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March 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

March is our month to celebrate WOMEN -  with an exciting Women's Salon on March 5th, a special gathering for International Women's Day on March 9th, and the opportunity to attend an art opening on Women by our member Martina Nitsche on March 10th.

It also is the month where I leave my kids for over 2 weeks to be in the company of empowered women from all over the world. Angelika McLarren is our club's FAWCO Rep. She and I will represent AWC Berlin at the FAWCO annual global conference with representatives from FAWCO Clubs around the world (refer to the last section of this newsletter if you don't know what FAWCO is). And then I have the honor to represent FAWCO at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women in NYC with hundreds of other international NGOs working on improving the lives of women and girls. Stay tuned for my postings from both events and perhaps next year, some of you will join me.

The FAWCO Foundation runs auctions every year at the FAWCO global conference to raise funds for its programs. The Foundation funds development grants for FAWCO Clubs' projects and education awards for FAWCO Club members and our children. This year, YOU could contribute by participating in the online auction, or buying raffle tickets for the beautiful diamond ring and the famous FAWCO Foundation Quilt.   Click here for more information: - you don't have to be present at the conference to win.

You could also donate something for their Live or Silent Auction. For live auction: vacation home stay, designer bags, jewelry, one of a kind items are popular, for silent auction: anything nice! Please email me if you'd like to make a donation.

Make a difference ... today!

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 110 members!

Zeenat Habib
Samantha Lattof
Heike Lemmermöhle
Robina Lillecrapp
Martina Nitsche
Shannon Singletary
Melissa Tan
We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below!

Welcome to our new Volunteers

Molly Brown, Nisha Missigbrodt, Claudia Tessier - FAWCO Regional Meeting Planning Committee
Becky Duke - Special Events Coordinator
Shweta Gupta - Excursions Coordinator
Nisha Missigbrodt - Walking Tours Coordinator
Alexandra Pearl - Philosophy Group Coordinator

Olga Johnston - February Accessories Workshop Presenter
Susanne Ritvay - Organizer of this month's Sachsenhausen Excursion

And thanks to our existing volunteers for their continued support:

Molly Brown, Susan Ring - Debate Leaders & Blog Contributors
Jennifer Cripe - Women's Salon (formerly Scholars Salon) Coordinator
Nancy Dörbi - Evening Events Coordinator
Nicki Herbers - 1st VP, FAWCO Regional Meeting Planning Committee
Angelika McLarren - FAWCO Rep, RMDH Liaison & Treasurer
Susanne Ollmann - Beading Group Coordinator
Jessica Pusz - Culture Club Coordinator
Linda Sheehan - Book Club and German Conversations Coordinator

Thanks to your engagement, our Club continues to thrive and positively contributes to our members' lives and the local community.

Featured Activities this Month

In honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, we will convene in a variety of ways to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  We'll also probe the reasons for progress slowing for women in many places across the world, areas where urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity. Join our #PledgeforParity - this year's campaign theme.


Women's Salon: The Antiques Diva - Saturday, March 5th, 5-7pm at Toma's home (Pankow). You are invited to afternoon tea with Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva®, owner of Europe’s largest Antiques Touring Company. Toma will talk to us about building up a successful entrepreneurial business, peppering in some European Antiques tips. We will be hosted in her beautiful one-of-a-kind home in Schultheiss Brewery’s MatlHouse in Pankow, which is the only listed industrial residential monument in Berlin. Details: This is a very special event - open to spouses/guests. RSVP to My-Linh at


International Women's Day #PledgeforParity Lunch. Wednesday March 9th 10am. To observe International Women’s Day – we will gather together for a convivial Potluck lunch to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, political advances of women toward gender parity in the world. Details: RSVP to if you’d like to participate.



Vernissage of the exhibit WOMEN "Inside/Outside" by Birgit Stigter and AWC member Martina Nitsche. Thursday, March 10th, 6.30pm. Two women artists, Birgit Stigter and AWC member Martina Nitsche, Dutch and German/American, come together here in Berlin, with the exhibition ‘Inside Outside”, which is about women. Birgit and Martina’s works are the opposite, they show the extreme and the contrast. Details: - this is not an official AWC event, we simply celebrate the theme of WOMEN and support the achievement of our member Martina Nitsche.

Activities - March 2016



Women's Salon: The Antiques Diva - Saturday, March 5th, 5-7pm at Toma's home (Pankow). see above. Details: This is a very special event - open to spouses/guests. RSVP to My-Linh at

Culture Club visits the Alte Nationalgalerie - Sunday, March 13th, 10.30am-1pm. It is time to talk a walk back in time. After visiting several contemporary exhibits and sites, our Culture Club will explore the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). We will meet March 13 at 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Sunday parking is free in the area and easy to find. Lunch for those that wish to stay will follow at 1pm at Restaurant Jolly:
Am Kupfergraben 4/4A, 10117 Berlin. Details at  RSVP to Jessica at 


Vernissage of the exhibit WOMEN "Inside/Outside" by Birgit Stigter and AWC member Martina Nitsche. Thursday, March 10th, 6.30m.  see above. Details:

Evening Out - Dinner at Ousies  - Wednesday, March 17th at 7pm. Come and join us at Ousies – Berlin’s best Greek restaurant. Everyone that has been there says it’s their favorite. There is something for everyone. You can order your own dish or share the Mezedes-Orektika (small plates) both warm and cold with other AWC members. The atmosphere is charming and lovely and the service friendly and genuine. Details:  RSVP to Nancy at


Excursion: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Wednesday, March 2nd, 10am-2pm. Just 30 minutes from Berlin, Sachsenhausen was initially used to imprison political opponents. Later the camp was used as a training ground for the Holocaust once certain groups had been defined as racially or biologically inferior . More than 200,000 people were imprisoned here by the Nazis and some 50,000 were brutally murdered. We will carpool and receive a guided tour in English (meeting point is Charlottenburg, U2 Theodor-Heuß-Platz). RSVP to Shweta at Details:

International Women's Day Celebration. Wednesday, March 9th 10am. see above. Details: RSVP to if you’d like to participate

Walking Tour: Schöneberg "Places of Remembrance" Art Exhibit. Thursday, March 10th 10am-2pm. AWC member and Schöneberg resident Molly Brown will lead us through this controversial memorial art installation in her neighborhood.  Schöneberg, probably best know to foreigners as the place where John F. Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, is also where the Nazis rounded up a large number of the city’s middle and upper class Jews. Through this 2-hour walk, you will have an unforgettable and visceral experience of how Jews were systematically marginalized, humiliated, isolated, and dehumanized. Details: RSVP to

Regular Activities:

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". March 11th (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).

Weekly Yoga in English - Tuesdays 2:00-3:15pm. Details:

Weekly Pilates in English - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm. Details:

Weekly German Conversations - Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-12noon at Wiener Cafe on Clayallee. Come practice your conversational German with fellow semi-beginners, lead by some of our native German members. Contact Linda Sheehan at for more info.

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

Click on Calendar for Overview

FAWCO Update

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program, which will take place in Dublin, Ireland from June 7-12, 2016.  The Program will be available for 8-10 FAWCO teens between the ages of 13-17. Many thanks to the AWC Dublin for their generosity and willingness to set up this year's program! If your teens still have school in June, FAWCO will provide a letter for them to ask their school's permission to attend. Sometimes the kids even receive community service credits.

The Program will introduce the group to some of the sights and sounds of Dublin, and the teens will be introduced to Ireland’s structure of volunteering and the underlying needs.

The FAWCO Youth Cultural Volunteers Program is designed to foster cultural awareness and volunteerism among our youths. Your kids will be hosted by the host club's families for a week, and will experience a new culture while volunteering with local charities, working side-by-side with local teens. As part of the program, the participants will create a video about their experiences, and write individual essays reflecting on what they learn. Participants will be able to receive community service credits required by their International Baccalaureate program. 

To download an application, click here. The application deadline is April 30, 2016. Submit to


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. There are many benefits to our Club for being a member of FAWCO, but also to YOU, as an individual member.  You are eligible for education awards for members, your children are eligible for education awards and youth programs for teens, your charities are eligible for development grants, to name a few.  FAWCO advocates in Washington on behalf of Americans living overseas (tax & banking issues, citizenship rights, ease of voting... ), and is active at the UN on Gender Equality issues.
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