Info 0CT 06 2017 INTRODUCING NORTH WALES: ITS HERITAGE, CULTURE & NATIONAL PARK
Verena Wüthrich and Sue Kliebenschädel whet your appetite for the Highlanders’ Trip in summer 2018
Info SEPT 29 2017 GIOVANNI SEGANTINI: ITALIAN, AUSTRIAN OR SWISS?
Alice Bänteli tells us about this artist’s life and work
Info SEPT 22 2017 IRELAND – THE BEST OF THE WEST
Roland Glaser shares with us his recent experiences travelling & hiking in Ireland
Info SEPT 15 2017 NO BLAMING CULTURE
Gabrielle Falbriard will tell us about human errors and “Just Culture” in high reliability organizations
Info SEPT 08 2017 ORGANIC PIONEERS IN USTER
A visit to the Öpfelbaum, Zentralstr.18, where Markus Schmid & his team know about the true organic spirit (since 1988). Meeting at the shop at 7.30 pm. For directions go to www.oepfelbaum-uster.ch
Info SEPT 01 2017 MANU: AMAZONIAN PARADISE
Come with Marco Palomino on a fantastic journey through the Manu National Park in Peru
Info AUG 25 2017 DREAM DESTINATIONS: IDEAS FOR YOUR ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST
What are yours? Share your dreams & ideas with us
Info JULY 14 2017 HIGHLANDERS’ 35th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
In the Waldhütte Cheiberiet, Illnau starting at 7 pm. Barbecue, music and fun! Further details to follow.
Info JULY 07 2017 200 YEARS’ BICYCLE: FROM TAMBORA TO E-BIKE
Cycling down memory lane with Theo Schotten
Info JUNE 30 2017 PHOTO HUNT IN GREIFENSEE
We take a stroll in small groups to find the treasures of the “Städtli”. Meeting at 7 pm in front of the castle. If the weather is too nasty, we’ll meet in BZU. See our website for announcement.
Info JUNE 23 2017 VERTICALITY AND LIGHT: MAGNIFICENT GOTHIC CATHEDRALS
Christian Lüscher shows us examples of this wonderful architecture
Info JUNE 16 2017 VISIT TO THE BRUNO WEBER PARK
A guided tour in English, meeting at the main entrance at 7 pm, Zur Weinrebe 3, 8953 Dietikon. Please put your name down on the list. Further details at the Club.
Info JUNE 09 2017 UZBEKISTAN: THE SPLENDOUR OF THE SILK ROAD
Highlanders give us impressions of their visit
Info JUNE 02 2017 KEEP IN BALANCE
Lorenz Kaufmann, personal trainer, shows us tricks & techniques to stay healthy
Info MAY 19 2017 GARDEN CENTER MEIER
Erwin Meier-Honegger will give us a tour of this meeting place for garden lovers. Meeting at 7 pm in the “Thymian” room upstairs in the garden center Kreuzstr.2 8635 Dürnten
Info MAY 12 2017 ZUMBA: FITNESS FOR BODY, MIND AND SOUL
Sally Dowsett, Zumba instructor, explains and shows us what Zumba can do for you. Wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes.
Info MAY 05 2017 IN SEARCH OF THE SECRETS OF ANCIENT POLYNESIAN NAVIGATION
A rather special report on the trip of a lifetime by Fred Krähenbühl
Info APRIL 07 2017 STAND UP PADDLING & NORDIC LIFESTYLE
Felix Demuth explains the fascination of this new sport and will give us some background information on his new shop 55° Nord. Meeting at Gerichtsstr. 14, in Uster at 7.30 pm. Please put your name down on the list.
Info MAR 31 2017 HONEYMOON IN PATAGONIA & TIERRA DEL FUEGO
Gabrielle Falbriard & Joachim Schug tell us about their unforgettable experiences at “fin del mundo” – the end of the world.
Info MAR 24 2017 LEARN A BIT OF BRITISH HISTORY THROUGH NURSERY RHYMES
Alice Bänteli & Sue Kliebenschädel explain the origins of British nursery rhymes.
Info MAR 17 2017 IRISH EVENING TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY
With Irish coffee, music and jokes. Wear something green!
Info MAR 10 2017 MADEIRA – AN ISLAND WITH MANY FACETS
Katalin Barko brings this colourful volcanic island in the Atlantic closer to us.
Info FEB 17 2017 500 YEARS’ REFORMATION IN SWITZERLAND
Rebecca Giselbrecht tells us about the reformation and especially the role of women.
Info FEB 10 2017 FROM EUROPE ACROSS THE SOUTH PACIFIC TO AUSTRALIA
Annemarie Steiger Etter and Bernhard Etter present highlights of their sailing trip on the “Mariposa”.
Info FEB 03 2017 USE IT OR LOSE IT: AGING AND MENTAL CAPACITIES
Dr Katrin Wiederkehr talks about the changes in mental capacities when we are getting older. To be aware of them is helpful in finding coping strategies.
Info JAN 27 2017 “THE ENTREPRENEUR’S WIFE”
Lessons along the path of life from Aradhna Sethi
Info JAN 20 2017 HEART ATTACK AND STROKE
Matthias Meier of First Responder explains the possible symptoms and first aid Methods.
Info JAN 13 2017 AFTER-EIGHT TEA: WINTERTIME = TEATIME
Bring your teacup to fill & enjoy a typical English afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches etc. offered by Erika Bollinger, Louise Hofstetter, Verena Wüthrich.
Info DEC 16 2016 HIGHLANDERS’ CHRISTMAS DINNER
At the Sonnental Bistro, Sonnentalweg 6, Uster, meeting at 7 pm
Menu and list will be circulated at Club meetings
Info DEC 09 2016 SOCKEYE FISHING AT KENAI RIVER
Dominik Furrer takes us on a virtual fishing trip to Alaska and talks about his fascination for fishing
Info DEC 02 2016 SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING EVENING
Marcus Maitland will teach us some Scottish dances in the Beta room of the Kantonsschule Uster, Krämerackerstr. 11, adjacent to BZU
Info NOV 25 2016 DRONES: BOON OR BANE?
A discussion evening about this booming technology led by Martin Stöckli
Info NOV 18 2016 PEARLS FOR DAILY LIFE
Tricks and treats to ease one’s life, all of them collected over the years of Suzanne Sharma’s therapeutic work
Info NOV 11 2016 TOP SECRET: SWISS STORYTELLING EVENING IN ENGLISH
Share your stories with us
Info NOV 04 2016 A WORLD APART: SWITZERLAND AND NEW ZEALAND
Barbara Harding shows how different these two countries are
Info OCT 28 2016 LIVING AND WORKING IN DUBAI
A survival guide for holidaymakers and expats in the Middle East by Carol Conzelmann
Info OCT 07 2016 THE PAINTINGS OF HIERONYMUS BOSCH
Theo Schotten will introduce us to this Early Dutch painter of the 15 and 16c
Info SEPT 30 2016 GUIDED TOUR OF MEYER ORCHIDS IN WANGEN
Esther Yurich will give us insight into the fascinating world of orchids: from the cultivation to the showrooms. Meeting at 7.30 pm at Roswies 14.
Info SEPT 23 2016 A TaKeTiNa SESSION WITH IRENE GOODING & ADRIANO GLOOR
Experience rhythm with your whole body. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, bring a blanket.
Info SEPT 16 2016 WOOHA & WALHALLA – A BRITISH BEER TASTING WITH A VIKING TWIST
Ray Scott will tell us about his beer enterprise and bring along some bottles
Info SEPT 09 2016 BIKING IN UGANDA TO THE CHIMPANZEES AND GORILLAS
Travelling by bike is the best way to explore and experience a country by Peter Röhricht
Info SEPT 02 2016 1816:THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER
Peter Schulthess Hürlimann takes us back 200 years to the summer snowfall and the following famine
Info AUG 26 2016 HOLIDAY SOUVENIRS AND ANECDOTES
Refresh and share memories by bringing along one or two souvenirs. A good opportunity to dust and polish your holiday mementos.
Info JULY 15 2016 BARBECUE IN THE GARDEN
Alice Bänteli invites us to her home at 7 pm. Further information at the Club
Info JULY 08 2016 HIGHLAND CATTLE – A CLOSE-UP
Maja Müller will give us a tour of the Tumigerhof in Greifensee, meeting at 7.30 pm Parking at Tumigerweg 1
If the farmer is needed elsewhere, we have an alternative in Greifensee
Info JULY 01 2016 TECHNOLOGY IS EXPLODING THESE DAYS – WHAT TO DO?
Fred Krähenbühl will talk on robotics in the kitchen, artificial intelligence on Facebook, nanotechnology allowing us to 3D print auto parts, food, spares, fibres or medicine. How will we deal with these existing major challenges?
Info JUNE 24 2016 VISIT TO THE MUSEUM AM PFÄFFIKERSEE
Alice Bänteli will show us how our grandparents lived in the 19c and early 20c. Meeting at 7.30 pm
Info JUNE 17 2016 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Facts, figures and personal experiences by Nicky Scherrer
Info JUNE 10 2016 A TOUR OF ANGLOPHONE ACCENTS
Stuart Beaumont, who has taught English in a number of European countries, will entertain us with audio-visual examples.
Info JUNE 03 2016 WHY SLOW FOOD IS A MOVEMENT FOR EVERYONE
Christine Syrad tells us why we should be eating “real” food
Info MAY 27 2016 MY LIFE IN AN EVENING
Sue Kliebenschädel takes a walk down memory lane…
Info MAY 20 2016 ALPINE SUMMER
Efraim Lieberherr gives us a first-hand account of his experiences as an Alpine dairyman in the Bernese Alps
Info MAY 13 2016 PENGUINS, ELEPHANT SEALS & HUMPBACK WHALES
Christian Lipp takes us on a trip to the Borderlands of Antarctica
Info APRIL 22 2016 AFGHANISTAN, LAND OF CONTRASTS
Tiia Juzi shares with us experiences of her Swiss-Finnish family living & working in Afghanistan for over 10 years
Info APRIL 15 2016 DADA 2016 IN ZURICH AND ELSEWHERE
100 years of Dadaism by Ruedi Weiler
Info APRIL 08 2016 VISIT TO FIFA IN ZURICH
Learn more about FIFA and have a look at this wonderful architecture; tour starting at 18.30, FIFA-Str. 20, 8044 Zürich. Please put your name down on the list.
Info APRIL 01 2016 APRIL FOOL’S DAY
Have you fallen for any practical jokes today? Make us smile by sharing your April Fool’s Day experiences
Info MAR 18 2016 HAWAII – MORE THAN SUN, FUN & NOTHING TO DO!
Island hopping with Verena Wüthrich
Info MAR 11 2016 FERDINAND HODLER
His life and career from Realism, extreme Symbolism to great Swiss landscapes by Alice Bänteli
Info FEB 19 2016 KARTA: 4416 SQ.KM OF DOWN UNDER
by Ursula Winzeler
Info FEB 12 2016 ACUPUNCTURE & LNB PAIN THERAPY
Two different ways to treat pain by Tania Kliebenschädel
Info FEB 05 2016 WHAT IS LAUGHTER YOGA AND HOW CAN IT HELP YOU?
A happy, healthy evening with Sandra Unternährer & Richard Holdener
Info JAN 29 2016 DO YOU KNOW JACOB’S CATTLE, BLUE POD OR PINK BRANDYWINE?
Just 3 of the 1600 vegetable varieties conserved by the Swiss foundation ProSpecieRara. Presentation by Esther Meduna
Info JAN 22 2016 LET’S ENJOY NOH & KABUKI
Hermann Escher will introduce us to classical Japanese theatre
Info JAN 15 2016 NUTRITION FOR BODY AND SOUL
Eating should be fun & do you lots of good by Monika Steuri
Info JAN 08 2016 AFTER EIGHT TEA: WINTERTIME = TEATIME
Bring your teacup to fill & enjoy a typical English afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches etc. offered by Erika Bollinger, Louise Hofstetter, Verena Wüthrich
Info DEC 18 2015 HIGHLANDERS’ CHRISTMAS DINNER
At the Sonnental Bistro, Sonnentalweg 6, Uster meeting
Info DEC 11 2015 ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
Share your memories, poems, photos about love or marriage during an aperitif sponsored by our newly-weds, Gabrielle & Joachim
Info DEC 04 2015 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: EXPERIENCES OF A VOLUNTEER IN THE CARIBBEAN
Verena Wüthrich tells us about her 7 weeks’ work practice in Port of Spain and the holiday destination Tobago
Info NOV 27 2015 A VISIT TO THE KEZO WASTE INCINERATOR
Myriam Wunderli gives us a guided tour starting at 7.30 pm, Wildbachstr. 2, Hinwil. Limited numbers so please put your name down.
Info NOV 20 2015 JERSEY SCRAPBOOK
Fond memories of the Highlanders’ April trip
Info NOV 13 2015 WITCHES AND BLACK CATS
A Swiss storytelling evening at the Highlanders in English; share your stories with us
Info NOV 06 2015 REMEMBER, REMEMBER, THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER....
The history behind the Guy Fawkes’ celebration in England by Sue Kliebenschädel
Info OCT 30 2015 MNARANI MARINE TURTLES CONSERVATION POND
Monica Ezquerra spent one month as a volunteer in Zanzibar
Info OCT 23 2015 IRAN: FRIEND OR FOE?
A look at Iran from a tour guide’s point of view by Marianne Roth
Info OCT 02 2015 “YOU DON’T TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH, YOU MAKE IT” (A quote by Ansel Adams)
Tips and tricks around photography from Martin Stöckli
Info SEPT 25 2015 COTTON HARVESTING IN KYRGYZSTAN
Ursula Conrad helped with the harvest as a volunteer
Info SEPT 18 2015 FROM SHEEP TO WOOL
A guided tour of the sheep wool centre in Bertschikon, Medikerstr. 21, by Sonja Diethelm, starting at 7.30 pm
Info SEPT 11 2015 ANGKOR WHAT?
From Bangkok to the world heritage site of Angkor Wat nr. Siem Reap with Christian Lüscher
Info SEPT 04 2015 SOCIAL ETIQUETTE
Susanne Abplanalp of “Knigge Today” gets us up to date with the latest rules in social behaviour
Info AUG 28 2015 LEARN HOW TO SAVE LIVES
Matthias Meier of First Responder will instruct us on various aspects of first aid
Info AUG 21 2015 HOW TO FALL OFF A HORSE!
Pieter van Pletzen tells us how he became a stunt man
Info JULY 10, 2015 BARBECUE IN THE GARDEN
Alice Bänteli invites us to her home at 7 pm. Further information at the Club
Info JULY 03, 2015 ELEPHANT ROUND-UP IN SURIN, THAILAND
Roger Bianchi shares with us his impressions of this exotic event
  JUNE 26, 2015 CLIMA CHANGE
Alternative topic because the speaker of the planned evening had an accident
Info JUNE 19, 2015 MAORI: THEIR ARRIVAL IN NEW ZEALAND, THEIR CULTURE, LANGUAGE & SONGS
by Barbara Harding
Info JUNE 12, 2015 GUIDED WALK IN ZURICH’S OLD TOWN
Meeting our tour guide Marianne Roth at Zurich main station, group meeting point at 7.30pm
Info JUNE 05, 2015 OUTINGS IN THE CANTON OF ZURICH
Tell us about your favourite haunts, e.g. hikes, museums, restaurants etc.
Info MAY 29, 2015 WELLNESS FOR YOUR EYES
Ursula Müller gives us some general information about the eye and possibilities to train and relax your eyes
Info MAY 22, 2015 VISIT TO CHATEAU GRENOUILLE
Renate Güntensperger & Louis Wagner invite us into their magical world of art, interior design and smithy: Wolfhauserstr. 6, Bubikon at 7.30 pm
Info MAY 08, 2015 HOW TO BUILD A DREAM
Daniel Schmid constructed his own RV-12 Van’s Aircraft
Info APR 17, 2015 COSTA RICA – THE NAME IS THE PROGRAM
Verena Wüthrich will give us some glimpses into the rich fauna and flora of this Central American country
Info APR 10, 2015 WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR BAGGAGE AFTER CHECK-IN AT THE AIRPORT?
Peter Röhricht will take us on a hike through the underground baggage handling System at Zurich airport. Limited numbers so please put your name down. Only for the fit! Meeting at 7.30 pm at the Service Center 2, next to cashpoint parking 2
Info MAR 27, 2015 PICTIONARY AND OTHER WORD GAMES
The committee invite you to join in and have fun
  MAR 20, 2015 IRELAND AND ME
Caroline Edwards tells us about her passion for Ireland and Irish music
Info MAR 13, 2015 LIQUID HISTORY
Fabian Dietler introduces us to the history and spirit of whiskey, rum and vodka
Info MAR 06, 2015 NEPAL – MUSTANG VALLEY
A perfect combination of culture, trekking and Ayurveda by Gabrielle Falbriard and Joachim Schug
Info FEB 13, 2015 IT’S A HORSE, NOT A PONY
Irene Bonomo tells us about the sturdy Icelandic horses she and her husband rear near Uster
Info FEB 06, 2015 HOW DOES A CHALKBOARD ARTIST’S DAY LOOK LIKE?
and what made Andrea Landolt decide to specialize in a profession that doesn’t even have a name in Switzerland
Info JAN 30, 2015 THE ULTIMATE TRAVELLING LIST – AN ONGOING PROJECT
We will share travelling tips (from 8 – 9 pm) followed by an introduction to Jersey: the destination of the Highlanders’ trip in April 2015 (as a preparation for participants)
Info JAN 23, 2015 A LIFE OF FOOTBALL AND TRAVEL
The travels and memories of René Eberle, a Swiss UEFA/FIFA functionary
Info JAN 16, 2015 A VISIT TO GALERIE24 IN PFÄFFIKON ZH
Ursula Dolder will tell us all about framing and demonstrate how she chooses the appropriate frame and then mounts the picture. Meeting at 7.30 pm, Hochstr. 26.
Info JAN 09, 2015 AFTER-EIGHT-TEA
Wintertime = teatime: bring your favourite teacup to fill & enjoy a typical English afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches & biscuits offered by Erika Bollinger, Louise Hofstetter and Verena Wüthrich
Info DEC 19, 2014 HIGHLANDERS’ CHRISTMAS DINNER
Bistro Sonnental, Talackerstr. in Uster, near the cemetery and Werkheim. meeting at 7 pm: menu and list will be circulated at Club meetings
Info DEC 12, 2014 THE FAMOUS INCA HIKING TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
Marco Palomino takes us on this legendary tour of his home country
Info DEC 05, 2014 CELEBRATING 450 YEARS OF SHAKESPEARE
with some history by Verena Wüthrich and quotes by Sue Kliebenschädel
  NOV 28, 2014 FROM ALPINE CLIMBING TO GLIDING IN THE ALPS
Barbara Meyer will tell us about her thrilling adventures at home and abroad
Info NOV 21, 2014 HEADING FOR YOUR DREAMS: PASSION FOR MOVIES
by Anabel Castro, a young film director from Cuba
Info NOV 14, 2014 VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION “USTER 1900 – 1920”
A guided tour by Peter Schulthess, starting at 7.30 pm: Kultur-Zeughaus, Berchtoldstr. 10, Uster
Info NOV 07, 2014 VISIT TO INDIAN LAND MUSEUM, GOSSAU
A guided tour by founder, Vincent Escriba, starting at 7.30 pm: Im Zentrum 1, Gossau ZH. Please put your name down on the list.
Info OCT 31, 2014 SMARTPHONE: BLESSING OR CURSE?
A discussion around the options and problems of using smartphones led by Martin Stöckli
Info OCT 24, 2014 BASLER FASNACHT – A MYSTERY THAT SURVIVED
Nicky Scherrer’s 50 years of drumming experience in the narrow streets of medieval Basel
  OCT 03, 2014 MEETING PEOPLE AND THEIR WORLD IN THE AMERICAN WEST
Experiences during a fairly unusual trip to Denver via Salt Lake City, San Francisco, the US-1 and the vicinity of Los Angeles by Fred Krähenbühl
Info SEPT 26, 2014 BIKES AND MORE
We visit Ralph Wehner at his bike shop in Gossau, where he tells us about his fascination for bikes. Meeting at 7.30 pm at windRad, Zentrum Büelgass, Laufenbachstr. 5 > map see http://map.search.ch/gossau/laufenbachstr.5.
Info SEPT 19, 2014 CHINESE IS NOT AS HARD AS YOU THINK!
Wei Feng will convince us how easy it is to learn the Chinese language
Info SEPT 12, 2014 NEW ZEALAND – PARADISE ON EARTH
Join Barbara Harding on a trip to her homeland. Learn about its facts and figures, the people, its very special flora and fauna, and of course, enjoy the spectacular scenery
Info SEPT 05, 2014 THE SECRETS OF THE LEIBACHER BIBER
The Leibacher brothers, Claudio and Silvan, will tell us about the history of the biber and what it takes to make these delicious honey delights.
Info AUG 29, 2014 RECORDERS: THE UNDERESTIMATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
History by Alice Bänteli; live music performed by Beth, Rebecca and Seraina Ineichen
Info AUG 22, 2014 HOLIDAY SOUVENIRS AND ANECDOTES
Refresh and share memories by bringing along one or two souvenirs. A good opportunity to dust and polish your holiday mementos
Info JULY 11, 2014 BARBECUE IN THE GARDEN
Alice Bänteli invites us to her home, starting at 7 pm. Further information at the Club
Info JULY 04, 2014 AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE
On this day of independence we share our American memories. Bring along pictures, souvenirs and stories
Info JUNE 27, 2014 GEOCACHING – A REAL WORLD OUTDOOR TREASURE HUNTING GAME
Michael Hobi and Patrick Volkart provide an insight into the secrets and mysteries of Geocaching
Info JUNE 20, 2014 PHOTO HUNT IN ZELLWEGER AREAL, USTER
We take a stroll in small groups to find the treasures of this newly-built area close to the BZU. Wear comfortable shoes!
Meeting in the car park between BZU and Kantonsschule at 7.30 pm
Info JUNE 13, 2014 CREATIVE WRITING
Iren Rothenberger gives us a “show-and-tell” of how she came to appreciate the English language in the 35 years she lived in the United States
Info JUNE 06, 2014 SWISS MARKETING ACADEMY
Marco Hitz tells us about the idea and the story behind this successful business school in Uster. He will give us a practical example of marketing by telling us about the founding and running of Winikon’s football club ”ROT-WEISS”
Info MAY 23, 2014 NORDIC WALKING: A CRASH COURSE
Thea Peterhans gives us some practical advice. Meeting (ready for walking in functional sportswear) near Barzloo football field, Pfäffikon ZH at 7 pm.
Please put your name and height down on the list by 5 May.
Info MAY 16, 2014 OUR SOIL – A PRECIOUS LAYER ON EARTH
Soil chemist, René Reiser of Agroscope INH, takes us on a journey through the fascinating layers that cover our earth
Info MAY 09, 2014 YOGA – AUTHENTIC AWARENESS
Daniel Hunziker tells us how yoga, meditation and dancing strengthen the senses towards the inner self
Info APR 11, 2014 TOUR AROUND BRITTANY
With Jutta, Katalin and Verena, sharing their culinary and scenic impressions
Info APR 04, 2014 THE TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY FROM MOSCOW TO BEIJING
Alice Bänteli tells us about her overwhelming journey by special train “Zarengold” through the country of the Tsars to Asia
Info MAR 28, 2014 THE GUILDS OF ZURICH: THEIR HISTORY & ANNUAL HIGHLIGHT IN SPRING
As an insider Lukas Briner will tell us about the “Sächsilüüte” and its guilds as well as his contact to a corresponding representative in London
Info MAR 21, 2014 FESTIVAL LA PERLA
George Egloff takes us on a journey from the idea to the realisation of this special opera project
Info MAR 14, 2014 PASTA IS NOT PASTA!
Peter Gschwend gives us a tour of his pasta manufacturing “La Martina”, Zentralstr. 24, Wetzikon, starting at 7.30 pm
Info MAR 07, 2014 FROM ZIMBABWE TO SWITZERLAND
Lisa Mundembe-Chuma shares her story with us, showing how the power of “I can” helps you go further
  FEB 14, 2014 ST VALENTINE’S DAY JUKEBOX
Email us your wishes for your favourite English love song or bring your own CD and maybe the lyrics
Info FEB 07, 2014 MISSION IN AFGHANISTAN
Michael Hansson will talk about his Swedish Air Force mission
Info JAN 31, 2014 ALL ABOUT THE BACK
Verena Langlotz of the League against Rheumatism gives us useful information such as joint protection principles, work ergonomics and aspects while sleeping
Info JAN 24, 2014 THE REVIVAL OF THE FRENCH-VALAISAN DIALECT
Although spoken by a small minority of elderly people in remote side valleys, this dialect is being revived in evening schools and even in a cantonal primary school project. A talk by Kurt Locher
  JAN 17, 2014 AROUND THE WORLD IN 180 DAYS
Giulia Agthe & Andrina Rüegg take us from Hong Kong to America with their blog
Info JAN 10, 2014 CULTURAL AWARENESS THROUGH HOMESTAY
Yvonne Casas of Hull’s School gives us an insight into their programme for Asian students
Info DEC 20, 2013 A RELAXING PRE-CHRISTMAS EVENING
with jokes, puns and a lovely cuppa. Bring some of your favourite cookies!
Info DEC 13, 2013 CHRISTMAS DINNER
at the Lindenbaum, Wallikerstr. 44, Pfäffikon ZH, meeting at 7 p.m. A list with menus will be circulated after the autumn holidays
Info DEC 06, 2013 VIRTUAL CHOIR
A musical evening on the joy of fearless contribution by Fred Krähenbühl
Info NOV 29, 2013 UKULELE MOONDANCE
Christopher Fonda tells us all about his favourite instrument, the ukulele, and plays us tunes to sing along
Info NOV 22, 2013 TALKING CONCERT WITH VIOLIN AND PIANO
Noëlle Grüebler and André Briel entertain us in the Alpha room of the Kantonsschule Uster, Krämerackerstr. 11, starting at 8 pm
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Info NOV 15, 2013 SWISS CHOCOLATE FINDS ITS WAY TO ASIA
Chocolate is a new-entry into the daily diet of most Asian people. Patrick Bastin gives us the example of the chocolate launch in China to get a better understanding of the challenges we are facing in China's society
Info NOV 08, 2013 SUNSHINE SCHOOL
Ursula Kaiser and Sandra Baumann will tell us about their experiences as volunteers in Kathmandu/Nepal
Info NOV 01, 2013 HORCHATA, PAELLA, AGUA DE VALENCIA & MORE (+MOORS)
Christian Lüscher takes us on a culinary trip to Valencia
Info OCT 25, 2013 RADIOACTIVITY - BOON OR BANE
Roland Glaser gives us some examples and shows us with experiments how radioactivity can be detected and even visualized
Info OCT 04, 2013 FAIRY AND HAIRY TALES – 200 YEARS OF GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES
Alice Bänteli reads extracts from Grimm, Andersen, English fairy tales and “Revolting Rhymes” by Roald Dahl
Info SEPT 27, 2013 OSTEOPATHY, A JOURNEY FROM ITS ORIGIN TO ZÜRI OBERLAND
Frank Aertgeerts gives us an introduction to this philosophy and form of alternative medicine
Info SEPT 20, 2013 FLYING TO SPACE – A DREAM TO COME TRUE FOR ANYONE
Franz Kaiser is waiting patiently for his Galactic flight
  SEPT 14, 2013 WILLKOMMENSTAG USTER
Come and visit us at the Highlanders’ stand in the Landihalle from 5.45 – 8 pm
Info SEPT 13, 2013 IN THE SHADOW OF GIANTS: TREKKING AROUND THE ANNAPURNA
Stefan Krähenbühl’s adventures in the Central Nepal Himalaya
Info SEPT 06, 2013 FACE4YOU
Geneveive Hawtrey Roth, visagist and hairstylist, will tell us about her fascinating
profession and give us a practical demonstration of her particular styling techniques
Info AUG 30, 2013 VISIT TO SIBER+SIBER MINERAL AND FOSSIL COLLECTION
Andreas Stucki will give us a guided tour of the exhibition in Aathal
Info AUG 23, 2013 LAS VEGAS – LIFE BEYOND THE STRIP
Kathy Deyl tells us what it’s like to live in this glamorous city
Info JULY 12, 2013 BARBECUE IN THE GARDEN
Alice Bänteli invites us to her home.
starting at 7 pm
Info JULY 05, 2013 THE PRESS AS A FOURTH ESTATE – or is critical journalism dead?
The media are a "fourth power" in the state alongside the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. Is this still true today? And what is the situation for small newspapers? Manuela Moser talks about her daily experience as a journalist.
Info JUNE 28, 2013 CAMEL TREKKING ACROSS THE GOBI
Alice Walker tells of her experiences with the ships of the desert
Info JUNE 21, 2013 KARIN SIMONETTA TAKES US ON A WALK AROUND LUETZELSEE
meeting at the car park nr the main road at 7 p.m. with a stop at the Gartenbeizli Hasel
Info JUNE 14, 2013 TRAVELLING IN NORTH KOREA
Chris Keuerleber gives us a tourist’s view of this unusual destination
Info JUNE 07, 2013 AN EVENING WITH JANE AUSTEN
Meet a few characters out of her famous novels ”Pride and Prejudice” and ”Emma” presented in scenes by six ladies of the Hottingen Players
Info MAY 31, 2013 THE PLEASURE OF BEING GODFATHER OR GODMOTHER TO A NATIVE AMERICAN CHILD
Peter Nagler tells us about his personal experiences since 1980 of giving futures for children
Info MAY 24, 2013 “MANY SOULS ARE DWELLING IN MY BREAST”
Although he is a recipient of an old-age pension, Daniel Eberli is very occupied with his many interests such as vintage cars, barrel organ and B&B
Info MAY 17, 2013 TIME – A CHALLENGE FOR ONTOLOGY AND PHYSICS
presented by Rainer Kessler, jurist, business economist, computer software engineer, passionate hobby philosopher and hobby natural scientist
Info APR 19, 2013 LINDY HOP: ITS ORIGINS AND ITS ATTRACTION TODAY
Maria Trodella & Nick Akerhult will tell us about the history of this popular dance style
and give us a short demonstration - let's dance!
Info APR 12, 2013 A LAND BETWEEN THE SEAS - SCHLESWIG HOLSTEIN
An alternative holiday destination by Martin Stöckli
Info APR 05, 2013 RUGBY - ARE THERE ANY RULES?
Understanding an increasingly popular sport with John Gysin
Info MAR 08, 2013 TAKE A WALK BACK IN TIME
The night watchman of Zurich, Martin Harzenmoser, will meet us at the Lindenhof
at 8.30 pm. Cost: CHF 5 for members, CHF 10 for guests
MAR 15, 2013 RURAL CAMBODIA
Student Niklas Bürgi tells us about his 3 months' experience working and living
in Phum Sophy
Info MAR 08 ÖTZI THE ICEMAN
Joachim Schug tells the story of the 5300 year old alpine mummy
FEB 15, 2013 AFTER-EIGHT-TEA
Wintertime = Teatime: bring your favourite teacup to fill & enjoy a typical English
afternoon tea with scones, sandwiches & biscuits offered by Erika Bollinger, Louise
Hofstetter and Verena Wüthrich
Info FEB 08, 2013 FABRIC, FABRICATE, FABRICATION
Peter Schulthess Hürlimann gives us a talk about the textile industry in the Zurich Oberland, especially in Uster through the history of the Zangger family, at the Villa Grunholzer, Florastr. 18 in Uster
Info FEB 01, 2013 CHRISTCHURCH AND THE EARTHQUAKE THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING
"The past, present and future of my home town" by Barbara Harding
Info Jan 25, 2013 JAMES JOYCE IN BRIEF
A reading and some notes by Nikki Fritz
Info Jan 18, 2013 TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL
Members of the Zurich Toastmasters Club will explain in detail what it is all about
and give some demonstrations
Info Jan 4, 2013 HOW SPEECH EVOLVED FROM GESTURES
A possible scenario for the evolution of language by Prof. Martin Meyer
  Dec 28, 2012/
Jan 4, 2013
HOLIDAY
  Dec 21, 2012 CHARLES DICKENS AND THE SPICES OF CHRISTMAS
The committee invites you to get into the Christmas spirit with titbits of literature and festive food
Info Dec 14, 2012 CHRISTMAS DINNER
at the Lindenbaum, Wallikerstr. 44, Pfäffikon ZH, meeting at 7 p.m. A list with menus will be circulated after the autumn holidays
Info Dec 07, 2012 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
a successful Human Rights Organisation Nicky Scherrer tells us about his personal experience in 35 years of human rights in Latin America
Info Nov 30, 2012 CUBA – TIME TRAVELLING IMPRESSIONS OF A SUNNY ISLAND
Jutta Studer & Verena Wüthrich will tell us about their bicycle tour and the colourful city of Havana
  Nov 23, 2012 A DREAM COME TRUE – PETIT PARADIS IN THE PROVENCE
Urs Rupp has transformed a ruin into a beautiful home
Info Nov 16, 2012 DO YOU KNOW SHII-TAKE AND KING OYSTERS?
Patrick Romanens offers you the chance to get acquainted with these fascinating mushrooms on a tour through his firm, meeting at 7 pm, Tannenbergstr.17, Gossau
Info Nov 09, 2012 THE FUSION OF ARTS
A fusion of topics out of sports, Asian culture, philosophical aspects and lifestyle. Nicolas Fischer talks about talent, hard training, TV-shows (talent scouts) and what comes after .... simply the fusion of arts
Info Nov 02, 2012 SCENT OF THE VANISHING FLORA
Roman Kaiser presents endangered scented species encountered during his fascinating expeditions to exotic places
Info Oct 26, 2012 TASTE THE PASSION BEHIND THE BEAN or WHAT MAKES COMMON THINGS DIFFERENT
Claude Stahel’s love of good coffee led to the founding of the Black & Blaze Coffee Roasting Company with its micro roaster
Info Oct 05, 2012 LAMPS AND LANTERNS TO LIGHTEN THE DARKNESS
A guided tour by Alice Bänteli of the special exhibition of lamps from 18 and 19c; In the Museum am Pfäffikersee
  Sept 28, 2012 NEEDLE NARDLE NOO or HAVE A GORILLA?
Eugene Edwards gives us an overview of the developments in English humour since 1955.
Info Sept 21, 2012 THE DAILY ROUTINE OF THE USTER POLICE FORCE
An insider view by Lt Daniel Stein, Commander
Info Sept 14, 2012 OKTOBERFEST IN BRAZIL!
Steffen Weisbrod shows how German-speaking immigrants preserved their cultural heritage and traditions in southern Brazil
Info Sept 07, 2012 INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERING
Juliane Kästner, founder of this NPO, talks about her ideas for making volunteering a success for all parties. Brainstorming some ideas for fundraising will be one focus of the discussion
Info Aug 31, 2012 VISIT TO THE GOOGLE OFFICES
We have a guided tour through the Zurich Offices of this worldwide internet company. A chance for a close-up of the environment where popular products such as Maps and YouTube are being developed. Attendance is limited – only for those on the list.
Info Aug 24, 2012 A NEW APPROACH TO LANGUAGE LEARNING
Jackie and Patrick Helfenberger from Akzent Sprachbildung organise tailor-made language study trips
Info July 13, 2012 BARBECUE IN THE GARDEN
Alice Bänteli invites us to her home: Usterstr. 18, 8330 Pfäffikon ZH starting at 7 pm
Info July 06, 2012 COSTA, SIERRA, SELVA
Karin Simonetta & Verena Wüthrich will take you from the depths of the jungle, through the arid coast to the heights of the Andes in Peru
Info June 29, 2012 IN SEARCH OF "THE" PICTURE - FOR 40 YEARS
Barbara Willi-Halter talks about her work as a photo research editor and designer for the Helvetas Calendar / One World Calendar
Info June 22, 2012 BUGS AND FROGS IN A SCHOOL BIOTOPE
Andreas Scheidegger shows us different nature-orientated places in the surroundings of Mettlen Primary School and explains how they are cultivated Meeting at 7.30 pm at Mettlenstr.19, Pfäffikon ZH
Info June 15, 2012 WIDE DESERTS, WILD ANIMALS
Bernie Senn and Kathrin Scherer take you on an adventurous trip through Namibia
Info June 8, 2012 30th ANNIVERSARY PARTY
At the Schützenstube Gutenswil
Info June 1, 2012 HOW I BECAME A BUTLER
After spending many years abroad Georg Ackermann returned to Switzerland to start a new life
Info May 25, 2012 THE DAY-TO-DAY WORRIES OF A FRENCH BEEKEEPER
Mäc Grässli visited his friends in France who are struggling to make a living out of beekeeping
Info May 18, 2012 LAPLAND AND ITS NORTHERN LIGHTS
Gabrielle Gisel and Joachim Schug show us their holiday pictures of this unique part of Scandinavia
  April 27 2012/
May 4 2012
HOLIDAY
  April 13, 2012 BOOK SWOPPING AND STORYTELLING
Read an excerpt from one of your favourite books or just listen to thers. You will have an opportunity to swop with someone.
Info April 13, 2012 VISIT TO THE MANDALA GALLERY IN FEHRALTORF
Johannes Frischknecht shows us his mandalas and tells us something about the Buddhist philosophy
Info March 30, 2012 A MAGICAL STEP BACK IN TIME
The Goodwood Revival as a real example by Martin Stöckli
Info March 23, 2012 TRAVELLING THRU THE NAVAJO AND HOPI NATIONS
How a conventionally planned trip to red-rock landscapes brought insight into the history of this desert country and the meaning of Hopi "Kachinas" by Fred Krähenbühl
Info March 16, 2012 SPEND THE EVENING IN THE COMPANY OF IRISH LITERATURE
On the eve of St Patrick’s Day we enjoy listening to a selection of stories by Irish authors whilst sipping Irish coffee
Info March 09, 2012 SONGS BRING BACK MEMORIES
Brian Poysden will play some songs and tell stories about well-known even and personal anecdotes to add flavour to the tunes. They may jog your memory too!
  Feb 24, 2012 / March 2, 2012 Sports Holiday
  February 17, 2012 AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Do you know more English proverbs? Laugh, learn and refresh a few while playing cards with Alice Bänteli
  February 10, 2012 AMERICAN AIRLINES
Philip Read gives us an overview of his daily life as Station Manager in Budapest
Info February 3, 2012 MySwissChocolate: Custom Chocolate Emotionalized through Social Media
Christian Philippi presents his local company which sells an emotional product via the internet
  January 27, 2012 GREENLAND – A MELTING BEAUTY
Gabrielle Gisel and Joachim Schug invite you to follow in their footsteps
  January 20, 2012 A CULINARY TOUR OF THE WORLD We discuss the influence of globalization in our eating habits and enjoy a selectio of samples from all continents prepared by Club members
  January 13, 201 Risk Management in our Society
Hansueli Glauser
Info December 16, 2011
Pfäffikon / ZH
CHRISTMAS DINNER at the Lindenbaum, Wallikerstr. 44, Pfäffikon ZH, meeting at 7 p.m.
A list with menus will be circulated after the autumn holidays
No parking at Lindenbaum: There are enough
  December 9, 2011 MY HIGH SCHOOL YEAR
Fabian Dietler talks about his experiences during his exchange year in the southern part of the USA (N.C.)
Info December 2, 2011 SAILING THE ATLANTIC
Ursula Conrad sailed on board the “Royal Clipper” – the largest five masted tall ship
Info November 25, 2011 FROM PALM SPRINGS TO THE GRAND CANYON
Ideas for your next trip to the States by Chris Lüscher
  November 18, 2011 OLD ENGLISH AND NEW AMERICAN CONTRA AND COUNTRY DANCES
Thomas Karcher ”calls” or teaches us some new steps
  November 11, 2011 “ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL”
Frank Fehr gives us an insight into the history and background of the musketeers
Info November 4, 2011 MADAGASCAR’S LEMURS – IT’S ALL RELATIVE
Karin and Robin Hepworth’s unforgettable holiday
Info October 28, 2011 FAIR TRADE - A BUSINESS MODEL WITH POTENTIAL
explained by Regula Weber, Head Public Relations of the Max Havelaar Foundation
Info October 7, 2011 JAPAN - CHALLENGES AND CHANCES
Dr. Hermann Escher, a former senior diplomat and director of the Swiss Business Hub in Tokyo, talks about Japan yesterday, today and tomorrow
  September 30, 2011 STAYING YOUNG AND HEALTHY WITH THE FIVE ELEMENTS
Claudia Zwicky, a nutritionist, explains the role of the five elements in our daily eating habits
Info September 23, 2011 Zürich CHEESE TASTING IN THE MARKTHALLE, VIADUKT
Mike Fontana-Jones of the British Cheese Centre proves that Britain has more to offer than Cheddar, at the Viadukt, Limmatstr. 231, Zürich, starting at 7 pm
  September 16, 2011 IRISH CULTURE AND  LANGUAGE
Holly Evans & Franziska Tobler will talk to us about Irish culture and how Irish (Gaelic) and English meshed
  September 9, 2011 Information about the future of the club
Afterwards live music.
Info September 2, 2011 HOW TO MAKE A PHOTOBOOK
Urs Bollinger shows how to create a photobook by using his laptop and the Migros Software (CEWE)
Info August 26, 2011 RIVENBELL: A MEETING PLACE FOR SONGS AND STORIES
Four musicians invite you to their favourite spot
  July 15, 2011
Russikon
BBQ
At Werner Wyss's home at Wilhof, Russikon, starting at 7 pm, any weather.
  July 8, 2011 WIZARD AND DOG
Verena Wüthrich gives an introduction to these intriguing games which we are going to play together
  July 1, 2011 SYMBOLISM IN CHINESE ART
Egle Kobler introduces us to this fascinating aspect of Asian culture
Info June 24, 2011 TITBITS OF EMOTIONAL MOVIES
Frank Fehr leads us through film excerpts. Don't forget your handkerchief!
Info June 17, 2011
Pfäffikon
VISIT TO THE SUDWERK BREWERY IN PFÄFFIKON ZH
Guided tour of the brewery, Speckstr.3, by Gerald Farrell starting at 7.30 pm. You will even get to taste some American/British-style pale ale!
Info June 10, 2011 IMPRESSIONS OF LAOS, INDOCHINA
A personal insight of this beautiful, still dormant country by Suzanne Sharma
Info May 27, 2011 SwiZimAid
Having his roots in Zimbabwe and now living in Switzerland, Daniel Bates presents the SWItzerland-ZIMbabwe-AID project he is involved in
  Saturday afternoon
May 21, 2011, Grüningen
TOUR OF THE BOTANICAL GARDENS IN GRÜNINGEN
in English with Martin Salm, meeting at the entrance gate at 2.30 pm Members free.
  May 20, 2011 PROUD TO BE
Jesca Li Baumann designs her own fashion collections
Info May 13, 2011 TULIPS FROM AMSTERDAM
Marie Friedli and Sue Kliebenschädel take us on a trip to Amsterdam and the world-famous tulip fields
  April 15, 2011 GEORGIA O'KEEFFE
A painter, model and lover in a long self determined life. A talk by Werner.
Info April 8, 2011 CREATING POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE MIND MAPS FOR PLANNING & ORGANISING EVENTS
with Herbert Weber, mind map and brainstorming expert
Info April 1, 2011 NORTHWARD BOUND
A trip through Sweden, Finland and Norway looking for the midnight sun by Alice Bänteli
Info March 25, 2011 BILINGUAL FOREST PLAYGROUP
How young children explore nature together with Anouk Kummer-Wehli
March 18, 2011 LIVING AND WORKING IN SINGAPORE
Info March 11, 2011 GLOBAL WEATHER FORECASTS FOR SHIPPING
Michael Hansson talks about his work as a maritime forecaster at SMHI Norrköping,Sweden
  February 18, 2011 AFTER-EIGHT-TEA
Wintertime is Teatime: Bring your favourite teacup to fill and enjoy a typical English afternoon tea offered by Verena, Louise & Erika
  February 11, 2011
Zurich
VISIT TO THE EXHIBITION "SOIE PIRATE" AT THE LANDESMUSEUM
A guided tour in English of the exhibits from the silk company Abraham starting at 7 pm, we are meeting at the museum.
  February 4, 2011 UP, UP AND AWAY
Thedi Bolli talks about his ballooning experiences worldwide
  January 28, 2011 Internet: Boon and Bane
Discussion Evening led by Martin Stöckli
Info January 21, 2011 ENGLISH ONLY PLEASE!
Esther Meierhofer's experiences at a language school 50+
  January 14, 2011 BACK TO THE ROOTS
Yanti Mazlan (CH/Malaysia) finds her father
Info December 17, 2010
Illnau
CHRISTMAS DINNER
at the Gasthof zum Löwen, Effretikonerstr. 64, Illnau
Featuring a review of the Highlanders' highlights of 2010 by Martin Stöckli.
Info December 10, 2010 ISTRIA THROUGH THE AGES
From the Romans to the Croatians in pictures by Sue Kliebenschädel
Info December 3, 2010 THE COLOURS OF THE SKY
Rainbows, Fata Morganas, Northern Lights etc. explained by Joachim Schug
  November 26, 2010 ADVENT
Stories read by Alice Bänteli and musical intermissions by Peter Emch to get us into the festive mood
Info November 19, 2010 FASCINATING WORLD OF BATS
What bats are really like" by Gaby Stählin
Info November 12, 2010 CLARO FAIR TRADE
Visit to the shop in Pfäffikon, Seestr. 39, meeting at 7.45 pm Beata Däster tells us about the idea behind Claro
  November 5, 2010 SOMETHING QUITE SPECIAL
Experiences of Agnes Hollenweger with natural bee soap
Info October 29, 2010 MAGICAL MARRAKECH
Impressions of a short trip to Morocco's "Red City" by Jeannette Weber and Verena Brunner
  October 8, 2010 MOBILITY PAST AND PRESENT
The development of transport in Zürich by Martin Stöckli
  October 1, 2010 WITH BICYCLE AND BINOCULARS AROUND THE GREIFENSEE
Alice Johnson, biologist, tells us about her experiences as a Greifensee Ranger
Info September 24, 2010 THE QUEEN OF SABA - ARCHAEOLOGY AND MYTH
Findings and experiences of Dr. Ueli Brunner from his several journeys in traditional Yemen
  September 17, 2010 DANCE FOR FUN
Thomas Karcher teaches us folk dances from all over the world. You don't need to be a good dancer: curiosity and humour are more important. Bring comfortable shoes!
  September 10, 2010 THE AGRICULTURAL SUCCESS STORY OF BRAZIL
It all started with sugar cane and cachaça; Steffen Weisbrod tells us about his fascination for Brazil and its national drink
  September 3, 2010 BACKPACKING IN ARGENTINA
Käthi Bänteli tells us about travelling on her own through a country of amazing diversity. There's more to the country than tango and beef!
  August 27, 2010 MY LIFE IN AN EVENING
Bernd Grewe, watchmaker and inventor of waterproof testers, talks about his challenging life
  July 16, 2010 BARBECUE IN THE GARDEN
at Werner Wyss's home at Wilhof, Russikon, starting at 7 pm
Info July 9, 2010 FROM BERTSCHIKON TO BEIJING BY BICYCLE
by Brigitte and Cédric Koller
  July 2, 2010 WELLBEING
Rosmarie Lotmar introduces two techniques for activating the powers of self-healing: HSIN TAO, the healing body movements and BEMER TECHNIQUE, the healing movements of the cells
  June 25, 2010 STROLL AROUND THE OLD TOWN OF WINTERTHUR
with our guide Susan Meili, starting at 7 pm, meeting outside the tourism office in the main railway station Members free, guests Fr. 10.-
  June 18, 2010 THE GAMBIA - THE SMILING COAST OF AFRICA
Famara Sanneh tells us some interesting facts about his native country
Info June 11, 2010 HOUSE SWAPPING PART TWO
by Birgit Muller and René Cermak, back from another two home exchanges in Florida
Info June 4, 2010 JET AVIATION
Maintenance and Aviation Services - A successful business concept by Peter Brändle, Deputy General Manager
Info May 28, 2010 WOMEN'S WRITING IN SOUTH AFRICA TODAY
Selected highlights presented by Ursula Matter
Info May 21, 2010 GALAPAGOS - EVOLUTION'S SHOWCASE
Maurice Andréby
  April 23, 2010 Book Swapping Evening
  April 16, 2010 ENERGY PROSPECTIVES
An outlook to the year 2050 by Ulrich Gysel, professor em. ZHaW
Info April 9, 2010
Oetwil a/S
HELEN DAHM, A SWISS EXPRESSIONIST PAINTER
Hans Rudolf Bosshard and Christian Tischhauser give us an introduction to her life on the basis of some of her works at the Helen Dahm Museum, Chilenrain 10, Oetwil am See, 8pm
  March 26, 2010 EYE TO EYE WITH THE WORLD'S LARGEST BIRDS OF PREY
by Andreas Scheidegger
Info March 20, 2010
Wetzikon
SATURDAY AFTERNOON EVENT
Afternoon tea with Annemarie Baldinger at her Bed & Breakfast, Kratzstr. 17 in Wetzikon at 2 pm
  March 19, 2010 MY LIFE IN AN EVENING
Tobias Loosli, magician,puppeteer, cabinetmaker...
  March 12, 2010 THE FASCINATION OF COLLECTING MINERALS
An insider report by Olivier Roth, President of the Studienkreis Zürcher Mineraliensammler
Info February 19, 2010 160 KM ALONG THE ARCTIC CIRCLE TRAIL OF GREENLAND
Adventures told by Stefan Krähenbühl
  February 12, 2010 VICTORIAN MUSIC HALL
Entertainment of the era of the heady days of the British Empire by John Gysin
  February 5, 2010 THE NORTHWEST COASTAL REGION OF IRELAND
Its beautiful landscapes with some history thrown in by Gerald Prater
Info January 29, 2010 TITBITS OF ENGLISH LITERATURE
Members of the English Book Club Wetzikon and the Highlanders' Linguist Club present their favourite books
Info January 22, 2010
MusikContainer Uster
100 YEARS BENNY GOODMAN
The Highlanders' Linguist Club together with SwissJazzOrama invite you to the exhibition and movie clips at Musikcontainer, Asylstrasse 10, Uster at 7.30 pm.  Members free, guests CHF 10.-(aperitif included)
  January 15, 2010 HOW SAFE IS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL?
by Nicky Scherrer, ATC Expert for Investigation of Occurrences
Info January 8, 2010 VANCOUVER ISLAND
The ideal holiday destination for great outdoor activities, spectacular scenery and welcoming people, by Verena Wüthrich
Info December 18, 2009
Freudwil
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT RESTAURANT BLUME, FREUDWIL
for apéro at 7 pm www.blumefreudwil.ch
  December 11, 2009 CHATTING EVENING
No fixed programme
Info December 04, 2009 FRANK HURLEY - PHOTOGRAPHER, FILM MAKER AND ADVENTURE
his life and photographic work by Roland Glaser
Info  November 27, 2009 HIKING IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, USA
A photo stroll through wondrous woods, along silent lakes & young rivers at a very high altitude by Fred Krähenbühl
  November 20, 2009
Pfäffikon
VISIT TO THE PUBLIC LIBRARY IN PFÄFFIKON ZH From the old reading societies to a modern local library" by Jeannette Weber, starting at 8 pm; address: Im Platz 1 8330 Pfäffikon/ZH www.bibli-pfaeffikon.ch
  November 13, 2009 SECRET LONDON
Brian Poysden tells the stories behind some well-known and lesser-known sites of London
Info November 06, 2009 WATER SHORTAGE - GLOBAL AND LOCAL
A scientific approach to a severe problem of mankind. A talk by Prof Dr.Rik Eggen, EAWAG/ETH
  October 23, 2009 WHICHEVER WAY WE FALL
The Isle of Man Story told by Mike Moore
  October 2, 2009 FROM HISTORY GARDENS TO MODERN GARDENING & LANDSCAPING
Roger Hoffmann walks with us through centuries of gardens
  September 25, 2009 A SCENIC TRIP THROUGH THE LAKE DISTRICT
Marie Friedli gives us impressions of her recent holiday in England
Info September 18, 2009
Bubikon
THE HISTORY OF BEER & BREWING
A guided tour in English by Marco Zanoli through the exhibition in the Ritterhaus, Bubikon
  September 11, 2009 EL NIÑO: When atmosphere and ocean play a global game
Joachim Schug of Meteomedia explains this phenomenon
  September 4, 2009 BEAUTIFUL FLORA AND STRANGE FAUNA OF AUSTRALIA 
A multimedia show with wonderful pictures by Erika & Urs Bollinger
Info August 28, 2009 ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SKYLORE
More intensely than any other ancient culture, the Egyptians based their religious rites on the rhythms of the stars. A presentation by Kurt Locher.
Info August 21, 2009 BERLIN - CENTRE OF EUROPE
A very personal view by Werner Wyss
  July 10, 2009
Russikon
BARBECUE IN THE GARDEN
(any weather) at Werner Wyss's home at Wilhof, Russikon, starting at 7 pm
  June 5, 2009 MAPPING TIME AND SPACE
Development, forms and functions of medieval maps by Bettina Schöller
Info May 29, 2009
Pfäffikon/ZH
FROM WIRES AND TYRES TO EXCELLENCY IN CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS
A visit to the anniversary exhibition in the Heimatmuseum, Pfäffikon ZH Entrance fee CHF 5.--. Our guide is Dr. Bernd Niedermann.
  May 15, 2009 AN AFRICAN EXPERIENCE
Hans Schümperlin talks about different jobs in aviation throughout Africa
Info May 8, 2009 FASCINATING YEMEN
A Treasury of Cultural and Architectural Highlights in an Oriental Atmosphere shared with us by Christa Morf
  April 03, 2009 PORTO AND ITS FAMOUS PORT WINES
Gabrielle Gisel and JoachimA Schug tell us of their visit to this UNESCO world heritage town. Afterwards wine tasting!
  March 27, 2009 JOHN STEINBECK - A California Dream
An appreciation by Brian Poysden
Info March 20, 2009 BETTER COTTON
"An unusual partnership to reduce the severe impacts of cotton production on people and the environment"; by Anna Bexell, IKEA, and Dr. Walter Wagner, WWF Switzerland
Info and Flyer March 13, 2009
Schulhaus Pünt
IRISH EVENING
with music, whiskey and more... Starting at 8 pm in the Singsaal, Schulhaus Pünt, Uster. Sorry we don't speak Irish Gaelic ; this is an English-speaking evening
  March 6, 2009 YOUNG MUSLIM MEN IN SWITZERLAND
"A struggle for belonging and acceptance"; by Monika Müller
Info February 13, 2009 THE BERLIN AIRLIFT - 60 years on
A Western victory in the Cold War remembered by John Gysin
Info February 6, 2009 A WELSHMAN'S IMPRESSION OF SWEDEN
A personal view by Dewi Williams
  January 30, 2009 VANCOUVER THROUGH THE EYES OF A STUDENT
Andrea Kubli shares with us her experiences as an English student in Canada
  January 23, 2009
Pfäffikon/ZH
TEA CEREMONY
at the Noble Tea House in Pfäffikon ZH starting at 8 pm. Non-members CHF10.-.
  January 16, 2009 SPACE ENGINEERING - A CHALLENGING JOB
The daily challenges and the applications of the products by Dr. Gerhard Székely
Info January 9, 2009 GREEN GENE TECHNOLOGY OR ECOLOGICAL FARMING?
A talk in favour of a pragmatic research by PD Dr. Christof Sautter ETHZ
Info December 19, 2008
Freudwil
Christmas Dinner
at Restaurant Blume, Freudwilerstr. 6, 8615 Freudwil
featuring a review of the Highlanders' highlights of 2008 by Martin Stöckli.
Meeting at 7 p.m., dinner at 7.30 p.m.
Info December 12, 2008 Quantum Physics for Pedestrians
by Prof. Dr. Markus Sigrist. Everybody will leave with a clear idea of what quantum physics is all about.
Info December 5, 2008 Swansea and the Gower Peninsula
A Welsh city with great industrial past and an "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" on its doorstep by Gerald Prater
Info November 28, 2008
Zürich
Visit to the Tram Museum in Zurich
Guided tour in English meeting at Forchstr. 260 (tram 11 to Burgwies) at 7 p.m.
Info November 21, 2008 Writers & their Homes Part II - Rudyard Kipling & Daphne du Maurier
Titbits from English literature chosen by Alice Bänteli & Sue Kliebenschädel
  November 14, 2008 Do More in the World Wide Web than Just Mailing and Googling
Roland Glaser introduces us to websites which are helpful in everyday life.
Info November 7, 2008 The Future as Seen in the Fifties
Vision vs. Reality shown by Fred Krähenbühl
Info October 31, 2008 30'000 km for a Didgeridoo
Western Australia in winter by Werner Wyss
Info October 24, 2008 Facebook and MySpace - Networking or Just Distraction?
by David Kilchör
  October 3, 2008 The Raiffeisen Success Story
by Christoph Frei, Bank Manager of Raiffeisen Zürcher Oberland
Info September 26, 2008 How the Body Shapes Intelligence
Matej Hoffmann talks about the robot projects at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of Zurich University
Info September 19, 2008 Peru - a Country of Contrasts - a Journey
by Suzanne Sharma
Info September 13, 2008
Gais, Meteomedia
Saturday afternoon event
Joachim Schug shows us the weather office and the TV studio at Meteomedia in Gais
  September 12, 2008 English Writers and Their Homes
Titbits from English literature by Alice Bänteli & Sue Kliebenschädel
Info September 5, 2008
Neuthal
Visit to a Museum Spinning Mill in Neuthal
A guided tour in English by René Rebsamen, meeting at the car park, Neuthal railway station Members Fr. 5.- ; Guests Fr. 10.-
  August 29, 2008 Ice Age or Tropical Temperatures?
Latest findings about climate change by Joachim Schug of Meteomedia
  August 22, 2008 An Evening about Dogs
Steve Grütter's experiences of working with dogs
  July 11, 2008
Russikon
Barbecue in the Garden
at Werner Wyss' home, starting at 7 pm; Bring your own food! We provide the drinks, the fire and the garden. We also provide shelter in bad weather.
  July 4, 2008 Salsa: the Sound of Latin America
The history of salsa by Jean-Pierre Aebli
Info June 27, 2008 Trip through the Colonial Heartland of Mexico & Baja California
Jutta Studer takes us on a journey to deserts, snow-capped volcanoes, bustling cities, sleepy villages and Mayan and Aztecan ruins
Info June 20, 2008 A Musical Odyssey from Croydon (GB) to Girenbad (CH)
by David Christie
Info June 13, 2008 Acculturation or Culture Shock? A Swiss Family in California
by Barbara Freigang
Info June 6, 2008
Pfäffikon
Top-Fit Fitness Club in Pfäffikon ZH
A tour through the fitness club with Franz Steiner followed by an aperitif starting at 8 pm at Steinwiesstr. 44
Info May 30, 2008 Out of the Life of Harry Hofmann
Harry Hofmann picks out some episodes of his life as a seafarer and navigator around the world
Info May 23, 2008 Fundraising: A Question of Relationship
by Sibylle Grosjean
Info May 16, 2008
Schulhaus Pünt
Highlanders' Scottish Evening
with bagpipes, dancing and food in Singsaal, Schulhaus Pünt, Wilstr. 30, Uster. Members of the Zurich Scottish Country Dancing Club will teach us some dances: please bring comfortable, soft-soled shoes!
  May 9, 2008 Discussion Evening
Reading habits: internet, newspapers, books and other literature; led by Verena and Werner
Info April 18, 2008 CELTIC AND EARLY SAXON CHRISTIANITY IN ENGLAND
by Gerald Prater
Info April 11, 2008 NEWS FROM LADAKH - FACES & TALES
Brigitta Marti and Klaus Antons relate their latest adventures in this "Little Tibet" in the Himalayas
Info April 4, 2008 WORKING AS AN ARTIST AND ART THERAPIST
Claudine Tschalär shows how she combines her art with her work
Info March 28, 2008 PANAMERICANA- PROPS AND JETS
Old planes, people and landscapes along the Panamericana; by Nicky Scherrer
Info March 14, 2008
Zürich
VISIT TO SIHLCITY
Part l: Guided tour of Sihlcity, meeting at 18 - 18.15 in Kalanderplatz by the "Kamin"
Part II: Starbucks Coffee: The success of an American firm with an Italian idea, starting at 19.30 in Starbucks at Sihlcity
Info March 7, 2008 MINERGIE: HIGHER QUALITY OF LIFE - LOWER ENERGY CONSUMPTION
A presentation by Werner Hässig
Info February 15, 2008 ALL ABOUT TESLA
A documentary about the inventor of A.C.
Info February 8, 2008 AROUND THE WORLD IN MORE THAN 80 DAYS!
Thomas Gurtner describes with pictures his highlights around the globe
Info February 1, 2008
Oberkemptthal
VISIT TO AN ARTIST'S STUDIO
Meet Giovanni Huber in his studio at Spinnereiweg 6, Oberkemptthal at 8 pm with aperitif
Info January 25, 2008 WHAT ABOUT THE LEGEND OF THE GOOD OLD TIMES?
Living, working, loving .....
A discussion evening led by Martin Stöckli
Info January 18, 2008 WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE...
Canada's most important element by Sue Kliebenschädel
  January 11, 2008 SECOND LIFE - VIRTUAL INSANITY?
David Kilchör gives us an insight into this internet world
  December 21, 2007 CHRISTMAS DINNER
at Ochsen, Uster http://www.ochsen-uster.ch/ From 7 p.m. apero at the bar
  December 14, 2007 THE WHISPERING OF HYDROCARBONS
finding oil and gas by listening to and analysing signals using geophysical and statistical methods, by Patrik Eschle
  December 7, 2007 BOOK SWAPPING
Wrap up one of your English novels and try your luck by exchanging it for another one
  November 30, 2007 NEW MEXICO - Land of Enchantment
A pictorial glimpse into the history and the present, driving through this truly magical US State by Fred Krähenbühl
  November 23, 2007 HIGHLANDERS' TRIP TO SCOTLAND
6/10/2007 -14/10/2007
  November 16, 2007 VISIT TO THE LUTZ & THALMANN ART GALLERY
where Gabriele Lutz will give us an introduction to the gallery and Oliver Krähenbühl's work. Members free, guests Fr. 10.-. Meeting at 7.45 pm at the gallery, Wettingerwies 2b, 8001 Zürich. Apéritif at the gallery.
  November 9, 2007 Severe Weather Warning in Switzerland
A talk by Joachim Schug, meteorologist at Meteomedia, Gais
  October 26, 2007 HOUSE SWAPPING
By René Cermak and Birgit Müller, for a short time proud owners of a Miami home. Find out how to be as successful as they were!
  October  5, 2007 UFOs OVER THE TÖSS VALLEY - the tip of the iceberg
Christian Frehner talks about his own experiences, the Billy Meier Case and FIGU HG
  September 28, 2007 IN DEVIL'S KITCHEN
Peter Diethelm's adventures with volcanoes
  September 21, 2007
Meilen
BEAUTY AND WELLNESS WITH SHAN SHUI
Dr. med. Shabbir Hassam shows us his institute and what you can achieve for your wellbeing.
Meeting at 8 p.m. at Seestr. 1037, Meilen (fit.zone building, 4th floor) Afterwards chill out with soft drinks
  September 14, 2007 MY LIFE IN AN EVENING
"GB + CH = 35 + 36"; by Brian Poysden HG
  September 7, 2007
Dübendorf
TOWER AND RADAR SIMULATORS
Visit to the modern training center of Skyguide, meeting at 7.15 pm at the entrance to the Flugsicherungszentrum in Wangen near Dübendorf.
  August 31, 2007 SWEET MEMORIES
Bring your treasured object and tell its story Moderated by Marianne Thalmann
  August 24, 2007 NIKOLA WHO?
Nikola Tesla, the greatest unknown inventor of the 19th & 20th centuries.
How come a genius like Tesla is mostly unknown despite the fact that he invented things like alternating current and wireless transmission, thus profoundly influencing our way of life? Discover some amazing facts with Fred Krähenbühl
  July, 13, 2007 25th Anniversary
HIGHLANDERS' POTLUCK ANNIVERSARY PARTY

for former guest speakers, members and former members. Food, drink and entertainment at the Werkheim (main building)
  July 6, 2007
Maur
SHIP AHOY : SAILING WITH CHARLES AND HIS SKIPPERS
Meeting at 7 pm at Schifflände, Maur.
  June 29, 2007 YOUR HANDS CAN HEAL YOU
The Ancient Art of Pranic Healing by Daniel Mir and Daniel Denzler
  June 22, 2007 HIGHLIGHTS OF JORDAN - legends, history and hospitality
Impressions by Gabi Gisel and Joachim Schug
  June 15, 2007
Wermatswil
WHAT IS VAULTING ALL ABOUT?
A demonstration commentated by Shabir Dar at the Fohlenhof, Wermatswil (grosse Reithalle). Afterwards in Landgasthof Puurehuus
  June 8, 2007 19TH CENTURY INVENTIONS - BIG AND SMALL
Miriam Keller has looked into the origins of everyday appliances
  June 1, 2007 AN ATTEMPT TO TRANSFER AN ENGLISH GARDEN TO SWITZERLAND
Roger Hoffmann shows us round the garden of the Altersheim Am Wildbach, Spitalstr. 22 in Wetzikon
  May 25, 2007 AUSTRALIA - THE TURNING POINT IN MY LIFE
Impressions and findings by Andy Berger
  May 11, 2007 WORLDS CLASHING - CULTURAL STRUGGLES AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES IN TODAY'S PERU
by Michael Bühler
  April 20, 2007 FAIRY TALES AND FABLES
How they influence our daily English language by Sonia Benke
  April 13, 2007 PILATES- A PHYSICAL FITNESS METHOD
A basic introduction to the principles of Pilates by April Jones
  March 30, 2007 INVITATIONS
Ideas for celebrating special occasions: food, activities, presents. Let's hear and see your contribution
  March 23 2007 Chatting and crossword puzzles
with Alice Bänteli and Sue Kliebenschädel
  March 16, 2007 BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE "SCHIFFBAU" THEATRE
Schiffbaustr. 4 in Zurich. Our guide is Rudi Rath.
  March 9, 2007 LOBSTERS, SAND DOLLARS AND WHALES
From Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island (PEI); Holiday impressions by Verena Wüthrich
  February 16, 2007 OVERWINTERING IN ANTARCTICA
Joachim Schug, meteorologist at Meteomedia in Gais, tells us about the frozen continent and his life overwintering at a scientific station in 1984
  February 9, 2007 PASSAGE THROUGH SOUTH INDIA
Backpacking experiences by Katalin Barko and Jutta Studer
  February 2, 2007
Pfäffikon/ZH
TOUR OF THE EVA WIPF MUSEUM IN PFÄFFIKON (ZH)
Introduction to the life and work of Eva Wipf, painter (1929 - 1978) by Regula Würgler/Ursula Matter; old Gerichtsgebäude, Hochstr. 4, Pfäffikon/ZH
  January 26, 2007 SCENTS AROUND THE WORLD
An olfactory and visual experience with Roman Kaiser, hunting new perfumes for Givaudan
  January 19, 2007 JULLEY - PEN - ONE PHOTO
Experiences with young monks and other children in Ladakh by Brigitta Marti and Klaus Antons
  January 12, 2007 HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A TEAM
by Maik Kiss, Event Manager UEFA