A Review of 2014, AIWCC Style !
By Janet Munger-Davis
One year, 2014 - 365 days. Ever wonder just how much the AIWCC does over the course of a year?
Well…we get together for coffee around 150 times. Our moms and little people enjoy about 100 playdates. We meet for lunch or dinner in 50 different restaurants. Our bridge players deal numerous hands and our writing women write. Our stitchers stitch while some of us bitch. Our walkers and talkers cover many kilometers. We learn about art and we whack tennis balls. We go to the movies and discuss and swap books. We speak German in an informal setting and English with local teachers to work on their language skills. We do pilates and exercise in the park, and we host workshops to nurture the mind and body.
We celebrate our American and German holidays. We don our red, white and blue for America’s birthday. Our little ones transform into witches and goblins for Halloween. We gather at The Hard Rock for turkey and all the trimmings on Thanksgiving. And the excitement (and sometimes terror) of sitting on Santa’s lap at the family Christmas party makes for memorable moments for both kiddies and their parents. And, of course, we “get our pirate on” for Rosenmontag and even eat goose on the Feast of St. Martin.
We gather in June at the AGM to review our club year and express our appreciation to all of our members who do so much for the club. And after the lazy summer, we happily reconnect with each other in September at the Welcome Back Brunch.
All of these things, we do for ourselves. But what do we do for others? A lot. This past year, we raised 12,000 euros for charity projects.
Between Magnolia, Songs of Spring, our charity concert by our own Robin Goldsby, and Amy Antin’s Room for Peace concert, we raised 7,000 euros for medica mondiale for projects in Liberia. Robin’s concert also brought in 1,100 euros for FAWCO’s Target project, Free the Girls. The Sustainable Fashion Bash, selling lightly used clothing items to our members, raised 1,000 euros for our other small fundraisers and outside donations rounded out our year. Additionally, we prepared three meals for the Rodenkirchen Soup Kitchen, we danced in the rain for One Billion Rising to speak out to end violence against women, and packaged small toiletries to donate to Frauen helfen Frauen, a women’s shelter here in Cologne. November and December will bring a three-part program raising awareness of issues that women face in post-war Liberia.
Phew. But wait; there is one more thing we do. We rejoice in each other’s triumphs, joys and successes. And we comfort, counsel and support each other through difficult times with children, parents and spouses. We encourage each other to pursue individual dreams and celebrate when they become reality. And we always look for the silver lining in the clouds that may overshadow some of those hopes.
Every day, we are here for each other. So sing that song… “We are family…. I got all my sisters with me.” That’s what the AIWCC is all about.