The AWC Berlin Newsletter

The Bear Facts

June 2019


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Everything is out! The sun, the flowers, the people, school (almost) and apparently leopard printthough I wouldn't toss anything, as it all comes back. The AWC will be winding down for summer soon, but there are many events packed into the next few weeks. We hope to see you at many of them, but especially the American-style BBQ on June 16th (details below). This will be our big send-off event.  

I know it's nuts to start talking about autumn already, but your dedicated AWC volunteer team has several fantastic events in the works. This will be our last newsletter until September, so we'll communicate key autumn/winter dates by email and Facebook as they solidify in the coming weeks. Did I just say winter? Good grief, let's get back to summer. 

If you are in Berlin over the summer and would like to organize a get together, feel free to post on our private Facebook group and/or email me if you'd like it added to AWC's official calendar. 

Before signing off, I'd like to say thank you to the many dedicated and generous members who give their time, offer their homes, and lend their expertise to the club. Whether it's setting up chairs at an event or running an entire program, it takes every volunteer to make our club the robust organization that it is. I'm so grateful to each of you. 

Love, Janel

Janel Schermerhorn
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin


Welcome New Members

Brenda Turner

Janice Weiss
Annamaria Gergely
Meera Parikh
Rakel Sosa

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below! Please note that there is a New Member Wine event on May 29th. All members are welcome to join.

Invitation to Summer BBQ!

Please join us for our annual American-German Grill-a-Palooza! Come celebrate summer with family and friends, join us for a BBQ buffet including grilled burgers, ribs and vegetables, along with potato wedges, green and potato salad, and dessert. The cost is 20€ per adult (including water and filter coffee) and 10€ for children 5-14 years old (younger children are free).

This year, we will return to the charming Wirsthaus Zur Pfaueninsel. Take a nice stroll along the historic shores of "Peacock Island" before or after the BBQ. 

Though we will have a full buffet, in the "Americana" spirit, please feel free to bring along traditional BBQ sweets like brownies, cupcakes, or watermelon to share!

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. 

When: Sunday, June 16th - 1:00pm-4:00pm 
Where: Wirtshaus zur Pfaueninsel, Pfaueninselchaussee 100, 14109 Berlin-Wannsee

Cost: 20 per adult, 10 per child 5-14, under 5s free 

RSVP: via Evite by June 10th and indicate number of adults and children (5-14yo)


FAWCO Update

FAWCO Youth Program

To reap the benefits of FAWCO, of which you are a member given your membership in AWC Berlin, you must OPT IN to receive FAWCO news. Go to and in the top right corner are the options to “Join Us” and “Subscribe.” Inspiring Women is the quarterly magazine FAWCO publishes online, in addition to their Newsletter in Brief, and Global Issues Digest. Subscribe today.

If you have a child aged 15-18 who is interested in a cultural volunteering week in Athens, Greece in October 2019, then check out this amazing opportunity offered by FAWCO, and contact Karen Castellon to get your support note from AWC Berlin. 

As an organization, FAWCO pools the resources of its member clubs to focus on one philanthropic cause for a 3-year cycle of education, awareness, advocacy and fundraising. At this time, clubs and individuals are welcome to nominate a health project from anywhere in the world to be the next Target Health Project.

FAWCO conference for Region 5 (German and Austria) will be held in Leipzig November 15-17, 2019. All AWC Berlin members are invited to attend and learn more about FAWCO and strengthening our club through engagement and partnerships. For Karen's full monthly update go to the FAWCO webpage on our website. 


Volunteer Opportunity: Member Buddy Program

We are beginning a new program to connect new members to current members.  The membership team will introduce member pairs based on a commonality, such as the neighborhood in which they live, the school their children attend, or their profession.  

We need YOU to volunteer as a buddy!  All that's required is a phone call or email to the new member, welcoming her personally to AWC, and potentially making a plan to meet at an upcoming AWC event. Please email Karen and Ali to let them know you're volunteering as a Member Buddy!

Volunteer Spotlight

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 250+ members. If you'd like to nominate a member, please email

Thank you, Emi Bevacqua!

Since joining the club 3 years ago, Emi has quietly and generously stepped up to help at numerous events, to run and host morning book club, to help with back-end administrative support, and to produce our monthly newsletterwhich requires no small amount of wrangling cats and tracking details. She is a thoughtful, conscientious, and reliable volunteer, and a dangerous supplier of homemade baked goods. To be clear, her help is quiet, but her joyful greeting and laugh will knock you back and make every event that much more fun. We wish Emi and her family the very best in London, and welcome them back for a visit any time. Hopefully, many times.  Nominated by Janel Schermerhorn

June 2019
Calendar of Events

 Daytime Activities

Embellishment Workshop €10

Wednesday, June 5th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Mitte 

Cost: materials fee €10, or €20 including handmade bag 

Unleash your inner artistic creativity, Stephanie and Sydney will give you tips on embellishing a fabric tote bag or piece of your clothing you'd like to personalize with some artistic detailing. Learn basic embroidery stitches, apply decorative fabric tapes, buttons and/or felt details to your piece. No sewing experience necessary. There are 1000's of options to finish your truly unique piece.

Stephanie has years of experience as a fabric and interiors professional in the US. She has sewn tote bags for you to embellish with her amazing treasure trove of fabrics, tapes and decorations.

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar. 

And Berlin Will Always Need You €12

Wednesday, June 12th
11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Martin-Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963

RSVP: by June 8th and indicate whether you'll be staying for lunch after:

Join us at Gropius Bau for a contemporary exhibit subtitled Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin.

“And Berlin Will Always Need You. Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin” shows the incredible variety of artistic practices that can be found in Berlin today and demonstrates the Gropius Bau’s commitment to continue to provide a regular platform for Berlin artists.

Those interested in staying for lunch are in for a treat: the new museum restaurant, Beba, has just opened to great acclaim. A cooperation between Berlin gastro veteran, Cynthia Barcomi and InFarm, along with some new local talent, "utilize a vegetable-focused menu inspired by ancient Jewish cuisines from around the world.” They also supply pastries in the Barcomi tradition.

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar. 
Tierpark Berlin and Herta the Polar Bear €14

Tuesday, June 25th

Location: Tierpark Berlin, Am Tierpark 125, 10319


Join us for an outing to Tierpark Berlin, Europe’s biggest animal park. Set in 160 hectares of extensive and varied parkland, it is home to over 9,000 exotic and native animals. The Tierpark is renowned for its Camel Pasture, Flamingo Lagoon, predator house, historic mansion Schloss Friedrichsfelde, free electric train rides...

And, best of all….new baby polar bear, Herta! Born on the 1st of December, baby Herta spent the first three and a half months of her life with her mother Tonja in the maternity den. During that time, the helpless and tiny newborn grew into a strong and sturdy little bear. As of March 15th, she is out and about and melting the hearts of her viewers.

See event here in AWC calendar.

Recurring Daytime Activities

German Conversation

Mondays, June 3rd and 17th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175 in Dahlem)

Come join us for the last couple weekly German conversation meetups before summer break!  We meet over coffee in a safe and judgement-free environment and always have a good time! Usually we are joined by AWC Berlin members who are native German speakers. Please check the AWC Facebook page or email before heading over, to make sure that someone will be there.  

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar. 

Tennis - Beginner to Advanced

Mondays June 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th from 11:00am-1:00pm and Thursdays, June 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th from 10:00am-12:00pm

RSVP: by emailing

Join us for tennis – every Monday and Thursday at tennis club Blau-Gold in Steglitz. We welcome advanced/intermediate players to join our core group of 4. The costs for two days, two hours is 160€ per person. If you are a beginner, we can accommodate you once we get 4 beginners signed up, so ask your friends! Beginners would have lessons (at extra cost) with a trainer and then play round-robins with each other. Contact for more information. 

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar. 

Creative Writing Practice €120

Tuesdays, June 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
10:00am - 12:30pm
Cost: 8 wks/€120

Join this diverse group of writers, whether you're a novice or a seasoned professional. No previous experience necessary!! 

At our weekly gatherings, we apply various writing prompts as springboards to unlock and unleash our authentic voices, and share these writings in an atmosphere of trust and deep listening. Uncover the building blocks of good storytelling and discover the seeds of fuller, more developed pieces - from memoir to fiction. If you've never taken the class before, your first one is free. No classes during school holidays, 

See event here in AWC calendar.

Kaffee Klatsch West

Friday, June 7th

Location: centrally located Park Cafe, Fehrbelliner Pl. 8, 10707 Berlin (at U7/U3 stop)

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly “Coffee Chat” from 10:30 to 12:00.

Stop by to connect, catch up with old friends or make new ones. No RSVP needed, just show up. There will always be someone there, with whom to chat.

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

No RSVP needed, just show up.

Bloggers Meetup

Wednesday, June 12th

Location: Karis's in Charlottenburg


New monthly Bloggers Meetup, an informal roundtable discussion for anybody managing a personal blog, interested in starting one, or wanting to improve something specific about theirs.

We hope all will benefit from the exchange of our own personal experiences and to identify the areas in which we could use a little help.

You will be provided with Karis's address upon RSVPing.

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

Travel Bug Forum

Friday, June 14th

Location: Goldhahn & Sampson at Wilmersdorfer Straße 102/103, Charlottenburg10629


The TRAVEL GROUP meets every second Friday of the month at 10:30am to share their passion for seeing the world. Globetrotters gather at the lovely Charlottenburg Goldhahn & Sampson.

See event here in AWC calendar.

Morning Book Club

Tuesday, June 18th

Please Note Special Location:
Das Café in der Gartenakademie, 
Altensteinstraße 15A, 14195 

We'll be discussing The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. Granted, the subject matter may be dark, but it's bound to make for great discussion - under blue Berlin skies in an outdoor cafe surrounded by botanical gardens, and with a book club even lovelier than the venue! Please join us.

Open to AWC Berlin members only, except nonmembers may attend once prior to joining.

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

Kaffee Klatsch Ost

Wednesday, June 19th

Location: Flamingo Fresh Food Bar at  Neustadtische Kirchstrasse 8, 10117 Berlin

RSVP to:

Join us for Coffee Morning in the East at Flamingo Fresh Food Bar in Mitte. If possible, please let Rose know if you are coming, or feel free to show up last minute to enjoy a cup of coffee and the company of your fellow AWC members. 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

Evening Activities

Girls Night Out: BRLO

Tuesday, June 18th

Location: BRLO,

Schöneberger Str. 16, 10963 Berlin

RSVP to Renee and Elyzabeth:

Summer is right around the corner and in Berlin that means enjoying outdoor living. Join Girl's Night Out in June for craft beer and tasty bites in the BRLO Biergarten at Gleisdreieck park. BRLO combines the best of both worlds -  pairing award-winning beers with delicious comfort food like macaroni and cheese and smoked ribs. Bring your smiles and sunglasses, and be ready to enjoy a bright evening in Berlin! (Please note, we are meeting earlier this month to make sure we get a good spot in the Biergarten as reservations are not accepted. If you can’t make it by 6 pm, please get there as soon as you can and we’ll try to reserve space)

Click here to find this event on the AWC calendar.

Recurring Evening Activities

Literature Book Club

Tuesday, June 4th
Location: Claudia Tessier's at Märkisches Ufer
RSVP: by emailing

We’ll be discussing The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. Please bring a light snack to share. Claudia will provide wine and water.

Open to AWC Berlin members only, except nonmembers may attend once prior to joining. You can get Claudia's address in your members directory copy, or when RSVPing. 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

Ronald McDonald House

Thursday, June 20th

Location: Ronald McDonald House, Seestrasse 28 


This month we'll be doing our annual BBQ!  Each quarter we cook a dinner for families of hospitalized youngsters staying at RMDH, the house provides refuge for out of town parents near Charité Hospital in Wedding. We grocery shop, cook and serve dinner for up to 50 people, and would love to have you join us for this fun and rewarding community service event.

Volunteers arrive around 6 and we will need some to stay until cleanup around 10. Thank you for bringing smiles to these families. 

For more information click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. 

Weekend Activities

Dining Out: Ashtaar III

Saturday, June 15th

Location: Ashtaar iii, 

Stuttgarter Platz 22, 10627


Who's in for Indian cuisine? Join us for a night out at Ashtaar's Charlottenburg's location, known for its delicious food, cocktails and atmosphere. So popular they have 4 locations.  

Click here to find this event on the AWC calendar.

Summer BBQ €20

Sunday, June 16th

Location: Pfauen Insel 

RSVP: to your Evite by June 10th!

See featured event above. 

Pfauen Insel is accessable via a bus from S-Wannsee.  For full directions:

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.

Dog Walk in the Grunewald

Sunday, June 23rd

Location: Chalet Suisse at Clayallee 99, Im Jagen 5, 14195   


Let’s do a casual walk and talk together in true German tradition, where dogs can run free off leash! Spouses, Families, and of course Pets are welcome (but not mandatory)! And afterwards anyone interested can enjoy a sit together at a Biergarten. 

Public Transportation is easy, Bus routes X10, X83, 115, all stop at Königin-Luise-Str./Clayallee, and parking is available for drivers.

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.


View the AWC June Calendar


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 (website) 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.

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