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May Elections

Program Meeting - May 2019

Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30 PM
The May Program Meeting is a closed event open to members only, due to our yearly club elections.  There will be no speaker. For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future event, please contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

We will be holding our annual AAUPW Board elections during our May program meeting! Please take some time to think about joining the board with your special time and talent! We need people for GirlsNightOut, the Program Committee, IMMA and SichereWiesen!

Some members have held positions for several years and would be willing to step aside or shift if someone else would like to volunteer. New people mean new ideas, larger resources, and greater energy!

You may nominate a fellow AAUPW member for a particular position, or volunteer for one of the board positions yourself.  All nominations or offers should be sent to the Club President

Before the election, each nominee will be asked to introduce herself and say a few words in support of her own nomination. Board members start their term in August and stay in office until the end of July of the following year. The board meets every 3 months to discuss various items and the future of the club. Board members should be prepared to give approximately 2 -hours of their time per month to the club.


Open Board Positions

Looking for volunteers for Upcoming Elections

In May, we will be holding club elections for members of our board. This year, there will be a few positions up for election.
A brief description of the positions is listed below.
A more detailed description of positions and tasks can be seen in the Member section.
Upcoming available positions are:
  • The President
  • Program Committee - 2-3 members
  • IMMA Coordinator
  • Sichere Wiesn
Please think about stepping up and offering your time and talent for the good of the Club!

Many Thanks,
Your President Jane

AAUPW Board Position Descriptions

PRESIDENT: The president ensures that the club runs smoothly, she oversees quarterly board meetings, handles first-contact e-mails inquires via our website and  she makes announcements at the monthly meetings.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Members of the program committee submit their ideas for speakers, contact potential speakers, interview speakers before they appear at AAUPW and introduce the speakers at the meetings. The program committee also plans our Annual Holiday Party, 4th of July Party, Thanksgiving and our Get-to-Know-You events. (2-3 members)

SICHERE WIESEN COORDINATOR is the AAUPW liaison to the the Sichere Wiesn representatives. They attend 1-2 meetings per year to be involved in planning.Our primary contribution is to hand out flyers about the checkpoint to hotels in downtown Munich the week before Oktoberfest begins, which they coordinate. (very limited involvement)

IMMA  the IMMA Liaison coordinates all interaction with IMMA, through, a staff  member at IMMA's shelter for girls aged 12 to 20, and through IMMA's Public Relations Coordinator.



Models sought for Body Image Movement project

A Photoshoot with You!

Susanne Heiker is the Munich photographer who recently held an exhibit at the Hands Gallery store and is known by many having taken pictures at the Women's March in 2018.
She is embarking on an exciting new art project and is looking for women models willing to bare all! Inspiration for her new project came from the founder of the Body Image Movement Taryn Brumfit and Nora Tschirmer. They made a wonderful documentary film called Embrace, which encourages women to embrace the diversity of their bodies.
Susanne wishes to photograph as many women as possible for her upcoming art project without clothing. If you are interested to find out more, use the link to visit Susanne's website, where you will find an English version of the text near the bottom of the page. https://susanneheiker.de/embrace-your-body/


A Cultural Tour of Haidhausen

OBACHT! means watch out in German - this time you should watch out for culture  during  the  9th  bi-annual  weekend  of  open  studios  in Haidhausen.  With  40 artists participating there is a lot to see and do.
AAUPW  member  Claudia  Ziersch is offering a GNO on Friday, May 17th,  starting  at  6 p.m. at the Jugendkirche in the Preysinger Str. 85.  There  we  can take in the joint exhibit, where all participating artists  are  invited  to  display one piece. Then we will continue on by  foot,  visiting  several  different  venues,  concluding  at Hands Gallery,  where  we  can  learn about and even try Needle Punching, as demonstrated by former AAUPW member, Kelly Wright. If there is enough interest, we can also go out for dinner afterwards.
If  you  are  interested in OBACHT! but can't make it on Friday, it is also  taking place Saturday and Sunday from 2-9 p.m. Plus, Saturday is
the Hofflohmarkt in Haidhausen.  For  more  information  please  refer  to www.kultur-im-quartier.de or www.handsgallery.de.

Next Book Club Meeting

Book Club - May 2019

Dear Book Club -- our next meeting is Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm to read, "21 lessons for the 21 century" by Yuval Noah Harari. We are meeting at Carolyn's apartment. For location and contact details, see Evite. All are welcome!

For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact Pat at ppbfrei@aol.com or carolyn.berger@web.de


Upcoming Events in May 2019

Fourth of July - Save the Date!

Annual July 4th Celebration! The 4th of July party for AAUPW members and families will be held on July 7th, from 3-6pm. Details to follow. This year we have found a location centrally located in town, offering easy access for all. You can take a look here: https://www.caritas-nah-am-naechsten.de/kinder-und-jugendhaus-kubu

Beer Garden Season Party and Soul Jam

Sunday, May 12th from 11:00 - 16:00

Dave Dowdy’s Triple D Events and the Waldwirtschaft team are hosting a Beginning of Beer Garden Season Party and Soul Jam at the Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe, Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 München-Pullach (www.waldwirtschaft.de).

Come out and have some great fun with the best of jazz, soul, funk and rhythm n' blues from Soulmaster Mel Canady and Chessboard plus Charles Walker on sax and Butch Kellem on trombone. While the music will be provided free of charge, attendees are asked to provide a small tip for the band. Please let Dave (ddd@TripleD.de) know how many seats you need by Saturday, May 11th.  Please note this event date was changed due to weather! For more information, please see the attachment: MINGSoulJamatWaWi

Home & Away - An Evening of Solo Piano Music

Tuesday, 21st May (19:30-22:00) 

MING Event – The Munich International Women's Club presents Home & Away, an Evening of Solo Piano Music and Stories with Steinway Artist Robin Meloy Goldsby.   Ms. Goldsby will recount her adventures in Germany as she learned a new language, adapted to a new culture, and found new friends.  All proceeds benefit the projects and programs of the MIWC and FAWCO.

This is a truly wonderful event, especially for all expats - catch it if you can!!  It is being held at Münchner Künstlerhaus, Lenbachplatz 8, 80333 München.  Cost is Eur 30 if paid in advance, Eur 35 at the door.  Reservations and info:  www.internationalwomensclub.org.

17th Annual München Stadtrallye

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 beginning at 10:00

3, 2, 1 and Go! The Annual München Stadtrallye is on Saturday May 25th this year. To join in on the fun, check out the website for more information! This year the Rallye will be in HAIDHAUSEN and NEUHAUSEN!!

Stephen Greenblatt - Shakespeare, Politics, and Power

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 ( 19:30 - 21:30)

Organizers:  Bavarian American Academy in cooperation with LMU Munich and FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
Cost: Free, Registration is required: reservierung@amerikahaus.de?subject=Shakespeare,%20Politics,%20and%20Power

Bayerische-Amerika Akademie and Prof Dr. Stephen Greenblatt present "Shakespeare, Politics and Power," at LMU, Room M018, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 Munich.  Stephen Greenblatt, Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. will talk about Shakespeare's skills at oblique politics and their relevance to our own times.  Please see the attachment for further details.

Save the Date- MING Event

Sunday, 7th July, 2019 (12:00-21:00)

MING 10th Annual Little American Oktoberfest, Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe (Pullach), Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 Munich. Linda Jo Rizzo and Dave Dowdy are organizing this great annual event again.  Save the date.  More details will be coming toward the end of May.  

Summer Brunch with IMMA

Join us for a morning of food and fun with the Girls!

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IMMA Summer Brunch
IMMA Summer Bruch and a time for change. . .Our brunch with our IMMA girls will be on Sunday, June 2, 2019. It will take place at the IMMA Cafe in Jahnstraße 38. We will prepare from 11:00 - 12:00.  The girls will come at 12:00 and then we will eat and do activities after until  2:00pm.  It is hard to believe, but this will be my last brunch to organize for the time being.  As stated in October and again in our April meeting, after five years of leading this project, I am stepping down as the IMMA Coordinator.  However, I will continue to help with the weekly Lernzeit.

It would be really great and appreciated to have a new AAUPW step up and take over the coordination with our contacts at the shelter. Looking forward to helping our new IMMA Coordinator. We are also looking for more members who want to actively participate with the girls.
Any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Tara. Please let me know if you are interested.

American Citizens Abroad

Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad

Tax Legislation Reform: With April 16th coming up, many in the US are scrambling to do taxes. U.S. taxation law tends to be a burden to U.S. citizens living abroad, and it impacts many in unintended ways – from preventing us from opening bank accounts to doing online trading to having joint bank accounts with non-American spouses.  Some of our volunteers in Democrats Abroad have been working hard over the last two years to introduce the Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act.

For that purpose, they published a survey at the beginning of February – which many of you kindly filled out – so that they could identify and gauge the biggest issues Americans abroad have with taxation. If we want to get this bill into and through Congress, we have to be heard. So please call your members of Congress and make it clear how it would make a difference for you. Feel free to refer to the following the guide.  Updates from our team and the general timeline for tax reform in the 116th Congress can be found here.  For more information contact:infor@americansabroad.org.Washington, DC

Washington, DC - March 25, 2019

On March 13th and 14th, American Citizens Abroad (ACA) and American Citizens Abroad Global Foundation (ACAGF) hosted two webcasts updating the community on the recently introduced legislation, Tax Fairness for Americans Abroad Act (TFAA). Invited to speak at the webcasts were Matt Stross, Tax Counsel for Representative Holding, ACA Legal Counsel Charles Bruce and, several tax professionals (March 13 bios) (March 14 bios).

“ACA and ACAGF felt it important to have an update on the extensive work that Representative Holding’s office has been doing on this legislation and inform the community on next steps,” said Charles Bruce, ACA Legal Counsel and ACAGF Chairman. “Response to the webcasts has been very positive and the community has written ACA and ACAGF expressing how important it was for them to hear about this legislation from the Office of Representative Holding.  ACA will be working to make the content from these webcasts more widely available in the coming days,” added ACA Executive Director Marylouise Serrato. For full audio of both the March 13th and 14th webcasts click here


Save the Date – June Walking Tour

Program Meeting - June 2019

June Walking Tour of Altsüdlicher Friedhof in Glockenbachviertel

NOTE DATE: THURSDAY JUNE 6TH (not third Wednesday)
Please RSVP on the Evite sent out in April.

Our AAUPW walking tour for this year is planned for the Altsüdlicher Friedhof in Glockenbachviertel in the middle of Munich. It is a lovely old cemetery, 450 years old, no longer in actual use as a cemetery, but with the character of a park.  It was established in 1563, as a place for victims of the plague, outside the city walls.  A park full of the history of Munich, it has been described as “Munich’s Memory”.

Dr. Harald Stadler, art historian and editor, will accompany us and tell us about the many famous people buried there, from architect Leo von Klenze, to Joseph Fraunhofer, Carl Spitzweg and many others.  You will be surprised at how many of Munich’s street names you find there!

Please meet at 6pm on Thursday June 6th at the entrance. Afterwards, we will go to dinner in a restaurant in the area. If you plan to go to dinner, please indicate that in the comments on your Evite so we can get a head count for a reservation.

You can read more about the cemetery and its inhabitants (in German but Google Translate works) here:  https://www.muenchen.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten/orte/120250.html

Please note, the tour is not on 3rd Wednesday. The person leading us is not available on Wednesdays, and we were working around the many holidays in June.


Claudia Clark author of MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND

Program Meeting - April 2019

Wednesday, April 17th at 6:30 PM

April’s speaker will be Claudia Clark, author of MY PARTNER, MY FRIEND The Relationship between U.S President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. The book explores how the relationship between Barack Obama and Dr. Angela Merkel evolved from one of extreme apprehension to one of deep friendship and a partnership that captivated the world, and why their partnership is so important to today’s world leaders – the transformation of their relationship exemplifies how it is possible for political adversaries to establish a bond of trust, respect, and even friendship.

Clark received her BA in History and Public Policy from Michigan State University, where she served as President of the College Democrats and was active in Amnesty International, NOW, and Pro-Choice groups. She holds an M.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Masters in U.S. History with an emphasis on women’s history from San Jose State University, and an MSW from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Community Organizing.

Clark has worked on numerous political and social justice campaigns, including serving as a campaign manager for a school bond measure for the South San Francisco Unified Schools Campaign; a community organizer with ACORN; a field organizer for the South Bay Labor Organization, San Jose, CA; and a field organizer for the South Dakota Campaign for Healthy families. Her volunteerism includes many Democratic Party organizations, NAACP groups, Planned Parenthood affiliations, and Toastmaster’s International.

Clark and her husband recently moved from San Jose, California, to Landshut, Bavaria, Germany where she was recently elected as the national, Get OutThe Vote Coordinator (GOTV) with the Democrats Abroad Germany Chapter. She is currently conducting research for her next book about West German families who were separated by the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Website: claudiaclarkauthor.com

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de