Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Happy Summer!  

Before last year, when the pandemic forced me to stay in town, I hadn't quite fully appreciated the brilliance of summertime in Berlin.  From the beautiful weather to the fully bloomed landscapes to the daylight that lasts well into the evening hours, there isn’t a whole lot more I could wish for during this time of year.  Ok, maybe a little air conditioning on the super hot days!  But even that is not a deal breaker - the Berlin summers are simply glorious. 

As we head into the heart of summer, the Club slows down as many of our volunteers and members are away.  However, several of our regular events will continue to meet, so please check out the calendar below.  Also, if you are in Berlin around this time, I encourage you to take advantage of our member directory and the private Facebook group, and maybe plan a COVID-safe outing with those members you’ve been “zooming” with over the last many months.

This summer, we also say farewell to some of our most active volunteers, including Karen Castellon and Nancy Dörbandt.  It is often said that this group is only as strong as our volunteers, and Karen and Nancy have proven that time and time again.  Nancy joined the Club in June, 2015, making her one of the first to join AWC Berlin after its re-launch.  Nancy has been a constant presence and has consistently supported us as both a volunteer and  a member - always ready to bring members together for fun evenings out in Berlin.  Karen joined the Club shortly after her arrival in Berlin in early 2016, and over the years, has served on the Board and as our FAWCO Representative.  But more than her “official” volunteer titles, Karen has been a true ambassador.  Her passion for the Club and her sincere care for the members is truly admirable and inspiring.  A heartfelt thank you to both Nancy and Karen for their contributions to the Club over the years.  On behalf of all of us, I wish them - and all of our departing members - all the best as they embark on their new adventures.

Our next Newsletter will be at the end of August.  Until then, whether you are staying in Berlin or (finally) traveling, I wish you a fabulous summer. 

Happy 4th of July!  Stay safe and be well!



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



Thank you, Annie Loupy

A member for just 7 months, Annie Loupy wasted absolutely no time in getting involved with the Club.  Indeed, Annie quickly volunteered to spearhead AWC’s new Community Volunteering initiative, through which we work with local non-profit organizations to find suitable volunteer opportunities for Club members.  Despite the pandemic, Annie successfully has lined up several volunteering opportunities for our members! 

However, Annie is not limiting her strengths and talents to this important initiative.  She also co-coordinates the quarterly Reflect & Connect discussion group, and more recently, has begun coordinating the Investing in the Stock Market group, an offshoot of the popular Women & Finance group.  As if that was not enough, with a degree in Creative Writing, Annie stepped up when we were looking to relaunch a creative writing group for our members, and now helps coordinate and moderate Women’s Writes.  Phew.  Annie’s immediate and extensive commitment to the Club is inspiring and illustrates that even when you join a club like this one during extraordinary times, a great way to get involved and stay connected is by volunteering!  Thank you, Annie!

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Without dedicated volunteers, there would be no AWC Berlin. From every activity to administrative function, there are members stepping up to make this club a rich social, cultural and philanthropic outlet for our 225+ members. If you'd like to nominate a member, please email


Although expats come and go throughout the year, summer is a particularly common time for change.  Indeed, several of our members, including some of our most active ones, are moving away from Berlin this summer.  Though we are sad to see them go, we wish each of our departing members good luck as they begin the next chapter of their lives. 

**Did you know that even after you have left Berlin, you can continue to be an alumni member of AWC Berlin?  If you are interested in maintaining your connection to our community, please contact

**For those repatriating to the USA, consider becoming a member of FAUSA, the alumnae arm of FAWCO.  To learn more about membership, contact

**If you are moving elsewhere in the world, check out the FAWCO website to see if there is a FAWCO member club in or near your new neck of the woods!

Wherever you find yourself in this world, safe travels, stay healthy and stay in touch.  Auf Wiedersehen!


Welcome Back Event

Please save the date for Sunday, August 29, for a welcome back event.  Depending on the COVID restrictions in place at the time, we are hoping to make this an in-person gathering!  More details to come!

Kaffee Klatsch
Friday, September 3
Time and Details TBA 

Trivia Night Fundraiser 

Coming Soon - Fall 2021 

**Do you know which European city has more bridges than Venice?  (psst .. the answer is Berlin, which has around 1,700 bridges!) 

Be on the lookout for more information about our first ever Trivia Night Fundraiser where you can have fun testing your knowledge and helping us raise money for a good cause!



Looking for
Event/Activity Coordinators

The Board has received and gathered many wonderful ideas for future programming, including in-person programming as soon as regulations allow.  But we are in need of volunteers to help organize those activities. Please consider helping out to make these ideas a reality!  Just some of the activity ideas that currently need coordinators:

*Women on the Move 

*Photo Safari Berlin

*Outdoor Excursions

*Garden Tours

*Summer Picnics

*Film Club

*German Conversation (seeking co-coordinators)

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


SDG’s on Holiday.  FAWCO’s #SDGAwarenessTeam is launching a fun and easy photo project for you and the whole family:  SDG’s on Holiday!  You can participate by taking photos of things this summer that make you think of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and sharing them on social media or sending them to to share.  You can learn more about FAWCO’s photo project here.  You also can learn more about the UN’s SDGs here.  Kudos to our own AWC Berlin member, Katja Malinowski, who is one of the co-chairs of FAWCO’s SDG Awareness Team and is helping to organize this fun project!  

FAWCO Target Project.  Please join the Target Team as it welcomes Beth Wallace to speak about The Psychology of FGM and the Power of Female Sexuality.  This special program, which had to be rescheduled from May, is coming up on August 31, from 7:00pm - 8:30pm.  You can register for it 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!



* Women & Finance: Summer Open Mic
Friday, July 2, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

*Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

*Investing in the Stock Market
Monday, July 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

* Genre Book Club (Krimi)
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Wednesday, July 14, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

* Women on the Move: Gleis 17 & Grunewald
Thursday, July 15, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Women's Writes
Wednesday, July 21, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

* Women on the Move: Schlactensee
Thursday, July 22, 10:00am - 12:00pm

*Investing in the Stock Market
Monday, July 26, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

* Daytime Book Club 
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Tuesday, July 27, 3:00pm - 5:00pm


*Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

*Investing in the Stock Market
Monday, August 9, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

* Genre Book Club (Romance)
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
Wednesday, August 11, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

* Women & Finance: Summer Open Mic
Friday, August 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

* Literature Book Club
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Tuesday, August 24, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

* Women's Writes
Wednesday, August 25, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

The Psychology of FGM and the Power of Female Sexuality
***FAWCO Event***
Tuesday, August 31, 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Early September

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

* Kaffee Klatsch
Friday, September 3, time and details TBA



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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