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October 2015

September was an exciting first full month for our re.LAUNCHed club. We welcomed 20 new members, had 10 well-attended fun-filled events, and planned a full Fall schedule. Now, I really need your help!  Our Club has grown nicely and it now needs a strong team of volunteers to help execute all your great ideas and keep the Club sustainable. So please give a bit of your time, look at the list below and let me know how you would like to help.

In October, we get together for Oktoberfest, Paint & Wine, and Cocktails. One might think we like to drink, but these are all fun events even for non-drinkers like myself. With my Apfelschorle, I laugh just as loud as the next gal.  October is also Fall Break for our members with children, so we have scheduled activities in the first two weeks including a Fall excursion to the Pumpkin Patch and a walking tour of the Teufelsberg in Grunewald, the Allies Listening Station back in the Cold War, but that doesn't mean you can't organize spontaneous outings per the private AWC Members Only group on Facebook, or send me an email and I'll pass it on to the group.

If you are on Facebook and not yet part of the "AWC Members Only Private Group", please look for it and ask to join. It's an active forum where AWC members ask questions, share tips and happenings in Berlin. You can also spontaneously organize outings/get-togethers.

Interested in beading, knitting, scrap booking or cooking? please email me, we have members looking to start up groups.

If you would like a PDF of this newsletter, go to our website, on the homepage, to download it.

Hope to see you at one of our activities this month!

My-Linh Kunst
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
skype: mylinhkunst
phone: 0176 7069 7106
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Welcome to our New Members

Sally Alexandroff
Victoria Anafasiev
Lynne-Margaret Brown
Renee Burke
Celia Chen
Jenny Conkin
Crystal Cook
Michaela Flaherty
Victoria Gartman
Schweta Gupta
Anne Heinrichs
Isabelle Ivoire
Kelly Koertner
Chis Krüger
Vanessa Lorenz
Arne-Heike Meissner-Schenke
Jane Mitchell
Alexandra Pearl
Jessica Pusz
Claudia Ziegeler

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below!


We Need Your Help!


A strong team of volunteers will ensure the Club's success and sustainability. Please consider volunteering to:

1. coordinate/lead an activity area - work with me to plan and execute your events in
  • Creative Pursuits - workshops to learn creative skills
  • The-Better-Me (self development workshops)
  • Walking Tours
  • Cultural Outings: visits to exhibits, monuments
  • Evening Events (working with Nancy Dörbandt)
  • Excursions
  • Scholars/Artists Talks
  • Monthly Kaffee Klatsch
  • Newcomers Welcome
2. alternatively, join the Activities Committee - work with me on planning and executing activities that don't have a coordinator
3. host an event
4. be on the Web Team - no prior experience needed. Learn web content management and design skills, using WordPress.

Please email me at and let me know how you would like to help.



Speakers Series Invitation

Estate Planning for German/American families

Open to non-members, our quarterly Speakers Series addresses issues affecting Americans living overseas.  This month we will hear about the important topic of Estate Planning in for a German/American family, taking into account German and US laws regarding the topic.

When: Wednesday, October 7th 7-9pm
Where: St Georges' Anglican Church, Preußenallee 17-19, 14052 Berlin
RSVP: by October 5th to
Transportation: B-Bahn Heerstrasse (S5), U-Bahn Neu-Westend (U1/2), street parking.

Fall Excursion Invitation

You and your family are invited to join our Fall excursion to the Pumpkin Patch Buschmann-Winkelmann in Brandenburg (under 1 hour drive from Berlin).  We will meet at the main entrance and enter together, have lunch then enjoy the Patch: carve pumpkins, admire the pumpkin exhibitions, enjoy the many fun children's activities, and purchase the varied Fall products.

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Time: meet at 11am by the main entrance.
Location: Glindower Str. 28, 14547 Klaistow
RSVP: by October 20th to Linda Sheehan at 
Contact on the day: 01520 194 3810
Transportation: If you don't have a car, let Linda know - we will try to organize car pools.

Looking Ahead - Mark the date Thursday, November 5th Evening

In collaboration with WeinPlatz, AWC Berlin will host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Free the Girls, our global charity. Free the Girls works with former victims of sex trafficking in Africa and Latin America, helping them rebuild their lives through economic empowerment. The money we raise will help FTG expand into new countries and build infrastructure. Free the Girls was featured in CNN’s Freedom Project.

Fundraising Opportunities: Half of your cover charge goes directly to Free the Girls, the other half covers WeinPlatz' costs. WeinPlatz will donate 10% of wine sales on the evening to Free the Girls so you could stock up for the holiday season while doing good. In addition, we will have a raffle of a few beautiful items donated by our talented members.

When: November 5th, 2015 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Location: WeinPlatz, Krausnickstrasse 10 Berlin, 10115 Germany
RSVP: by November 1st.

Activities - October

Did you know that if you go to "Calendar" on the website, you can add the events to your google calendar or ical with just one click. The AWC Calendar on the website provides details of activities, however, you'd need to refer to the membership directory for private home addresses.


Oktoberfest.  Thursday, October 1st at 7pm.
When:  Thursday, October 1st, 2015, 7pm, reservation is under "Kunst, American Women's Club of Berlin" at Location: Bayerisches Wirtshaus Berlin GmbH, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 30, 10178 Berlin
Cost: your own consumption. RSVP: to We have 2 spaces left. Details:

Cocktails at Stagger Lee Cocktails Bar. Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, 8pm.  Location: Nollendorfstrasse 27, 10777 Berlin. Those interested could meet for pizza beforehand at Mastro’s Pizza RSVP to Nancy at  Details:

Book Club - October’s Book Club will be hosted by My-Linh Kunst on Thursday, October 29th at 7pm at My-Linh's house  (Westend-Charlottenburg). The book is: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieRSVP to Details:


History Tour of the Teufelsberg Listening Station. Sunday, October 11th. Chris Mclarren, husband of AWC member Angelika, used to work here and is the expert tour guide to give you a fascinating tour (ca. two hours) of this ultra-cool Berlin landmark. You will learn about the interesting history of the hill, from the days of the emperor until today. You will walk thru the buildings of the former US listening station and hear how the Allies listened towards the east. Highlights are the unique views from Berlins highest “mountain”, the fascinating acoustics of the radome at the tower, and eye-popping graffiti from Berlin's best graffiti artists. RSVP to Angelika at  Details:

Experimental Painting Workshop. Saturday, October 17th 2-6pm. AWC Member Elizabeth Kang, exhibited artist, will instruct you through an experimental painting session with music. You will leave with your own canvas, ready to hang. So release your inner creative self and bring your own wine to share for an afternoon of painting and wine in good company.  max: 7 participants - RSVP early to Nancy at  Location will be Elizabeth's studio, address given upon registration.  Details:
Fall Excursion to the Pumpkin Patch. Sunday, October 25th 11am. see information above.


Our book club alternates between daytime and evening to accommodate our members' schedules and allow for bi-monthly participation.  The first meeting, scheduled in September, was pushed back to Friday, October 2nd 11am at Linda Sheehan’s house (Dahlem). So it's not too late to grab the book and join our meeting next Friday. The book is: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. RSVP to Linda at to let her know you are coming. Details:

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". Friday, October 9th, 2015 (every 2nd Friday of the month) at 10.30-12noon.  Stop by to connect, catch up with old friends or make new ones. No RSVP needed, just show up. There will always be someone there, with whom to chat.  Location: the centrally located Park Cafe, Fehrbelliner Pl. 8, 10707 Berlin (right at the U7 stop). 

The Better Me! Workshop - Social Media Boot Camp Monday October 12th, 1pm-3pm at Susanne's house (Charlottenburg). AWC member Susanne Ollmann of is a certified
Social Media Strategist, Designer and Photographer. Her company specializes in social media marketing, with a focus on twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, mobile and video marketing, and business blogging, as well as graphic/webdesign, and photography. Whether you are a small business owner, a freelancer, or someone who uses social media just to keep in touch with family and friends, Susanne will give you tips on the platforms best suited to you or your
business, useful stats, placing targeted ads at very low cost, and an overview of social media strategy to meet your social media goals. RSVP to Susanne at by October 1st.

Join AWC Berlin

re.LAUNCH Membership Drive

special membership offer for limited time!

In May, the Club was still on hiatus with 6 members! Now, not even 4 months since re.LAUNCHed, we are 70-member strong !!

Invite your friends to join this new, vibrant, and creative group. Membership is open to women of all nationalities who embody or appreciate the “American Spirit” –  the spirit of giving, the can-do attitude, the desire to learn and grow, and the drive to make a difference – while still having a lot of fun!  We continually seek out like-minded souls to join our vibrant community!

Join now for 2015 & 2016 for 60 euro (that's only 10 euro for the last 3 months of this year).

Invite your friends to check out our website and click JOIN - the more the merrier!
AWC Berlin is a member of FAWCO (, an international network of American and International women's clubs like ours in 40 countries. FAWCO is active as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council. By being a member of AWC Berlin, you are automatically a member of FAWCO.

This month, I'd like to introduce you to the FAWCO Target Program - a 3-year-awareness raising and fundraising program for a global issue. The 2013-2016 Target Program is focusing on Human Rights for Women. Click for MORE INFO.

The Target Program is comprised of two parts: Target Education/Awareness and the Target Project. The Education/Awareness Program focuses on women's rights as human rights, specifically in the areas of political empowerment, economic empowerment, peace and security, and ending violence against women. The Target Project is our opportunity to financially support a project that meets the Target goal.

The Target Project, the organization that receive FAWCO clubs fundraising funding for 3 years, is  -- Free The Girls -- Free the Girls works with former victims of sex trafficking in Africa and Latin America, helping them rebuild their lives through economic empowerment. The money we raise will help FTG expand into new countries and build infrastructure.

Free the Girls was featured in CNN's Freedom Project:

AWC Berlin will have a fundraising event in November to benefit Free the Girls (see above). Also join November's book club to read Half-the-Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. It will raise our awareness and spark discussions about Human Rights for Women.
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