The AWC Berlin Newsletter

The Bear FactsApril 2018


Dear {Contact_First_Name},

Happy First Day of Spring. With Easter Break this month, our calendar is compact but Lissa and her team, once again, have it packed full of wonderful, creative events. If you have not been to an event in a while, we'd love to see you so please, do try to come to ONE thing this month.

You will receive a separate email about the need to conduct a re-election of the Board of Directors 2018 at our April General Meeting. Our attorneys have informed us that our constitution implicitly does not allow for CO-positions on the Board, by wording these positions in the singular form. He recommends that we do a re-election and list only ONE name per position.  This impacts the President and the 2nd VP positions. The Board discussed and agreed that My-Linh will be on the ballot as President and Ali Siegert as 2nd VP.  Karen Castellon, however, will continue her work as Membership Co-Chair with Ali. Due to her increased work commitment, Kathryn will step down from the Board but will assume the role of Advertising/Sponsorship Manager.

As you may know, AWC Berlin has been supporting the Ronald McDonald House Berlin (in Wedding) since 2004 with 4 quarterly dinners and special one-off donations. The Board has just voted to increase our support in 2018 to sponsor one of the 33 apartments in the House for 2000 Euro. The apartments are for families to be able to live near their severely ill children, while they are at nearby Charité Hospital. For more information on RMDH, please click here.

Speaking of financials, for your information, see Budget 2018. This was approved by the Board in January. Being prudent, we agreed on a conservative budget; however, after 3 months, we expect to exceed the budget both in membership and donations by year-end.

And lastly, thanks to the herculian efforts of membership co-chairs Karen Castellon and Ali Siegert, we have a new membership management system, Wild Apricot - so watch for an email on that. There will be a Members Only section on our website, where you can see the membership directory, search for members, update your own profile, select what is shown in your profile, and renew your membership - all online. This newsletter was produced in Wild Apricot, thanks to our editor Emi Bevacqua for her initiative and resilience in learning the new system so quickly and producing yet another beautiful newsletter. Congratulations team!

Enjoy your Easter break!


My-Linh & Kathryn

My-Linh Kunst and Kathryn Neubauer
Co-Presidents, The American Women's Club of Berlin


Honorary Members

At our March General Meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Kaffeehaus Mila, we honored two members with lifetime honorary memberships - Angelika McLarren, President (1993-2015) and Candia Clark, Treasurer (1999-2015) - for their dedication and contribution not only to the AWC Berlin, but also to the American community at large here in Berlin.

When the US military left Berlin in 1993, Angelika brought back the AWC Berlin (it used to be named the "Officers Wives Club" during the cold war) and applied for its official e.V. status. She became President and together with Candy who joined in 1994 and became Treasurer in 1999, they successfully kept the Club active for over 20 years.

The Club would not have existed if it were not for these two resilient and inspiring women, and for that we are deeply thankful. With love and appreciation, congratulations to Angelika and Candia.

photo credit: Karen Axelrad - Candia (l), Angelika (c), My-Linh (r)


If you are not already a member of our private members only Facebook group, please click here and join "AWC Berlin Members Only PRIVATE" for casual exchanges among AWC members.

Ask your friends to visit us on Facebook or on our website!

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 authorised AWC Berlin events that are already listed on the AWC calendar (website) 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 contact My-Linh at

Thank you for your cooperation!

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Welcome to our New Members

Shannon Callahan

Helena Kauppila

Dr. Sabine Kullak

Diane Lavoie

Sarah Ring

Janet Sykes

Tassula Tillberg

Katrin Tschopp

Katherine Waters

Mary Beth Wilson

We look forward to seeing you at one of the events below!


Invitation to the Monthly General Meeting: Sustainable Fashion

To commemorate 5 years since the tragic Rana Plaza garment factory collapse, where 1,134 mostly female workers were killed in Bangladesh, we've invited people working in fashion to share their stories, concerns and aspirations about the current and future states of sustainable, ethically produced fashion. Meet Berlin based ethical designers and representatives of global NGOs striving to make fashion fair, safe and a positive force for those who work in and wear it.

Moderated by Olga Johnston Atonova, AWC club member, fashion activist and an executive member of the Global Sustainable Fashion Week.

Join the Fashion Revolution now!

Optional lunch at your own cost following the meeting. RSVP to your Evite coming in the mail. For inquiries contact

When: Wednesday, April 25th - daytime (time TBC)
Where: Hermann's, Torstraße 118, 10119 Berlin (TBC)
RSVP: to your Evite, which you will receive in your Email

*Guests are invited to attend only one general meeting before joining the Club.
Click here to see more details about this event in the AWC calendar

Save the Date!

Monday, May 14
FAWCO Target Project Fundraiser: Concert with Robin Meloy Goldsby @Steinway Haus
Wednesday, May 23 
Speakers Series: Women & Investing
Thursday, May 24

May General Meeting - FAWCO Report Back and
Concert with the Mama Mias

Wednesday, June 27

June General Meeting - @CIEE
Saturday, June 30

July 4th BBQ
June 23-30
FAWCO Youth Program in Berlin


Join the AWC Berlin

We are a vibrant group of women of all ages and our members come from not only the USA but from other countries around the world. Please spread the word and invite your friends to join!


April 2018
Calendar of Events

 Daytime Activities

Workshop at Deutsche Oper

Friday, April 20th
10:00am-12:00pm (pls be at the stage door 15 min beforehand, by 9:45)

Location: Richard-Wagner-Str 10, Berlin, 10585

Cost:€14, cash only

Join us for a very special morning workshop with Tanz ist KLASSE!, the education program of the Staatsballett Berlin, led by Kathlyn Pope.

A rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the Staatsballett dancers at their morning class, and the workshop will also involve movement for its participants! Come in comfortable clothing (eg. tracksuit) or bring sportswear with you to change into on-site. Due to the special flooring for professional dancers, we are requested to either work barefoot or bring your own ballet, gymnastic, or jazz shoes to use.

When RSVP'ing pls let us know if you would like to stay for lunch afterwards (€8-10) in the Deutsche Oper Restaurant.  See more about this event here on the AWC calendar. 

Monthly General Meeting

Wednesday, April 25th
11:00am-1:00pm (TBC)
Location: Hermann's, Torstraße 118, 10119 (TBC)
RSVP: Reply to your Evite

Panel Discussion:  Women will save the world with fashion! Why is it time for ethical fashion to lead your personal style revolution? Because today’s fashion is environmentally damaging, non-transparent and exploitative. Join the Fashion Revolution now! 

See details of event above, and here in AWC calendar

Medicinal Plant Walk

Thursday, April 26th

Location:Teehaus im Englischen Garten Altonaer Str. 2 
10557 Berlin, Germany


Learn about common Berlin plants, especially the edible and medicinal ones. New AWC member Anne Merrill will teach us how to recognize, harvest and use wild herbs. After the plant walk, anyone who wants to stay will have lunch there. There will be more standing and talking than actual walking, but please note: the Teehaus will not be open until noon and no bathroom is available nearby until then.

Anne Merrill led plant walks in Austin, TX for over a decade before moving to Berlin in 2014. 

Click here to find this event on the AWC calendar.

Recurring Daytime Activities

Tennis - Beginner to Advanced

Mondays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
10:00am - 12:00pm

RSVP: by emailing

Beginners group lessons with an instructor costs extra, while intermediate/advanced players play round-robins. For the summer session we reserve more extra courts, if we have more than 8 players. We will meet every Monday 10:00-12:00 at Blau-Gold tennis club, Steglitz.

Summer season begins Monday, 23rd April 2018. 
Join us on Sunday, April 22nd 2018 for the club's seasonal kick-off (Tag der offenen Tür) and you'll have the chance to see the club, enjoy a delicious buffet and test out the courts. If you'd like to join our tennis group please let me know by the end of March. 

Before the season will commence I have to pay the club. Each court for two hours on Mondays 10:00-to 12:00 a.m. costs us €800, divided between four players it will cost €200 pp.

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar. 

German Conversations

Mondays, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
10:00am - 12:00pm

RSVP: by emailing
Come join us for coffee and conversation in a safe and judgement-free environment. We always have a good time! Usually we are joined by AWC Berlin members who are native German speakers. For now, we are only meeting Mondays but if demand grows we could meet on Wednesdays as well. We are a small group these days, so please check the AWC Facebook page or email before heading over, to make sure that someone will be there. We meet at Wiener Conditorei at Truman Plaza (Clayallee 175 in Dahlem). 

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar.

The Artists' Way

Mondays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Location: Liz Kang's Home
RSVP: by emailing
Welcome to Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’s WAY – a workshop in discovering and recovering your creative self.

Every week will have a different focus, based on the chapters outlined in The Artist’s Way. Each chapter covers basic principles that will allow you to tap further into your creativity.

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar.

Creative Writing Class: Imitations

Tuesdays, from April 24th
10:00am - 12:30pm

RSVP: by April 10th to
Writers who have taken Molly’s previous writing classes are invited to continue in a new 8-part writing series: IMITATIONS. Each week, on Tuesdays, we will feature a short story from a different writer. We will uncover the stylistic features that make the writer’s voice distinct and, through specially designed exercises, apply those features and structural devices to our own writing inventions. This course will both challenge and nurture our literary imagination and stretch our creative writing muscles. Places limited.  For AWC members, 8 weeks/€80.

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar.

Creative Writing Practice

Thursdays, from April 26th
10:30am - 1:00pm

RSVP: by April 10th to

New 8-week series! Join this diverse group of writers -whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional! No previous experience necessary.

At our weekly gatherings, we apply various writing prompts as springboards to unlock and unleash our authentic voices, and share these writings in an atmosphere of trust and deep listening. Uncover the building blocks of good storytelling and discover the seeds of fuller, more developed pieces – from memoir to fiction. If you’ve never taken the class before, your firstone is free. Day or Evening class. For AWCmembers, 8 weeks/€80. No classes during school holidays. To RSVP and for more information please email Molly Brown:

Click here to learn more about this event in the AWC calendar.

Morning Book Club

Thursday, April 19th
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Emi's house in Zehlendorf
RSVP: by emailing
Join us in a discussion of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Emi Bevacqua will provide some fruit and something baked, please bring a snack or drink to share.

Open to AWC Berlin members only, non-members are allowed to attend once prior to joining. Host address will be shared upon RSVPing. 

For more information click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

Kaffee Klatsch West

Friday, April 13th

Location: centrally located Park Cafe, Fehrbelliner Pl. 8, 10707 Berlin (at U7/U3 stop)

RSVP: No RSVP needed, just show up.
Kaffee Klatsch is our monthly “Coffee Chat” from 10:30 to 12:00.

Stop by to connect, catch up with old friends or make new ones. No RSVP needed, just show up. There will always be someone there, with whom to chat.

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

 Evening Activities

Ronald McDonald House Dinner

Thursday, April 5th

Location:Ronald McDonald House, Seestrasse 28 


Chris Krüger and Debbie Eisenach plan quarterly dinners for the Ronald McDonald House. They need 8 – 10 members to help. April's menu includes salads, chicken, baked potatoes with all the toppings, and more. Thank you for bringing smiles to these families. Please let us know if you can join. We will confirm on a first come first serve basis.

Feel free to reach out to Debbie with questions:

Girls Night Out: Himmel

Monday, April 12th

Location: Himmel, Yorckstraße 89, 10965


This month, we visit a Syrian restaurant, whose name translates as "Heaven", run and staffed by Syrian refugees. Join us for a night out among angels, with delicious food and fun conversations.

For more information click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. 

Story Night: Risks

Thursday, April 19th

Location: Janel's house in Schmargendorf (address will be provided to RSVP'ers)



Please join us for a night of story telling by five of your fellow AWC members. The theme of the night is Risks. Each storyteller will share a true, 5-minute story about a time when they took a risk. We’ll start and end with socializing, wine and snacks.

Would you like to tell a story? No experience required! The hostess, Janel Schermerhorn, will provide guidance and help storytellers prepare.

For more information click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. 

Special Women's Salon: Romance Literature & Social Norms

Tuesday, April 24th

Location: My-Linh's house


Cristina Nardini and Jacqueline Routier will lead us, in a first-ever cross-over event within AWC pairing Women's Salon with Book Club. We'll be contrasting and comparing two romance genre books by different authors, and exploring how they relate to the following themes:
  1. Societal gender roles and how they are defined by or reinforced in romance literature.
  2. What do romance novels convey about female agency and female sexuality?
  3. Can literature and other areas of the arts actively propagate sexual harassment and rape culture?
  4. Why is there a stigma against the romance genre and how or does latent misogyny play a role?
Surrender (1990) by Amanda Quick 
Dating You Hating You (2017) by Christina Lauren

Click here to see details about this event in the AWC calendar. 

Recurring Evening Activities

Evening Book Club

Tuesday, April 10th
Location: Claudia Tessier's at Museum Island
RSVP: by emailing

We’ll be discussing Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf.

Please bring a light snack to share. Claudia will provide wine and water.

Open to AWC Berlin members only, except nonmembers may attend once prior to joining.

You can get Claudia's address in your members directory copy, or when RSVPing. 

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

Evening Creative Writing Class: Imitations

Wednesdays, from April 25th
RSVP: by April 10th to

Writers who have taken Molly’s previous writing classes are invited to continue in a new 8-part writing series: IMITATIONS. Each week, on Wednesday evenings, we will feature a short story from a different writer. We will uncover the stylistic features that make the writer’s voice distinct and, through specially designed exercises, apply those features and structural devices to our own writing inventions. This course will both challenge and nurture our literary imagination and stretch our creative writing muscles. Places limited.  For AWC members, 8 weeks/€80.

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar.

 Weekend Activities

Wellness Retreat

Friday April 13th-Sunday April 15th
Friday late afternoon to Sunday afternoon

Location: Rosenwaldhof Bergstraße 2 Groß Kreutz (Havel), Brandenburg 14550


Join Kristin Tovson and Molly Brown for a restorative and inspiring weekend retreat following Easter and the spring equinox. Rosenwaldhof is located in the nearby eastern lowlands of Brandenburg with its verdant glacial mounds, lush forest, Havel River, and numerous swimming lakes.  Just an hour from Berlin, this private retreat in the beautiful eastern glacial valley of Havelland, will nourish your heart, mind, and body with yoga, meditation, and writing practice. This retreat offers organic vegetarian home-cooked fare, spacious rooms, and an inspiring setting for walking, cycling, swimming, or a climb up the 108 m Götzer Berg, just behind the center, with its spectacular panoramic views. Massages are also available and must be booked directly through the retreat center.

Click here to see details for this event in the AWC calendar. 

Puccini's La Traviata

Sunday, April 22nd

Location:Theater im Delphi, Gustav-Adolf-Straße 2, 13086 Berlin

Cost: Tickets are 25€ and it is open seating at tables, or there are box seats available for 30€ where members could sit together.


Family and Friends are welcome to join us in experiencing Puccini’s La Traviata a la Puccini’s Toaster which is a female led, Pop-Up Opera Ensemble based in Berlin. Their high-quality opera productions take place in atmospheric locations offering an immersive experience to the audience, where the bar is open throughout the entire performance. This production is a new take on Verdi’s “La Traviata” directed by Guest Director for Puccini’s Toaster, Wolfgang Berthold, and conducted by Rebecca Lang at the beautiful Theater im Delphi, a former silent movie theater from the 1920s.

AWC Member and Intendantin of Puccini’s Toaster Sarah Ring will give us a private introduction prior to the production. And afterwards, Theaterscouting will offer a special panel discussion of the production, women’s leadership in the arts, and the state of independent opera in Berlin.

Buy Tickets here or the door.

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. 

Dining Out Goes Israeli/Palestinian

Saturday, April 28th

Location: Kanaan,
Kopenhagener Str. 17
10437 Berlin 


Bring your partner and join us at Kanaan, a Vegan-Vegetarian culinary brand offering gourmet and end products such as organic tahini, salads, baked goods and breads, spices, olive oil and much more. The connections between European and Middle-East,traditional and modern, urban and rural make Kanaan distinctive and unique, like no other restaurant in Berlin. A central location where you can experience all the intensity of the Israeli Arabic and the Arabic Israeli kitchen. A place where you can stock up on the best materials for your home cooking, indulge in a plate of delicious humus, enjoy local fresh products, in the company of friends.

Read review in StilinBerlin

Reservation is under “American Women’s Club of Berlin”.

Click here to see this event in the AWC calendar. 


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FAWCO Update

FAWCO Youth ProgramAWC Berlin is hosting the FAWCO Youth Program - June 23-30, 2018.  This is open to youth 15-18 years old from FAWCO clubs around the world. The FAWCO Youth Program was launched in 2013 with the mission to promote cultural understanding and raise awareness of global issues in our youth and help them develop into responsible and caring global citizens.  If you are interested in hosting a home-stay or helping with the program, please email My-Linh at

As you read this, 6 AWC members will be attending the FAWCO global annual conference. In addition, 3 members just had the opportunity to attend the 62nd meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City in the FAWCO delegation. You will hear our report-backs at the May General Meeting on Thursday, May 24.

FAWCO publishes special interest bulletins. To subscribe, register on the FAWCO website at and click "Subscribe" at the top of the website. Here are a few of the latest:

Target Bulletin - March 2018
Environment Bulletin - March 2018
Education Bulletin - March 2018
Human Rights Bulletin - February 2018

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