AWC BERLIN NEWSLETTER


THE BEAR FACTS

SEPTEMBER 2022


Dear {Contact_First_Name}, 

Welcome back! Whether or not your life’s rhythms are influenced by school calendars, this time of year can bring a sense of returning and refocusing. Before coming to Berlin, I lived in France, where this time of year is called la rentrée (the return) to mark the reentry into everyday life experienced by people of all ages after the summer holidays. 

Appropriately, our AWC Berlin Calendar this month boasts many opportunities to reconnect, refocus, and recharge, and we can’t wait to see you at this month’s events. Social opportunities for reconnection abound: Friday’s Wine Fountain at Rüdesheimer Platz, Saturday’s Welcome Back Party at Jennifer L’s, and our fun and fabulous dining events throughout the month. As you refocus, perhaps you’d like to Tap Into Your Wiser Self (Sept 14), understand your posture from the inside out in Dynamic Balance (Sept 21), or empower your writing practice with our Women’s Writes sessions (Sept 5, 13, 22). And one of my favorite ways to recharge is via the arts, so I am thrilled about our AWC Berlin Members Showcase 2022 Emerge: Diverge (Sept 24-25). 

Given the size of our Welcome Back party and Members Showcase events this month, we’ll forgo a Monthly Membership Meeting for September. 

Read on for all the details! 

I look forward to seeing you soon – in person or online.

Warmly,

Jennifer

Jennifer Post Dräger
President, The American Women's Club of Berlin
president@awcberlin.org

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CLUB NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

Christine Kempff

Stephanie Peterson

Manuela Reidel

Jacqueline Bornino

Liliana Jana Kaiser

Kirsten O’Reilly

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    AWC WELCOME BACK PARTY

    Saturday, Sept 3, 7-10pm 
    Members Only

    Hosted by Jennifer Lehane at her home near Rosenthaler Platz

    Welcome back! Join us for an informal potluck party as we catch up with old friends and make new ones at our Welcome Back Party for members only.

    Beer, wine, and mineral water will be served. Please bring a dish to share: small plates and finger food, savory or sweet.

    We're looking forward to seeing you!

    Event Details & RSVP

    AWC BERLIN MEMBERS SHOWCASE 2022 

    EMERGE: DIVERGE

    Saturday, Sept 24 3pm-7pm
    Sunday, Sept 25 2pm-5pm

    Beyond Limits, Seumestrasse 2, 10245 Berlin 

    Each year, AWC Berlin shines a spotlight on the creative talents of our members through a showcase event, including an art exhibition, readings, and performances. Join us for an hour or an afternoon and be inspired by your fellow members … and feel free to bring some cookies for our Bake-Off while you’re at it. Your guests are welcome. We’re looking forward to a wonderful weekend!

    If you would like to share a talent, please contact the Showcase Planning Team via showcase@awcberlin.org by September 8, 2022.

    Pictured below: AWC Berlin members Antoinette Cauley, Claire Celeste Börsch and Kristy Kropat are among the exhibiting artists in this year's Showcase. 

    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 

    CHARITY SELECTION FOR 2023

    Every 2 years, our members select a local Berlin-based charity for our Club to support with fundraising, in-kind donations and when possible, volunteering. Now it’s time for us to begin our search for support in 2023-2024. The search begins with nominations presented by the members of the AWC Berlin.   The application/nominations deadline is August 15, 2022.  The organization must be Berlin-based and focus on women and children, and the funding request should be for a specific project, not for sustaining the organization. Nominations will be vetted by the Philanthropy Committee and the finalists will be presented to the membership for a final vote at the AGM in December. Once an organization is selected, we will begin fundraising efforts in 2023.

    How can you get involved? Nominate a charity project for us to consider, using the criteria and application linked below. Or join us on the Philanthropy Committee, helping to assess the applications and make recommendations to the Board. Contact Philanthropy Chair Lissa Rosenbloom at philanthropy@awcberlin.org to get involved. 

    TIMELINE & CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

    APPLICATION – please download or make a copy, complete and submit to philanthropy@awcberlin.org as a PDF file.

    WOMEN'S WRITES SPOTLIGHT

    AWC Berlin has a strong tradition of supporting the creative expression of our members, and the Women’s Writes group is a prime example. Whether you’re new to creative writing or just looking to recharge your practice, you’ll find a supportive environment in our online writing sessions. Join us via Zoom and see! The group is offering three sessions this month:

    • Welcome Back Writers (Sept 5, 7-8:30pm) – Learn more about the group and our processes

    • September Sprint (Sept 13, 7-8:30pm) – Turn off your inner critic and get the words on to the page

    • Women’s Writes (Sept 22, 7-8:30pm) – Join our supportive peer feedback session

    FAWCO UPDATE

    Upcoming FAWCO Events online: 

    • Sept 8, 7:00-8:30pm: Global Issues Book Discussion hosted by the Education Team – virtual meeting. For World Literacy Day –The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind REGISTER

    • Sept 14, 6:00-7:30pm: Menopause & You workshop hosted by the Health Team – virtual meeting. REGISTER 

    Upcoming FAWCO Conferences:
    If you’d like to meet members from our peer clubs across Europe, a FAWCO Regional Conference could be just the ticket … 

    • MAKE A “YOU” TURN – REGION 4 –THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS. AWC The Hague is delighted to announce that we are hosting the FAWCO Region 4 Meeting from November 4–6, 2022. In alignment with the upcoming Target Project on the Environment, our theme is “Make a YOU Turn.” What can we do as individuals, FAWCO Club members and communities to make the world a cleaner place? Agenda and more information to follow. Don’t miss this chance to join us and Make a YOU turn – the greener the future, the cleaner the future! Questions? Contact Mary Adams awcthehague.fawco@gmail.com

    • WOMEN WHO GROW TOGETHER RISE TOGETHER – REGION 5 –FRANKFURT, GERMANY  AIWC Frankfurt is excited to welcome Region 5 to their area November 11–13, 2022When we take opportunities to listen and learn from each other and grow individually, we can collectively rise to take on the challenges of today's world. Explore Frankfurt, share best practices, and learn more about FAWCO’s work at this regional event. Details and registration are now available online.

    More FAWCO Notes

    • Education Awards and Development Grant nominations for 2023. It's not too early to start thinking about this!  Any member can begin the application process by reviewing the forms from 2022 and putting materials together.  www.fawcofoundation.org.  Please remember that if you have applied in the past and not gotten an award, you may apply again, as the applicant pool changes every year.

    FAWCO Publications.  Expand your World, and subscribe to FAWCO publications!  Visit www.fawco.org, and click the "Subscribe" link in the upper right corner.

    Learn more about FAWCO at fawco.org, or contact Frances Durocher at fawcorep@awcberlin.org.

    THE 2022 US VOTE: Request Your Ballot

     

    Did you know …

    • that any U.S. citizen who will be 18 by voting day is eligible to register and vote, even if they have never lived in the U.S.?

    • that when living abroad, you must request a ballot every year? So, even if you requested a ballot in the past, you must do so again for this year’s elections.

    Election Day is November 8, 2022, and it will be here before you know it. Register and request your ballot now! Here is how:

    • REGISTER to vote and REQUEST a ballot. You must do this with your local election official, but you can both register to vote from overseas and request a ballot at the same time.  Your ballot request will be for all elections in 2022, which will include any primary elections and the general election in November.   
    • Once you receive your ballot, complete and return it according to the instructions that accompany your ballot.

    Register today! www.overseasvotefoundation.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!

    SEPTEMBER EVENTS

    Week of September 1

    Menopause Support Group (In Person)
    Thursday, September 1, 10:30am -12:30pm
    Women & Finance: Long Before You Need It - A Year Long Workshop (Zoom)
    Thursday, September 1, 6:00pm - 7:30pm 
    Kaffee Klatsch (In Person)
    Friday, September 2, 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Art & Culture - Berggruen Museum (In Person)
    Friday, September 2, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wine Fountain at Rüdesheimer Platz (In Person)
    Friday, September 2, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    AWC Welcome Back Party (In Person and Members Only)
    Saturday, September 3, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

     
     
     

    Week of September 5
    German Conversation (In Person)
    Monday, September 5, 9:30am - 10:30am
    Welcome Back Writers Workshop (Zoom)
    Monday, September 5, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Tennis: Summer Session
    Tuesday, September 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Genre Book Club (SF/F) (In Person)
    Tuesday, September 6, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Girls Night Out (In Person)
    Wednesday, September 7, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Antique and Flea Market at Trabrennbahn Karlshorst (In Person)
    Saturday, September 10, 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Saturday Supper Club (In Person)
    Saturday, September 10, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Week of September 12
    German Conversation (In Person)
    Monday, September 12, 9:30am - 10:30am
    Women's Writes: September Sprint (Zoom)
    Tuesday, September 13, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Workshop: Tapping Into Your Wiser Self (Zoom)
    Wednesday, September 14, 10:30am - 12:00pm
    Art & Culture: Louise Bourgeois (In Person)
    Wednesday, September 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Thirsty Thursday (In Person)
    Thursday, September 15, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday Brunch Club 
    Sunday, September 18, 11:30am - 1:30pm

    Week of September 19
    German Conversation (In Person)
    Monday, September 19, 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tennis: Winter Season
    Tuesday, September 20, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Dynamic Balance Workshop (In Person)
    Wednesday, September 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Morning Book Club (In Person)
    Thursday, September 22, 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Women's Writes (Zoom)
    Thursday, September 22, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    AWC Members Showcase EMERGE:DIVERGE
    Saturday, September 24, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    AWC Members Showcase EMERGE:DIVERGE
    Sunday, September 25, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Week of September 26
    German Conversation (In Person)
    Monday, September 26, 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tennis: Winter Season
    Tuesday, September 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm

    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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