JUNE 2021

Dear {Contact_First_Name},

After a very long and difficult lockdown, the latest pandemic news is encouraging and most welcome.  Though the situation remains precarious, it certainly is uplifting to finally see a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.  As it has throughout the pandemic, the Board is continuously analyzing and assessing the most current COVID-19 regulations and the impact of those regulations on the Club’s programming.  As soon as the Club is safely permitted to do so, we anticipate adding some in-person group activities to the calendar.  Because this is a constantly developing situation, please keep an eye on the Club calendar (via the website or the WildApricot App), our weekly “What’s On” emails, and our private members-only Facebook page for the latest programming news.

June is our last month of full programming before the summer months when the Club slows down, so I hope you will take advantage of all that our fabulous volunteers have planned!  Our Monthly Membership Meeting - our last one before the summer - is on Tuesday, June 22, at 7:00pm.  This month, we turn our focus to health and specifically, women’s heart health.  Join us for this informative talk with guest speaker, Dr. Rebecca Baumann, a cardiologist who attended medical school in Germany, trained in the US, and currently practices in the US.  The Calendar this month also features a Film & Society Discussion, two Lunch & Learns, an Urban Watercolor Class, an Artist Studio Tour & Talk with AWC Member Antoinette Cauleyand of course, many of our usual favorites.  There’s seemingly something for everyone, so please check out our calendar and join us!  

Speaking of programming, we need your help!  The Board has received a number of wonderful ideas for future programming, particularly in-person activities, but we need volunteers who are willing to organize and coordinate these activities.  Even though we may not be able to add these activities to the calendar right now due to the restrictions, we'd love to get to work on planning them so that when the time comes, they can be quickly added for our members to enjoy!  Read on below for more information about our needs, and please consider volunteering.  Nothing is terribly time-consuming.  More importantly, it's a great way to meet and get to know other members, while also having fun! 

June is one of my favorite months in Berlin.  I hope that as restrictions once again continue to ease, you are able to get out and enjoy the city and its surroundings!



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Shweta Gupta
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin



Nelly Heidbrink

Isabel Kammerer

Hilary Klassen

Elizabeth Licker

Aigul Neven

Lena Severns

Elizabeth Talbert 

Vanae Weigel

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Thank you, Arina Francke

Arina Francke joined the Club in 2016, and as one of our longer standing members, has since been steadfastly supporting the Club.  Since 2018, Arina has been serving as one of the coordinators of Women’s Salon, an ongoing Club activity where members gather to learn about the journey of an extraordinary and inspiring woman.  Indeed, thanks to the Women’s Salon, our members have had the privilege of meeting and hearing from some incredible women.  She also channeled her creative side and enthusiastically stepped up to volunteer to perform in the Club’s charity productions of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues in both 2017 and 2018.  Beyond her contributions as a volunteer, Arina consistently shows support and enthusiasm for her fellow members and for the Club, and for that we are all truly grateful.  Thank you, Arina!

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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

Tuesday, June 22, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Via Zoom

Join us for the June Monthly Membership Meeting to get updates on the latest Club news, socialize with other members, and hear from our guest speaker. 

We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Baumann, M.D., a cardiologist practicing in the area of General Cardiology and Advanced Cardiac Imaging. Rebecca will speak about women’s heart health, including tips on prevention, questions to ask your doctor, and how menopause and aging impacts cardiovascular health in women.

For more details and to register, please click here.


The June Calendar is full of fun and interesting activities.  Below are just some of the highlights.  Scroll to the end of this Newsletter for the complete listing of our June Events and links to register.  

*It's Okay to Not Know What to Do With Your Life, Wednesday, June 2, 2:00pm - 3:00pm.  Life-changes for women—from moving to a new country to starting a family to seeing grown children out into the world—often mean career changes. Join Katy Kennedy for an interactive webinar that offers exercises and tools to help you decide your next steps. 

*Film & Society Discussion:  Ugly Delicious, Tuesday, June 8, 7:00pm - 9:00pm. Join in for this quarterly discussion about racial, cultural, and social issues.  We will focus on the Asian and Asian-American experience through the lens of food as we discuss selected episodes of the Netflix series, Ugly Delicious.

*Lunch & Learn:  Orchids, Masters of Adaptation, Wednesday, June 9, 12:30pm - 1:30pmCalling all gardeners!  Join AWC Berlin member Alison Kootstra Nowak for a Lunch & Learn to learn about those masters of adaptation from the plant word: orchids.

*Artist Studio Tour & Talk, Friday, June 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm.  AWC member and artist Antoinette Cauley will share insights into how social issues intersect the personal in her work at the next Artist Studio Tour & Talk.

We hope to see you this month! 


Community Volunteering Opportunities

Do you have any hardware or building materials to donate? Volunteer Coordinator Annie Loupy is looking for donations to facilitate a volunteer project with Serve the City to build garden beds and a play kitchen at a Kita for refugees. This could be tools, nails, screws, dueblen, cement, Euro pallets, wood scraps, tiles, chopped wood/trees, bricks, buckets, etc. 

If you have something to donate or have any questions, please email Annie at


Looking for
Event/Activity Coordinators

The Board has received and gathered many wonderful ideas for future programming, including in-person programming as soon as regulations allow.  But we are in need of volunteers to help organize those activities. Please consider helping out to make these ideas a reality!  Just some of the activity ideas that currently need coordinators:

*Women on the Move 

*Photo Safari Berlin

*Outdoor Excursions

*Garden Tours

*Summer Picnics

*Film Club

*German Conversation (seeking a co-coordinator)

You can learn more about our volunteering needs in the members-only section of our website, which you can find here.


NEW!  Cross Club Events.  COVID-19 has allowed FAWCO Clubs to share events virtually.  To make it easier for you to find and join events hosted by other Member Clubs, FAWCO has created the Cross Club Events Calendar. Member Clubs have added a number of great events for the month of June.  Check out the calendar and follow the links for instructions on how to register for the individual events you wish to join.  

Upcoming FAWCO Events.  Virtual FAWCO events continue in June, including: 

**"What is the 2020-2022 Target Project” is a workshop which provides an overview and answers questions about the Target Project and FGM.  This session will be held on June 3, 7:00pm - 8:30pm.  Please click here to register.

**Free Screening of "Picture a Scientist" and Virtual Discussion.  This is the feature length documentary by Sharon Shattuck.  The free screening is available from June 4 - June 7, and the discussion is on Tuesday, June 8, at 7:00pm.  To register to get the link for the free screening please use this FORM.  A link to join the June 8 discussion will be sent to all who register for the screening.

**Carter Center Virtual Tour, Thursday, June 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.  At the virtual FAWCO Conference in March, AWC Denmark President Mary Stewart Burgher was the winning bidder for a video tour of the private offices of President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia.  The tour has been opened up to include other interested FAWCO and FAUSA members.  Please use this FORM to register for the Virtual Tour. You will be sent the meeting link 24 hours before the Tour begins. For more details on the event, please click here

For more information, and to see all upcoming events, check out FAWCO’s Event Calendar.  

FAWCO Publications.  To stay current on all of the latest FAWCO news and happenings, subscribe to FAWCO publications.  For a list of all available publications and to subscribe, click here.

Our FAWCO Representative is Frances Durocher, who can be contacted at


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 31
* Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesday, June 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Morning Book Club
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Tuesday, June 1, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

* It’s Okay to Not Know What to Do with Your Life: An Interactive Webinar
Wednesday, June 2, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

* Women & Finance: Conversations into Actions
Thursday, June 3, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

* Encore Lunch & Learn: The Romance Genre for Newcomers
Friday, June 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Week of June 7
* German Conversation (West)
Monday June 7, 10:00am - 10:40

*Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesday, June 8, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Film & Society Discussion: Ugly Delicious
Tuesday, June 8, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Lunch & Learn: Orchids, Masters of Adaptation
Wednesday, June 9, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

* Midday Mahjong
Thursday, June 10, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Week of June 14
* German Conversation (West)
Monday, June 14, 10:00am - 10:40am

*Urban Watercolor Class
Monday, June 14, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

*Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesday, June 15, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Women’s Writes 
Wednesday, June 16, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

* Genre Book Club (Mystery-Crime-Thriller)
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Wednesday, June 16, 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Week of June 21
* German Conversation (West)
Monday, June 21, 10:00am - 10:40am

*Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesday, June 22, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

* Monthly Membership Meeting
Tuesday, June 22, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

* Artist Studio Tour & Talk: Antoinette Cauley
Friday, June 25, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Week of June 28
* German Conversation (West)
Monday, June 28, 10:00am - 10:40am

*Tennis: Summer Season
Tuesday, June 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Literature Book Club
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Tuesday, June 29, 7:00pm - 9:00pm



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

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