AWC BERLIN NEWSLETTER


THE BEAR FACTS

NOVEMBER 2021


Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

Happy Autumn!

Changing weather, hearty food and the cozy company of friends and family - just a few things that come to my mind this time of year.  This month, I hope that you are able to join in on Tuesday, November 23, for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner - complete with all of the trimmings - at Hirsch & Hase.  I am so grateful that we are able to gather once again to give thanks together, albeit slightly scaled back from our usual potluck affairs.  

This month also features engaging and thought-provoking FAWCO activities, particularly the Human Rights in Focus conference from November 4-6, 2021.  If you are interested in human rights topics, I encourage you to sign up.  You can attend as much or as little of the conference as your schedule allows - it is all virtual and free of cost to attend.  There is still time to register - please see the details in the FAWCO Update section of this Newsletter.  

As we head towards the holiday season, I am pleased to note that the Club again will be supporting the women of Leben Lernen, e.V. with our 6th Annual Christmas Angels project.  We need volunteers to make this project happen!  This is a wonderful way to give back to our Berlin community while supporting vulnerable young women during the upcoming holiday season.  Thanks to Molly Brown for again leading this important community project.  All of the details on this project, as well as all of our fantastic upcoming programming are below, so please be sure to read to the end!  

And speaking of heartwarming community projects, I recently ate at a local restaurant whose mission is to provide healthy food to those in need. There are no prices on the menu and everyone is welcome to sit down for a delicious 3-course meal, regardless of ability to pay.  Patrons are encouraged to make a suggested donation, with any contribution beyond this reserved to fund the meals. Those who cannot pay for their meal volunteer in the restaurant, and are connected with helpful resources in the local area.  In fact, nearly the entire establishment is run by volunteers.  The experience once again reminded me of the goodness in our communities, the power of kindness, and the simple gifts for which we can be thankful, particularly as American Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  If you ever find yourself in New Jersey, I encourage you to check it out for yourself.

I wish you and your loved ones a bounty of good health and happiness always. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Warmest regards,

Shweta

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

A NOTE ON COVID SAFETY & PROGRAMMING

The Board continuously monitors COVID-related developments and mindfully plans programming, which currently includes both virtual and in-person events.  For in-person events, given the rising COVID infection rates in the city of Berlin, please note the following for the health and safety of our members and their families:

  • Please always review the “Stay Safe” section of our event descriptions in advance, so that you are aware of any COVID-related safety requirements that may be imposed for the event, particularly because requirements can vary by venue. 

  • The Berlin Senate continues to recommend taking a PoC antigen test (Schnelltest, at home or at a test center) before meeting with others outside of your household, as well as  wearing a medical mask (operating room or FFP2/KN95) when a safe social distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

  • As always, even in “normal” times, we ask that you register yourself and your guests for events via the Wild Apricot mobile app or the calendar on the members-only website.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping our community stay safe!

CLUB NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Ana Lucia Brito Ishikawa
Vivian Birn Schmitt
Vickie Bu
Linh Cundiff
Kirstine Hansen

Mary Pepchinksi

Kim Schmidt

Banu Trigona Harany


All members are welcome to join the New Member Welcome Coffee & Social on Thursday, November 11, from 10:30am - 12:00pm.  If the event is full, please add your name to the waiting list.  We look forward to seeing you!

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

Thank You,
KATRIN KOCH, UTE MAISL-WUST, and

MONIKA SACHS-WILDE!


Recently, as a result of our ongoing support of Ascend Athletics, the Club received a request from Ascend for German tutors for their young Afghan women evacuees who are now in the refugee camp in Abu Dhabi awaiting their paperwork to come to Germany. The reasoning behind the request was that these virtual lessons would provide some structure to their day and constructively utilize the time that they have while they wait. We put out a call out to our members for volunteer tutors and Katrin, Ute and Monika immediately answered the call.


Since October 4, German lessons have been provided every day (sometimes as early as 5 am CET) to three Afghan young women and one husband. In addition, just this week, three sisters of one of the young women currently in a safe house in Kabul, also joined the lessons in hope that they too, will end up in Germany. The lessons have been a big help to the young women, having given them an introduction to their soon-to-be new language.  But beyond the language, Katrin, Ute and Monika also have offered friendship and mentorship to these young women, which hopefully will help to ease the anxiety of their long and uncertain journey ahead.


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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 members. If you'd like to nominate a member, please email newsletter@awcberlin.org.


SPOTLIGHT EVENT

Members-Only Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 23
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Hirsch & Hase

This year we have so much to be thankful for, and we're especially thankful for the chance to once again celebrate Thanksgiving together.
Join us for a fun, casual, family-style dinner at Hirsch & Hase, complete with traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. 

 

PROGRAMMING NEWS & NOTES

November’s calendar is chock-full of opportunities
to learn, explore, and socialize with your fellow Club members!

**Our Working and Freelancing in Germany Online Workshop Series continues on Thursday, November 4 at noon with Keeping Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile Current with AWC Berlin member Mary Ellen Brennan. Next in the series, on Saturday, November 6, at 10:00am —Working for Yourself in Germany. Led by Tia Robinson, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ExPath, this workshop deep dives into the rules and regulations of freelancing and self-employment in Germany, including some easily missed rules that could end up costing you time and money. The Club-subsidized per-person fee includes a free 30-minute consultation after the workshop with Tia.

**Hang out with friends and meet new ones at Kaffee Klatsch, our monthly coffee meet-up, on Friday, November 5, at 10:30am, at KÄKS on Stuttgarter Platz. The event is a great way to introduce a friend to the Club, so register yourself and your guest today via the link in the November Events section below. Later this month, we meet up at Limonadier in Bergmannkiez to relax and chat over cocktails during our Thirsty Thursday gathering on Thursday, November 18, at 7:00pm. 

**Round out your month with an exploration of Jewish Prenzlauer Berg with guide Shlomit Lasky. The walking tour is offered on two dates—Sunday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 30—both starting at 11:00 am and meeting on Rosenthaler Platz.

JOIN US THIS MONTH!!

VOLUNTEER CORNER

JOIN US FOR THE 6th ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS ANGELS VOLUNTEERS PROJECT!

Seeking approximately 35 CHRISTMAS ANGEL VOLUNTEERS for our sixth annual collaboration with Agape and Leben Lernen e.V.

As a volunteer, you will be given a handwritten letter from one of the young women at one of Leben Lernen's mother-child facilities for whom you (perhaps partnering with your daughter) will prepare a Christmas shoebox. These are vulnerable, often physically and emotionally traumatised young women with young children, who have found refuge in a facility that provides support in the areas of education and training as well as counseling to help the women regain the health, confidence and practical skills to re-enter society. 
To learn more or to participate, please contact Molly Brown at community@awcberlin.org.

HELP WANTED

We need YOU!

The Club is 100% volunteer-run, and we need help!  There are a number of ways in which you can help us continue to make this an enriching club for our members. Here are just a few of our needs right now:

*Blog Editor

*Calendar Manager 


*Neighborhood Coordinators


*Activity/Event Coordinators

You can learn more about all of our current volunteering needs in the members-only section of our website, which you can find here.  Please also feel free to reach out to Shweta Gupta at president@awcberlin.org. 

FAWCO UPDATE

Human Right in Focus Conference, November 4-6, 2021, Virtual on the Hopin Platform.

FAWCO's Human Rights in Focus conference is just around the corner, and there is still time to register!   AWC Berlin members, Karen Castellon and My-Linh Kunst, are co-chairs of this event and have planned a terrific agenda with amazing speakers on a wide array of human rights topics - 20 sessions over 3 days!  As it is virtual on the Hopin platform, you can choose to attend the sessions that work best for you, and it is FREE.  To get more details and to register, please click here.

**Region 5 Regional Meeting, November 12-14, 2021, Vienna, Austria (in-person).   FAWCO Region 5, of which AWC Berin is a part, is holding an in-person Regional Meeting in Vienna, Austria.  Registration for this conference closed on October 31, but look for a report back next month.   

**Other Upcoming FAWCO Events

  • Wednesday, Nov 17, 2021, 7 pm CET, London & Capital workshop,  An American Women’s Roadmap to Becoming a High Net-Worth InvestorIn this webinar from Jenny Judd and Tahir Mahmood from London & Capital, the focus will be on goal setting strategies and wealth planning for Americans living overseas. Register HERE.

  • The FAWCO Human Rights Team will host the next Global Issues Book Discussion on Thursday, December 2, at 7 pm CET. We will be talking about The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future, a memoir by Fawzia Koofi, the first Afghan woman to become a speaker of the parliament in that country. You can read more about Fawzia Koofi and her book and register for the discussion.

**Education Awards and Development Grants. Applications for the FAWCO Foundation’s 2022 Education Awards and Development Grants are now available!  For more information, including the awards available, how to apply and the timeline for applications, visit the FAWCO Foundation’s website here.  The deadline for applications is January 27, 2022.  If you apply, please contact Frances Durocher to get tips on an effective application and to obtain the required signatures from the Club.

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AWC Berlin is a proud member of FAWCO.  AWC Berlin members automatically are members of FAWCO.  Learn more about FAWCO at fawco.org, or contact our FAWCO Representative, Frances Durocher, at fawcorep@awcberlin.org.

AWC BERLIN & SOCIAL MEDIA

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):  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 

**Women and Finance (to share resources):  
https://www.facebook.com/groups/472000217478608 

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

NOVEMBER EVENTS

 

Week of November 1

German Conversation West (In Person)

Monday, November 1, 9:30am - 10:30am

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, November 2, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Benefit Concert with Robin Goldsby (In Person)
Tuesday, November 2, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Blogging Group

Wednesday, November 3, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Keeping Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile Current

Thursday, November 4, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

FAWCO Human Rights in Focus Virtual Conference
Thursday, November 4 - Saturday, November 6

Kaffee Klatsch
 (In Person)
Friday, November 5, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Women & Finance: Investment for Beginners

Friday, November 5, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Working for Yourself in Germany
Saturday, November 6, 10:00am -12:30pm

Week of November 8

German Conversation West (In Person)

Monday, November 8, 9:30am - 10:30am

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, November 9, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Genre Book Club (Krimi)
A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
Wednesday, November 10, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Girls Night Out

Wednesday, November 10, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

New Member Welcome Coffee & Social

Thursday, November 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm

 

Week of November 15

German Conversation West (In Person)

Monday, November 15, 9:30 - 10:30

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, November 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Evening Book Club 
The Autobiography of Malcolm X 
Tuesday, November 16, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Women's Writes

Wednesday, November 17, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Thirsty Thursday

Thursday, November 18, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Jewish Prenzlauer Berg Walking Tour
 (Sunday)
Sunday, November 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Week of November 22

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, November 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Members-Only Thanksgiving Dinner (In Person)
Tuesday, November 23, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Week of November 29

Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, November 30, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Jewish Prenzlauer Berg Walking Tour (Weekday)
Tuesday, November 30, 11:00am - 1:30pm

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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