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April 2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Happy Spring! When the sun shines and the flowers bud, I feel so much more energized and happier. I hope the season's change is having the same effect on you. Though our Club has a reduced program this month due to the schools' Spring Break, there are still fun events on the calendar, see our listings below.  We have a few important administrative announcements this month.

The Board's First VP Becky Duke has regrettably had to step down due to the increasing demands of her new business venture, which will include lengthy absences from Berlin. Thank you, Becky, for all your hard work this year - we have received wonderful feedback on our programs thanks to your dedication! We wish you every success with your new endeavor and look forward to seeing you again in the Fall.  We are happy to announce the appointment of both Lissa Rosenbloom and Joni Suchordlt as Co-First-VPs. We look forward to more  fabulous programs under their leadership. If you have ideas for activities, please don't hesitate to email

The Board has made the decision to further support our members by promoting your businesses on our website for free. If you would like to take advantage of this new member benefit, send an image (logo or photo) and a short description of your business (50 word max, including your website) to me at A new page for these listings will be created on the AWC Berlin website by end of April. 

The Board has also had a chance to develop a budget for this year - for your information, view 2017 budget here.

In case you missed it, here is our Special Bulletin on our recent V-Day 2017. With our benefit production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, AWC Berlin raised 4500 Euro for TERRE DES FEMMES, a Berlin-based human rights NGO working on ending violence against women.  Thanks again to Molly Moylan Brown and the cast, crew and volunteers all of whom insured the resounding success of this community project. We will stage this production again next February to mark the 20th anniversary of V-DAY.

Our next FUN-Raiser will be a Charity Fashion Show, Style & Sustainability, this coming autumn, in collaboration with the German Fashion Council and ESMOD Berlin International Academy of Fashion - stay tuned for more information.

I wish you a beautiful start of Spring and a relaxing Easter Holiday.


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 209 members!
Tamara Augustin
 Rebecca Booth
Nicoya Borella
Penny Fischer

Jill Geiger
Nelly Graziani Hildebrandt
 Ferah Laue
Jessica Maluch
Veronica Mercado-Witte
Shana Moffett Heyder
Sarah Moser
Adrianne Oldham
Mina Patel
 Nicole Pieper
Deborah Siebrecht
Ashley Washington

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

Invitation to Monthly General Meeting

The AWC Berlin General Meeting takes place monthly.  The meeting features club updates, activities sign-ups and a guest speaker.  Guests are invited to attend only one general meeting before joining the Club.

Deutsche  Bahn (DB) will host us in their Headquarters with a talk on “The Future of Mobility“.  DB operates in 130 countries and has more than 300,000 employees (195,000 in Germany), and is the second largest transport company in the world.  The company’s core business is the railway in Germany with more than 5.5 million customers traveling each day in Germany by train, and an additional 1.8 million customers traveling via DB buses in Germany each day.  In the Passenger transport division, DB Group transports in its trains and busses Europe-wide (including Germany) nearly 12 million passengers daily. Our speaker, Dr. Markus Ksoll, DB's Head of Competition & Regulatory Policy, will speak about DB and the future of mobility in Germany. Please join us for what will surely be an interesting talk. For more details, please click here

When: Monday, April 3, 2017, 10am-12noon
Where: The DB Tower, Potsdamer Platz 2,10785 Berlin
RSVP: Invitation has been sent by Evite.  Email if you can't find yours and would like to go.


Featured Event:
Private Tour at Jewish Museum

Wednesday, April 5th 10:30-12 noon

Come enjoy a private  guided tour of a new exhibit at Berlin's Jewish Museum, “Cherchez la Femme. Wig, Wimple, Burqa," with lunch afterwards in the Museum cafe.  Museum curator Miriam Goldmann will lead the tour for us and offer her unique insights. The exhibit details today´s women in Judaism and Islam finding new ways to combine their religious traditions with a modern lifestyle. We will meet at the museum ticket booth at 10:30 am, and the one-hour guided tour will begin at 11:00 am.  Reduced admission fee of 3 Euro per person (museum ticket, includes the exhibit). Please click here and here for more information. Email


We are a vibrant group of women of all ages and our members come from not only the USA but from other countries around the world. Please spread the word and invite your friends to join!

Activities - April 2017



Make & Take: Create Your Signature Scent - Thursday, April 6th, 7pm -9pm. A continuation of our series of Make & Take events using doTERRA essential oils, AWC Berlin will be hosting a workshop where you can create your own signature scents! You are always welcome to join to learn more about essential oils in general, to make items to take or just to get out of the house and visit with other lovely ladies! If you wish to make your own signature scents, the costs are:  €8 each, or 3 for €20.  Please note:  there won’t be dinner or nibbles at this event, as eating and creating perfume do not mix! RSVP to Nancy at

AWC Berlin Evening Out  - Tuesday, April 25th, 7pm -9pm. Join us for dinner out at DJIMALAYA HUMMUS & GRILL, a laid back Israeli restaurant in Northern Mitte with a lovely menu full of hummus, grilled meats and salads. Being the perfect place for a healthy but yet supremely delicious meal, this place is getting better by the day and has developed into a prime hummus hot spot. Click here for details! Please RSVP to Nancy and Renee at 


Berlin Historic Harbor Cruise (Andampfen) - Saturday, April 22nd, 2-5:30pm. Join us to enjoy historic boats, historic harbor day! Boat trip departs at 2 pm, lasts 3 1/2 hours (5:30 pm). Estimated cost: 25 Euros per person. Please click here for details. 

5K Walk/Run for Malaria- Sunday, April 30th, 9:30-12:00noon. Join us for some fun and fresh air in support of a good cause. For details on the Hope Foundation, click here.  Please register on your own, but RSVP to Jennifer at to let her know you'll be joining us. Hope to see you there!


Private Tour Jewish Museum -Wednesday, April 5th, 10:30am - 12 noon. See above Featured Event for details.

Coffee Morning - Neighborhood EAST - Thursday, April 6, 9:30-11am. If you live in Mitte and east, join us for coffee at Sara’s to meet other AWC members in the neighborhood. We are happy that our neighborhood group is growing (30 of us in total)! The max capacity for this month is 17 people, so please RSVP early to Olga at Hope to see you there!

Biking around the Müggelsee - Thursday, April 6, 10:00am-5pm.  Come join us for a bike ride around Müggelsee, a 28 kilometer (17.4 miles) ride. Bring your bike and meet us at Köpenick S-Bahn station. Feel free to ride at your own pace, we'll make several stops along the way, including a stop for lunch.
Bring water, sunscreen, a helmet, snacks and a rain jacket. For more details, please click here. Please RSVP to Dayna at so we know to expect you. Happy cycling!

Daytime Book Club - Thursday, April 20th, 10am - 12 noon. 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. 

April’s book club selection is The Geek Feminist Revolution by Hugo-award winning writer Kameron Hurley. A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer’s journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre. The book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including “We Have Always Fought,” which won the 2014 Hugo for Best Related Work. The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume. Unapologetically outspoken, Hurley has contributed essays to The Atlantic, Locus,, and elsewhere on the rise of women in genre, her passion for SF/F, and the diversification of publishing. Please RSVP to and please bring light nibbles to share.

Exhibit: The Luther Effect - Wednesday, April 26th, 10:30am-2pm.  Join us at Martin Gropius Bar to view the exhibit "Luther Effect:  Protestantism 500 Years in the World". This exhibit celebrates the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Theses and the beginning of the Reformation. The exhibit spans the time from the Reformation to the present day and examines the global effects of Protestantism. The exhibition focuses on the question of the “Luther effect”: What impact and consequences did the Reformation have and what role did the historical person Martin Luther play in this? This is one of 4 national exhibits celebrating the 500th anniversary of Luther and the Reformation. Lunch afterwards for anyone interested in the museum cafe. For more details, please click here and here. Please RSVP to  Becky at

Berlin Designer Shop Crawl - Thursday, April 27th, 11:00am-2pm. We shall visit shops of local and international designers, located along small streets of a vibrant Mitte neighborhood, around Rosa Luxemburg Platz. The focal point of a tour is to find out how the idea of sustainability in fashion can help you create a unique style! We start with a Swedish store, Filippa K, one of the leading sustainability fashion labels in the world. We will find out all about this concept there and will carry on to find a sustainable wardrobe for ourselves and to learn how to build one. For details, please click here

Regular Activities:

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". This month's Kaffee Klatsch is on Friday, April 7, 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). For Details, click here.  

Weekly German Conversations - Mondays, 10am-12pm.  Come join us for coffee and conversation in a safe and judgement-free environment. We always have a good time! Usually we are joined by AWC Berlin members who are native German speakers. For now, we are only meeting Mondays but if demand grows we could meet on Wednesdays as well. We are a small group these days, so please check the AWC Facebook page or email before heading over to make sure that someone will be there.  We meet at Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175 in Dahlem). For more information, email

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

Member-to-Member Announcements

AWC member Ferah Laue would like to start a tennis group(s). Depending on number of people and level (beginner/advanced), we will decide on day & time - the group(s) will play on an ongoing basis through the year. Summer season starts in April.  Please email Ferah at for more details.

If you are a member of a sailing, rowing, yacht club on the water, please let me know at - we are looking for a venue for our July 4th BBQ.

Click Here For Calendar


Volunteers still Needed!

The Board needs help with the following tasks:
  1. Web Manager (with some technical web development skills)
  2. Activity Chairs for Day Trips/Excursions, Creative Pursuits activities
Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn new skills and get to know Berlin and the Club better. We look forward to hearing from you ( or call 0176 7069 7106).

FAWCO Update

AWC Berlin is a proud founding 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.

By the time you read this, I will be in Mumbai for the FAWCO Annual Conference.  AWC Berlin will be represented by Angelika McLarren, Nisha Missigbrodt and myself. We will get to vote on development grants (DG) recipients for the 5 DGs offered by The FAWCO Foundation. If you are interested, here are the nominees. Please don't cast any vote as we will be doing that at the conference.

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