The AWC Berlin Newsletter

The Bear Facts

October 2019


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

I know most of you were able to join at least one (if not many) of the fantastic AWC events in September, and hopefully you've also been able to participate in one of the many Berlin community and cultural events. This past weekend, I saw two members go whizzing by my house as participants in the Berlin Marathon. I also saw several members dancing up a storm at one of the many Oktoberfest celebrations. What an incredible life we have here in Berlin. 

If you were able to join the moving Ascending Afghanistan: Women Rising screening then you are likely joining me in feeling extra grateful for this life we have. Women around the globe are in different places in their journey toward equality and freedom; and I am optimistic that we will all achieve those goals with so many smart, powerful, and effective women at the helm. 

Supporting each other starts with the simplest framework of building community, which is what we have here in the AWC. I look forward to seeing you this month.      

Love, Janel

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


Welcome New Members

Laura Aikin

Luisa Brenta

Shih-Ling Chang

Lenora Chu

Natalia Diakov

Caty Forden

Melanie Furey Bauer

Iwona Helms

Heather McDonald

Paula Prescott

Heelah Schoham

Erin Singla

Tam Thompson-Steckel

We look forward to seeing you soon!


General Meeting

Due to staggered and long school holidays throughout most of October, we will forego an October general meeting. The next general meeting will be on November 13th or 14th during the day. Be on the lookout for an invitation.  


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, Kris and Debbie!


Four times a year, this dedicated duo plans, shops, wrangles a team of AWC volunteers and cooks a fabulous and healthy meal for families living in the Ronald McDonald House here in Berlin. They are sometimes serving up to 50 people, and always with a smile. These ladies don't just serve food, they create a social space for volunteers, RMDH employees and residents to enjoy each other and focus on sharing a meal.

All AWC members are welcome to volunteer their time at one of these events. 

September 2019
Calendar of Events

 One-Time Activities

Kaffee Klatsch

Date/Time: Friday, October 4, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Park Cafe 
Cost: cost of your order  
RSVP: no rsvp needed, just show up!

Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly "coffee chat". Stop by to connect with old friends or make new ones.  Details

Literature Book Club

Dates/Time: Tuesday, October 1, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Private home
Bring: snack to share (drinks provided)

This month’s selection is The Door by Magda Szabó. From Amazon: “One of The New York Times Book Review‘s “10 Best Books of 2015” An NYRB Classics Original. "The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship between two very different women. Magda is a writer, educated, married to an academic, public-spirited, with an on-again-off-again relationship to Hungary’s Communist authorities." Details


Blogger's Meetup

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: Private Home, Charlottenburg 
Cost: free  

An informal discussion for anybody managing a personal blog, interested in starting one, or wanting to improve something specific about theirs. Details

Summer of Love Exhibit

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 2, 11am
Location: Palais Populaire on Unter den Linden
Cost: € 9 

The exhibition “summer of love: art, fashion, and rock and roll” brings to life culturally and politically important years at the Palais Populaire. The visions of this era still influence our thinking and ideas about cohabitation today, from feminism and sexual revolution to the peace and environmental movement. The show presents over 150 objects and documents from the summer of 1967. Details.

Chamber Music at Piano Salon Christophori

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 8, 8-10pm
Location: Uferhallen,
Cost:25 including drinks

Join us for an evening of classical music at the hidden Berlin gem, Piano Salon Christophori. Details.

Travel Forum

Dates/Time: Friday October 11, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Goldhahn & Sampson, Charlottenburg
Cost: the cost of your order

The TRAVEL GROUP meets every second Friday of the month at to share their passion for seeing the world. Details

Futurium - Private Tour

Date/Time: Saturday October 19, 10am - 12pm
Futurium, Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
Cost: 5  
to Angela at

Futurium declares itself to be the House of Future – the place where everything revolves about the question how we want to live in the future. Futurium combines exhibitions, discussion and a future lab to show and try new technology.

Following the exhibition, we could have a stop to taste the future at the restaurant, they might be able to offer my favourite insect cookies.  Details

Morning Book Club

Date/Time: Tuesday, October 22, 10am-12pm
Location: Private Home/Kreuzberg
Cost: Free 

This month’s book is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

From Goodreads: “The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina." Details

Sunday Afternoon Dog Walk (dog not required!) 

Date/Time: Sunday, October 27, 1:15pm - 3:00pm 
Location: Grunewald Forest

Cost: Free 

Dogs can run free off leash! Let’s do a casual walk and talk together in true German tradition. Spouses, families, and of course pets are welcome! Details


Haunted Happy Hour

Date/Time: Thursday, October 31, 4-7pm
Location: Kathryn's home in Wilmersdorf

Cost: Free  

No little ghouls nearby to trick or treat? Don’t sit home and watch Hocus Pocus alone; come sip some witch’s brew and nibble sugary treats. Details

Multi-Date Activities

German Conversation - West

Dates/Time: Mondays 10:00am - 12:00pm (NO MEETING OCT 7)
Location: Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175)
Cost: the cost of your order

Come join us for casual German conversation meetups!  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. RSVP to AWC Facebook page before heading over or send an email. Details

German Conversation - Ost 

Dates/Time: Thursdays 10:30am - 12:30pm (NO MEETING OCT 3)
Lawrence Mitte, Oranienburger Straße 69
Cost: the cost of your order

Come join us for casual German conversation meetups!  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. RSVP to AWC Facebook page before heading over or send an email. Details.

Creative Writing Practice - Morning or Evening

Dates/Time: Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:30pm 
Location: contact instructor
Cost: 105€ for 7 weeks

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. If you've never taken the class before, your first one is free. Details

View the AWC October 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 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

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