I wish you a Happy New Year. I'm pleased to report that the past year was another very good year at WICE. We did well with our regular program offerings and we had a good summer Writer’s Course the American University of Paris. Our Open House at the American Church in September got us off to a good start for the current year. It was very well attended by both WICE members and guests.
Since we moved to our new home near La Motte-Piquet metro with its separate classroom, we have begun to move our classes there. This allows us to substantially reduce external room rental costs and pass the resulting savings onto our members by continuing to offer a selection of free courses and events and by keeping enrollment fees lower for other courses.
We are putting the final touches on our spring program which includes several new courses. Those courses will be available on the website very soon we hope you will sign up for them. We are planning a special event for you in early February and we will send you an invitation. We hope you will come and bring your friends. We are also working on a Money Matters Seminar for February 2014 and a Paris Writers Workshop for June 2014 both of which would take place at the American University of Paris. We will announce the details for those two special programs as soon as we are able to finalize the plans for them.
In closing, I would like to thank the volunteers who make WICE go. Do you want to know who they are? We have over 60 volunteers working at WICE. All of our members of the Board of Directors and our Program Directors are volunteers as well as those doing many other jobs. They are truly a multicultural team coming from France as well as the traditional English speaking countries of the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and other non-English speaking countries (for example Thailand, India and the Philippines to mention a few).
Edwin N. Canady,