The International Club Winterthur aims to connect, support and integrate individuals and families who have an international connection or interest. We are a non-political, not-for-profit, English-speaking association, actively fostering friendships and networks in Winterthur and its greater area.
Why join us?
The Club provides friendship and support as well as information about the Winterthur area, such as accommodation, employment, sports, schools, fun activities, social events and learning the language.
The Club offers networking and assistance for both professional and non-professional people in a common language, as well as business contacts in the local community.
The Club is here to help ease the integration into the local community in the form of meetings, discussions, information sharing and by providing friendship and support.
Suzanne is British and has lived in Winterthur since September 2011 with per Partner Gareth who is also British. She has been an active member of the ICW since 2014. She has lived and workd as a Radiographer in England, Ireland, Australia and now in Switzerland, where she works at the Universitätsspital in Zurich. Suzanne is a big fan of pro-cycling road racing, following Events like the Tour de France and Tour de Suisse. She also loves the mountains and is a keen walker both in summer and in winter.
Michèle Ott is a French-American who has been living in Winterthur since 1996 with her Swiss husband, Christoph, and her two children, Joëlle and Sylvan. She has lived and worked as a financial consultant in a variety of countries (France, USA, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland), speaks quite a number of languages (English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish) and enjoys an international environment. She was a founding executive meeting member of the International Club Winterthur in 2006 and is proud to part of this diverse organisation. In her spare time, Michèle likes to travel, jog and play tennis.
She is Dutch with Indonesian roots. Living in Switzerland since July 2008. Has lived in the US, Singapore and Belgium. Married with 2 kids (studying overseas). Loves yoga (cert. yoga teacher), nature, travelling, cooking and baking. Enjoys getting together with other Internationals living in the area.
The following may provide you with important information and may help make your stay in Switzerland a little easier. The information provided is for your information only and further details should be obtained from the appropriate departments.
Swiss Health Insurance is required for every resident ("Allgemeine Krankenversicherung"). You should check whether your employer provides this cover for you and your family. There are are a number of health insurance providers in Switzerland.
All members of the family must visit the local council office (Gemeindehaus) in person to register residency within two weeks of entry into Switzerland.
Local shops, banks and post offices (except those in city centres) generally close during lunch between 12 noon and 2pm and close for the day around 6.30pm/7pm. The larger Coop and Migros supermarkets are usually open all day, and some stay open till 7pm or 8pm. Most shops close at 4pm on Saturdays and remain closed on Sundays. Should you find yourself without food on a Sunday, the Shopping Plaza at Zurich airport is open from 8am to 8pm (including Migros), as are Coop or Migros at main train stations.
Although many Swiss speak English, learning German will certainly make your stay more pleasurable and meaningful and allow you to feel closer to the community. The local language is Swiss German (Schweizerdeutsch), however High German (Hochdeutsch) is taught in the schools and language centers. Many companies transferring employees abroad will provide help in learning the language.
Be aware of local traditions: Sundays, official holidays and lunchtimes are considered to be a "quiet time" (this means no playing of loud music, cutting grass, washing cars, drilling/hammering or loud children's games).
Most car parking is in underground car parks and/or special parking areas with ticket machines. Pay for your car parking at the ticket machine before you leave the car or before you drive to the barriers. Parking in "blue zones" (blue marked parking bays) requires display of a "Parkscheibe" (obtainable in supermarkets, kiosks and many other places) and is subject to time restrictions, usually 1 hour.
Relocating with your pet? A Pet Passport is required for most anmimals, as are vaccinations against rabies. Talk to your vet approximately 4 months before you intend to travel with your pet.
Once in Switzerland you must obtain a Swiss driving licence within 12 months. When applying, an eye test and hearing test will be required, along with your valid driving licence.
Swiss currency is divided into Swiss Francs and Rappen (100 Rappen = 1 Franc). CHF is the international symbol for Swiss Francs. The abbreviation sFr. or Fr. is often used locally.
Recycling is important in Switzerland. Items such as paper, cardboard, plastic (PET) bottles, glass, garden vegetation and tins/cans should be separated at home and disposed of in the relevant containers to be found outside most supermarkets. Each community provides different recycling schedules for larger articles. Local taxes for waste disposal are levied by the purchase of pre-stamped rubbish bags (Gebühren-Abfallsack) or authorized stickers (Abfallmarke) which are attached to the rubbish bag.These can be purchased at most stores.
The International Club Winterthur aims to connect and integrate private individuals with an international background, international connections or international interests in and around Winterthur, as well as to form international friendships and networks.
Members shall be:
- persons who identify with the objective and have an international background, international interest or international connections and
- persons who are resident in the Winterthur area or have some other sort of connection to Winterthur.
Members shall be obligated to pay the annual membership fee proposed by the Executive Committee determined by the General Meeting.
The Membership fee shall be:
Individual Membership CHF 50 p.a.
Family/Household Membership CHF 75 p.a.
Legal Entities shall only join as sponsors/benefactors, but not as Members of the association and shall not have any voting rights. The acceptance of individual Members shall occur through the Executive Members Committee. The Executive Committee is not obliged to justify the decision.
The Member is entitled to join the events offered by the Club, some of which however may require an additional fee. Individual events may be on a closed basis (i.e. for full Members only) and some events may be open to family and friends; again a fee may be charged for additional attendees at these events. These “open” events will be specified when advertised.
Attendance: An individual person is invited to attend an International Club Winterthur function twice only, before they will be expected to become a full Member and pay the full membership fee.
Termination: A written notice to the Executive Committee is required for the cessation of Membership. A period of notice of one month is required.
The person leaving the association shall be liable for the whole membership fee due in the year in which the person leaves the association.
In case of termination of membership, the affected Member shall lose all entitlements to the assets of the International Club Winterthur.
Furthermore, membership shall be terminated with immediate effect in case of death, bankruptcy or exclusion. Membership fees already paid shall not be refundable.
Membership renewal: Each Member will automatically receive a payment slip at the end of each year to pay the annual fee within 30 days.
Liability: Solely the association’s funds shall be liable for any liabilities of the International Club Winterthur. Members shall not be liable for any amount exceeding the individual membership fee. It is to be a non-profit organisation.
The International Club Winterthur online membership register is available for the personal, confidential use of the International Club Winterthur Members only. The International Club Winterthur does not assume any responsibility for errors or omissions. The Executive Committee only can approve requests by Members and non-Members for purchase of the mailing list. The International Club Winterthur does not sell or rent Member e-mail addresses and/or phone/fax numbers. Reproduction of, or use of this Directory for solicitations, commercial activities, fax or e-mail broadcasts, telemarketing, or direct mail purposes is strictly prohibited.
Code: Unacceptable behaviour by individual Members of the International Club Winterthur will not be tolerated.
The International Club provides a meeting point for people of different nationalities and for different reasons. Therefore for individual Members to feel secure, Members should only market themselves and their businesses in the Forum Section of the Web Page and not during actual activites and meetings.
Therefore it is requested that Members access the forum and specify their business links and speciality. Please note that actively marketing your business during the Club's events could lead to removal of your membership.
The International Club Winterthur is non-sexist, non-ageist and non-racist.
Members are responsible for their own belongings.
Members of the Board have the right to incoporate photographs taken at any event within the International Club webpage and Facebook.
If a Member wishes to become involved in the running of the Club, they should contact a Member of the Executive Committee.
Art. 1 Name and Headquarters
Under the name International Club Winterthur, a non-profit association exists with headquarters in Winterthur, as set out in Art. 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code.
Art. 2 Objective
The International Club Winterthur aims to connect and integrate private individuals with an international background, international connections or international interests in and around Winterthur as well as to form international friendships and networks.
Art. 3 Tasks
The International Club Winterthur will meet its objective by organising regular networking events and campaigns. Moreover, diverse activities will be offered for likeminded people (within the club) and exchange of information will be made possible.
Art. 4 Membership
Members of The International Club Winterthur shall be:
-all natural persons who identify with the objective and have an international background, international interest or international connections and
- are resident in the Winterthur area or have some other sort of connection to Winterthur
Legal Entities shall only join as sponsors/benefactors, but not as members of the association and shall not have any voting rights.
Art. 5 Affiliation of Members
The affiliation of members (Art. 4) shall occur through the Executive Committee based on the membership form, which shall be submitted to the said committee.
The Executive Committee shall have the final say on the acceptance of such members. The decision on the application must not be justified.
Members shall be obligated to pay the annual membership fee determined by the General Meeting.
Art. 6 Termination of Membership
Leaving the International Club Winterthur is possible with a notice to a Member of the Executive Board at any time. The membership fee paid for the calendar year shall not be refunded. For terminations before the due date of the membership fee for the calendar year the payment of the membership fee is not required.
Furthermore, Membership shall be terminated with immediate effect in case of death, bankruptcy or exclusion. Membership fees already paid shall not be refundable.
In case of termination of Membership, the affected Member shall lose all entitlements to the assets of the International Club Winterthur.
Art. 7 Organs
The organs of the International Club Winterthur are:
- the General Meeting
- the Executive Committee
- the Audit Committee
Art. 8 General Meeting
The General Meeting shall be the supreme organ of the International Club Winterthur. The Members form the General Meeting. One Member may represent other members at the General Meeting with written authorisation.
The Ordinary General Meeting shall be held annually within the first six months of each year. Written invitations shall be sent out at least 20 days in advance through the Executive Committee. Motions by Members for the attention of the General Meeting shall be received by the Executive Committee 10 days before the General Meeting at the very latest.
An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened by order of the Executive Committee, but must be called if 1/5 of all Members entitled to vote request one. The same stipulations apply to the invitation as to that for the Ordinary General Meeting.
The General Meeting shall be a quorum, irrespective of the number of members present who are entitled to vote.
Art. 9 Tasks of the General Meeting
The General Meeting shall carry out the authority vested in it according to the Law and the Statutes. In particular, it shall have the following authorities:
- to accept the minutes, the Annual Report and the Annual Accounts
- to discharge the Executive Committee
- to elect the Executive Committee and the Auditors
- to have the final decision on business deals proposed by the Executive Committee
- to consult and have the final decision on motions put forward by Members to the General Meeting
- to make changes to the Statutes
- to dissolve the International Club Winterthur
Art. 10 Decision Making
The General Meeting shall make its decisions and choices in accordance with the will of the majority of Members or their representatives present, determined by an open ballot; unless 1/5 of the Members or representatives present request a secret ballot.
In case of deadlock, the Chairperson shall have the casting vote, in that his/her vote is doubled.
Art. 11 Executive Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist of at least three Members and be elected by the General Meeting.
During the years 2006/2007/2008/2009 (for 4 years), a representative of Winterthur City Marketing shall be a member of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee shall constitute itself; it may form Committees. The Executive Committee shall meet regularly at the invitation of the Chairperson at Executive Committee meetings, provided that at least two Executive Committee Members do not request the conviening of an Executive Committee meeting to the Chairperson.
The President, the Treasurer and the Club Secretary shall have sole signing authority.
Art. 12 Term of Office
The Executive Committee elections shall occur annually; re-election is permitted. If an Executive Committee Member leaves office before the expiration of his/her term, the Executive Committee Member replacing him/her shall be elected for the remaining term.
Art. 13 Tasks
The Executive Committee:
- shall represent the International Club Winterthur to the outside world
- shall monitor and manage the ongoing business activities
- shall decide on the acceptance of Members and at the same time come to an agreement on Membership fees
- shall present an Annual Report to the General Meeting
Moreover, the Executive Committee shall have all authorities, which are not expressly part of other organs’ authorities.
Art. 14 Audit Committee
The General Meeting shall elect the Audit Committee for a term of one year. Re-election is permitted.
The Audit Committee shall audit the accounts and the Annual Accounts. The said Committee shall write an Audit Report.
Art. 15 Financial Year
The financial year shall be the calendar year.
Art. 16 Finances / Annual Membership
The income of the International Club Winterthur shall in particular consist of:
- Membership fees
- voluntary grants, donations and sponsors’ contributions
- any earnings from the business activities of the International Club Winterthur
The amount of the annual Membership fee shall be determined by the General Meeting at the proposal of the Executive Committee.
The membership fee for 2006 shall be: for individuals CHF 50.00 and for a Household CHF 75.00
Art. 17 Liability
Solely the association’s funds shall be liable for any liabilities of The International Club Winterthur. Members shall not be liable for any amount exceeding the individual Membership fees.
Art. 18 Changes to the Statutes
Changes to the Statutes shall require the approval of 2/3 of the Members present at the General Meeting.
Art. 19 Dissolution
The General Meeting may, at any time, decide to dissolve the International Club Winterthur at the end of the relevant financial year with the approval of 2/3 of Members present at the annual General Meeting.
Liquidation shall occur through the Executive Committee, provided that the General Meeting does not decide to use liquidators with the approval of 2/3 of Members present at the General Meeting.
The General Meeting, which decides on liquidation, shall also determine the use of the association’s funds.
Art. 20 Final Provisions
The Statutes presented herewith were accepted by the foundation meeting of 16 January 2006 and shall be in force from this date.