She appeals to members in an inspiring way, demonstrating the spirit of the Club and stating what we stand for.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help the Club in my new capacity as Vice President. I look forward to working together with the other members of the Executive Committee in our efforts to keep our Club the welcoming, friendly and open organisation it has always been. We offer activities and services that few other international women’s clubs can equal – and it’s all done, of course, by volunteers!
One of my main tasks as Vice President is the coordination of the activities of the Special Interest Groups (SIG) and Neighbourhood Groups (NG). We meet twice a year to discuss plans and exchange ideas for future events. Every month the SIG coordinators send me the dates and times for their upcoming events for inclusion in the calendar, so that we can try to avoid conflicts. Since we have so many activities each month, this is sometimes not so easy, and the events have to be posted on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s always interesting to see which new venues our volunteer organisers have found to visit, or old ones to re-explore in a new light. I can only encourage all our members to look at the calendar each month, either on the website or in the Newsletter, to see what is being offered.
At times, however, the energy of even our many helpful volunteers can give way. A case in point was the fruitless attempt of the Nominating Committee last year to find a candidate for one very important EC position. After months of searching, it became necessary to call on a prospective member who was on the waiting list for acceptance. She was eminently qualified for the position and agreed to take it over. The Executive Committee is aware of the risk of upsetting the delicate balance of nationalities in our Club but must also address two issues:
- the need to fill such positions, and
- the desire to make it possible for ladies on the waiting list to take part in some activities and feel that they are welcome.
This Club has been a mainstay for me in the 17 years I have lived in Berlin, and it will continue to be so through the friends and contacts I have made in these years. I can only wish that each of our members, old and new, will find the same satisfaction that I have experienced in taking part in and organising activities – and that each member will continue to contribute to the open dialogue that makes our Club so unique”.