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April 2016

Dear <<First Name>>,

Hope you are enjoying the arrival of Spring! To celebrate the time for new beginnings, the Club has activities this month to reenergize, refresh, regenerate us all - from ourselves to our wardrobe and our habits ... I have just gone through the newsletter with my calendar and marked all the dates. Wow! Your fellow AWC members have planned some fun and motivating activities for you.

Another way to start something new this Spring is to pick up a new skill while helping others by volunteering with the AWC.  I really need help !!! with everything: the website, communications and PR (newsletter, brochure), event planning, activities coordinating - all are good skills to learn or keep sharpened. And here's another incentive: it seems that volunteering with the AWC is a prerequisite to finding a job - 3 volunteers have found full time jobs almost as soon as they volunteered.  So it seems that if you volunteer, you will find a job! :-) - see below for specific volunteer needs.

I'm happy to announce that starting soon, we will have a monthly General Meeting (GM). At this gathering, you will get club updates, be able to sign up for activities, enjoy a speaker and have ample time to socialize. By having one main event each month, I hope that we will see a good % of the membership there. If you have suggestions for speakers, please email me.

The GMs will be on Fridays 10-12pm, with an opportunity to stay for lunch afterwards.  The proposed dates are as follows: (May 20th), June 10th, September 9th, October 14th, November 18th (Thanksgiving event), December 16th (Annual General Meeting).  Please mark your calendars. Once every quarter, we will also have an evening GM.

Don't miss the 2 fantastic FAWCO Youth Programs, open to your children and other young relatives. Youth 13-17 years old are invited to apply for the FAWCO Cultural Volunteers Program in Dublin, Ireland in June and 18-25 year olds are invited to attend the Youth Assembly at the United Nations in NYC this August as part of the FAWCO delegation. Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for details. Email me if you have questions.



Lastly, a reminder that our monthly Coffee this month is Friday, April 22nd at 10.30. http://www.awcberlin.org/event/kaffee-klatsch-april/

I look forward to see you soon!

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 116 members!

Arina Francke
Suzanne Harkins

Jeanne Keweloh
Martina Nitsche
Sylvia Verhallen-Roomberg
Carrie Wick

Lara Zilberkweit

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

Speakers Series Invitation

Financial Strategies for Americans Abroad


Open to non-members, our quarterly Speakers Series addresses issues affecting Americans living overseas.  Please spread the word and encourage your friends, spouse, colleagues to attend. Speaker David Kuenzi will give free consultations the next day. This presentation will address the issues of personal finance: investment strategies, retirement planning, education funding, etc. as well as review some cross-border estate planning and tax considerations.
 

When: Wednesday, April 20th 7-9pm
Where: Allied Museum, Meeting room Library Building, Clayallee 135, 14495 Berlin
RSVP: by April 15th to president@awcberlin.org
Transportation: Roseneck Bus Stop, ample street parking.
Details:
http://www.awcberlin.org/event/speakers-series-financial-planning-for-americans-abroad/

21-day-challenge of creating healthy & loving habits

 
New member Heike Lemmermöhle (meinrobin.com) conducted a 21-day-challenge for her friends & superheroes. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive:

“Beautiful work!! Wow!! Simply beautiful — I have so enjoyed reading your 21-day challenge material. What creative genius.”
“Very much enjoying the inspiration and guidance each day.”
“This is going to be the easiest, most happy feeling challenge ever!! Thanks! I am already looking forward to tomorrow!!”

She is now repeating it for us! You are invited to join her for 21 days of creating healthy & loving habits that will help you to make 2016 your happiest & most amazing year yet. It’s even more fun if you sign up with a friend, who can hold you accountable & cheer you on. Since we’re at 116 members, it might be fun to find a buddy within the club & make a new friend this April.

Kick-off: April 17th

To join the 21-day-challenge simply send an email to heike@meinrobin.com & say “I’m in!”. Starting on April 16th you will receive a daily inspiration from Heike, preparing you for the following day. Each day builds on the previous one.

RSVP until April 15th!
 

Featured Activity this Month


Excursion: Designer Outlet Shopping (open to guests). Friday, April 15th 10am. We would like to have 10 more participants for this event.  Invite your friends and join us for a fun day-out to the Designer Outlet Berlin, where you will find your favorite designer brands at up to 70% off. Our group will be welcomed with a breakfast reception and will receive a VIP 10% discount card for the day and small gift bag.  Designers range from high end Joop, Bogner, Strenesse, Escada to high street Michael Kors and Desigual, and everything in between from Lindner chocolates to Nike. We will carpool from Charlottenburg or you could catch a shuttle bus from the Zoo.  RSVP by April 10th to Nisha at shopping@awcberlin.org Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/679/
 

Late Night Shopping until 11pm

For those who can’t attend the daytime event on 15th April, you can also visit Designer Outlet Berlin on 7th April 2016 for the first Late Night Shopping in 2016. You can shop from 10am until  11pm and enjoy offers up to 80% off of the recommended retail price.

Activities - April 2016

 

Evening:


Cooking for the Ronald McDonald House Berlin-Wedding - Thursday, April 7th 6-9pm. Once a quarter, the AWC Berlin sponsors a dinner and cooks for the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Berlin-Wedding.  We plan the menu, buy the groceries, cook, serve and clean up on the evening.  It’s a fun evening and the families very much appreciate it. Cooking normally starts at 6pm. To volunteer, RSVP to Angelika McLarren at communityservice@awcberlin.org. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/cooking-for-ronald-mcdonald-house-berlin-wedding/

Sushi Making Class - Saturday, April 16th, 5:30pm (€35 pp). We are looking for 4-6 more people for this event. Open to partners and guests! The art of Sushi preparation is not easy, but with some elegance and finger-work, you could do it too. You will learn how to make delicious rice rolls.  RSVP to Chris Krüger at sushi@awcberlin.org.  Your reservation is binding, however you will pay on the day. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/making-sushi/

Speakers Series - Financial Strategies for Americans living abroad - Wednesday, April 20th 7-9pm. RSVP to president@awcberlin.org by April 15th. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/speakers-series-financial-planning-for-americans-abroad/
 

Daytime:


Talent Workshop: Unlock your Potential - Tuesday, April 5th 10-12.30pm. This event is FULL! Due to popular demand, we will repeat this workshop in the near future. Please email me if you are interested. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/workshop-unlock-your-potential/

Book Club - Friday, April 8th 11am-1pm at Cafe am Neuen See (Tiergarten).

April’s book is In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik LarsonThe time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. It is a dazzling, addictively readable work that speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror. The AWC Berlin appears twice in the book ... “The second woman, the American, was Mildred Fish Harnack, a representative of the American Women’s Club in Berlin. She was Fromm’s physical opposite in every way—slender, blonde, ethereal, reserved. Martha and Mildred liked each other at once.” Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/book-club-5/

RSVP to Linda at bookclub@awcberlin.org, also if you are interested in hosting a future Book Club event but can’t make this one, or if you are interested in starting an evening or weekend book club.

Culture Club: Tour of the exhibit "Berlin - City of Women" - Friday, April 29th 11:30am - 1pm. Join us for a private, one-hour English-language tour of this exhibit. Even 150 years ago, Berlin was a place where many things could be done that seemed impossible elsewhere – particularly for women. This exhibition presents the life stories of 20 women, showing how they cast off the corset of societal constraints, what they experienced and how they helped to shape the city’s history. 5€ per person for English tour plus 4€ museum entry. RSVP to Claudia at ctessi@gmail.com.   Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/english-tour-of-exhibit-berlin-city-of-women

Weekend:


April Styling Event with Olga - Saturday, April 23rd 11am-1pm. Our resident stylist, AWC member Olga Johnston has organized a very fun & exclusive fashion event for us. We will visit a showroom of a German designer label KALA.  In a relaxed atmosphere, the owner will tell us about the brand and present the latest collection.  Olga will help us select interesting pieces and create complete looks for those interested, providing individual styling advice on how to dress for your particular body shape. Everyone is welcome to try on pieces with no obligation to buy, though it will be tempting because all the items will be specially priced at 50% of retail (KALA retails at very reasonable prices). RSVP to Olga at olga.berlin.johnston@gmail.com. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/852/

Weekend Culture: Open Studio with Henner Kuckuck (Schöneberg) - Saturday, April 30th 5pm - 7.30pm. Born in Germany, Sculptor Henner Kuckuck, husband of AWC member Sharon Kuckuck, has a career spanning nearly four decades. Read Rory Maclean's Goethe Institut's interview with Kuckuck. RSVP to president@awcberlin.org. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/weekend-culture-open-studio-with-henner-kuckuck/. This is Open Studio day in Schöneberg, so you could combine this with visits to other artist studios in the area.

Regular Activities:


Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "Coffee Chat". This month's Kaffee Klatsch is on April 22nd 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). http://www.awcberlin.org/event/kaffee-klatsch-6/

Weekly Yoga in English - Tuesdays 2:00-3:15pm. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/yoga-in-english-march-1/

Weekly Pilates in English - Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm. Details: http://www.awcberlin.org/event/pilates-17/

Weekly German Conversations - Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-12noon at Wiener Cafe on Clayallee. Come practice your conversational German with fellow semi-beginners, led by some of our native German members. Contact Linda Sheehan at german@awcberlin.org for more info.  http://www.awcberlin.org/event/german-conversations-february-29th/

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.

Volunteers Needed!


I need help with the following tasks (no previous experience required). Consider to volunteer for a position (ie. Web Manager, Special Events Chair) or  just a specific task - anything would be helpful!
  1. Website: a) implementation of Wild Apricot Membership Management, b) Wordpress (activity calendar, web pages update)
  2. Communications: monthly newsletter production, AWC brochure design, PR
  3. Membership Chair
  4. Coordinators for Walking Tours, Culture Club
  5. Evening/Weekend Book Club Coordinator

Event Planning Committee:
  1. for Evening General Meetings - 3 times a year
  2. for monthly General Meetings - 8 times a year
  3. for special events - 3-4 times a year (Summer Picnic, Women & Leadership Panel in Sept/Oct, Annual General Meeting in December ...)

We also have 2 openings on the Board - 2nd VP and Secretary.

I look forward to hear from you president@awcberlin.org or 0176 7069 7106

Click on Calendar for Overview

FAWCO Update

What is FAWCO? and what does it have to do with me?

 
AWC Berlin is a member of FAWCO (www.fawco.org), 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.
 
Angelika McLarren and I attended the FAWCO Annual Global Conference (March 10-12, 2016) in Frankfurt along with 45 other clubs from around the world. FAWCO announced its new logo and mission statement - reflecting a move away from being solely an American organization to being more international (through its UN work & a more international membership).  FAWCO's Target Program (2013-2016) Human Rights for Women concluded with a total of $172,000 raised for Free the Girls (AWC Berlin contributed over $1600). Their new Target Program (2016-2019) was launched Education: Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills.  The Conference was a compact 2 days full of content, networking and sharing of best practices with other clubs. Click here for full Conference coverage.

After the conference, I joined the FAWCO Delegation at the United Nations in New York for the Commission on the Status of Women 60th Session.  The theme was "Women's Empowerment: Sustainable Development".  Click here for FAWCO's CSW60 blog  Stay tuned for my own blog post about the experience. And maybe next year, you'd want to join, it is a great opportunity open to all of us.


FAWCO Youth - 2 fantastic Programs:

Youth 13-17 years old - Cultural Volunteers Program in Dublin, Ireland. June 7-12, 2016.  Even though the program is early this year, your child could get permission from school to earn community service credits for the IB program. Hosted by the AWC Dublin, 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. Details here: https://www.fawco.org/global-issues/youth-program/cultural-volunteers/dublin-2016 - email me if you have questions, or contact Program Chair Barbara Bühling at fawcoyouth@fawco.org.

Youth 18-25 years old - UN Youth Assembly in NYC, August 10-12, 2016.  Apply to be a part of the FAWCO delegation at the Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations. Details about the Youth Assembly here: http://www.youthassembly.nyc/#summer-2016-overview - write me if you are interested.


 
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