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November 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

I just went out and bought myself a colorful bouquet of Fall flowers, to combat the October grey and wet weather.  Winter in Berlin could be really dreary, but just put on a raincoat and come join one of our many fun events! Should you ever feel blue, do reach out to a fellow AWC member (or me) for a cuppa or an exhibit, chances are that she is/ I am feeling the same. There is no need to sit at home alone.  This month we will not have a general meeting, rather we will celebrate Thanksgiving together. You are invited to either Thanksgiving Luncheon on November 16th or Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving itself November 24th. Please see below and join us at one of the celebrations.

Congratulations to Molly Brown and her team of AWC Tutors for the successful completion of their English tutoring program of the refugee teens at JFK School.  She is following up to see if we could continue the program once they settle in their respective schools, and perhaps also offer our tutoring program to other schools with refugee classes.



In case you missed it, our Women & Leadership event at the Volkswagen Group Forum on October 12th, 2016 was very well received with 110 people in attendance and nice press coverage.  Click here to see AWC Berlin in the News and read Molly's post about it on our blog Berlin Americana.

love,
My-Linh
 

My-Linh Kunst
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
skype: mylinhkunst
phone: 0176 7069 7106

Invitation from FAWCO

November 11-13, 2016
 
Did you know that FAWCO:
- has education awards for you and your children?
- distributes development grants to our club's charities?
- advocates for YOUR rights (Americans living overseas) on Congress?
- advocates for women rights at the UN on YOUR behalf?

Join the FAWCO Region 5 (Germany & Austria) Meeting in Berlin!
November 11-13, 2016

to find out more about our umbrella network organization.
Region 5 clubs at FAWCO Annual Conference in Frankfurt, March 2016

AWC Berlin has the honor to host the FAWCO Regional Meeting for Germany & Austria.  We will have visitors from the other seven FAWCO clubs in the region as well as guests from the wider FAWCO network. After Charity Concert with Robin Goldsby on Thursday and Berlin tours on Friday, the Meeting officially begins with a tour of the Allied Museum and Welcome Dinner on Friday evening.  Taking place over the weekend at the Seehof Hotel on Lietzensee in Charlottenburg, the Meeting will give a great introduction to FAWCO, facilitate club interchanges, and have presentations on "Aging Gracefully Overseas" and "Social Media Effectiveness", and a discussion panel on refugees titled Integration through Education

As an AWC Berlin member, you enjoy discounted prices for the weekend.  Please click here to REGISTER for:
1. Friday Night Allied Museum Event & Dinner - 20 Euro (includes Allied Museum tour, guest speaker about life under the Staasi, buffet dinner)
2. Saturday Dinner at Marousch - 43 Euro (includes dinner, water)
3. Saturday Day Participant - 40 Euro includes meeting fee, lunch, coffee breaks and meeting materials. Introduction to FAWCO and Panel on Refugees.
4. Sunday Day Participant - 40 Euro includes meeting fee, lunch, coffee break and meeting materials.  Workshops on "Aging Gracefully from Overseas" and "Social Media Effectiveness".
5. Full Participant - 100 Euro - for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.

Another way for you to meet our visitors is to volunteer for the Hospitality Team - contact Rose Finlay at region5berlin@gmail.com - if you'd like to volunteer.

FEATURED EVENT
Charity Concert with
Robin Meloy Goldsby


AWC Berlin is proud to present Home & Away: An Evening of Music and Stories by Robin Meloy Goldsby. Robin Meloy Goldsby recounts her adventures in Germany as she learns a new language, adapts to a new culture, and finds new friends. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking, and always insightful, Goldsby’s lyrical stories reveal the triumphs and trials of an expatriate life, as she connects her music to family, friends, and home, past and present. Home & Away will feature stories from Goldsby’s books (Piano Girl and Waltz of the Asparagus People) along with some of her recent compositions for solo piano. We’ll also celebrate the publication of Goldsby’s newest book, Manhattan Road Trip. The program will be presented in English. For more information about Steinway artist Goldsby, please click here

“Goldsby has a wicked sense of humor and a keen eye for the absurd. Big hearted, funny, truly eye-opening memoir.” - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

RSVP to president@awcberlin.org – 12 Euro donation collected at the door to benefit FAWCO Target Program on Education for Women and Girls.

When: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7-9pm
Where: Steinway Haus Berlin, Lützowufer 28, 10787 Berlin
 
If you are not already a member of our private members only Facebook group, please click here and join "AWC Berlin Members Only PRIVATE" for casual exchanges among AWC members.
 
Ask your friends to visit us on Facebook or on our website!
 
AWC Berlin Facebook Policy
 
The AWC Berlin Private Members Only Facebook group is open to current members only and is a casual, respectful and friendly forum for member announcements (for example, babies! weddings!, etc.), discussion, information and questions regarding AWC-related topics and/or life in Berlin. 
  • Only authorised AWC Berlin events that are already listed on the AWC calendar (website) can be created as an event in our Facebook group.
  • Please do not post charity donation requests not related to the AWC Berlin.
  • Please do not post commercial, self-promotional or political items.
  • When in doubt, please contact My-Linh at president@awcberlin.org.
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Welcome to our New Members

we're now at 198 members!
Eileen Bernardi
 Barbara Crook

Inna Grike
 Terri Langston
Jennifer Montgomery
 Amelia Nalli
Deborah Roderick
Mary-Louise St. Aubyn-Detterer
 Sharon Taylor 
Jessica Todd
 Liliana Wiesner


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

THANKSGIVING 2016

It's Turkey time! AWC Berlin is offering its members two chances to celebrate this uniquely American holiday.  You are cordially invited to celebrate Thanksgiving at our members-only Thanksgiving Luncheon on Wednesday, November 16th at Christine Bonello's home (near Olympic Stadium). Turkey and drinks will be provided, potluck sides and dessert. Please RSVP here and let us know what you'll be bringing. For more information on the Thanksgiving Luncheon, click here.

Or, join us for our Evening Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, November 24th (maximum: 10 people). You and your partner are invited to join Nancy Dörbandt at her home (near Heidelberger Platz). Turkey will be provided by the Club. Potluck everything else: drinks, sides and dessert. Please RSVP here and let us know what you'll be bringing.  For more information on the Evening Thanksgiving, click here. 

JOIN THE AWC BERLIN


Starting now - our Membership Special is 60 Euro for 2016 & 2017 (normal dues are 50€ per year). 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!

SAVE THE DATE!

Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7-9PM

Hallesches Haus, Kreuzberg


You are invited to our Annual General Meeting and Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7-10pm.  You will hear club reports, plans for 2017 and voting on the new Board of Directors 2017-2018.  Our keynote speaker is Olivia Schofield. Olivia competed against 35,000 speakers to win the coveted position of Top Woman Speaker at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas 2011, at The World Championship of Public Speaking. In 2011, Olivia noticed the lack of speaking skills amongst business speakers and founded Spectacular Speaking, a company dedicated to raising the standard of public speakers and their presentations. “So much attention is spent on branding, marketing and sales, but hardly any attention is given to polishing the performance of the spokespeople representing the companies”  She has worked in both Europe and The States giving keynotes and workshops to audiences of up to 2,000. She is a business owner and mother of two teenage girls. Don't miss it! For Details, please click here. 

Activities -November 2016

 

Evening:


Reception at the Indian Embassy - Wednesday, November 2, 4:30am-6:30pm. AWC Berlin is invited by Mrs. Neeru Singh,  wife of H.E.Mr. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to a tour and reception at the Indian Embassy in Berlin.  Invitations have been sent to members by Evite. If you did not get one, please email president@awcberlin.org. Please bring your ID and plan on arriving 15 minutes early for security check. Where: Indian Embassy, Tiergartenstraße 10785 Berlin. 

Charity Concert with Robin Meloy Goldsby - Thursday, November 10, 7-9pm. For more information on this event, please see Featured Event Box (above). 

Speakers Series: Aging Gracefully Overseas - Monday, November 14, 7-9pm. Planning your own elder care or helping our parents or other loved-ones to age gracefully and with dignity is never an easy topic. Living overseas creates an additional set of challenges. Instead of scrambling when you or your loved-ones suddenly needs assistance, be prepared. We will explore the topic of elder care from the perspective of the expat. Among the segments that will be addressed are: family dynamics, financial pressure, preparedness, legal challenges and staying connected. Attendees will receive a checklist and a resources list for further information. Our speakers are AWC Antwerp members Elizabeth Kelly and Rozanne van Rie, who have done a lot of research and preparation on the topic. RSVP to My-Linh at president@awcberlin.org, Free to AWC Members, non-members 5€ donation to our Charity Fund.

Evening Book Club - Tuesday, November 15, 7-10pm. 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.

November’s book club selection is New York Times Bestseller:  All the Single Ladies, by Rebecca Traister.  The book is an investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women and is “an informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just the single ladies—who want to gain a greater understanding of this pivotal moment in the history of the United States” (The New York Times Book Review).About the author: Rebecca Traister writes about politics and gender for Salon, and has contributed to the New York Observer, Elle, the New York Times, Vogue, the Nation and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband. Please RSVP to Claudia at bookclub@awcberlin.org. 

Evening Thanksgiving - for members and partners.  November 24, 2016. See details above.
 

Weekend:


TOUR OF TEMPELHOF AIRPORT & CAKE AT REFUGEES CAFE - Saturday, November 6, 2016, 1:30-5pm

Visit one of the most spectacular buildings of Europe. Explore one of the main hubs of Berlin airlift and a landmark of the Third Reich. Tempelhof Airport’s main building is a historically protected landmark and a symbol of the eventful history of Berlin itself. On the one hand, it is an expression of Nazi ideology and served in World War II as a weapons production site using forced labour. On the other hand, Tempelhof is also a symbol of freedom, and the Air Lift of 1948/49 made the airport famous throughout the world. During the division of Germany the airport was the gateway to freedom for many people. Over the course of our roughly 2 hour walking tours, we will be taken to the most interesting parts of the huge building, which has a surface space of 300,000 square metres. Afterwards, we will have coffee and cake together at the THF Cafe (Hangar 1), a cafe for refugees and Berliners alike to mix and mingle. Info here: http://thfwelcome.de/thf-cafe-und-termine/ Please RSVP to Karen at karencastellon908@gmail.com but you must buy your own online tickets.


FAWCO REGIONAL MEETING - Friday-Sunday, November 11-13, 2016. AWC Berlin has the pleasure of hosting FAWCO's Annual Regional Meeting. Please see Box (above) or click here for more information. 


Veterans' Day Commemoration and Reception - Sunday, November 13, 2-3pm. In honor of all those Americans who served the cause of Freedom in uniform, VFW Post 10506 (the “Last Outpost”) Berlin takes great pleasure in inviting the AWC Berlin to a Veterans Day Commemoration at the Allied Museum, Nicholson Building. Please RSVP to My-Linh at president@awcberlin.org. For details, click here

 

Daytime:


Holiday Earrings-Making Workshop - Thursday, November 3, 11:30am-2:30pm. Join the Beading Group for a fun, easy, and inexpensive holiday earring-making session at Perlin in the Hackescher Höfe! No experience or tools needed. Make earrings for yourself or as unique gifts. Perlin sells a wide range of gorgeous beads, as well as ready-made earring posts in gold and silver. Simply add beads and then screw on the little ball bead at the bottom – and you’re done!  Afterwards, we’ll head for nearby 1920’s-style restaurant, Hackesche Hof, for coffee or lunch. RSVP to Susanne Ollmann at susanne.ollmann@gmail.com. For details click here

Thanksgiving Luncheon - Wednesday, November 16, 11am-2pm. Join our members-only Thanksgiving celebration (please see Thanksgiving Box, above). 

Advents Calendar Workshop - Friday, November 18, 10am-1pm. If your child loves crafts, consider making an Adventskalendar castle out of painted boxes. Besides boxes and paint, you just need a glue gun, Transparenzpapier for the windows, and a string of lights to make it glow. But keep in mind, you're then officially on the hook to get 24 little presents to stash inside! For details on this event hosted in My-Linh's home, please click hereRSVP to Susanne Ollmann at susanne.ollmann@gmail.com. 

Women's Salon - Friday, November 18, 10am-1pm. AWC member Suzy Nguyen is an American writer born in Saigon, Vietnam whose intimate and lyrical work portrays the individual experiences of the Vietnamese diaspora before and after the Vietnam war.  Her work focuses on their humanity and the timeless themes of identity, passages and the reconciliation of cultures and values that ensue.  In doing so, she hopes to share her contemporary American immigrant story in the 21st century with a broad audience and to preserve her Vietnamese heritage for future generations.  She will read excerpts from her published works including A Strand of Pearls and a Fountain Pen, Suitcase Full of Dresses, Dining Out and My Grandmother’s House, memoirs of growing up female, strong and resilient in the context of war, emigration, love and loss. RSVP to Jennifer at womenssalon@awcberlin.org. For Details, click here
 

Regular Activities:

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". This month's Kaffee Klatsch is on November 4th 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, please 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 15€ per class or 100€ for 10 classes. Contact president@awcberlin.org for info.

Weekly German Conversations 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 that are native German speakers and sometimes we teach ourselves. But, be assured it will always be fun and lively discussion. For more information, please direct your questions to german@awcberlin.org. We meet at Wiener Cafe at Truman Plaza in Dahlem.

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 on Calendar for Overview

 
 

Volunteers Needed!


I need help with the following tasks (no previous experience required).
  1. Web Manager
  2. Activity Chairs for Culture Outings, Cooking/Dining In, Creative Pursuits, the Better Me Workshops
Join the Event Management Team - evenings/daytime to help planning and managing AWC events:
  1. for Evening General Meetings - 2-3 a year
  2. for monthly General Meetings - 7-8 a year
  3. for special events - 3-4 times a year (Summer Picnic, Women & Leadership Panel in Sept/Oct, Thanksgiving, Annual General Meeting in December ...)
I look forward to hear from you president@awcberlin.org or 0176 7069 7106
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