AWC BERLIN NEWSLETTER


THE BEAR FACTS

FEBRUARY 2021


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

One month in, and I hope that the new year has gotten off to a great start for you.  Though it is a short month, with the focus on the global campaign to end violence against women and girls through V-Day and One Billion Rising, as well the celebration of Black History Month, February provides us with opportunities to become informed and build awareness.

The Club has several noteworthy events this month, including our Monthly Membership Meeting where you not only can hear from a wonderful guest speaker, but also get some club news and connect with other members.  Join in on Wednesday, February 17, as we welcome Papatya, our 2021 Local Charity, to learn about the organization’s incredible work in supporting girls and young women of migrant backgrounds who have fled their homes because of cultural and domestic conflicts.  And later in the month, on Tuesday, February 23, there will be a special community discussion of Raoul Peck’s 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro

Beyond these events, there is a full month of programming ahead with something for everyone, including a discussion on current events, cooking club where you can learn to make Egyptian Pie, and finally, a special "Art Object of the Month" Lunch & Learn about the Ishtar Gate from ancient Babylon that is on display right here in Berlin at the Pergamon Museum.

If you have not already done so, check out all that the Club has been doing on our social media pages - from highlighting our incredible members on “Women Wednesdays” to providing FAWCO news and information on “FAWCO Fridays” to sharing thoughts from the Club's Board members to so much more.  This month, look for special posts throughout the month to celebrate and commemorate Black History Month.

Lastly, if one of your new year’s resolutions this year is to volunteer more in your community, then you might be interested in a new volunteering program that the Club is launching.  Read on for more details, including how you can express interest in being a part of this new initiative. Thank you to one of the Club’s newest members, Annie Loupy, for stepping up to lead this program.  

Stay safe, warm and healthy!  I hope to see you soon! 

Cheers,
Shweta

Shweta Gupta
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
president@awcberlin.org

CLUB NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS


Katrin Koch

Pooja Rudra

We invite you to join us this month for one or both of our new member welcome events: 

*New Member Coffee & Social, Wednesday, February 10, 10:30am - 11:30am

*New Member Wine & Social, Friday, February 19, 7:30pm - 8:30pm

All members are invited to come to meet new members and reconnect with ones you already know.

We look forward to seeing you!

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 newsletter@awcberlin.org

Thank You, Rose Finlay!

Rose Finlay has been a member of AWC Berlin since 2015.  Rose has volunteered her time for the Club in several ways, including as a buddy in our Members Buddy Program.  She has welcomed new members to the Club, and even accompanied them to our virtual events.

Editor-in-Chief of Kinocritics.com, writer, and Romance novel maven, Rose inspired and helped launch the addition of genre titles (Romance, SF&F, and Krimi) to Book Club in 2020. She continues to serve as a co-coordinator for the Book Club.

More recently, Rose has been helped to introduce some new events and ideas.  In December, she coordinated the holiday card exchange, in which a dozen members participated to send holiday greetings to each other.  Additionally, upon Rose’s suggestion, we had our first ever “Ugly Sweater” contest at our 2020 AGM.  She even won the contest by acclaim with an amazing holiday themed sweater. Finally, Rose has introduced and hosts “Stitch n’ Bitch,” an evening of crafting where members choose their own projects to work on while socializing together over Zoom.

We are ever grateful for Rose’s creative contributions and her steady involvement with the Club over the years!

VOICE OF THE MEMBER SURVEY

Earlier this month, the Board launched the first ever club-wide Voice of the Member survey and is thrilled to report that 84 members (34% of our total membership) completed the survey, sharing valuable feedback, ideas, and needs.  Programs VP and survey organizer, Dawna Grand, said "Thank you to each of you for making your voice heard and for trusting us with your thoughts."

The Board is carefully reviewing your feedback in order to create impactful and positive change for the Club.  Look for updates in the coming months on next steps and new initiatives.  

The Board is committed to hearing your feedback year round, and the door remains open for any thoughts, ideas, and comments you may have.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION AND FEEDBACK!

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

Monthly Membership Meeting 
with Papatya

Wednesday, February 17,
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Monthly Membership Meetings are an opportunity for all of our members to come together to get Club updates, socialize with other members and hear from a guest speaker. 

This month, the Club is pleased to welcome Papatya, the Club's 2021 Local Charity.  Join us!


Film Discussion
I Am Not Your Negro

Tuesday, February 23,
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Please plan to join in for a special community discussion of Raoul Peck's remarkable 2016 film, I AM Not Your Negro.

AWC BERLIN VOLUNTEERING PROGRAM

Want to have a happier, healthier 2021?  It's easy.  Volunteer! 

People who volunteered in the past year were more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better than those who did not volunteer, cccording to a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies and cited in The Washington Post. The researchers found that people who volunteered more frequently experienced greater benefits: Those who volunteered at least once a month reported better mental health than participants who volunteered infrequently or not at all.

We would like to start a new initiative at AWC:  a volunteer matchmaking service.  Do you know a non-profit that needs volunteers?  Do you have time and skills to offer?  

Our new volunteering initiative will help you help others and help keep you happy and healthy! If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form so we can start the matchmaking! And if you have any questions regarding volunteering, please feel free to email Annie at volunteering@awcberlin.org.

Here's to a happy, healthy and helpful 2021!

THE BERLIN AMERICANA BLOG

ANNOUNCING OUR NEW BLOG SERIES - Embracing Cultural Diversity

We’re celebrating our diverse backgrounds (over 30 nationalities!) and multiple cultural identities in our new blog series, Embracing Cultural Diversity. Starting in February, we’ll post personal stories of favorite holiday and seasonal traditions, beloved dishes and recipes, and unique crafts and costumes—all that connects us to our cultural roots. From the Indian celebration of Diwali to memories of a daughter’s quinceañera to a family recipe for barbeque that’s been passed down the generations, share the cultural touchstones that you and your family celebrate with our AWC Berlin community. Silvia Malo will kick off the series in February with her treasured recipe for the tamales she makes for the Mexican celebration of Candelaria. 

For more information or to contribute to the series, contact the Blog Team: blog@awcberlin.org.

FAWCO UPDATE

SAVE THE DATES FOR UPCOMING MARCH CONFERENCES!

FAWCO Biennial Conference - March 18-21.  The Biennial Conference is for FAWCO Clubs all around the world to come together.  This year, the conference will be virtual and held on the HopIn Platform.  Registration will be opening soon.

65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) - March 15-26.  CSW is the largest global gathering of women’s rights activists and usually takes place at UN Headquarters in New York.  This year, CSW65 will be virtual and members are welcome to register to attend.  For more information, please contact our FAWCO Representative, Karen Castellon, at fawco@awcberlin.org.

AWC BERLIN & SOCIAL MEDIA

Besides the private AWC Members Only group, did you know we have 2 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 

Also, come “like” our public Facebook page and follow us on Instagram @awcberlin!

FEBRUARY EVENTS

German Conversation West
Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, 10:00am - 10:40am
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Come join us for German conversation in a safe and judgment-free environment. We always have a good time! Usually we are joined by AWC Berlin members who are native German speakers.

Midday Mahjong
Thursday, February 4, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Mahjong lovers, let's meet up! We use an online version that is played on a laptop or desktop, and we run Zoom in the background so we can also see and hear each other. The online version is just like sitting at a real Mahjong table.

German Conversation (Ost)
Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 10:00am - 11:30am
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Are you a fear-rabbit (Angsthase) when it comes to speaking German?  I know, know!  Speaking German is no walk in the park (kein Ponyhof).  But even if you only understand train station (nur Bahnhof verstehen), you'll love our conversation sessions.  No judgement.  Just a fun way to meet new people and catch up with old friends.  We usually have a native speaker join us.  All are welcome, whether you studied German, are a native speaker, or just wish to practice!

Let's Dance!
Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 5:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Each week we create a playlist then dance like no one is watching. That's because no one is watching. The earth has shut down for a second time and while we are waiting for our turn to vaccinate, why not have a giggle or two with friends.

Qi Gong & Tai Chi
Sundays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Let's do some Matrix moves! Just a bunch of us putting on a video and moving, exercising and cultivating energy together for half an hour. We will alternate between Tai Chi and Qi Gong exercises throughout the weeks. 

Literature Book Club
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

"Taking place in the years leading up to the First Reform Bill of 1832, Middlemarch explores nearly every subject of concern to modern life: art, religion, science, politics, self, society, human relationships." (Goodreads.com).  George Eliot created some of the most remarkable portraits in English literature with her cast of characters, from Dorothea Brooke and Edward Casaubon to Will Ladislaw.

New Member Coffee & Social
Wednesday, February 10, 10:30 - 11:30am
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

A quarterly, casual get together to meet our new members and welcome them to the club. We will broadly talk about the club's social, cultural and philanthropy/community engagement initiatives over a cup of coffee. 

An Evening Program with Peter Pruyn
Friday, February 12, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

To mark the release of Peter Pruyn's free online memoir, UP: One Man's Journey to Feminism, Peter will perform selected readings with piano accompaniment, followed by audience reflections. 

The Cooking Club: Egyptian Pie
Monday, February 15, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Join Chef Nicky Thomas from your own kitchen to learn how to make authentic Egyptian pie. Nicky will coach you through the steps to prepare and cook the meal, and thanks to the magic of Zoom meetings she'll be right beside you virtually to troubleshoot and answer questions along the way.

Genre Book Club: Romance
Wednesday, February 17, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

In The Royal We, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, American student Bex Porter finds herself at Oxford University living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. When Bex can't resist falling for Nick, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Monthly Membership Meeting with Papatya
Wednesday, February 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Please join this Monthly Membership Meeting to learn more about our Club's 2021 Local Charity, Papatya.

Artist Talk & Virtual Studio Tour with Clare Celeste
Friday, February 19, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Join us for a Zoom chat and studio visit with Clare Celeste Boersch, an international collage and installation artist who creates lush ecosystems of flora and fauna with thousands of hand-cut images.

New Member Wine & Social
Friday, February 19, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

A quarterly, casual get together to meet our new members and welcome them to the club. We will briefly talk about the club's social, cultural and philanthropy/community engagement initiatives over a glass of wine or a beverage of your choice. 

A Forum on Current Events in the US
Sunday, February 21, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

After our first discussion of current events in the US the participants decided to continue our dialogue. Join us for another opportunity to come together as a group of people who want to discuss current political events in the US in a thoughtful and respectful manner. We will cast a glance at the new administration, integrating German and other international perspectives.

Morning Book Club
Tuesday, February 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society.

Film Discussion: I am Not Your Negro
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Register today for our community discussion of Raoul Peck's film I Am Not Your Negro and watch the film at your leisure before joining the group discussion. The film is available on multiple platforms including Netflix, Amazon Prime and iTunes.

Stitch n' Bitch
Wednesday, February 24, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Are you a crafty person? Do you love to DIY? Maybe you have a sweater half-knitted, a 2020 scrapbook to complete or some Valentine's gifts to put together? Join us work on your projects while chatting together and maybe sipping a warming drink. Everyone is invited, no matter your skill level or craft of choice. 

Lunch & Learn: Plastic Audit Results & Action Plan
Thursday, February 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

Join Meg Koch to discuss learnings and insights from the plastic audit you  completed in the January session. You'll create an action plan and get real-time tips and tricks on the best ways to reduce your environmental impact with some simple swaps or alternatives found in your local stores, and perhaps even a bit of DIY.

Lunch & Learn: Art Object of the Month
Friday, February 26, 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Zoom (see registration confirmation email for link)

Details & RSVP

This month we will focus on the stunning Ishtar Gate from ancient Babylon (today's Babel, Iraq). Constructed by King Nebuchadnezzar II around 575 BCE, the gate named after the Mesopotamian goddess of love and war was one of eight entryways into Babylon's inner city. Today, the installation is housed at the Pergamon Museum and is considered one of the most complex and impressive architectural reconstructions in the history of archeology.

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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