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

January 19, 2010

Holiday Party

What a Party! Once again, the AAUPW Holiday Party proved to be a highlight of the year. We enjoyed an excellent buffet, the choir’s wonderful singing, a lively “speed” White Elephant gift exchange, and collected and wrapped the gifts for residents of IMMA, our sister chartiy.

And most of us will spend 2010 remembering the heavenly deserts – the (still warm) pumpkin pie with whipped cream, the peanut butter cookies, everything chocolate as well as the main dishes – the gorgonzola risotto, the fragrant lentils, the many chicken dishes, including the now traditional Kentucky Fried! Our annual holiday party is just one member benefit that highlights the comaraderie, community and friendship shared by AAUPW members throughout the year.

AAUPW Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

The Next Best Thing to Being Home
For the second year in a row, AAUPW members and their families celebrated Thanksgiving at a Bavarian restaurant transformed for the occasion. The culinary team did us proud, with a buffet feast boasting American traditionals, some with a Bavarian twist.
The turkey was moist and flavorful, the bread stuffing was delicious, the pureed sweet potatoes were light and fluffy, the broccoli and green beans were tasty, the apple and pumpkin pies were yummy and even the cranberry sauce was almost right this time!
And this year we continued a couple of "instant AAUPW Thanksgiving traditions" established last year. First the teens entertained us with an amusing skit - courtesy of Dave Barry.
Its a tradition you won't want to miss next year!

AAUPW November Program Meeting

On Wednesday, November 18, 2009, Hildegard Denninger spoke energetically and enthusiastically to our group about BISS e.V. Frau Denninger is the managing director of the non-profit association BISS e.V. which she transformed into a successful social business. Last year she was awarded the National German service medal (“Bundesverdienstkreuz”) for these efforts.
The mission of BISS is to help people help themselves. BISS is the German abbreviation of “B├╝rger in sozialen Schwierigkeiten” which means “Citizens in social problems”. BISS gives the homeless and the poor the chance to earn money, and thus find their place in society. It envisions a participatory society in which marginalized groups, such as the unemployed, under-qualified, or younger people without vocational training, are given access to societal resources, such as work, money, education, communication and social networks.
BISS magazine was launched in 1993 and is the oldest street paper in Germany. With BISS, the homeless and the poor have the chance to earn money by selling the magazine of the same name. The buyers can help a homeless person directly. Furthermore, by providing a quality magazine which the vendors are proud to sell, the financial transaction exceeds a charitable donation. For additional information about the BISS magazine, please see the following website: http://www.biss-magazin.de/.
Now Frau Denninger is working on a second BISS project: “Hotel BISS”. This will be a 4-star hotel with 72 rooms in a building that was formerly a women’s prison. (It is located near the Auer Dult grounds.) There, the non-profit organisation BISS will offer vocational training in the hotel business for up to 40 young men and women who would hardly find training elsewhere. We hope that Frau Denninger can raise enough funding to make the Hotel BISS a reality! For more information about Hotel BISS, please see the following website: http://www.hotelbiss.de/.