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July 2015

June has been a busy re-LAUNCH month for AWC Berlin. We hosted a Speakers Series event for 50 people, cooked dinner for 40 at the Ronald McDonald House, visited the World Press Photos 2015 exhibit, and met our first membership milestone. Full-time working members have requested evening activities, so we are launching Evening C&C (Cocktails and Conversation) this month, getting together at one of our member's favorite hidden gems (see below). We were planning to take a summer break until September, but there is so much interest and energy bubbling up in our small but growing membership that we are getting together a couple of times in July.  I hope to see you at one of these events. 

Happy Summer! (next week the weather will be summer again, perfect for our Summer Brunch)

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

Kathy Aleksic
Karen Axelrad
Christine Bonello
Margaret Clark
Deborah Giese-van Kemper
Jenny Hankammer
Vanessa Hanson
Karin Huber-Levy
Grit Kümmele
Gwendolyn Lynn-Hirsch
Patricia Martin
Susan Ring
Lissa Rosenbloom
Dee Rooke
Linda Sheehan
Laurel Skillman
Elyzabeth Simpson

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



Special Event Invitation

Summer Brunch

You are invited to a potluck get-together to connect and celebrate INDEPENDENCE (in the spirit of "July 4th"). RSVP by July 1st to and let me know what dish you will be bringing.

Date: Friday, July 3rd
Time: 11 am
Location: my home - Kastanienallee 36A, 14050 Berlin
RSVP: by July 1st to or call/text to 0176 7069 7106
Transportation: This is in Westend, Charlottenburg - S-Bahn Westend, U-Bahn Theodor-Heuß-Platz or Bus M45.

Evening C&C

Cocktails & Conversation

Thanks to member Nancy Dörbandt for the recommendation, we will meet at Rüdesheimer Platz Rheingauer Weinbrunnen.  This is what she said: everyone brings their own picnic (or there is pizza around the corner) and orders wine from the bar. The wines are switched out frequently. The gardens are beautiful. It is definitely a hidden gem in Berlin. Here's some info:

Date:  Thursday, July 23rd.
Time:  6.30pm. Nancy and I will be there from 6pm to save a table.
Location: Rüdesheimer Platz, 14197 Berlin
Cost: your own consumption
RSVP: by July 20th to
Transportation: U-Bahn U3 0.1km U Rüdesheimer Platz  or Bus 186 0.1km U Rüdesheimer Platz

re.LAUNCH Membership Drive

In May, the Club was still on hiatus. Now, after re.LAUNCHed in June, we are up to 27 members !!!

Our goal is to have 50 members by the end of the year.  If each of us just invite ONE of our friends to join, we will meet our goal.  We have a special re.LAUNCH membership offer right now until we get to 50 members.

Join now for 2015 & 2016 for only 60 euro (that's a 40% savings as normal annual dues are 50€).

Membership is open to women of all nationalities who embody or appreciate the “American Spirit” –  the spirit of giving, the can-do attitude, the desire to learn and grow, and the drive to make a difference – while still having a lot of fun!  We continually seek out like-minded souls to join our vibrant community!

So please invite your friends to check out our website and click JOIN - all it takes is just one or two!
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Looking ahead - September

In September, the Club will be in full swing.

Our Special Event will be the Labor Day Picnic. In the US, Labor Day (around the first weekend of September) marks the end of summer as beach house rentals are returned and everyone prepares for back-to-school. Let us start the tradition of having our Welcome Back post-summer event on Labor Day, it seems appropriate. This year, we'd like to welcome everyone back with a weekend picnic with family. Bring our own picnic and meet at a park (with nearby facilities) - location TBC.  please mark the date - Sunday, September 6th at 2pm.

On Thursday, September 10th starting at 6pm, AWC Berlin will be cooking our quarterly dinner for the Ronald McDonald House Berlin. Come join us for a fun evening cooking and serving dinners for the families in the house. For more info, please email Angelika McLarren at

Weekly activity - Yoga in English. If you are interested, please email me at The teacher is available for a Thursday morning class (10.30am-11.30am). We have space for 5-6 people, which would make each class costs 10-12€. You wouldn't need to sign up for a series, however, it's important for group development and planning our costs to find a group with regular participants.

Monthly activities (details in the next newsletter) - Book Club will start and Daytime C&C (Cappuccino & Culture) and Evening C&C (Cocktails & Conversation) will continue with fun activities.

Bi-Monthly activities - We will kick-off Weekend Biking with a ride along the Mauer Weg on Sunday, September 20th and Creative Pursuits with a workshop on Mobile Photography (details TBC).

Our blog should have its first posting.  We blog Berlin stories in the voice of an American woman living here – or the “Americana”.  If you would like to contribute, please email our blog editor Molly Brown at

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.

This month, I'd like to introduce you to The FAWCO Foundation. The FAWCO Foundation is the philanthropic arm of FAWCO. The Foundation has four main programs: Development Grants for local charities nominated by FAWCO member clubs (that's us!), Education Awards for members and children of members (that's us!), fundraising for the FAWCO Target Program, and fundraising for the NEEEED Scholarship (an education program to train midwives and nurses in Burkina Faso).

In 2009, I was a recipient of the Member Skills Enhancement award, enabling me to complete my photojournalism class.  The education awards are there for you and your children to apply.

Next month I'll talk about the FAWCO Youth Program.
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