Sewing with IMMA in May

Zipping along

On  Thursday,  May  3rd  AAUPW Member Claudia Ziersch journeyed to the IMMA Safehouse once again to complete a sewing project with the girls. "I  had recently been given a huge box of zippers, which enabled me to sew  zippered  bags  with the girls.  They could choose the size they wanted  to  make  -  coin purse or cosmetic bag - and the fabric they wanted  to  use. As usual, there was some grumbling, but at the end I had a hard time convincing them to give me the bags so I could take a picture!"

Here the results:
Again, special thanks to Claudia for continuing to keep us updated on her work with the girls at IMMA!



Upcoming Events in April 2018

Save the Date

Session with Certified Tax Consultant

Annual Tax Session with Certified Tax Consultant Natalie Pollinger

Location:  HPKJ e.V. Saarstraße 5, 80797 München

Join the Democrats Abroad April meeting to hear a presentation from US Tax Consultant, Natalie Pollinger.

Mrs. Pollinger is registered as an Enrolled Agent in the US. In the last 12 years Natalie worked for 8.5 years as a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCooper in New York and also in Luxembourg. Prior to that, Natalie worked for Siemens and also for KPMG in New York and Munich as a tax consultant. Natalie is specialized in US income tax matters for US citizens and permanent residents (Greencard holders) living outside of the US and also foreign nationals living in the USA or with US connection. In addition she supports clients with tax advice for expatriate issues and individual tax planning.  

In addition, we will briefly discuss the Tax bill and action Democrats Abroad have been taking over this past year. 
This event is open to non members as well. 

Beer, cocktails and water as well as baked goods will be available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the Munich Chapter of
Get Out the Vote 2018.

Concert with composer and cellist Graham Waterhouse

"Werewolf Project" with Graham Waterhouse 

Institute of Charismology presents composer and cellist Graham Waterhouse who was born in London and has now made Munich his home.  This is a special and very unusual solo concert with an inspiring musician, full of humour – in English and German:  The Werewolf Project – Music for Cello and the spoken word with Graham Waterhouse. 
Price:    Eur 12
Details and Reservations:   http://charismology.com/event/special-concert-the-werwolf-project-with-cellist-graham-waterhouse/


Concert by Song Poet Torsten Riemann

Kulturzentrum Einstein, Einsteinstr. 42 in

Institute of Charismology presents this concert which provides a new and unusual concept featuring Berlin-based song poet Torsten Riemann, who is also a choir leader and life coach. Herr Riemann, who hails from Berlin, was last heard in Munich many years ago together with the renowned cabarettist, Helmut Ruge.

“Riemann captures his audience with his passion but with no attempt to ingratiate himself. Tenderly and compassionately he lays open to us the people in his songs. ...” Mäarkische Allgemeine

Concert only Price:    Eur 25
Information and Reservations:   http://charismology.com/event/das-coaching-konzert-ein-neues-konzept-von-und-mit-songpoeten-torsten-riemann



8th Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

Organized by Triple D Events - Dave Dowdy, Bavarian-American Friendship Evening will be in the Hippodrom tent located at the Frühlingsfest, Theresienwiese. Last year about 600 guests attended, so let's join Dave in aiming for 1,000 this year.

This spring Oktoberfest is not to be missed and during Bavarian-American Friendship Evening- there will be burgers and some American rock classics to sing and dance to!! Tracht encouraged. 

Again the Family Krätz, Susanne Barsody and the entire Hippodrom team welcome us to the 8th annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening.  Seating begins at 18:00.  Please plan to arrive by not later than 19:00 to assure that we keep the reserved tables. There is no cover charge and no advance payment for this evening.  Each guest will receive a free pretzel, compliments of the Hippodrom. 
In addition to the normal assortment of Bierzelt food, we can purchase Kobe-beef hamburger dinners a special MING price of Eur 10.00.

Linda Jo Rizzo will lead the entertainment with a special show around 8.30 p.m. Please get ready for dancing, good music and lots of fun for everyone.  There is no particular dress code, but if you have something in Bavaria-look in your closet, you are encouraged to wear it. 

Everyone is invited -not only MING and German/Bavarian-American Clubs, but individuals and individual groups as well.  Please tell your friends and anyone else who may be interested.
To ensure that everyone gets a reserved seat, please inform Dave Dowdy at ddd@tripled.de by Sunday, 22nd April.


March for Science 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018 ( 9:30-12:00)  Start: Königsplatz

March for Science - Why are scientists gathering in over 500 cities on 14th April 2018?  It’s all about assuring sustained funding for science, academic freedom and fact-based politics.  Show your support by joining our local scientists at the March for Science in Munich.  We meet at 0930 at Königsplatz, then proceed via the Briennerstr. to Odeonsplatz, then onward to Marienplatz via the Dienerstr.  No sign-up, just show-up! 

Munich Cowboys' Open Their 2018 Season

Munich Cowboys' - Saturday, 7th April (1600-1830)

The Cowboys start their American football season at Dante Stadion when the Fighting Bayrisch take on the Würzburg Panthers in a preseason match up.  They then advance to the Opening Day of the 2018 First German Football League (GFL) season on Saturday, 21st April (1600) when they tackle the Frankfurt Universe at Dante Stadion.  "Start me up!"

Münchener Volkshochchule in English

A wealth of courses and events await you!

If you’re an expatriate whose English is better than their German, look no further. MVHS has many interesting courses, events and seminars to whet even the most discerning of appetites! This semester’s program offers many courses to help you get creative in Arts & Crafts as well as a variety of new culinary experiences in Food & Drink. Brand new this semester is a section aimed at the expatriate parents in Munich. If you need help in negotiating the German school system, the People & Society section will point you in the right direction. Go to www.mvhs.de/en for further information.

Sichere Wiesn Action – September 15

Sichere Wiesen - a safer Octoberfest for girls and women!

Sichere Wiesen offers a safe haven at Octoberfest for girls and women from around the world.  Please help us to support it!
When: Friday, September 15th near Hauptbahnhof

Oktoberfest time is rolling around soon, and that means it’s time for the Sichere Wiesn action. Our job is to pass out flyers to local hotels and hostels just in time for Oktoberfest, so that female guests know about it. As usual, we’ll split up into small groups with Sichere Wiesn staff and distribute flyers to hotels in the city center.

For those of you who are new to AAUPW -- our club supports this valuable non-profit organization which provides a security point at the Oktoberfest grounds for women and girls who need help.  Please sign up and volunteer to help. It just takes a little more than an hour.

An Evite Reminder for the event has been sent out to all members


Sichere Wiesn celebrates 15th Anniversary!

More Sichere Wiesn News

A look at Sichere Wiesn and how its grown

Sichere Wiesn was set up to help women who have lost their friends and don’t know where to go, are being stalked or harassed, have been sexually assaulted, or just need a safe space to get away from the madness.

Since its modest beginnings, this organization has grown its reputation and influence despite resistance from the Oktoberfest organizers (read: breweries). They don’t want to admit that while Oktoberbest is fun for most, this huge event also presents safety problems every year, especially for girls and women.

Kristina Gotlöber, the Sichere Wiesn director, gave me some interesting background on the organization. In its first year (2003), it helped 28 women. Last year, it assisted 216 – a huge jump. That shows that more people know about the check point and are not afraid to go there for help. Some of that awareness comes from the flyers we distribute to tourist hotels each year.

Some more interesting facts from last year: Of the 216 girls and women who sought help from Sichere Wiesn, 9 had experienced or been threatened with sexual assault; 9 had been physically assaulted; 127 had lost friends or valuables (handbags, mobile phones, hotel keys) and were not able to get back home without assistance. In addition, there were 35 cases of alcohol abuse and 36 “other” cases, such as psychological crises and traumatization.

The oldest client at the Sichere Wiesn last year was 72, the youngest 15. The vast majority are under 30.

Interestingly – and this is one more reason to support this great cause – the largest single group of clients was American women! Some 41 Americans got assistance from Sichere Wiesn in 2016. More than half of all of its clients are foreigners (121), and the counselors speak English half of the time.

To raise awareness among young women and men about Sichere Wiesn, Kristina and her colleagues conduct the „Pausenhofprojekt“ every year. They go to schools around Munich and do presentations about safety on the Wiesn. Since starting this project a few years ago, they have been to 16 schools and reached out to 3,000 girls and 2,400 boys.

Kristina expects an even larger number of clients this-coming October, both due to rising awareness – there was even an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about it! – and the fact that the Wiesn is one day longer.

If you want to learn more about Sichere Wiesn, check out the website, or better yet, drop by the check point during one of its open houses. It will have two of them during the Oktoberfest – dates and times to be announced. I will update everyone about it in the Evite.
After the Wiesn, there will be a formal celebration at the Rathaus, and, as a long-time supporter, we’ll be invited to join. More details coming.

Your Sichere Wiesn Coordinator


Daylight Saving Time

A Heads Up!

Daylight Saving Time/Summer Time begins in the US on Sunday, 12th March, 2017 whereas in Europe, it starts on Sunday, 26th March. For 2 weeks, time zone differences between most of the US and Europe will be 1 hour less than usual.