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February 2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

The thing I like most about the AWC Berlin is that there is something for everyone. If you are interested in activism, you would have joined me last week in the Women's March. I am normally not a political person and the AWC Berlin is non-partisan and non-political.  But I am an activist for the fundamental human rights to liberty, equality and justice - and that's why I went, and my AWC sisters were there. This month, we will participate in two related global movements to bring awareness to violence against women: One Billion Rising! we'll dance at the Brandenburg Gate on February 14th and V-Day with a benefit performance of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues on February 24th & 25th. Please spread the word to your friends. You could also further empower yourself with our Practical Self-Defense workshop (see all details below).

On the lighter side, we have a tour of the Schloss Bellevue, the Presidential Palace, and daytime writing club, book club, coffee club, music and museum visits and in the evening: wine tasting, cocktails and comedy, dining out, evening out, bowling, movie night ... there is really something for everyone.

And if you have more ideas for activities, please write me or 1st VP Becky Duke at 1st.awcberlin@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


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
Clare Boersch
Janet Chesterman
Carlin Greenstein
Jacklyn Klein
Silvia Malo Rasinski
Lucy Peacock Weih
Maggie Repp
Joyce Ross
Emily Schneider
Rabea Stoltzenburg
Stephanie von Behr

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

Invitation to Evening General Meeting

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



Our speakers this month are internet sensation twin brothers Matthew & Michael Youldon. Based in Berlin, The SuperPolyglotBros have a passion for all things languages. Together they currently speak 9 languages fluently, have learned over 10 languages together and have knowledge of over 20 languages.  So when it comes to making a resolution to learn a language – and how to stick to it – we’d want to hear their advice. They will also talk to us about how to learn a language in a week (they learned Turkish in a week).
They have been often in the media – check out their media appearances http://www.superpolyglotbros.com/in-the-media/
Members will receive invitation per Evite.
Non-members – 10 Euro donation to our Charity Fund at the door. Please RSVP to president@awcberlin.org by February 12th, 2017.


When: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Where: Kreativ Haus, Fischerinsel 3, 10179 Berlin (free parking in front of building, U2 to Märkisches Museum).
RSVP: Invitation will be sent by Evite.

Special Event:
Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues

 

You and your guests are invited to enjoy the AWC Berlin Production of the Vagina Monologues, directed by Molly Moylan Brown. The Vagina Monologues is an enduring, humorous, and deeply moving experience for performers and audiences alike, that motivates and supports grassroots educational efforts to change social attitudes towards the treatment of women. 

Playwright and activist Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues was first performed in NYC in 1994. On Valentine’s Day in 1998, V-DAY – a global movement to end violence against women and girls – was established, with The Vagina Monologues as its cornerstone. Each February, Ensler shares her vision of such a violence-free world by giving groups around the globe rights to produce her play. This episodic work, based on scores of interviews Ensler conducted with women from a large cross-section of society, addresses women’s sexuality, in particular the social stigma around rape and abuse, by engendering a new and vital conversation about and with women. Now in its 19th year, there have been almost 6000 annual V-DAY events produced worldwide.


FEATURED EVENT:
ONE BILLION RISING

Raise your voice and join us on February 14th, 5-6 pm at the Brandenburg Gate! One Billion Rising was and is the largest global action to end violence against women in history. At its heart is a devastating statistic: One in three women worldwide will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime. 
The inaugural One Billion Rising in 2013 was a call to action, summoning women and men across the planet to react, to break the silence and refuse to passively accept the unacceptable status quo. One Billion Rising called on the world to take to the streets on one day, Valentine’s Day, V-Day, to do something radical: Strike, rise, dance!

Here in Berlin, we will meet at the
Brandenburg Gate and dance our hearts out for about an hour.  Meet at the entrance to the US Embassy at 5pm (not the official Pariser Platz 2 entrance but the entrance with the Berliner Bear Statue of Liberty, across from the Holocaust Memorial – corner of Ebertsstrasse & Behrenstrasse).

For more information, read AWC Berlin’s blog post with lots of links on One Billion Rising by Allegra Silbiger as part of our participation in the 16-Day-Campaign to end Gender Based Violence. RSVP to My-Linh at president@awc.org so we know to expect you. 
 

JOIN THE AWC BERLIN

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 - February 2017

 

Evening:


Evening Out at Fes Turkish BBQ - Tuesday, February 7th 6pm. Fes BBQ is a modern Turkish grill restaurant in Kreuzberg that applies the concept of Asian tableside grills to Turkish cuisine!  Cost is 20-30  Euro per person without drinks.” Fes BBQ enters the Berlin food scene as a restaurant that dares to challenge the paradigm of Turkish restaurants in Berlin and Fes does this with a refreshingly innovative concept.” Check out the glowing review here on the Berlin Food Stories blog and join us for a culinary treat! RSVP to Nancy and Renee at evening@awcberlin.org.


Cooking for Ronald McDonald House -  Thursday, February 9th 5pm -6:30pm. Every quarter, we cook dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Berlin (RMDH). The house provides housing for out of town parents, so that they can be close by to their child at the nearby Charité hospital. Dinners would have an “American” theme (BBQ, Mexican, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, etc.), we go grocery shopping, cook and serve for sometimes up to 50 people.  We look forward to see you there for this fun and worthwhile community service event. For more information, click here

One Billion Rising -  Tuesday, February 14th 5pm -6pm. See above Featured Event box.

General Meeting  -  Thursday, February 16th 7pm -9pm. See above.


Cocktails & Comedy -  Wednesday, February 22, 6:30pm -10pm. Please join us for Happy Hour and stay for English Stand-Up Comedy at the Kupfer Bar. Click here for more information and please RSVP to Jennifer at jgianas@gmail.com


Bowling - Tuesday, February 28th, 6pm. Join us for a fun night of Bowling!  Partners and guests welcome! Meet at 6pm by the ticket desk. Bowling am Alex is located In the basement of  the Einkaufscentre Rathaus Passagen between Alexanderplatz and the Rotem (Red) Rathaus. For more information click here. Please RSVP to Betty at outings@awcberlin.org. 


Weekend:
 

20s & 30s Blind Wine Tasting Party- Saturday, February 5th, 7:30pm-10:00pm.  Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet. Join us for a wine-tasting soirée! AWC Berlin's first 20’s and 30’s event will be a blind wine-tasting party on Saturday, February 4 at 7:30pm at the Heidenreichs’ home in Prenzlauer Berg. Co-hosted by the new 20’s & 30’s co-chairs, Elizabeth Heidenreich and Jennifer Padfield, the party will be a chance to develop our palates, have some fun and socialize. For more information, click here. Partners and friends welcome but please note, only 20 spots available so please RSVP early via Facebook or contact Jennifer at jgianis@gmail.com. 

Dining Out at Dos Pescados - Saturday, February 11th, 7pm. Partners welcome! Join us at Berlin’s cult address for cocktails and authentic Mexican cuisine, also Tex-Mex, vegetarian and vegan.
Enjoy well-loved Burritos, oven-cooked Nacho variations and traditional Mexican Fajitas. In addition, as the name “Dos Pescado” (Two Fish) indicates, their fish dishes are absolut highlights, prepared by Chef Jose with much love and care. They also have Grill dishes over organic-cocos-coal and Lava stones. Please RSVP to Nisha at diningout@awcberlin.org.

Practical Self-Defense Class - Saturday, February 18th 2-6pm. Practical Self Defense Workshop with Pretty Deadly Self Defense : A 4-hour intensive workshop that deconstruct real-life scenarios and aggressions, from first awareness prevention all the way to point of contact, teaching you simple but effective defense techniques based on natural body movement, intuition and strategy.  We focus on awareness, prevention, and strategy, and we work with every body type and ability to help keep you feeling strong, confident and safe.  Cost is 24 per person, assuming 16 participants. Pay on the day.  Click here for details and please RSVP to Becky at 1stvp.awcberlin@gmail.com. 


Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues - Friday February 24th and Saturday February 25th 7pm with party afterwards.  See above.



 

Daytime:


Moving Pen Berlin - Writing Group - Wednesday, February 1, 10:30-12:30 pm. Join our writing group! We get together to write and share what we’ve written that day. There would be several writing prompts during our session, including an image to inspire the Flannery O’Connor in us. I’ve discovered that these seemingly carefree writings in writing groups are the morsels to fuller pieces. Please RSVP to Suzy at writing@awcberlin.org. 

Tour of German Colonialism - Friday, February 3, 3-5 pm. Join us for a guided tour in English on this intriguing topic. Although the German Empire was one of the major European colonial powers, only in recent years has Germany‘s colonial past found its way into public consciousness. The exhibition at the Deutsches Historisches Museum examines the colonial ideology, which was founded in the belief of European superiority. Buy your ticket at the ticket counter (8 Euro admission, and 4 Euro for the guided tour) and we will meet at the counter at 2:45.  The tour is at 3:00. Please RSVP to Becky at 1stvp.awcberlin@gmail.com. 

Daytime Book Club, Tuesday, February 7, 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. This month's selection is When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr. For more information, click here. Please RSVP to bookclub@awcberlin.org and bring light nibbles to share. 



Tour of Schloss Bellevue Presidential Palace - Thursday, February 9, 10:00am-12:00 pm. Only 25 spots available for a guided tour (in English) of the interiors of Schloss Bellevue! Schloss Bellevue is the official residence of the Federal President. Since 1994, the palace has been the main residence. It is situated on the banks of the Spree river, near the Berlin Victory Column, along the northern edge of the Großer Tiergarten park. Its name – the French for “beautiful view” – derives from its scenic prospect over the Spree’s course. For more information, click here.  Please RSVP to My-Linh at president@awcberlin.org. 

Neighborhood EAST Get-Together - Wednesday, February 15th 9:30-11:30. If you live in Mitte and east, come join us for coffee at Amy’s to meet other AWC members in the neighborhood. RSVP to Olga at olga.berlin.johnston@gmail.com.


Free Music Series - Wednesday, February 23rd 1-3pm. Join us for free concerts. We started with the Philharmonie last month, this month we'll visit Mendelsohn Remise for a concert with stings, violin and piano. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/free-concert-music-series/. RSVP to Becky at 1stvp.awcberlin@gmail.com.
 

Regular Activities:
 

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". This month's Kaffee Klatsch is on Friday, February 10, 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 Pilates in English - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm. Weekly Mat Pilates in English on Wednesdays 1:30pm – 2:30pm with Diana Kullender, certified Pilates and Yoga teacher from Florida. Bring your own mat and water.  From time to time, we may use Pilates accessories, which will be provided by the teacher. Cost is 12€ per class or 100€ for 10 classes. 
RSVP to My-Linh at president@awcberlin.org. 

Weekly German Conversations - WEST - Mondays and Wednesdays, 10am-12pm. 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 who are native German speakers and sometimes we teach ourselves. But, be assured it will always be a fun and lively discussion! We meet at Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175 in Dahlem). For more information, email german@awcberlin.org

Weekly German Conversations - EAST - Thursday, February 9 & 16, 12:30-2:30 pm. Please contact Christina for more information and the latest schedule and locations at german-east@awcberlin.org. A safe place to practice and develop your skills; Our AWC Berlin conversation leader will bring photocopies or email you (if you contact her beforehand) scans from a book that she likes. There are 40 small and manageable chapters, each introducing a grammatical concept and vocab “family.”

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 FEBRUARY 2017 For Calendar

 
 

Volunteer Corner


I'd like to welcome the following new volunteers: Joni Suchordt will lead Cultural outings and chair Special Events. Betty Ehrmann will organize fun Outings, such as the Bowling event this month.

The Board needs help with the following tasks (no previous experience required).
  1. Web Manager
  2. Newsletter Editor (as of May 2017)
  3. Assistant Treasurer (German-speaking)
  4. Assistant Programs (German-speaking and preferably, familiar with Berlin)
  5. Activity Chairs for Day Trips/Excursions, Creative Pursuits, Self-Development
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 (at president@awcberlin.org or call 0176 7069 7106).

FAWCO Update

AWC Berlin is a proud founding member of FAWCO (www.fawco.org), 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.

Read the latest (January 2017) FAWCO publications - and consider getting involved or subscribe:

Connections - Letter from Headquarters (quarterly newsletter from FAWCO President)

FAWCO News-in-Brief (newsletter from VP of Member Clubs)

Target Program Bulletin

Human Rights Task Force Bulletin - AWC Berlin is mentioned here for our 16-Day Campaign

Environment Task Force Bulletin

Education Task Force Bulletin

 
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