AWC BERLIN NEWSLETTER


THE BEAR FACTS

OCTOBER 2021


Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

It’s October, and that can only mean one thing - pumpkin season has arrived!  Whether you love it or hate it, you just can’t avoid it.  Locally, a great way to get into the season is to head to Spargelhof Klaistow for their annual Kürbisausstellung (pumpkin exhibition).  The showcase of amazing carvings and sculptures - all made out of different varieties of pumpkin - is a pretty amazing scene!  While you’re there, you can get all things pumpkin, including carving pumpkins just in time for Halloween!  

As we head towards the end of the year, we also head towards the end of the current Board’s term and the start of the process to nominate (and ultimately elect) the 2022 AWC Berlin Board of Directors.  Please read on for information about the nominations process, and if you are interested in learning more, reach out to Claudia Tessier, Chair of the Nominations Committee.  

If you think you’re not quite ready to commit to the Board, then I encourage you to volunteer for the Club in some other capacity.  We need your help - no matter the amount of time you can give!  You can take a look at all of our current needs here.  But if you don’t see something of interest on that list, and you have other ideas for events or activities that you would like to help plan, we’d love to hear from you too!  Not only is volunteering a ton of fun, but it is a great way to get involved with Club and the Berlin community, meet other members, enhance transferable skills, and so much more!  What’s not to love about volunteering?!

Thanks to our volunteers, there are plenty of activities to look forward to in October, including our Monthly Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 27, via Zoom.  This month's Newsletter has a lot of other great information, including interesting FAWCO news about, among other things, the upcoming virtual Human Rights in Focus event in November, fascinating information on the Club’s founding date (spoiler alert: it’s a different date than what we’ve been assuming!), and an update on our latest fundraising efforts in support of Ascend Athletics and Afghan women and girls. 

Speaking of the latter, I want to close by acknowledging and applauding the incredible generosity of our members, who answered the call to support Ascend under some dire and time-sensitive circumstances.  I personally feel so proud to be a part of this wonderful community whose generosity ultimately helps Ascend support and empower brave, confident young women and girls simply seeking safety and a more just and better future.

Warmest regards,

Shweta

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

CLUB NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Fiona Dettmar

Erika Falkenstein

Ann Marie Fred

Linda Gangloff

Katherine Hennigs

Julia Hodgson

Rachel Jablo

Olivia Judson

Sandra Mesler

Svetlana Robinson

Kristen Waeber

Details about a new member welcome event TBA. 
We look forward to seeing you soon!

CALL FOR 2022 AWC BERLIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS

We will be electing a new Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021. All of the details regarding the meeting, including whether it will be virtual, will be provided at a later date.

The Nominations Committee for the 2022 AWC Berlin Board of Directors is chaired by Claudia Tessier and includes Karen Castellon and Heather Halbach. Its task is to prepare a slate of officers for each office to be filled for the 2022 AWC Berlin Board of Directors: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

You may view descriptions of the positions in the Club’s Bylaws. Those elected will serve on the Board for the 2022 calendar year. As required by the Club’s Bylaws, the Committee will present the slate of nominees to each voting member (Regular and Associate members) by November 25, 2021, two weeks prior to the election on Wednesday, December 9.

Per the Club’s Bylaws, independent nominations, with the consent of the nominee, may be made in writing by 20% (48) of the voting members (i.e., 239 Regular and Associate members) by November 18, 2021, three weeks prior to the election meeting.

If you are interested in being considered for nomination to the 2022 Board of Directors or recommending potential nominees to the Nominating Committee, or for further informationplease contact the Chair at parliamentarian@awcberlin.org.

MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
7:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Join us for our monthly membership meeting to get Club updates and hear from a guest speaker! 

Our guest speaker this month is Claudia Clark, author of the forthcoming book Dear Barack: The Extraordinary Partnership of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel.  Come and hear from Ms. Clark on the relationship between these two leaders, the process of writing the book, and the importance of transatlantic relations.  

AWC BERLIN PHILANTHROPY

AWC Berlin's fundraising campaign in support of Ascend Athletics and the women and girls of Afghanistan has successfully concluded.  In August, 2021 -- in just over one week -- our members contributed a total of 2.560,00 EUR, which the Club matched.  With the match, AWC Berlin made a donation to Ascend Athletics in the amount of 5.120,00 EUR.  Additionally, independent of the fundraising campaign, many AWC Berlin members made individual contributions totaling 3.734,50 EUR.  Collectively, therefore, our AWC Berlin community donated an astounding 8.854,50 EUR.  

A heartfelt thank you to the AWC Berlin community for its incredible support and generosity!

**You can learn even more about Ascend, which is a proud recipient of a FAWCO Development Grant, in the latest issue of FAWCO's Inspiring Women magazine in a wonderful article titled "Justice Is About Transformation."  

PROGRAMMING NEWS & NOTES

**Please note the Charity Trivia Night scheduled for October 2, has been postponed. Stay tuned for more info.**

*We’ll kick off October with our monthly Kaffee Klatsch at the Parkcafé Berlin. It’s a great way to connect with AWC members, catch up with old friends, and  make new ones. Girls Night Out is at La Vucciria this month. 

*Check out Investing for Americans Living in Germany and learn how to successfully manage the financial challenges facing Americans living overseas with Roger Healey, CFP.

*We’re exploring Bergmannkiez with two different walking events. Join professional tour guide Shlomit Lasky who will  lead us on an exploration of the area from Viktoriapark to secret courtyards to the lively shopping avenue of Bergmannstraße. Women on the Move returns with a Street Art Edition in Bergmannkiez,  led by Frances Durocher.

*Plus all of our regular activities, including German Conversation, Book Club, Mahjong, Blogging Group, Women’s Writes, and Photo Safari Berlin.

*Looking aheadthe next two online workshops in our Working and Freelancing in Germany Series are happening in the first week of November. So please register now for Keeping Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile Current and Working for Yourself in Germany.

See the October Events section below for more details on dates and times for all of our upcoming events, and register on Wild Apricot or via the embedded links.

VOLUNTEER CORNER

HELP WANTED

Looking for Blog Editor

Did you know we have a Blog, the Berlin Americana?  If you have an interest in helping us out with the Blog, please contact president@awcberlin.org. 

Looking for Event/Activity Coordinators

The Club needs volunteers to help  organize activities.  The activity ideas that currently need coordinators include:

*Christmas Market Exploration
*Lunch & Learn
*Women on the Move 

*Film Club

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

AWC BERLIN IN HISTORY 

Mystery Solved! - AWC Berlin was founded in 1894! 

Because documents were destroyed during WWII when the club shut down, our earliest archives only include a few articles from the 1930s. Up until now, we did not know exactly when our Club was founded. We had claimed "1931" as our founding date because that was the start of FAWCO (our umbrella organization) and we know that AWC Berlin was one of its founding clubs. An email arrived in September, 2021,  which solved the mystery! 

We are forever grateful to Dr. Larry Prochner, Chair of Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta, who kindly sent us two articles he found in his research. He did so because he had noted the incorrect founding date on our website. The 1902 article dates AWC Berlin's origins to 1894, with the change to the name ‘The American Women’s Club of Berlin’ in 1898. The 1905 article includes information on its new clubhouse (THREE floors in a beautiful building on "Kleist Strasse" - see photo at right), organization, and activities. Based on these articles, AWC Berlin is the first of its kind in Germany, and the oldest of the seven original FAWCO founding clubs.

FAWCO UPDATE

Notable Upcoming FAWCO Events

**Do you have college-bound students in your family?  Get some great advice on the admissions application process, particularly given the ongoing impact of COVID-19, with a terrific webinar hosted by The Short ListBreakthrough Admissions Applications in the Time of COVID-19 webinar will be held virtually on Wednesday, October 6, at 6pmSIGN UP

**FAWCO also continues its focus on diversity and inclusion with a pair of important events this month, including an open discussion Town Hall:

  • Tuesday, October 12, at 6pm CET, Women Speak Up About Race - Panel Discussion and Interactive Event.  SIGN UP 

  • Wednesday, October 20, at 7pm CET, FAWCO Town Hall — Open Discussion on Diversity & Inclusion and More... SIGN UP
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If you haven't already, click here to read the latest issue of Inspiring Women magazine.

The latest issue is centered on the theme of "Women and Justice," and features several AWC Berlin members:

*Katja Malinowski provides her perspective on SDGs and the theme of justice, in an article titled “The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Justice.” 

*Karen Castellon, who leads FAWCO’s Human Rights Team, talks about how the Human Rights Team works. 

*Twana Rhodes, AWC Berlin Treasurer, offers the reasons why she joined the Human Rights Team.


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HUMAN RIGHTS IN FOCUS
 
November 4-7, 2021
 
Hopin (Virtual Platform)
Registration - Opens October 1
 
**check back here for registration link** 

FAWCO is bringing human rights into focus during an online event to raise awareness of human rights issues for women and girls, conduct advocacy workshops and highlight the impact of both international and national member clubs.

Our own AWC Berlin members, Karen Castellon and My-Linh Kunst, are the co-chairs of this important 3-day event.  The Agenda is packed with terrific speakers and some very important topics.  You can find the most up to date Agenda and much more about this event here

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Our FAWCO Representative is Frances Durocher, who can be contacted atfawcorep@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!

OCTOBER EVENTS

* Kaffee Klatsch (in person)
Friday, October 1, 10:30am - 12pm

Week of October 4

* German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, October 4, 9:30am - 10:30am

* Photo Safari Berlin
Monday, October 4, 11:00am - 1:00pm 

* Daytime Book Club
Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck
Tuesday, October 5, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

* Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, October 5, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Blogging Group (In Person)
Wednesday, October 6, 9:00am - 12:00pm

* Girls Night Out
Wednesday, October 6, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

* Bergmannkiez - Culture, Food and Neighborhood Tour
Thursday, October 7, 11:00am - 1:00pm

* Women & Finance: Investment Strategies for Americans Living in Germany
Thursday, October 7, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

* German Conversation Ost (In Person)
Friday, October 8, 10:30am - 12:00pm

* Mahjong (In Person)
Friday, October 8, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

 
 

Week of October 11

* German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, October 11, 9:30am - 10:30am

*Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, October 12, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* FAWCO Women Speak Up: A Panel Discussion on Race in the Workplace
Tuesday, October 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

* Genre Book Club (Romance)
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Wednesday, October 13, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

* German Conversation Ost (In Person)
Friday, October 15, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Week of October 18

* German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, October 18, 9:30am - 10:30am

* AIWCD Online Book Discussion: From Whisper to a Rallying Cry
Monday, October 18, 8:00pm - 9:30pm

*Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, October 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Women's Writes
Wednesday, October 20, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

* German Conversation Ost (In Person)
Friday, October 22, 10:30am - 12:00pm

 

Week of October 25

* German Conversation West (In Person)
Monday, October 25, 9:30am - 10:30am

* Photo Safari Berlin
Monday, October 25, 11:00am - 1:00pm

*Tennis: Winter Season
Tuesday, October 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm

* Literature Book Club
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Tuesday, October 26, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

* Monthly Membership Meeting
Wednesday, October 27, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

* German Conversation Ost (In Person)
Friday, October 29, 10:30am - 12:00pm

* Women on the Move: Street Art Edition
Friday, October 29, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

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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