May 2017 Chair’s Letter

A monthly email for members with news about the club

Dear Members:

Julie Leonard, our speaker at the May General Meeting, had a lot to say about surviving and thriving the cultural shock of moving. You can find the core of her presentation by clicking here. Julie’s main point was, “get involved, find your people, move in the world.” She emphasized the need to find reasons to connect with other women and men and highlighted how the websites Internations and Meetup can help make that happen, especially for a younger generation used to using the internet for shopping, transportation, and information. Julie’s presentation was precise and to the point. It was great to have her come and clarify what we already knew because we’re already doing it here in the Munich International Women’s Club. For over 25 years, we’ve been creating a community for women from all over the world who are here for just a few months, a few years, or a lifetime.

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FAWCO News – March 2017

Greetings and welcome to your monthly FAWCO update!

This month’s newsletter is short but it contains many links and potential ways to follow FAWCO in Mumbai.

Many thanks to those who had the opportunity to vote for the Target Program. I look forward to sharing more information about the winning project when it is announced later this month at the biennial conference in Mumbai.

If you have not already done so, there is still time to obtain raffle tickets for a chance to win Roberta’s beautiful Friendship quilt. You may either purchase them by using the following link to obtain them on line: The price for a single ticket is 5 euros, but you can greatly improve your chances by purchasing 5 tickets for the bargain price of 20 euros.

In addition to the quilt, you also have an opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket to win a beautiful emerald ring. Further details and ticket purchase information for this item may also be purchased on line at: raffle.html.

If you are a lucky winner, you will be contacted immediately following the drawing during the conference.

Our MIWC is proud to have one of the largest contingencies in attendance at the 2017 FAWCO Biennial Conference in Mumbai (March 29- April 3). Look for informational updates and pictures throughout the conference on the MIWC Facebook page. You can also access continual conference updates online by clicking this link.

Finally, look for another survey coming your way in the next few days concerning FAWCO Development Grants. To get a jumpstart, please click here for some background information .

FAWCO Regards,

Aurora and Caroline

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MIWC Monthly Meeting on January 11, 2017

MIWC is delighted to welcome Tara McCartney as our first speaker of 2017.

Women in rural India face a multitude of issues which stand in the way of equality: a fiercely patriarchal society, high rates of sexual and domestic abuse, limited access to nutrition and preventive health measures, skewed gender population ratios, a manipulative dowry system and much more. While women’s empowerment projects are growing in the developing world including India, there is still a dearth of best practices and a comprehensive understanding of how to transform the status quo.

Tara McCartney is the Founder of the NGO, United for Hope, working in one of India’s most underdeveloped districts. In this talk she examines the daily reality of gender disparity in rural Northern India and looks at some of the approaches for understanding and improving the impact of women’s empowerment projects in these areas including the integration of men and a new paradigm of early education.


FAWCO News  – November 2016

What is FAWCO?


Founded in 1931, FAWCO (Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas) is a UN-accredited NGO (non-governmental organization) and umbrella organization for some 65 women’s clubs in 35 countries worldwide, with a total membership of around 12,000. Member clubs include American and international clubs such as ours. FAWCO seeks to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, specifically in the areas of human rights, health, education, and the environment. It contributes to the global community throught its Task Forces and FAWCO Foundation, which provides development grants and education awards. Since 1997, FAWCO has held special consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council. From 2016-2019, its focus will be on Education, as a path to empowerment, mobility, and freedom. As MIWC is a member of FAWCO, all members of MIWC are also FAWCO members.  FAWCO says:  everyone can make a difference; together we make change!

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Book – 20 Walks from Munich

The Munich International Women’s Club is proud to be publishing a book!


If you have not already put your name on a list at the October meeting or other club event, please send an email to letting us know how many books you would like to pre-order.

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MIWC CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2016 Wednesday, 9 November, 10:00 to 12:30




Got Talent? Show off your skills! Even share a table with a friend!

Calling all artists, artisans & craft makers, you have the opportunity to sell at our Bazaar! Please contact the Bazaar team to get your registration form before October 1st



We invite you to be a part of the ’’Bake Sale’’ it is a great way to spend your time and make new friends. We are looking for sweet and savoury bites (wrapped and labeled with ingredients). The bake sale is an important way to collaborate with our charities.

Contact: Shweta Sharma,

Used Books & Media
Collect your gently used books, magazines, dvd’s, cd’s, games etc. and drop them off at our Monthly Meeting or contact our Charity Book Team. Our club will be selling these items at the bazaar to help our charitable causes.

Contact: Deborah Siebrecht: and Ute Becker:


When:  Wednesday, 9 November 10:00-12:30

Where: Peace Church, Frauenlobstrasse 5, 80337 München

October Speaker – Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. München

The MIWC takes great pride in supporting the lives of women in our community.  One of the wonderful ways that has been accomplished is through the support and funding of the domestic abuse shelter Frauenhaus Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. München.  This October the MIWC is pleased to welcome as our guest speaker, the Frauenhaus administrator.  She has devoted over 25 years of her life at the shelter and has witnessed the struggles and challenges of those living through such devastating circumstances.  She will share how your contributions have improved the lives of the women and children living at Frauenhaus, creating a safer environment upon which to build a more successful future.  

Due to the nature of her work and potential security issues we will not divulge the name of our speaker.