Posted by: Idioma Extra | January 26, 2010

Tuesday’s News

Women’s Club will mark
70 years of service here


The Women’s Club of Costa Rica, one of the oldest, continuously-operating service organizations in the country, will celebrate its 70 years at a luncheon Feb. 10 at the Aurola Holiday Inn, A specially-produced documentary will chronicle seven decades of the club’s good times and good works, the organization said.

The club gave this summary of its history:

Through 19 administrations, from Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia to Óscar Arias Sánchez, the Women’s Club has grown and served.  What began as a small social club quickly turned to more serious projects with the advent of World War II, helping to establish first aid stations and air raid shelters.  The stories are legend as we view seven decades of dedication and contribution well in excess of a half million dollars to hospital equipment, nursing grants, rehabilitation centers, scholarships, library programs and much more. 

Two of the Women’s Club’s proudest achievements were in 1980, raising $50,000 to bring the first mammogram to the country, and in 2000, sponsoring production of an award-winning radio novela on the subject of domestic abuse which since has been aired in 25 countries.

The Women’s Club boasts a membership of 250 women, from 20-somethings to age 95. The English-speaking women hail from all corners of the globe: Central and South America, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.  The club is a virtual melting pot of nations, all drawn together by the motto of “Friendship Through Service.”   

Nor have men been forgotten.  The year 2009 saw initiation of an auxiliary group called Amigos Asociados to recognize and thank those men who provide substantial support year-round to the club’s fund-raising endeavors.  

The public and members are welcome to join in the celebratory luncheon to be held at 11 a.m.  Feb. 10, on the 17th floor in the Salón Augusto el Grande of the hotel which is at Calle 5 and Avenida 5, in San José.   Advance purchase of tickets, at ¢10,000 each, are required from 2268-3748 or 2249-2345.

Monthly meetings of the Women’s Club of Costa Rica, with guest speakers, are held the second Wednesday of each month.  Further information can be found at

Word of the Day

Main Entry: boast
Function: verb
Date: 14th century
intransitive verb
1 : to puff oneself up in speech : speak vaingloriously
2 archaic : glory, exult
transitive verb

1 : to speak of or assert with excessive pride
2 a : to possess and often call attention to (something that is a source of pride) <boasts a new stadium>
b : have, contain <a room boasting no more than a desk and a chair>
boast·er noun

More Vocabulary

Advent: n. a coming into being or use
Chronicle: v. to record in or in the form of a historical record; recount; relate
Endeavor: n. a conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt
Hail: v. to call out in order to greet, attract attention, etc.
Melting pot: n. a country, locality, or situation in which a blending of races, peoples, or cultures is taking place

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Check back tomorrow for phrasal verbs!

Meeting Phrases

Below are some phrases used in business meetings in English. To learn more phrases and expressions, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 400 Meetings and Business Communication Course!

Accepting a Compromise

That is perfectly acceptable.
I see no problem with that.
I have no objections.

Rejecting a Compromise

In that case, we cannot accept your proposal.
You put us in a difficult position.


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