Month: March 2015

Help us nominate our new board

Next month we will vote on a list of nominees for the 2015-2016 AWAQ board, but we need your help! We are putting together a committee to help identify candidates who have the following traits: Wants to make new friends. Wants to learn more about the local culture. Wants to contribute to AWAQ core community service projects. Wants to help plan fun outings and events. Wants to fill the ...
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Heart Pillow Project update: volunteers needed

Hello Volunteers! We recently delivered 60 Heart Pillow Gift Bags to Hamad Breast Clinic and a silk painting produced by the talented AWAQ Ladies.  The doctors and staff were so pleased and complimentary of the work the AWAQ has done for their patients. It was heartwarming to hear the stories and know that our work is greatly appreciated. I want to introduce you to Regina McCorkle, who will ...
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We’ll miss you, Barb!

Later this month, we will be saying goodbye to one of our most productive, energetic and captivating members, Barbara Phillips, as she follows husband Darrell to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Barb's enthusiasm and infectious good humor will be sorely missed, and we wish to thank her for leadership and ongoing friendship.  She is a true ambassador of what our organization is about. This will be Barb an...
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Book spring & summer vacations with preferred discounts

Now is the time to make your spring and summer travel plans, and we have access to some of the best discount plans available as AWAQ members! Doha is an ideal gateway to visit so many destinations, and our new alliance with Turkish Airlines makes traveling to Europe, the U.S., Asia and region even more desirable. With more than 200 destinations, including Africa, Australia and several major Nor...
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Get ready for the FAWCO annual conference

So much is happening this month, and as your FAWCO rep, I am thrilled to see so many engaged members. Here's a peek at things to look forward to: International Women's Day - Sunday, March 8.  Show  your support by turning everything purple! Purple is the official color of this year's theme: "Make it Happen". So, wear purple, turn your emails purple, host friends for a purple tea, purple lunch, ...
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Monthly meeting update: “The Old Pearl Diver” to speak

As you walk down the stone-paved alleys of Souq Waqif, there is one shop you can’t resist stopping at.  Located in a quiet area sits 77-year-old Saad Ismail Al Jassem, a multifaceted Qatari national, fluent in Arabic, English, Italian and Hindi, with a fascinating story to tell.  A veteran pearl diver, Saad recalls the early days of Qatar and pearling.  By all accounts, he is the only surviving pe...
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Come to the International Bazaar & Cultural Exhibition

The Qatari Women's Association is once again sponsoring an International Bazaar & Cultural Exhibition along with Hafsa Prep Independent School for girls, and all AWAQ members are invited!   Put on your stars and stripes and help support us as at our "booth" selling Dunkin' Donuts, Coca-Cola and other American favorites! The event will be held three consecutive days at the school. Please click...
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AWAQ member part of winning Chili Cook-Off team

On Saturday February 21, the American Chamber of Commerce Qatar and Middle East Business Solutions’ (MEBS) hosted the first annual Chili Cook-off, as part of Discover America – USA Week Qatar at the Doha Marriott Hotel.  Patrice Diakite, one of our AWAQ members, was a member of the winning team, "Red Hot Chili Preppers".   Chili was judged on spiciness, flavor and originality in a blind taste tes...
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Do you bead?

We've discovered a treasure trove of beading materials that need a new home!  In past years AWAQ had an active beading group, and supplies that were passed on were recently uncovered in an old, dusty box.  Shiny, sparkling beads are ready to become beautiful new bracelets, necklaces and custom-designed jewelry! If you would like to take charge of a new beading activities group, or have an inter...
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March roars into Spring

March always seems to be a busy time of year. Many things are happening, including planning for spring break or preparing to move somewhere else. Lately I have heard of many people who are leaving Doha, which makes me sad, but I know that new adventures await them and our paths may actually cross again. Since this is such a transient environment, we never really know how long we will be here, and ...
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