AWC BERLIN NEWSLETTER


THE BEAR FACTS

JANUARY 2022


Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

Happy New Year! As we ring in 2022, I am grateful for the chance to begin serving AWC Berlin as President. I’m looking forward to working with our multi-talented Board and volunteers, and am especially thankful to outgoing president Shweta Gupta for her support in making this transition. I was lucky enough to find the Club when I first moved to Berlin in 2015, and since then it’s provided me with a warm source of inspiration and connection in this city we’ve chosen to call home.

Having grown up in Central Florida, I know that January in any year can be a tough month in Berlin: the days are short and cold, the coziness of Christmas Markets just a memory. This particular January brings us additional challenges with the start of yet another cycle of gathering restrictions, as our world struggles to contend with the latest developments in the pandemic. 

From the darkness to the pandemic, this context is exactly why we need each other so profoundly right now. We need the intellectual spark from a great book or speaker, the empowering glow of helping others, the spiritual balms of friendship and art. AWC Berlin can offer these gifts to each of us in the weeks to come – but we will each need to be particularly intentional about it. Make a special effort to reach out to other members: to check in, to laugh, to attend events together when possible. 

On the logistical side: Given the latest restrictions in Berlin, the Board and I are working with event coordinators to adjust January’s events to heed these new guidelines, with no gatherings of more than 10 individuals. The restrictions were announced just as many of us had already headed off for the holiday, so I thank you for your patience as we update event statuses in the coming days. As always, please be sure to check our Calendar regularly to confirm the status of an event and the current requirements (testing, vaccination status, etc) for in-person attendance. 

Last year, I loved member Bridget Shaughnessey’s “Let There Be Light” initiative, a Facebook group launched in the dark of winter to celebrate each additional minute of daylight and capture instances of brightness in our lives. This month, I would challenge each of us to look for those sparks in our own lives, and to share the warmth with each other. 

“For there is always light, 

if only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

- from “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

Warmest regards,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Post Dräger
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
president@awcberlin.org

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON COVID SAFETY
AND IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING

The Board continues to monitor COVID-related developments and the impact on the Club’s programming, which currently includes both in-person and virtual programming.  The Board is reviewing the most recent regulations and is evaluating the changes that may be needed to some of the upcoming in-person programs.  Please check the Club Calendar regularly, and also keep an eye on the weekly What’s On email and our private Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on all of our programs.

Additionally, for in-person events in particular, please note the following for the health and safety of our members and their families:

  • Please always review the “Stay Safe” section of our event descriptions in advance, so that you are aware of any COVID-related safety requirements that may be imposed for the event, particularly because requirements can vary by venue. 

  • The Berlin Senate continues to recommend taking a PoC antigen test (Schnelltest, at home or at a test center) before meeting with others outside of your household, as well as  wearing a medical mask (operating room or FFP2/KN95) when a safe social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

  • As always, even in “normal” times, we ask that you register yourself and your guests for events via the Wild Apricot mobile app or the calendar on the members-only website.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping our community stay safe!

CLUB NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Last month, on December 13, 2021, the Club held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) where the membership elected the 2022 Board of Directors. 

A warm and hearty CONGRATULATIONS to the newly elected 2022 Board of Directors, who begin their terms on January 1, 2022!

President - Jennifer Post Dräger

1st Vice President - Silvia Malo

2nd Vice President - Kathy Lyon 

Treasurer - Twana Rhodes

Secretary - Melanie Baur 

Learn more about the members of the Board of Directors here.

Also at the AGM, the 2021 Board of Directors delivered the Club’s Annual Report to the membership, which you can view here.  Thank you to the members of the 2021 Board of Directors for their service!

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Sandra Pöysäri


We look forward to seeing you soon!

PROGRAMMING NEWS & NOTES

Please note that all in-person events are subject to change due to the changing COVID-related regulations.  Please check the Calendar and Club communications regularly for up-to-date information on all of our programming. 

**Start the New Year right with healthier finances by joining the Women & Finance online session on budgeting on January 7 at 3:00 p.m., with a brighter face following an online introduction to Face Yoga on January 11, at 11:00 a.m., and with a refreshed wardrobe at Swap, Not Shop (in person) on Friday, January 14, at noon.

**Get your arts-and-culture fix by making some of your own art with Photo Safari Berlin, which moves indoors to the Mall of Berlin on January 6 at 11:00 a.m.  On January 7 at 6:30 p.m., join us as we celebrate AWC Berlin member Antoinette Cauley’s Vernissage at Galerie SLP in Bikini Berlin. And join us for Berlin-born photographer Helmut Newton’s Legacy Exhibit on January 27 at 11:00 a.m.

**And, regulations permitting, we’ve got lots of chances to socialize, starting with Kaffee Klatsch on Friday, January 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Café am Neuen See and continuing with Chase the Winter Blues Away party on January 20 at 6:30 p.m. and Girls Night Out on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. 

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THIS MONTH!! 

VOLUNTEER CORNER

BECOME AN AWC BERLIN
NEIGHBORHOOD COORDINATOR!

What’s a Neighborhood Coordinator?  The point person for your neighborhood to connect with, and organize casual gatherings for, other members living in your neighborhood.  This is a casual initiative with minimal time commitment. 

Why?  To build community, of course! 

Do any neighborhoods already have coordinators?  Yes, we have volunteer coordinators for the following areas:

*Charlottenburg/Westend - My-Linh Kunst

*Schöneberg/Wilmersdorf - Sahar Bargouti

*Prenzlauer Berg - Melanie Baur

*Mitte - Jovan Oberleithner

*Kreuzberg - Ulrike Henn


We would love to see coordinators for all of the neighborhoods in which our members live.  If you are interested in becoming a coordinator for your neighborhood, or you’d like to learn more about this initiative, contact Silvia at membership@awcberlin.org to get started!  


**Although a neighborhood-based initiative, all members are always welcome to join and/or attend any gatherings in any of the neighborhoods no matter where you live.  We will continue to provide more information on this initiative as it develops!  So please stay tuned, or better yet, volunteer to help!

HELP WANTED

We need YOU!

The Club is 100% volunteer-run, and we need help!  There are a number of ways in which you can help us continue to make this an enriching club for our members. Here are just some of our needs right now:

*Blog Editor


*Activity/Event Coordinators

You can learn more about all of our current volunteering needs in the members-only section of our website, which you can find here.  Please also feel free to reach out to president@awcberlin.org. 

FAWCO UPDATE

FAWCO continues to keep a focus on diversity and inclusion, with its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Team kicking off in November.

Upcoming Featured Event:  The Long Shadow Film Screening, Q&A with the Filmmaker, and Follow-Up Conversation.  The Long Shadow is a documentary which chronicles the filmmaker’s family history in America with owning slaves.  

  • January 14-21, 2022:  Opportunities to screen the Film

  • January 19, 2022, 7:00pm CET: Q&A with Filmmaker of The Long Shadow

  • January 27, 2022, 7:00pm CET:  FAWCO's DEIB Team hosts a follow-up, guided conversation for members about the Film.

For more details, please click here.

To register to view the film and to attend the January 19 Q&A session, please click here.

For the January 27 discussion, please click here.

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Education Awards and Development Grants. Applications for the FAWCO Foundation’s 2022 Education Awards and Development Grants are now available!  For more information, including the awards available, how to apply and the timeline for applications, visit the FAWCO Foundation’s website here.  The deadline for applications is January 27, 2022.  If you apply, please contact Frances Durocher to get tips on an effective application and to obtain the required signatures from the Club.

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AWC Berlin is a proud member of FAWCO.  AWC Berlin members automatically are members of FAWCO.  Learn more about FAWCO at fawco.org, or contact our FAWCO Representative, Frances Durocher, at fawcorep@awcberlin.org.

AWC BERLIN & SOCIAL MEDIA

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):  https://www.facebook.com/groups/653200785262766 

**Bookmarked in Berlin (for book lovers to share and discuss their favorite reads): https://www.facebook.com/groups/302249127866608 

**Women and Finance (to share resources):  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/472000217478608 

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

JANUARY EVENTS

 

Week of January 3

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, January 4, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Literature Book Club
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Tuesday, January 4, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Photo Safari Berlin (In Person)
Thursday, January 6, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Kaffee Klatsch (In Person)
Friday, January 7, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Women & Finance
Friday, January 7, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Blackbird Fly Exhibit Opening: Antoinette Cauley
Friday, January 7, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Week of January 10

German Conversation West (Zoom)
Monday, January 10, 9:30am - 10:30am

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, January 11, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Face Yoga for the New Year (Zoom)
Tuesday, January 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual FAWCO Coffee
Wednesday, January 12, 11:00am - 12:30pm

German Conversation Ost (Zoom)
Friday, January 14, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Swap, not Shop (In Person)
Friday, January 14, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Week of January 17

German Conversation West (Zoom)
Monday, January 17, 9:30am - 10:30am

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, January 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Morning Book Club
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Tuesday, January 18, 10:00am - 11:30am

Blogging Group (In Person)
Wednesday, January 19, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Women's Writes (Zoom)
Wednesday, January 19, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Chase the Winter Blues Away
Thursday, January 20, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

German Conversation Ost (Zoom)
Friday, January 21, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Week of January 24

German Conversation West (Zoom)
Monday, January 24, 9:30am - 10:30am

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, January 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Girls Night Out
Wednesday, January 26, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Helmut Newton, Legacy Exhibit
Thursday, January 27, 11:00am - 1:00pm

German Conversation Ost (Zoom)
Friday, January 28, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Week of January 31

German Conversation West (Zoom)
Monday, January 31, 9:30am - 10:30am

HOW TO AWC BERLIN

AWC BERLIN ONLINE

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.

IN THE MEMBERS ONLY AREA, you can:

  • 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? WA-Admin@awcberlin.org.

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 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 facebookpolicy@awcberlin.org.

Thank you for your cooperation!


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