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

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.