“As the festive season approaches, it seems as if time is running faster. Before we start rushing around going to holiday parties and buying presents for our families and friends, it is time to look back at the year 2016, which has been a very eventful year for our club.
As an international club we strive to develop and maintain contacts with other international women’s clubs. We were invited to Hamburg, Paris and Edinburgh this year. A group from the IWC Malta visited us in September and enjoyed an extensive programme prepared by our International Coordinators. The coordinators of our special interest groups also organised interesting excursions not only to the different corners of Berlin, but also out of town. Thus, in September Compass offered a two-day trip to the porcelain road of Thuringia and the historic city of Weimar, in October we went to the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau with the South-West Group, and in December Art and Architecture will travel to Leipzig where our members will visit the opera and be taken backstage by club member, the Swedish singer Karin Lovelius.
We had a number of big social events, starting with the AGM in March at the Bernhard-Lichtenberg-Haus. One of the highlights was the flying buffet prepared by member and professional caterer Robina. It reflected all the different culinary cultures of our club members in line with the motto Come and Share our Tastes.
Diana, our Social Events Coordinator, organised several other big events, the most important being the Summer BBQ Party at the Björn Schulz Stiftung in July and the Full-Moon-Party at member Zhentang’s home in September. We also visited several foreign embassies in Berlin and the exhibition of Spanish paintings El Siglo de Oro at the Gemäldegalerie. We are all looking forward to the Annual Festive Event in December, the Christmas Dinner Party at the Best Western Plus Hotel in Steglitz.
I cannot mention all the other events organised by our volunteers because in some months we have had up to 39 different activities, a fact remarked on both by new and returning members. Joan, our Vice-President, and I expressed our thanks to the numerous volunteers at the Volunteers Appreciation Party in October. Special thanks also go to the members of the Executive Committee and their assistants for their hard work behind the scenes, ensuring that the club functions smoothly.
I wish all of you a pleasant holiday season, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!“
The Berlin International Women’s Club (BIWC) was founded in 1992 after the fall of the Berlin Wall when the international community in Berlin was growing. The club’s language is English. Come and share our world. Take the opportunity to develop international friendships in the interesting, diverse community of Berlin. Long-time residents or new Berliners are welcome to become a member. Our two monthly Meet & Greet meetings are your first point of contact.
- We unite women from different cultures who speak many different languages.
- We are proud to have 269 members from 48 different nations.
- We strive to foster mutual understanding and tolerance through cultural and social exchange, friendship and support.
- We currently have a variety of 30 activity groups organised by volunteers, catering for every interest and taste.