Wine Mystery Night

“I have never met a miserly wine lover” Clifton Paul Fadiman – American intellectual, author, editor, radio & television personalityJoin us for “Mystery Night” with Sarah and Lynn as we start off the New Year!
Date: Tuesday, January 20
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Basel
Cost: 30 CHF to be paid in cash upon arrival
RSVP:  Directions to host location will be provided along with acknowledgement of your RSVP.

Hats & High Tea

You are cordially invited to High Tea on Wednesday, January 21st. Tea will be served along with
scones and clotted cream, finger sandwiches, sweets and prosecco. Dust off your best chapeau to make this a
proper tea. There will be a prize for the prettiest hat and for the biggest hat. The tea will be a good
opportunity to catch up with your friends who have been away over the holidays.
If Santa didn’t bring you the jewelry you wanted for Christmas, here is a chance to amend that situation.
We will be offering some beautiful jewelry for silent auction and for live auction. All of the money raised will
go to the FAWCO target project Save the Girls.
Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm
Place: Heuberg 23, Basel. Take tram 3 to the Musik Academie stop.

English Book Sale 2015 – Mark your calendar!


FAWCO Focus on Women

JACKIE SPEIER (Pronounced Spear) – Congressional Representative, San Mateo, California
I’m honoring and celebrating Jackie this month not for her role in politics, but as a survivor. This November 18th marks the 36th anniversary of the tragedy in Jonestown, Guyana and the assassination attempt on Jackie’s life. She was part of an entourage accompanying then Congressman Leo Ryan (her boss and mentor) on a fact-finding mission to investigate rumors of torture, kidnapping, and other human rights offenses being committed by People’s Temple leader Jim Jones in a remote agricultural commune. Also in tow were several journalists and newsmen to record and report on the situation.  While attempting to leave after their visit (which revealed shocking conditions, members being held against their will, etc), the group, including members of the People’s Temple who had requested to be taken back to the US by Leo Ryan and his staff, were ruthlessly ambushed on the runway of the small airfield. Jackie, shot five times, managed to crawl to safety, where she lay for 22 hours in the jungle, with nothing but fear, mosquitoes, and a bottle of rum. Her beloved mentor, Leo Ryan, and four others were killed instantly. Ryan was shot 45 times, and is the only Congressman to be assassinated in the line of duty. Jackie not only survived the ordeal, but went on to run for, and eventually occupy, Leo Ryan’s Congressional seat. Today, she serves as a tireless and inspirational advocate for human rights, continuing to provide a voice of justice and equality for those she represents. Erin Ryan, one of Leo Ryan’s daughter’s, works as an aide in Jackie’s office in Washington, DC. For her amazing story, you can visit her website: To hear her speak about her Jonestown experience, you can visit her You Tube Video ‘This is Not the Life I Ordered.’ I highly recommend watching it!

While I admire Jackie, this article is in no way a political endorsement, but rather a testimony to the strength and courage of the human spirit.

LILY ALLEN – Singer and Songwriter
‘If You’re not a size six, then you’re not good lookin’, well you had better be rich or be real good at cookin’..’
With her brazenly unique style, Lily Allen has never settled for the image of the typical British Pop Princess. With her top ten hit ‘Hard out Here’ being hailed by some as an anthem for women’s equality, the majority of her songs challenge the more mainstream and traditional roles of society. Expressing her views through often controversial themes and explicit lyrics, she consistently explores the boundaries of the individual listener and the music industry as a whole. Unafraid of stepping out and stepping up, I admire her commitment and creativity. Ok, and her song ‘Not Fair’ makes me ‘Smile’.!
Is there a woman you admire? Someone who inspires, shocks, interests or amazes you? Send me a note at: I’d love to hear from you! The views expressed here are for education and are the opinions of the Basel FAWCO Representative.

FAWCO Scholarships Available

AWC Basel is a member of FAWCO! As a FAWCO member club, you and your children are eligible for education awards. FAWCO awards education awards ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. Go to to learn more about applying for these scholarships. The deadline is January 2015!

Also, keep watching the AWC Website for our FAWCO Focus on Women series!