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July & August 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to our sixteen (16!) new members this month.  I hope, like me, you will find a group of kindred spirits in the AWC - smart, positive and supportive women. For example, many of you know Karen Castellon, one of our newer members who arrived in Berlin April 2016, joined the Club on April 18th, attended her first event Kaffee Klatsch on April 22nd, and volunteered to be Membership Co-Chair on April 26th. With her ready smile and great radio voice, Karen has found her way all over town attending AWC activities. Click here to read her blog post for the AWC's Berlin Americana Blog on her first 3 months in Berlin - Bravo Karen, your sense of adventure and positive spirit inspire us all!

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year - no early morning school runs, lazy family holidays, sun, beach, and the smell of suntan lotion. If you are in the corporate world, business slows down, decisions get delayed. Taking a PAUSE without having to "feel guilty" is such a luxury. I read in the sun, hang out with my kids, binge on good TV, and listen to fun summer music.  Sometimes, doing absolutely NOTHING gives my mind an opportunity to wander ... letting it just RECEIVE ... new impulses, inspiration, energy. Just like my body needs sleep to regenerate, I think my mind needs the summer to reawaken. So I let go of the to-do list, get into the PAUSE (German for "break") mode, relax and receive! Wishing you a chance to do the same.


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 142 members!
Adriana Glejberman
Alicia Lauersen
Cassandra Melvin

Christina Wills
Christine Larkin-Peter
Chiquira Wagner
Janet Hong
Julie Comfort
Lisa Vogt
Maja Kusenic
Miriam Splettstöhser

Natalia Midcap
Sarah O'Doherty
Silvia Schafhirt
Stevie Bloomquist
Suzy (Doan Trang) Nguyen

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


Reception at the US Ambassador's Residence
AWC Berlin Members have been cordially invited by Ambassador John B. Emerson and Mrs. Kimberly Marteau Emerson to a reception at their residence with a speaker from Human Rights Watch.  In support of FAWCO’s Target Program on Education, Mrs. Emerson, who is a Board member of HRW International, thought HRW’s focus issue of “Military Use of Schools” would raise our awareness about an issue which is a critical impediment to education in conflict zones. This is a Member-only event.

When: Thursday, July 7, 2016,5:30-7 pm.  
Where: Address will be provided by confirmation email from My-Linh
RSVP: Invitation has been sent by Evite and RSVP is now closed.  Email if you have questions/concerns.



Whether you're a Republican, Democrat or Independent living abroad, you still have time to cast your ballot in the U.S. General Election in November. Go to "Resources" on the AWC Berlin website or the FAWCO Website  for information on how to register and vote. You can also contact Democrats Abroad here or Republicans Abroad here for information.
Be sure your Voice is heard! VOTE!

Invitation to July General Meeting (Evening Session)

The AWC Berlin General Meeting takes place monthly, and once a quarter, meetings are held in the evenings to accommodate our working members. The General Meeting features club updates, activities sign-ups and a guest speaker.  Guests are invited to attend only one general meeting before joining the Club. 

Our speaker this month is Christa Waegemann offering a presentation on Life in Baghdad: A City of Resilience. Christa Waegemann will provide insight into what it is like to work and live in Baghdad, Iraq, a city of 9 million that is rather unexposed to Westerners. Over the last 40 years, Iraq has experienced turmoil from Saddam Hussein’s harsh rule, the 2003 invasion, and now a civil war against ISIS. Yet, life continues in Baghdad and Christa will talk about her move from Berlin to Iraq and her role in running an Iraqi humanitarian organization as well as her experience living in Baghdad while Iraq fights ISIS.   Christa Waegemann is the daughter of Peter Waegemann, partner of AWC member Claudia Tessier.

When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016,7-9 pm.  
Where: St George's Anglican Church, Preußenallee 17, 14052 Berlin (Charlottenburg-Westend)
RSVP: Invitation will be sent by Evite.
Transportation: U2 Neu-Westend, or S-Bahn Heerstrasse


Don't Forget to tell your friends about our Half Year Membership Special - only 35€ for the rest of 2016 (normal dues are 50€ per year) and 75€ for 2016 & 2017 (a saving of 25%). 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! 


From our monthly General Meetings to the Reception at the US Ambassador's Residence (July 7th)  to our hosting of the FAWCO Region 5 Meeting (November 11th-13th) - AWC Berlin has many exciting events planned for 2016. Please be sure to save the dates for all of our upcoming Special Events! For a complete list, click Events LIsting!

AWC Berlin Activities - Summer 2016



US Ambassador Reception - Thursday, July 7, 5:30-7pm. [see above Featured Event for more information].

AWC July General Meeting - Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 7-9pm. [see above Featured Event for more information].

Book Club - Tuesday, July 12, 7-9pm. 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. July's Book Club selection New York Times Bestseller and NYT Editor's Choice  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, has been named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle and others. RSVP to Linda at, Details:

Dinner at Wolff & Eber - Wednesday, July 20, 7-9pm. Our monthly girls-night-out takes us to new Wilmersdorf restaurant Wolff & Eber:
... a brand-new restaurant and literary salon in City West specialising in “Syrian-Brandenburg” cuisine ... read more of Exberliner’s review click here.  The head chef Hadi arrived to Berlin last summer along with thousands of other refugees fleeing violence in Aleppo. Watch the Deutsche Welle's report on Hadi. Please RSVP to Nancy by July 18 at Details:

Late Night Excursion to Designer Outlet Berlin  - Thursday, July 28, 7-10pmJust 30 minutes from Berlin City Center is the McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Berlin, where you will find your favorite designer brands at up to 70%* off of the recommended retail price, all year round. The outdoor mall has a beautiful setting, with cafes and restaurants, children’s play area, free parking and more than 80 boutiques. There is something for everyone:  iconic fashion brands like Escada, Strennesse, Hugo Boss, Joop, Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, to casual wear like Tommy Hilfiger, Billabong, Bench, to sporting labels like Nike and Adidas, and high-street favorites, like Guess and Desigual. For more information please RSVP to Betty at Details:

Cycling Excursion

Cycling to Copenhagen - Monday, July 25 to Saturday, July 30. We plan to leave Monday July 25 and ride for 6 days to Copenhagen. The first section of the ride (Berlin to Mecklenburg Lakes) will be done as optional training days in July. Group size is limited to 8 persons. Approximate cost $75/day+train ticket home. This is a non-guided, unsupported ride (no sag wagon).  6 1/2 hour train ride from Copenhagen-Berlin.  For more information email Dayna at or Sam at Details:


Exhibit: Cate Blanchett in Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto - Tuesday, July 5, 10:30am-1pm. Solo show by Berlin based artist Julian Rosefeldt (b. 1965) at Hamburger Bahnhof. Rosefeldt is renowned not only for his photography but also for his elaborately staged films. The longing for manifestos continues uninterrupted today. This is shown by Rosefeldt’s new film installation Manifesto: 13 films running (with Cate Blanchett doing all the readings/impersonifications) in parallel bring angry, youthful, and amazingly current sounding words to the screen. We will meet at 10:30 at the ticket desk and go through the exhibit together. Entry ticket is 8€. Afterwards, we could have lunch together at the Sarah Wiener Restaurant in the museum. RSVP to Arina at Details:

Exhibit: NO IT IS! William Kentridge - Tuesday, August 9, 10:30am-1pm. South African William Kentridge is one of the most internationally significant contemporary artists. He is not just a visual artist but also a filmmaker, director and a great raconteur. His comprehensive body of works has spanned several artistic disciplines for more than three decades now. Berliner Festspiele will present his complete interdisciplinary oeuvre for the first time: at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.

We will meet at 10:30 at the ticket desk and simply go through the exhibit together (ie. no special guide). Entry fee is 11€, there is audio guide for 4€. Afterwards, we normally have lunch together at the Cafe. RSVP to My-Lihh at Details:

Regular Activities:

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". July's Kaffee Klatsch is on July 15th and August's Kaffee Klatsch is on August 12th (both Fridays from 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 and U3 stop). Details:

Weekly Pilates in English - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm. Summer Scheduling note: July 6th will be the last class of the summer; classes will resume in fall! 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. Details:

Weekly German Conversations - Summer Scheduling note: There will be no German Conversation Groups meeting in July and August. Meetings will resume in September. For general information about our German Conversations group, please contact Linda at Hab einen schönen Sommer (Have a great summer!) Details:

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 for information.
For those of you staying in the city for the summer ... Lucky You! Berlin has something for everyone and in addition to AWC Berlin activities, we have culled a few websites to help you find the best activities for you, your family and your summer guests. 

For a good general guide (in English and several other languages) visit the official tourist website Here are their summer recommendations:  Also check out for 21 awesome things to do in Berlin in Summer. For an additional 6 or 10 awesome things to do in Berlin in summer, respectively, click here and here. Want to indulge your taste for stage? Check out the English Theatre Berlin's Summer program here: 

!! Happy Playing !!

Seeking Musical Instruments:
Do you have musical instruments in your attic, basement, or closet? Would you like to help refugee children in Berlin learn an instrument? Since January, at three refugee homes here in Berlin, music instruction for children takes place twice a week through a program known as MitMachMusik. If you have any unused musical instruments that you no longer need and would like to donate them to MitMachMusik, please contact: or AWC Berlin Member Christine at MitMachMusik has a particular need for wind and string instruments, guitars and children's instruments -- all donations will be gratefully accepted.

Seeking AWC tutors for refugee teens (13-17 year olds) at the John F. Kennedy School in Zehlendorf (right on the S1 line). Some of the students speak a little English, a little German, and several other mother tongues like Pashto, Farsi, Arabic, etc. Don't worry about language proficiency, you would just bring what you have and it will be magic. If we have a good number of volunteers, each volunteer might offer an hour or so once a week or every two weeks.  Planning meeting in August and tutoring would start with the new school year. Contact Molly at if you are interested. 

Click on Calendar for Overview


Volunteers Needed!

I need help with the following tasks (no previous experience required).
  1. Web Team (learn how to work with Word Press)
  2. Activity Chairs/Co-Chairs/Teams - to coordinate the following activity groups: Walking Tours, Culture Outings, Cooking/Dining with partners (weekend event), Creative workshops, Self-Development workshops
  3. Event Management Team - evenings/daytime to help planning and managing AWC events.
I look forward to hear from you - or 0176 7069 7106

FAWCO Update

AWC Berlin is a proud founding member of FAWCO (Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas), a United Nations accredited NGO with 70 clubs, 12000 members worldwide.  By being a member of AWC Berlin, YOU are a member of FAWCO - your voice is represented at the UN, and on Congress on issues affecting Americans living overseas.  You can apply for education awards for yourself and your children/grandchildren, as well as development grants for your charities. More info at or email

You are invited to attend the FAWCO Symposium - STAND UP Against Human Trafficking October 8 – 9, 2016, Nieuwspoort, The Hague, Netherlands. Focusing on Rescue and Recovery, speakers will highlight successful tools for sustainable change for sex and labor trafficking survivors and what YOU can do as an "everyday hero".  Even more special is the opportunity to attend a 2-day "Experience" preceding the Symposium where you'd learn first-hand about prostitution in the Red Light District, living in women's shelter, and how it is being a refugee with nowhere to go. Email if you would like more information. Click here for more details:

Mark the dates - November 10-13, 2016.  This year, AWC Berlin is hosting the FAWCO Regional Meeting for Germany & Austria.  We will have visitors from the other 7 FAWCO clubs in the region as well as FAWCO and Foundation Board members. It'll be a great opportunity to connect with our sister clubs in the Region and learn a bit about FAWCO's programs and their benefits to our club and members. The weekend will be jam-packed with fun and inspiring discussions and activities. See Info here: Stay tuned for AWC Berlin members' Registration (with special price) and volunteer opportunities to help with the weekend.
Every 3 years, FAWCO selects a global issue to raise awareness among its member clubs, and an organization to benefit from fundraising efforts of its clubs around the world. Some of you remember the last Target Program: Human Rights for Women, benefiting Free the Girls, which just finished in March 2016.  The new Target Program 2016 - 2019 is Education - Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills.  Stay up to date by subscribing to the bulletins. Read the latest from June 2016.
FAWCO has four Global Issues Task Forces: 1) Human Rights for Women, 2) Environment, 3) Education for Women and Girls, and 4) Women's Health.  Read their latest bulletins and consider joining the Task Forces if you are interested on these issues.

Human Rights for Women Task Force - May 2016 Bulletin
Environment Task Force - June 2016 Bulletin
Education Task Force - June 2016  Bulletin
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