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From member Sue Pope:

Dorothea Allinson


It was with great regret that we announce the death of Dorothea Allinson.


Dorothea arrived in Munich in November 1997.  Having already lived in Brussels and The Hague, she knew what she was looking for, and soon became a member of the Club.  Dorothea  came across as a quiet woman – but in fact she had a brilliant sense of humour, and was interested in many things.  She was a member of the Needlers group and the Book club, although as a dyslexic, she much preferred shorter books.  With her husband’s retirement looming, in May 2011, she started her move back to England.  She regretted leaving Munich, but was very happy to be nearer her growing family.  While in Munich she started having heart problems.  In September 2014, Dorothea had an operation on her heart, from which she didn’t fully recover, and on 26th January, Dorothea passed away, with her family at her bedside. Dorothea was a great friend, and will be missed by all who knew her.

Volunteer Opportunities

New to Munich with time on your hands? Interested in giving back to your community? Looking to meet new people? Dozens of organizations presented information on volunteer opportunities at a volunteer fair at the Gasteig recently. Some organizations can use non-German speaking volunteers and many, many more would like you to have a good command of the German language. If you are interested in volunteering on either an occasional basis or a regular basis, you may indeed find an organization here that matches your interests. Continue reading

An Evening of Solo Piano and Stories

Robin Meloy

Following sold-out shows across Europe, American-born Steinway pianist, Robin Meloy Goldsby takes to the stage in Munich to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the MIWC.  With original songs and well-known tracks get ready for a witty and entertaining cabaret of songs and stories about life as an American musician living and working in Germany.

When: Thursday, 30 April
6:30pm Complimentary Prosecco Reception
7:00pm Concert Starts

Where: Steinway Haus
Landsberger Straße 336
80687 München

Per ticket donation €35 or 30€ if paid before March 1st

To book tickets and additional information:

Seating is limited. Partners and friends welcome. Concert will be advertised to organizations outside the MIWC in March.

Limited Parking. 8 minute walk from Laim S-Bahn.

Donation Details

The Munich International Women’s Club
IBAN: DE43700700240438679300
In the two lines under Kunden-Referenznummer, please print ‘YOUR name’, and ‘ROBIN CONCERT’ and number of tickets.

Tickets will be emailed to you to print and bring to the concert.

All donations will benefit the MIWC charities and the FAWCO Target Project “Free the Girls

Learn more about Robin on her website:

Listen to Robin’s latest release:

Charity Update

220px-Pfanne_(Edelstahl)MIWC members have supported the Frauenhaus in numerous ways over the years. We invite you to continue to make donations of gently used, seasonally appropriate clothing. The Frauenhaus has no storage space, so items must be appropriate for the season in which you donate them. Items can be brought to the monthly meeting and place on the right side of the hallway near the front door. We have a team of drivers who then deliver the goods to Frauenhaus.

Please keep in mind that the clothes should be in good condition. If you would not share an item with a friend, it shouldn’t be donated to Frauenhaus. Also, the Frauenhaus does not need bric-a-brac or small decorative items. Below, please find a list of the current needs.

Winter clothing for women and children, especially ski/ thermo trousers and jackets

  • Pots and pans for induction stove tops
  • hair dryers
  • CD players
  • suitcases
  • hand and bath towels
  • bed linen
  • toys and games (non-plush)
  • dishes/bowls for breakfast and soup
  • Vegetable soup packets
  • Pasta, Rice
  • cans of spaghetti sauce (no meat sauce please)
  • Biscuits, Pretzels, Chocolate
  • Tea, Senseo coffee pads
  • Sugar
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Body lotion

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Dental Hygienists for India Thank Munich International Women’s Club

Dear Members of the Munich International Women’s Club,

We would like to graciously thank you for the generous donation to Dental Hygienists for India.

We recently returned from a very successful trip to the tribal regions of Kalayan, north of Mumbai. There we implemented oral hygiene brushing programs and Oral Health Awareness courses for the NGO staff members, tribal Women’s Self Help groups and Children’s Parliament groups. We also screened, cleaned and educated over 1000 children and their parents in various poor rural villages.

You charitable donation has purchased over 4000 toothbrushes for these children. We also provided oral education and brushing instructions for the parents, teachers and village leaders. Most of these people have never seen a toothbrush, let alone know what to do with one. They also did not see the importance of keeping children’s teeth clean and healthy. Now they have learned to train others in the area and pass this information forward.

Your donation has significantly supported us to create a greater awareness about the importance of oral health.

With the rest of the donation, we were also able to purchase 1 Ultrasonic unit, which is necessary to clean the children’s teeth directly in the villages.

These units are vital for our work and since we are solely a volunteer-based charity organization supported though donations you have helped us purchase one of these much-needed pieces of equipment.

I have included some pictures of where your donation has helped us and I thank you once again for supporting our mission of “helping them to help themselves”.


Tracey Lennemann RDH, BA
Founder and Chairperson DHFI
Dental Hygienists for India


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FAWCO February 2015 Update

Happy 25th Anniversary to MIWC from all the FAWCO Clubs!!

Remember, as a member of MIWC you are also a member of FAWCO. It’s interesting to go to the FAWCO websites from time to time because there is always something new and interesting. If you haven’t already, you can log in and check out and

The FAWCO Biennial Conference is in ROME ITALY this year from 25-28 March!!! All members are welcome so please consider joining me and at least 7 other MIWC members at this Rome conference. What a great way to learn and be inspired by FAWCO clubs and their members from around the world.  Continue reading

Message from Liz, January 2015

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Dear MIWC Members, Pending Members and Visitors,

Today is the club’s monthly long walk, a lovely January wander to Murnau, the house museum of the fabulous Blue Rider artist, Gabriella Münter, and of course, lunch at a Gasthof with wonderful views, all planned by our dedicated walking team Susi Cullison, Astrid Poell, and Eva Reintinger. The monthly walk is one of my favorite club activities: catching up with friends and getting to know new people in a leisurely way as we go along, being active, enjoying the views, discovering new places.

The last two years as chairperson have been another, different kind of walk (and only occasionally a ramble!). I’ve gotten to know and work along side with so many of you interesting and intelligent women, treading established paths and exploring new ways, appreciating your creativity and many contributions of time, energy and ideas. Together we’ve continued to encourage and help others in their journeys, be it fellow members learning to live in Munich, or the residents of Frauenhaus, now living strong and safe from abuse. And we most definitely cannot forget our frequent and important stops to pause for coffee, cake, lunch, dinner, bier and margaritas (not all in one day!)…more opportunities to talk, enjoy and explore.

It certainly has been a fun and rewarding journey for me as well. Thank you all! I encourage you to attend our AGM on Wed, 11 Feb., to hear the charity team’s and my chairperson’s reports for 2014, approve the 2015 budget, and to vote on the club’s new Executive Board: Cecily Garver (chairperson), Erika Samano (Vice-Chairperson), and Peggy Dauser (Treasurer) as they assume their upcoming strong, friendly and talented leadership.

Looking forward to many ‘walks’ with you all, on paths and otherwise! Lots coming up this year as the club celebrates its 25th anniversary. We started partying at the January general meeting with a very delicious cake organized by Erika Samano and prosecco organized by our Hospitality team. Cheers indeed!

Very fondly,


Chairperson 2013-2105

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Cake Contribution


To make our monthly meetings more pleasant, we from the hospitality team are asking YOU for a generous contribution of cake.

If you are interested in bringing a cake to a meeting, please contact us:

Many thanks in advance for your contribution!
The Hospitality Team


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