How much we had to celebrate—and what a celebration it was! Five years ago, at the Club’s 25th anniversary party, when we looked ahead to challenges of the coming years, we certainly did not imagine the stresses of the pandemic among them. But the Club adapted quickly, shifting some activities online, offering outdoor events where social distancing could be maintained, and offering a venue in the newsletter for members to share their corona experiences. Slowly our world has come back: new activities have been added to old ones, and we still welcome women from dozens of nations.
Members old and new, as well as out-of-town guests from nineteen sister clubs, celebrated our 30th anniversary with a 1920s-themed party. There was fine food and drink, music from talented young Ukrainian musicians, a video from the women’s and children’s shelter in Berlin that the Club has long supported, and finally an opportunity to dance until the small hours.
As our President wrote recently about a Club activity that she joins regularly, “I like our group where I, a Lithuanian woman, sit with two British women, a Japanese woman, a woman from South Afria and a woman from Bolivia. We talk, laugh, celebrate our birthdays, tell stories about our lives and offer each other help or advice.” Groups like this have been a winning model for the Club for thirty years, and there’s no stopping us now!