WiB Opening Event 2023/24

The opening of the new WIB club year 2023/2024 at the Foreign Office on 15.9. started as usual
solemnly with speeches and music: the representative of the Foreign Office thanked the old
presidium and especially Barbara-Hoggart-Lulay, who is retiring. He welcomed the new Presidium
under President Katja Heusel and recalled the important work of WIB for friendship and international
Svetlana Lundgren (piano) and Ebba Scholl (flute) played works by Alessandro Marcello and Gabriel
Fauré. The numerous guests, including many representatives of the diplomatic corps, enjoyed the
beautiful music and the festive atmosphere.
The new president then made clear in her speech the importance and added value of WIB in an
increasingly digitalized world: WIB offers personal exchange, a dialogue of cultures, offers friendship
and connectedness. The new group coordinator put it this way in her presentation of activities:
Social interaction is crucial for health and happiness. WIB contributes to this with the events.
The anticipation of everyone was now very high to get to know the club activities in detail, and this
anticipation was almost palpable. The presentation tables of the individual encounter groups were
surrounded by interested people. Everyone wanted to make a selection right away and sign up for
the group events. New this year, for example, was "Munch and Mingle".
A delicious buffet was offered, and the exchange could be continued for a while. There was much
praise for the lively presentation and the new, fresh design of the flyers. It was a joyful departure
into a new club year that offers many exciting activities!