Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

Welcome Back from Summer!  I don’t know about you, but this summer has flown by and I can hardly believe that September is upon us.  Where did the time go?  At least for me, I know that time is moving at warp speed because of some big decisions that my family and I have made very recently.  With mixed emotions, we have made the difficult decision to relocate back to the U.S.  Berlin, to my surprise, won me over in ways that I could not have even imagined.  I feel incredibly fortunate for all the last six years have provided to me and to my family, but I’m also looking forward to our next adventure!  There’s more information in the message from the Board below.  But enough about me. 

This month, we return to a full calendar of events.  Despite our short hiatus, our Vice President - Programs, Kathy Lyon, and our event coordinators have been hard at work planning activities for the Fall.  We have a diverse calendar ahead of us featuring many of our regular events, along with some very special activities, including long awaited in-person gatherings.  As always, we remain mindful of the ongoing situation, but we also understand the value of our in-person connections, and so we're planning activities accordingly.  As you will see, our calendar this month is a (hopefully) healthy mix of virtual and in-person events.  With so much to choose from, I hope that you are able to find something that strikes your fancy!

Additionally, please save the date for our Monthly Membership Meeting, on September 22, at 7:00pm via Zoom.  We are pleased to welcome AWC Berlin member and award-winning journalist Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson as our guest speaker.  Given the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, we will have a conversation with Soraya about Afghanistan and the challenges facing Afghan women and girls.  It is sure to be enlightening, and I hope that you will join us on Zoom for this very special evening. 

Speaking of Afghanistan, last month, we launched a campaign to support Ascend Athletics, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young women and girls in Afghanistan.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated to the fundraising campaign so far or reached out to their elected representatives.  We’ll update you when we finalize our efforts. 

Finally, I am pleased to announce that Claudia Tessier has again agreed to serve as the Nominations Chair.  She is already working hard to identify and recruit potential candidates to serve on the Board of Directors in 2022.  There is more information in this Newsletter on the nominations process.  If you are interested in learning more, Claudia would love to hear from you! 

Until we meet again, I wish you continued good health and happiness.



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Shweta Gupta
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin



Tamara Ingram Augustin

Karen Dobson

Steffi Kammerer

Cynthia Kunze

Laura Newitt
Jovan Oberleithner

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Dear Members,

It is with mixed emotions that we announce that AWC Berlin President, Shweta Gupta, is relocating back to the United States in September. Shweta and her family only recently made this decision for both professional and personal reasons.

The Board is pleased to announce that, with her enthusiastic willingness to do so, Shweta will remain in her role until the end of the term, that is, December 31, 2021. Silvia Malo, 1st Vice President, will capably step in to fulfill any duties or obligations requiring a physical presence, while also maintaining her role on the Board as 1st Vice President - Membership. Given that the Board’s current term is nearing its conclusion, the Board determined that this arrangement will be the least disruptive for the Club and, indeed, will allow for maximum stability and continuity, in a period of time that continues to be uncertain. We are confident that, together, Shweta, Silvia and all of the members of the Board will continue to seamlessly manage the Club.

The Board is excited for Shweta and her family, and we wish them well in this next chapter of their lives.

AWC Berlin 2021 Board of Directors


We will be electing a new Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021. All of the details regarding the meeting, including whether it will be virtual, will be provided at a later date.

The Nominations Committee for the 2022 AWC Berlin Board of Directors is chaired by Claudia Tessier. Its task is to prepare a slate of officers for each office to be filled for the 2022 AWC Berlin Board of Directors: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

You may view descriptions of the positions in the Club’s Bylaws. Those elected will serve on the Board for the 2022 calendar year. As required by the Club’s Bylaws, the Committee will present the slate of nominees to each voting member (Regular and Associate members) by November 25, 2021, two weeks prior to the election on Wednesday, December 9.

Per the Club’s Bylaws, independent nominations, with the consent of the nominee, may be made in writing by 20% (48) of the voting members (i.e., 239 Regular and Associate members) by November 18, 2021, three weeks prior to the election meeting.

If you are interested in being considered for nomination to the 2022 Board of Directors or recommending potential nominees to the Nominating Committee, or for further informationplease contact the Chair at



via Zoom

with Guest Speaker,
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

The September Monthly Membership Meeting will be held virtually on September 22, 2021, beginning at 7:00pm.  Join us this month for a wide-ranging discussion with award-winning journalist and AWC member Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on the crisis in Afghanistan.  With her deep perspective and experience, Soraya will talk about the situation in Afghanistan and the impact on Afghan women and girls.  We will enable registration soon, so please watch the Club calendar.  In the meantime, please mark your calendars and plan to join us!


This month, we’re celebrating each other, meeting up with old friends and making new ones at a couple of old favorites: Girls Night Out and Kaffee Klatsch!

We also have a couple of NEW events:

  • We’re kicking off our series on working and freelancing in Berlin with a workshop on job searching with Katy Kennedy on September 29 at 2:00 p.m. (via Zoom).

  • We’re on the move with our first Photo Safari Berlin on September 7, when we’ll stroll the banks of the Spree as we frame the perfect photos  of the Regierungsviertel.

And there's more!  We're celebrating art, culture, and history in Berlin and Europe throughout the month of September: 

  • Join us on September 1 for Diversity United, an exhibition at Tempelhof Airport of the work of 90 artists from 34 countries, from Portugal to Russia, from Norway to Turkey. 

  • On September 15, architectural photographer Mila Hacke gives us a personal introduction to her photography exhibit of the architecture and history of the Student Village at Schlachtensee. 

  • Learn about the German Resistance movements during the Nazi era, with a special focus on the role of our former President, Mildred Harnack, in the Red Orchestra, as well as  other women in the Resistance, in a guided tour of the Gedänkstätte Deutscher Widerstand on September 25. 

  • Dive into the history of Berlin, from the Middle Ages until WWII, on September 28 on our tour of the archaeological dig at Molkenmarkt

Finally, we keep on moving together on September 18 with a walking tour of Ku-damm that goes beyond shopping and luxury brands.




Looking for Blog Editor

Did you know we have a Blog, the Berlin Americana?  If you have an interest in helping us out with the Blog, please contact 

Looking for Event/Activity Coordinators

The Club continues to seek volunteers to help organize activities.  Just a couple of the activity ideas that currently need coordinators:

*Women on the Move 

*Film Club

You can learn more about our volunteering needs in the members-only section of our website, which you can find here.


Upcoming FAWCO September Events:  FAWCO’s virtual offerings are back!  Here are a few highlights.  You can see all of FAWCO’s upcoming events and register by clicking here.  

  • Global Issues Book Discussion led by the Education Team.  Join this discussion of The Girl with the Louding Voice, Wednesday, September 8, 7:00 - 8:30pm CET.  

  • FGM in the US: An Overview by Mariya Taher, Executive Director Sahiyo. Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 pm CET.

  • Women Speak Up! Event on Wednesday, September 22, 6:00 - 7:00pm CET.  This session of FAWCO’s popular series will focus on Race at Work.

SAVE THE DATE!  Human Rights in Focus: November 4–7, 2021.  FAWCO is bringing human rights into focus during an online event in early November to raise awareness of human rights issues for women and girls, conduct advocacy workshops and highlight the impact of both international and national member clubs. Mark your calendars for November, and read more about this exciting event here.

If you haven't already, click here to read the latest issue of Inspiring Women magazine.

Our FAWCO Representative is Frances Durocher, who can be contacted at


Besides the private AWC Members Only group, did you know we have 3 private sub-groups on Facebook?  Click the links below and ask to JOIN. 

**AWC Berlin Second-Hand Postings (to buy, sell or swap): 

**Bookmarked in Berlin (for book lovers to share and discuss their favorite reads): 

**Women and Finance (to share resources): 

Also, come “like” our public Facebook page and follow us on Instagram @awcberlin!


Week of August 30

ART: Diversity United Exhibition
Wednesday, September 1, 11:00am - 1:00pm

* Girls Night Out
Thursday, September 2, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

* Kaffee Klatsch (In Person)
Friday, September 3, 10:30am -12:00pm

* Women & Finance: Stock Investing
Friday, September 3, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Week of September 6

* German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, September 6, 9:30am - 10:30am

* Photo Safari Berlin
Tuesday, September 7, 11:00am - 1:00pm

* Blogging Group
Wednesday, September 8, 9:00am - 12:00pm 

* German Conversation Ost (In Person)
Friday, September 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Genre Book Club (SFF)
World War Z by Max Brooks
Friday, September 10, 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Week of September 13

German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, September 13, 9:30am - 10:30am

* Travel Sketching for All Levels
Monday, September 13, 10:00am - 1:00pm

* Berlin's Allied Architectural Heritage with Photographer Mila Hacke
Wednesday, September 15, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

* German Conversation Ost (In Person)
Friday, September 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Ku'damm Beyond Shopping Walking Tour
Saturday, September 18, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Week of September 20

* German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, September 20, 9:30am - 10:30am

* Evening Book Club
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
Tuesday, September 21, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

* Monthly Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

* Women's Writes
Thursday, September 23, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

* German Conversation Ost (In Person) 
Friday, September 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Mildred Harnack: The German Resistance Memorial Tour
Saturday, September 25, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Week of September 27

German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, September 27, 9:30am - 10:30am

* Tour of the Molkenmarkt Archaeological Dig
Tuesday, September 28, 11:00am - 12:30pm

* How to Find a Job in Your New Country with Katy Kennedy
Wednesday, September 29, 2:00pm - 3:30pm



AWC members can manage their account, access the membership directory and sign up for events by logging into their AWC member account. You can access your account from your smartphone via the Wild Apricot Mobile app, or simply by going on any computer with internet and visiting the "Members Login" area of the AWC Berlin website.

Calendar and Event Registration

As a reminder, AWC Berlin members must log in with a user name and password to access events on our calendar and register for them.  So that we know to expect you, please remember to register for events you wish to attend.


  • Register for and cancel events
  • See your event registration
  • Add events to personal calendar
  • See who else is going
  • Much more...

Step 1: Go to the AWC website and click "Members Login" (request new password from the website if needed). Manage your events from the calendar.

Step 2: You could also download the Wild Apricot Member app to your smartphone or tablet and use your website login on the app.

Step 3: Poke around and get familiar with the tools. See the Instruction Guide for detailed steps and pictures of set up and navigation. Currently, the event registration feature of the app is not available to Android users, but otherwise the app is fine for Android users. Questions?


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 authorized AWC Berlin events that are already listed on the AWC Calendar can be created as an event in our Facebook group.

  • Please do not post charity donation requests or political items not related to the AWC Berlin.

  • You are invited to let us know about your business, but please limit commercial, self-promotional posts to Mondays and be sure to preface your post with MARKETING MONDAY. No comments are allowed on these posts.

  • When in doubt, please send your question to

Thank you for your cooperation!

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