The portal for a lively Walchwil
Das Portal für ein lebendiges Walchwil

Despite beautiful weather, the event at the Oeltrotten schoolhouse was not a success with the public. Especially the young people were missing. Is it because of the concept that they stayed away? New ideas are needed! (More on the right in the photo gallery of the 2022 Federal Celebration).

 

Walchwil is getting a Coop – the Spar branch will disappear from the village centre.

The retailer will open a sales outlet in Walchwil from the end of February 2023, where the Spar is located, which will close at the end of November 2022. The post office agency will be integrated into the Coop after the conversion of the sales areas. However, the local council has not found a solution for the duration of the conversion work. Therefore, until the new Coop opens, the post office in Goldau is responsible.

At Mundschöpfiweg 2 in Walchwil there is a small free library for self-service.

The concept is very simple: "Take a book – Bring a book", whereby the latter is voluntary. You can also simply take a book (or several) with you if you don't have one to give away. Registration is not necessary.

Books for all ages and in all languages are welcome. Those with offensive or illegal content will be disposed of.

Number of nations (incl. Swiss): 68
Population: 3897

Largest groups of foreigners in Walchwil
Germany: 336
Great Britain: 164
Italy: 62
Russia: 58
France: 57
Denmark: 50
Netherlands: 50
Sweden: 44
Belgium: 40
USA: 39

These nationalities live in Walchwil
Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Cabo Verde, China, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Austria, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Korea (South), Kosovo, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Sweden. Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, Syria, Thailand, Czech Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, Venezuela, USA, UK, Vietnam.

Sources
Data as of 31.12.2019. There are no more recent data on the foreign resident population in Switzerland. The data from the previous year are published on 1 September of the following year.
The data was collected by the Federal Statistical Office and the Statistical Office of the Canton of Zurich.

A car driver crashed into another vehicle. No one was injured in the accident. The driver was intoxicated and had to surrender his driving licence.

On Wednesday (27 July 2022), shortly before 2:30 pm, a collision between two cars occurred on Vorderbergstrasse. The 62-year-old man responsible for the accident was driving towards the lake when his car collided with a car driving uphill before the Hinterbergstrasse junction. No one was injured.

Both vehicles were damaged to the tune of several thousand Swiss francs. As the police noticed alcohol symptoms in the driver who caused the accident, a breath test was carried out on him. The result was positive with a value of 0.88 mg/L. The driver's licence was revoked. The 62-year-old's driver's licence was taken away for the attention of the administrative authorities.

Source: Zug Police

A paraglider pilot had an accident during a landing manoeuvre.

The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon (16 July 2022), shortly before 3:45 pm, in the "Hintermatt" area in the municipality of Walchwil. A 46-year-old paraglider pilot had an accident while landing. He suffered serious injuries on impact with the ground.

After initial medical treatment by the Zug rescue service, the accident victim was flown to hospital by Rega.

Source: Zug police

Once again, the up-and-coming band SafeRoom6 from Walchwil thrilled the numerous visitors. With their own songs as well as rocking cover classics, the performance was a great success.

 

A choir can be home. The church choir delighted the numerous visitors on the village square with its performances. In addition to the commissioned work "teneo!", composed and texted by David Lang especially for the 130th anniversary of the Walchwil church choir, humorous and contemplative songs were also heard.

It's barbecue time again. The seniors' barbecue at the parish centre was a great success. Delicious barbecues and an excellent dessert created a good atmosphere among the 60 seniors. Even the short rain could not dampen the mood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 37th Walchwil Grümpelturnier was, as usual, a wonderfully colourful and charming football festival. The teams competed for glory in glorious sunshine. (More pictures on the picture gallery)

 

We are a Walchwil-based association/aid organisation that helps the poorest, namely children in Tanzania. We support 11 orphanages/children's homes and schools with over 900 children.

Selin Birrer is a prospective midwife and did her internship in a hospital in Tanzania for three months. She is a member of our association "Tanzania smiles" and tells us about her experiences and impressions.

Life and death in front of her eyes as a midwife

Life and death. They are close to each other in the infant ward of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Tanzania. Some 6300 kilometres as the crow flies from home. "My accommodation is on a small farm, 400 metres from the Ndoro waterfalls," says Selin Birrer. Next to the neighbour's flock of chickens and the children on the nearby football field, the lifeline that makes avocado crops, banana trees and coffee bushes blossom sets the tone. This in a country where more than half of the population lacks the most basic necessities and therefore the very start of life can be the end.

The 23-year-old prospective midwife could guess what she was getting into when she and her fellow student Rahel Schmid applied for a three-month internship at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre as part of their training. They had read several testimonials from previous students describing the conditions in the African centre hospital. "And yet we literally came into the world in the maternity ward," says Selin Birrer. A mouse in the birthing room, a bird that flew into the maternity ward through non-existent glass windows or hundreds of bees buzzing around the hospital corridors during the night shift - the two Swiss women had to get used to that. Just like taking care of a woman with an incipient urge to press in the light of a torch because the power had failed again. Faith plays an important role in everyday hospital life. "Whether after a report, before an operation or during a break. There is a lot of praying, asking for strength and help from God."

When technology plays a role in deciding who is or is not there

Selin Birrer describes the conditions in the hospital as "lacking in all areas". Instead of a room with 15 beds, many of the new mothers find themselves in the corridor. Bed to bed. One beaming with joy with a healthy baby in her arms, the other right next door inconsolable over the loss of her newborn. Where life should be pulsating, death is omnipresent. In Switzerland, 4 out of 1000 children die by the age of five. In Tanzania it is 50 children. Bare figures that literally took on faces for Selin Birrer in neonatology. In this special ward, babies born prematurely or with malformations such as cleft lips, heart defects or open backs are treated. In the last few months, every third child admitted here died. This is all the sadder because most of them could have been helped with the cutting-edge technology available in Europe. But even what is available is sometimes not used because the staff lack the necessary expertise.

With nappy or naked in bed - a question of money

In Tanzania, very few families have health insurance - the necessary finances are lacking. "Sometimes there is not enough money for a nappy. Then the baby is put in the cot naked," says Selin Birrer. Money plays a role in everyday hospital life right up to the end. A mother is only allowed to leave the hospital when all the bills have been paid. "It's nonsensical, because every additional day costs money and brings the family concerned to the brink of extinction," says the trainee midwife and adds: "You wanted to know what makes the daily routine in a maternity ward in Tanzania different from that in Switzerland? To cut a long story short: Apart from the actual birth process, pretty much everything."

Small gestures and a great feeling of happiness

The unsuccessful resuscitation of a baby? "Unfortunately experienced several times," says Selin Birrer and adds after a long pause: "I have never been so close to death in my entire life." She makes no secret of the fact that this gives her trouble. But she has never regretted her internship abroad. If only because she was able to give a mother a knitted cap or bodysuit, for example, or put a music box in the bed of a sick newborn. Donations she had collected in Switzerland were gratefully accepted at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center. "But the greatest feeling of happiness for me is every healthy baby that I was able to help into the world," says Selin Birrer. One of the babies she has taken to her heart is little Timael. At the mother's request, she and her colleague Rahel Schmid were allowed to name the "strapping little fellow" themselves.

I would be happy to provide you, dear readers, with detailed information about our relief organisation/association. Please contact me or simply call me: u.flury@tansania-laechelt.ch or 079 663 38 04. On our website you will find more detailed information about our activities, our philosophy and our organisation.

Urs Flury, President Tanzania smiles

 

Our donation account is:
Tansania lächelt, Hinterbergstrasse 16, 6318 Walchwil
Zuger Kantonalbank, 6301 Zug
IBAN: CH27 0078 7785 4503 4508 6

Walchwil is one of the top 10 municipalities in Central Switzerland for naturalisations

In the last ten years, a total of 189 people have been naturalised in Walchwil. Compared to the rest of Central Switzerland, this is a high number in relation to the size of the population.

People from the following regions were naturalised:
European non-EU countries 110, EU countries 47, South and Central America, Caribbean 9, Africa 8, EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein & Norway) 6, North America 5, Oceania 4.

Source: FSO

Walchwil presents massively better figures than expected in 2021.

The income surplus in the past year is around 6.5 million francs. The budget envisaged a plus of 1.8 million francs.

The 2021 income statement of the municipality of Walchwil shows an income surplus of 6.5 million francs with income of around 29 million francs and expenses of around 22.5 million francs. The budget called for an income surplus of around CHF 1.8 million.

The net assets in 2021 are around 13.2 million Swiss francs, which results in a per capita wealth of almost 3400 Swiss francs. The number of inhabitants has risen from 3824 to 3897.

The Walchwil-based company "The Digital Natives" specialises in visual communication in the areas of branding, website design and development and digital marketing.

Founded in March, the company is the digital partner of companies and administrations throughout Switzerland. Companies and administrations in Walchwil benefit from special offers. For enquiries and website analyses, please contact the management directly – Yannis Huber is your contact person.

You can find out more about the company at www.thedigitalnatives.ch

From mid-June, we will supply you with fresh eggs from happy hens every week.

Every Wednesday morning, we will deliver your desired number of eggs from the Hühnermobil directly to your letterbox (free delivery in the municipality of Walchwil), You can easily subscribe and unsubscribe via the contact form. Interrupting the subscription during the holidays is also no problem. Simply send a short message (at least 2 days in advance).  Empty egg cartons deposited in the letterbox will be reused.

Three times a year you will receive a collective invoice for your payments.

If you don't want to commit to a subscription (yet), there is also the possibility to get the eggs directly in our little egg hut in Hinterbalis.

Prices:
4 organic eggs box CHF 3.50
6 organic eggs box CHF 4.80
10 organic eggs box CHF 7.90
It doesn't get any fresher or better than this!

Organic Natura Beef

Quality meat - from natural feeding. Bio Natura-Beef is meat from 10-month-old calves from suckler cow husbandry. We market our meat regionally. This also means that our butchers Theiler in Allenwinden (sanktmeinradhof.ch) and Uelihof in Ebikon (uelihof.ch) are only a few kilometres away. This also keeps the transport distance for the animals as short as possible. After slaughter, the meat is stored on the bone for 10 days to mature. This makes the meat tender and juicy. Then it is portioned, vacuum-packed and labelled. It is ready packed and can be collected from our farm.

Buy mixing packs

We sell 10 kg mixing packages. One package contains:

– Filet oder Huft
– Entrecote
– Hohrücken
– Plätzli à la minute
– Saftplätzli
– Braten
– Ragout
– Geschnetzeltes
– Hackfleisch
– Siedfleisch

Price per kilogram CHF 32.–

Shelf life: 12 months frozen.

Familie Hürlimann-Gisler / Hinterbalis / 6318 Walchwil / Handy 079 733 15 69 / biohof-hinterbalis.ch/kontakt  / biohof-hinterbalis.ch

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Hypnotherapy & Coaching in Walchwil

Living happily is easier said than done. Now and then we all need a little support. With the help of effective hypnotherapy and resource-oriented coaching, I am here to support you to make thoughtful positive changes in your life, in my office in Walchwil or online.

Promoting health!

You don't have to get healthy to live the life of your dreams. You may start living the life of your dreams so that you can finally get healthy. With competently applied hypnotherapy and coaching!

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What should you bring along?
Motivation and the will to make a healthy change coupled with a positive attitude and curiosity.

What can you expect from me?
Empathy, attention, reliability, and methodical competence.

Time for what really matters! For you!

Tomorrow is soon, so let’s start today!

My office is located in the building of the Health Centre Walchwil, Dorfstrasse 4 (next to the Zuger Kantonalbank).

Barbara Bauer / Cert. Hypnotherapist & Coach / Phone +41 41 322 10 10 / bb@barbarabauer.ch / barbarabauer.ch/en / barbarabauer.ch/en/contact/

The website punkt-walchwil.ch, an initiative by the local newspaper designer Kurt Hildbrand, wants to inform people without commercial interests about the different aspects and characteristics of Walchwil’s village life: about everyday happenings, politics, economy, culture and sports. It wants to act as a digital link between long-established local groups and interests, but also help newcomers from Switzerland and abroad to settle in better in the community.

It wants to report, but also to entertain - as a varied and colorful kaleidoscope of Walchwil and its population. The website does not want to be a one-way street, but rather strives to be an interactive medium to whose content all Walchwil residents, regardless of their origin, political leaning or world view, are cordially invited to contribute. punkt-walchwil.ch wants to be on target.

We are a Walchwil-based association/aid organisation that helps the poorest, namely children in Tanzania. We support 11 orphanages/children's homes and schools with over 900 children. In the last weekly edition of RigiPost each month, we inform you about our activities in Tanzania.

Development aid in the past and today

When I was a child, 60 years ago, my siblings and I used to go to our village to collect money for the "poor little negroes". We did the same as the peddlers of that time, simply from door to door. We did this with the hope of receiving a few pennies. To support our cause, we had a little "Nickneger" with us, who thanked us with his head for every coin that was thrown in. We did this with full conviction that we were doing something good. And never did the thought occur to us that this was racist or undignified. We gave the few francs and centimes we had collected to the local priest, who then passed the money on to missionaries. We children, in our naive way, imagined that "these poor little negroes" would be a little better off thanks to our help. The idea prevailed that everyone there was suffering from hunger and that now, thanks to us, there was something to eat.

Before a hail of indignation breaks out, I would like to point out that in the above paragraph I have reproduced words that were commonplace at the time but are absolutely taboo today.

Development aid at that time was mostly driven by the various religious representatives. Certainly, there were often good intentions behind it. But one of the main reasons was that in Africa, too, they tried to turn the natives into Christians. The Catholic and Protestant churches were the main pioneers of "missionisation". But more and more, countless sectarian churches have also dedicated themselves to "missionisation". Schools and hospitals were built. These missionaries can probably claim that millions of people in Africa learned to read and write thanks to them at that time. Together with the many European emigrants, the colonies were "developed". Well, developed is a very one-sided view from today's perspective. For the most part, the indigenous people had practically no share in the emerging prosperity. Today, one can argue whether the development aid of that time made sense or not. But certainly there were missionaries and developers who had good intentions, so from today's perspective it is too easy to condemn this "missionary work" as a whole.

The majority of today's development aid shows a differentiated picture. Sustainability, long-term actions, help for self-help, motivation for own action, conceptual and planned activities, are buzzwords without which development aid can or should no longer be provided today. Today, countries and governments, among others, provide development aid by building entire railway lines or motorways in African countries. Unfortunately, this usually creates little added value for the locals. For example, 30,000 Chinese build a 300 km long motorway in 12 months. The resulting debt of the African countries cannot be repaid in foreign currency, but only in the form of rights for the extraction of mineral resources. In addition, trade agreements are concluded, whereby the foreign trade deficit is enormous for many African countries. With the missionaries, development aid was linked to the intention of Christianisation. Today, unfortunately, the intention of donor countries is sometimes to secure indigenous mineral resources for themselves.

Tanzania Smiles is a small relief organisation. We believe that positive change in African countries can only happen through education. That is why we focus mainly on education. In addition, we also focus on nutrition, hygiene, gender equality and emergency situations. For any financial support, we require a personal contribution. There must always be a concept that shows that our support will bring about positive and lasting change. In our organisation, everyone works for free and also pays for their own personal expenses. We guarantee that 100 centimes per franc of donations go to the children. And we undertake never to pay bribes.

Development aid today no longer consists of giving Africans something for which they have to nod their thanks. Rather, it consists of supporting them to shape their own lives and to have the courage to change. In this way, they should achieve a reasonable level of prosperity and security without losing their own culture. Tanzania Smiles would like to make a small contribution to Africans taking their happiness into their own hands at home and not flirting with fleeing to Europe because of their need.

I would be happy to provide you, dear readers, with detailed information about our relief organisation/association. Please contact me or simply call me: u.flury@tansania-laechelt.ch or 079 663 38 04. On our website you will find more detailed information about our activities, our philosophy and our organisation.

Urs Flury, President Tanzania smiles

 

Our donation account is:
Tansania lächelt, Hinterbergstrasse 16, 6318 Walchwil
Zuger Kantonalbank, 6301 Zug
IBAN: CH27 0078 7785 4503 4508 6

The Zug municipality of Walchwil, with its 3885 inhabitants, has been committed to various energy city areas for years. This commitment has now been awarded the Energy City label.

In order to communicate the commitment of the municipality of Walchwil in the energy sector to the outside world and to actively fulfil its role as a role model in this area, the municipality of Walchwil has decided to strive for the Energy City label in 2019. To obtain the Energy City label, a municipality needs at least 50% of the maximum achievable number of points. After an inventory in 2020, the municipality successfully carried out the official Energy City audit in 2021. In September, the Energy City Label Commission awarded the municipality of Walchwil the status of Energy City with a good 55% of the possible points.

A number of energy-related measures have already been implemented in Walchwil. For example, the municipality has been keeping energy accounts for all municipal buildings since 2012 and has carried out operational optimisations. The municipality of Walchwil supplies its buildings and facilities entirely with renewable electricity. In addition, it covers almost 90% of its own heat consumption with a local wood chip network.

In the area of mobility, the municipality has also achieved a great deal in recent years. For example, various neighbourhood streets have been calmed down (30 km/h speed limit) and a pedestrian zone has been set up in the village centre between the church and the community centre (20 km/h speed limit). The municipality is also strongly committed to the expansion of footpaths and cycle paths as well as the maintenance of public transport and has also been operating a local bus at its own expense since 2013. In 2021, the first charging station for electric vehicles was installed in Walchwil.

With regard to the implementation of energy measures in the coming years, the municipality of Walchwil has defined an energy policy programme for the next 4 years. In addition, it has set up an energy commission as of 1 January 2021. This commission advises and supports the municipal council on various energy-related issues. The energy commission has defined the direction of the energy policy of the municipality of Walchwil for the coming years in an energy mission statement. The municipality of Walchwil is guided by the goals of the 2000-watt society. The municipality is committed to expanding the use of renewable energies and thus to reducing CO2 emissions. In the coming years, the municipality will focus on the topics of quality of life, village design, municipal energy policy, renewable energies (including PV systems), energy efficiency, water, waste, mobility, consultation and communication.

At yesterday's community meeting, Walchwil was officially awarded the Energy City label by Urs Raschle, a member of Zug's city council and a member of the board of the Energy City Association.

Walchwil Municipal Council

Since this weekend we have a Swiss tennis champion among us.

Tim Sarkanj (10) won the Swiss Masters this weekend in his category as "Champion Swiss Tennis Junior". Congratulations to Tim! We are happy for him and proud to have him as a junior member in our club!

We wish him continued success!

At the Swiss Interclub Championships (SIM) in wheelchair tennis, the youngest participant, Angela Grosswiler from Walchwil, won her first major championship title.

The victory of the young Walchwiler alongside the reigning Swiss champion Raphael Gremion became a fact in the decisive doubles. And, as so often in tennis, it could have turned out differently: In the champions' tie-break – after being 7:9 down – they were able to turn the tables and finally win 12:10.

A speed limit of 30 km/h in town centres is no longer a rarity in Switzerland. Introducing it in Walchwil in the Engel/Sternen/Oberdorfstrasse/Aesch triangle should at least be worth a discussion.

According to surveys, safety is an important need for many residents of a locality. A speed limit of 30 km/h in town centres has been shown to increase the safety of all road users, be they children, senior citizens, pedestrians or cyclists. Thanks to lower speeds, communication among all road users improves, aggressive behaviour decreases and mutual consideration grows.

The number and severity of traffic accidents in neighbourhoods also decreases at a speed of 30 km/h. Based on extensive accident evaluations, it can be statistically determined that the consequences of injuries worsen disproportionately with increasing speed. At lower speeds, school routes become less dangerous and slower road users feel safer.

Under certain circumstances, a speed limit of 30 kph may even create space for playing and social activities. Drivers also lose little time, but have a better view of the traffic situation. Meanwhile, residents living in a 30 km/h zone enjoy more peace and quiet and a better quality of life.

The legal basis for 30 km/h, i.e. for a deviation from the general speed limit, is Art. 108 SSV (Signalling Ordinance) of 1979. Paragraph 1 of the article states that the speed limit may be restricted in particular to avoid or reduce particular hazards, to reduce excessive pollution and to improve traffic flow.

Sources: Verkehrs-Club der Schweiz (VCS), Advice centre for accident prevention (BFU)