MAY 2022

Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

I blinked and suddenly it’s May! The days are longer, the sunshine is brighter, and our surroundings are more colorful as Spring bursts forth all around us. 

In April, we held our first in-person Monthly Membership Meeting since 2020. It was a joy to be able to gather in a larger group for good conversations and a stimulating speaker. May’s Membership Meeting will also take place in-person, this time featuring our own Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson speaking on a timely topic, Refugee Resettlement in Berlin (May 18). 

The month ahead features many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including a visit to Britzer Garten’s famous tulips (May 14), Photo Safari’s exploration of Gardens of the World (May 23), and a family-friendly picnic at the Volkspark am Weinberg (May 22). We’ll dig into our urban environment with a walking tour of Women Architects in Mitte (May 16) and a walk along Berlin’s original Town Wall (Women on the Move, May 10). 

Our Arts & Culture program is also vibrant – I’m particularly excited about the guided tour of the Berlin Ceramic Museum (May 9). Mix in our Book Clubs, season with numerous opportunities to dine (and wine!), and sprinkle in some excellent learning opportunities online … and you’ve got a recipe for a wonderful month with AWC Berlin!

I look forward to seeing you soon.


Jennifer Post Dräger
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin

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Wednesday, May 18, 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Beyond Limits, Seumestrasse 2, 10245 (between Boxhagener Platz and Ostkreuz)

Join us at Beyond Limits to get updates on the Club’s latest news, socialize with members, and hear from our guest speaker. Beyond Limits is the creative space where we co-hosted our successful fundraiser in March for humanitarian aid to Ukraine. 

This month's speaker is AWC member and international journalist Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who will speak on Refugee Resettlement in Berlin, a topic that many of us have engaged with, whether through volunteering, hosting, or donating. 


6:00pm Registration and social time

6:30pm Meeting begins

7:45pm Dinner (optional)

Pictured: Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

The Russian war in Ukraine has led to millions of Ukrainians fleeing, many of them to the West. How are Germany and its neighbors handling the new refugee surge? And what does it mean for others escaping war, terrorism and persecution who come to the EU?

Join us to discuss these issues and think about opportunities to support local efforts for resettlement.

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For in-person events, 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!



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!

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Chloe Bischoff
Diane Drake
Tessa Loazer
Celeste Sprenger
Miriam Blackman
Flora Ojanen
Ulrike Uhrig
Kimberly Ann Purvis

We look forward to seeing you soon!


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 to get started!  


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.

I look forward to attending the next part of the FAWCO Interim Meeting in Luxembourg, May 19-21, with workshops, presentations, and a celebratory FAWCO Foundation Night.  I am excited to meet women from peer Clubs around the world, to be inspired and to bring back FAWCO news to our club. Please see below for more upcoming FAWCO events. - Fran Durocher, AWC Berlin FAWCO Rep.

Environment Festival: Saturday, May 7The Environment Team is back with interesting and inspiring speakers in our 2nd virtual Festival! During the festival,

  • The “Beeman of India” will tell about his important conservation work with bees; 
  • The founder of I was a sari will cover the topic of fashion and its place in the circular economy;
  • Join our session with tips on how to start a Green Team at your club;

  • Hear updates on FAWCO’s participation in CSW66 and COP26.

Register here:

June 15th - FAWCO Global Issues Book discussion - In the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado Save the date and start reading! Author Silvia Vasquez-Lavado will join us to discuss her book that transects the FAWCO Global Issues. ​​Silvia is a Peruvian-American who conquered the Seven Summits that mountaineers strive to achieve. Her courage took her from a sexually abused childhood in Lima, to the heights of a Silicon Valley career and finally to the top of the world with feats of physical and mental strength. Read the NY Times book review (no subscription required.)

Learn more about FAWCO at, or contact our FAWCO Representative, Frances Durocher, at


Thanks to everyone who has reached out about supporting Saeeda's family! (Saaeda is a longtime member of Ascend and her parents and four younger sisters joined her in Berlin in March.) Members have reached out with offers ranging from household goods to tutoring - thanks to everyone for helping welcome them so warmly! During their transition, their long-term needs are evolving. We will keep the Club informed as we learn more about what will be most helpful for them. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Hollis Vaughen ( if you'd like to get involved.


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 May 2
German Conversation (In Person)
Monday, May 2, 9:30am - 10:30am
Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesday, May 3, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Women on the Move (In Person)
Tuesday, May 3, 10:00am - 11:30am
Mahjong (In Person)
Tuesday, May 3, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Girls Night Out (In Person)
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Artist Talk & Studio Visit: Kama Jackowska (In Person)
Thursday, May 5, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Thirsty Thursday (In Person)
Thursday, May 5, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Kaffee Klatsch (In Person)
Friday, May 6, 10:30am - 12:00pm
It's After 5 Somewhere - Wine Tasting (In Person)
Saturday, May 7, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

Week of May 9
German Conversation (In Person)
Monday, May 9, 9:30am - 10:30am
English Tour of the Berlin Ceramics Museum (In Person)
Monday, May 9, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Women on the Move: Berlin Town Wall (In Person)
Tuesday, May 10, 10:00am - 11:30am
Literature Book Club (In Person)
Tuesday, May 10, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Women's Writes (Zoom)
Wednesday, May 11, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Art & Culture: Barbara Krüger at the Neue Nationalgalerie (In Person)
Thursday, May 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Women & Finance: Estate Planning Part 2 - for Americans in Germany (Zoom)
hursday, May 12, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
AWC Berlin Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
Friday, May 13, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Tulips in Britzer Garten (In Person)
Saturday, May 14, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Sunday Brunch Club (In Person)
Sunday, May 15, 11:30am - 1:30pm


Week of May 16
German Conversation (In Person)
Monday, May 16, 9:30am - 10:30am
Women Architects in Mitte: A Walking Tour (In Person)
Monday, May 16, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Lunch & Learn: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth (Zoom)
Tuesday, May 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mahjong (In Person)
Wednesday, May 18, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Monthly Membership Meeting (In Person)
Wednesday, May 18, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday Supper Club (In Person)
Saturday, May 21, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Picnic in the Park (In Person)
Sunday, May 22, 1:30pm - 4:00pm

Week of May 23
German Conversation (In Person)
Monday, May 23, 9:30am - 10:30am
Photo Safari: Gardens of the World (In Person)
Monday, May 23, 11:00am - 1:00pm 
Morning Book Club (In Person)
Tuesday, May 24, 10:00am - 11:30am
Workshop: Your Body Compass (Zoom)
Wednesday, May 25, 10:30am - 12:00pm


Week of May 30
German Conversation (In Person)
Monday, May 30, 9:30am - 10:30am
Mahjong (In Person)
Tuesday, June 1, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Thirsty Thursday (In Person)
Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Kaffee Klatsch (In Person)
Friday, June 3, 10:30am - 12:00pm



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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