The AWC Berlin Newsletter

The Bear FactsMarch 2019


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

The the tulips are poking up and I'm starting to shove my coats to the back of the closet. Who else is ready to get out and see people?

The AWC has a packed calendar for March. In addition to our regular activities, we have several art-related tours, a Chinese Embassy visit, two film & lunch events, a Women's Salon featuring an evolutionary biologist, and more. You can't possibly do it all, but take a look and see what sparks your interest. 

With such a full schedule, we'll forgo a General Meeting in March. Therefore, I'd like to make sure you are aware our biggest event of the yearThe Auction of Talentson Friday, April 5th. It's open to partners and guests, and is going to be a fun night! Reserve tickets soon.

I've enjoyed hearing about and seeing photos of your adventures this month. From ski breaks to sun breaks to staying right here in our beautiful city. How lucky we are to be living in Berlin! 

Love, Janel

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


Welcome, New Members!

Ida Flanagan

Ketki Ghaisas

Anna Glover

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below, or at the New Member Wine Reception. All members welcome!

In the meantime, if you are not already a member of our private members only Facebook group, please request to join AWC Berlin Members Only PRIVATE for casual exchanges among AWC members. 

It's Easy to Celebrate

International Women's Day!

March 8 is International Women's Day: a celebration of women's achievements, whether they be social, economic, cultural, political, or personal. How can we celebrate?

A celebration doesn't have to be a big party. It can be as simple as making the time to get together with other women to share experiences, learn from each other, and laugh at life's lessons.  

One of the best benefits our club offers, is the opportunity to meet fantastic women from all over the world. This month, you can celebrate the women of AWC by coming to one of the events designed specifically to connect members with other members: Kaffee Klatsch (day)Kaffee Ost (day), a New Member Wine Reception (eve) and Girl's Night Out (eve). Come meet a woman you don't already know, and walk away better for it. 


This Spring: Auction of Talents

The American Women's Club of Berlin is hosting its Inaugural Auction of Talents on April 5th, 2019. This is a fundraising event to benefit our 2019 Berlin-based charity: JACK Berlin. There will be a live auction of “services/experiences/events” as well as a silent auction of one-off items. We welcome donations in either category. The event will be open to AWC Berlin members, partners and friends.

ALL of us have a TALENT, so share it!  Consider donating a cooking class, lunch or dinner for a small group, a theme party, an outing on your boat, a weekend at your second home, a walking tour of your neighborhood or a bike tour on your favorite trail, a coaching session on any topic, a painting workshop; the possibilities are endless. Click here to download the Auction of Talents Donation Form – 2019. 

If you have a favorite business, consider approaching them for donations, please contact Stephanie for marketing materials.

Please return the completed form to Stephanie Biery at: by March 1, 2019.


March 2019
Calendar of Events

Daytime Activities


Monday, March 4th, 11:00am-1:00pm 

Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124–128  Berlin, 10969


The Novembergruppe was a revolutionary association of Berlin creatives including painters and other artists, architects, writers, composers and filmmakers. Together they commanded a platform for freedom, democracy and diversity within the Weimar Republic.

The Berlinische Galerie celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Novembergruppe with the first comprehensive overview exhibit featuring 119 works by 69 artists.

See event here in AWC calendar.


Wednesday, March 6th, 11:00am-2:00pm

Karen Castellon's Home, near Schlachtensee


Heroic, iconic, dissenter: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Bring a dish to share and enjoy this documentary about this justified Supreme Court pop-culture icon with friends, at Karen's house! 

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.


Friday, March 8th, 10:00am-12:30pm

Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Märkisches Ufer 54, 10179 


The AWC has been invited to visit the Embassy of the People's Republic of China on International Women's Day. We'll learn about China's diplomatic past in Berlin, begun in 1877 at its present-day location near Janowitz Bridge, followed by Chinese food. 妇女节快乐 (Happy Women's Day)!

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.


Friday, March 8th, 12:00pm-1:30pm

Willy-Brandt-Haus, Wilhelmstraße 140 
Berlin, 10963


The AWC returns to the exhibit space at Willy-Brandt-Haus for a photography installation by Berlin photographer Jean Molitor, who's documented the influence of the German Bauhaus movement on architecture and design around the world. Molitor sees Bauhaus as the central element in a movement that inspired an epoch, leading architecture, art, and design out of Art Nouveau and into modernism. Entrance is free, but be sure to bring ID along

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.


Friday, March 15th, 10:30am-2:30pm

Robbie's Home in Kleinmachnow 


Please join us for what will surely be another wonderful Indian film, followed by a lunch of beautifully prepared Indian food by AWC member, Robina Lilliecrapp. The film, Dhanak, was an award-winner in 2016: an uplifting, enchanting, magical fable set in Rajasthan that reinforces the belief that life is beautiful.  

Participation is limited to 16 people, so RSVP soon! 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.


Wednesday, March 27th, 11:00am-12:00pm

Hans Arnhold Center in Wannsee, Am Sandwerder 17-19 Berlin, 14109


The director of the American Academy in Berlin, Terry McCarthy invites you to tour this independent, nonpartisan, and privately funded institution committed to sustaining and enhancing the long-term intellectual, cultural, and political ties between the United States and Germany.

Come learn about the rich programming and history of this local resource!

Click here to find details on the AWC calendar.

Recurring Daytime Activities


Friday, March 1st, 10:30am-12:00pm

Park Cafe, Fehrbelliner Pl. 8, 10707 (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.

 here to see this event in the AWC calendar.


Mondays, Mar 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 

10:00am - 12:00pm

Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175, Dahlem)


Come join us for weekly German conversation over coffee in a safe and judgement-free environment. We 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. 


Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm

Thursdays: 12:00pm-2:00pm

March 4th, 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th, 21st, 25th and 28th 


Join us for tennis – from beginners to advanced.  Our beginners group has lessons with an instructor while intermediate/advanced players play round-robins. You are welcome to contact our Tennis coordinators for more information.

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


Tuesdays, March 5th, 12th, 19th, 25th 10:00am-12:30pm

Cost: 8 wks/€80


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.  

See event here in AWC calendar.


Wednesday, March 13th, 10:30am-12:00pm

Datscha Prenzlauer Berg at  Stargarder Str. 24 10437


Kaffee Klatsch Ost is our Eastside coffee chat. Stop by to catch up with old AWC friends or even meet new neighbors. If possible please let Rose know you're coming ahead of time, otherwise feel free to just show up last minute to enjoy a cup of coffee with good company. 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.


Friday, March 15th, 9:00am-10:00am

Goldhahn & Sampson, 

Wilmersdorfer Straße 102/103, Charlottenburg


Our Travel Group meets monthly to share their passion for seeing the world. This month the travel gurus will focus on Spring Getaways. If you are interested, join us!

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar

 Evening Activities


Tuesday, March 19th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Janet Chesterman's home in Wilmersdorf, Berlin 10707 


We're lucky to have so many new women joining the AWC in the past few months - Welcome! This is a chance for new members to meet each other, as well as existing members. All members are welcome to join for wine, soft drinks and light snacks. This event is free, 

For more information click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. You will receive the host's address upon RSVPing. 

Recurring Evening Activities


Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Sara Switzman's in Mitte 10117


We’ll be discussing The Girls by Emma Cline. Open to AWC Berlin members only (non-members may attend once prior to joining).

Please bring a light snack to share. Sarah will provide wine and water. 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.


Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Chén Chè Tee Haus


Join us for a delicious meal in this unique restaurant's atmosphere which will have you forgetting you are in the heart of Berlin. The phrase “Chén Chè” means bowl of goodness, and the restaurant’s goal is to present the best of Asian tea culture. They serve tasty teas from around Asia (said to boast healing properties) as well as traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Click here to see it in the AWC calendar.


Thursday, March 28th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Janet Chesterman's in Wilmersdorf 


Come meet Dr. Olivia Judson, a noted evolutionary biologist, author, and media personality! 


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

 Weekend Activities


Saturday, March 16th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Malafemmena at Hauptstrasse 85, 12159


Betty and June have selected our next dining out venue for their mastery in pizza, bring your partner along for a fun night out at Malafemmena

Click here to find this event on the AWC calendar.


Sunday, March 31st, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Circle1 Gallery Hauptstraße 101, Berlin, 10827


Join us for another interesting afternoon at the Circle1 Gallery. The artists and curator of the current show will be in the gallery to discuss their latest exhibition with us. 

Click here to find this event on the AWC calendar.


View the AWC March Calendar


Join the AWC Berlin

We are a vibrant group of women of all ages and our members come from not only the USA but from other countries around the world. Please spread the word and invite your friends to join!


Our LIFE STORIES project is accepting submissions. The LIFE STORIES project, envisioned to become a beautiful published book of stories from our members, was conceived in the Moving Pen writing group and launched in June, 2017. There have been 10 submissions so far. As soon as we have 20, we will look into publication. You don't have to write your life story, just a snap shot, a small story, an experience which has given you knowledge or a realization that you did not have before - therefore answering the prompt, "What I know now that I didn't know then." If you have interest in submitting something, please email Suzy and Janel at by March 30th - you DO NOT need a finished piece, just an idea. Suzy and Janel will work with you to shape your writing. 

FAWCO Update

Registration for the FAWCO Biennial conference in Edinburgh, Scotland closes on February 22.  If you want to join us please register here: The Berlin delegation currently has six members who will be attending. The conference is March 21-24. Questions? Contact your FAWCO representative, Karen Castellon.

Summer Opportunity for teenage girls, ages 14-17. FAWCO Youth Team supports the summer leadership camp in July at The Eleanor Roosevelt Center in New York.  More information at  

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.

  • When in doubt, please contact Janel at

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