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MIWC Monthly Meeting – April 12, 2017

The topic for April’s meeting will be “Munich Volkshochschule and Educational Opportunities in English“.  The Munich Volkshochschule (MVHS), Germany’s largest adult education centre, offers a wide range of courses on a huge variety of subjects, including arts and crafts, 54 languages, cooking, music and drama etc.  With just under 400,000 non-German residents in Munich, the MVHS decided, in Spring 2016, to introduce a new programme aimed directly at Munich’s expatriate community.

In this presentation Tina Kagemann, Head of Languages, will introduce you to the Munich Volkshochschule and Emma Jones, CELTA Course Director and Coordinator for MVHS in English will show you a variety of educational opportunities offered in our MVHS in English programme including the world recognized CELTA Certificate (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).

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MING Update

Did you know that MIWC is a member of MING? This is a Munich umbrella platform that provides an organizational interface, supports the sharing of ideas, facilitates making new friends, and stimulates learning. It is an information board for networking groups active in the Munich international community. Our membership is free! As members, everyone in our MIWC club and our guests are invited to several fun Bavarian events over the next few months.   So, Save the Dates!!  

Bavarian – American Friendship Day

MIWC members and guests are invited again this year to the 7th Annual Bavarian-American Friendship Day at the Hippodrom tent, Frühlingsfest, Theresienwiese on Sunday 23 April. Last year we had a super time!!

As always there will be no cover charge nor advance payment to be made. Food and drink are on a pay-as-you-go basis. We ask you to arrive no later than 18:00/6 p.m. We will have MIWC tables reserved so we can sit together! Linda Jo Rizzo will put on a special show for us with her tremendous singing talents performing popular rock and soul classics to our listening and dancing pleasure. Again, you may purchase those fabulous tasting Hippodrom Hamburgers made out of Kobe-Beef at a special reduced price just for us.

Member and guests are invited. Please RSVP to not later than 17 April.

Other upcoming dates:

Sunday, 9th July – 4th of July Celebration at the Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe (MING)

Sunday, 10th Sep – End of Summer Soul Jam Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe (MING)


Hope Moore & Jane Romain (your MING team)

Charity Update – Frauenhaus Donation

We shall be collecting items for the Frauenhaus at the monthly meeting March 8th 2017.

Currently the Frauenhaus is in need of winter clothing for ladies and children: sizes 1 – 3 years and 6 – 10 years (coats, jackets, sweaters, scarves, gloves and woollen caps). Ski pants/overalls in addition to winter boots and shoes are also needed.

The Frauenhaus will be accepting bed linens and towels at this time as well as any toiletry and non-perishable food items (pasta, rice, coffee, tea, vegetarian pasta sauces, and biscuits).

Many thanks for your kind support!

Jane Romain


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 March 8, 2017

Karin Rahn will join us on Wednesday, March 8th to talk about Diakonia, a non-profit organization which was founded to provide work for disabled or long-term unemployed persons who have multiple integration barriers and thus little chance of placement on the primary or secondary labour market. Diakonia supports their re-integration into the workforce with low-threshold offers ranging from domestic services for child care facilities, painters, assorting clothing, to logistics and sales positions in the seven second hand stores in Munich.

In addition, Diakonia provides consulting for unemployed persons at the Munich Center for Unemployed Persons, low-threshold social counseling for persons in severe financial situations as well as manage three clothing-stores in which refugees and all citizens of Munich with a low income or pension supply themselves with free clothing and hygiene products. This work is possible thanks to those volunteers in the clothing-stores as well as in the unemployment centers.

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FAWCO Target Project – Please Vote!

Education – Empowering Women and Girls through Knowledge and Skills

The Target Project is a way for FAWCO members to make an actionable investment to empower women and girls through knowledge and skills. Through the support of The FAWCO Foundation we will employ the energy and generosity of our Member Clubs by fundraising for a single project supporting women’s and girls’ education. Of 18 Projects proposed, three have been chosen by the FAWCO Target Program Selection Committee as finalists for consideration. As a MIWC member you are a FAWCO member and have a vote!

Click here to cast your vote (Deadline Feb 13)

Please thoughtfully consider the three proposed projects and which one might have the greatest impact in on the lives of the women and girls.  Overview of the three projects are given below.

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