AWC BERLIN NEWSLETTER


THE BEAR FACTS

JUNE 2022


Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

Have you been to an AWC Berlin event lately? There’s been a terrific positive energy at our events, both in person and online. I’m thankful to all of you who have taken the time to share your interests and expertise with others, as well as to everyone who has participated. It’s been lovely to see so many new connections made.

Wonderful connections were also made at the recent FAWCO Interim Meeting in Luxembourg, where we were represented by a five-member delegation, and our own My-Linh Kunst was awarded with the Circle of Honor, FAWCO’s highest award. Congratulations, My-Linh, and thank you for all you do for FAWCO and our Club! Read all about the conference and the award in the FAWCO section below.

We’re excited for our 4th of July Celebration (on the 3rd of July) at the Wirtshaus zur Pfaueninsel. Please be sure to register any family members and other guests who will attend, including children. If you’ve already registered yourself and would like to add guests, just reach out to Kathy Lyon, our VP Programs, at programs@awcberlin.org

In the meantime, our calendar in June is as vibrant as ever, including a Seven-Lakes Boat Tour on June 19 and a Thaipark Picnic on June 26. Our Menopause Support Group launches on June 2, hosted by member Vivian Birn Schmitt. Club-favorite guide Shlomit Lasky will lead a Jewish Prenzlauer Berg Walking Tour on June 29, and our own member Antoinette Cauley will speak at our Women’s Salon on June 10. Plus all of the reading, dining, walking, and talking that characterize our Club each month. 

Thank you for being part of AWC Berlin! I look forward to seeing you soon.

Warmly, 

Jennifer


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

P.S. - With the big 4th of July BBQ event, we'll forgo Monthly Membership Meetings in June and July.

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CLUB NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

FOURTH OF JULY FAMILY BBQ

July 3, 11:30am - 2:30pm

Wirtshaus zur Pfaueninsel on the Havel

This year we’re celebrating July 4 in style as we gather with friends and families at the Wirtshaus zur Pfaueninsel on the banks of the Havel River across from the World Heritage site of Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island). We’ll enjoy grilled burgers and spare ribs, as well as mushrooms and veggies from the grill, along with all the fixings. 

Guests are welcome, so be sure to include family and friends in your RSVP via Wild Apricot!

View Event Details & RSVP

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Alexandra Kinney

Devon García

Irit Ravid

Kate O’Toole

Simona Ursino

Roisin Philipe


    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    SPOTLIGHT ON NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS

    AWC’s Neighborhood Groups are a casual way for members to get together - for coffee, a drink, a walk, whatever suits the group. Coordinators organize gatherings via email, phone, or WhatsApp. The following neighborhoods have coordinators:

    • Schöneberg/Wilmersdorf (Sahar Bargouti)

    • Prenzlauer Berg (Melanie Baur)

    • Zehlendorf (Jovan Overleithner)

    • Charlottenburg/Westend (My-Linh Kunst)

    • Kreuzberg (Ulrike Henn)

    • Dahlem/ Lichterfelde West (Nelly Heidbrink)

    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!  

    PHILANTHROPY: CHARITY SELECTION PROCESS FOR 2023

    Every 2 years, our members select a local Berlin-based charity for our Club to support with fundraising, in-kind donations and when possible, volunteering. Now it’s time for us to begin our search for support in 2023-2024. The search begins with nominations presented by the members of the AWC Berlin.   The application/nominations deadline is August 15, 2022.  The organization must be Berlin-based and focus on women and children, and the funding request should be for a specific project, not for sustaining the organization. Nominations will be vetted by the Philanthropy Committee and the finalists will be presented to the membership for a final vote at the AGM in December. Once an organization is selected, we will begin fundraising efforts in 2023.

    How can you get involved? Nominate a charity project for us to consider, using the criteria and application linked below. Or join us on the Philanthropy Committee, helping to assess the applications and make recommendations to the Board. Contact Philanthropy Chair Lissa Rosenbloom at philanthropy@awcberlin.org to get involved. 

    TIMELINE & CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

    APPLICATION – please download or make a copy, complete and submit to philanthropy@awcberlin.org as a PDF file.

    FAWCO UPDATE

    AWC Berlin is a proud member club of FAWCO. As an AWC Berlin member, you’re also a member of FAWCO, which enables you to participate in these international opportunities.

     

    From Fran Durocher, AWC Berlin FAWCO Rep

    FAWCO Interim Meeting Recap

    It was really exciting to attend the FAWCO Interim Meeting in Luxembourg (May 19th-21st, 2022) with Hollis Vaughen, My-Linh Kunst and Angelika McClarren. For three days we met with women from 25 different clubs around the world for updates from the boards of FAWCO, the FAWCO Foundation and FAUSA.  From the UN and Sustainable Development Goals, to US democracy and voting rights, to discussions on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, to fundraising to make the world a better place – this conference had it all!  I look forward to sharing the wonderful ideas, inspiration and spirit of FAWCO with our club in the coming year. You can read my full report on the conference here.

    One of the real highlights was seeing My-Linh Kunst honored with FAWCO’s Circle of Honor Award at the Opening Dinner.  The Circle of Honor Award is the highest award bestowed by FAWCO, given to recognize service that fulfills the goals and ideals of the organization.  AWC Berlin Past President and current FAWCO Secretary Shweta Gupta presented the award to My-Linh, saying, “Inside and outside of this organization, [My-Linh] is an activist, a teacher, a community builder, and a leader.  And in all her roles, she is a true believer in FAWCO’s ideals. She has channeled her incredible education, experience, and talents to lift up women in leadership and to advocate for human rights issues, particularly the issue of human trafficking.”

     
    My-Linh Kunst with Circle of Honor Award

    Pictured: My-Linh Kunst with the Circle of Honor Award

    With the successful completion of our past Target Program in March 2022, FAWCO begins a year of study and education on the Environment and how we can make a difference.  Target Program Environment 2022-2025: Our Natural Environment: Empowering Women and Girls to Ensure a Sustainable Future aims to bring awareness to Environmental Issues that affect us all.  Do you have an idea for a project? The deadline for the Application Phase 1 is July 31st, 2022.  For more information click here. 

    Join FAWCO’s It’s a Garden Party online on June 8, 2022, at 7pm CET for a couple of fun-filled and informative hours as FAWCO presenters from around the world speak to the group virtually about their passion for growing and nurturing their gardens. There will be special interactive sessions with FAWCO members where you can ask questions and get some tips for your garden.  Register here. After you sign up, you will receive your Pimm’s Royale and Inspiring Women Celebration cake recipes.

    Learn more about FAWCO at fawco.org, or contact Frances Durocher at fawcorep@awcberlin.org.

    MAKING A DIFFERENCE

    Saeeda’s family continues to adjust to life in Berlin. Thanks to everyone who has offered gifts of items and time! AWC Berlin members have helped make their living space more comfortable as well as offering to tutor them and take them running.

    Three specific requests:
    * cups to be used for tea
    * serving utensils (e.g. for rice)
    * resources for translating a book written by one of Saeeda’s sisters (Dari to English) 

    In case you missed our previous updates, Saaeda is a longtime member of Ascend and her parents and four younger sisters joined her in Berlin in March. Please contact Hollis Vaughen (hollis.vaughen@gmail.com) if you are able to help out. 

    THE 2022 US VOTE: Request Your Ballot

     

    Did you know …

    • that any U.S. citizen who will be 18 by voting day is eligible to register and vote, even if they have never lived in the U.S.?

    • that when living abroad, you must request a ballot every year? So, even if you requested a ballot in the past, you must do so again for this year’s elections.

    Election Day is November 8, 2022, and it will be here before you know it. Register and request your ballot now! Here is how:

    • REGISTER to vote and REQUEST a ballot. You must do this with your local election official, but you can both register to vote from overseas and request a ballot at the same time.  Your ballot request will be for all elections in 2022, which will include any primary elections and the general election in November.   
    • Once you receive your ballot, complete and return it according to the instructions that accompany your ballot.

    Register today! www.overseasvotefoundation.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!

    JUNE EVENTS

     


    Week of May 30
    Mahjong (In Person)
    Wednesday, June 1, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Menopause Support Group (In Person)
    Thursday, June 2, 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Thirsty Thursday (In Person)
    Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Kaffee Klatsch (In Person)
    Friday, June 3, 10:30am - 12:00pm 
    Photo Safari: Where Art Meets Nature (In Person)
    Saturday, June 4, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Week of June 6
    Women's Rights (Zoom)
    Wednesday, June 8, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Girls Night Out (In Person)
    Wednesday, June 8, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Women on the Move - Market Halls (In Person)
    Thursday, June 9, 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Women & Finance: Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning Part 3 - Open Mic (Zoom)
    Thursday, June 9, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Art & Culture: Paul Gauguin at the Alte Nationalgalerie (In Person)
    Friday, June 10, 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Women's Salon with Artist Antoinette Cauley (In Person)
    Friday, June 10, 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    It's After 5 Somewhere - Wine Tasting (In Person)
    Saturday, June 11, 6:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch Club (In Person)
    Sunday, June 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm

     

    Pictured: Mary Stange, Ponte Travels

    Week of June 13
    German Conversation (In Person)
    Monday, June 13, 9:30am - 10:30am
    Genre Book Club (SF/F) (In Person)
    Wednesday, June 15, 10:00am - 11:30am
    Lunch & Learn: Traveling Green (Zoom)
    Thursday, June 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Women on the Move - Market Halls (In Person)
    Friday, June 17, 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday Supper Club (In Person)
    Saturday, June 18, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Seven Lakes Boat Tour (In Person)
    Sunday, June 19, 11:00am - 1:30pm

    Week of June 20
    German Conversation (In Person)
    Monday, June 20, 9:30am - 10:30am

    Thaipark Picnic (In Person)
    Sunday, June 26, 1:30pm - 4:00pm 
     

    Week of June 27
    German Conversation (In Person)
    Monday, June 27, 9:30am - 10:30am
    Evening Book Club (In Person)
    Tuesday, June 28, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Walking Tour: Jewish Prenzlauer Berg (In Person)
    Wednesday, June 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm

    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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