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May 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

May is a wonderfully short month this year! Enjoy short breaks away for the long weekends (I am finally going to visit Krakow), but if you are here, I hope we will see you at one of the many activities this month.  I am happy to announce our first monthly General Meeting (GM) on Friday, May 20th at 10am. If you do nothing else with the Club in the month, come to the GM. It's a great opportunity to socialize, network and enjoy our guest speaker. Once a quarter, we will have an evening GM. Our next evening GM is Tuesday, July 26th, please mark your calendar.  Click here to RSVP for May 20th: http://evite.me/xknYKEYRkV

Thanks to the following volunteers who stepped up after my request last month: Renee Burke joined the Event Committee, Kynya Jacobus as Newsletter Editor, Linda Sheehan as Website Calendar Editor, Dayna Stern and Karen Castellon as Membership Co-Chairs and Claudia Tessier as Book Club Co-Coordinator. We still have open needs, please see box below. The Club is a volunteer organization, it is as good as what we put into it. I would love to see more of our membership involved - it's an opportunity for you to SHAPE this dynamic and vibrant new group while perhaps fulfilling some of your personal development goals.

On Saturday, May 21st, a group of AWC members are running/walking in the AVON Race (see below to sign up). Even if you can't join us on the day, please take a few minutes and DONATE to the Berlin Cancer Society on the AWC Berlin fundraising page.


This was the Club exactly a year ago at the VFW Memorial Day Ceremony. There were 5 of us (Nicki Herbers missing from photo).  Thanks to all of you, we are now 120-member strong. I see a loving, supportive and empowering community being built, I hope you feel good about that and let us CELEBRATE!


 
With love,
My-Linh

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

we're now at 122 members!


Denise Banks-Grasedyck
Nora Beck
Emily Casper
Karen Castellon
Cheryl McLandrich
Christine Wallich


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

Invitation to May General Meeting

Open to members and guests, the AWC Berlin General Meeting takes place monthly.  The meeting features club updates, activities sign-ups and a guest speaker.  Participants could stay for lunch afterwards. RSVP to http://evite.me/xknYKEYRkV

Our May speaker is Susan Wooseley, Marketing and Operations Manager of NPR Berlin.  April 2016 marks the 10th Anniversary of the public radio station in Berlin.  Susan will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Berlin’s local English-language radio station, NPR Berlin. NPR Berlin is the first international member station of NPR with a network of over 900 independent, non-profit radio stations in the United States, reaching up to 35 million weekly listeners. NPR Berlin is the only local English-language radio station in Berlin. It relies solely on private funding and is supported by the Friends of NPR (FNPR) Berlin, a registered German not-for-profit organization.


When: Friday, May 20, 2016, 10 am - 12 noon
Where: Villa del Sol Restaurant, Clayallee 146, 14195 Berlin
RSVP: by May 15th to
http://evite.me/xknYKEYRkV
Transportation: Oskar-Helene-Heim (U3); Hüttenweg (115, N10), Alliiertenmuseum (115, N10, X83)
Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/monthly-general-meeting/

AWC Featured Activities this Month

 

Evening:


Dinner at DuDu31 - Tuesday, May 24th, 7pm. Join us for a Girls Night Out at DuDu31 where we will enjoy fusion Vietnamese in a casual and contemporary environment. RSVP to My-Linh at president@awcberlin.org
Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/dinner-at-dudu31/
 

Daytime:


Garden Excursion - Thursday, May 26th, 10 am-2 pm. Stroll the extraordinary Gardens of the World in East Berlin with your fellow members. This exceptional park was inaugurated in 1987 as part of the celebrations marking the 750th anniversary of the city's first mention in writing. Cost is 5€. RSVP to Shweta at excursions@awcberlin.org 
Details:http://www.awcberlin.org/event/excursion-gardens-of-the-world/

Activities - May 2016

 

Evening:


Book Club - Wednesday, May 11th, 7-9 pm. Our Book Club alternates between daytime and evening meetings every other month. This accommodates our members’ work schedules and also allows for bi-monthly participation.  May’s book club selection is: My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth StroutRSVP to Linda at bookclub@awcberlin.org, Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/evening-book-club/

Dinner at DuDu31 - Tuesday, May 24th, 7pm - see above for details.

 

Weekend

Weekend Culture: Open Studio with Henner Kuckuck - Saturday, April 30th, 3-5:30 pm. Let the public decide, according to sculptor Henner Kuckuck husband of AWC member Sharon Kuckuck. Born in Germany, his career spans nearly four decades. He has worked in Europe, Asia and America and currently resides in Berlin. Henner will give us an introduction to his work and opens his studio up for a visit. Snacks & drinks are provided. RSVP to president@awcberlin.org. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/weekend-culture-open-studio-with-henner-kuckuck/ 

Filipino Cooking Class - Saturday, May 21st, 6-10 pm. Open to partners and guests! Filipino food, a melting pot cuisine that takes elements of Chinese and Malaysian, and mixes in a huge amount of Spanish influence left over from the colonial days, is one of the most unique flavor profiles out there. But where do you start? Probably not with the blood stew or chicken embryos. To help you enter this brave new world, we’ve assembled two chefs to introduce you to Filipino comfort foods that will have you completely hooked. Cost is 30 Euro per person. BYOB wine please. RSVP to president@awcberlin.org by May 15th. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/philippino-cooking-class/

Avon Race - Saturday, May 21st, 2-5 pm. Come outside for a good cause! AWC has set up a team to run or walk the Avon Race. Register yourself here by May 11th http://www.berliner-frauenlauf.de/en/plan-your-race/registration-2016.html  and then let Kathleen Hancock (khancock@khancock.com) know so we can coordinate the AWC meet-up.  Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/avon-walk/

VFW Memorial Day Ceremony - Saturday, May 28th, 10 am.  The VFW Post 10506, ‘The Last Outpost’, invites our club to join in honoring departed American military personnel at their traditional VFW Memorial Day Ceremony.RSVP to president@awcberlin.org
Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/vfw-memorial-day-ceremony/


Daytime:


Talent Workshop: Unlock Your Potential. Tuesday, May 10th, 10am-12:30pm. Back by popular demand! Do you want to use your talents/go back to work/do something you're passionate about but don't know where to start? Ardine Verhoog is a qualified coach, trainer and organisational psychologist who specialises in career coaching for Expats. While this event is already full, contact  My-Linh at president@awcberlin.org to be added to the wait list. Details:http://www.awcberlin.org/event/888

Climbing on Ropes Course Jugendfernheide. Thursday, May 12th, 10:30am-2pm. Experience Berlin as the birds and squirrels do: from the height. Welcome to Berlin's largest forest rope garden in Volkspark Jungfernheide. We will meet at 10:30am at the ticket counter, you will go through a short training, then off we go for 2 hours, climbing in the trees. Great fun! there is a nice cafe for lunch afterwards. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/outdoors-berlin-ropes-course-jugendfernheide/ RSVP to Dayna Stern at sterndayna@gmail.

May General Meeting, Friday, May 20th, 10 am - 12:00 pm. (See above for details)

Excursion to Gardens of the World, Thursday, May 26th, 10 am - 2:00 pm. (See above for details)

Women's Salon, Friday, May 27th, 11am-1pm.  We continue our Salon with AWC member Tabitha Wood who has written her young-adult fantasy novel with a social conscience. Her published works include a children’s picture book and several short stories. She will read some excerpts from her work-in-progress and talk to us about her writing process. As usual, a light lunch will be served. RSVP to Jennifer at womenssalon@awcberlin.org. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/womens-salon-tabitha-wood/
 

Regular Activities:


Weekly Yoga in English - looking for new participants to start Yoga class. Time & date to be determined by participants. Contact president@awcberlin.org if you are interested.

Weekly Pilates in English - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm in Mitte. Details:http://www.awcberlin.org/event/pilates-8/

Weekly German Conversations - Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-12noon. We meet Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am. Come once a week or twice or whenever you can, you don’t have to RSVP, just show up – there will always be a group of us conversing in German. A safe place to practice and develop your skills; sometimes we are joined by AWC Berlin members that are native German speakers and sometimes we teach ourselves. But, be assured it will always be a fun and lively discussion. For Beginners (level A1 and below), we meet at the same time, same place but in a separate group that is taught by an AWC member, for a nominal fee.  Contact Linda Sheehan at german@awcberlin.org for more info. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/german-conversations-may-2/ 

BEADING GROUP, led by Susanne Ollmann, welcomes new and established beaders.  We alternate meeting at one another's homes throughout the month, occasionally go shopping for beadmaking tools, stones, and other pieces.  Come discover a craft that is therapeutic, aesthetic, and offers great possibilities for personalized gift-making.  Please contact Susanne Ollmann at susanne.ollmann@gmail.com.

Click on Calendar for Overview

 

Volunteers still Needed!


I need help with the following tasks (no previous experience required). Consider to volunteer for a position (ie. Web Manager, Special Events Chair) or  just a specific task - anything would be helpful!
  1. AWC brochure design (using online template)
  2. Activity Coordinators for Walking Tours, Culture Club, Creative Pursuits
  3. Event Planners for special events - 3-4 times a year (Summer Event, Thanksgiving, Annual General Meeting/ Holiday Party in December ...)
I look forward to hear from you president@awcberlin.org or 0176 7069 7106

FAWCO Update

AWC Berlin is a proud founding member of FAWCO (www.fawco.org), an international network of independent volunteer clubs and associations with a total membership of around 12,000 in nearly 35 countries. FAWCO is active as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council.

FOCUS ON EDUCATION

The new FAWCO Target Program (2016-2019) will focus on Education: Empowering Women & Girls through Knowledge and Skills.  Click Target Bulletin: April 2016 to read the Program's first Bulletin and learn all about it. Our club will support this Target Program the next 3 years with awareness and fundraising, so subscribe to receive your own Bulletin from the FAWCO Target Chair Tricia Saur (AIWC Cologne) and stay abreast.

WORK ON GLOBAL ISSUES

FAWCO Global Issues Task Forces serve as a resource for you. As you read their latest bulletins, you may decide to get involved in a task force yourself - they are open to all FAWCO club members. Join the team: pursue your passion. 
You can join a task force on Women's Education, Environment, Human Rights for Women, Health, and Youth Program. Contact me for more details. Meanwhile, read April 2016 Human Rights Task Force bulletin and Environment Task Force bulletin.

UN YOUTH ASSEMBLY
 
The FAWCO UN Team is happy to announce the pilot of a new FAWCO Youth Program module: an opportunity for youth ages 18-25 years to attend the UN Youth Assembly. We invite children of our Club members, ages 18-25, to participate in the UN Youth Assembly at the United Nations in New York City (August 10-12, 2016) as part of the FAWCO delegation. The registration fee for the 3-day assembly is $150. 
 
In addition, participants would have lodging, transport and spending expenses. Alternatively, there is an all-inclusive package with pre-and post conference activities, room and board. Details can be found HERE. To be part of the FAWCO Youth Assembly Delegation, please contact fawcoyouth@fawco.org as soon as possible if you are interested. The deadline for Early Bird Registration is April 29.  The deadline for general registration is June 30. 

Read the latest FAWCO UN Liaison bulletin to learn about FAWCO's UN work.
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