International Club of Berne

About

The International Club of Berne was founded in 1991. It is a non-political organisation open to all men, women and their families, interested in meeting for social and cultural activities.

The aim of the International Club of Berne is to facilitate a better understanding of and integration into Switzerland. This is achieved through a variety of services and programs for our members, and through joint exploration of this country and its people.

We welcome people from all corners of the world.  Our common language is English, though among our members many different languages can be heard. The club currently has about 150 members (and their families) from over 30 countries. New members and newcomers to Berne are assured the warmest of welcomes.

A club meeting is held each month with a presentation by a guest speaker - we look for diverse topics of interest. We hold weekday events and classes and family activities on weekends. Above all, we offer the opportunity to meet and make new friends.

Annual membership dues are only SFr. 50.- for singles, 60.- for a family.

A newsletter is mailed out regularly informing members of Club news, events and activities.  Our club address, contact names and telepone numbers are listed on the inside front cover.

We would be delighted to have you join us.  We are waiting to welcome you!

The approximately 150 members come from over 40 nations. Half are Swiss or binational, the next largest groups are from the U.K., U.S., Germany and France. There are members from most other countries in Europe and many countries in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australasia.

Join the club!  Just send your (paper) mail address to Graham Tritt. You will soon receive a newsletter and a membership form. We also ask you to fill out a form to tell us your interests, so we can plan events which appeal to you!

News

Chat Groups

By Graham on 10th January

Here is the list of WhatsApp groups as printed in the January-February Newsletter
General Groups

TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Friday)  www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Helping
    8 Jan at Schwellenmatteli
    5 Feb at Restaurant Da Vinci
General conversation and support   www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Helping                   

Discussion about corona, etc           www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Meeting-Corona
   Monday, 18 Jan – Current news

Discussion on communicating, health, etc www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Meeting-Communication ;  
   Monday, 15 Feb – Valentine’s Day

Discussion on global problems       www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Global-Issues
   Monday, 4 Jan – Resolutions
   Monday, 1 Mar – Global warming
 

Discussion on politics and economics          www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Social-Economics  ; Monday, 1 Feb – A new US
 

Language Cafés

Parla Italiano        www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Italian
   Tuesdays, 26 Jan and 23 Feb
                     
Café Français              www.tinyurl.com/Berne-aide-en-francais
   Wednesdays, 13 Jan and 10 Feb

English TeaTime                  www.tinyurl.com/Berne-talks-English ;  
   Thursdays, 21 Jan and 18 Feb

German Conversation                            www.tinyurl.com/ICB-German
   Thursdays, 28 Jan and 25 Feb

Café Español  
   Thursdays, 7 Jan and 4 Feb

Portuguese www.tinyurl.com/Bern-fala-portugues

Russian  www.tinyurl.com/Bern-govorit-po-russki

Sports

Badminton  www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Badminton

Dancing          www.tinyurl.com/Berne-Dancing

Hiking                              www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Hiking
   9 or 23 Jan – Lake Thun area
   6 Feb – Hike+BBQ
 
Walk & Talk               www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Walking  
   17 Jan –  Galeries in the Old Town
   31 Jan –  Aare walk or museums
     7 Feb – City East Hills
   21 Feb – Gardens walk
                   
Rackets (tennis, badminton, squash)
   27 Dec and 7 Feb
    www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Rackets

Swimming
      www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Swimming

Winter Sports     www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Winter-Sports
   2 or 23 Jan –  Snowshoeing Gantrisch
   3 or 10 Jan –  Schwarzsee
   24 Jan – Skating, KaWeDe
   14 Feb – Skating, Weyermannshaus
   28 Feb – Skiing

Special Interest Groups

Movies and videos               www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Movies

Museums, Art and Nature           www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Museums ; / Events

Musical Culture
                 www.tinyurl.com/Berne-Music-Culture

Book Readers   www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Sophie
   6 Jan, Haweswater, 18:00
   24 Feb, Jphn le Carré 18:00
   Also:   short stories and sci-fi and crime

Life-Long Learning   (we also have math and I.T. chats)
                   www.tinyurl.com/Life-Long-Learning

Gardening (see Walk & Talk events)             www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Gardening

Families         www.tinyurl.com/Berne-Families

Wine & Dine and Zoom Parties   www.tinyurl.com/ICB-Wining
   Friday, 15 Jan – Cooking with Carla
   Friday, 29 Jan – Whisky Tasting
   Friday, 19 Feb – Masked Party

Handcrafts, painting, etc
      www.tinyurl.com/Berne-Handcraft

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