AAUPW Members

AAUPW Members
**************** Some of the AAUPW members at our 2014 Holiday Party ***************

November 20, 2009

October Program Meeting

Milena Thaller, an Augsburg resident who holds a degree in political science, joined us as the October meeting speaker to discuss her Police Academy training in Fürstenfeldbruck. The police officer candidate shared her insights on the opportunites and challenges of policing and serving as a female officer.
Thaller, a vibrant and inspiring woman (who also is a ballet dancer!), serves as the Chairwoman of the Augsburg chapter of the 'Young Europeans,' a political group supporting a strong democracy in Europe. She is joining an ever-increasing number of women who use their higher education not only to have an increased income, but also to contribute to the well-being of society.

October 17, 2009

AAUPW September 2009 meeting

As our first meeting of the year, the AAUPW September meeting featured "getting-to-know you" exercises and some mind-bending quizzes. We're looking forward to seeing everyone again in October, when we will return to our speaker program, networking and social time and dinner.

October 16, 2009

September Book Club Meeting


On July 13th, the book club met in the Hirschgarten to vote on the books for the upcoming months. Below you will find the list of the new and interesting books decided on!

September: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
October: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
November: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
January: Collapse: How Societies Decide to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
February: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

The book club is open to all members and is just one of many member benefits!

October 15, 2009

Socializing and Singing...

...that's what the AAUPW Seasonal Choir is all about - making music and having fun. We are already planning our repertoire for the Christmas season, and may even put in an appearance at the AAUPW Thanksgiving Celebration. So if you want to take your singing out of the shower and bring it to a wider audience, sign up to join the choir as we put together our autumn rehearsal schedule. The time commitment is not extensive and the fun is plentiful.
Like the Book Club, the choir is a member benefit open to all paid members.

June 10, 2009

Janice Perry show at Amerika Haus

On Thursday, June 18th at 7 pm, AAUPW will present Janice Perry in performance at Amerika Haus (Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München). Ms. Perry will be performing her retrospective of 25 years of touring, "Not Just Another Pretty Face." You won't want to miss the woman The Village Voice calls "bizarre and brainy," and whom BBC Radio considers "one of the world's most-respected performance artists." And you won't want to pass up the opportunity to help raise money for the group's adopted charity IMMA. Tickets for the show are only 8 Euros (concessions: 5 Euros) and will be available at the door the night of the performance.


July Book Club Meeting

The AAUPW book club members have selected an amazing assortment of books to read and discuss in the last 6 months. They have included: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama.

In July members will meet at a beer garden to nominate and vote on the next exciting round of books. If you'd like to be a part of this dynamic group, become an AAUPW member today!

June 9, 2009

May Program Meeting & Elections

On May 20, 2009, the AAUPW held its yearly election meeting.
We started the evening’s program by viewing the AAUPW Slide Show that member Annie J. originally created for our 20th anniversary Gala in April 2008. The Slide Show featured the history of AAUPW from its origins as a satellite chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) in the U.S. The presentation included photos of past speakers at our program meetings, as well as pictures of our special events, such as the walking tours, the Winter Holiday Parties, and the Fourth of July picnics. As the music "Hail to the Chief" played in the background, photos of our past and current AAUPW Presidents appeared onscreen.

After club announcements, we held our AAUPW Board elections. The current Board members briefly described their roles, which were summarized on a flipchart and then members present voted unanimously to approve the slate of Board members for next year.

May 19, 2009

April Program Meeting

At our last meeting, Susanne Böller spoke to our group on the topic of American art students at the Munich Academy of Art from around 1860 to WWI. Susanne studied Art History, American Studies, and English Literature in Stuttgart and Washington, D.C. She presently works at the Lenbachhaus as an exhibition organizer/coordinator and editor. Susanne is writing her Ph.D. thesis on American Art Students in Munich in the last quarter of the 19th century at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU).

April 5, 2009

March Program Meeting

Alwyn Thomson, a Northern Ireland native spoke on the topic "Making It Up as We Go Along - Conflict Resolution in Theory and Reality." Alwyn studied theology at Queens University and got his masters in Philosophy of Religion. After being involved in groups that were working toward resolving the conflict in Northern Ireland, he went back to get a second masters degree in Conflict Resolution. Alwyn spoke to a gathering of nearly 30 women. His talk and answer-packed Q&A time afterward provided a thought-provoking view into a world seemingly far from everyday Munich life...yet with lessons to be applied both to other political and personal challenges.

March 14, 2009

February Program Meeting

"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Living in Munich as an Ex-Pat But Were Afraid to Ask" was the topic of the February 2009 meeting. One of our "newbie" members to Munich gave a short and humorous presentation and then the evening was turned over to the "long-timers" to answer the most-oft questions.

Much valuable information was shared during the evening. Information sheets on some of these topics were handed out to our members. These sheets are available to members through the blog newsletter links.

February 6, 2009

January Program Meeting

Starting 2009 with thoughts of keeping healthy, the AAUPW monthly meeting topic was "Breast Cancer: Epidemiology, Early Detection and Breast Self Examination," presented by Prof. Dr. Harbeck, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Technical University Hospital in Munich.

The ob/gyn department at Technical University is a leading clinical trials centre for breast cancer. Dr. Harbeck is an internationally-renowned expert in this field and a well-published clinician and researcher. She presented her topic with her colleague, Dr. Artmann of the MammaCare Center.

January Book Club

Members of the book club met to discuss "Personal History" by Katharine Graham.

We've got a wonderful list of books planned for 2009. They include:

February: The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
March: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
April: Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
May: Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
June: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

December Program Meeting & Winter Holiday Party

The AAUPW Winter Holiday Party, which took place on Wednesday, December 17th, was a very merry occasion that included several AAUPW traditions as well as some innovations.

Members enjoyed the usual sumptuous potluck buffet, marvelling yet again at what good cooks we all are! The AAUPW Seasonal Choir performed and the jolly atmosphere was made even more festive by the opportunity to wrap the various gifts which we had brought along for our adopted charity, IMMA. Of course the "white elephant" re-gifting swap is always a highlight of the evening. The event continues to be one of the focal points of the year.

November Program Meeting

Our program speaker, Sue Morris, provided details on the English-Speaking Prisoners’ Support Group (ESPSG). The ESPSG gives assistance to English-speaking prisoners in Bavarian prisons and builds bridges between prisoners and the outside world. Its members come from various English-speaking Christian communities and elsewhere. An eye-opening evening.

Thanksgiving Celebration A Big Success!

Seventeen AAUPW members and 20 of their friends and family members gathered at a local restaurant for a memorable and highly enjoyable Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, November 27, 2008. Real whole turkey! Several cranberry sauces from which to choose! Pumpkin and apple pies! Even a pilgrim play performed by the kids! A great event for giving thanks!