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March 2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Congratulations to Director Molly Moylan Brown and the cast and crew of our V-Day Berlin 2017's benefit production of The Vagina Monologues this past weekend. We sold out on both nights with 200 seats filled. The performances were moving, powerful and empowering for both the audience and the performers alike. Look for my special bulletin this coming week reporting back on the production and its results for TERRE DES FEMMES, our beneficiary.

In March, in honor of International Women's Day on March 8th, we celebrate inspiring women like Käthe Kollwitz (march xx museum visit), and Deidre Berger, our General Meeting speaker, as well as focusing on ourselves with 3 self-improvement workshops. Looking forward to seeing you there!

At the end of the month, I am heading to India to attend the FAWCO Annual Conference in Mumbai along with Angelika McLarren and Nisha Missigbrodt. Besides FAWCO business, there are club and self-development workshops and lots of networking with sister clubs around the world. I have been invited to give a workshop titled "Women in Leadership: To Lead from Within".  You are invited to participate in The FAWCO Foundation's Live Auction.  Click here to download the catalog and you can place your bid in absentia. In May, the 3 of us will report back to you on all we learned from the Conference.

Enjoy leaping into Spring this month!


My-Linh Kunst
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
skype: mylinhkunst
phone: 0176 7069 7106
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Welcome to our 21 New Members this month!
Florence Tatu Amimu
Latasha Barbour-Marenk
Sahar Barghouti
Barbara Bendel
Connie Combs
Laura Correa 
Monica Defort-Matheis
Gina DiCristo Neuner
Ute Fleißig
Carlin Greenstein
Stephanie Hofielen
Jacklyn Klein
Sylvia Kraemer
Casey Leiber
Helena Prince
Jenna Robbins
Sharon Sams
Beate Schwall
Gretchen Spittka
Kellen Sullivan
Katrin Völkner

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.

Our speaker this month is Deidre Berger, Director of AJC Berlin, Lawrence & Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations. Ms. Berger will talk to us about Ms. Berger will talk to us about Living Jewish in Germany, covering aspects of anti-Semitism as well as the growing diversity of Jewish life.  She will also speak about the work of AJC and ways in which we as an NGO can help shape public debate on issues of importance to us.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Where: AJC Berlin Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations,
Leipziger Platz 15

RSVP: Invitation has been sent by Evite. The event is full. please email to be waitlisted.

Featured Event:
Visit to the Ministry of 
Defense - March 30th 10:30

Join us for a special tour of the Bundeswehr Verteidigungsministerium (Ministry of Defense). The BMVg is the equivalent to the US Pentagon.  All branches of the German Military are grouped here to handle national and international Military issues.  It is also the Location where the German Army Officer, Claus von Stauffenberg was executed by Hitlers Military on the grounds of treason for the failed assassination attempt on Hitler (Operation Valkyrie). Meet at the front gate at 10:30.  The tour is for a minimum of 15 and maximum of 50. Please RSVP to Joni at by March 20th.  


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 - March 2017



Evening Out at The Hat Bar - Friday, March 3, 9pm -11pm. The Hat Bar is happy to welcome the AWC Berlin at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 under the S-bahn tracks near Theater des Westens.  Come early to claim your stool and get a drink in your hand before the music starts at 10 pm. If you love to sing (jazz) or want to show off your piano, bass or drumming skills, be sure to stop by. The Hat Bar is always looking for talented volunteers to play or sing and join in on the fun at one of their nightly Jam Sessions.  (AWC Members and their plus ones are welcome.). Free entry. RSVP to Nancy & Renee at For Details, click here.

Evening Book Club - Tuesday, March 7, 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. March’s book club selection is Stasiland by Anna Funder.  In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited and East Germany ceased to exist. In this book, Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany, including the story of Miriam, who as a 16-year-old might have started World War III.  Please RSVP to Claudia at and bring light nibbles to share.

Time Management Workshop, Wednesday March 15, 6:30-8:30pm. In this workshop we will make a start in improving your time and self-management skills. Good time management starts with knowing what is important to you, working towards clear objectives and setting the proper priorities. Sounds simple, but in real life it can be quite a struggle…In this workshop we will refresh your memory and hopefully you will get a better understanding of what is important to you and be inspired to work differently and more efficiently towards your own objectives. For details, click here. RSVP to Becky at

Speakers' Series: Health for Expats - Tuesday, March 28, 7pm-9pm. Please check the calendar, details to follow!


Dining Out at Restaurant Bleibtreu - Saturday, March 11, 7-9pm. Partners Welcome!  Restaurant Bleibtreu is located near Savignyplatz since the 1950s and serves traditional German food in a relaxed atmosphere. The food is down-to- earth and delicious, the portions are rather large, the prices are reasonable, credit cards are accepted and the menu is in English. What else? The service is known to be very friendly. If you are looking forward to enjoy traditional, good German food and a relaxed and laid-back evening, this could be your answer. The menu also caters to vegetarians. Please RSVP by 7th March 2017 to Indira at

5K Group Run in Tiergarten  - Saturday, March 25, 10-11am. Start prepping for the April 30th 5k! (see AWC Calendar for details). We'll meet in front of Brandenburg Gate, on Tiergarten side. Click here for details. Those interested can go for coffee after the run. Please RSVP to Jennifer Montgomery at


Moving Pen Berlin (Writing Group), Wednesdays March 1st, 15th & 29th, 10:30am - 12:30 - see "Regular Activities" below.

Mindful Eating Workshop, Wednesday, March 8, 11:00am - 12:30pm. 
This fun and interactive workshop (Maximum Number of Attendees is 10, so please RSVP!) is designed to give you an introduction to the basic principles of Mindful Eating. In addition to being informational, the session will be very experiential and include mindful eating exercises and suggestions for how participants can bring mindful eating into their everyday life. We will also mindfully prepare and enjoy a simple lunch together. Hosted by AWC member and personal coach Elizabeth Heidenreich, Psy.D. Please RSVP to Elizabeth at For more information, please click here

Essential Oil Make & Take - Thursday, March 9th, 10am - 12 noon. A continuation of our series of Make & Take events using doTERRA essential oils, the American Women’s Club will be hosting a workshop to teach how to make a varitey of all-natural Healing Salves – All-Purpose, Vapor Rub and Super Salves! For additional information, please check calendarplease RSVP to Linda at

Ephraim Palace Museum Visit - Thursday, March 16, 10:30am. We will tour two exhibits at Ephraim Palace Museum as a group, "Schloss. Stadt. Berlin" and video installation "to be Sure." For those interested, we'll have lunch together at a nearby restaurant after our visit. For details, click here. Please RSVP to Becky at 

Käthe Kollwitz Museum Visit - Tuesday, March 21, 11:00am - 2pm. Lunch afterwards at LiteraturHaus Cafe (Fasanenstr 23) for those interested. Kathe Kollwitz is regarded as one of the most important German artists of the twentieth century.  She created timeless art works against the backdrop of a life of great sorrow, hardship and heartache. Kathe was born in 1867 in Konigsberg, East Prussia (now Kalingrad in Russia). She studied art in Berlin and in 1881 she married Dr Karl Kollwitz. In 1896 her second son, Peter, was born. In 1914, Peter was killed in Flanders. The loss of Peter contributed to her socialist and pacifist political sympathies. Kathe believed that art should reflect the social conditions of the time. Click here and here for more information. Please RSVP to Becky at Cost is 7 Euros. 

Beginner Photography Workshop - Wednesday, March 22, 10:00am - 1pm. We will discuss what makes a good photograph and cover camera settings, lighting, composition, and story telling to create more interesting images. It’s ideal to have a DSLR with interchangeable lenses, but any digital camera will do, even just a cell phone. Instructor Julie Comfort studied photography at the California College of the Arts and has been working as an international destination wedding photographer since 2007, shooting weddings across five continents. She lived in Central America for six years before relocating to Berlin in 2015, where she is currently working on a print magazine for girls 6-12 with another photographer. There will be a follow-up session (shooting outside on a photo tour) for those who are interested on March 28th. Please RSVP to Becky at

Talent Workshop: Unlock your Potential - Thursday, March 23, 9:30am -12:30pm. Back by popular demand! Ardine did this workshop for us twice in 2016 and she’s offering it once more. If you would like to go back to work, or do something meaningful, but don’t know exactly where to begin, this workshop offers you the first step to get started. In this workshop, we will make a start in identifying your strengths, values and ways to utilize your talents. Knowing (again) what you are really good at and knowing where you make a difference, is the first step in going back to work or doing something you are really passionate about. Ardine Verhoog is a qualified coach, trainer and organizational psychologist and she is specialized in career coaching for expats. Before becoming an expat, she worked as Senior Consultant at an established Dutch HR Consultancy Agency – specializing in personal development.  With her move to Hong Kong for her husband’s job,  she founded a company to coach expat men/women and provide training in the Asia Pacific area.  In 2013, she moved to Berlin. Please note: maximum of 12 participants, please RSVP to Karen at

Photography Workshop: Editing - Tuesday, March 28, 10:00am - 1pm. Weather permitting, we will walk around and take photos in the neighborhood, followed by a brief instruction on editing images for the greatest impact using free software or phone apps. Bring whatever camera you have, and your laptop if you want to practice editing.  This workshop is a follow-up to the March 22nd photography workshop (see above), led by Julie Comfort, and first preference will be given to those who attend on March 22nd. For more information, click here, please note: Maximum 6 participants!

Ministry of Defense Visit - Thursday, March 30, 10:30am -1pm. Please see our Featured Event, above.

Women's Salon with Marguerite Donlon - Friday, March 31st, 11am -1pm. Our Women's Salon guest is Irish-born Marguerite Donlon, a choreographer and artistic director who is regarded as innovative and highly unique in the theater world today. Renowned for her wit and profundity in equal measure, she excites the dance world by bringing a freshness to the stage yet never shying away from the reality. Her innovative style, her Irish humor and her use of different art forms has placed Marguerite Donlon in an exclusive position in the world of dance today. Marguerite will talk to us about her unusual journey from Irish dancer to highly successful figure in the world of ballet. We’ll also get to see some trailers of her work! Please bring a dish for a potluck lunch after the presentation. For more information, click here or email

Regular Activities:

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". This month's Kaffee Klatsch is on Friday, March 10, 10.30am-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.  

German Conversations - Mondays, 10am-12pm. Come whenever you can, you don’t have to RSVP, but since we are now a small group, perhaps check with Jennifer at first before you go. 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 Jennifer Cripe at

Moving Pen Writing Workshop, Wednesdays March 1st, 15th & 29th, 10:30am - 12:30 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. For details, click here. RSVP to Suzy at

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 March 2017 For Calendar


Volunteers still Needed!

I'd like to welcome the following new volunteers: Lissa Rosenbloom who has joined our Programs team and Laura Correa as Newsletter Editor starting June 2017.

The Board needs help with the following tasks (no previous experience required).
  1. Web Manager
  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 (at 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.

AWC Berlin will have 3 members - My-Linh Kunst, Angelika McLarren, and Nisha Missigbrodt - attending the FAWCO Annual Conference in Mumbai, India March 30 - April 2, 2017.  Look for our report back on the conference in May.
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