Dear Members,

I want to thank you all for electing me into the Vice President position. I was delighted and full of anticipation when I came back to Berlin and re-joined the Club after almost 16 years.
I am looking forward to working with all the members of the EC as well as working closely with the Special Interest Group (SIG) and Neighbourhood Group (NG) Coordinators.

As you are aware, COVID-19 changed almost all of our routines and we haven’t been able to offer you all of our regular events and activities. Those changes turned our lives both private and Club-wise into a never before experienced situation.

Suddenly, all the plans and preparations we had made for 2020 were in vain. We had to lock ourselves into our houses and personal painful events followed for me. During the Corona quarantine, I had to deal not only with the pain of my mother dying but I also could not go home to Greece to attend her funeral.

Currently, we find ourselves in a light lockdown situation until the end of November, and the way the infection numbers are increasing we could see it spilling into December. No restaurants, no theatres, no cinemas. How much longer will it be before we can slowly resume our BIWC life? No one knows.

I’m looking forward to the day when we can all see each other again in person. I’m looking forward to getting to know our SIG & NG Coordinators and to arranging our review and planning meetings. Until that happy day, let us continue to keep in touch in the most convenient way we can, either by telephone or a virtual activity via Zoom. Most importantly, I hope that you and your families come through this COVID-19 time in good health and great spirits. I read somewhere: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain.

Jenny Adonopoulou
BIWC Vice President