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

December 11, 2013

Monthly Meetings

The AAUPW meets once a month in restaurants around the city. We listen to speakers and enjoy each other's company. This month is of course a Christmas Party for members. We'll meet again on January 22.

If you are interested in joining us for one of our regular meetings, please contact the President via the email address on the left hand side.

October 12, 2013

What We Walk Past

Our October meeting will focus on the Stolpersteine - the stumble block. You might have seen one around town or several in other cities. It is a small brass square, just slightly raised from the ground so you know the terrain underneath your feet has shifted but not so much you fall over. On the square is someone's name, when they were born and when they died. Which will be in the 1940's because the stolpersteine is placed in front of the homes of people deported and killed by the Nazi regime. The Stolperseine Initiative website notes that while 16 countries have about 42,500 stolperseine, Munich has but a  few on private property. Munich banned the stolperseine in 2004. Our speaker will talk about his experiences as the chair of the Munich Stolperseine Committee on Wednesday, October 23rd in the early evening. Why is the stolperseine banned here and why is it so important that so many have been placed elsewhere in the world?

For more information about our meeting, or any of our other actives, please contact the club president at info@aaupw.de

A Busy Fall

The book club is reading, meeting and eating; the Sichere Wiesn communications support team is celebrating a great year of getting the word out as well as reconfiguring; and the holiday choir is digging the music books out of the back closet. September's general meeting was so filled with the announcements about upcoming events as well as the joy of simply coming back together we never really got to the program. Kein Problem, we're back and we're rolling with plans for a Fall filled with ongoing work with young women and celebrations with the Girl's Night Out just to name a few items on the calendar.   

For more information about AAUPW,  please contact the club president at info@aaupw.de

September 18, 2013

September Festivities!

It's September in Munich and you know what that means.... You're right! Time for the AAUPW Monthly Meetings to start a new season!! We gather on the Fourth Wednesday of the month for food and always engaging conversation near Marianplatz. Easy to find us via S-Bahn, U-Bahn, bus, bike, dog sled, or on foot. 6:30 p.m. - September 25th.

August 6, 2013

August Break, September Meet

It's August and the living is easy. Our next general meeting will be September 25th. The Program Committee will update us soon. In the meantime, stay cool and enjoy the best of summer in Bavaria.

Just to let you know, AAUPW earned and donated over 230 Euros to the Klinik Clowns by selling cakes at their very warm 15th birthday event on Odeonsplatz in July.

Plus, our table at the U.S. Citizen Information and Passport Day 2013 was greatly appreciated by the U.S. Consulate in Munich. Not only did we have a chance to enjoy some junk food from home (not available in stores here), we helped contribute to a 20% increase in attendance over 2012.

We said a fond good by to our Junior Year in Munich student whom we support with our dues and our love and wisdom. We are a community for young women a long ways from home.

In June we hosted a picnic at the English Garden with the young women of IMMA (see link on the side) and delivered our annual donation.

On the Fourth of July weekend, we had a great picnic and visit at the home and yard of one of our members where we also elected a new leadership board.

See you in September!

Volunteers Needed for Sichere Wiesn (Safe Oktoberfest)

Many members have expressed interest in supporting our efforts to help with the Sichere Wiesn project.

We need volunteers for two things:
  1. Distribution of English "Stay Safe" tips brochures to our list of hotels and hostels directly in the city center. 
  2. Distribution of the English "Stay Safe" tips brochures to tourists in the Marientplatz / HB area. This task will require a 1-hour training which will be held at the end of August/early September. This is our new trial program to get the tips directly into the hands of girls and women visiting for the festivities. 
A few points for both volunteer opportunities:
  • We always work in teams of 2 to 4 people; 
  • It is important that we stick to our approved message. 
 If you are interested in helping, we need volunteers for any or all of the following dates
(expect to spend about 2 hours)
  • Friday (afternoon-evening), September 20, 
  • Saturday, September 21 
  • Saturday, September 28

  Sichere Wiesn Für Mädchen und Frauen website

The Book Club Begins Again in September

Great food and even better conversation is shared at the AAUPW monthly book club meetings. The September 10th meeting will gather in Nymphenburg/Neuhausen at 7 p.m. to discuss The Submission by Amy Waldman.

Reimagining 9/11 and its aftermath, Amy Waldman's provocative novel begins with a resonant scene: a jury gathers in Manhattan to choose a memorial for the victims of a devastating Islamic terrorist attack. After tense deliberations, they select the Garden, which features trees both living and made from salvaged steel. Then the jury discovers that the anonymous architect who created the winning design is an American Muslim.
The revelation triggers both fury and ambivalence throughout New York, making the designer the staunchly independent Mohammed "Mo" Khan a symbol of beliefs that seem foreign to him. His most visible defender is Claire Harwell, the only member of the selection committee who lost a loved one in the attack. Cool and eloquent, Claire grows increasingly frustrated by Mo as he stubbornly refuses to answer concerns about the origins or meaning of his design.

At the helm of the memorial project is Paul Rubin, a grandson of Jewish peasants who has risen to a position of influence and wealth. Paul's idea of America is rooted in tolerance, but he must also take into account the emotions of outraged, grieving family members who want him to quash Mo's design. Within the crowds, two powerful voices come to dominate the debate: the widow of an undocumented worker who cleaned offices champions Mo's design, while the brother of a fallen firefighter calls it the worst kind of disrespect.

As the emotional rhetoric escalates, The Submission becomes a mesmerizing meditation on the human experience. (From the publisher.)

Upcoming books:

  • SeptemberThe Submission by Amy Waldman
  • OctoberDesert Flower by Waris Dirie
  • NovemberTaste What You're Missing: The Passionate Eater's Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good by Barb Stuckey
  • DecemberThe Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • JanuaryWhen Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams
  • FebruaryWhat Do Women Want by Daniel Bergner
  • MarchInfluencer: The Power to Change Anything by Patterson, Grenny, Maxfield, McMillan and Switzler
When: Tuesday, September 10, 7 p.m.

July 18, 2013

U.S. Citizen Information Day at the Munich Consulate

Cakes for Klinik Clowns - July 27, 2013

Together with the IWC the AAUPW has volunteered to sell cakes and cookies at the 15th Birthday Celebration of the Klinik Clowns, which will be held on Saturday, July 27th from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We are still looking for 2 or 3 other members to help sell the cakes.  Plus, we are still in need of cakes, cookies and brownies!  Please see if you can find the time to bake something and bring it by Odeonsplatz between 11 and 12 on Saturday.
This is a great cause and a wonderful way to help our community.


Program Meeting - July 24, 2013

We are happy to announce that our member Shari Temple will be speaking to us at our July 24th program meeting.  Shari works for the Aidmatrix Foundation and has been flying all over the world to help distribute medicine in crisis areas.  Her talk will focus not only on her work, but also on hunger prevention.

May 16, 2013

June Book Club

June's book is "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.  Reviewers have praised the novel's use of unreliable narration, its surprising plot twists, its edge-of-the-seat suspense, and the way it transcends the thriller genre by playing with genre formulas and reader expectation.  Book Club will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m.

In July, Book Club will meet to vote on the next set of books they will be reading.  The discussion is always lively and fun, so if you haven't attended a book club meeting yet, your time is now!

May Program Meeting - Walking Tour

Formerly the “June Walking Tour,” May’s program meeting has been replaced by a walking tour. We are in for a real treat because Prinz Karl von Thurn und Taxis will be our guide on Wednesday, May 22, showing us his personal favorite spots in Munich as we tour the inner city on foot.

March 17, 2013

Program Meeting - March 27, 2013

On March 27th, we are happy to welcome Bob Fosbury with his presentation "We are stardust! The origin of the chemical elements."

You may all fondly believe that you were conceived in a big bang. Your bodies, however, are built from raw materials that emerged from "the" Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago. This primordial gas consisted mostly of hydrogen and helium and so a great deal of cosmic history had to unfold before the rich mix of chemical elements became available to make you into the charming, beautiful people you are.

This is the story of how these basic chemical building blocks were constructed during those 13.7 billion years. It is a tale of gravity, of stellar birth and death and of a gradual synthesis of the elements as we see them around us today. It is a wonderful story and actually dreadfully complicated. But I'll use lots of great pictures and try to tell it in a way that will excite you as much as it does me! Using our telescopes as time machines, we can see many parts of the process being acted out in front of our eyes.

Bob recently hosted a Hubble talk which can be seen at:

February 21, 2013

Program Meeting - February 27, 2013

Fellow member and book club coordinator, Eleanor Mayrhofer, will talk about the ongoing challenges and rewards of designing a creative life on Wednesday, February 27. She'll take us through her journey of leaving a secure corporate job to start her online business. She'll also talk about more personal projects like her blog about Munich, her efforts to share what she's learned about project management in the corporate world with small or 'micro' businesses and the dream project she hopes to realize one day in the not too distant future.

January 8, 2013

Program Meeting - January 23, 2013

Join us for an evening with David Dowdy as he cruises through a variety of topics including the electoral college result and the presidential election: Who voted for whom and why.  During this speech he will discuss the changing demographics in the USA, voter fraud laws and the lessons learned (What Republicans should have learned).  He will also give us insights into the fiscal cliff, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as Obamacare.  Plus, he will talk about military spending, lobbying and super PACs and their influence in US politics.

Dave is in his 50's and has over 30 years of experience working in Germany.  He has worked in gastronomy, computers and electronics and as an entrepreneur.  He brings all of his experience with him as he shares his insights with us.