight “coolness” in the early morning and late afternoon?  I thought Fall would never arrive in Shenzhen.  What this also means is that it’s time to celebrate Halloween with our little kiddies, big kiddies, and our “inner” kiddie.

This year, we return to Jingshan Villa to enjoy the Halloween festivities.  SWIC is collaborating with China Merchants and Jingshan Management to offer an evening of fun activities, trick or treats, and a costume contest and parade.  Here is a schedule of events:

October 26 (Sunday): SWIC Members can pick up a complimentary pumpkin (small to medium size) at the Jingshan Villa front gate area between 11:00AM to 12N.  You must present your SWIC membership card and only one pumpkin per family.  If we have any left-over pumpkins then we will bring them to coffee morning on Tuesday.  (1st come 1st serve basis)

October 30 (Thursday) SWIC will help select the most decorated house in Jingshan Villa.  If you are a SWIC Member and you live in Jingshan – Join in the fun and decorate your house.

October 31 (Friday)  Please bring your decorated pumpkin to Jingshan Villa for judging by 4PM.  Here are some of the activities:

5:00PM: Pumpkin Judging

Categories: Creative, Funniest, Scariest, Family

6:00PM: Costume Contest and Parade

Age groups: 1-4; 5-7; 8-9; 10 plus

Categories: Best girl and boy costumes and “best home-made”

8:00PM: Families are welcome to trick or treating

within Jingshan property. Jingshan will provide a map or designation ribbon on homes that are offering treats.

We will have a box maze, jump-house, food booths, and activity booths for the children.

SWIC members are required to show their SWIC ID at front security gate.

Please come and enjoy the fun!!!!

Happy October SWIC Members.


Bonnie Horibata





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15 Oct

Wanted–Western Style Interior Decorator

My Chinese friend works for an American owned company here in Shekou.  They are seeking an interior designer to update their 380-square meter office that includes two conference rooms, five managers’ offices, and lobby with a reception desk.  They would like a modern, welcoming look in Western style.  Please call Deb Robinson at 186-7667-7549 or e-mail me at debrobinson7410@gmail.com to provide contact information for recommendations you may have.   Thank you!

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